Re: I guess it's official
look at the real statistics, not the newspapers.
7760 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Some folks thought Amazon was going to release a Game Console. Still, a so called "Smart TV" adds €200 to €400 price of a TV and this is $99 and does more.
Competition is Roku, Google Chromecast and so called Apple TV (no tuner or screen so how is it a TV?).
Why do people buy an Apple TV or Chromecast rather than a Roku or Tablet + hdmi cable?
Apple TV needs an iThink (iPad or iPhone) to work properly so this is cheaper.
All Smart TVs need a smart phone or tablet to access all features easily.
The Google Chromecast dongle is barely more than than Wireless HDMI as it seems to do nearly nothing without a hosting device (Laptop, tablet, smartphone etc).
If this is usable without paid content, works with your own attic server and comparable to a Roku it ought to do well. Smart of them to put Netflix as well as their own services.
UNIX/Linux Family is used by 67.5% of all the websites whose operating system we know.
ALL versions of Windows 32.5% of all the websites whose operating system we know.
[A lot of them seem to be Server 2003!, the Server version of XP]
OSX about 0.1%
OS X newer versions and Linux newer versions at least usually have some sense.
Vista (& Win 7 SP for it) and Win8 are not upgrades. They are just awkward and don't fix annoying GUI bugs in Explorer also add new GUI bugs.
Wine + Mint for new HW and the olde HW will keep running CP/M, DOS, WinForWorkgroups 3.11, Win 98SEWin2K and XP.
Much as I dislike Win2K, I found I could get some newer XP stuff to run on it and all the old NT4.0 stuff to work, so the laptop once with Dos/Win3.11/Win98/NT4.0/Win2K and Red Hat Linux only has DOS,WFWG3.11, win98, Win2K (using NT's boot ini). Mint and XP are on two other laptops.
One PC with XP and Satellite cards, two as servers with different Linux distros. We had NT4.0 servers for about 10 years and a short dalliance with Server 2000 and Server2003 before moving all the data to Debian.
I have also a dedicated CP/M and DOS machines "archived" in the attic. Dosbox isn't suitable for some old HW.
Some fancy expensive ISA HW I have I managed to get the 3.1 driver to run on Win98SE (no modern version).
This isn't a new problem. There was not this "panic" response from MS at previous EOL.
This is yet another Linkedin fail in particular and social media fail in general.
1: Create a new email real address you can abandon or delete later. It needs to work.
2: Add it to Linkedin and confirm it
--- 3. now you can make the new address the Primary and delete everything including the "real" email addresses.
4. rename your self and add false country and profession
6. Delete temporary specially created email address in (1) or never access it.
I've been on Linkedin over 6 years maybe and had recently begun to think it was as useless as Facebook.
It's baffling that it remained with Ukraine after 1991.
But two wrongs don't make a right. Of course it makes more sense for Crimea to be part of Russia than Ukraine. But Russia didn't use due process. They just seized it.
If a neighbour mysteriously ends up with my 1965 classic car I can't just go and and take it back. There are proper procedures.
Three are only a Phone contract seller.
All engineering is outsourced
The Irish Network too many data users as they mis-sell it as Broadband
They and Irish Government may be investigated for using €75M of taxpayers and EU money to fund base stations Three obligated to roll out and hadn't in breach of licence. Complaint is with EU
Three Ireland massive debt and never made profit.
Three are efficient at marketing/selling, nothing else.
They inappropriately install repeaters designed for Malls, underground carparks and tunnels in ordinary houses for so called broadband instead of outdoor aerial and 3G router.
There are ALREADY Rural Fixed wireless using LICENSED spectrum. Using licence free WiFi spectrum for outdoor FWALA (Fixed Wireless) proved to be a disaster 6 years ago. Real commercial WISPs (Wireless ISPs) all changed to licensed spectrum years ago.
The problem is that Mobile Data is subsidised by voice and mis-sold as broadband. Hence there is now little investment in real Fixed Wireless Broadband. It's not a lack of Spectrum or Technology.
Also 5GHz band is really only line of sight. If you are going to be limited to LOS there is cheap good gear at licensed 10GHz band, much more capacity. Or if you need better outdoor coverage there is licensed 3.5GHz band which is much better than 5GHz.
Yes, but Nokia in the same year had great HW, a great OS (symbian) spoilt by a bastard GUI (S60). They had lost the plot on management and GUI etc back around 2002. So Apple only had to make it shiny and simple to use, not needing every HW feature or great Battery life.
It was quite sensible to assemble phone chips, a capacitive screen (which are as old as Resistive ones) and an iPod for Mk1 iPhone.
MS tried gluing the Zune on everything from Phones to PC Desktop proving that sometimes simplicity doesn't work when taken too far.
Actually Big teams are counter productive.
Most of the development was the revised GUI on the OS adapted from OS X as iOS.
They didn't develop any phone or CPU hardware, that had all become virtually commodity parts by then. From the late 1980s the reason for resistive screens was for two reasons:
1) Stylus use of stupid concept of miniaturised desktop GUI.
2) Holy Grail of Handwriting recognition.
Capacitive screens were ignored due to low resolution. Their big step was to say "forget handwriting". The idea of gestures wasn't invented by Apple. That dates back to 1980s or earlier. The stupidity of using a desktop "WIMP" GUI on a small screen was identified in late 1980s. But MS and others wouldn't listen (WinCE ). Part of it too was that for a long while (i.e. Nokia Communicator) a high end phone with GUI and applications was seen as a Business tool, not a consumer gadget.
The best way to do any product is a small team. Or several very small teams working on unrelated aspects.
Maybe if Steve hadn't killed Newton they could not have see their way to an iPhone as it is known today.
They'd argue nearly anything imposed on them is bad. Mobile only likes voice and SMS. Comparing the costs for £15 Voice and £15 Data sale, the Data costs them 130x more at least. Overpriced voice and SMS is subsidising Data. Also it's MOBILE. They are are in many cases offering caps to high and mis-selling as Broadband. It's for ON THE GO usage.
They need to realise that people just want to rent a connection. They need to stop blocking & throttling stuff and have more honest marketing. Mobile has limited capacity.
"But even with the limited processor in the headset working in conjunction with a linked smartphone and the greater cloud, you're not going to get Glass capable of the kind of real-time facial recognition portrayed on popular TV shows."
Actually of course it can if any camera can. Assuming you have a wireless data connection of some kind. It could be your own subterranean system.
45 seconds boot
1600 x 1200 ultra sharp reflection free LCD.
Last re-installed when 6 months old.
HDD upgraded 6 years ago (partitition Magic on a desktop and adapters to copy existing install.
High performance SCSI scanner via PCMCIA /PC Card controller
Firewire still used
Serial & Parallel still used.
WiFi upgraded 6 years 11Mbps to 108Mbps
CD Writer DVD -ROM reader upgraded 6 years ago to DVD/CD R/W
XP pro based Media PC using 2 x PCI HD Satellite cards, SATA drives, and dual tuner DTT USB. Where do I get a new PC with 6 x PCI slots?
1 laptop multiboot DOS / Win3.1 / Win98 & Win 2K for things that need it. 1400 x 1050 reflection free LCD.
All else is various Linux distros
But not the only ones.
A very small screen, 4" approx touch, 6" to 11" touch, 10" and up keyboard/mouse, TV screen with Remote all need radically different GUI.
Once they stupidly tried to fit the Win95 GUI on 320 x240, now the other way round. The Zune/Metro interface isn't a bad idea for more featured PMP, PDA, Phones with touch. Stupid for TVs, Tablets, Watches, PCs.
The Win9x / XP interface is a reasonable improvement of Win3.x and NT prior to 4, but not only is it only suitable for 10" (with 1024 x 768 min) and up screens with no touch, keyboard and mouse, but actually quite good (so are OS X, Risc OS, Gem, KDE, Gnome etc in various more sane incarnations).
Idiots. More concerned with "Branding" and a single appearance than the best GUI for the form factor / Application.
Amazing, 22% of Humans, Apes, Monkeys, Elephants, Corvids, Dolphins etc are running a Microsoft computer OS!
Um ... you do know that because they still can't figure out what intelligence is the AI people have completely changed the definition is since the 1970s? That in real terms there has been ZERO progress in AI since 1950s? Any progress is by redefining AI to include whatever program has just been developed.
Wake me up when you find ANY intelligent device that isn't replicating biologically. Sex is obviously currently involved to produce Intelligence, in a sense.
If we are talking about devices that are not a laptop, Notebook, All in one, PC or Server, then 22% is an amazing figure, and wrong, as MS are non-existent on Set-boxes, Routers, TVs, DVD, Blu Ray, Media boxes etc . Though in the USA in WinCE PDA / Early Symbian days it might have been more than 45%. But about 10% world wide.
(*laptop, Notebook, All in one, PC or Server etc I don't classify as a device but "computers" as they are very general purpose and OS can easily be changed. A device running an OS (the word "intelligent" is meaningless) to me is a gadget where you'd have to go through hoops, JTAG etc to EASILY change the OS. The only non-computer devices close to "general purpose" rather than dedicated appliance are Phones (so called "Smart") and Tablets.
Exactly what is the "Smart" in a Smart Phone? It's as dumb as a basic one that can only do phone calls and SMS with an address book. Just more applications and ability to load applications with awkward Web Browser)
Actually those are really illegal transmitters. They 99% just use the local part of wire as an aerial! They pass CE by only plugging in one or not connecting data. They are two way 1 to 30MHz or 1MHz to 200MHz radio systems.
The are also about x50 cost of a USB connector!
The wireless charger isn't. It's a large awkward pad with a cable to PSU.
It's as wireless as Cordless Kettle. Which is strictly a docking kettle.
Why can't they all put USB and earphone so the phone can sit in a cradle like my DECT or my ancient Handheld 2 way radio?
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Not much more so than Win7 /Win 8 users.
If un-needed services off, stupid plug-ins on browser disabled, separate firewall on Router (use a WiFi/Ethernet Sharing box/router for a 3G/4G dongle, don't plug in direct), sensible usage, no Outlook, MS IE etc then less likely in next 10 years to get malware than 8.1 or later Windows users.
Check with silentrunners.org and gmer, maybe even booting to safe mode, periodically.
MS though should consider Win 7 demand and amount of XP that their whole strategy stinks now.
I'll use Libre Office rather than any version of office after 2003, and Linux with WINE if I can't use the Win98, Win2K and WinXP laptops I have any longer. Unless MS swallow the Ego and make a fixed version of XP. as alternative to Win 9 for users that want it.
Maybe "hacking" and designing and writing are three different skills,
Why is so much time and money spent on appearance and tools continue to be poor, underlying design poor etc?
It's daft to claim these contests are part of testing or QA. Quality and security is DESIGNED in, and implemented, not hacked and patched after the fact.
It [patching] leads to messy code and new bugs.
Why about 30 years after C++, Modula-2 and Objects etc are we still seeing Array Bounds vulnerabilities in SW?
I'm on a lot of security mailing lists and the bugs and vulnerabilities on for example PHP based CMS are all the more of the same year in year out.
We are doing it wrong in the first place.
If they are not connected to Internet and Users are not installing applications why does it matter?
Loads of stuff even running DOS, Win 3.11, Ancient pre 2000 Linux, OS/2, Win98, NT4.0, Win2K etc simply running. Nothing is ever updated or installed, nor is it networked.
If we are talking manager's and Office PCs on Internet it's more of a story, but even then may have no issues depending on configuration.
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