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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.
This is an educated guess
I would imagine in normal operations the craft is orientated with sensors towards the planet, like the moon or a coms sat for instance, so the solar array would still receive sunlight for periods of the day but would be at acute angles for most of the subside orbit. Safe mode I would guess sets the satalite in a tumble* so that the panels are always facing the sun while the instruments peer into space, planet, space, planet and so on.
*Technically, in normal operations the satellite revolves around its axes, to keep the planet in view as it free falls round it, while in safe mode it stops revolving, which to an observer would look like its tumbling.
May I suggest
Gold plated diapers.
Can't believe how few people notice that gadgets in MS concept videos are imbued with mind reading abilities, between a fantasy UI and reports about the hardware being prototyped in pieces, it's pretty clear that W8 was easily going to beat this concept to production.
There's also a lot of people here saying "how hard would it have been to put email on it", way to miss the point, if these stories are to be believed, it had already been in development for 5 years, when BG asks how it does email and they guy replies that it doesn't yet, Bill isn't going to be thinking "well that's not hard to add", he's thinking "these guys don't have a fucking clue".
If all they tested was the psychological effects
Then that was a colossal waste of time and money, because that test environment is literally 250miles away from the kind of instant death scenarios the real ship's crew will operate under and the test subjects would have been well aware of that fact.
You might as well argue that people are psychologically prepared for living on a 1m squared platform at the top of a 20m pole because your test subject survived balancing on a pallet for a month.
Pop a crew in a submersible and drop them down the Mariana trench and I'll bet a few heads get broken long before 5 months go by.
The times, they are a changing
Seems like every day one story suggests the world is sliding into anarchy while another story documents the lock step towards big brother. Hard to believe this feedback cycle is going to end well.
You Are Not It.
The reason Apple sells so well is because they make beautiful hardware combined with UI's that don't require the user to be technically minded to use.
It turns out that the majority of consumers don't want to have to read a manual to use something, they're not curious about what the button with the weird icon does, they never explore menus looking for buried treasure, they just want a hassle free experience, to feel in control of the thing, they hate the idea that they might screw the thing up by pressing the wrong button.
I think improving TV for joe public is something Apple would excel at, but it all hinges on the content, and sans Jobs, I'm not sure Apple could pull off the deals required to make it possible. Which would be a shame, because where Apple ventures everyone else follows.
Just tested this
4 finger swipes don't work, so you're limited to whatever the active app was when you locked it.
I'd expect an OTA patch for this fairly promptly.
Somewhere in the last series,
The Magic smoke escaped.
Will skip anything involving CAS thanks.
This is an obvious photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadows are all wrong.
Almost every thing you just said is true
Android was in development (publicly), prior to 2007, and Google did buy the company, but prior to the iPhone launch Android was an obvious blackberry rip, top half screen, bottom half keyboard, the interface was also BB inspired, with a dock of apps along the bottom of the tiny screen and a hardware joystick for navigation.
After Apple unveiled the iPhone all that work was basically thrown in the bin and replaced with a full size screen, soft keyboard, capicitive touch screen and a grid of icons.
Don't take my word for it though, google it for yourself.
Oh, Edmund... can it be true?
That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Brown?
Duck and cover
There was a first time for every new technology used in warfare, to argue that because X hasn't happened yet it never will seems remarkably reckless, especially in these days of Stuxnet, daily intrusions by the PLA and rumours that the US considered hacking Gaddafi's air defences.
At this point I think it's a given that most if not all industrialised nations have cyber warfare divisions, that the Yanks are better than the Chinese because they don't get caught as often (and when they do pretty sophisticated code is uncovered), I'd also posit that the civilian systems that ensure humans around the globe are fed, watered, warm and happy are riddled with bugs that the aforementioned agencies have spent the last 5 years discovering, weaponising and filing away for a rainy day.
This guy is on crack, we will certainly see SoftWar cause human casualties at some point, agree that there's no sense worrying about it though.
They have an image problem
As illustrated by Every! Single! Yahoo! Article! On! T'Reg!
They should focus on the bits people like, but don't associate with Yahoo!!! Like Flickr, thats something they can grow without alienating their existing yahoos by rebranding.
iOS 5 enables delta updates
So this is the last complete firmware image.
Why assume they're for biddy iPads?
Could be a screen for a new magic trackpad, or some other gizmo. The Aspect ratio might be a clue, but I suspect a small number of production samples just means they're playing with ideas, or more likely, competitors heads.
iCloud backup space
It doesn't bother backing up anything that can be redownloaded, like the OS, apps, media from iTunes or that's been synced from your PC, IMAP mail, anything that's already backed up as part of iCloud, like contacts and calendars.
Which is to say you only need a fraction of the device space for a complete backup, eg: 500 mb for my 16GB iPhone and 700MB for my 32GB iPad.
To my mind, this is a clever approach that minimises bandwidth requirements and drastically cuts down the time taken for a backup but we're all entitled to our own opinions.
Re: am I missing something?
Yes, Its v1.0
I'm just glad it works, they'll get round to adding the "remove photo I really shouldn't have snapped" option later, just like they finally got round to adding the option to remove a single dodgy call from your call history.
Don't hold your breath, I'd imagine it's way down Apple's To Do list.
3.3Gb seems like a colossal jump from 128bit salts
Just for iOS 5 downloads over three days. That's a lot of bits.
Unfortunately for you
I have given a lot of thought to supermarket own brand products, which if I am honest, I rarely (never), find a willing audience for.
Tesco Choco Snaps are Coco Pops copies, they taste almost as good as the real thing yet there's just enough of a difference that in blind taste tests (conducted upon offspring at the Jubtastic household), the test subjects noticed and voiced their disapproval.
Tesco also sells a "value" coco pops copy, whose value is debatable because IMHO they bear more in common with cardboard than food, now when you think about it, coco pops are just puffed rice and some chocolate flavouring, yet the value range has clearly been gimped beyond reducing costs on the raw materials to ensure that the product compares poorly with Choco Snaps and of course, Coco Pops.
This sugggests that Tesco actually employ someone to gimp value range products, which personally I find both perverse and yet fascinating.
Back to your questions:
Of course not.
Actually, the logo on the box is Trademarked, reproducing it without permission is not a copyright violation, it's counterfeiting. Wiki Trade Dress for enlightenment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_dress
Good day Sir.
Next time you're out buying food, compare the packaging of the supermarket's own brand copies of successful brands, notice how they remind you of the branding of their originals yet aren't straight copies. Thats because If Tesco did simply copy a box of cereal, replacing "Kellogs" with "Tesco" and dropped in a picture of a bowl of their own product that was similar enough to the original that few would notice, they'd get rightly sued for imitation.
Regardless of whether you believe Apple's own products to be the work of Satan, Smartphones and Tablets were a niche before Apple got into the business, thanks to their efforts they've both gone mainstream and there's now a wide variety of products running on a range of OS's, Apple isn't suing RIM over its Playbook or HP over the TouchPad, they're fighting one Android tablet manufacturer that's chosen to imitate their own products design, packaging and look and feel to a ridiculous degree. Why this is unexpected I can't understand because if you had developed the iPad and had a major component supplier copy the thing right down to the box you'd be taking legal advice right?
They must mean the first 24hrs sales In 2010
To sell more in an hour than 6 months of last year would be off the fucking chart.
Of course by this time next year, when every phone and computery thing has an indispensable Siri type AI embedded, Apple introducing it to the mass market will be ignored by the haters because it will turn out to have been an obvious evolution and would have happened anyway and Apple didn't invent it and blah blah fucking blah.
The level of ingratitude to this company from the IT sector is frankly depressing.
How long are you projecting a rebuild to take on 5TB disks?
If the IPad3 has a retina display
Then keeping the IPad2 around as a cheaper option makes sense, like the 3GS to the iPhone4, reducing internal storage to 8GB will probably knock enough of the costs for them to drop the price.
A) the updates are Ginormous, 750MB for iOS alone.
B) it's not staggered by timezone, system updates for example are usually scheduled to run at a fixed local time.
C) Users have been waiting for this for a long time and lots of them hit the button as soon as it went live.
Updated an iPad, took two goes, iPhone will have to wait till morning as the missis is threatening to yank the mains so she can sleep.
Nobody* makes any money from Spotify
Check this helpful infographic comparing label and artist revenue from a variety of digital outlets:
*Excludes Spotify employees.
He's on to something
While a little choice is a good thing, endless choice can be exhausting and we're getting closer to the latter every day. Of course there's times when the ability to search or browse for a particular show is liberating but for the most part people don't want to have to trawl through listings looking for something to watch, they just want to slump down in front of something entertaining.
This is basically iTunes style "Genius mixes" for TV and if the execution is good, I'd expect it to be a hit.
Wouldn't it miss the ozone on the back of the planet?
And wouldn't the remaining ozone dissipate around the globe providing considerably less protection but more than none?
Finally, is there anything we could do to prevent or reverse the effects and if not what's the point in worrying about it?
Both parts were a great read.
From the management style interview it appears that Steve acted as a sounding board to most of the major project teams, I can't see anyone else filling those shoes. I realise there's a lot of stuff in the pipeline that will see daylight as the years roll by, but who could guess what he'd be prepared to go all in on a decade from now? there's going to be a whole heap of stuff that's unlikely to happen now because no one else seems to have the passion to risk their livelihoods on an idea.
We've lost a rare thing, a dreamer that actually delivered, A loss to the whole industry.
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