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Not the first time he's smashed it up.
But you have to ask why? given the state of our roads and the traffic on them you're better off learning to fly a helicopter and fly yourself around rather than spend money on a car you can't do more than 70MPH (legally) in.
I'm sure Rowan can afford to.
The noise will affect wildlife too. Birds already have changed their song to suit noisy conditions and birds who migrate will then have a different sound to those in a non-noisy environment. The end result is birds not being attracted to either other.
These turbines are best situated off shore.
So did the console design itself, market itself, walk to the stores by itself?
There's a margin of profit, there's a margin of R&D costs and so on.
A Blu-ray disc costs pence to make, but you think the content on it was made for nothing? of course not.
So long as camera mounts are non-standard then you'll buy what body fits onto your lenses.
Those starting out right now should be more interested in buying a decent lens than the body. But everyone I know who has bought an SLR has stuck with the very average kit lens, bad move.
Have they even used it?
There are lots of apps in app stores and it is becoming rather tricky to find something you don't yet know of. But to say you need to break up the app stores into lots of smaller ones is a bit ridiculous.
That's like saying Google should be split into multiple search engines, one for news, one for music, one for entertainment.
You can see why Intel are still largely a chip maker.
Hardware is nothing without software
To use a phrase "it's the software stupid". Android tablets have very little in the way of native tablet applications and some droidtards have been spinning this unfortunate situation by saying "I prefer to just see my phone applications bigger" or "You don't need tablet specific interfaces".
Of course as soon as Android has loads of native tablet applications (sometime in 2015 probably) they will change their tune.
You've missed a lot
You must have missed the bit about the copyright on art being much longer than functional designs.
If he proves they are a functional design (which he did) then the copyright has expired. If they are deemed to be art (which I agree, they aren't) then the copyright has not expired.
Comparing apples with oranges
Apple is a hardware company first and a software company second.
Microsoft is almost 100% software except for XBox 360 and some failed attempts at an iPod competitor.
Totally different outlook.
Physical ccess to the machine means all sorts of hacks are possible, regardless of OS.
Lock your computer behind a door if you are really bothered.
In Linux I remember getting root access without password by dropping into LILO or Grub and entering single user mode.
An ebay equivalent would be to have a URL link in your auction with the message "Click here to buy outside of ebay and save the fees".
Of course it ain't going to be allowed.
It doesn't seem to matter what brand you buy or fit, someone will have had one die and complain about it. Some complained on forums about Apple fitting Western Digital drives before now.
It's rarely the magnetic surface that fails (except in the infamous IBM glass platter drives), so if the data is still there then I believe the manufacturer should be made responsible for data recovery!
If you have to support multiple versions of Android it gets painful. Someone might want HTC but another want a Samsung.
Multiple GUIs are a support nightmare. Talking through the process with someone a phone where the interface is totally different to the one you know just isn't going to work.
The whole reason DVD took off and VCD didn't was the capacity. VCDs required two discs or flipping the disc.
This is 2011 and such lame 1990s concepts are outmoded.
Sony Cameras, never again
I've had similar, except it was the eject mechanism that failed, so I couldn't even load the tape.
Two reasons why I'll never buy a Sony again:
1. The CMOS sensor on my camera was encased in resin and melted. Sony offered to replace them under warranty but it showed the cheapness of construction. Is a ceramic casing really so much more expensive?
2. Proprietary head cleaning tapes. My MiniDV camera picture showed banding on the picture. So I bought a cleaning tape (not from Sony) that didn't work. I bought a second cleaning tape that also made no difference.
So in the end I bought a Sony tape that worked fine. But I noticed it had electrical contacts which obviously "reset" some circuit internally to clear the problem with the picture. So the heads didn't need cleaning at all, it was just some software routine in the camera designed to sell cleaning tapes.
The Sony effect
Many PS3 owners ditched their consoles and went to XBox.
So surely much of the recent console sales are just due to the failures of Sony? Kinect has helped too and making a SDK for Windows was a smart move.
Look but don't touch
Nokia's have always had lots of features. The problem is you needed about 10 keypresses and a trip down about 5 menus to get to them.
If they had adopted touchscreen much sooner then things would have been different.
Going back about about 5 years, dumbphones from Sony Ericsson were much cooler, nice animations, nice user interfaces. Nokia's phones however were clunky, ugly and much more basic from a user perspective. The only think about a smartphone that was smart was being able to install software. But since there were no easily accessible app stores then I would imagine few people bothered. I can only recall installing one application on my Nokia, *one* app. Sure, lots of things were built in including Sat Nav.
Apple and Google make smartphones slicker and more user friendly. Nokia got left behind and people don't tend to want to go back unless the offering is much better. But Nokia's modernisations weren't enough, it looked like the same old tired Symbian with a facelift.
Mission Crash and Burn
1. Plant Microsoft friendly exec at Nokia - Completed
2. Drop existing platforms for WP7 - Completed
3. Massively devalue Nokia stock - Completed
4. Microsoft buys Nokia/Nokia patents - Pending
Science has given us all the things we take for granted. Computers, electricity, cars, medicine and health care.
Why should all that be dismissed because a bunch of oil lobbyists are funding research against the viewpoint of the majority of scientists?
It's very easy to bury your head in the sand because you want to drive a big gas guzzler and fly around the world with a clear conscience.
Even if CO2 was found to not be the cause, we still have a crisis which is the lack of land and water required to produce food. Chopping down the rainforests to produce cattle feed and palm oil isn't doing the world much good.
It just seems like another attempt by Intel to stay relevant for the future while everyone else starts to shift to ARM.
It's PCI express over a cable
Given many graphics chips and other ICs are designed to interface to either PCI express or USB then if you want to provide a high end expansion bus then making it supply PCI express signals means you need very little additional components.
Thunderbolt is not proprietary, anyone can use it, although PC makers won't as they only like to fit cheap crap to their computers. There is plenty of need for something better than USB as even USB3 is lacking DMA, something that even an Amiga 1000 from 1985 had.
Do you remember how much faster EIDE discs became when they went from PIO to UDMA? well that's the sort of difference between USB and a decent bus like Firewire or Thunderbolt.
Not to mention Thunderbolt is like SCSI in that you can daisychain multiple devices from one port. So no need for 6 USB ports wasting valuable space.
And what are you going to run on this mythical perfect OS?
Logic Studio? nope.
Final Cut? nope.
Office? (I'm not a fan but many are) nope.
There's a reason Linux desktop market share is so low, it doesn't run any decent commercial productivity tools.
It's great as a general purpose computer or net box or if your needs are pretty simple.
Never encountered an OSX bug ever!
Do Microsoft and others never have any bugs?
Everyone has bugs, why should Apple be any different? they at least have less problems from dodgy 3rd party drivers to worry about.
They do it for a good reason. It stops people buying the older model and then whining about how they missed the latest generation by minutes.
If they didn't take the store down they would have to deal with thousands of support issues about refunds or product exchanges. Taking the store down reduces this slightly.
It's also a symptom of Apple not announcing products far ahead of availability due to the "wait for the vapourware" brigade. People who put off purchases for six months to a year as they must have the new product.
Just because OLED is newer does not make it better in all situations.
It has a shorter lifespan (especially the blue transmission) and as a result they make the blue and red larger. That makes things looks a bit odd and the colour reproduction accuracy and screen resolution is limited, hence why the "retina" display is higher resolution and looks more accurate and not over-saturated.
Of course OLED will improve and then there will be no contest, but OLED is not there yet.
I'd sooner stick with tried and tested technology that gives me what I want (resolution and good colour) than go for something new which doesn't.
Why downrate? it's largely true.
My last Nokia (6110 navigator) had the sliding front piece misaligned slightly. It crashed a few times (once when I was at a train station meeting a friend). The OS was rather poor, too many clicks to do the basics of making a call (choose contact, click to make a call, then a selection of voice or video call, click again).
Underpowered processors? if you're specs whore then yes. But having a simple OS that is written in C++ (albeit a rather odd version of it) means it is a lot more efficient than Android or WP7 with their virtual machine runtimes. iOS is Objective C which is close to C++ but still it's an OS that was developed for a desktop. Symbian was developed for palmtops then mobiles.
If so many others have implemented such a notification (as admitted in your email) then the concept is wide open and anyone can produce their version of it.
It is unlikely to be covered by a patent.
Sometimes there are only so many ways you can implement a feature. If you want to display a list of information to a user then how are you going to do this without making it look like other systems?
Have you noticed menus tend to look the same, big square boxes with lists of things to pick?
Have you noticed how a list of emails in an email client looks similar to that of another email client? these are a list of "notifications" of events and information, ie. you receiving a message. With outlook and other systems you also receive meeting requests and other notifications which also appear in this list.
The concept of mixed notifications in a list is a very common concept, good luck defending that patent (I doubt it even exists).
If you don't invent anything and use standards you're evil.
If you invent proprietary technology and don't use standard then you're evil.
So which is it?
Anyone can patent an idea, you don't have to have produced an innovative product.
IBM and Microsoft have some of the largest IP portfolios and yet both of them are perceived as dull and produce nothing ground breaking.
Except that developers take a long time to get the most out of the hardware since they make it too complex to program.
PS3 for example, CPU, GPU and about 8 maths engines (FPU type thingies). People thought the PS2 was bad enough.
People rave on about Minecraft and that looks naff, which shows that realistic imagery is for people lacking in imagination.
Ride a bike
The human body is a great motor and most people have plenty of fuel stored up (fat). Regular cyclists can do 20-30MPH on the flat.
Why would you want to legalise something that creates even more fat unhealthy people? the cost to the NHS would be huge.
Wasn't the manufacturers
It was Microsoft who killed the cheap netbook along with the inability of the public to adapt to Linux, largely because the salesmen giving them away with mobile broadband contracts failed to mention it was a different OS.
Windows Embedded never took off because it added a lot to the cost of anything using it and you didn't have the code to customise the OS.
Where full blown Windows has been used you see a lot of failures. Asda self check out machines, railway station signs and so on.
This is just a hobby for Google. There is no market for it other than Internet cafes.
It would be better as a tablet OS but people prefer Android for that due to the amount of apps.
The value is in that fact that the iPad has loads of quality software while most Android tablets are running software that is just being scaled up. 100,000 applications.
The value of the iPhone is having a phone where you get a few years of upgrades and the updates are available worldwide to anyone, not just those who happen to have a phone from a manufacturer who is feeling generous.
Not to mention if you buy HTC you're paying the Microsoft patent tax.
Thankfully few PCs have bluetooth hardware built in. So this is surely of limited use?
Apple's support period is industry leading. 2-3 years of updates with more than just bug fixes.
In this case Motorola can't even update users of its current product, never mind owners of older stuff.
Simple reason, it's not a standard part of the device. If it had shipped with a bundled keyboard it would have been different.
Just like all the XBox 360 games don't support Kinect when it is plugged in. It requires the developer to add support for it.
Probably because HTC is a "partner" of Microsoft. They make a lot of phones with WP7 on it.
HTC has no working relationship with Apple.
Freetard are we?
So I assume you are writing your reply on a Linux machine with a non-Intel processor? because Microsoft are just as controlling, as are Oracle, BT, Intel and other tech giants.
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