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After checking Appcubby's offerings
I can't help but think that a) some of that programming cost is spread across the rest of his Apps which are all basically the same thing, and b) the apps aren't rocket science, hard to understand why he needed to spend $29K on a programming team to develop them.
Also 37 cents a click? the instant people realise that's Numberwang! Google's stock is going to fall off a cliff.
There are plenty of instances where copy & paste would come in handy but moving content from Safari to mail isn't one of them, either click the [+] button and select "Mail Link to this page" or zoom in on the text you want, screengrab (tap home & hold buttons simultaneously), and mail the snapshot that now resides in your camera roll.
Still I suppose publicising embarrassing bodges like this might coerce Apple to kick C&P up the priority list a little.
*ignores the 'C&P has been around ^since^ Win 3.1' troll above.
Generally good article... but...
I think Safari is an Apple supplied app and that has a landscape keyboard, although all it really does is remind you that contrary to expectations, the portrait mode works better.
Cut & Paste notes into email? no need sir, click the icon that looks like an envelope. Safari to email? click the + icon then 'mail link to this page'. Or sir could also send any image by clickholding on it, saving it, then mailing it from iphoto, or sir could even zoom in on the bit of the [s]porn[/s] page sir desires, crack off a screen shot and email that.
Where I've missed copypasta is when some fool has mailed me a phone number split into chunks, or some text I want to google, very irritating when it happens but admittably somewhat infrequent.
Voice dialing? meh, there's a free app for that if you want to sound like a trekker, more importantly though you forgot to mention what the iPhone is missing in spades; turn by bloody turn directions? wtf is going on with that?
Lastly you probably should have mentioned it's also a Video iPod, has a kick ass web client, and that it's given a complacent mobile industry a kick up the arse of Bishop Brennan proportions.
Also my wife hates it's tiny silicon guts, ergo it must be good.
This isn't really a hack is it?
It's basically typing /system/bin/telnetd into the phone's shell app then opening a connection from a nearby computer, that you go straight in as root is similar to the situation with iPhone1.0 where everything ran as root, marginally less secure due to the lack of user/pass prompts but essentially it's like claiming 'I turned on the SMB service and now I can browse files, lol loophole!!!11eleven'
I'd expect this to get closed down fairly quickly as Android evolves to a more secure platform a la iPhone 2.0 but for the meantime, start your bricking Gtards.
HD? 720 or 1080?
Means more than no full speed transfers from External Disks, MiniDV cams, A ton of professional Audio kit, rendering Final Cut Express redundant and crippling the migration assistant.
It also means no Target mode which is a life saver when (not if), things go tits up and also precludes the use of the laptop as impromptu external DVD drive, again something that's saved the day on more than one occasion.
No Firewire makes this a FailBook.
Same weight, height and width as an iPhone but double the depth, 720HD, 30 or 60fps, 2 1/2" LCD, Image quality is bloody good, macro mode for (very) close ups, piss easy controls and a pop out USB connector. Looks and feels like a well made bit of kit.
On the downside there's no image stabilisation, the zoom is a bit jerky and it eats batteries.
£90ish but splash out on an SD card as you only get 30secs of recording on the built in memory.
Less of this please
Somewhere along the way you've obviously realised that Apple + Bollocks = lotsa Ad money, but articles like this simply undermine the value of your site.
This is misleading bollocks because:
1) The Headline suggests imminent trouble for said devices.
2) Said devices will be obsolete ~3 years before the first measure comes into law, providing that actually happens and the legislation doesn't get crippled by a lobby group.
3) Existing devices will obviously be exempt, assuming they're still functioning.
4) You don't even know what the law will be, the meat of the article is pure speculation / wishful thinking.
You might as well post an article titled "All car makers are fucked" on the grounds that none of the existing vehicles meet legal requirements that are the sort of thing that you imagine may exist in 2016.
You're better than this.
What Nick Said
Logic is flawed, common sense is absent. Were these Merkin Scientists by any chance?
This is the sort of thing
That will lead to the fracturing of the DNS systems, swiftly followed by segregation on the Intertubes, which perhaps is the intended effect.
Best subheading ever
I lol'd on the train, still grinning. Article was good as ever Lewis, keep em coming.
Old school amplification
Any chance of a review? Internal speaker is nothing to shout about, hard to imagine it's much better after passing through a gramophone horn.
http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/07/28/094685.1-lg.jpg < is big
Looks like a Citron mounting an Astra, zoom in and you can see the wonderful fit, a hallmark of both British automobile manufacturing of old and Halford specials spinning doughnuts in MacDonald's car parks the length and breath of Essex.
Unless their new format plays on iPods it's going to bomb, a lesson MS knows all to well given that it's usually the one giving it.
Why reinvent the wheel when we already have MPEG-4 (AKA AAC): "No licenses or payments are required to be able to stream or distribute content in AAC format." so while you could argue manufactures don't like adding 20c to the costs of their players it's hard to see an incentive for content producers to push another standard when they already have one with CD like freedoms*, unless that was all bullshit and the new standard turns out to be crippled in some manner but I'm sure that won't be the case at all.
*Fairplay, the DRM most labels still insist Apple applies to their content is simply an extension to AAC, the format works just fine without it, eg EMI content at iTunes.
He'll save every one of us!
Open fire - all weapons, Despatch war rocket Ajax to bring back his body.
Seems to me that
Radio silence on what they are aware of and fixing makes for an unattractive ecosystem to code exploits for, as the plug may get pulled on your project at any time. Announcing what you're fixing would be a boon to black hats, giving them a good idea of the usefulness of an exploit simply by it's omission.
After the fact reporting would be nice though, at least something more than "Bug Fixes", although I suspect this is done for much the same reason, users don't need to know and the security professionals will eventually work it out.
I agree that security through obscurity is no security at all, but having said that, if you discovered your front door swings open if you bang it near the hinge, would you fix that on the quiet or put up a billboard outside your house, explaining that workmen would soon be fixing your dodgy front door?
Fixed width on the main content is a bit daft.
The new icons suck balls, please please please revert to the old set and lose the borders.
The "Don't Miss" section at the footer looks wrong with the white icon backgrounds, cut them out and png them over the grey or lose the grey bg in the boxes, fuck it, email me the icons and I'll sort them for you.
Otherwise looks ok.
Didn't we see this tech already?
A few years ago, graphics pros wooing and ahhing over the first monitors to take the seemingly bloody obvious step of matching the backlighting to the image, Like what happens by design in those old fashioned CRT's.
The number of creative types that replaced expensive colour accurate CRT's with expensive colour retarded LCD's speaks volumes about their professional values, no doubt by the time LCD's match CRT's for colour they'll have switched to the latest minority report inspired wildly inaccurate hologram tech.
Where is the pfft icon?
Typical half assed solution
If the policy was to refund all charges incurred on these dodgy numbers the Telco's would be a lot more careful about who they handed them out to.
As is, the company will declare bankruptcy, the scam profits long since spirited away, the Telco keeps their share of the proceeds, the Watchdog gets a headline while the punter foots the bill.
I just read about this in a book...
'Little Brother' by Cory Doctorow, this exact exploit is used to stick it to the man, also a good book, and free to read at http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2466
*fires up Xnet*
As Drak and others have pointed out
What Linux needs is closed source, and it's never going to get that no matter how pretty or clever it is until software houses are comfortable that a) they only have to code once and it'll run on any linux distro with no user configuration and b) they can actually make money from the Linux userbase.
The first requires a rethink of the whole dependancy mess and in these days of Broadband connections and Terabyte HD's the Mac scheme of making the app a directory containing everything it needs to run outside of absolutly guaranteed to exist core frameworks would be a damn good place to start borrowing from.
Increasing the userbase, and getting that userbase used to paying for software will be no small feat, but I'd suggest splashtop is something that has obvious appeal to new users, add an AppStore for impulse purchases and you may get them off the windows teat and positively expose them to Linux.
As for the Mac UI as inspiration, copy the principles then make your own pretty.
Flames for the gall of suggesting Linux needs Closed source.
Re: Thousands of configurations
Except so far every PC outfit that's followed this route, and even the Hackintosh DIY guides themselves all use/promote using the same components that Apple uses. So long as the cloners keep doing that, and you have to imagine they will seeing as Apple doesn't seem interested in adding support for stuff it doesn't use, these clones should work just fine.
I don't think officially sanctioned clones are forever off the Apple radar though, Apple has seriously diversified since the early 90's into music, films, applications, consumer hardware and now mobiles. I wouldn't be surprised to see iPhone + App Store profits alone overtake Macintosh Hardware profits this time next year. Assuming there was enough pent up demand to warrant a major OEM risking* upsetting Microsoft I believe they could run with it. Snow Leopard would be a good step if that was your intention.
And the security guard said
"Go stand by the exit from the car park, and look into the back of every car which goes out"
Either that is the most cynical bullshit pitch for a product I've ever heard or she needs to reconsider her choice to take her kids shopping at her local PedoMall.
A pitiful logical fallacy
The BSA's argument makes the insultingly stupid assumption that money not spent on taxable software is either buried and forgotten about or spent on some sort of magical non taxable products instead.
In actuality, the BSA's continual squeaky wheel routine regarding piracy diverts Police time and therefore tax payer money away from solving crimes involving finite product theft and actual harm to individuals, property etc.
A few points
The LCD is different, not just the colour balance which is set in software for a 'warmer' (yellow) cast but the viewing angles are reduced over the original, entirely subjective whether this is a good or bad thing.
The Audio hardware is different, using the same chipsets as the iPod Classic for much improved audio (assuming you're using a decent set of headphones that now connect to this model).
Battery life is reduced while in 3G mode, switch that off though and despite a smaller battery, stamina is better than the original phone. Having said that, 5 1/2 hours of 3G talk time is at the top end of similar 3G phones.
MMS really does need to die, It may be an Industry standard but its a stupidly expensive way of sending poxy small pics between phones, I'm glad they left it out. Like it or Loathe it, Apple have created a customer expectation that the Mobile internet should a) not incur extra charges, and b) be as useful as the Internet on their PC's, As this expectation percolates through the mobile industry MMS will either have to become a free extra with your contract or will die the slow painful death it deserves.
Overall a surprisingly balanced review for an Apple product at 'Teh Reg', shame though that for a tech journal you're missing the details a quick scan of the Ars review would have revealed.
I don't get Android, I can certainly see Google's motives but I don't understand why the Networks would want an open platform that endgames their added content sales and relegates them to little more than mobile ISP's or why Dev's were excited about coding for a platform where the average user is going to expect apps to be free*
Meanwhile this weekend another million iPhones were sold and 10 million apps downloaded, This user has found it all too easy to spend cash at that app store, I suspect I'm not alone and I wish I had something, anything sitting in that app store already.
*with maybe some adverts, or silent tracking for marketing purposes heh
Jebus, did I watch a different video?
The 2 bulbs were sealed into a jar cap that was in turn glued onto the bottom of the tin can, the majority of the heat generated by the bulbs would be trapped and transfer through the bottom of the can where gravity holds corn kernels against the hot parts with oil added for better heat transfer.
The whole can doesn't have to hit 150C and the 'Thermal grease' is on the outside of the can and so doesn't come into contact with the popcorn.
I note an insulator/reflector added to the jar cap, the fact that we can clearly see corn popping before he puts the jar over the top (and while in place), and that on pouring out the popcorn the base of the can shows heat discolouration. Looks like he shockingly cut out ten minutes of cooking time, which is a shame as that would have put this short film right up there with the You Tube classics "my kettle boiling" and "paint drying on sunny day"
Not Fake but I doubt those bulbs would operate for very long making for some expensive pop corn regardless*
*and yet still cheaper than you can buy it at the cinema.
The psychology of this is interesting
The nature of the service agreement means the fraud is obviously going to come to light yet he runs up an amount that ensures he'll get fingered. I wonder just how long Cisco ignored the numerous missing returns before he reckoned scamming a quarter million piece of network gear wasn't *guaranteed* to send him to jail?
On that note, quarter million for an optical card? reminds me of the days when Quantel charged similar amounts for retouching workstations.
The Elephant in the room
Is the UK-USA average of 60-73 kilowatt hours, while it's considered just fine to piss that much energy away, alternative energy schemes are all DOA.
But then where is the profit in that route eh?
It hasn't been influenced by the iMac
Check the styling of the Eee logo on the front, now imagine the case in blood red rather than piano black and you have an Etch-A-Sketch rip off
Here's an earlier design I stumbled across*
And that's why it's awesome.
Also does it have DVD? or don't we use them anymore?
*ok, quickly shopped
Flash ads on search results pages would be a massive about turn for a company that built it's brand on low key, simply presented information rather than the flash bang in your face portals of old.
Even if integrated into the text results, the odds of a flash ad being what the majority wanted/expected from a search are surely as close to nil as makes no difference.
Is this another indicator that Advertising 2.0's wheels are coming off? or are they simply counting on us being too lazy to find a better search engine?
Don't Panic! Darwin will save you.
Natural selection applies just as well to economics as biology, in an energy scarce environment, the products that survive are the ones that need less energy to do their job.
Given that most of the worlds stuff and the processes designed to construct it in the last 100 years assumed energy was as good as free, there's lots of room for improvement.
Obligatory link to the mash
"THE RESEARCHER developing an intelligent bra says there is ‘no way’ it is finished and that he may have to carry on studying women’s breasts for decades."
More details from A mac IT Nerd.
I stumbled across a forum (shadowmac I think), where the participants were cobbling this together while I was googling failure conditions on the ARD exploit.
Social engineering is needed to get Trojan downloaded and for first run on target computer, in this case the run part is handled by a fake applescript warning concerning broken pref panes with a 'should I repair?' style pop up at login/app run.
Uses the recent ARD exploit to gain root access to box and enable services, swiss cheese the firewall etc, does not require user to enter any password.
Full exploit will only work if:
User that activates it is logged into GUI *AND* ARD has not been set up.
So simply turn Apple Remote Desktop on and set access privileges for a user in the sharing prefs to disable the exploit.
Hopefully there will be a patch for this rather embarrassing vulnerability shortly.
So upon entering the airport I'll get a message to the effect of "Welcome to hell, reply to this message with NO or we'll bombard you with adverts"? because that would imply that I had to spend time/money to opt out, which sounds like it'd fall foul of anti spam legislation.
As an opt in service this has FAIL written all over it, the very idea that marketing wonks would resist the temptation to pretty much stream ads at the poor punter that agreed to it is ludicrous, these poor saps could be recognised the the Airport on account of them going 'bing' every other step.
"Most operators will have a list of features, each of which is worth a specific amount of subsidy based on the revenue that feature will generate. One-button MMS, for example, cuts the price significantly, while a music player isn't really of interest unless it's linked to the operator's download service."
Didn't the fact that neither iPhone version supports MMS ring any bells? do you really think they left it out because it was 'just too damn complicated'? It was left out for the same reason that they don't plaster their computers with Intel stickers or preinstall crapware.
Apple is all about the user experience, and that experience includes not getting a surprise bill each month because you were stupid enough to send some pictures as 25p-£1.75 MMS's (Standard O2 rates), instead of free email attachments*
The whole premise of this Article is so badly flawed, the author so ignorant of how Apple operates, that I can't understand how it made it onto my beloved Reg unless it's purely to drive up ad revenue for the Friday night piss up**.
*the whole SMS thing is a load of bollocks too, the sooner the Telco inspired cash cows die a death through IM clients the better (watch the AIM part of the WWDC keynote and the part on background push notification to see how that's been implemented without slowing things down to a crawl).
**If so have a beer on my clicks
The blindingly obvious problem with this
Is that by default, suicide bombers never have any previous.