37 posts • joined Friday 3rd May 2013 10:57 GMT
Re: I *want* two phones - I do not want my company IT mess with my personal one
> Until a single phone is able to keep two wholly separated environments...
That'd be Blackberry Balance on BB10 then. But without a commitment from the employer in terms of appropriate MDM I don't think it actually works, so I guess it's a great idea, well delivered but with no mindshare and therefore low take up. Unless anyone here knows of big deployments?
Shame really, the ability to use a single handset in two completely distinct native modes sounds like a great way to manage BYOD.
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
The problem with shortcut key presses is context. The whole point of a GUI should be simplicity with visual clues and obvious solutions to all major events (closing an application is pretty fundamental and as has been said, an X in the corner is more or less perfect - simple, unobtrusive and intuitive).
Expecting "professionals" or anyone else to learn keyboard shortcuts by wrote is bordering on enforcing a CLI. MS are either in the GUI business or reverting to CLI. Either is valid and both have strengths, but MS have it wrong.
It seems to me that the mess that is/was metro is neither fish nor foul and MS seem to have managed to harness the raw professional power of the GUI and married it to the intuitive simplicity of the Command Line. - Madness!
Re: How much?
Long term that $8 labour bill will rise as China and then other emerging markets develop and sweatshop wages are out-evolved.
In the same way outsourcers have chased the dragon through India, Eastern Europe and into Central America so manufacturers will have to keep finding the next centre of cheap labour - or automate and remove the labour.
I guess your our own ideological view will give us a individual view as to the iong-term ethics of the plan, but for commercial companies, building close to markets without having to relocate to chase low cost production every 5-10 years sounds like a really good idea.
I presume you meant de facto but the obvious pun made me smile :-)
Re: 30% seems high to me
Completely DAB an online here, no FM at all.
That's 2 cars (both factory fitted) a DAB media streamer and 2 portables.
But then our 2 favourite stations are AM, Stereo DAB and mono online, so i guess we have specific use cases.
Re: old ipad still too expensive
Both versions are equally valid....
He can't think of a reason not to?
There's quite an appeal to sitting on cash - consider the case of GEC after The new broom swept away Lord Weinstock's conservative approach to treasury management:
The guy is an out and out asset stripper - always has been.
This reminds me of the fall of Amiga inc.
Endless rumour, white knights and increasingly desperate predictions for a positive future whilst facing insurmountable odds resulting from incompetence.
No corporate strategy, insufficient money and operational paralysis. Shame really, I like my z10, nice phone, but *as an all round device* it's rough edged and not a patch on the iPhone 4 it replaced.
Re: Stats Pedant
Or equally possibly >50%, impossible to say. We can opine about it perhaps but as IOS and android are probably about on a par in terms of average usage levels 50% is as good a yardstick as any.
Unless of course we have strong citations that IOS devices are used for browsing more or less web traffic than Android ones.
Touch UI on desktop
Given Apples's obsession with UI/UX and Google's pragmatic approach, I see MS as the only touch hybrid circus in town for a long time to come.
This should mean steady (if not game changing) gains for OSX and Chrome OS as Win8 stumbles on,
Re: iPad Mini 2
Without commenting either way, in the tablet market I'm not sure performance benchmarks are as important as perceived speed and UX.
If I were Tim Cook...
.. I'd be shopping for blackberry as an acquisition.
The z10 and q10 both support many many more RF bands than Apple manage per SKU which suggests to me their years of radio experience is something Apple could really do with.
But then Tim Cook earns far more than me, so what do I know
The best thing...
... is the quality Jony Ive rip in the video.
"Every line and every corner" lol
5C - Cheaper?
They should, yes, but not if its predatory pricing.
I don't know the corporate position of the also rans or SFR but if the deals were loss leading and the losses were funded from group profits (say FTs landline business) is could well be anti competitive. Vodafone and BT were regulated to deliver the market we have in the uk today ( though I guess it's moot if the out turn for the consumer is better as a result). In an practical oligopoly it's important to protect smaller players from bullying.
It was BOC's predatory pricing that caused Air Products to be encouraged into the UK.
Re: same day as O2 - of course...
Given the risible state of O2's backhaul capacity more or less wherever I try to use it, I'd say that's a good thing!
That said, as my iPad on a 3 sim is now *regularly* hitting 15meg I don't think I'll be bothering finding out.
Well said - spot on.
Children occasionally get sun burned - ban them going outside.
Children are occasionally knocked down by cars - ban road vehicles.
Children sometimes fall off bikes - ban bikes for under 18s
Children occasionally drown - Close all swimming pools.
Children occasionally get fiddled with in the park - Close all parks
Children occasionally see post watershed TV- ban TV after 9:00pm
Yes, it's so clear now NomNom.
No, wait, I have a better idea, why not expect parents to behave in a responsible way. You could be really radical and call it "raising" their children, rather than featherbedding children so they have no idea of how to assess risks, make judgements or live lives so they reach adulthood unable to cope, maladjusted and naive.
No, actually, now i come to think of it, shame on you....
Authors of their own downfall
Unfortunately what will break Microsoft will be a failure to develop markets and execute strategy effectively, on time and to a business case.
This isn't a criticism of MS, but historically, given the Desktop monopoly, (which they built in the same way Google are building the coming Android monopoly - by providing consistency and a brand for struggling manufacturers) MS have been able to use the cash cows of Windows and Office to allow them to undercut and destroy competitors. I.E. Novel, Netscape, etc. etc.
This model seems to have become the only one that MS understand and it feels like they're not capable of delivering anything with reference to a positive business case. The ability to write down cost against the cash cows means XBox is considered a success but had it been standing on it's own two feet it would never have made the grade.
Diversification is absolutely the right strategy for MS, but until they learn how to be able to develop an idea of its own merits that stands comparison with it's peers without subsidy, they'll keep having to rely on the shrinking businesses to bankroll the success. And unfortunately those cash generating businesses margins are coming under more and more pressure.
My view is that MS need to do something compelling within 3-4 years (more or less next week in strategic terms!) or their long term fate is sealed as a server company.
Actually, el reg isn't probably the right place for this, but it's just hit me, I've crossed a line today. I've reached the point where I haven't the stomach to complain about this hideous restriction of freedom and privacy, because stripping away the supposedly populist pron cover, that's exactly what it is, because I'm too afraid of the personal consequences.
Never before have I felt this way, but I do now. It feels Kafkaesque and very very wrong, but my perception is that everything and everyone I hold dear could be lost to me because of legal individual choices I might make.
In the past, I've been amused by the ineptitude of Governments of all colours and their inability to organise or achieve anything at pace, on budget or with style. I don't think either that this will work or that it'll have any benefit, I see the reverse in removing "outlets" from a large proportion of the population, but I don't have the stomach to fight it for fear of a slimy, small minded, reactionary, hectoring public servant to brand me "a friend of the paedophile".
In these people's minds:
- I require unfiltered net access = I am a kiddie fiddler
- I object to being routinely monitored = I must have something to hide
- I buy a tub of weedkiller = I am a bomb maker.
Even after an exhaustive investigation proves nothing amiss, the suspicion remains, in loved ones, in friends, employers, colleagues, in everyone. "Isn't he the one who had his PC seized for three weeks....?"
This is a very sad day for me, because it's the day my patriotism died. I have ceased to be proud of my country or what it now seems to stand for.
That may sound melodramatic, but it's genuinely how I feel. So I shall click the "accept filter" button and be ashamed of myself as I do it.
Not posted as A/C because if they want to know, they'll bully until they're told...
I switched to BB10 a couple of months back...
... and it's "not bad".
The trouble is not bad isn't good enough - the device feels and operates in quite a clunky way. The experience is similar to Droid a couple of years back or IOS at launch and both of those have moved on at pace since then while BB has been ponding and trying to hit a moving target.
As I say, they've done an OK job but no more. It feels like the OS needs a couple of years to develop, but in that time iOS and Android will have moved on further and I just can't see any USP for the OS.
RIM really need to be bought out for their secure IP or by a big player who doesn't want to be tied to Droid.
Re: Crowded streets
If I had the choice of shooting for space in newly installed cabs that were linked to my own backhaul points of presence, versus putting new kit into new POPs and old, insecure, poorly maintained 20 year old neglected cabs, I know which way I'd go...
Making cabs physically secure feels like basic hygiene to me but the need to do it seems lost on VM...
if Sky News appearing on the Apple TV is a pre-cursor to Sky punting their on demand and over the top services on ATV in the UK?
The current offering for non subscribers is PC/MAC only - ATV would seem like an ideal vehicle to get PAYG customers on board, even at 30% it's another channel that Virgin don't have and once you've had easy big screen access (as opposed to HDMI from a noisy bulky PC) it's hard to go back.
Seems logical that Sky would explore the platform by offering Sky news before a bigger launch.
Re: Hold on a second...
Yes, Tesco use O2 and for GSM very good it is.
I'm on my way though as the data offer (O2 provided again) is dismal beyond belief.
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." - Sun-Tzu
I wonder what this tells us about the US Government's view of, erm, just about every other country on the planet it seems? Paranoia seems like the right description.
Speaking as a Briiton, I think the USA as a country is going to have to realise that it's time as The Superpower has passed, just as the UK had to come to terms with the same in the 20th Century, so will the US in the 21st.
Suez did a great job of downsizing British Imperial ambition by jolting the UK Government into a realisation that actually Britannia didn't still rule the waves and that to continue to act as if it did was at best a bit dumb.
Something is going to have to help the USA to come to terms with the fact that while they may have "owned" the 20th century, the 21st will belong to China and others on the Pacific Rim and that as a world power, whilst still important and influential they'll become less and less relevant and need to behave in a less hostile way.
I just hope it isn't any form of military action that's the catalyst.
Re: New name for SkyDrive
I doubt we'll ever know...
... what really happened.
We'll never find out what Apple have paid, what Samsung wanted and where any abuse took place. A quick bribe, sorry out of court settlement, no admission of liability and it all goes away...
It's the same playing route the publishing houses chose in the iBooks case and many have chosen before - pay 'em off, hush 'em up.
While I have no idea of Samsung (or any of the publishers for that matter) had done anything wrong, it's a bit disappointing really that justice or an examination of actions can seemingly be avoided in such a way.
Soory, to be clear that doesn't mean I lay the blame at Mrs T.'s door to any greater extent than any other PM who's presided over the slow erosion of educational standards since the war. As far as I'm concerned they're all equally culpable of failing to invest in youth...
Unstoppable by 1979? Yes, of course Mrs T was *such* a weak leader wasn't she...
"Ok Tom, if you're really 13 I guess you might think that they settled out of court because they were innocent. The reality is they settled because they thought they'd lose in court."
Not necessarily. The cost of litigation plays a big part in that decision and it may have been the case that the other defendants chose to take it on the chin and settle for a defined fine and no admission rather than much less certain per hour legal billing to prove their case.
While Apple, of course, for some strange reason, just *love* paying legal fees!
> He suggests that TV manufacturers do more work to make the browsers secure and configurable by users.
Oh, no. Can we not have one piece of equipment remaining that doesn't require endless configuration and represent a security threat - particularly something as generic and widely used as a TV.
I doubt I'll be heading off for a Smart TV any time soon if it's yet another device to manage. :/
Re: How much?
Who said ARM manufactured chips? Certainly not the OP.
Their licensees do and they do and they do it in huge volumes.
Consumers? Outlook? Don't think so...
This seems like a sideshow to me and quite a desperate one (in fact does it remind anyone else of the Playbook native email fiasco?).
Who knows of any consumer who uses Outlook? Not me - IMO it's overkill to use Outlook unless you have an Exchange back end and need the collaboration features. I'd wager almost all consumer Windows setups use Windows Mail, Outlook Express or a good old browser to manage email.
On the other hand, corporates should love Outlook on tablet, but Outlook and Office on RT? Again I don't think so,if you're a corporate, surely you'd want full fat X86 Windows to maintain flexibility.
This looks like a classic Venn diagram, with a very very small overlap of users wanting RT and Outlook.
Re: Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced the same as MacBook Air
> Not that I'm a fan, just find the constant negative spin by theRegister rather transparent and tedious.
It's hard to see where the positive spin is. Certainly your headline isn't it. The pro may be 30% or more less than a MacbookAir or any other premium ultra book but in the end it's a compromise. And if I'm going to spend that sort of cash I exepct the usability that a premium price should offer.
Being 30% cheaper would soon be forgotten when I was having to use a kick stand and dead flesh keyboard and carry the extra weight of an i5. Also having spent time with an iPad and a BB playbook, I really can't say I'm impressed with 16x9 as a premium formfactor in laptop or tablet. Premium should be 16x10 and 4x3.
I fear this is doomed...
Re: You what?
> Google need to seriously look at addressing this with manufacturers who are ruining UX - *why* do it?
Google have no need to stop this - as has been pointed out, so long as G keep harvesting data from handsets they're happy. They don't really need any manufacturer to profit or users to be satisfied, just for handsets to keep finding their way into our pockets.
Likewise, for handset makers, they absolutely *have* to apply crapware. If they all rolled out stock android on their largely sleek, largely black largely rectangular phones how else do they differentiate at point of sale?
Apple and BlackBerry have an OS they control and can use to drive sales. If you choose to produce stock Android or are in some way leaned on to go stock by Google then surely you have nothing to compete on but price. So margins suffer and the handset makers become busy fools sweating like navvies just to break even.
Android was that "first hit that's free" to Sammy/HTC and all and now they're hooked they're not about to move away from it. They're most dependent on the back end services and now they can't do without them because consumers expect them.
Take Apple, sitting on that huge cash pile and trying to become self sufficient from Google Maps. It'll take them 2-3 years *minimum* before their Maps are approaching the standard of Google Maps today. Even with that cash reserve and history of R&D it's still *that* hard to do. Can say, HTC, afford to develop their own back end solutions? No? Virtually no-one can, as Apple are proving.
So Samsung, HTC and dozens of others have to make the best of a bad situation, and one they've walked blindly in to in scrambling to compete with IOS when it launched - of providers of utlity handsets (even expensive ones are still Droids - which I don't mean as a criticism) - if they don't differentiate by overlaying and branding the UI layer and Apps set they'll be killed in sales terms.
Which as far as I can see is exactly what happened to hardware vendors licencing Windows:
Non-Exclusive OS > Commoditisation > Crapware
Re: No, No, No, No, No...
That's the most insightful comment I've read for ages.
Fanbois of all colours sneer and deride either Apple, MS or Google, but the plain fact is none of them have really innovated.
They've all taken the work of giants and commercialised it, which makes them all "the man" as far as I'm concerned and I'd stick it to them if I could.
And before anyone raises FOSS, don't, just don't. In the world, beyond browsers There seems to nothing but a string of pre-alpha in joke named software with a sneering braying support forum.
God I'm feeling cynical today...
Re: In news just in
> The reason Macs "never" crash is because they have locked off all the cool features and settings that
> you might accidentally mess with and crash your comp.
Just to be clear, you're contending that such stellar features as RegEdit and indeed the idea of The Registry in general is cool?
Can I borrow your kipper tie?
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