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Mozilla Is missing the big picture
Which is that like it or not the world is moving to H264, day by day more flash content is being translated, no one that matters is announcing any Ogg Theora content.
IE users aren't going to switch to a browser that 'won't play' video on ideological grounds, they're just going to stick with IE or download chrome instead. Stop worrying about what's going to happen in five years time and concentrate on making sure you don't become a rounding error in the interval.
If FF is dominant in 5 years time, and it could be, then they'll have a lot more sway for dealing with any licensing situation, threatening to disconnect billions of users from video sites makes for really bad, really public PR.
You've got five years, make them count.
No other company in the world ever thought of making this years product better than last years, a clearly evil, greedy concept that was totally unknown in the mobile space before Apple invented it.
Deserves it's own post I think
I'm guessing someone somewhere got a P45 for that no comment.
An awful lot of hate
From the IT industry for a device that's going to allow the majority of our customers to finally use a computer as effortlessly as they use their TV.
It's not a big iPod, it's the tip of an iceberg.
A strong correlation between expensive data packages and file-sharing.
Almost as if the only reason people bother spending extra on the larger packages is so that they can download more stuff, more often.
Is traditional print slowly killing itself by giving it away for free online? yes.
Did they have much of a choice? no.
Consider that when the Music industry ignored the web they basically lost a shedload of money as their stuff was shared online for free, but when someone* finally put together an ass saving solution for them, all that nasty sharing meant the demand was still there for their stuff, which was nice.
Print was in a far worse situation, if they ignored the web people wouldn't pirate their stuff, people would simply read something else, exactly like they did when there was a problem and the paper didn't hit the stands, worse though, as the alternatives*** they googled into were almost certainly going to be free. So even assuming someone** finally figured out a way to monetize their content there was a good chance no bugger would want it anymore.
Print couldn't ignore the Net, they've been competing with free from day 1, praying that someone** will work this getting paid shit out before it all goes titsup.
** [s]Google[/s] Apple
*** Like this fine website for instance.
Nothing works anymore
"apparently killed 99.99 per cent of the tooth-rotting invaders."
So it missed a bit eh?
Every time I see an advert for a cleaning/medication product these days I notice there's always one bit of flu left clinging to the back of your throat, one dodgy green blob left untouched under the rim of your toilet etc.
I'm pretty sure that when I was a lad the products were better and cleaned up all the scum*
* This comment created in a nut free environment, comment can not be guaranteed to be free of nuts
"When Apple launched the iPhone, it decided to go it alone, believing that punters would pay top dollar for the Apple product. It is one of the few mistakes Steve Jobs made"
Curious, because what I remember is long lines round the block at launch followed by 6 months of supply issues.
Apple releasing the phone like that was about setting the table with the networks, showing them how fucking lucky they were that Apple was allowing them to sell their überfone.
To Recap: No Network Subsidy, but Apple takes a cut from the Network subscription plan. Apple handles user details and phone registration. Apple handles all extra revenue services such as music & ringtones, Apple defines design and operation of device. Apple maintains and updates phone firmware, Network must include unlimited data with all iPhone plans. Network must heavily advertise device. Network must provide support for users of device. Network must never make direct eye contact with Apple.
This is also why it took so long for MMS, it was never technically hard to implement, it was simply another kick in the balls for the networks so they knew their place in the relationship.
It's coming up for 3 years since Apple went it alone and now they still have all of the above but now the network buys the phone up front, and all it cost Apple was adding MMS lol.
Oh, the tablet, it's going to be initially strong in the education market then branch out from there as specialist apps become available. You shouldn't read anything into any subsidies other than as an indication of Apple's stronger negotiating position.
Reading my ever reliable tea leaves I can tell you...
It's designed for students, who are increasingly being tempted from Apple laptops by more portable netbooks, Students of course represent future purchasers and while they may not be able to personally afford Apple kit right now, they're damn good at getting it gifted to them all the same.
That's the target market, pretty much everyone else is going to be non plussed and start the doomage, but in a years time it'll be clear Apple just made/stole/defined another computing platform.
This is a guess
1) Guy gets paid to run the city CCTV network.
2) Maintenance on the aging system is costing way more than anticipated.
3) Decides to fake some of the backwater broken cameras with old recorded feeds.
5) Police CCTV viewers eventually notice.
6) Jailarity ensues.
Reserving a core for the OS and core apps (phone messaging, GPS), is not only a farking brilliant idea for a dual core phone, but would also be totally awesome on a desktop OS, I have 8 cores here, I'd happily lock one out if it meant I'd never see a GUI freeze, under any circumstances.
yeah but no but yeah
Assuming there's some overlap in the mechanics of this with DLP projectors and laser projectors (which is exactly what this sounds like), you're unlikely to get a single unit anywhere near as thin as an LCD, of course the screen and laser gubbins don't have to be connected so it could just be a small box projecting (lasing?) onto a fixed screen, wall or 2" steel slab with attached secret agent.
I remember reading about this
Back in 2007: http://webkit.org/blog/126/webkit-does-html5-client-side-database-storage/
I think there are iPhone webapps that have been doing this (sans trumpeting), for a long time.
calm down dear
Actually, chrome is built upon webkit, largely maintained by Apple, and I'm 99.99% sure they're very happy google picked it instead of Firefox's Gecko.
You can't steal Linux, or any open source code, that's the whole point, anyone can take the code, reuse or extend it and everyone else gets to see the changes* and incorporate them if wanted.
Google is just another corporation, they have an agenda, sometimes it aligns with we the punters, sometimes against us, you really don't have to use them (yet), if you don't want to though.
*ish, depends on the licence
Absurdly complicated landing FTL
The nuclear mars tank lays on its back, its belly cooling in the weak sun, spinning its wheels trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping. Why is that?
iPods & iPhones
"the iPhone and iPod Touch are computing devices, not merely phones and media players"
I assume this is true because underneath that oh so beautiful UI they run UNIX, a proper computer OS and no mistake, but if simply running *NIX makes something a computer then surely there are a whole host of gadgets & devices that also qualify as locked down computers that nobody thinks twice about; routers, external HD's with media serving capabilities, PVR's, TV's, games consoles, washing machines etc.
Fact is that pretty soon every internet connected product is going to be running either a cut down *NIX, or some other less capable OS, and pretty much everyone is going to want those things to run reliably, just like they did before they became computers. That your new toaster could run MS Office or the Gimp is unlikely to be seen as a feature if all the toast comes out with a cock motif burned in*.
*own up, whose been browsing porn on the toaster again?
I hate to say it
But this doesn't strike me as a vulnerability at all, if you decide to allow file uploads then you had better be damn sure that your code can separate the wheat from the poison.
Looks pretty damn good
there's a few 'spot the soldier' shots here:
I thought the whole point of a bits being fixed in one of two possible values was that you could write some data to them and be pretty sure it would be the same when you read it back in later.
Could someone explain (in numpty terms please), how 'all states at once' is a useful thing?
also, where is the *whoosh* icon?
"The popularity of Adobe software has made it a favoured target for hacking attacks over recent months"
Bullshit, Adobe software is a favoured target for hackers because it's both crammed full of bugs and suffers from Adobe's retarded focus on bloating with daft insecure features.
Reminiscent of MS in the 90's, and the reasons are the same: EEE
We interrupt these comments to bring you important news about a new computer that's allegedly Dee Oh A.
Our on the spot reporter Henry Bell is at the scene, "Henry, do we know if this is an Apple computer yet?"
"Not yet, the police have cordoned off the scene, we're expecting word any moment though, as you can see the crowd here has swelled considerably since the first "My new comp is DOA!!111!" tweet 15 minutes ago, although to be fair a lot of these people were already in the neighbourhood after reports of a bear defecating in the woods"
How to revert iPhone Apps
1) You need the old version, this is placed in the Trash when you update so if you haven't emptied it you can drag it to your desktop, otherwise use your backups* to restore it to the desktop.
2) Delete the current App from your phone and iTunes (Right click on App).
3) Double click previous App you dragged to the desktop, it will be imported to iTunes.
*you do backup right?
I thought everyone knew that without careful planning transdimentional doorways almost always form at the centre of a large mass, usually a black hole, but if you're lucky just the COG of a star.
I assume they have the proper equipment for closing a jammed open doorway yes?
Spending a year dead for tax reasons.
On the Mac
That description perfectly describes the Authorisation dialog that pops up whenever an action requires an administrator privileges, moreso than the sudo command which is required to be typed before attempting an action, if you don't use the sudo command the admin action simply fails will a boiler plate error, it won't prompt you for a username/pass.
either way it's old hat.
I love this
"And with just a click of the second button of the third row on the right hand side *click* I've switched to the oh, wait, sorry that only works in OODraw, let me just undo that with a *click* on the BUGGER!, no that was my fault, I knocked the joystick.. *click* and... *click* just a sec... *click* and there you go, rectangle tool selected!"
"designed to be used not only like a laptop but also be mounted on its side like a touch-operated all-on-one desktop."
unbelievably it hasn't actually got a touch-screen, so I'd say:
"designed to be used not only like a laptop but also be mounted on its side like a digital photo frame" would be more accurate.
This may go some ways to explaining
Why Apple recently bought their own mapping company.
Where is the "FUDvertising" label?
Company that plans to sell encrypted VOIP app for iPhone announces that unnamed VOIP app that doesn't have encryption, on a smartphone that may or may not be an iPhone, can be intercepted?
How to fix the poll
Instead of wasting an option on 'Probably' which was always a half-assed attempt to load the poll, they should have used options of "Yes", "No" and "LOL".
LOL is to intertnets what shave and a haircut is to roger rabbit.
All aboard the RedHat train
"Microsoft will tell you it will slow down, we’ll tell you it will accelerate like crazy, but the truth is it’ll probably stop somewhere in the middle.”
The front carriages will tear free, the middle section will slam on the brakes leaving the rear section to pile into it?
"if you advertise in Vogue, or in a football magazine, you expect to reach a specific kind of reader and the specific kind of reader expects to see a specific kind of ad"
What a fantastic criticism of behavioural marketing then, seeing as advertisers will find their ads running next to totally unrelated content and ditto for consumer expectations, it's Lose:Lose.
And the fix for that is to continue doing what they're always done (with proven track record), of advertising against content that's complimentary to their market, with a simple substitution of online magazines for printed ones.
Dollars & Grenades
"I think that other countries using 'Dollars' of their own shows a distinct lack of imagination on their part or some kind of sycophancy."
Back when Europe was building empires by annexing bits of new land, Britain, Spain and the Dutch tended to create local dollars for currency in their colonies.
So technically the Dollar is like a badge for getting pwned.
Re Tony Hoyle
"I can't decide if they really thought they could make money out of this or whether it was always a scheme designed to finish off piratebay."
It was clearly the latter, the only surprise in this story is that TPB were/are desperate enough to believe in this fairy tale.
Stack overflow error
it was something about bells.
I guess that impending energy crisis has been fixed?
So we can continue to push these wonderful solutions that by design piss energy all over the place.
The world needs hardware with ultra low energy requirements and compact efficient software to run on it, what we're getting is ever more transistors to compensate for sloppy bloated bug ridden software and half assed charging solutions that add a minimum of 40% to energy requirements.
IT Crowd money shot
They did it for the lolz
"But when it comes to the iPhone we felt that the developers are targeting a proprietary device with proprietary tools"
So the iPhone port of the free open source version of the proprietary .Net runtime costs $400-1000 a year more than the free proprietary native iPhone SDK?
This bold move will surely open the floodgates to development on Apple's fledgling device.
God bless this ship and all who sink in her.
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