"reducing the regulatory burden to secure growth"
I believe the US tried that with banking system and look how well that turned out.
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As soon as I got shot of TIFKAM and started using Start8 it certainly improved. I even like quite a few of the TIFKAM apps, it's a shame they use it to run. If they could just get those apps working within the normal desktop and give it a close button instead of having to drag the app down then escape from TIFKAM as quickly as possible. Even the ribbon toolbar is not that bad once you get the hang of where things are, and I originally hated the ribbon. They took a perfectly good start menu system and completely banjaxed it for the sake of touchscreen that few people want or use on a PC when they should have concentrated on integrating the Skydrive cloud more seamlessly. They made a lot of improvements in Windows 8, unfortunately they are completely overshadowed by the the turd that is TIFKAM. So if they want to do a Windows 8 launch reboot..... reboot the OS without that f*****g monstrosity.
Thing about Apple though is the majority of their profit is in two product lines, and the vast majority being in just one. If people do start turning away from the iPhone line in large numbers and they have nothing to replace it then those profits are likely to plummet. Who would have predicted Nokia's position today 6 or 7 years ago. It doesn't take long to go from hero to zero in the technology world. Not that I am wanting Apple to fail, it makes no difference to my life what happens to them.
One thing is for sure if you ask me, Apple at the moment is a ship without a captain. Tim Cook may be a great first mate but in my opinion he is not a captain, he is a number cruncher and Apple needs a products man with some vision at the helm. As for the steady profits on increased revenue. I'd hazard a guess at the reports about the difficulties they are having in building the latest products may be causing more wastage and increased costs as a result. But then I suppose if I was that great at knowing what was going on, I'd be heading up the company, instead of sitting at a keyboard. Still wouldn't mind a share of those profits the Wall Street goons are complaining about though.... I could buy my very own country.
Witty responses my ass. I would be more impressed if I could get the bloody thing to ring my brother to let him know I was just leaving now and would be there in five or ten minutes. After persisting on one or two occasions my eventual phone call has consisted of "I'm just pulling into your street now". Needless to say I have given up trying and have now chosen the option of "click, slide, select, scroll, select & select" which usually takes me the length of time it takes to walk down my path. I know my Belfast accent probably has a lot to do with it, and sometimes I end up getting results speaking in a posh English accent or worse... an American accent, but emmm... no, just ......no.
Because android phones don't crash into those kinds of death screens....
and Apples iDevices don't either....
Perhaps it's simply because it asks for the disk, in that case...BFD. By the way those photos are from links in the comments from the page that you posted in another article Bob, but maybe you didn't read that far in your excitement to get another anti-MS comment posted. You (again) fail to mention this "true innovation" happened because they were pissing about with their phones and flashing firmwares.
Not exactly a fair comparison there though. They were messing about with their phones and flashing firmware, so it's not exactly the "Windows Phone 8 User Experience" you are attempting to mislead people into believing it is. But then what else can be expected from someone as obviously anti-MS as yourself.
Depressingly sad comment... and sadly also depressingly true.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to go and play online poker with all my friends.... they really are my friends... honestly.... they care a lot about me and I about them....... what are the names of their wives and children..... I really never thought to ask.
The whole kit is the flakiest piece of crap I've ever used. I've ended up disabling the wireless and plugging a more reliable wireless router (also a netgear) into it and using that as my wireless access point. which of course immediately uses up one of the Gb ethernet ports. I plan on getting a better router and just enabling modem only mode on it.
One bitter morn' he set off for the skies,
The playmonauts trip planned out by the wise.
High into the air he rode his balloon,
praying the planner was not a baffoon.
Higher and higher he continued to soar,
The wind rushing by with a deafening roar.
At just the right time the balloon gave a bang,
so loud was the noise, our hero's ears rang.
As he stopped rising up and started to stall,
The parachute opened and eased up his fall.
Quickly he realised that things were not right,
The wind suddenly changed and hastened his plight.
He dropped Lower and lower as he flew futher South,
He thought of his planner with his hand over mouth.
As the coastline approached he knew it was trouble,
The speed of his plastic heart started to double.
He looked to the East and in the distance saw Brighton,
But he knew as he passed he couldn't stop fightin'.
He went further and further out over the Channel,
Wishing he packed up some soap and a flannel.
There was nothing he could do now but sit there and wait,
And as the water got closer he pondered his fate.
After what seemed like an age he finally splashed down,
And as he floated along he prayed not to drown.
Meanwhile back on the coast of old Blighty,
The panic to save him was rushed and quite mighty.
In the search for a boat Playmonauts team ran to and fro,
When finally they found the good ship Even-Flow.
They sped to the spot they last logged his flight,
Hoping their hero would be quite alright.
On the sides of the boat they were staunchly perched,
Long into the evening they searched and they searched.
No sign of their friend could any man find,
This would be a day when the gods were not kind.
Sadly they left and returned to the dock,
The pub was awaiting and to there they would flock.
They all raised their glasses to their friend lost at sea,
And then they all toasted his replacement to be.
Back in the dark as our hero looked on,
He watched the boat search and then it was gone.
He knew on this night he was now on his own,
So decided to fight on instead of just moan.
He paddled so hard his arms started to ache,
But more and more progress he started to make.
As the dawn sun came up he gave a quick glance,
In the distance was land and he knew it was France.
with safety in sight he knew he had to give more,
So with new vigour he swam ever harder to shore.
With one more big push the dry land was in reach,
so exhausted he pulled himself onto the beach.
As he lay on his back and looked up at the sun,
he sighed and he smiled as he knew he had won.
And so ends our story of a hero so bright,
Who proves it pays never to give up the fight.
For a company that's not supposed to advertising products, I've seen more Apple Macbook Pro closeups on BBC factual & documentary programs than any product on the other channels.
They usually do a closeup of them running video clips of people talking or browsers running a certain webpage or some other such crap.
As a gamer myself I can say, I have only ever bought one box shift PC (a Compaq Presario). When I went to upgrade I found out the motherboard and case could not be upgraded. I have built them myself with hand picked components ever since, and every gamer friend I have does exactly the same. Some build a full new system each time, for myself, I have had the same PSU and case now for a number of years. I very rarely do a full upgrade now but an "alternate" upgrade so to speak. Motherboard, CPU, Memory, then next upgrade cycle will be Graphics Card. As I currently have an i7 2600K and my last upgrade was a GTX 560Ti, I will be skipping the CPU/Motherboard/Memory and doing another Graphics card upgrade as there is no real upgrade worth ditching the 2600K for at this point. This is the beauty of controlling your own box build, you can nearly always stay with a mid to high range PC without having to also buy the extra tat you don't need and concentrate the expense on what you really need and it's a lot easier to follow the hardware performance trends.
As an online Publisher, there is one thing you Excel at and that's giving us early Access to the latest tech news and getting the Word out about new developments. It's the kind of Outlook we as readers appreciate, although if there was One Note that I would like to make it's if you have the Power Point out some of the more obvious flaws in these early developments.
(See what I did there... badly) ;-)
I have to agree, and I'm not so sure Windows Phone 8 will be the failure some are predicting. Possibly in the short term it won't do as well, but in the longer term as those who buy Windows 8 PC's or upgrade to Windows 8 get used to the interface, then the WP8 interface will also become familiar when/if they are looking for a new phone. the apps aren't there yet, but then they weren't there for 7.5 either at the start and they managed to get 150,000 apps. Nothing compared to Apple or Android perhaps but still not too slack. For it to be any type of success I believe apps must be a cross platform purchase. Buy it for Windows 8 on the PC, and it's also available for your phone or tablet, and it must be relatively easy for developers to transfer their app code from one platform to another to prevent the excessive costs it developers may incur. I have no idea whether these conditions already exist or not, if so then it may very well be a success. Microsoft though, do need to give developers some incentive to commit to the platform, particularly if they commit to cross platform app production perhaps through reducing their own profit share of the app for a period of time.
Many acquisitions are done for specific reasons and in most cases it's not out of concern for the welfare of the acquisitioned company. It most cases it's to acquire specific items or technologies or the talent that created them to be absorbed into the companies own product lines, for example Visio was acquired and it's object drawing application was moved into the Office Products line. Hotmail was absorbed and rebranded into MSN hotmail, and now is the email core of Windows Live services.
In other cases an acquisitions sole purpose is to remove the competition which usually had better technologies, which I will give you they tended to do quite a bit and as the saying went.. "If you can't beat them.. Buy them". They did however for the most part buy the companies for the better technologies they had, not just to stop them as competition.
Previously record companies could get away with selling albums with two or three new songs amongst 15 others which they have released on previous albums and inevitably the "Greatest Hits" albums which contained 100% previously released material. The ability to purchase single mp3's effectively ended that. Customers simply need to buy the three new singles as opposed to paying for an entire album. Essentially record companies who were more than happy to screw over their customers have now found that those same customers are no longer willing and now have the means to avoid being screwed by those same record companies. There will always be those fans who will buy all albums regardless but they are by far in the minority, most will use a mix and match of their already purchased songs to recreate the new albums.
PBS gets $100 miliion, is funded out of public taxpayer funds and is basically pennies from the federal budget that American conservatives use as a distraction in order to avoid real cuts.
The BBC gets $3.5 BILLION, and is funded from a separate annual fee that most households in the country must pay by law regardless of whether they watch BBC or not.
Now I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that if American conservatives had THAT to whine about instead of Big Bird then we'd never hear the end of O'Reilly, that daft skank Gretchen and the rest of the idiots on Fox news belching their uninformed nonsense and half truths.
For the life of me I can't see any story here, he is only making a comment about an odd menu item. Something that is classed as fine dining food being served with a fast food. It's a bit like going to a chip shop and asking for a cheesy gravy chip served with caviare. Looking at the menu would suggest he is in a fast food place and is not actually boasting about eating Fois Gras.
I notice you didn't do an article about his tweet right after the fois gras one, which reads...
"Ok new experience. A tandoori chicken wrap purchased from "O'Briens Irish Sandwiches" in Singapore."
You see, pointless one sided nothing out of context articles like this are what keeps Fox News going. Perhaps a logo change is order of the day El Reg.
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