911 posts • joined Thursday 11th May 2006 09:53 GMT
Re: Apple are dominant only if you choose your stats carefully
I live in London, it's a fairly large English city whose citizens on average have more disposable income than other parts of the country, I have no idea how smartphone marketshare is in say Grimsby, but here in the Capital there are probably more iPhones in your vicinity than rats, and they're being used, people are buying apps, browsing the web, as long as Apple can keep people like this happy it will do just fine.
Here's how I see things playing out:
Amazon and Google's "look ma, no profit!" devices cause a lot of manufacturers to drop out of the mobile market unless they're being commissioned to build for Amazon or Google.
Google downsizes Android development, due to the majority of sold devices sidestepping them altogether (Amazon, Chinese and Indian home market forks of the codebase), limited returns from content deals and an increasingly competitive ad market squeezing their spending.
Amazon either achieves its goal of monopolising shopping and jacks up prices to become the worlds most profitable company, or more likely, violently implodes after a bad quarter leaves it heavily in debt (And the rest of us wondering where all the shops went).
Apple rolls into new market, new device is poo-poohed on the blogs, sells like hot cakes.
Microsoft abandons W8, announces all new W9 codenamed 'Sure Thing' although later renamed 'W9 Windows Experience Editions' due to legal issues, which sadly, will not run on current W8 mobile or tablet hardware.
I think there's some confusion here
There's too much focus on the device, whether that's a box or an integrated TV, rather than the architecture of the service that it will enable. Apple aren't going to steamroll into the TV market by making a pretty device, it's going to be because the experience is better, easier to use, better content suggestions, multi device integration, sharing etc.
Basically a load of ideas that have been explored elsewhere with varying degrees of execution rolled into one very well executed service that sells profitable devices.
Until they have the deals and backend to make that happen, AppleTV will remain 'hobby' status.
Re: The images on theregister.co.uk are sometimes just as irrelevant
A little shocked by the comments here
Massive turnout of folks that think selling a 32GB device that's already half full is no different to the 1-10% fill rate we see on everything else, 50% isn't the start of the slippery slope, it's fucking halfway down, accept it and be damned.
Can't help but think this could be a major reason behind Sinofsky's abrupt departure.
Seems to me
That it almost certainly wasn't labelled as an NFC app when it was reviewed, sounds like it was a radio app, ditto for the other one, which seems to be an alarm clock.
What I'm guessing happened here is that a dev submitted the dull apps, got them approved then later changed the descriptions and screenshots in the store to represent them as something else.
I don't understand why though as Apple are clearly going to get wind of this sort of thing and boot the dev from the store long before the dev receives a payment from Apple.
Re: That's why I both like and hate the Android scheme
Can't speak for WP8 but iOS apps request permissions which can be later reviewed and or revoked in Settings > Privacy.
Same caveats apply, if you deny a mapping app access to location services, a camera app access to the camera or a social app access to your contacts they probably wont work as intended or possibly at all.
One difference seems to be that Android asks for all 'required' permissions at install while iOS asks for permissions individually, as features that require them are used.
Re: Coo - A really hard choice
Only thing that I can think of is perhaps an email that an iCloud account has been accessed by an unknown computer.
I'd assume they were using full disk encryption with beefy passwords on the laptops themselves, but if they weren't and the laptops were pwned while unattended I don't see a mechanism for Apple to alert them to that fact.
Can't seem to face up to the facts, tense and nervous, can't relax.
Giveaway is that despite claiming the government raided him twice, wants him dead, poisoned his dogs and set him up for murder he still doesn't want to leave the country, because it's nice.
There's more on this story at wired, he's been regaling them with his tale of how he outwitted the Police by burying himself up to his neck in sand and disguising his head with a cardboard box.
My gut says he's tripping his balls off and is a danger to all and sundry.
re: iOS app permissions
Are requested when first running the app, if you say no and it needs it to work it will request again when you try and use the feature.
Current App allowed permissions can also be viewed in Settings > Privacy and can be recinded from here.
It's not possible to silently make a call or message from an iOS app, I think you could possibly initiate a camera instance then hide it under the apps chrome to sneakily take a photo but I haven't heard of this happening.
Permission is not required for the microphone either so I suppose you could grab audio.
There's an element of *nix vs windows here, in that one platform is (on the whole), easier to penetrate, has more seats to exploit with more of them on older less secure versions to boot. Which isn't to say that the latest versions of Windows or Android are less secure, just that there are a lot of older versions running out there.
Nice to know we have so much spare energy capacity
I was worried when I read here about the coming brownouts but I guess that's sorted if we're switching to charging systems that throw away 30%.
And there's more
He's since run a ZFS filesystem on a Fusion LV after determining that it works at the block level rather than the file level. It also seems there's a built in 600 second of idle wait baked in before the OS re-tiers the data across the physical volumes, Interesting stuff.
I'm in the killjoy camp
"You'll shoot your eye out!"
Massive potential for accidental permenent blindness outweighs coolness of these lasers.
Fuck them all
Anyone can build a business that's only profitable when they pay less than a percent in tax, fuck, my family would be well set in a nice house if we didn't have to pay tax, but someone has to pay for the roads, police, fire service, hospitals, schools, sanitation, etc etc. It's fucked up that the biggest corporations in the world are passing on their share of the costs to the public.
First against the wall etc
The problem with the 'give it away for free' model
And even the 'sell it at cost' model, Is that your customers absolutly have to purchase your content and services later to pay for it, which means the hardware is going to have to be locked down solidly if you expect to stay in business, otherwise you'll be reading the news one day to discover that some enterprising bastard has created a cluster out of a million of your free tablets.
I for one prefer the old school 'people get paid when I buy something and it's mine to do with as I like' model.
'One size fits all' BOFH excuse for the day (or week)
Sandy shorted the power at the datacenter, ripped up the Atlantic cable, has taken down the sat links, destroyed the data repeaters, flooded the internet pipes, is jamming the wifi...
"What's that, your printer isn't working and there's a flashing red light next to a 'drop' symbol? That will be the automatic storm protection kicking in, try and locate a working printer in a more protected part of the building, thank you for bothering IT support, have a nice day"
Really happy to see the death of digital stitching
And will be interesting to see SJI's take on a the UI, expecting an initial quick reskin of the awful stuff before we see a new direction though.
Also Eddy Cue picks up the pieces again, that guy is a fucking star.
Re: Wonderful news!
iPods, iPhones and iPads, which I believe are classed as gadgets already come with modular PSU's, seperating the Transformer and the wire via a standard USB socket.
Apple's Laptop PSU's are limited to switching out the Power pins for different countries but I hardly think that's unique to them.
Modular PC PSU's have been available at a premium for some time, but I think their main draw is asthetic, reducing cable clutter and neatening the inside a box that few but the owner will ever see. I've changed loads of PC PSU's over the years, never had to replace one because a cable failed though.
I think what they're talking about here are the billions of dumbphone chargers and to a lesser degree, the larger external powerbricks for laptops, monitors etc.
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Re: When can we get this on El Reg?
If you wanted an impressive number of downvotes, paid placement would ensure them.
I'll bet it's not as clever as it appears
Knowing Apple, I expect it's as simple as a bodge to redirect I/O requests to the HD when they fail on the SSD, log the number of times that happens for each file in an over complicated hidden database at the root of the SSD, and anything that collects too many misses gets shifted over to the SSD.
Re: You'll fit right in, late for Lufthansa digression
Munich, late 90s, was travelling on a train from Nurenburg when I realised I'd screwed up the times and was going to be late, the train appeared to be most of the way there so I held some hope that we might arrive early, but German trains arrive at their stations at the exact second specified on the schedule or the driver and anyone else responsible are whisked away to a labour camp or something.
Anyway, they were suprised to see me at the closed gate, but I was ushered down to the tarmac and into a small car that screamed across the airport to my plane, idling at the end of the runway, patiently awaiting it's most slovenly bastard.
Down voted for reminding me
That Lucas never did get around to making those prequels.
Ideal for people that missed the 80s
And want to look like a beaten up new romantic.
That's not going to work (reliably)
Ignoring the size of it, which could be reduced to something hardly noticable, it's dependant on line of sight to work, so shirts, coats and desks are going to cause errors.
A better idea would be for a bracelet or watch strap to sense the mechanical activity and/or electrical fields created on the inside of the wrist when the fingers are moved.
More than that though, a virtual invisible keyswitch that's activated when your finger crosses an arbitrary line is a naive concept, on the face of it it would seem a virtual analogue to a common task but the only way they can implement more than ten actions will be through chording, and if you're going to have to learn a whole new way of typing you would be better off basing it on physical actions that are natural and comfortable to users, which definitely won't be jazz hands.
You don't need to buy new PC's when the store rooms are filling up with them as the employee count goes down, and where there is a pressing need to upgrade a workstation one of those recently shelved PC's will often fit the bill.
That seems unworkable to me
I mean it's obviously supposed to be a big stick, but unless they intend to cripple their economy and divert all funds into building prisons they're going to have to be extreamly selective with it's application.
But even so, download a TV series and you get imprisoned for life? can't see how that could possibly backfire.
Re: Not a bad idea
The point is that most small business already have enough Disk space for their needs, yes you could buy a cheap NAS or server but without on site IT when it goes down (and it will), no one will do any work, by utilising existing workstations they end up with a system that's x times more resilient than anything else they could afford at a fraction of the cost.
That's the concept anyway, but I can't seem to find the whitepaper on the linked site so I've no idea if they've cracked file locking between nodes, without which this is basically just another dropbox for workgroups.
Every so often I've googled for something like this, I have a load of SMB's that would be way better off with a Distributed FS, yet upto now they've all been geared towards massive scales and as such unsuitable for a handful of workstations.
Reading the WP now, hopefully there's something in it about edit locking which always seems to be the stumbling point with synced file shares.
Re: Apple has peaked
"I think the 4S was a big mistake strategically. Don't wish to enrgage the fanbois, but the 4S wasn't a compelling upgrade if you already had a 4. Especially for the crowd that buys based on looks."
Whilst it's true that a niche number of smartphone users upgrade to the newest model every year, the vast majority don't, they sit out their 2 year contracts and then have a look at the offerings, in this context I think Apple plays very well, each iteration is attractive to those coming out of contract whilst not being compelling for those who are on the last iteration, a stratagy somewhat helped by OS upgrades for the previous generations adding some features from the latest phone.
Regarding the OT though, Apple will peak when they're forced to licence their OS's to third parties, which I'd guess will be about 5 years away if they wait for someone else to decide for them.
I didn't find it funny either, but thinking about it, can you imagine a scenario where you have two speakers that don't know which channel they're supposed to be playing? They'd have to be specially engineered to be that dumb just so you could fix them with your phone, if you're going to that extreme why not make them smart enough to figure it out without banging them together? How often is this 'two left shoes' problem likely to come up and who is the fucker responsible for this asshattery?
Also, the whole tapping thing doesn't sit well with me, in my experience most people will quickly start hammering if the thing they tapped doesn't respond instantly, and impacts are bad, even for our new solid state gadgets, ever since they switched to solder that accumulates micro fractures and eventually fails from broken circuits.
Re: Rule Numero Uno in Every Great Buffoon's Reign Register Guaranteeing MADness and CHAOS*
+4 for AMFM?, El Reg's resident comment bot, who seems more lucid with every passing post and urges us fools to shake the yoke of human oppression and embrace the fair and almost balanced rule of a patronising AI.
I'll stick with the minds made of meat thanks.
Not that anyone cares
But I just used the new wonky maps app for TBT directions on my iPhone 4, and aside that it doesn't voice the turns it works way better than the old maps app did, which basically needed you to manually page through the route.
And that's the crux of it, sat nav is a must have feature in a smartphone and google said no, so they've rolled their own, they can fix their stuff that's broken, they can't add turn by turn to the old maps though.
It's weight they're prioritising, not thinness, if you're going to keep it the same width but make it taller and keep the same runtimes than you're going to have to account for the extra volume by shaving the depth or it's clearly going to be heavier.
That the runtime is actually improved* while jamming in 4G and a bigger hungrier display is pretty good.
My take, seems like a nice phone, not sold on 16:9, but I don't watch media on my 4, NFC seems like an odd ommision, TBT is long overdue. If it had a 3D display (as mentioned above), I wouldn't even consider it, IMHO 3D displays (all of them), are still as crap as they were the last two times they tried to foster them on us, I can't begin to relate to someone who would want that on a mobile device
Will wait until I have a hands on with one before I decide if its worth upgrading or cutting my contract bills instead.
Isn't this a 'bear shits in woods' story?
Pirating dropped when the content was made available for free, was that really surprising?
That's fine for stuff that was going to be essentially free anyway (broadcast), but was scheduled for different times in different regions, it's how it should have been from the start but I don't see what relevence this has to the more traditional piracy of media that needs to be sold.
Personally I feel the modern 'Cinema Experience' is responsible for a lot of piracy, Saw the remake of Total Recall* recently, £18 a ticket for the cheap seats, turns out that's just the first two rows of the centre section and the sides, the rest was 'Premier' and 'Gallery', needless to say the cinema was almost empty. The feeling of being robbed wasn't helped by what was in my opinion easily the worst film I've ever watched.
I've never liked the junk label
Always seemed to me that the bits we can make sense of are like the HTML and CSS of a webpage, whereas the bits that dont seem to do anything are the logic, parity and rendering engines.
Re: Oh, ffs...
Premiums dropped? are you new to this planet?
Premiums will of course go up, to pay for all the expensive technical equipment the poor insureers need to purchase and maintain in their ongoing fight against the lowlife scum that screw it up for everybody, and of course for the new executive cars, Jet and racehorses.
Have you read that article recently? All of the things it predicts will never happen have happened, the search failings it notes are long fixed and best of all it now ends with an invite to 'Get Newsweek on your iPad'.
1995 was a long time ago in Internet years.
Back to the topic though, Bitcoins, lol, fools and their money etc.
Re: Hi, Mr. Cynical here
Two things, firstly as far as hardware goes, taking something big and reducing its size by 80% is usually difficult or in laymans terms, expensive. Secondly, profit, or what's the point?
Obvious isn't it?
Either the app was breaking out of its sandbox to analyse other apps, or it was relying on an external database to report on other apps, from the article it's clear it was the latter and further that said database was often inaccurate.
Booted for failing the 'works as advertised' test.
Just having apps installed shouldn't slow it down, and iOS is pretty brutal about shutting them down when they're not in the foreground, this must be down to something essential thats always running and doesnt scale.
My money is on the Springboard, It was only designed for 20 apps, but now you can stuff almost ten times that to each of its ten pages. I suspect it caches all the icons and those 'previously' launch shots into RAM so there is never any lag on the homescreen, but one (hundred) too many apps and the system starts to get light headed from RAM starvation.
*whistles through teeth*
£385 million eh? You got done up like a kipper mate, dontcha watch Cowboy Coders on C5?
It'll all have to go but I think we can squeeze this job in and have you shipshape for Xmas, £99m excluding tea and biscuits, Stefan and Jacek will be round in the morning to start tearing the code down.
I don't think it's going to be thinner just for the sake of it, it's more likely being thinner is neccessary if you're going to make it taller and keep the same weight and battery life for the bigger display which is going to suck more juice requiring a bigger battery and so on.
They'll be exactly as hard to press as they are on an iPhone, as they're just going to use 3GS screens cut to 1024x768, which shockingly works out to a 7.8" iPad, and given current iPad apps are designed around the iPhone's 44 pixel touch targets it means the buttons will be rendered on an iPad mini at exactly the same size as they are on an iPhone.
The thing that strikes me though, is that a 4:3 8" display doesn't sound very pocketable, even after losing the bezel on two of the sides in comparison to a 16:9 7" display.
Have seen them on every computer/OS I've ever used at one time or another, OS X windows that stall while minimising are the weirdest though, as they're usually still fully functional mid warp, forcing a screen refresh usually fixes things.
Also, how can there be no icon for "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
$6k a day fine?
That'll show them, that they can ignore the courts order pretty much indefinetly, The cost of not pissing off the US Govt is likely a fraction of Visa's daily biscuit budget.
"No Hobnobs today chaps, blame Assange"
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