Portal 2 taken literally
Anyone else think this might have been slightly influenced by the AI character Wheatley from Portal 2.
Let's just hope this one doesn't turn bad and has an off switch?
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Isn't another multibillion dollar US computer turned consumer electronics firm trying to sue a Korean multibillion Won consumer electronics firm over practically everything?
The moral is: the lawyers laugh all the way to the bank and your company is left a steaming pile of s**t.
They know that a good proportion of their customers will not switch to anything else so:
1. The customer's new iPhone gets nicked, they (or possibly their insurance) buys a new one so that's possibly over a grand in revenue from one customer.
2. In the UK at least networks are supposed to block IMEI numbers of stolen handsets to prevent them authenticating against UK networks and so being used but this may not apply to all parts of the globe so if the phone gets sent overseas it can be used and this also means Apple can still sell apps for the device.
It's a win-win for them.
My first mobile was a circa 1998 Ericsson S868.
That thing held onto a signal like a dog to a bone, it had buttons, a two line monochrome dot matrix screen and great sound quality.
Today's touch screens are all about gimmicks and not functionality, bring back functional phones please, I can't stand touch screens and phones that can't hold a signal.
The cable might be free once its laid but its unlikely that providers in the the US will give him free rack space, power and peering and transit.
Arab investors may fund it for a time (as for the moment they have little else to spend their caverns of cash on) but they certainly aren't stupid and are unlikely to fund it forever if it doesn't make a return.
Here in the UK plenty have tried to make free Internet (or free after an initial fee) work as a business model, all were shortlived after telcos withdraw support after usage outstripped estimates by an order of magnitude.
Anyone remember RedHotAnt or LibertySurf?
MS has seen the success Apple has had when it controls both the hardware and software and has had quite a bit of success itself (after the Red Ring of Death issue) with the Xbox 360 console and Xbox Live service.
It thinks at least it can repeat this success in the tablet space and take 100% revenue, cutting out the system builders and maybe offering a subscription model to finance the device and ongoing service charges, this is probably why they are offering direct discounts and not doing this through the channel, they'd much rather people buy a Surface.
Many readers will say 'I'll just switch to Linux' but the problem is Linux DOES NOT drive hardware innovation, like it or not standards are still dominated by the demands placed by Microsoft software on hardware.
I don't want to see the demise of the desktop but If MS succeeds in what it is trying to do I see a lot of small system builders going out of business and the big companies relegated to selling printers and hosted services,
Sad but true.
Will be the Surface Pro.
1. It'll have a proper CPU so will run a full fat version of Windows meaning I can run the applications I need/want to when I'm away from my desktop.
2. I'll no doubt be able to link the peripherals I need from time to time to it such as an external DVD or hard drive.
3. It's lighter than a laptop/Ultrabook so transportation is easier.
4. It'll have a mouse and keyboard so I can actually do meaningful work on it unlike the iPad posers that can only post short messages to facebook and twitter because its too annoying but hey they feel good because they shelled out 500+ quid on it so it must be good.
Initially at least LTE will be for the moneybags like the Salesforce CEO and as others have said, smart business owners won't want the vendor lock in.
We already have the tools we need, that is VPN for offsite access to customer records stored on server cluster or if you really must use the marketing term 'the private cloud'
I have a DGN2200 v1 ADSL modem/router which I purchased from PC World and it does exactly this.
I went back to PC World and they swapped the router and exactly the same thing happened, went back a third time and was told this was normal for Netgears.
Router itself is rock solid though
The old TACS and ETACS phones (analogue 1G phones used in the UK) did not have a SIM, they were programmed with the associated number, if you lost it your number went too as far as I'm aware and number portability was writing it down in your diary and putting that in your pocket.
Now this would rely on the operator releasing control of the phone so you could switch, bit of a retrograde step methinks which is why Apple likes it.
Apple will tie you to an operator that pays them the most money.
While this lady has my respect for quite a few things she has done to help people like setting up Childline or presenting consumer advice TV pieces her comments show complete ignorance of the technical practicalities of what she is asking for, its a tad different than ordering 500 phone lines from BT.
As others have said, responsible adults should not leave their kids in front of the computer unattended, it is not a baby sitter and any technical measures will be circumvented by the unscrupulous and just lead to legitimate non adult material being blocked when the filter code malfunctions which causes aggravation for the rest of us.
Better still keep them off the net till they are 18.
Obviously the flamer's sense of humour process failed.
While I'm definitely not in favour of animal cruelty I can determine humour from genuine intent which the flamer obviously couldn't.
Love the poster.
Really funny stuff as always Lester, keep up the good work.
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