2512 posts • joined Wednesday 13th December 2006 15:36 GMT
Crazy, paying licence fees for patents just legitimises those patents in the eye of the patent holder. It also gives them money to fight more cases.
I can see Microsoft putting out a press release that their phones aren't infringing, so buy now.
Mobile computing is becoming so important that each tech giant is trying to monopolise the market, knowing all too well they can't. So they at least try to weaken competitors products by trying to force them to redesign key features and make the features less elegant to use.
I think you're of the belief that an Apple mobile phone is 100% custom and their phone chips are their own design. Only their processor and display chip is theirs.
Many of these court cases are about basic mobile phone workings. Apple doesn't create its own 3G GSM chips, they're made by Infineon and others.
If there was a court case against Intel processors and you assembled a PC from parts and used an Intel CPU you wouldn't expect to get sued for that. This is in effect what it happening.
HTC are being sued by Apple for using Android. Motorola are being sued by Microsoft for using Android.
It's all tactical, gives the PR departments something to do.
I still don't see how they are ignoring patents.
With so many thousands of patents, how on earth can a company check through them before making a product?
Obviously some things are so well known that it is impossible to be unaware of them. RIM's push email is an example. Nobody is infringing on that, which explains why push on all other devices isn't as good and uses more battery life.
Then and now
That was before TV's were big, flat, widescreen and most important of all HD! 1980x1024 resolution is higher than PCs were doing back then.
I don't surf with the computer that is plugged into my TV, but when there's a big media event on the web I can display it on the TV if I want.
Always wondered about this "phone for youths" tag. When I was 16 I was getting into music technology, writing music and using MIDI and such.
So if anything the phones for youngsters should have a higher specification than those for adults. Simply because they have the time and effort to utilise it.
Of course, cost is a major consideration if they can't afford to buy it themselves :)
New blood needed
Someone from outside of the Microsoft bubble needs to come in, do lots of observation and reviews of the company and implement the changes.
It's often easier and someone new will not be institutionalised.
Gates was a 'geek'
Gates could code and in assembly language. The work him and others did on Altair basic was pretty good, using tricks to cram in as much in such a limited device.
Ballmer is just a numbers droid and he isn't head of Microsoft on merit, he just knew Gates and was there at the start of Microsoft.
If you look at the income Microsoft generate, it's still largely Office and Windows. You don't really need to do anything to keep those two bringing in the dough. Certainly just a refresh with some new ideas every couple of years.
What's the battery life like? if it's doesn't last a day then what use it it? I suspect since it hasn't been announced that it must be poorer than the iPad.
It's all very well throwing Mhz and lots of CPU power into a device, but tablets aren't that sort of device. They're small, portable and efficient.
The iPad is very quick to use, so who needs to much CPU power?
Thankfully these are only on home machines
I don't think touch screen displays will catch on in the office. This is due to the amount of people who touch screens to point to something on the screen, can imagine the mayhem as someone does that and points to a delete button, pressing it accidentally and losing all your work.
With a phone line and BT you can at least switch to another ADSL provider. With cable you're stuffed, you can't get your service from anyone else.
This is a pretty fundamental flaw with cable and one which needs to be sorted out.
It's simply because people won't buy software for mobile devices. When forced to they try to circumvent the protection and run hooky versions.
So instead developers make them free and then get revenue from advertising.
Cool OS aside
I think a 7 inch screened tablet is too small. Maybe these 7 inch screened tablets should be called a sub-tablet. Or ultra mobile tablets.
They're only a little bigger than a phone in terms of screen real estate.
Use of QNX seems a little odd these days, it was cool back in the 90s when alternatives to Windows were cropping up and vanishing all the time. But is it really worth all the work to keep it working on the latest embedded devices?
Maybe if RIM were building an entire product range around then it would make sense.
Windows Phone 7
This is where Windows Phone 7 may equal the iPhone in user experience leaving Android behind.
WP7 software updates will not be done via OEMs, the phone itself will download updates from Microsoft directly. No OEMs holding back updates for their own reasons.
Of course this probably means the hardware requirement for WP7 are quite narrow so that on air updates work with all phones. But that can actually be a good thing.
No idea if the OS will be any good though. It looks to me like the UI is a bit strange. Way too much scrolling around required.
Show me a nice looking Qwerty phone
Qwerty phones always are ugly. Having lots of keys makes any qwerty phone look a bit like a calculator.
Functional yes, attractive no. On such a phone the keyboard takes up a lot of room, so the screen size suffers. With slider phones this isn't so much of a problem.
Apple fans want a small Mac laptop
There are a lot of people out there who loved the old 12 inch powerbooks and have been waiting for a long time for a modern replacement.
The 12 inch powerbook was full blown laptop in terms of mac specifications. It just had a smaller screen and dimensions.
It won't be a netbook
Apple won't compromise too much on performance. While the original Air wasn't a powerhouse, the CPU was at least custom made by Intel for the Air.
Apple using Intel is a big thing for Intel and so they're keen to help Apple when designing an ultra portable with rather challenging size constraints.
They won't do a 'netbook' simply because netbooks are cheap and poor quality on the whole and Jobs has maligned them in the past.
Well within their rights
Oh come on. Apple has the product iPod. People are sticking Pod on the end of product names to cash in.
If Microsoft can stop people using anything that sounds or looks like Windows, then Apple can surely do the same too for their trademarks.
Microsoft stopped a Linux distribution being called Lindows and that is a different word and a made up one at that.
Nobody buys shares for the dividends. They buy them cheap and sell them at as close to their peak as they can get. Then buy something else and repeat the process.
Microsoft only started paying dividends to get people to buy their shares. They're having to increase their dividend to attract more investors.
So lack of dividend suggest confidence as you're not trying to provide incentives for buying your shares.
Decent standards that are adhered to
We need decent standards that everyone adheres to, All in one is not the solution.
When putting together the best seperates hifi it was always the case that you really needed to buy from different makes to get the best sound. Not every brand did everything well.
Having standard connections and interfaces made this possible.
In IT there are standards, but there are plenty of people who won't stick to them. They have to contribute some of their own ideas that aren't in the original standard.
Obviously Microsoft are one of the people who just can't stick to a standard, there's just too many examples to list.
Is it really so hard to come up with good network protocols that everyone can implement and enjoy?
FTP, HTTP, SMTP, DNS and so on are all well known network standards and protocols. Why can the Internet have such great connectivity but when you connect to a LAN it all goes proprietary and inoperable?
Better than Blair
At least this PM can use a computer.
Blair was famously technophobic, probably why so many government websites were IE only to start with, no clue of how to implement web access for all. He just asked the most famous person in IT he could think of for help.
So obviously if you ask Bill Gates to come over and advise on web sites, obviously you're going to end up with Windows/IE only websites.
Many people judge audio quality using the stock headphones which are pretty rubbish.
If you're bothered about sound quality then you'd not listen to MP3. Lossless AAC or FLAC would be better.
Advances in sound quality went out years ago anyway. People have generally decided they prefer convenience to quality. Being able to have gigs of audio on tap in a small device is much more desirable than lugging around a CD player and CDs.
Not to mention being able to purchase music on the device and have it download (on smartphones anyway).
Super audio CD and DVD Audio never took off, even though they would have offered 24-bit 96Khz playback (even 192Khz), which is on average what people record their music at.
Seems pretty crazy that blu-ray films have better audio quality now than dedicated music players.
Blu-ray can do 16, 20 or 24-bit range with 6 channels at 192KHz sample rate, 8 channel at 96KHz or 48KHz sample rate.
So even the lowest quality Blu-ray audio specification (16-bit 48KHz) is in excess of CD which is 16-bit 44.1KHz.
Chief execs are busy people.
Christ, some companies have really poor support and call centre staff who can take anything up to 20 minutes to pick up the phone and she moans when an email to the CEO doesn't produce the results? She is lucky to get a reply at all. He could have ignored or deleted it.
If she used Linux she wouldn't have written any music, she would be still trying to figure out Vi and how to edit that config file in /etc to get the soundcard and MIDI working.
Actually, that might not be a bad thing.
Exactly, using back-doors or using a list of default PINs is not hacking. Hacking is circumventing security. So if you enter the correct password you're not hacking. Hacking would be gaining access without entering any password.
I guess technically if they were brute forcing the pin by going through all the possible combinations then that would be comparable to picking a lock.
As people always say (especially when privacy is invaded) you've nothing to fear if you're law abiding.
There is no cost yet, the case had yet to be heard.
Any IP infringement costs would have to be paid by Google.
So the only argument for buying a WP7 is that the company who makes the OS won't get sued? hardly convincing marketing.
Uploads are slow on broadband
Surely downloading not uploading would be a fairer test?
ADSL is a service which prioritises download vs upload. If you want to upload then you should be on SDSL.
I've seen plenty of announcements for competing devices and they seem to suffer from one or more of these problems:
1. They're really cheap and have very low quality.
2. They have 7 inch screens, too small.
3. They have an x86 processor and run Windows 7 (poor battery life, poor touch screen usability, slow start up times).
Only an Android tablet with 10 inch screen and decent build quality can be called a competing product. Everything else is designed by people who have missed the whole point of a tablet computer.
As for phone calls on a tablet, who seriously wants that? are you really going to keep swapping your SIM card over from your phone to a tablet and then back again. You're not going to go into a nightclub or office and take calls on your tablet, you'll look like a right geek.
Sales people and listening to customers.
Sales and marketing people aren't very good at demonstrating how simple and nice to use something is. They want to talk about features and how product X has a feature that the competitors product doesn't.
Also, companies that listen too much to customers end up adding lots of spurious features and buttons that just clutter up the product. What use are features that ruin usability and are only used by a minority?
Take Microsoft Office for instance, it should come in two versions. Home and beginner edition and Professional edition. That way the interface for Home and beginners can be stripped back to the basics. I wouldn't mind using that version myself as there's way too much clutter in Word.
But of course, some people are obsessed with features and having what the pros use, so they would end up buying the pro version.
As for soundcard, well you're stuck there. But there's no reason why you can't compose on one, mix down and then use your computer.
Cubase sucks anyway, I'm so glad I moved over to Logic.
Built in readers?
You can't really have a card reader built into the iPad. Firstly the device is thin and adding card readers would double its thickness.
Secondly, card formats change. There's SD, Micro SD, Mini SD, then you have SDHC formats. Then there's CF which are huge.
I think the transputer was more akin to what the Cell processor is.
It was way ahead of its time and was solving a problem which in the end didn't appear. Early 32-bit processors weren't delivering the speed gains that chip designers had hoped for. But eventually the speeds picked up.
We've a long history of doing great things in this country, they either flop or get sold to the Americans. It's pretty amazing the ARM processor is such a success, although Intel are trying to kill it with their low power x86 chips.
Contracts are crazy now
Which is why I bought my iPhone 4 from Apple. Ok, I drop a lot of cash upfront but I'm on GiffGaff, so I get the same lousy coverage you get with O2 but with unlimited data (truly unlimited) and cheap minutes and texts.
Development costs money.
Not to mention having to develop the hardware around all the patents Nintendo and others have on the motion technology. This is why the Go looks so ridiculous.
I suppose you think a CD should be 2p since that's all it costs to make? but forgetting wages, recording costs, promotion costs, wages for everyone involved and so on.
The study of efficient user interfaces is called Human Computer Interaction. I'm guessing Microsoft feels that their users aren't human?
Anyway, once you've designed the perfect UI the sales people will be begging you to change it all so they have something to sell. Even if it means ruining it all, the fixes to usability can be in the next release then.
I do wonder why they do so much work on the browser, just when they've started to fix all the bugs and security holes they introduce more code to exploit.
It's funny, since USB3 is a big pile of CPU hogging rubbish compared to Firewire, yet when people talk about proper DMA controllers and doing things correctly they get shot down on here.
Most PC clone hardware is cheap mass produced junk. Most motherboards still have a BIOS that should have been consigned to the dustbin when PnP came out.
By buying the CD you are buying a licence to listen to it. There is a growing trend now (in software) for non-transferable licences. Autocad is one of these, you are no longer allowed to sell on an original copy of Autocad to someone else.
I don't think DVDs, CDs and so on are going to be that far behind. The second hand market will die and people will get shafted.
If the Police are going to investigate anything online it should be ID theft, hacking, spammers and scammers.
These are the criminals!
Too little too late
As a previous owner of a 9110 and 9210 I think this just looks dated and way behind everything out there now. The GUI animations looked slow and unhelpful.
I got my 9210 in 2002 and this shows very little development for 8 years.
White text on a black background looks poor and unclear from a HCI perspective. How can you tell what is clickable and what isn't?
Email client looked dull, messaging app looked dull.
Friend of the Commies?
HTC are Taiwanese, not Chinese. There is a slight difference.
As for the phones. I drew a mock up of what a device with a 4.3" screen would look like in terms of footprint and it was huge.
There's plenty of people who think an iPhone is too big. A HTC Desire HD will be un-pocketable for some,
Also, I feel sorry for all the Desire owners. As is typical for HTC your phone is now obsolete and won't get any big updates.
Probably because HTML 5 is more than just video.
Have a look at CSS animation, it basically allows for CSS values to be altered over time. So the browser is continually rendering the page.
Of course there will be few sites that are using this and if anything people are more likely to only add support for it if it works well in Firefox and IE.
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