Re: It's official... and available to order on the Apple UK store
I will..... just not the one for the 5C.
573 posts • joined 4 Jul 2010
As there wasn't a deluge of people running to Linux after Windows 95 support ended, or Windows 98 or Windows anything else I assume that this time there will also be a lack of a deluge. I realise that Linux users really want people to shift over but if for two decades you can't persuade many people to pay nothing to switch to something totally free with no strings attached other than learning how to use a new OS then it's not really looking good for a mass defection. I'm not against Linux here, I'm just saying the majority of people are perfectly happy to continue with the familiarity of Windows which they see as being free anyway because they bought this PC and it already has Windows. They don't care about the licensing deals and behind the scenes BS that adds a little extra to the cost of their PC.
"Not wanting to be seen defending Apple here, but they do actually provide a lot of employment in Ireland - 4000 jobs at the last count..."
... and how many of that 4000 would be allowed to get away with paying practically nothing in comparison to their earnings to the tax man, my guess would be somewhere between none and zero, but while the loopholes exist and new ones are found, large companies like Apple, Google and the myriad of other companies using the same tactics will continue to pay as little tax as they can get away with.
I think as far as the Mac Pro is concerned I don't know if I'd call them fanbois. For the most most part they will be used in a professional environment and usually an environment (i.e publishing) where the Mac is generally the standard. That's not to say some fb's won't buy one, I'm sure they will... just so they can say they have one as if it's some sort of elite prize.
"Has Microsoft said what patents Android violates? Have they been challenged in court?"
Maybe not, but the fact that not just one but quite a few very large companies that could easily afford to fight the patents have chosen to pay the fee rather than go to court suggests that MS probably have a rather strong patent claim that will stand up in court.
I would drop them like a stack of ***, which I also intend on doing with Sky when the contract is up in April. BBC F1 coverage is crap now and I'm f***** if I'd pay voluntarily just to see Top Gear and Dr Who for a year. I really only got Sky HD in to watch the F1 and quite frankly it wasn't worth the years lock in. Besides I think with their new HD plan, they will probably drop the legacy HD package. So all in all subscription TV in general sucks b****.
As pointed out in another article about The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board report, they had this to say.
"Based on the information provided to the board, including classified briefings and documentation, we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,"
To me, that's a pretty damning indictment on the usefulness of the mass surveillance. While the technology may be cheap (which I doubt when Govts are involved) I doubt the whole [illegal] program itself is cheap and the results according to this report show that there is not a single return on the investment. There is however a massive price and that is the privacy and civil liberties of citizens.
What do they expect. When retailers are constantly getting caught out shafting their customers with fake "sales", etc. I don't even mind paying a few quid extra for the convenience of getting things at a local retailers and having the item straight away. But when I'm getting charged £50 for a photographers bag at the local Jessops which is selling for £30 on Amazon then I know I'm being asked to bend over and take one for the team.
"over half said they hadn't made the switch because of a lack of budget, 39 per cent said they didn't have the time and 31 per cent said they didn't have the resources"
Lack of budget or not having the resources fair enough, but didn't have the time is a bit of a lame excuse considering they've had years.
That would be fine, e.g. "That was a rather stupid thing to do, I think you may have a little idiot DNA in your blood" would probably be fine whereas "When I find you, I'm going to a**rape you, put a bullet in your head and bury you in a field" may not be looked on quite as favourably, and in all likelihood will have you in the dock shortly after them.
Because the Vietnam vets were treated so badly on their return and the US is now so ultra patriotic, they are overcompensating for today's military with them being thanked for their service by every random individual at the mere mention of them having served. Call it the Telco equivalent of thanking them for their service.
I do think Bromwich is taking the piss and a few liberties with them, actually in much the same way as Apple is taking the piss and a few liberties with the carriers...... in pretty much the same way as the carriers are taking the piss and a few liberties with us, their customers. Karma often has a funny way of catching up.
Myspace - Bought for $580m sold for $35m
Bebo - Sold by founders for $850m bought back five years later by founders for $1m
I get the feeling there may be some emptier pockets in the next few years. I really don't get it, some of these investors seem to be blindly chasing the dream of the next big tech site payout much like a gambler is always chasing his losses.
"I had to sign a NDA to not talk about it, but seeing as I don't work there now, and posting as AC, I guess it doesn't matter."
Given that one statement alone, you have proven to be a little untrustworthy, so I hope you don't mind if I choose to think you are just a little bit full of s***.
The iPhone C didn't do well because it didn't do what most people wanted and that was to provide a low to mid range iPhone at low to mid range market prices. Instead they delivered a low to mid range iPhone at premium range price, and if you are going to pay a premium price you might as well get the iPhone 5S.
Piss away, if India can do a successful 18 month turnaround of a Mars mission from announcement to launch it a. gives rise to the question about why the fuck NASA with all their technological might takes so long to do a mission and b. Gives hope for the reality of the Mars One plan. To be fair though, at least NASA is a reality, as I still don't believe Mars One will happen because it's just a pipe dream but I hope I'm wrong.
The first one still to me was the best one, three of of spent more hours than I can remember playing multiplayer in which each player had to take it in turns to race. I still miss Phoenix and Mexico (yeah Mexico's back next year hopefully) and loved Mexicos esses section as you just got faster and faster.
They've been sinking investors money into this company for years with nothing to show for it. I fail to see how they can value a company a company at $10 billion which consistently loses money year after year and only has earnings of $316 million which would be fine if they didn't spend $418 million making it. I know they have a lot of users, but user value is not worth $10 billion unless they are actually creating value and profit, which in this case they aren't. I get the feeling the IPO is more of an escape route for the current investors.
How these guys even come up with this stuff. I suppose if I'd ever moved on from the obligatory two basic PRINT and GOTO lines of code that remained the extent of my (and probably many others) foray into coding, I might have a better comprehension. Still we all have our talents I suppose.. I can make a mean bowl of cornflakes with only three main ingredients.
... how much I don't know. I went in today as my son wanted one. The O2 I went to didn't receive a single 5S and told me the 5C were selling like hotcake, and they had sold 70 of them but they still have some in stock.. no thank you. I popped over the aisle to the Three store. They received 10 5S phones and still had two of them left of which I took one. They had plenty of 5C's and couldn't get them budged out the door. I told her the O2 store had sold 70 which she didn't believe. She said their demand for either phone hadn't been that great, which I would tend to believe, considering they had only sold eight since yesterday's release and they had a large "2 iPhone 5S signs left" outside the shop, which is in one of Belfast most popular and busy shopping centres.
After my daughters experience with Google Play I will be giving them no more money. By the way, for anyone purchasing from Google Play, please be aware that should you need to return it under warranty, they will charge you for another tablet before they will even accept it back again, no exceptions. Fine if you can afford it, if you can't then don't try Asus either, Asus say it's not their problem it needs to be returned to Google Play. So you will be stuck with a faulty device until you can come up with the money first. So for me, I would've looked at the device before, now it's once bitten twice shy, and not something I would even consider no matter how good it is.
Except that they don't work because as a staffer said.... "The problem with the Porn Story Parliament Computers thing is that sometimes PICTs filter blocks news stories as pornographic"... In other words their own filters are blocking completely legitimate content which is exactly what campaigners against nationwide filters have been saying so it was nice of parliament to prove and uphold their case for them. It's a shame that they will completely ignore that fact and carry on implementing their Chinese internet wall anyway.
They don't have to necessarily own one. Within ten minutes of arriving my five year old granddaughter usually asks "Can I play games on your phone Granddad." She knows there are three rules 1. She isn't allowed to walk about with it, 2. She is only allowed to play the games I have in her folder and 3. No drinks allowed while she is playing it. I have in app purchases permanently disabled and use it only when I require it to be (which so far is never).
If you are going to let children use your phone/tablet, then YOU need to take responsibility for what happens on or to it. I've tried to cover the bases but, ultimately I let her use the phone, so if anything bad happens, there is no one else to blame other than myself.
Hardly, I have more android gear, the only Apple product I have is an iPhone 4S. I also have a San Francisco, a Galaxy S4, an Asus Transformer TF101 and a Nexus 7 so sorry, but fail on the iProduct fan. Anyway like I said, fragmentation is the biggest problem, which I personally experienced because I have several android devices. Phone apps end up looking like shit on tablets, and some apps work with one device and not another.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018