40 posts • joined 11 Dec 2012
It's a brick!
A wafer thin brick perhaps, but a brick none the less.
Sharp angular design, a keyboard that would have looked good in the 90's and a name that's now tarnished beyond saving...
Like the Walking Dead, the #Deadphone is back, but unlike the walkers, I don't see this sucker surviving very long.
Re: If you are after a modern day version.
Not so much a rip off, more a spiritual successor from DKII, made with the blessing of Peter Molyneux and starring Richard Ridings back as old Horny himself.
And without doubt a more valid entry into the franchise than the awful - no, scrub that - shit-fucking goddamn awful, EA Dungeon Keeper iPhone and Android app that managed to take all the enjoyment and fun of the originals and turn it into hatred and loathing (Henceforth known as DuKINO...)
Without even trying to pretend otherwise, this so far feels horribly laclustre.
Let's see - new features : NFC, Barometer, bigger screen, higher resolution, wearable.
All these are Android features available for sometime now.
What scares me, as an Android user, is that there's nothing here that'll force the Android vendors to innovate further since now the iPhone is basically playing catchup. I really wanted (honestly, I did) to see Apple's new wearable be something that would blow anything away in the Android camp. As it is, it's 'just another wearable'.
And don't get me started on the price - starting at $299 for a phone with less memory than the LG G3.
That all said, there's going to be Apple folk who'll happily pay the price simply because it's a new flashy shiny Apple. Good luck to them and well done Apple for creating a business model that is seemingly designed to part fools from their money.
Re: Just shows...
It shows nothing without other empirical evidence.
For example, any one of these could be a reason:
1) Apple users are more likely to have their phone left in a stealable position
2) Thieves are brainwashed to think that iPhones are the only smartphone worth stealing
3) The 2nd hand market for Android phones is not as hot because they're not overpriced
4) The 2nd hand market for Android phones is not as hot because they're more secure
5) iPhone users are more likely to report a theft than Android users
6) Any other reason you, I or anyone else can think of.
Granted none of these could be the case, all could be, or some could be, but to simply come up with a typical Fanboy response of "Android's are crap, that's why" simply perpetuates the feeling Fandroid folks have that Apple folk are elitest (and yes, there's a shit tonne of Fandroids who are JUST as obnoxious).
And this is why...
...I always use ad blocking extensions etc. on all my browsers. It's not that I don't understand the need for advertising to help pay for the sites, it's just that one click on one bad ad can lead to an absolute world of hurt that I'm not willing to expose myself, or my PC's to.
The advertising industry needs to come together and decide just how they're going to keep this clean and free of malware etc - and if that means coming up with a whole new controlled system working with sites and browser authors then so be it.
They created this problem, now they need to fix it. Until then, AdBlock stays firmly installed on my Chrome's.
Re: There's a news article on this?
There's an article because, shockingly, Microsoft and Sql Server are still very popular in today's world.
Listen, we can argue pros and cons as to each RDBMS and No-Sql DB out there - however posts like yours that simply attempt to denigrate a technology that you personally don't feel is relevant, does nothing to help and serves mainly to inflame.
Guess what, it's a big world out there and we like this little thing called 'Choice'.
(Paris, because she's apparently got more tact than ATeal)
Re: And yet we're still to believe...
I saw a comment from someone recently who said better to get ripped off in EVE Online, at least that's got spaceships.
A few less now than there were a month ago... Kinda like Mt Gox actually...
So that's it! - someone over there forgot to pay the bloody rent....
Re: And yet we're still to believe...
Sadly, having worked in the industry AND having to deal with the after the effects of very nice hack job that involved a very creative usage of reverse credits that took quite some time to discover and gobs of $ to prevent in the future, I know all too well just how hard it is to mitigate yourself from being a target.
And that was after we'd been audited by the good folks at PCI and given a clean bill of health.
So, here we have BitCoin and it's ilk which, because of its very design, makes it almost impossible to ascertain what's good and what's not. Like I say I fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the good ship SS-Bittanic is heading for a massive crash.
And yet we're still to believe...
...that the security issues were unique to Mt Gox and that ALL the other exchanges out there are fireproof?
Heaven's above people, even with PCI compliance dictating our every move in the US credit card industry we STILL get regular attacks and thefts from the servers. Why on earth would anyone trust that a two-bit(coin) operation can be more secure than any of the others? Do they go through regular penetration testing, audits, etc?
I'm sorry but from what I can see here, each and every Bitcoin et al exchange out there is simply another Mt Gox failure waiting to be announced. If the thefts from Mt Gox had been going on for years, how do we know if the same isn't true anywhere else?
ElReg: Please - we need a new "EpicFail" Icon for when "Fail" just isn't epic enough...
Re: Yeah no offense to anyone but
Well, apart from the fact that ICE Homeland Security Investigations is responsible in part for combating piracy and counterfeit goods.
Crazy, perhaps but there it is. Perhaps you may want to investigate before sounding off...
Paris, cause she's apparently got more clue's than you do...
Re: Going to be a painful future
When one makes a statement like "in utah of all fucking places" then one are signifying knowledge of the locale. Thus, one sounds monumentally stupid.
Re: Going to be a painful future
Gawd, for an AC you're monumentally stupid.
First off, it's OHIO - that's in the Midwest, not freakin' Utah - that's over the western part of the US! How can we expect you to have anything worthwhile to say when you can't get the fucking state correct? Just because I-80 happens to go through both doesn't mean it's the same bleeding state.
Secondly, http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/21/google-glass-at-easton-theater.html. Columbus Dispatch - well regarded newspaper in our humble state.
For fuck's sakes, stop being a blithering troll and try using a brain cell next time (your other one is apparently desperately lonely).
Going to be a painful future
Just as the plods are busy spying on us, the rest of the world is going to be spying on them. If they haven't worked it out yet that Google Glass is just the tip of the iceberg, then they're going to have a hell of a wake up call.
I blame Governor Kasich myself. We've been going downhill ever since the idiots voted him in.
Missed out the 'Incompatible Operating System' Antimanager.
We had one of them. The moment she (begrudgingly) took us lot on board, she did her damnedest to bad mouth us.
That of course led to a quandary once it was time for her to move on - she'd done such a successful job at convincing everyone else that we were gawd-awful that no other manager would dare take us on.
Solution: She outsourced the entire feckin' department.
20 people lost their jobs, she got a promotion. What a bitch....
Re: Not Storagebods, DBbods
We're not all idiots - some of us have progressed from the days of going down to the stripe # of a Unix disk (ah, distant horrific memories of the early 90's).
Right now my issue isn't disk contention (my FusionIO drive hums at a nice speed these days), it's resources forced down from the bloody host that keep killing my shit.
Virtualization is good, I'll grant you, but it's not the most effulgent of solutions for everything when the masters dictate what resources you might be able to share with the bosses pet project.
They're just pissed off because Bob can't sign on Carol while she nurses her second hangover off the week.
Good lord, ISS is actually requiring people to work the hours they're paid for instead of bunking off? Oh, the inhumanity of it all...
Re: Smoking Friendly Airport
Only 'cause Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky and they've yet to ban smoking out of existence ala Ohio.
Confused the crap outa me when I first flew in there knowing I had to get to Cincinnati OH and they announced as we approached the runway "Welcome to CVG airport in Kentucky".
Even weirder is that, in order to get to the airport we have to first leave Ohio and drive into Indiana THEN drive into Kentucky.
Finally Cincinnati makes it to Britain's most highly esteemed tech rag, El Reg - only for the most non techy story yet... Bummer....
C'mon Reg, surely there's something ELSE you could have picked upon from here? We do have excellent three-ways (even four and five ways if your taste goes that far).
Here we going AGAIN!
Xobni was already fucked up before Yahoo! even got their greasy paws on it (costs, no Outlook 2013 support and other such griping)
Not sure how much more Melissa can screw around with the app or the people. If it were an Aqui-hire then I wonder just how many of those beaming smiling faces of the Xobniites featured on the blog post that detailed the purchase, will be just as beaming and happy as a Yahooligan.
I know that every time I've had one of the business I worked for had been purchased by someone else that it pretty much meant it was time to get the ol' resume updated and get the flock out of there before the shit-hammer hit.
Don't think Ms Mayer's going to be happy until she's Borg'd half the Internet.
Think he's now onboard the GSV "Well, that about bugger's it up".
What a tremendous shame - another great author lost.
This can be beneficial for head hunters...
...got a good candidate? Check them up on this site first and if they're on it then eradicate them from your list of possibilities as they're far too vain and shallow to actually be good employees.
Re: Lots and lots and lots...
It was most, er, entertaining driving on the freeway, windscreen wipers a whipping just to remove the bugs from the glass. Almost biblical. Certainly worthy of an Irwin Allen disaster movie in the 1970's
Cicadas are meant to find their one true love on a tree, but are so amazingly stupid (or desperate) they'll settle for any vertical port in the storm, walls, sides of cars, humans. Just as long as it's vertical.
It was, how shall we say, an experience. Fortunately being in the Brood X zone, we're free of the buggers now until 2021 (although a few may pop up in 2020 having a terrible head for time).
Noisy little buggers...
...and made a fine continuous meal (indeed, it was a veritable Smörgåsbord) for our resident Chipmunk when we were hit by Brood X in 2004.
Wackiest thing was at night though when, at a certain point in time, the entire local population would go silent. It wouldn't be a decreasing volume, just sudden silence.
Bit like they'd all been hit with a BSOD. (Yay, got an IT angle in there!)
Re: One would assume
@Mayday: Not the lot I worked at. Security was always an afterthought and a massive inconvenience. It took two attacks by the Russian's before they decided otherwise, then, in the spirit of corporate lunacy that prevails, threw money and resources are what they perceived to be the problem, without actually asking us (the one's who'd identified the attack) what was needed.
Year 1. Spend $10,000 on infrastructure
Year 2: Spend $5,000. Get hacked
Year 3: Spend $5,000 (it was, of course, a fluke)
Year 4: Spend $1,000 on some auditing software (and only because I'd been bitching and moaning about needing it for several years). Get hacked again (discovered through aforesaid Auditing software)
Year 5: Spend $500,000 and replace every last single solitary server we owned in a year long project. Yeah - knee-jerk time.
At what point...
...do the legal costs outweigh the financial rewards?
I've not been keeping track, but I can't quite shake the feeling that Apple going are going to end up paying it's legal team more than it makes in court, even if they do eventually win. By which time, of course, we'll be on the iPhone 10, GS XIV and Windows Codename Chartreuse.
/Paris, 'cause she's just as scrupulous as them lawyers are...
Well, this is just damn sad news to hear
Although I'm more of his Culture books than owt else, I was first introduced to Mr Banks by way of The Wasp Factory.
Not read any of his books recently but do keep my current collection on the bookshelf ready for another journey. Think I may have to do just that.
Thanks Iain, you have provided this comtentard with many many hours of enjoyment and wonder. Your vision will live on.
"Apple's lawyers have asked a Californian judge to dismiss a case against the company on the basis that no harm was caused by Apple storing detailed maps of users' movements."
So, it's OK to drink and drive as long as you don't actually hit someone?
Re: Easy now,
So, the lawyers run Apple now?
Tim Cook loose a spine recently?
So Cupertino can make 'honest genuine mistake's, but everyone else is culpable of constantly breaking the law and should be punished by multi $B fines etc.?
Oh, Man up Apple!
Paris, because Apple seem to have just as much clue as she does...
Still life in the old dog yet
We've a large dart mart running on Sql Server 2012 and I have to say those new xVelocity ColumnStore indexes are blisteringly fast.
Took 3 minute reports and turned them into sub-second responses.
Still got a few people who ask why we've not gone NoSQL yet. These, of course, the same people who don't have a clue...
Just managed to convince my lot to get me 8TB of FusionIO
And I'm outdated already... Dammit.
What's a DBA to do these days?
Sony are still going?
Wow, thought they'd be eaten by the competition by now. Aren't they a tish bit late to this dance?
I know I'm old fashioned, but...
...even with my 4G LTE enabled Galaxy S3 with Google Maps, MapQuest, Waze and other's all providing me cartography and GPS goodness, I still can't quite imagine a driving trip in Wales without my collection of Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50 000 maps.
It's just not quite the same...
Guess I'm not important enough
All the spam emails I get are written in such awful English that it stands out like a sore thumb. "Please respectfully download ours new security softwares to protect yours account" is hardly something I'd expect from the FDIC.
Or am I giving the FDIC too much credence here? :D
And the winners are...?
The lawyers, of course. Neither Apple nor Samsung will come out of this unscathed, however the legal industry is creaming it in.
This of course will be the same industry that will fight tooth and nail to ensure the US Patent system stays just as exploitable as it is now, to do otherwise, whilst fair and reasonable, would only deflate an extremely lucrative cash flow.
BlackBerry - another company with a great future behind it
Like so many market leaders they're now finding themselves at the bottom of the pile with their new #DeadPhone. With so many alternatives either out there (or coming to market soon) and with corporations no longer being the solid backbone it was, I wonder just how much longer they can hold out.
Time was they *were* the device to have - no one of managerial level would be seen dead without one. Companies pushed hard to control them with their annoying problematical BES installations (well, ours was)
This is a brave new world. BYOD has changed the landscape and yet BB are desperately trying to cling on for dear life. At this juncture it seems to me that anything that IT can blow away remotely via Exchange is a big direction. Personally I'll keep my rooted Galaxy S3 off the corporate network and they won't have to worry about me :)
The sharks are circling...
So, 290,000 existing BB users upgraded...
...to a new #DeadPhone, while 10,000 other people though they were getting an iThingy?
Hmmm - quite the winning strategy there, RIM^H^H^HBlackBerry.
... This was a managerial fuck up or a technical one.
One place I worked at refused to let us shut down a Windows 2K box because they didn't want to fork out the $300 for an upgrade on software that it ran (we had a spare fully patched W2K8 box but the software needed an upgrade to run on it)
Yeah - they were right pleased themselves until the Russians got in. Hate to imagine how much they spent afterwards in mitigation & cleanup costs, but it had to have been an easy quarter mill.
Hackers liked credit card data... Who knew?
(For the record, nope they didn't get to lift the data but did come damn close)
And this is why the DeadPhone will fail
DumbPhones just work because there's bugger all behind them. FeaturePhones work because they're barely more functional than DumbPhones.
SmartPhones (Android, Apple, Windows etc) all work because there's no one single point of failure.
DeadPhones (which used to be known as BlackBerry's) have failed and will continue to fail because RIM wants to run the world.
The new BB10 may be flashy n shiny and smooth n all that good stuff, but it'll just be another hunk of glass and electronics the next time RIM's supply line craps out.
As the phrase goes, 'You can't polish a turd'
Paris - well, because she's like a BB10, quite pretty but functionally obsolete.
Too little, way way WAY too late
I've only 2 friends left using BB's - and they both use them only because their business supplies them.
Everyone else has gone either Android or iOS (with a couple who took the Windows plunge, the poor mad fools...)
Is this meant to be a selling point for new device sales, or a feature for existing users? I can hardly see hoards of alternative fanbois n girlz dropping their current devices and scream out "Ooooh, I must have that feature so I can speak to my one other friend who was stupid enough to buy into the hype and buy a deadphone like mine."
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