71 posts • joined 26 Mar 2013
Code patents are a nightmare
This is a classic example of business stealing others work, thank goodness they don't apply in the UK :)
I'm sure I wrote programs in the 70's and 80's that I could have held to whole industry to ransom with, however I just was just delighted to come up with something new and original, that can't be patented.
Even today it is fun when you come up with a solution that is better than solution you can find on stack overflow etc.. and the joy of sharing the solution with your fellow coders is it's own reward (had one recently that was infinitely simpler and efficient than any other solution, it was just neat and I was very pleased shared it straight away) :)
This is what helps innovation where people share ideas and build something better, thank goodness Sir Tim had the same view with www.
Part of claim 27 is quite specific on hardware to be used
"The microcomputer 411 for controlling the transmission rate stores a constant amount of MPEG1-formatted data in a buffer memory 412. The formatted data is passed through an interface circuit 413 and a card connector 414 and reaches a harddisk drive 415. The card connector 414 is configured on the PCMCIA standards and thus contains 68 pins. The harddisk drive 415 is sized to a memory card and subject to the PC card standards defined by the PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association)."
I don't remember a PCMCIA being used on an iPhone (maybe on an apple newton that predates the patent).
Well had a pebble since Christmas
One or two issues with lost connections with my phone but generally a very good experience :)
when I'm on the train and i get a message/email I can see if it's worth getting the phone out to read.
Also if I get a phone call it shows who it is from and I can either pick it up or reject it by pressing a button on the watch.Additionally notifications and calendar reminders are also forwarded.
I gave a pebble also to one of my children and they've liked using it as well.
It works with both iOS and Android :D
The pebble is simple but what it does it does well, I can recommend it.
I thought they'd stopped doing that after Salem :o
how many iDrones bought shiny shiny on recommendation of his?
Not many as he also recommended the Windows phone and not many of them have been bought either ;)
It depends where the network encryption is being carried out.
"the Knox environment provides a virtualised secure container that's meant to protect sensitive data from attack"
Given that this is virtualised will mean that it has to communicate at some point to the underlying OS and then Hardware via the implementation stack.
Keeping anything virtualised secure is a real nightmare as the MITM can be implemented by hacking the environment that provides the virtualisation.
Hardware encryption is usually more secure (as long as there are no bugs) as the encryption and de-encryption are carried out in hardware not in software.
Additionally Java has been a horror show on the security front for many many years now (I hear Java 7 is much much better, but only time will tell) and given that parts of Android's implementation was based on Sun's original implementation (which was a watertight as a tea strainer) there may be some very nasty surprises buried deep (that have not been thoroughly stress tested).
I wonder if...
They are using android phones to organise the protest :D
So this is a waste of time
"but the fourth quarter is traditionally Apple's strongest, and the three-month period didn't include a full three months of iPhone 5S and 5C sales"
So given that many people buy Christmas gifts in the three week before, what is the point of drawing conclusions?
Such as "Android claimed 55.7 per cent of the market, and iOS 30.6 per cent, with Windows Phone at 10 per cent".
Since you don't have all the data, absolutely a waste of time!!!
Once all the data is collected then give the figures
Re: The problem they've got...
"You clearly haven't done any kind of development."
UI and UX design are not just about using tools, it's about trying things out with testing apps for different people and not thinking of things from a developers perspective.
Also I have done loads of development and overhauled apps for companies as the original developer had made a real pigs ear of the UI and UX.
I will often build an app and then road test it with friends and family on different formats for a few months, it is amazing how many points come out and sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board (literally). What works great on a phone can look bare and empty on a tablet (or slightly larger phone), whereas when you scale down apps you often need to remove or rethink how to present it in a smaller format.
If however you just bang out apps you don't think about these things, the difference between an ok app and a great app is that developer/designer have thought about the form factor first.
So you can carry on believing I haven't done any development, however maybe you should consider that some developers take pride in what they develop and like others to enjoy the UX :)
The problem they've got...
is that they were trying to make the brand appear more exclusive on the high end phones.
However as they run Android it makes it hard to distinguish high end from low end, if Samsung could get some traction on their own OS then it might be a possibility. Also as their strategy for handsets is to make just about every conceivable combination they end up with the same issue that Apple had in the mid 1990's (you can't give a good reason why one model is better than another) this means that profits per model become lower due to the economy of scale.
As Android is available to all handset makers if someone brings out a much better android phone then it become hard to counteract the threat (given that there is an annual cycle of new models), Nokia ended up in this situation.
Lastly as a developer with android you have to make a choice as to which handset format you will develop for (as there are so many formats) thus it is hard to get the same apps for all handsets. You can see this problem with the Galaxy gear watch as it will only work with a very small selection of Samsung phones.
And as for different being able to run the latest version of Android on your phone/device don't even go there..
Andy Scott said "The fingerprint reader sounds great until you learn it can be bypassed by entering the the 4 digit pin."
or you could turn on the options in settings to use a password instead of a 4 digit pin, you can then make it as long as you want and hence more secure :D
Re: I'm a little bit surprised you mention Dell
"As for the post MS world, I wouldn't bet my house on it. The staggering amount of legacy MS Office documents in medium/large organizations makes me skeptical on this matter."
This is true, however each user thinks they can sort it out and most organisations pay a pittance for IT staff to maintain them :(
Unfortunately the 2000's have seen companies trying to commoditise IT skills by offshoring, paying lower wages, calling us nerds...etc
Also most IT jobs these days tend to be what we used to call "Computer operator" jobs.
What is amazes me is that companies get a real shock when they want someone to write some code for them as they don't realise that to write good code you need skills and experience.
Sure you could get a kid straight out of college (who'll only have learn't Java/python if your lucky) they will be cheap, however it'll be crap and when you need new features it will not be easy as it was not designed for expansion (I've had to pick up a few of these, they are unmaintainable and usually need to be completely rewritten).
Also these days IT departments are run by people who've been on a one week Prince 2 training course (if your lucky) and wouldn't know the difference between a computer and a kid's Vtech toy.
Happy New year :(
The biggest upheaval since the early 1990's
It's sad for HP employees, but the world is changing rapidly.
The iPhone is almost 7 years old but it set in motion changes that couldn't have been foreseen then.
In the late 1980's I worked on various DEC/Digital hardware and languages, the future seemed certain 10 years later it was all gone :(
The PC swept all before it (which was a very sad) so I had to retrain to look after NT servers.
The same now is happening to the PC as most tablets do most of what the average person needs.
Luckly I retrained a few years ago (Phew!).
Happy new year all and make it your new years resolution to have up to date skills (don't fight it go with the flow!).
No mention of Galaxy Gear watches?
This was a massive mess up, very expensive but not much benefit.
I got a couple of pebbles for the family for Christmas to try them out and at $150 a shot they are not bad.
No touch screen, but great when your out and about shopping so that you don't need to hear your phone to know that the rest of the family have finished clothes shopping and you can go home :)
Just getting the SDK to start programming them should be fun :D
All of us have found the pebble very useful a good product from a kickstart project and a decent product, plus doesn't need charging everyday :)
If you buy one and the heat problem doesn't emerge then you might be able to sell it for more in 50 years time due to rarity (since so few are selling).
There again maybe not :)
Spend the money on Beer it'll be more fun!
Not dead yet
It had it's tail blown off by the backend of a CME
but it's still there see
The good old boring standard model
The standard model is so accurate yet we don't know why.
I remember when studying physics at university in the early 1990's my professors bemoaning the standard model as "Boring" and hoping for new theories to come onto the scene (string theory was all the rage then).
However Roger Penrose came and gave a lecture and pointed out that Quantum mechanics was a "great theory" as it was precise to 10 to the power 8, however he then pointed out Relativity was "outstanding" as voyager had shown it was correct to 10 to the power 16.
Here in lies the problem for modern physics, physicists love quantum mechanics and want to unify it with relativity, however relativity is pretty boring compared to quantum mechanics, this suggests that underlying reality may be a little more boring (as gravity is the more accurate theory), plus Quantum mechanics does not handle Chaos theory very well (it breaks QED and Richard Feynman was working on this problem just before he died), but in relativity chaos is the order of the day.
I'm beginning to warm to the idea that we are all a holographic projection from the outside of the universe (derived from black hole theories) as this would make us have to re-evaluate our whole mindset as we'd be living in a simulation (which might explain why the standard model is so accurate and boring), physicists would then need to start reading more Plato and the field of study would get its old name back "Natural Philosophy".
Plus we'd need to find out who or what is running the simulation and the implications for our very material lives :o
Re: Sad, sad people
Trouble is that FRAND would not apply to linking searches with adverts as Google is a virtual monopoly when it comes to search engines, so FRAND only benefits Google.
Google wiped vitally everyone out when they weren't paying anything so making it FRAND would raise the price and Google would have even bigger advantage on search engines.
Re: Oh pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease!
Trademarks are related to the industry your in
Rockstar games are in software and games.
This lot are under Patient Troll
Different trademarks :o
I was all set to give you a thumbs up. But you had to put the last paragraph in there and ruin it.
Like patent gambles win some, you lose some ;)
Someone has mentioned it below it was the algorithm use in zip compression.
There was also one involving a chip made by casio at some point
Patents are not there to stop people using technology (and never have been), they are there to make sure the owner of the IP gets paid when others use it and they can exercise that right at any time they see fit as long as the patent is not expired. This is why patents have an intrinsic value.
There was a case ten years ago about a compression algorithm that was patented in the US (wouldn't be allowed in the UK) loads of people had been using it for many years and IP owner then decided to extract the money once everyone was using it :o
This is also why WWW is used rather than gopher (which was common when I started using the internet at university) the IP owners of gopher would not promise never to extract a fee, whereas Sir Tim Burners-Lee persuaded CERN (after a lot of arm twisting) to promise never in the future to extract a fee and the rest is history.
All these companies would have known what they were doing (as they all have huge legal departments), but were gambling that the patent would not be enforced (as they probably had deeper pockets than Nortel). Unfortunately the gamble didn't pay off and it's time to pay the piper.
Re: Shipment doesn't mean...
I wasn't talking about childish things like "winning" or "losing" (or "My dad is bigger than your dad").
I was making the point that shipment doesn't mean used.
Shipment doesn't mean...
Sold, activated or used.
Microsoft shipped loads of surfaces but they didn't sell very well and even though our company has one it sits in the cupboard, so it isn't being used.
I've got friends with various android tablets (bought cheap) they used them for a few weeks and gave up (due to the horrid screen interaction), most of them now either use an iPad mini or went back to their laptops.
I'd treat these figures with a big rock of salt.
Risc OS on a Raspberry PI and they can go back to the 80's and do the BBC Micro again :)
BBC Basic could ride again :)
history will teach us...
Quite a lot :o
Having read through this their is a lot of "soundbites" which don't stand up to historical examination.
I like Mark Twains comment that "History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes"
What we have to watch in society is we are going through another 1930's where people are slowly being indoctrinated into secularism and hatred for different people in society (they get blamed for all societies ills), if you read George Orwell "Animal Farm" you will see how this happens.
George Orwell is really interesting to read as 1984 is the inevitable consequence.
I remember being told in the 1970's by an old man I knew who lived through both World Wars that the most important thing we learnt was "Tolerance" over the last 40 years I've seen this being eroded by the state.
It is so sad that the lessons my grandparents and parents (all dead now) learned through the bitter experience living through many horrors and man's inhumanity to man is being so easily forgotten and being dressed up as equality, whereas it is actually not that at all :(
"almost all wars are based on religion"
First world war - nope
Second world war - nope
Crimea war - nope
Boer war - nope
Napoleonic Wars - nope
American war of independence - nope
Vietnam war - nope
Korean war - nope
Hundred year war - nope
Franco-prussian war - nope
Indian wars of conquest by the British - nope
The opium war - nope
Roman civil wars - nope
Punic wars - nope
Greco-Persian Wars - nope
Peloponnesian War - nope
Most wars are caused by grabbing other resources or taking out another power (as with Rome and Carthage).
Also the casualty rate of non-religious wars is far higher as they have been carried out in the industrial age, so there is an industrial rate of killing plus civilians die as well.
Often religion is used as a pretext but that is politicians being cynical to get people on side. Stalin did this in the second world war by re-opening churches, as soon as the war was ended he shut and demolished them.
Unfortunately if you do some digging through history you find out that statements such as "almost all wars are based on religion" don't stand up to scrutiny - nice soundbite but it's an urban myth, so please don't perpetuate it as it is just brain washing.
Re: It's a good start.
Half my Family lived in the USSR, my Father escaped before the borders were shut.
I visited my Family the USSR in 1990 just as it was crumbling I am pleased to live in a society where I can be myself.
I saw where many churches had been demolished and the only people who went into a church that was standing were women, as men were frightened that they would lose their jobs. It was a very interesting experience that I'll always remember.
True freedom is being able to associate freely with others and hold ideas/beliefs without harassment.
Capitalism isn't ideal but being told what you can or cannot believe or say in a public arena is a very slippery slope and this is slowly happening :(
Re: 5S and 5C impressive for different reasons
The trick is to scan you finger print the way you naturally use it, so my thumb is at 45 degrees to the phone.
It takes multiple scans and then gets you to roll you finger (or thumb) around so it gets a larger scan.
Then it just works :o
It is so convenient that it seems that the phone is not locked, I am actually impressed (having tried other finger print scanners in the past), best I've seen and no-one else has been able to unlock it :)
Plus the slow motion video is also fun 120 frames per second.
5S and 5C impressive for different reasons
I have a 5s (as if you've seen previous posts I train people in app programming and app writing, so I need one - that's what I tell the wife :o) and the fingerprint scanner is a real game changer as you you don't need to type in a passcode (only been using it 3 days and boy does it make a difference). Before I used it I thought the difference would be negligible.
The 5c has made one of my teenage daughters offer money towards buying one for her as a Christmas present (normally she is so tight with her money she'd make Scrooge look like a philanthropist).
So even though it didn't seem to be much of a change I think Apple has tapped into something here that wasn't obvious.
Now that I've used a 5s for a few days I wouldn't want to go back to typing a long password any more.
look at the web logs
You often get these surveys based on how many units have been sent to suppliers so it is hard to know if they've actually been sold.
Last year we had a situation where if you bought a phone you got a tablet free (how many got used?).
As tablets are mainly used for 3 main activities (browsing, email or games), hits on websites are a far better guide to the amount of tablets in circulation.
I know a number of web admins at different sites (so I get a good view of what is being used in different sectors) and from their feedback there maybe tons of Android tablets out there but they are not being used for web browsing. So are they being used as just cheap games consoles?
Also Apple are the only tablet manufacturer that tells you the numbers delivered into users hands rather than shipped to suppliers, so some Android tablets could be sitting on shelves next to windows RT tablets ;o
Remember a month ago we were being told that peak Apple had been passed (based on surveys) and then the iPhone 5s/5c shipments were released and the wisdom of the surveys looked like foolishness.
Having said this I have no doubt that Amazon tablets are doing very well as they are trouncing other E-readers (Other E-readers are now being heavily discounted in the bargain bins).
Empirically a large rock of salt needs to be taken with any of these surveys (plus who are the organisations paying for them).
At this rate...
Office is going to go the same way as VisiCalc and WordPerfect.
They dragged their feet about windowizing their interface and lost market share to office.
As less PCs are being sold and surface is a damp squib Office is now losing market share to both QuickOffice and iWorks, to the point where outside the desktop they'll be irrelevant :o
Re: Now that OSX is becoming
On Macs you don't have root privilege unless you enable it.
Thus a Virus cannot gain root, without the user actually turning it on (Question have you ever used UNIX?).
So a virus could do some damage but it never gains root access thus cannot actually take control of the whole system.
On PC's (including NT derivatives) you are Administrator out of the box unless you make a new user account (I know this as I used to be a windows System Admin for some very large companies). The average PC user doesn't know this and always login (if they've even set up a login) as Administrator.
Thus from pure logic alone you can deduce that User interaction is required to wreak your security on a Mac, on PC's it's already been done for you.
I'm not bashing PC's I'm telling you what the security situation is.
Re: Now that OSX is becoming
However UNIX has been tested for longer :)
Re: Now that OSX is becoming
Viruses install themselves without the need of a user (because the system is vulnerable)
Trojans rely on the weakest security link Humans.
Macs are just a shell around BSD UNIX. UNIX from it's inception was designed to run on networks and thus if configured correctly is very secure (as it has had over forty year of bug fixes). The internet was built on UNIX.
PC's were never designed to run on networks and this has always been their Achilles heal. PC's only really started using the internet in the 90's (as Microsoft didn't like the internet and had it's own version MSN) prior to that I had to use either UNIX or VMS.
Re: Now that OSX is becoming
this is a trojan not a virus!!!
Unfortunately being a phone...
Limits what you can do with it.
Also as there is a back catalogue of existing apps that still have to work, this means existing phones even thought they are only 6 years old have to be backwardly compatible (same issue PC's have had).
What need to happen is new devices with new formats.
Google glass is a step (a step where we still have to see) and that gives designers new opportunities.
iPods until recently could have different formats as they are just played music (their primary function), however once one of their models could run apps that model has had to be backwardly compatible and hence has hardly any evolution since then.
So backward compatibility for interfaces limits evolution of a product, thus things get boring, new devices needed, but what should they be?
All private numbers should be given a public 0871
They should make a change so we could all benefit from this clever idea :)
Then you don't need regulator as it would cost the companies money when they called us and go out of business very fast.
In fact if we could charge a copyright fee any time our private information was used Facebook, google...etc would be paying all of us instead of making money out of our info :)
Re: The electron taught me a real lesson
Re: Ahhh bless.
I knew loads of people with BBC B's the difference was I could program and they couldn't :)
It was like "Pearls before the swine"
Re: The electron taught me a real lesson
Plus I can't spell Write!!!!!
I'm a paid up member of DNA (National Dyslexic Association).
Re: The electron taught me a real lesson
Was going to right ran "like a dog" and then thought better as dogs are quite fast so put in "very slowly".
So now it reads "ran like very slowly" so now I sound like my children's friends (I keep telling mine off for using "Like" inappropriately).
The electron taught me a real lesson
First machine I used was an Elliot 903, then a BBC B (both at school)
I couldn't afford a computer when I left school until a local department school had a basement flood and I got an electron for £50 due to the box being damaged.
The electron was much slower than a BBC B so code I'd written on the BBC ran like very slowly, so the electron taught me to optimise my code (I was revolving 3D shapes on screen in response to keys being pressed).
In the end I had a version that ran faster on the electron than on the original Beeb :)
I've been using what I learn't throughout my career and always look to optimise my code (even now with fast processors) many times by taking others code and thinking about the problem laterally I came up with much faster algorithms. My favourite was taking a program from Scientific American to grow a crystal on the screen that took 15 hours to plot, by thinking through what was going on I got it down to five minutes :)
What I really learnt was that a better algorithm was much cheaper and efficient than faster hardware (plus far more satisfying).
I still miss my electron (traded it in part exchange to buy a BBC Master) :(
I'd rather have...
Good health, happiness, true friends and a loving family, but most of all be happy being me :)
Than all the riches in the world.
(Having had bad health in the past it is wonderful to have good health again)
I've met so many wealthy people or people working all the hours God gave them to be wealthy, who are really miserable as the only thing they have is money. Eventually it becomes so consuming they can't enjoy it as they have to get more.
However as my wife says "Money doesn't make you happy but it makes misery bearable"
For people not familiar with the Byzantine electoral system used under Australia's preferential system
we use the same system in the UK to elect Mayors of large cities like "London"
So why is it Byzantine?
Re: The killer feature would be x86 emulation@ Byz
That sounds like a quote from a manager on a "Balanced Score Card" when they can't give any reason not to give you met or exceeded. So they come up with a comment like that so that you got "not met" so that they don't have to give a pay rise and try to frighten you about your job long term.
I notice still an anonymous coward, so let me guess as that was not a real reason your either:
- a senior manager (with no technical knowledge or you programmed in VB1);
- a project manager (went on a one week Prince2 training course);
- horror of horrors a system architect (someone who blocks anyone trying to build a real system because "It's doesn't run on a Microsoft platform" even though for the problem your solving no software you can buy will run on a Microsoft platform and has no technical knowledge at all - had that for ten years while the system rotted);
- Fat unemployed bloke who lives in their parents spare bedroom.
Anyone else can add to the list of job title held by the anonymous coward :)
Re: The killer feature would be x86 emulation
I can't see why this got a thumbs down when I was telling the truth?
I used to test software and hardware for a company that produced a second processor boards.
There were real problems with the NT kernel as it was not trivial to get it working, if you don't like the truth your living in cloud cuckoo land.
If you want to explain why you don't agree please post, but voting down a fact is just silly!
Re: The killer feature would be x86 emulation
Unfortunately this doesn't work well on Arm devices as they are 32 bit and the different chip architectures really get in the way :(
Acorn for many years tried this and in the end (with the RiscPC) allowed you to put a 486 processor as a second processor, this gave a dramatic speed increase but there were still were huge problems with anything built on Windows NT's foundations.
Re: Outlook Is The Killer App On Surface RT?
It reminds me of Windows mobile devices.
I bought one in 2001 (as we had a ban on bringing our personal laptops into work) I was thinking it would be great to port some of my programs on to a mobile device, but the OS was a pile of sh*t and a nightmare to program as the os was horribly nobbled.
Apart from the MS orange phone which was also a pile of sh*t (as it was locked down), I never bought another MS mobile product as they never understood what makes a good mobile product (whereas companies like Psion did but they sadly failed).
At work in 2006 I was given a tablet PC (which I thought would be great for drawing diagrams) I used it for a few days and when back to using the mouse as it was easier.
Again they don't understand that email doesn't set the world alight, a mobile product must give you things that are useful on the move and work well without a mouse, plus some mobile apps work better than desktop programs. They should have totally rewritten office, but instead the put you in desktop mode :(
Windows doesn't work on mobile devices - that's why the only Surface RT our company bought now sits rotting in the cupboard :o
The new Google street view vehicle :o
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders