965 posts • joined 11 May 2006
Giving this more thought
I think Apple have missed a trick here, they've had the tablet market all to themselves for coming on three years and they've left the door open for MS to storm back in on the back of Office. If iWork had been free from the get go, most of those iPad users would already be using it and the demand for Office would be severely reduced, as is it's going to drop straight into the number one spots on various app stores as soon as its available and both fund MS and allow them to lever in Win8 kit with tighter integration.
I believe in these current financials are mo likely a blip rather than a portent of doom.
Its not the end of the world
They already make money from each Android sale, once they release Office for iOS and Android they'll be coining it in regardless of how well win8 tablets sell.
Because its only 9"
Which is way easier to do than 15", and they paid up front for the factory to make them, and because resolution independence isn't widely* supported by operating systems and Applications.
* Windows has better support for RI than Mac, but there is still loads of unaware software that's going to render as a postage stamp on a high res display.
Called this last year
Not that it's not obvious, as should be the iPad3 selling at current pricing, leaving the iPad2 as a 'budget' tablet, $399 seems likely, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was lower.
Basically the same strategy that's working so well with the iPhone, I think they're quite determined to remain the number one player in this market.
Any word on the upstream?
Can I expect 5+ Mbps after the upgrade to 60? Because that would be damn useful.
It's off by default
And most users will never look for or find the switch.
Cant we use science?
Couldn't we clone Rhino horn and flood the black market with it? It's not like cloned horn will be any less effective medicine or distinguishable from real horn, dump enough on the market and the price will drop till its not worth the bother to go out and kill a real animal.
Are you listening boffins? Forget the sheep, the big eared mice and the six arsed monkeys, clone something worthwhile for a change.
I already snagged this gig
Upgraded the chair with remote control and text to speech, this allows me to manoeuvre Stephen and even speak for him when he's tired, he's very pleased with this arrangement and also wanted you to know that he's now available for paid promotional events, please contact me directly for pricing.
Emptying into a compost heap seems like it could get complicated, but how about interchangeable hoppers so it could simply drop one off when its full and pick up another, leaving the owner to empty the hoppers. These coud be combined into a drive through charging dock/kennel.
Or they're not covering their costs, either way this isn't going to end well.
To be fair
The cops had no way of knowing it wasn't a real lightsaber.
If they're selling the storage based on a 29K average file size how on earth is a backend tape library supposed to get to the last 14K before a disk has served the first 15K?
Memory a bit hazy
But one of the things that blew me away about the Be OS demo In the early ninties was full motion video, 4 of them no less, mapped onto an interactive 3D model of a book. It made QuickTime look frankly pathetic.
Also, 5 second boot times, that was pretty awesome as well, part of me wishes Apple had picked JLG over Jobs.
Oh, and happy birthday QT
Consoles will be just fine
Right up to the point when SDSL gigabit is the norm, then they won't be able to compete with the pace and convinience of online game engines pouring the visuals to any screen you have to hand.
I was thinking of trying it for myself, but if you say the whole concept is pants that's good enough for me.
Been here before
Last time it was 'no native apps' then came the SDK and well, things worked out quite well.
I expect Siri API's will be available before Apple brings it out of beta, it is the future after all, dontcha know. In the meantime, i expect apple will attempt to block this sort of thing.
I think they'll spend a week or so reviewing the many possible alternate destinations, but will settle on a daring mission to the depths of the Pacific.
IPad 3, thinner, faster, retina, camera upgrade, for the same money as existing iPads, and 2+ versions of the iPad2 at a discount.
I was under the impression
That there never was anything unworkable about Tesla's wireless power station, apart from the charging people money bit, given there's no way to disconnect a user, or know how much power they are drawing.
Still good to see a project like this being built though.
Can't see this working out
I'd imagine the prospect of your competitors pretending to have serious coms issues presents some interesting opportunities for profit, this will play out like the prisoners dilemma.
Fully expect a "systems and coms surprisingly resilient" conclusion.
That would rule out solar panel wings then
Like that was ever likely, so looks like its just getting lighter, leaving a trail of fuel behind it as it rises into space, let's hope John McClane doesn't get careless with his zippo.
This won't end well
It's a private service, purchased/developed/operated solely as a selling point for their latest hardware, by a company with well funded, and dare I say, eager legal teams.
This hack makes Siri look easy in the same way that cracking your neighbours wifi network makes broadband look easy, it ignores all the hard stuff that someone else had to build and continues to pay for.
Freedom is Slavery
"While he was lost in his thoughts, Winston’s body had been performing the exercises routinely. Now he is suddenly startled out of his reverie by the instructress from the telescreen addressing him directly. Shouting at him as “6079 Smith W” the woman tells him to pay more attention and recalls him to the regimented present where each man is a coded number and the telescreens spy on every activity."
No image match on tineye
Just searched for it, no results from 2 billion images, not conclusive of course but it really wouldn't surprise me to discover these systems are wide open.
Looks like iit might find a use as exhaust baffle
Assuming it has some sound absorption and provides thermal insulation, I can see this going into race cans.
The most interesting part
Is the bit about artists selling directly, this seems like it could be very disruptive to the established industry. I can see Apple adding this if they can do so without the labels cutting them off, and google adding a match service, because uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data just isn't funny over consumer broadband.
We're getting a little closer to a flat rate all you can eat service with every new music store that launches, which is nice.
Just even it out by applying a matching injury to your other thumb, it's a well established fact that symmetrical pain signals cancel each other out.
Has anyone mentioned 2010 yet?
Can't remember the quote, was something about EUROPA though.
Watched 'Top Boy' on 4OD this week, a heavily advertised show, there's even billboards up for it, but all the in show advertising was for channel 4 shows.
This seems quite common in my experience, and I'd suggest it indicates that advertisers don't perceive On Demand audiences as something worth paying for, so it doesn't surprise me that content owners aren't falling over themselves to put everything they own on these services.
The problem with these products isn't just that they don't make anyone any money, they also depress earnings on the existing revenue streams.
I thought they already used reciprocating saws in medicine that are designed to not cut soft materials, using an angle grinder seems like the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nut.
"Bodies?" said the Captain again.
Ford licked his lips.
"Yes," he said, "All those dead telephone sanitizers and account executives, you know, down in the hold."
The Captain stared at him. Suddenly he threw back his head and laughed.
"Oh they're not dead," he said, "Good Lord no, no they're frozen. They're going to be revived."
Well Skype won't do, mobile data networks are still way to flakey to rely on. I'd love to have google voice here in the UK, but even that is still going to require a SIM that before you know it will be so small youll need tweezers to install it.
Talk of the devil, this just in: http://www.gi-de.com/en/about_g_d/press/press_releases/G%26D-Presents-World’s-First-Nano-SIM-Card-g17024.jsp
I've had lots of SIM's, in all shapes and sizes
To fit the countless phones I've owned on various networks over the years. The only thing I've kept over the decades is my phone number, and some people dont seem to care about keeping even that.
Call me an idealist, but I always thought the future would be about signing in to a different phone and my number and stuff would be waiting for me, rather than fucking around with ever smaller bits of plastic.
I know, married IT worker, how can that be?
She's not mail order either, I'm one in a million me.
FFS, IF I'D KNOWN YOU COULD GET AN IPAD ON BENEFITS I'D HAVE JACKED THIS STUPID JOB IN AGES AGO, CAN YOU TELL ME YOUR SECRETS FOR BENEFIT SUCCESS?
Use mine all day long
Even when I'm using my desktop or laptop, the iPad sits next to the keyboard, when I surf on something else I instinctively try and double tap to zoom in on the content, which is a bit annoying when it doesn't happen.
In order of usage: surfing (research & recreation), email, Plex (films), games, books, music, ssh, VNC & system monitoring. Best gizmo I've ever owned, wife hates it.
It will be a hit
I've no doubt Amazon has the chops to pull this off, and it's definitely going to impact iPad sales, but it's going to destroy the rest of the Android tablet market before it even gets going, not only is Amazon in the rare position of being able to subsidise their tablets with content sales, but they're going to reap economies of scale benefits as well.
3 years from now the tablet market will be pretty much just Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.
Some people are on the pitch! They think it's all over!
It is now!
Re: Fake noise
For some reason this doesnt seem to be happening, Had a chat with an electric courier van driver a while ago, he mentioned that none of them like taking out the electric vans because pedestrians keep walking out in front of them.
Mind you one time while waiting at some lights to pull onto the strand a yank ambled over and asked what batteries my old NC35 ran on, was never sure if he was taking the piss or genuinly thought it was too quiet for a motor at tickover, sang a sweet tune at 15k revs though.
Didnt give up, just couldn't afford the insurance when Ethan came along and made us six.
Baby forces sale, mint CBR66RR, will px for bastard people carrier.
I'll ride again.
Re: ride it like a bicycle
Excelent advice, except that people get knocked off push bikes every hour of the day, and the whole going fast when it happens thing.
Seems like its really only suited to city riding, where you have almost zero chance of getting stuck with a flat battery, wonder if the dash has a 'point of no return' idiot light?
That aside, as a veteran rider of London town, i reckon a silent motorbike will guarantee its rider a first class ambulance ride in short order.
It may be a cliché but Loud pipes really do save lives.
Fuck I miss my bike, stupid procreation.
So what you're basically saying
Is that we're very likely to be robbed every time we step on the underground, but don't worry because the Banks have our backs?
Is there such a thing as a Faraday wallet?
Doesnt seem likely
For one thing, there's no mention of Amazon, who as far as I can tell is the only other player with the content and backend systems required to compete, Secondly, they're basically predicting Apple's sales to be pretty much the same in 2012 as 2011, which would seem pretty unlikely even if they weren't going to release an ipad 3 in four months or so.
I think 2012 will see an erosion of the iPad share due to the Fire & Nook, maybe Microsoft will get in there as well but they're more likely to roll up in 2013, Xbox integration and the Metro UI (stunning job that, never thought I'd praise a MS UI), plus the fact that they own at syncng, should make it easy for them to become a player in this market, even late in the day.
The man talks sense
Most users never use Java apps, there's no sense in leaving it on, better to disable it and deal with the edge cases when someone actually needs it.
My SOP is to disable Java, Flash, auto fill and PDF plugins, most of the web works just fine sans flash since iOS support became a big deal, and in the cases where only flash will do, it's built into googles chrome browser which keeps it up to date without user intervention.
On a different yet related note, a good few years ago I knocked up a script that encoded a users IP and forum ID into the reply button jpeg on a MMOG forum, this enabled us to identify who was leaking screen grabs from private areas of the forum. /misspent youth.
He published malware onto the appstore, which has almost certainly been downloaded by users given its been up there for over a month, has been testing live payloads, and he's surprised they pulled his account?
Critical thinking fail.
All your base
Its not about whether it will work or not (it won't, for fairly obvious reasons), it's about an Industry with an uncertain future*, creating a new profit centre that's so irresistible to the omnipotent ambitions of western governments, they're likely to make it mandatory.
To paraphrase the BOFH, you can't help but admire the sheer balls of it.
* that would be the AV industry, Android offers sales for them in the short term, but the trend on OS X and Windows is about locking everything down to such a degree that AV products can do little more than check themselves for infection, in the long term, I'd expect Amazon to essentially fork Android to provide a similar 'safe' experience**.
** for a given value of 'safe'.
Theres a NASA animation of it crossing the moons orbit
Looks a little like one of those slow motion bullet films, I think it's fair to say that if it collided with us it would be game over man.
Banks offline, SSL cert authorities pawned, RSA encryption seeds stolen, Military defence contractors burgled, nuclear reactors sabotaged, something new and exciting every day.
Script kiddies, organised crime and governmental hacks all blurred together, exploiting networks and systems that were designed for utility rather than security.
This will end badly.