964 posts • joined 11 May 2006
Increasingly desperate attempts to monetize the user base
A short but pivotal phase of the social network lifespan that quickly slides into Phase 4: The vicious spiral of lame.
Re: Come on Apple
Agree with this, Library folder accidentally filed by user has happened a few times and it's a PITA to sort because it's recreated almost immediately by anything saving user prefs or hitting the cache.
[CMD+SHIFT+G] ~/Library [return]
Not hard to find.
Is this at all related to the VM service going down last night?
Went down at about 8pm, started coughing and spluttering at 9:30, back to life at 11ish the missis was not pleased about her catchup Emmerdale being offline. lol
Re: This will be interesting
I suppose I should have thrown in some reasoning, the main point is that it's going to be a 1080 tv, not a high res color accurate computer monitor, panels for TV's tend to be way cheaper. The computing guts are already on sale in the ATV, which retails for $99, it's worth noting that apple is churning out variants of these systems (iphone4 etc) by the millions, so economies of scale apply.
But the main reason its going to be cheap is because all their new stuff comes out at around half the price people were expecting, for example, MBA refresh, was $1700, drops to $999, iPad expected at $1000, debuts at $500, even the ATV came out at less than half the price of Logitechs GTV box. Basically, if Apple are going to sell TVs you can be damn sure that there're going to be competitively priced from the off, and that means around the $500 mark for a 32" set. There will be a lot of disruption.
Re: This will be interesting
You may be expecting 2k, Im thinking more like $500 for a 32" 1080 set with AirPlay and Siri for recommendations, recording, notifications etc.
But isn't this exactly like saying that the batton in a relay race travels faster than the runner carrying it on account that it starts from his back hand and finishes outstretched before him?
It doesn't matter if those points are 2mm apart or 2ly, is still only going to make 50ns difference.
I had no idea
That MLC was cheaper to manufacture than SLC, blows me away that simple low capacity flash is harder to produce.
Is this down to manufacturers concentrating on MLC production?
EA: "Rock Band for iOS will remain live - the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible."
Behind closed doors: "Oh shit, we've been rumbled, blame it on a rogue engineer and we'll have another go in 6 months"
Death by Snu Snu?
Aww... Yay... Aww... Yay... Aww... Yay...
I suspect you don't work in IT but please stick around because that's the funniest thing I've heard all week
They say 'database' but they mean 'excel spreadsheet'
Is that after compression? Because you'd think you'd get fairly exceptional compression ratios on the black bits.
Anyone here knowledgable about the implementation of a petabyte sized storage array? Doubtfull anyone will ever ask me to build one but I'm curious all the same.
Sorry guv, doesn't work like that, but you know that unbreakable crypto you're using?, yeah that's all fucked now.
This is encouraging, but...
I honestly thought that by now we'd be able to hook directly into the nervous system, to send and receive signals for natural feedback and control of prosthetic limbs, seeing that skull cap leads me to think this is still way off even if cochlear implants are basically doing this to restore hearing.
It's weird how the some of the things we assume will be sorted during our lifetimes remain forever on the brink of being realised (AI, fusion, cure for male pattern baldness), while others come storming in straight out of left field, like cloning, never saw that coming, wonder what happened to Dolly? I guess I could ask the Internet, one of the things that did pan out but on reflection I think I'd rather remember her as she was.
Wouldn't surprise me
I dont see many 17s these days, most have lumped for an external monitor on a 15 and unless you're going to do edits in the field you can get away with much less, phones and tablets hook up to monitors and projectors for presentations just fine.
Not saying it wouldn't be a kick in the face to people that absolutely must have a 17, but design and tooling costs are out of proportion to sales and Apple have previous in ditching tech that's not pulling it's weight.
Good and bad memories
Spending hours typing in code distributed via magazine (was it Crash?), only for the speccy to reset because someone breathed on the power supply lead, or saving it to tape and crossing your fingers that it would ever load again.
But writing my own code, and seeing a poxy sprite wander across the tv, trailing lines no less with all the precision a slightly knackered Kempston joystick could offer, like a god I was.
Happy Birthday Spectrum, you made me into the nerd I am.
Re: Still too expensive...
Pixelmator is a good alt for the Mac, does most of the stuff you need from Photoshop for a fraction of the price, $30, free trial.
Re: What resource?
Well most of the investors are American, and coal still accounts for over 40% of their energy supply so they probably looked at all those C type Astros and wet themselves.
"it says they're 3 times further out than Earth, how far is that James?"
"it's not very far"
"What about these silica ones, are they any good"
"well silicon is used in computers, and everyone wants computers right?"
"let's do it, anything we find that isn't coal or sand is just gravy"
And that's how James Cameron, the first man to solo dive to the bottom of the Ocean also became the first man to stand on an Asteroid.
Re: Liquid Metal
Instead of equating it to glass, consider Perspex (Plexiglas if you're from the US), instead, this also has a glassy amorphous structure but you wouldn't expect it to shatter if you dropped it.
I think the interesting properties of this material as far as Apple are concerned are that it can be injection moulded, its very strong and has extremely good wear resistance.
I've got four kids, they don't get the password for the credit card, just recently one of them wanted to download Temple Run, which is free, she argued, she begged, she pleaded, she tantrumed, she had to wait until she brought the phone home so I could add the game. This is for the very simple reason that it would be ridiculously irresponsible of me, on a number of levels, to give a child free reign on a credit card.
Remember when your phone asked if you wanted it to remember your purchase password for you?
That was a test, if you answered in the affirmative you failed, do try and learn from it because fools and their money testing is ongoing.
Re: 2 birds one and a half cups
That particular idiom is forever ruined for me, damn you internets.
More of this sort of thing please.
Re: I don't understand
Because it makes use of existing cheaper tech than the stuff used in the 4S and iPad3, an iPad mini would be based on an ipad2 but with the same screen process (cut larger) used in the 3GS, materials costs are similarly reduced and the battery can be smaller (cheaper) than the iPad2.
I suspect the margins will be lower, although they'll still make money on them, but at a $250 price point they'll compete directly with Amazon who at this point is the only other player in the Tablet market that has the ability to threaten iOS.
Re: Good enough
You've got that slightly wrong, Dropbox refused to sell to Apple, Steve told them that to try and get them to sell.
Dropbox does its thing very well but it's only doing the most basic of syncing, to the point that I've seen files fork from nothing more than two users reading it at the same time, it's a long way from OS integration.
True syncing, as end users expect it to work, which is to say magically, is really really bloody hard.
Re: Java or Office?
Appears to be a spear phishing operation, MS word exploit used to install a java exploit, the version they just found has been nullified due to DNS resolution for the C&C being pulled but an earlier variant had the IP hard coded: 199.192.150.X so it might be an idea to check your routers for connections to that block, better safe than sorry.
Only one of my clients uses java company wide, the rest are going to have if disabled and or removed tomorrow, life is too short for us to waste time making sure they are protected against exploits in software they never use.
Turns out its sorta bullshit, was designing a boat for Jobs.
I don't get it
There's a flamboyance to Starck's minimalism that seems at odds with Ive's work, which is arguably setting design trends for the entire industry. Starck designs are also usually expensive, which Apple certainly used to have a reputation for but which doesn't seem to be the case so much these days.
Really can't see a Starck iTV or projector hitting the shelves, those projects seem a better fit for Ive, maybe something more personal, a watch or glasses, either of those could be described as 'sort of' revolutionary, given they've already been done.
On the other hand I'm sure I read somewhere that before he shifted off this mortal coil Jobs fixed Ive in an unassailable position, which suggests that Ive may not be all that popular behind the scenes, so maybe it's politically motivated, or disinformation or simply bullshit.
From this I infer that they're avoiding developers (Xcode), clued up users (little snitch) and managed workplace machines (recent MS Office), all places where they are likely to get noticed, clear now?
I haven't found any either, but that appears to be because the malware is really picky about what systems it will infect, excluding dev, managed and "user has a clue" type systems by checking for the presence of some fairly common applications.
Your typical infected system is likely to be a home user with limited tech support and either a free open source office or a really old version of MS office because who wants to spend a lot of dough for the odd letter, seems to have kept them under the radar enough to capture a peak of 500m+ systems so HUGE SUCCESS. It's probably hard to overstate their satisfaction.
Re: "Foxconn-rebrander "
Either that bridge was not sufficiently burned for El Reg's liking, or in shock at the spate of recent unexpected replies from Apple PR, they've regressed to a schoolboy response of calling names and pulling hair.
I'm sure there's been discussion about this insult at Vulture Central but the Ayes have it as they seem to be running with it.
Live and don't learn
Geocities, Friendster, MySpace, facebook, and on and on, each bigger and cooler than their predecessors, each of them struggling to capitalise on their millions of teenage users before they scoot off to the next big thing. Rats are deserting the ship Captain, better get the IPO out pronto.
N.B. Not including twitter because it's more akin to AIM and MSN than a weblog, also continually amazed by Google's ability to screw up social when by all rights they should have won by default years ago.
Skipping to the end
When the bugs are ironed out and this tech is small enough to be buried in a chip, or whatever passes for a chip, the network topography would be interesting, paired units suggests one end in a device and the other plugged into a switch in a datacentre, with a trade off between lumping as many as you can in the same place to increase interconnect speeds against the potential for massive disruption should that node go down.
Seizing servers is going to become nigh on impossible, at best you could play whack a mole but when putting them back online is as simple as just switching to a different network pair, a lot of governments and industries are going to be somewhat unhappy.
If we can send data through entanglement can we send power? Smartphones that never need charging and are always connected, real time communication with colonists on mars, or robotic probes orbiting distant planets?
This is a pretty awesome time to be alive.
Dont these cheap Chinese handsets tend to use Baidu rather than Google for searching? no access to Google's app/content store, and so on. These are Android phones like the Fire is an Android tablet, great for the manufacturers but sod all use for Google.
Downvoted for such a ridiculous statement.
Even ignoring that iPads have been very competitively priced from the off, Apple don't set their competitors prices.
As for the article, the author lost me when he suggested that the "it's just a great big jpeg" style of digital magazines were anything other than an abomination.
Short version; I don't like it.
It looks doable, well, there would be a wire running from the glasses to a smartphone, and a wire running from the smartphone to a honking great battery pack, but it's just as doable now as its been for the last decade.
I'm just not sold on the idea though, I think if my input is going to be spoken I'd rather have audio cues, "message from Tom", "turn right at the next junction" etc than have to wear a clunky headset, I suppose I'm more drawn to the idea of a personal PA that doesnt speak until spoken to than the visual shotgun approach demoed here, I'm thinking that even though road signs are enormous great things it still takes a concentrated mental effort to decipher them when I'm speeding down the motorway whereas the voice from a satnav is effortless.
I can imagine groups of people staring into space, grunting their answers to unheard questions, the tippy tap of fingers on buttons and screens replaced with short bursts of random speech, is this progress? Do we do what we must because we can?
But mostly I'm thinking supplying an advertising company with a real time feed of where we are, who we're talking to and what we're looking at seems like a really bad deal even if they paid us to wear them.
Quick poll of this demographic
Non Representative Sample of four teenagers addicted to BBM.
Me: "If you had a job and money for a contract phone, which phone would you get"
Me: "iPhone? Not a better Blackberry? Not Android?
Me: "Do you think your friends feel the same?"
The problem here is that while they're reliant on someone else picking up the tab they'd like the best Blackberry they can get, because the BBM service trumps everything else on the PAYG market, but they're very aware of the phones shortcomings, especially with regard to apps "I can't get anything on this, a bold would be better" etc.
I mentioned that RIM has new phones scheduled for November based on a modern OS, then explained what an OS is and that RIM have picked a good one, which was met with normal teenage indifference.
If RIM is going to keep these kids they had better have something pretty compelling in the pipeline
Knee jerk reaction
On the other hand, the reason the existing tablet & software is so expensive is because it's really expensive to make a custom tablet when you're only going to sell thousands of them rather than the multimillions Apple is selling, this company is basically paying prototype pricing, and they're going to have to charge enough to stay afloat while they slowly sell.
But on the other other hand, that was then, when there wasn't a cheap tablet they could sling an app on, they've sat on their arses for 3 years now when they could have been implementing a new software business that would have seen them through these interesting times.
This horse has well and truly bolted, their current business plan is terminal, the only thing they have right now they can build on is their brand and this legal action just totally fucked that.
You would expect
That the Tibetan govt in exile would be using Libre/Open Office to reduce their exposure to these sort of shenanigans, although I suppose they'd be better off with a purposely secure *nix as well, rather than an aestheticly pleasing one.
I'd have never guessed that Microsoft Office lay on the path to enlightenment.
Ignoring the joke, there's a whole generation of kids here in the UK* that are seriously addicted to BBM, they will eventually leave school, get jobs and spend money, all RIM has to do is not get left too far behind and have something they'll want to buy.
Which is probably a tall order, but at least it's possible, unlike retaking the enterprise market, which is a lost cause at this point.
* Perhaps this is just a UK phenomenon, a chance effect of PAYG txting plans here? Is BBM popular with the kids elsewhere?
That put a smile on my face
Re: I know whose bias I'd rather believe.
I'm not going to lie to you, I didn't make it through your epic reply, but I just wanted to clear up that when I said biased, I was inferring selection bias, not a personal one.
Regardless, it stands to reason that if these cybercrims are buying exploit kits, that someone else must be creating said kits, we can further assert that these kits must be tested before they are sold, on the grounds that if they don't work, the 'customers' aren't going to be able to break the law with them and become statistics for this report.
I'd bet cash money that those real hackers tend to be younger and more tech savvy than the duffers this report documents.
This is a bit biased isn't it?
In that these stats are formed from known criminals, the ones that get caught, so it's hardly surprising they suggest tech crims are IT bozos that purchased an exploit kit.
I'd assume that the creators of those kits tend to be younger, smarter and very capable hackers, I'd also suggest that these before exploits become widely known and make it into these kits they're used in anger by a criminal tier the cops rarely see, basically that the cops are nicking users of a secondhand exploit market and drawing the incorrect conclusion that cybercrime is rife with old duffers, I expect that's good news for crime clean up stats but it's not even making a dent in the real problem.
This topic always depresses me
I admin a number of small networks, IPv4 addressing allows workstations to have a meaningfull, memorable and deduceable address, based off the workstation ID, VPN to a site and remoting onto a workstation is easy.
If time is wasted, it's finding machines on DHCP, or sorting problems associated with broken leases or DNS, my clients don't have the budget for kit that works flawlessly, hence the bulletproof static addressing, with DHCP left for mobile equipment.
It's not just that IPv6 isn't going to solve any problems for my clients, it's going to create them, it's going to increase their IT costs, it's going to make finding machines on DHCP harder, lengthening support calls and it's going to smother their networks with additional complexity that none of them are ever going to understand, or even want to understand. This last point may seem counterintuitive given that their lack of knowledge is what keeps my rent paid, but the value of having someone on site that has basic IT skills cannot be overstated.
IPv6 addresses seem to have been designed to infuriate, we're clearly not supposed to remember them or try and make them relevant to the equipment they're assigned to, instead we're apparently supposed to trust a service to track where everything is, I suppose that makes perfect sense when there's thousands, millions of things to track and the equipment doing the tracking is appropriately priced, but when you've got less than 30 workstations to a site it's not just overkill, it's insane.
Its some kind of competition, where each God seeds his randomly selected rock with a life form of his (or her), design and a winner takes all game develops, it's probably broadcast on the heavenly equivalent of BBC2.
"Your puny humans don't stand a chance against my mighty Xargons"
Actually, giving this more thought, I suspect that this activity is limited to a somewhat nerdy clique of Gods.
Re: Re: Sort of like
Oh no it doesn't</pantomime>
Read the linked paper, the temperature inside the shielded region rises to T/2 in <2 seconds, further this isn't really a 2D design as the entire object, including the shielded region is clearly dissipating heat elsewhere, if this was a closed system it would simply delay heat transmission to the shielded parts.
This is exactly like the sort of thermal insulation you would find in a thermos flask, where most of the energy from a heat source on one side of the flask will be channelled around the flask rather than through it, ditto for the claims of a 'heat concentrator' effect which really should have rung your entropy bell.
"per unit of mounting area"
This concept seems erily similar to my patent pending 'Nuclear Power Station Multiplier' design, where I show progressive power output increases per acre simply by arranging Power Stations in what I've come to call a 'stack'.
A polymer coating that turns red with damage and self heals, and it just happens to be flesh coloured, this is clearly first gen terminator skin.
Where are the pictures so that your loyal commenters may decide this issue to no ones satisfaction? Preferably with a breadcrumb 'shopped in for scale.
"Aren't they small enough already?" not if Sir wants his next phone to be more svelte, the fiddlier a sim card is the more options are available for arrangement of your mobe's guts, and the better packed those guts are the more space for lithium.
"why are we still arsing about with SIM cards anyway?" tradition, backwards compatibility, because the networks are geared up for SIM cards and can't imagine shelling out a load of cash to support something else simply because it makes things easier for their customers and suppliers.
Somewhere down the road SIM cards will simply evaporate into software, and switching them will be as simple as a virtual toggle on a smartphone, you'll probably be swearing around with tweezers trying to insert a replacement PlanckSIM before that happens though.
As an aside, my first SIM card was exactly the same size as a credit card, the whole thing slid into the back of the phone as it would into a wallet, which it turns out was quite appropriate.
0118 999 881 999 119 7253
Catchy number though.
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