* Posts by Captain Queeg

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

Captain Queeg

Re: NHS

So, so, funny - have an upvote Sir!

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Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim

Captain Queeg

Handling....

In terms of image quality there's probably not much point in going beyond today's resolutions.

Is it just me or is the big downer on camera phones the handling. My iPhone 6 plus takes perfectly acceptable pictures, but for photography handling the slim oversize body makes using the camera a chore. I imagine I'd find the same with other premium handsets too.

Whatever Apple might trumpet around pros using iPhones or iPads to do stellar work, I have a hunch the only ones who do are those commissioned by Apple to shoot video for them.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

Captain Queeg

All these complaints are missing the big picture

These prices are simply in line with the superb connection quality, customer service, depth of coverage and data speeds Vodafone provide.

Oh, wait.........

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

Captain Queeg

Re: Ah!

Spot on.

Remove the only differentiation? Expand boldly is to a commodity market with little real profit in it?

How on earth can anyone at BB think consuming capital on non-profit hardware is preferable to gracefully leaving the market is beyond me?

And this isn't a dig at Android, it's just acknowledging that if you're not Samsung or Apple there's just *no significant profit* to be made in hardware.

When will BB finally smell the coffee and start to make some really strategic bold decisions like killing the sacred cow of Hardware? Give it up guys!

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

Captain Queeg

Haven't we seen this kind of thing before?

ISTR an outage at Apple that caused loads of IOS devices to fail to authenticate on to wifi because devices couldn't talk to a broken page somewhere within apple.com

Spurious outward comms always concern me.

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Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

Captain Queeg

Insane....

I'm not sure about Android but the limitations to non-native apps on IOS will be way too big to make Cortana anything but an also ran so why on earth take the time to produce something so pointless.

A "digital assistant" will always need to have a level of OS bind in to make it (arguably) even half useful. Surely the time would be better spent throwing all engineering effort at making Cortana compelling on Windows mobile and desktop?

Sir John Harvey Jones once made the point that the problem with big companies wasn't getting people to do things, it was about getting people to stop doing the wrong things and line up behind a well thought out agreed strategy - That seems very relevant here.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

Captain Queeg

Re: @Rik Myslewski - "peak Apple" retraction

At some point peak Apple will be right, so will Apple's demise. Nothing is more certain. Not even death.

The problem is I can be just as right.i don't want to hear how Apple will fail, nor MS nor Google., Sony or anyone else. In the end each of them *will* fail. I guarantee it!

I want to read some insight not the bleedin' obvious all the time!

Commentards can rant either way, that's what commentards do and damned right because we're not paid, just passionate. But paid journalists?

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

Captain Queeg

Very true...

I wonder just what the Venn diagram of Glass users versus Apple Watch users would look like - I can't decide if the circles would be almost concentric or almost apart!

Me? I'll skip both I think.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

Captain Queeg

No news here really...

From the looks of it these guys have simply discovered BT Openzone! ;-)

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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

Captain Queeg

No, it's one of those irregular verbs:

I... ensure order and security

You... rule with an iron fist.

He... Commits inhuman atrocities.

(With apologies to Bernard Wooley)

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

Captain Queeg

> That'd be a good concept - produce a module that established watch makers can incorporate into their designs.

Agreed - if the case became a standard that the module could be transplanted in to or out of.

Being able to Upgrade the hardware module while retaining the "luxury" case would be a lovely way to combat obsolesce.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Captain Queeg

Re: And what do you *lose* moving off ICS ?

"How can they not make a phone that works with out needing to download a ton of spam filled apps?"

Because that delicious spam filling pays for the underlying "free" OS (free to the manufacturer mind, not to us!). No such thing as a free lunch. You're as bad burned as scalded or any other down home expression you can think of...

Capitalism is a double edged sword.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

Captain Queeg

...Fall back?

Is it just me that's amused that only half the aide memoir was used in the event name? :-)

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

Captain Queeg

"Considering that there are more app developers for Android than iOS, isn't going by a percentage (saying so many percent of iOS developers make so much money or more vs so many Android developers) make it seem like there are more iOS developers making the threshold when in fact more Android developers could be making it?"

True enough, but by the same logic doesn't that mean more Android Devs are failing the threshold too?

I don't quite see why you see percentages as invalid? They seem representative to me and far better for analysis. Working on absolute numbers would be like asserting that 10p Bic Biros must be inherently easier to lose than Parker Duofolds simply because Bic sell more units.

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Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

Captain Queeg

Re: Yeah, no.

> What part of "unless you set up a policy to bin them" is causing you trouble?

That's a fair point, but It's broadly similar to concerns around the UK's Porn filter.

There'll be a (slightly paranoid) suspicion that one day some over zealous prosecutor tries to brand changing the default setting as "actively destroying emails" and therefore clear evidence of wrong doing - "You were given the ability to store all email forever at no extra cost and you actively chose not to and switched it off? Are those the actions of an innocent man? Etc, etc..."

Should something like that ever to go to court, regardless of local retention laws, it's anyone's guess how the chips would fall. I imagine a lot would hinge on the state of M'Lord's Haemorrhoids on the day.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

Captain Queeg

Hubris on who's part though?

"Apple has something to bring to the computer business - it has nothing to offer the car business."

Isn't that what conventional wisdom said about the phone market? I seem to recall Steve Balmer certainly took that view...

Not saying you're wrong but are the likes of GM,Ford, VAG et al fundamentally much different to Nokia - long established, entrenched, complacent - fat and happy?

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

Captain Queeg

Re: More Eyes on Code

90 Days is time to do "something" but given the amount of regression testing that must be required it's probably only time to cobble something together in an unstructured and untested way.

I'm sure MS could be more fleet of foot than they are, but I'm equally sure continuing to drive this agenda is the wrong way to improve things.

This is little more than a pi**ing competition.

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Captain Queeg

Hmmm....

"if the date of a patch disclosure deadline falls on a weekend or a public holiday, Google now says it will hold off on its disclosure until the next working day"

That's big of them...

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

Captain Queeg

Re: Remember...

in the UK we're all expected to park on the Motorway...

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

Captain Queeg

Re: Time to cancel ...

Thank you - my bad! :-)

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Captain Queeg

Re: Time to cancel ...

Agreed! And actually The Guardian's stance probably sums things up nicely.

Murdoch (and I can't stress enough my dislike of the Murdoch press) set up a paywall. The message is clear - if you value his journalism you pay a fee to enjoy it.

The Guardian on the other hand, snipes away at that same paywall, spouting puff after sanctimonious puff about content being free and rejecting a pay model:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/blog/2010/jul/02/welcome-to-guardian-co-uk-for-former-times-readers

To quote - "We're very sorry you awoke to find you could no longer read your newspaper online without a credit card and we feel your pain". Indeed...

Is the implication of that quote (That you can read The Grauniad without giving them your credit card details) still true? Yes, but isn't it also now also just a little disingenuous?

In the end we're either going to have to come to accept being the product or accepting we have to pay for things. :-/

As you say, time to uninstall...

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

Captain Queeg

Re: @Truffle

we're furiously agreeing here. :-)

Tizen would be a bold move, but it's the only one that makes sense strategically as a phone only play. The other Strategic options are to get out of the phone business or as you say tie their Android handsets to the internet of things via a closed app/API.

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Captain Queeg

Re: Apple does not bake their own silicon

> Or put their money where their mouth is and fork Android, or use Tizen.

Well said. Use the profits to differentiate. Change or die...

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Captain Queeg

@Truffle

I doubt Apple care, they seem to make phones a lot of people do like.

In the end, the measure of any business isn't marketing spend, cost base, market share or any metric beyond return on investment.In this world, rightly or wrongly profits and therefore ROI count. And actually in the long term Apple don't matter to Samsung,

Sansung are dependent on Google, which is strategic suicide, just as any x86 system builder is dependent on Microsoft. The only possible outcome where manufacturers can't differentiate is a race to the bottom.

The bottom line is IOS can do a few things Android can't, just as Android can do a few things IOS can't, but Samsung currently can do nothing HTC, Hauwei or any other Android licensee can't do - usually more cheaply.

Samsung have done well to defy gravity for so long, but the pressure will always there in the market they're in.It's reaching the point where even Blackberry look like having a better proposition, not better than Android, but better than any single licensee.

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Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike

Captain Queeg

Re: according to a report.

Good point - i may be mistaken, but IIRC the original report said this wasn't fixable in software/firmware.

So I wonder if that was correct or FUD. I'm not sure 10.10.2 makes things any clearer one way or the other.

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T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

Captain Queeg

Re: Second!!!!

I have a slightly different take.

I *love* a well made watch just as some *love* vinyl and just as I write with a good quality fountain pen - because i like the feel and experience. I used to wear a watch every day.

But, even though I have 5 pretty high end expensive time pieces on my bedroom dresser, I now *never* put one on (save interviews, weddings etc.). I've thought about why this is and the best i can do is simply that a wrist watch doesn't have enough added value (features?) for me to spend the time pulling it on - which might sound odd, but is the truth - so I rely on my phone.

So far nothing i've seen in the wearable stakes has made me consider one, not even the iWatch which is probably the most functionally rich offering but still leaves me cold.

The cellphone, it seems to me is the new pocket watch - but unlike the pocket watch it has sufficient added value not to be replaced by the convenience of a wrist watch.

The secret to adoption (if there will ever be one) will be a killer app of some description but I can't see where it's coming from.

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Watch out, Samsung! 3 of top 5 smartphone makers are now Chinese

Captain Queeg

Re: three of top five...

That's a fair point but taken in the round it's worse news for Samsung than Apple.

Whatever the relative merits of iOS and Android, if anyone wants iOS they can only but it from Apple. The closest Samsung has is Touch-Wiz, which doesn't have the same draw as it's tied to Android and increasingly Google services.

Samsung are going to get eaten by the rise of the Chinese more than Apple because their point of distinction is so less defined or embedded. I expect Apple will continue a steady decline and settle at 8-10%, but I can't see where Samsung will settle.

It's a more or less perfect copy of the PC world with Apple using (often purely emotional) pulls and selling standard kit at margins Wintel vendors can only dream of - Nice work if you can get it.

Strategically, if they wanted to be a major long term player in the phone market, Samsung should have stuck with Tizen and gritted it out.

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

Captain Queeg

Surely?

Any decent factory car kit these days includes voice dial? Unlike Siri that'll be optimised for the car mic, etc. too.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

Captain Queeg

Re: Ok

Let's hope it's not in the same way MS Office revolutionised computing education...

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Captain Queeg

> Why would I want to pay through the nose to be effectively locked into the Amazon ecosystem?

That's a really good point, but Apple seem to have been able to achieve it and if anyone should be able to, it should be Jeff?

Maybe the iPod>>iPhone migration path is just more compelling than the Kindle>>Fire Phone. Certainly the kindle seems less like a natural feed to a phone than the iPod classic does, but not massively so.

The thing that puts me off is Firefly - very clever for sure, but the idea of paying Bezos top money to allow me to buy more from him more easly just grates.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

Captain Queeg

Telling...

Given Redmond's hold on the corporate desktop it genuinely surprises me that WinPhone isn't seen as gunning as number one. Apple are a mess in the enterprise and even if they make a real effort to catch up MS have all the experience in-house.

Managing corporate deployments of IOS seems to be a nightmare, so why does so much mindset still sit there? - I'm genuinely curious.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Captain Queeg

@Ledswinger

"It's the whole aesthetic rather than the sound quality ...."

"Not it isn't. It's about pantomime, and the pretence of sound quality."

I agree there's probably some confirmation bias in using Vinyl, but is that such a bad thing? If anyone derives pleasure from the process, regardless of it being aesthetic or pantomime, what's the harm?

Personally, my Vinyl went the way of all plastic years ago and it won't be making a return. But Enjoyment of music in whatever form factor can't ever be described as objective. Fidelity is only part of the equation - one of my favourite tracks is the original pressing of "Try a little Tenderness" - mastered on to CD full of hiss, distortion and obvious loss of fidelity at the recording stage - but it adds to the atmosphere of the track immensely even on "clinical" CD.

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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

Captain Queeg

Cant see it myself...

... if anything they look like lumias to me.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Captain Queeg

Re: Confused

"What would Mr. Jobs have said?!"

Probably "Jagwire"?

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

Captain Queeg

Re: Do iPhones/iPads allow SIM swap without a restart

I have to disagree - swapping SIMs on an iPhone is a royal pain - can I ever find that s*dding SIM unlocking tool?

I've reached the point of having ordered 100 of them so i can keep a stock to lose as I'm not about to start using bent paperclips on delicate electronics.

Any system that's "fingers only required" seems far better to me.

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Foxconn exec on iPhone 6: You're BENDING it WRONG

Captain Queeg

Re: “Hands are made* to shake hands, not for bending,” he advised.

And that's just what they do? :-)

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

Captain Queeg

Re: Still don't get it...

Because not everybody is happy being told what they can and can't do with the device that they have purchased.

Fair enough and it's a very valid point, but that doesn't answer the question posed of why anyone would *need* to. Prefer to, maybe, but regardless of any distinction between IOS or Android, the basic point is play with fire for whatever reason and you have to accept you may just get brunt.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

Captain Queeg

Re: particularly acute for the long-suffering women of the western world?

Not every woman, my wife keeps her phone in her bra... :-/

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Captain Queeg

@Alistair - Re: Once some players drop out then....

So still profit then, just expected rather than current?

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

Captain Queeg

@Paul Shirley

Apple were late to the mp3 player market and it didn't seem to hold them back.

Not that I'm not sceptical, I reached the point years back where my phone had replaced my watch.

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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

Captain Queeg

Jokes aside, this does look like the mother of all vanity projects

I'm sure there's a business case for a big campus site, but not for one that's as much form as function.

History records many examples of hubristic companies who massaged their own egos out of existance. BSkyB took on the undeniably chic Marco Polo House as their (expensive) head office, while Sky took on a functional "shed" somewhere near Romford. Both were suited to the companies needs but one was built to a reasonable budget while the other was more or less pure excess.

Activities like these don't condemn a company but they do signpost the management mindset.

If I were Cook, I'd be spending less on head office and more on testing/R&D or other activity that benefits end customers and therefore Apple's competitive position...

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

Captain Queeg

Re: One as bad as another

I have EE4G on my iPad and Three on my phone.

To be fair to three, while their customer service is less than great, so long as you grit your teeth you can *usually* get away with just the one awful testing call.

EE on the other hand seem able to set new levels of incompetence at every turn. I've *never* had a first call fix with EE.

Now, compare that record to the consistently stellar performance of Orange Customer Services in the early-mid 90s. What on earth went wrong? Oh yes, I remember, France Telecom...

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

Captain Queeg

Re: they already destroyed the evidence.

Or do "they" just hide it better now?

Would foil wrapping my handset help? :-)

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Captain Queeg

Unacceptable

Even for a consumer machine.

I quite like the iMac form factor as most if not all it's target market won't upgrade much at all, but memory and storage are the two most likely upgrades so it seemed logical and sensible to leave an upgrade path.

Disappointing...

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

Captain Queeg

It's a bit...

... 80's porn mansion for my taste.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

Captain Queeg

Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

Jobs wasn't ever averse to sticking the boot in. Endless references to cheap plasticky buttons slides of BlackBerry keyboards and such. The BSOD on the OSX windows share icon too.

Oh yes, he could mix it with the best (worst?) in the most childish of ways...

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Crikey! Three can buy O2, EU regulator says

Captain Queeg

Re: Really Voda?

Let's not forget the then market leader Vodafone UK were overtaken by orange when it was run by Hutchison so my guess is they're running scared.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Captain Queeg

Re: The Disabled, Sitting at Home

@Kurt Guntheroth

<irony>

That's just Sour Grapes. Who are you to criticise the authors "I'm all right Jack" approach. Your independence obviously isn't worth 5 minutes on his or anyone else's journey time....

</irony>

To be fair, the whole article is a crock, if this had been written 100 years ago, it'd be claiming the Wright Brothers were insane and Henry Ford would do better using Eugenics to breed a faster horse. :-/

Google are experimenting which is great. And while we're on the subject of Henry Ford these critics who scoff might well remember his quote - "if you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right..."

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

Captain Queeg

Re: For added irony, on the story's page

> btw, how do you encrypt a pigeon?

With a blender? No, actually, that may introduce a degree of latency to delivery of messages.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

Captain Queeg
Happy

Re: Bloody hell, they sound determined...

So per second billing goes by the wayside?

Not quite sure what to make of that, Orange used it as a fantastic launch gimmick, but I guess in these days of inclusive thirty-day contracts with hundreds or thousands of minutes included It's a bit of a moot point these days.

I think the bigger story at the moment are the new EE tariffs and mobile broadband. Now that contracts from the other networks are available, it looks like the margins are finally being squeezed. I spoke to them this morning and they trebled my 4G broadband data allowance whilst simultaneously cutting the monthly cost by £2. Whilst that still doesn't make it be offering quite as cheap as Three, it does bring it into the same ballpark.

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