1218 posts • joined 11 Jul 2007
It's all free marketing talk without at least a ballpark number, sorry.
Re: You realize this is going to work on older iPhones too?
You realize theat they ALL USED TO HAVE it , TOO? It's just when TackyOS (a' la J.IVE) arrived they broke all provider (TMO) compatibility.
"so as the article notes it needs a T-Mobile-specific firmware for it to work."
It's actually not true as it's still not more than a couple secure extra packages installed - the keyword is "secure" so you cannot install yourself (in the early years I used to but then few years ago they made it much harder and subsequently they bumped up their coverage in NYC to the current level of greatness so I don't care anymore.)
'E.g, when you're a T-Mobile US customer"
...and you also happen to be a classic inbreeding redneck somewhere waaay out in the sticks - otherwise you enjoy decent signal on TMO practically everywhere like the rest of us do, people living in civilized (metropolitan) areas, approx 85% of the US population, according to the 2011 Census Bureau stats.
I, for one, am glad that TMO is not spending any money on covering remote man-hunting, gun-touting, sister-loving communities, religious sects and alikes. Once got to the point when in our civililzed areas we are all enjoying our daily 100Mbit LTE speeds and using VoLTE then I'll be fine with spending the profits on extending coverage to the nomads - until then they should pay for VZW (they save enough on housing, hah.)
Classic case of pure BS Apple propaganda while simply using exisiting tech...
...and trying to sell it as some sort of "new innovation" - WiFI Calling, brouhahahaha... I seriously cannot recall how many years ago T-Mobile started shipping every phone with WiFi Calling including iPhones running iOS < the tacky one (v7)...
...just how long the media will ignore the numerous Apple elephants in the room, only to save their stock investment...?
And the insanity continues - so much for the "but new CEO" hopes...
..., he's doing the same lunatic crap the angry, fat, bald, chair-throwing beancounter was doing.
Provided it is waterproof, dustproof etc...
...which it isn't - because then it would be a Sony one.
His own - it's been turned into a shrine.
Re: Extra, Extra, The Daily Sermon from Rev Jasper is here
After having to suffer Myslewski's constant barrage of pro-Apple propaganda BS for years it's actually sort of refreshing...
It looks incredibly TACKY...
...especially for the price - and on top of that it sounds like this watch will offer a limited, narrow functionality.
I feel like we just made a jump back in time to the old 1994-2004 Apple, with its laughably overpriced but awful machines.
Re: Reminds me of Blackberry (bury?)
Nah, this is nothing like that, it is a valid option, they are just awfully clueless at marketing and execution, it seems.
This phone runs an Android fork and since Amazon is one of the few real app store owners they could easily make it successful - but not at this price point (market is waaay too saturated for this, they have to "buy in" to get meaningful market share) and definitely not by tying it to the most abhorrent, most disgusting, shittiest provider in America (they need to offer it through T-Mobile etc or AT LEAST make it available unlocked with an interest-free monthly payment plan with zero down payment.)
At ~$17/month w/ an extra year of Amazon Prime extension added to my account I'd get one for my wife to tame her oniomania - but the current offerings (AT&T or $450) are very far from anything I'm willing to even just seriously consider...
Re: 2 year ATT contract?
Exactly. No one wants to switch to the shittiest provider a.k.a. AT&T by default, much less for a brand-new, never-heard-of new Android phone.
And even if you would give it a run it only comes unlocked with a $450 price tag - you gotta be freakin' kidding me, Mr Bezos. Even if I consider the 1-year free Prime extension tacked on ($99) it's still $350 upfront... why on Earth Amazon does not offer *any* payment plan, like T-Mobile's highly successful Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) where it is decoupled from your plan and you pay its monthly fee independently?
Amazon should drop it's price to $399 and offer it with an optional payment plan with no strings attached - just like TMO does wiuth EIP, they even take the phone back anytime (sans refurb offerings), clearing off any remaining payments (sort of like renting your phone.)
Not only I never cared about it but actually never heard of anyone in my tier (decision-maker) giving a flying frog about it. It's one of those services that were created by marketing people, serves marketing people, run by marketing people - in short it exists only to give marketing people a job, it means nothing else, serves no purpose for anyone else.
Re: Because thats what sea life wants!
"They would say so, wouldn't they? Especially to the Poles, to whom they want to flog their missile defence systems, no?"
Quite the opposite - the Poles are (understandably) desperate to get them for years now. US was always vary of installing such powerful systems, even if it's a clearly defense-only one, so close to the Russians. NATO simply did not want to give Putin an excuse to ignore the NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997, even despite it never contained any provision that would put an *actual* limit on NATO deployment options - although Yeltsin was often claiming of putting "an obligation not to deploy NATO combat forces on a permanent basis near Russia"... despite all this NATO always kept the Russian beliefs and sensitivity in mind...
...and yet it was actually Putin who just flushed it down the toilet, starting with its *actual* signed article about the inviolability of sovereign borders in Europe, as it's clearly spelled out in Section I:
In implementing the provisions in this Act, NATO and Russia will observe in good faith their obligations under international law and international instruments, including the obligations of the United Nations Charter and the provisions of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as well as their commitments under the Helsinki Final Act and subsequent OSCE documents, including the Charter of Paris and the documents adopted at the Lisbon OSCE Summit.
To achieve the aims of this Act, NATO and Russia will base their relations on a shared commitment to the following principles:
development, on the basis of transparency, of a strong, stable, enduring and equal partnership and of cooperation to strengthen security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area;
acknowledgement of the vital role that democracy, political pluralism, the rule of law, and respect for human rights and civil liberties and the development of free market economies play in the development of common prosperity and comprehensive security;
refraining from the threat or use of force against each other as well as against any other state, its sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence in any manner inconsistent with the United Nations Charter and with the Declaration of Principles Guiding Relations Between Participating States contained in the Helsinki Final Act;
respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all states and their inherent right to choose the means to ensure their own security, the inviolability of borders and peoples' right of self-determination as enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act and other OSCE documents;
And so on and so forth. Read it in its entirety here: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/official_texts_25468.htm
Well, as we just learned not only given words do not mean anything but even signed, bounding agreements mean nothing to this bewildered, sneaky, spineless ex-KGB attack dog who runs Russia nowadays... too bad, Russians once again heading to the sewage tank of history, thanks to this mini-tzar and his ilks running amok in their neighborhood.
Re: Because thats what sea life wants!
Someone is watching too much Russia Today or Chinese TV propaganda...
FYI the SSN22 threat was taken care of when Raytheon started shipping SeaRAM, its drop-in 11-missile upgrade for the Phalanx platform: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/searam/
As for the old DF21 Aegis' RIM-161 (already deployed by USN and JMSDF) is capable to track and take down *hundreds* of incoming Chinese/Russian/etc ICBMs (and no enemy airplanes will fly anywhere near to any USN carrier strike group in combat, I guarantee that.)
Time Warner Cable, the archetype of a poorly-run, dirt-cheap network of a profit-greedy company.....
...and that's what you get ^10 if they will be allowed to merge with Comcast, the worst of all.
Mr Mayor, we MUST STOP THIS or NYC gets...
...even lower on the worldwide list - and it's already way-way down...
Outside of Manhattan it is essentially a SINGLE-PROVIDER TOWN, there is no choice almost everywhere in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, as well as Staten Island, thanks to the silent monopoly-agreement between Cablevision and Time Warner Cable - the two giants who do NOT enter each others' street are so arrogant that in parts of Brooklyn they serve every 2-3 blocks then let the other one take that slice of the cake, they so obviously chopped up the neighborhoods it is truly breathtaking...
...no wonder they are so arrogant: Sen "Wall St Chuck" Schumer (D-NY), living in one of these Brooklyn neighborhoods (the same one you and I live, Mr Mayor) actually sits on the "Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights" in the Senate and - icing on the cake - he is the brother of Robert Schumer, one of the the main lawyers working on the planned TWC-Comcast merger... little surprise that he praised this almost universally hated merger, right?
The faster the parasites go extinct...
...the better for everyone.
Now let's move on and make a move on Government Sach's (et al) completely illegal HFT practices
It was bought by Toshiba long time ago, stop with your inane nonsense.
Re: More like 2000
Well said except the Windows part: virtual apps etc are a still steaming pile of crap on Windows compared to other platforms, even today, not to mention MED-V deploys an entire XP image, APP-V is aiming streaming etc.
Chroot is NOT a container - I suggest reading up on the subject: https://docker.com/whatisdocker/
...is the right name.
Better cost a LOT less than $100k...
...or be a LOT faster than the numbers I've heard from them last year otherwise it's still the same story like with the 6200-series: expensive as hell yet less-than-impressive bandwidth for a all-flash unit.
Re: Good article.
"he rules are that something is not public domain unless the creator says otherwise.... Well? Who said otherwise, Jimmy?"
Uhh, hate to brake it to you but the law says otherwise - you got it exactly (ass-)backwards: UNLESS it's claimed by someone it is public domain BY DEFAULT.
"Who said otherwise, Jimmy?"
Umm, everybody, heyrick.
I'm still confused: since when my tax dollars meant to be put to work for media companies...?
And how about literally LIMITING what someone can read/watch...?
To me the former is totally against any democratic setup, the latter is the square opposite of freedom, both regardless how all the media scumbags and their unabashed mouthpieces try to present it otherwise... (Hello, Mr Biden and your good friend, ex-Sen Dodd, now head of the MPAA - how are you two doing today, can any of you tell us who'll the MPAA arrest next time overseas, preferably in a local SWAT operation and what kind of utterly and laughably fake stats you will present against the resulting shitstorm?)
Most insane argument on ElReg in a loooong time...
...so let me get this straight: the AUS gov (you know, long considered to be the most servient one to foreign interests among any Western-style democracy) SHOULD retain metadata (=who called whom, when, where, how long, what kind of handsets etc.), of which they are the biggest USERS (=zero third-party interests to provide some protection from abusive overuse) because...
....just BECAUSE THEY already have DCs and THEY CAN?
PS: I think someone really need to take his medication as the doctor prescribed it (or get off the payroll of certain government agencies.)
You want to play hardball? Fine.
Well, then I will stop using it on my phone altogether, you arrogant twat...
...Mr Sugarhill - it's your call.
This is projectware...
...nothing else at this point. At least Blackberry realized - almost too late but at least they did it - it's the lesser of two evils to piggyback on another ecosystem for apps (ie Android.)
The Koreans probably realized that being this late to the party means that trying to do all the heavy lifting (ie fostering new OS ecosystem) alone is a herculean task even for the most established OS giants like MSFT, so it would definitely break the back of any newcomer OS, even if its sugar daddy (Samsung) is otherwise among the richest guys on the (mobile) block...
...essentially a protection racket, a stupid medieval-age guild. I hope in 10 years they will disappear completely and this completely ridiculous, mafia-like taxi underworld disappears from here (NYC.)
Re: "Only one car maker builds truly attractive large saloons and that’s Jaguar"
Certainly not alone and - though this is more of a subjective matter - they don't even have a single "truly attractive large saloon" (sic!) unless you like ugly-as-hell rear designs like that of the XJ and Maserati/Aston-copying fronts...
"enterprise push email"
Push isn't much of a selling point unless you're in one of those niche business but then chances are you already have BES or another competing solution - however GOOD security is much more important now, post-Snowden.
Now that they have the all the cloud pieces in place BB should start offering hosted/cloud-based secure email service on their own, touting their end-to-end (within their domains, of course) AES256 etc encryption, providing VPN etc.
I understand this won't do anything for dubious local LAE access - hey, that's something Congress should fix - but at least it would offer *some* protection against the completely illegal attacks of the completely out-of-control, completely rotten UKUSA-based intelligence establishment.
Re: Corporate governance—crowned
Huh, WTF? Normally I ignore stupid AC comments but this is such a nonsense I cannot...
...FWIW Mark Hurd was THE LAST BEST CHANCE for HP to stay relevant. The utterly stupid board, mostly lawyers and their ilks (eg Whitman was a rep) put in charge that glorified software sales guy who was fired from SAP and now they blame him...
...and pray that Whitman will make HP glorious. Good luck.
Err, sorry, correction: "FCC chairman and ex-cable top lobbyist and ex-telco top lobbyist"...
...Tom Wheeler, this paid Trojan Horse, put into this position by Obama, to satisfy his paymasters...
(He is the former President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and former CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), the two most disgusting industry lobby groups when it comes to anything in telecommunication, making Tom Wheeler the probably the worst possible paid *&^%$ for this position at the main oversight & regulatory body of the industry.).
...carry on, please.
LTS2 is a weird product...
...with such basic features missing like deleting multiple files or a non-empty folder - how could they launch it like that, I don't understand.
Is it me or...
...is it indeed ugly as hell (or at least ridiculous-looking)...?
At this point why don't they just BUY/BUILD A NEW COUNTRY...
...somewhere else? You know, some place where weather is actually suitable for humans all year long and you can live without completely *&^%$ing up the climate with your emissions, energy needs etc?
Seriously, just BUY AN ISLAND and fill it up with your (tempting, luscious, alluring) camels, people then just KEEP MAKING IT BIGGER, build it out, under nice climate - it's a much better way to piss away large sums of money on stupid things!
Just think about it: you could still keep your old Dubai as your cash cow with its oil output and horrible living condition while enjoying the New Dubai Island with its filtered, neutralized populace - hey, you could even split your slave labor between them, only bringing the rape-worthy 'domestic help' and 'service industry' hands to your new place (even less possibility for an outsider to get wind of what's going on there) and keeping the industry laborers, normally held like animals in containers, in your Old Country... doesn't it sound great?
Re: No worse than Las Vegas, surely?
No because in Vegas nobody wants to air condition the streets or entire neighborhoods.
Re: @Charles Manning
"The genes are equivalent, they don't acquire something special because a few generations of ancestors were slaves."
DougS, are seriously trying to argue with someone who clearly uses "gene pool" as an argument for different 'cultural background'...?
Just read his BS blurb about Obama again, he's the archetype of the fake-science racists, no point in arguing with him...
When the subject is about roots there are Jewish-American etc terms so it isn't really about any origin country. OTOH I agree, American Muslims is far more correct term but also far more vulnerable for abuse, from both sides.
"Alternatively, it could be read to suggest that Muslim-Americans are, you know, not quite real Americans."
Total nonsense - it's a very common thing here and I never met anyone who wouldn't be proud of her/his ancestry, who would be offended by hearing, say, 'Irish-American', would take it as a pejorative.
Re: thought I'd counter the inevitable outright negativity
"And yes, although you can sideload apps from the Play Store, it's really pretty hit and miss how well they will work."
Well, you can consider that issue solved - Amazon recently inked a deal with Blackberry and its App Store coming to all BB10 device: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/06/amazon-appstore
Re: It could be their best chance for a solid return...
"BlackBerry doesn't have to put out a product that's "as good as" the competition at this point."
Actually BB10's communication management is FAR BETTER than anything else out there.
"Windows Phone's UI is genuinely quite different from Android/iOS and very good for the simple/integrated organizer tasks."
WP UI is genuinely different, even got some stuff better than Android but for high-frequency communication it's the most annoying PoC right after iOS (which is far the worst offender), the whole tiles etc is absolutely useless when it comes to a constant, integrated communication system that BB10 is focusing on.
"I've used BB10 and it has a few novel ideas but it doesn't feel like anything that couldn't be done in an Android skin. "
Oh pleahhse. Clearly you have never used one for more than a quick test in a store or you seriously have no clue what you're talking about - BB10's unified "Hub" is far ahead of anything Android ever managed to produce with its fragmented, multiple-app communication management (despite even stealing almost everything from WebOS without any problem) and iOS is the worst on the market.
"I personally believe that BlackBerry should have released the interface as an Android skin instead of a full OS. "
Yeah, that's the typical clueless armchair CEO idiocy, completely missing the main point (unified communication) behind BB10.
It could be their best chance for a solid return...
...to the market - as a matter of fact the touch-sensitive physical keyboard is certainly far more inventive than anything Apple or the Android camp so far managed to pull up when it comes to text entry and I also like the idea of a large, high-resolution (1440x1440) screen that's NOT as tall as my Xperia Z Ultra, not to mention that anytime I tried a BB10 phone I've never seen the signature multitasking issues I always seen on iOS or Android (limited multitasking, sluggishness, randomly putting apps to sleep, triggering a loss of entered text/content etc etc)... it's taking forever, for sure, but the new CEO is far the best bet I've seen from RIM to return Blackberry to the black permanently. No it won't ever be as big as it was but it still could be a solid smaller player, with its advanced products - integrating Amazon's Android app store was a long-missing, logical step, now updating the hardware to current standards is the next... let's see the price tag and how it all get tied together in 10.3 (and presumably in BES12.)
Re: More BS from RIM
Ouch. You do understand the concept of resolution vs pixel size, right?
Re: All really good stuff.
Playstation Now is very impressive, I agree, the latency, responsiveness, everything - too bad majority of those PS3 games just look awful after a PS4 game. :)
Re: All really good stuff.
Huh, 99%, seriously? Of what? The ENTIRE media center package is still missing: no streaming movies, no DLNA support, no network file browsing, no Flash Player in browser, no MP3 streaming etc etc.
Sony needs to put a LOT OF WORK into PS4 to make it into a formidable media player box - it's a very nice gaming console package, I agree and it's good that they have shipped with Amazon, Netflix etc streaming services apps but that's it - the PS4 as it is today is a VERY far cry from being a game changer in the living room, for sure. (And I can give you more examples of awkward features: to switch from decoded sound channels to bitstreaming you have to quit playback, go to Settings, then into Sound, change the format, wait until your AVR picks it up etc, then go back? It should've been exposed in the API to 3rd party apps from the beginning so it would be right in the playback menu everywhere, not to mention all apps are still developed by Sony so it's even more of a sore point...)
PS: I agree though that the DualShock is an utter PoC media remote - for starter only thumb buttons should be active, everything else should be inactive because during almost EVERY movie we watch on Amazon we accidentally stop or quit when we simply move the remote on the couch...
That's actually not true - I think it's moreup to the individual provider, in this case Amazon... IANAL but there's no "super-world-authority" here, it's more about rather different legal reads of a murky situation, none tested in court so far AFAIK.
Amazon's take was always rather practical than principled - Vogel (CTO) is saying for several years now that customers in non-US DCs worried about possible access should simply encrypt their data, pure and simple. He's right, there's nothing better protection than using your own, very strong crypto and not giving the keys to anyone. :)
OTOH Rackspace, with DCs in the US, UK, AU and Hong-Kong, clearly spills out that if they receive any US law enforcement agency request (court order, NSL, FISA court order, anything) targeting non-US data then they require US LEA to contact its counterpart LEA or a court in the target country and have them submit a request (or joint request, not exactly clear to me.)
Their SVP&General Counsel made it pretty clear on various pages: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/your-data-is-your-data-period/
Now with UK and AU both being parties to the Five Eyes it does nto mean much of a protection but what happens in Hong-Kong is anyone's guess... one thing is sure if I'd have to chose I'd rather have the NSA going through my mp3s instead of the PLA's intelligence brigade.:)
The Docker image is...
...the last beta image but it's already working fine which is awesome (shameless plug: see szlevi.com for a newb guide to quickly get it up and running.)
And Gen Alexander's Frankenzilla aka the NSA is just running amok, spiralling out of control...
...and the proud father and his ilks are is still enjoying retirement, promotion etc instead of a nasty federal investigation for lying to Congress, knowingly and continuously violating constitutional limits etc. Somehow nothing happens.
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