* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Apple makes a single digit fraction of its profit from iTunes/App Store. Those are enablers, hardware is where they make the real money.

Why do you rag on Apple taking a 30% cut when Google takes exactly the same cut? If what Apple is doing taking 30% is so awful, shouldn't the great Google be showing the world how awful that is by taking less? Or hell, taking nothing, since they make their money by selling you, not by selling you stuff?

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

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Re: first 10 days is when most fail

You think the problems with Maps and "you're holding it wrong" are worse than a camera that COMPLETELY fails? If Apple released a phone that had a hard failure in such basic smartphone functionality as a camera the fandroids would be screaming from the rooftops about it, but I see excuses are the order of the day when it is Samsung's flagship that fails.

Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

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Conflicting information

I saw an article recently that said over half of Apple's cash was in the US. Is this 88% offshore figure coming from Apple or from elsewhere? If the 88% was accurate, they'd have a lot bigger line for deferred taxes on their balance sheet, so I have to question it.

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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I think this has been known for a while

Last summer I started having problems with my sleep/wake button taking several presses to work sometimes. It would be fine for a while, then take multiple presses for a few days, then go back to working again. I googled and found that others had the issue and Apple replaced their phone, so I figured I should do it before my warranty ran out. Haven't had the problem once with the replacement.

I guess this means they're going to replace even those phones that are out of warranty (one year in the US, I think the EU mandates a longer warranty over there) Sounds like good customer service to me...

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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@Tom 13

Wow, you really have no idea how the stock market and shares work at all do you?

Here's a hint. If you own 1% of a company, and its stock splits 100x, you still own only 1%. You can sell x shares before or 100x shares after if you want to pull some of your profits out of it, and you lose exactly the same amount of "influence" (i.e. voting) either way.

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Re: Translation

Because increasing the potential pool of investors (if only slightly) is somehow a bad thing? Yeah, right.

Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

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Re: How ? ? ?

There's two ways to patent this, you can patent "how to build a holographic screen" and "how to implement a user interface for a holographic screen". Which do you think Apple is likely to be working on?

FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

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Re: no blocking of lawful content

That will probably hardly ever happen. But somehow it'll "happen" often, to "encourage" the non-payers to pay up, or the low payers to pay more. Nice protection racket you handed the near monopolies that are our ISPs, FCC.

If we had true competition it wouldn't be a problem, but there are many many places in the US where you have a choice between one DSL provider and one cable provider. Not much choice there, and not much incentive for either to heavily compete against the other rather than figure it is more profitable to let them lie to you knowing they'll let the other guy lie to you as well.

Cross-border kids used as Easter iPhone MULES in China

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There was twice as many Samsung phones but the headline mentions only iPhones?

Nice clickbait, Phil.

US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments

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Re: long view...

But if enough people follow you away from cable/satellite TV, the networks will find a way to get their money. That is, they'll start charging for the programming that's now free on their sites, and/or require an app to watch the programming to insure there's no way to capture the stream or skip the ads.

Two networks said they'd pull all their valuable content (i.e. sports plus any high-rated prime time programs) off their affiliates and distribute it in other ways if Aereo wins. That may be an empty threat, but if they figure they can make more money by becoming "CBS Network" available on cable and satellite they will.

There is not much reason to keep broadcast TV around anymore if you think about it, there are better ways to distribute the same content. If they don't make enough money from it (required to pay for the high cost of sports rights deals they've made) the whole network/affiliate broadcast TV model may collapse.

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Re: Dear Broadcasters. Fek Off.

To play Devil's Advocate, your right to have an antenna and have a recording device accessible remotely doesn't necessarily extend to paying someone else for that service.

The same logic would have prostitution legal, since I have a right to have sex with any willing partner, but it is illegal to pay for it :)

Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

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Re: I've got an idea

Dave 126 has the right idea. Those who want a more durable phone or with longer battery life and don't care about weight/thickness are free to add an aftermarket case to provide one or both. Or choose another brand, like the Razr Maxx or that one company that sells "contractor grade" phones that can be dropped from 30' onto concrete.

Some of us have no problem at all with the battery life on current phones, and aren't in the habit of dropping them on concrete like those durable old Nokias. Not all of us wish to compromise for others' needs by having a heavier phone with a unbreakable plastic shell.

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Re: I've got an idea

Bigger phone = heavier. Thinner phone = lighter. The thinner they make it, the closer it is to the weight of the 5/5S, rather than the weight of the 3gs/4/4S.

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I know it won't be a problem

But somehow I'd be worried a phone that large that's thinner than the 5/5S might snap in half if it gets bound up in your pocket in the wrong way when you sit down!

Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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You do realize that has nothing to do with this patent

Whatever one may think about the patentability of what Apple describes, it has nothing at all to do with what you're suggesting. Apple is talking about having the phone figure out where in the car it is by looking at the windows to decide whether it is being held in the hands of the driver.

In the highly unlikely event this was behavior you couldn't turn off, one possible fix would be to set it for the UK (if in the US, or the reverse if in the UK) and then it'll let you text as the driver but not the passenger :)

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Idiots will always find a way

Look for people to be holding their phone over the passenger seat with their right arm extended to be able to text.

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

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Re: Apple

The rumors seem to point to TSMC being the sole source for the A8 (with Samsung still making the A7 for the "last year" models) But maybe TSMC hasn't proven all that nice to work with, so they want to go with GloFo, and preserve Samsung as a second source since they've never worked with GloFo before and they may have trouble handling Apple's volumes.

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Re: "The industry's first at 28nm"

Name one ARM CPU made in a smaller process than 28nm. That process has only been available from foundries in the last few months. At any rate, Apple still has the only 64 bit ARM shipping.

Intel is the only company shipping x86 smaller than 28nm (22nm, though perhaps a few 14nm are slipping out now) but that's irrelevant to a discussion of ARM.

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"The industry's first at 28nm"

They probably will be the first to 28nm, but by the time they launch Apple will be shipping A8s made in TSMC's 20nm process.

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Re: Pension?

In America CEOs still get pensions. The regular workers don't.

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Re: Umm, not so sure.

More importantly, had he not left, he wouldn't have founded NeXT, whose software provided the foundation for what became OS X, which became iOS.

There's no telling what would have happened if things had gone differently back in 1985. Its too bad he believed too strongly in alternative medicine thanks to his hippie background, so by the time he consulted real physicians for his cancer it was too late, because we also don't know what else he might have accomplished if he had been around another few decades. Say what you will about Jobs as a CEO, at least he was no Ballmer!

Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing

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You gotta remember

Economists may say markets are efficient, but that's only true in the long term. The full value of Yahoo's Alibaba stake isn't reflected in Yahoo's stock price because 1) it hasn't had an IPO yet and 2) even when it does, Yahoo is unlikely to be able to/willing to sell it for some time, if ever.

If I owned a 50% stake in Nortel in 2000, I would have been the richest man on the world on paper. If I never sold that stake, I'd be worth exactly what I am today.

AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits

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Who wants local/regional spectrum?

Certainly not wireless carriers or their customers. The day when people are willing to subscribe to a carrier that has you roaming when you get 50 miles from home are in the past.

Maybe the FCC will get companies interested in deploying wireless broadband rather than cellular, but they certainly won't realize the maximum return on the auction by chasing away the national carriers.

Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders

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This is what started happening to Apple

Wall Street was spoiled by constant earning beats, so they raised their estimates higher and higher above Apple's guidance, and the stock started getting punished when they'd announce earnings that handily beat their guidance, but failed to meet Wall Street's inflated expectations.

Since they've pushed the P/E and as a result Google's stock price too high, the same thing will afflict them and the stock price will eventually fall back to Earth. Then they'll pick the next tech darling for the same treatment. Microsoft perhaps, as I'm sure they can tell a compelling story about how the new CEO is going to fix the lack of direction over the past decade under Ballmer's inept leadership.

Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Has one improvement over Glass

It would be easier for people who wear glasses, or sunglasses, to wear this.

Plus, from the side it might look like a Bluetooth so people will only think you're a Bluetard instead of a Glasshole!

Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

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I remember the pre-launch hype about Kindle Fire

Lots of discussion about revolutionary features that would reshape the tablet market. It wasn't anything special. If Amazon launches their very first phone with revolutionary technology that other phone makers have probably been researching and holding off on because it sounded better than it looked/worked, I expect to see a half-baked product that gets a lot of launch buzz but a lot of meh reviews and Android customers go back to buying Samsungs.

Android engineer: We didn't copy Apple or follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Good Grief!!! @ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

Physical media doesn't mean "no electronics", it means it isn't bits. Apple was smart to insure the agreement went that way, and Apple Corp apparently didn't have people looking far enough ahead to realize that physical media would largely disappear within two decades of that agreement.

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I'm sorry

But you're not allowed in an Apple/Android thread because you're entirely too reasonable and level headed when you're going around making statements like this:

*Note I said LESS likely, that's not an insult to those who are technologically literate and have made the decision to accept the idevice's limitations in return for 'just works'

Count me among the technologically literate who prefer "just works" to something I can tweak to death. I have a Linux desktop PC if I feel the urge to tweak. I can understand those who feel differently, or who chafe under the restraints (real or imagined) of the iTunes walled garden, but I think it is ridiculous that people feel the need to fling insults at those who choose differently.

I guess some people are so narrow minded they can't accept that others can be as smart or smarter than they are but arrive at a different choice than they did.

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Re: Apple Corp vs Apple Inc

The lawsuit started in the early 80s, and they claimed a trademark on the Apple name extending to anything in the "entertainment" realm, which they figured included home computers. Apple eventually settled and paid them $80K to go away.

Then in the late 80s they came back at Apple because people were making MIDI boards for Apple computers, and they did another settlement, which this time expressly forbid Apple from entering into the market for physical music media.

Then after the iPod/iTunes came out they went after Apple a third time, and even though Apple offered them $1 million to settle they took Apple to court, but they lost and got nothing - because the judge ruled that digital files are not PHYSICAL music media.

Presumably at some point after that they buried the hatchet for good and Beatles music finally become available on iTunes. Maybe Apple paid them off to make that happen or maybe they (well Michael Jackson, since he owned the Beatles music by that time) decided fighting Apple and staying off iTunes was costing money in the modern digital world.

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Apple Corp vs Apple Inc

Started in 1971? Starting lawsuits a half decade before a company is founded is an aggressive strategy, I agree!

Keep it mind it was Apple Corp (i.e. Beatles) who sued Apple, not the other way around. Claiming the name Apple in all markets when they were only a record label is as bad as the abuses over rounded corners.

Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: Amazingly

Curious what would make it a finer material for a driver than Titanium? Given that the USGA and R&A limit both the coefficient of restitution of the driver face, as well as the overall volume of the head, it doesn't seem as though there's any room for more advanced materials to improve over the current state of the art.

Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: I think the article is wrong

Apple is "greedy" in terms of wanting to maximize their profit, but I highly doubt the profit maximizing prices are where you think. If they can arbitrarily increase the price of the iPhone 6 just because it is a bit larger than the 5s, why didn't they do it with the 5 when it was a bit larger than the 4s?

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I think the article is wrong

I'll bet this is for the larger of the two. If it is supposed to be released this fall, they have to get carrier agreements in place before that.

The slightly larger one (which will probably just have more screen less bezel but be the same size) will be the same price, the larger one will cost more.

Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

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Only if you don't mind giving away your personal information to be used in ways you can't control or know anything about.

Never forget: you aren't Google's customer, you're their product.

'China's Apple' heading to Asia and Latin America

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What about Hyundai? Or Häagen-Dazs?

Buy a few ads during the Super Bowl that mentions your name a half dozen times and people will learn how to pronounce it, even if it isn't obvious from the spelling.

Anyway, Galaxy isn't the name of the company that makes that line of phones, nor iPhone for that matter. Nothing stops them from making the "Xiaomi <insert English word here>" for the US market, and people will refer to it as the "xPhone" or "Universe" or whatever.

Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Hopefully the GNOME foundation falls apart, and someone picks up the pieces who doesn't share their moronic "vision" that has turned so many off from GNOME.

Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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@LedSwinger "Giving up nuclear weapons..."

Do you really believe the outcome would have been different if Ukraine had kept some of its nuclear weapons? The reason they rolled over for Russia in Crimea (and may yet in the eastern part of Ukraine) is not because they believed Russia would nuke them. Putin still would have come in if they had nukes, because he knows no one would start a nuclear war over it.

This was/is never going to be anything but a conventional war, if that, and Russia has a larger and more modern military than Ukraine. More importantly, most of the people in Crimea, and in the area that may yet be annexed to provide a land path to Crimea, are ethnic Russian (ignoring the messy historical reasons why that is the case) That would make it very difficult for a Ukrainian army to fight them, both because some of their number would be unwilling to fire upon Russians, and a majority of the local population would aid a Russian army that was being fired upon by a Ukrainian army.

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Re: Makes sense

Except the technology to get there exists now, so it isn't going to provide the boost it did in the past because there are no problems that need solving.

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Re: The race is on!

And why exactly should the lunar surface be worth $1000 an acre? Or even a penny per acre? You can't grow anything there, it costs a fortune to support people there and there's nothing for them to do that they can't do better in zero-G orbit.

The only reason you'd ever go to the Moon would be to collect He3, but until we can do something useful with that, it is pretty pointless, and whether it would ever be economical to ship it out of the lunar gravity well is unknown.

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Re: Could not have timed it better

It is easy and free to talk about, and fills the citizens with nationalist pride. But don't mistake talk for action, they aren't going to go to the Moon any more than the US went back in 2012 like Bush promised in 2004. They won't even land anything there.

NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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The NSA needs to be split up

Having one organization that is (supposedly) responsible for helping secure the US internet infrastructure and for spying has conflicting goals.

Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables

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Why should 64 bit drive demand?

It improves performance, but performance improves every year anyway. 64 bits isn't enabling any new category of apps that will drive demand on their own, so I don't see how it would drive demand any more than a faster GPU or marginally improved battery life would.

Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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Re: Ought to point out

It really doesn't matter. Since the US spends more than it takes in, it sells treasuries to make up the difference. They've got a pretty good idea of how much will be coming in and plan sales based on that. So on average they'll have around the same amount of cash on hand year round.

Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

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Re: Apple is misleading

How is Apple responsible for notifying people about the potential security issues of the million plus third party OS X or iOS apps? They simply said that iOS and OS X are not vulnerable. They don't have source, they wouldn't be able to determine which apps are vulnerable if they wanted to.

If held to your ridiculous standards, every OS vendor out there is "vulnerable" forever because it is possible that someone may have a vulnerable app installed on their PC/phone today and may choose to never update it.

If I replace the OEM tires in my car, and they sometimes blow up and cause fatal accidents so they get recalled, the manufacturer of my car isn't "vulnerable" to this defect. If asked they'll simply state their cars are not affected by the recall.

Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Why permit the secrecy

Since all Android vendors seem to be signing up, one would assume it is in base Android. Surely one of them has shared the details with Google of exactly what they're licensing (whether the contract allows it or not) and if it was easy to remove Google would have done so.

Presumably iOS also violates some of these patents (the non-FAT ones) but Apple and Microsoft have had a cross licensing agreement since long ago so Apple didn't have to pay up.

Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: Huh?

Bankers want you to do the opposite of what you're currently doing, because they always think the grass is greener.

If Apple sold a hybrid product, they'd be talking about how much more Apple could make if they sold an individual laptop and individual tablet, for those who don't want a hybrid of both.

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Re: For $63Bn

Apparently this analyst thinks if you have two successful products, that combining them into one bastardized hybrid that does neither as well as the two perform their individual roles, that the new product will outsell two individual products?

I guess that's why Surface is taking over the market. Oh wait...

Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Wiped out species in existence?

Wasn't this back when the earliest single celled life was believed to begin? There wouldn't have been much to wipe out, and they would have been clustered around smokers in the deep ocean so the impact probably didn't bother them much on a global scale.

Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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What is heartbeat used for?

Can someone explain why it was added, and what use it is, and why it is enabled by default?

It looks to me to be a way for the client to send something to the server and have it echoed back. Is there a reason why the server should be echoing back client supplied data, and in what way this (as opposed to sending back data that the client doesn't control) is a useful addition to the protocol?

Beyond bad programming, I'm wondering if this is a "kitchen sink" mentality, where stuff that is of narrow interest has been included, but was enabled by default against all best practices.

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