* Posts by DougS

12862 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

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

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Including in your post the language "fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory" implies that you think that FRAND has something to do with this. It does not. FRAND is reserved only for standards essential patents, and standards essential patents only come into play when standards bodies get together to create standards that 100% of products in a category must comply with to be compatible (i.e. standards like USB, SATA, h.264, LTE, HDMI, ATSC, etc.) Patents must have been voluntarily submitted to the standards making organization to become FRAND, patents can't be made FRAND against the will of the owner.

If among the patents Microsoft owns is ExFAT, that is not covered by FRAND because it is NOT a standard. It is a Microsoft owned technology that became prevalent in the market because Windows PCs can read it. There's no requirement that phones support ExFAT, and smartphones can be produced that are still smartphones that do not support ExFAT.

Even if Android owned 99.9% of the market, if there were MS patents infringed by Android they would not be FRAND and Microsoft would be under no obligation to license them to anyone at all, let alone on equal terms. They would be within their rights to charge Samsung $30 a handset, and HTC $0.30 a handset if they so chose, or to make per handset price contingent on selling a certain percentage of Windows Phone handsets (at least so long as Windows Phone didn't approach a monopoly share of the market, which doesn't appear too likely)

Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Re: The fat lady has sung

You're looking at this with the assumption that human activity is warming the world. If you for a moment look at it with the assumption that the world is warming naturally (we are still coming out of an ice age, climatically) then this shows that natural warming can happen more quickly then previously believed.

So what this does is tear down one of the "humans must be responsible" arguments, which is that the rate of warming is faster than could possibly have occurred naturally.

Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

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Where do I get an analyst job?

It isn't know for certain Apple will ever release a watch, and definitely no one knows exactly what its capabilities will be. Yet he's figured out a specific price and sales total?

I take it he's purchased a ton of Apple stock, because if they really sold $17.5 billion worth of any new product in the first year, the stock would go through the roof.

Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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Re: Can't see this being that much use in situations where it is actually needed.

How many people put "plenty of sunscreen" on while wearing a watch, unless perhaps they've got on some $20 throwaway?

Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?

Except those numbers are for the market as a whole, not for corporations. Come the curve of uptake for Windows 8 with that of Windows 7, and see how poorly Windows 8 looks by comparison. Sounds like you're an MS fanboy who eats whatever shit they serve, but most people have decided trying to force a touchscreen type single tasking interface on PCs is a terrible idea.

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Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?

Windows 7 gained more than Windows 8. That sure says something about how much people hate Windows 8!

Apple execs: 'Consumers want what we don't have'

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Re: Fixated on Apple

You need only look at the prices to see that Apple only sells to the high end of the market. Do you think there is some secret discount store selling iPhones to chavs for half price?

If they're on benefits and can still afford a $600+ phone you should take it up with your government, or the local police, depending on how legally they were acquired.

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Re: Fixated on Apple

Presumably Samsung makes real money on the low/mid range segments as well. If they don't, why don't they shut down such efforts immediately?

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Re: Fixated on Apple

But Apple's threat was/is limited, as they only play in the high end of the market. Samsung and the rest of the Android companies have the whole midrange/low end market to themselves. Granted, that's not as profitable, but the amount of market share Apple could ever take was limited.

You'd think Samsung would be more worried about the ultra low cost Chinese companies, which could take away Samsung's low end and midrange market. Without those, it is just an Android version of Apple selling only to the high end, and they lose the benefit of being the market share leader (in terms of volume pricing, better deals with carriers, etc.)

UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Disgusted!

Writing it that way sounds much better than "they walked towards an erupting volcano"

Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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If they wanted to boycott Firefox, where would they go?

If you won't use a browser made by a company/organization that supports gay marriage, you can't use Firefox, Chrome, IE or Safari. What's that leave? Is Opera still around? No matter, pretty sure Norway is firmly in support of gay marriage.

If they wanted to boycott it because the pressure for his ouster was silencing free speech, they'd garner more support along with having some browser choices available to them.

Maybe the Koch brothers can take a break from spending millions on attack ads in the US and fund a browser built with conservative values, so when you try to visit msnbc.com it'll take you to foxnews.com, and when you try to visit huffingtonpost.com it'll take you to drudgereport.com :)

Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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10,000 downloads is #1?

I would have thought with a billion users, it would take rather more than that.

Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

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Re: Apple

Not sure what the article had to do with Apple, but Apple actually owns a ton of LTE patents, purchased from the dried up husk of Nortel, and surprisingly have developed a few dozen on their own (maybe they hired some Nortel engineers, or plan to someday design their own baseband instead of buying it from Qualcomm)

And Apple doesn't have a core license from ARM, they have an architectural license. Their last two SoCs used fully custom ARM cores, they didn't use an ARM designed core like the A57 Qualcomm used here. Typically Qualcomm has been designing their own cores, I guess they're a bit far behind in designing a 64 bit core so they are using the A57 as a stopgap.

Internet is a tool of Satan that destroys belief, study claims

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I don't see where he makes the correlation

It sounds like he sees a big change since 1990, and says "hmmm, what else has happened since 1990? Aha, the internet!"

Since 75% of people are using it, why aren't there a lot more non-religious if it causes people to lose their faith?

What else has become more prevalent in the US since 1990 that might account for this? Let's see....cell phones....craft beers.....antilock brakes....

Or maybe something has left our lives and the lack makes people lose their faith? What could that be? Landlines.....fax machines.....leaded gasoline...

Of all these tongue in cheek reasons, leaded gasoline is the only one that might have a chance at being true. It has already been linked pretty well to the drop in violent crime in the US (even down to the county level, the data is quite amazing) Maybe lead in the bloodstream makes people more likely to seek religion, and with environmental lead at the lowest levels for centuries it could be causing people to abandon religion :)

Or hey, maybe it is because bible thumpers keep wanting to condemn gays, but most people under 40 or 50 have had gay friends for a long time now, and having failed to be raped by them or otherwise corrupted, realize that if the evangelicals are wrong about that, maybe they're wrong about other stuff and shouldn't be listened to any more.

Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: Eegads imagine the price! (@Bullseyed)

Do you really care about the UI on your TV though? I mean, how often do you actually have to engage the TV's menu? I do it once every few months, not counting input selection (and that would be fixed by having a remote with buttons for HDMI1 / HDMI2 / HDMI3) Sure, the remote can be improved, but for the most part you aren't interacting with the TV, but with something connected to your TV.

It would be nice to not have to switch between devices with different UIs, but the only way around that is to convince everyone else to give up their own UI (which includes advertising, which they make money from) and let Apple take over the UI. That's not going to happen. So you'll still have the DVD player UI, the Tivo UI, the Comcast UI, the Directv UI, the Roku UI and so on.

Microsoft tried to "fix" this by overlaying their own UI on top of the device's UI, which is like covering up shit with vomit. I don't see how Apple gets around that unless they pay off the others to take over for their UI. They certainly can afford it, but do they have the will?

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Re: Eegads imagine the price!

Ummmm, you do realize there are exactly ZERO mass market OLED TVs today, right? The ones that exist cost 10x more than LCD/LED TVs, because the yield on TV sized OLEDs is so poor.

And where do you get the idea Apple are used to bringing out devices "first"? They didn't have the first music player, the first smartphone, or the first tablet. They did have the first SUCCESSFUL one of each of those products, by being the first to market with a specific differentiating factor that was previously too expensive or otherwise impractical. To wit:

1) iPod - first music player to use a mini hard drive, so it could hold a lot more music than the tiny flash based players of the day

2) iPhone - first smartphone to have a large (for the day) multitouch screen able to run a full browser

3) iPad - first tablet that was truly affordable. If you remember, Apple caught everyone off guard with the $500 price, as rumors had the price at $800-$1200 - leaving the early Android competitors like the Xoom trying to sell a vastly inferior product for more ($800 in the case of the Xoom) because they were banking on Apple coming in at $1000 or more.

They don't need to be first to market with an OLED TV, but if they were first to market with an affordable one (because they could guarantee volumes of millions of panels which no one else can guarantee) it would be successful. Or if it has some other differentiating feature that makes it desirable (i.e. if there's something to Steve Jobs "I finally cracked it!" quote)

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Re: Ermm...

Well, wouldn't they buy monitors then, instead of just the screens? They don't have enough stores to make it worth it to buy screens and contract out the manufacturing of monitors for their stores, even if they had 100 65" panels per store.

Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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So what are the alternatives that people recommend?

I have a single hostname I use on my parent's DD-WRT router so I can access their PCs when they experience problems. Their IP changes maybe once a month, and I access it maybe a few times a year. Hopefully there's a free and reliable alternative for that level of usage.

I'll bet the business about spammers is a load of crap, the more commercial DynDNS become the more obvious they were about no longer wanting us "freeloaders". We all knew that the "must login every 30 days to keep your account" meant this was coming, but some of us have been too lazy about investigating alternatives. I remember looking a bit at the time that was announced and every alternative I found seemed to have a "gotcha". Hopefully there's a "gotcha free" alternative out there for the level of usage I require.

Or maybe it would be possible to give my parents a hostname in my domain and have it update my nameserver. I might have to investigate how that works, that may be the best alternative!

Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Re: It isn't too late.

You mean IPSec? Already in there. It isn't used for normal internet traffic even though both Linux and Windows support it (and OS X and probably iOS and Android) so why would a proprietary Linux only stack ever be used for anything more than secure git checkins?

HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

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HP is trying to make it sound like this is about PCs

But the "menu of certified options" would eliminate the problems they claim.

What they're really worried about is how since they hitched their wagon to Microsoft's Windows Phone anchor, they have essentially no presence in the smartphone and tablet world. All the employees want to bring in are iOS and Android devices, hardly anyone wants WP8.

HP wants to create some FUD so IT departments mandate a single device for everyone. Which they assume, and not without reason, would be Windows Phone. Then they wouldn't have to sit on the sidelines watching Apple and Samsung make all the mobile device sales.

India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

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The definition of poverty changes over time. What was poverty in the year 1500, in the year 1900, in the year 2014, and what will it be in the year 2100 or the year 2500? Few of us would trade lives with even a wealthy man in the year 1500, we'd consider he lives in poverty. If we don't hit major bumps in the road (nuclear war, zombie attack, whatever) even the 1% might happily trade lives with those living in what is considered "poverty" in the year 2500.

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What's your point?

So all the technology and economic growth in India was a mistake? All those resources should have gone towards buying food for the hungry? Perhaps if they did so would have had fewer hungry people in the short run, but if they had the same economy they had 50 years ago those hungry people would still be dependent on someone to feed them!

All the newly minted middle class Indians who didn't exist 50 years ago are not dependent on anyone to feed them, they can take care of themselves, and their children's education through university. If this continues at the same rate, 50 years from now they'll all be able to feed themselves, and anyone willing/able to go to university will be able to do so.

Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: So, let me get this right...

Sure, ideally, the kernel should be able to handle any mount of logging crap thrown at it.

But if you identify a particular userspace program that is sending it a lot of useless noise logging rather than vital debugging info that is necessary to the operation of the system, THEN it is the goddamn fault of the moron responsible for said userspace program.

If your kids are shouting at you 16 hours a day that they want a PS4 to the point where it is driving you insane, is your fix to try to improve your mental stability to where kids shouting at you 16 hours a day don't faze you, or is the real fix to tell your kids to shut the hell up about the stupid PS4?

Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: What an amazing coincidence!

Not necessarily a coincidence. If the five year old child of a plumber or golf pro found this bug, his dad probably wouldn't bother to inform Microsoft about it. The kid probably may not have been the first to discover it, only the first whose dad reported it.

Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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This isn't their smartphone division doing this research, you know. They are a large conglomerate composed of a lot of independently operating companies, and this patent doesn't make their smartphone division superior to Apple any more than if their shipbuilding division comes up with a patent on a novel way to make the hull of an oil tanker more resistant to iceberg impacts.

It is good that companies like Samsung and IBM still do basic research, because too many companies have got out of it. But not everyone needs to do it - only those who operate across a wide enough range of businesses that they can actually use those results somewhere in the company (in the semiconductor division in this case, most likely)

Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

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Speech recognition vs providing information

Having speech recognition local may be fine when you tell your phone "set the alarm for 7:45AM tomorrow morning", but personally I tend to use it to ask questions like "when was Robert Redford born" and unless the flash storage is going to get large enough to hold Wikipedia, you're going to continue to need that internet connection!

White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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You're a moron

The president didn't "personally intervene" on their behalf, he approved something his underlings recommended, and if he was such an Apple fan he'd have been pushing to dump his Blackberry for an iPhone, would he not?

But sure, if you want to live in your fantasy Apple-hating world where anything done against Samsung is part of a global conspiracy against them led by Apple and includes people all the way up to the president of the United States, go right ahead. There was nothing in this article mentioning Apple, but it is amazing how the Apple haters come out of the woodwork in the comments sections and mention them in half the comments.

IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

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@Christian Berger

Sure, if you want to sling around uncompressed HD video. That's what, 0.2% of the consumer population?

It is easy to come up with a list of reasons why consumers should need faster networking, faster CPUs, etc. but not so easy to come up with mass market reasons. Find a killer app that needs something faster than 1Gbps networking, and cheap 10GBE interfaces will follow.

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Re: Sod that...

You realize the reason that gigabit ethernet is so affordable is because it is useful/needed in the consumer market, and 10Gbps is not.

Just because you want something to come down in price shouldn't mean that consumers should start having to spend more for stuff to give it 10Gbps ethernet ports they have no use for.


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Re: What about the Euro mandate?

Ignore the reversibility. The new standard is better because it is compatible with new faster USB standards. Micro USB will not be.

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What about the Euro mandate?

Are they going to continue down the ridiculous path of requiring micro-USB chargers even with this obviously better and more future proof standard coming soon?

Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

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Re: Why the hell does the US give a damn about Cuba?

The ones who started it are all dead now, so I doubt that's really a concern anymore.

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Why the hell does the US give a damn about Cuba?

Back during the Cuban missile crisis when the Soviets wanted to use it as a staging ground for nukes, sure, that was a big problem we had to do something about.

But these days it is just a little Caribbean island that has a form of government we don't much like, but which is about as much threat to our security as Martians are. If we don't want to lift the stupid sanctions because of the Cuban lobby in Florida, fine, but why the hell should we spend two seconds trying to undermine their government with stupid stuff like this, or the VOA radio that Reagan started. What a stupid waste of taxpayer dollars for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

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Re: Why would you make it convenient to turn off an alarm?

So have a remote control / button on the wall to silence it. Having to get out a ladder is dumb, no doubt, but if you have a home security system you've already got control devices on your wall that can easily silence an accidental alarm.

There's absolutely no need to have hand waving stop it. What if the licking flames or plumes of smoke read like hand waving to the sensors and turn off the alarm before it wakes you up? Or maybe the curtains start flapping in the air currents created by the fire? There's too many risks of unplanned malfunction to have such a "convenience" feature.

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Why would you make it convenient to turn off an alarm?

That they would be mind numbingly moronic enough to think a "feature" like this belongs in a safety critical device makes me certain I'll never ever consider buying a product from them.

I mean, it is oh so hard to have to actually push a button to turn off an unintended smoke alarm because you forgot something in the stove....gotta save that 0.8 seconds by waving at it from a few feet away!

This is from the school of featuritis where you throw in stuff just because you can, without giving any thought to whether it is truly a real improvement in user interaction or you just did it because you hope people will buy your product because they can show their friends "hey look what I can do with MY smoke alarm, you gotta get rid of your boring old school white plastic one if you want to be as cool as me"

Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

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Re: let me be your fibre provider

Unless they buy the assets of a company that has actual tower sites with leases already signed, this might be easier said than done. Even companies like AT&T and Verizon who have been doing this a long long time have a hard time getting leases for new cell sites, with NIMBYs everywhere complaining they have only one bar at home but fighting tooth and nail when someone wants to put up a cell tower that's visible from their house or anywhere near their kid's school.

Wanna attend Apple's June developers' shindig? Ask yourself, 'Do I feel lucky?'

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Re: Mindless prejudice is a silly, silly thing

The same is true for PC developers. If you added up all developer income and divided it out by all of them, the average would be small. Because most of them are hobbyists who make little or nothing and aren't trying to. Lots of things subscribe to the 90/10 law or something like it, where a small percentage of the whole make the large percentage of the overall pie.

If they're trying to make a living as a developer and only pulling down $125/week, they better live in the third world where that's a living wage, or find a new line of work.

'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

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Conspiracy theory to the max

So what if Snowden was a plant to make the US companies go all in with encryption to protect them from Chinese hackers?

If only that was the case.

Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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@Anon "loads of banks I work with are running versions of XP"

So since they haven't had problems related to that so far, one should conclude they are safe to go on doing so for years?

It only takes one exploit into a bank's internal network to make that seem like a really foolish decision, and end up bankrupting the bank and causing the government to have to bail out depositors.

In a normal business the "firewall plus AV" might be a reasonable solution to go on using XP for a few more years without MS updates. But in something as heavily regulated as a bank? Given the PCI requirements for my business just to process credit cards I can't imagine I'd be allowed to run XP no matter how much firewall or AV was put up, and worst case I've got a few customer card numbers escaping and their banks having to issue them new cards/numbers. Nothing like the possible damage at a bank.

Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Re: You MS haters are amusing!

So they're going to get all the way up to 5% in the phone market? I'm sure Google and Apple are trembling!

How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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That thing has DOS guts? Wow, that is some ancient hardware....Microsoft's market power caused some really poor decisions to be made for product introductions I guess. The best alternative would be to put that CNC machine on an isolated network with a stripped down Linux box that takes USB sticks with the design files and ftps them to the XP box. Then it can languish in insecurity for another decade, or until some proprietary part on the CNC dies and the company is forced to replace it.

PS loved the reference to software made out of ground demon, I'll have to remember that one, I think I've run into that myself!

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Re: This is the fault of Trevor's clients

If you were starting to build a CNC machine a mere ten years ago, the only possible OS for the host control machine was Windows XP.

What does that have to do with this machine's apparent requirement for NETBEUI? They couldn't use standard TCP/IP, they had to use a proprietary protocol?

Sorry, despite the 37 downvotes I received, I still think it was a stupid decision. Surely there were other CNC vendors who had better designed products where the OS could be upgraded without replacing the whole thing. That would have been the first question I'd ask, and I'd insist on a guarantee of that in writing.

Obviously if you bought a decade ago XP was the newest "standard" OS you could get, but that doesn't mean you should be stuck with XP for two decades if that's how long that CNC is able to remain in operation. Planned obsolescence in a consumer product costing a few tens or hundreds of dollars (and is probably useless in a few years anyway) is one thing, but is unforgivable in industrial hardware costing tens of thousands and expected to last a decade or two.

I repeat, his clients choose poorly. If Trevor was consulting for them back then and signed off on this product without alerting them to the risks, he's to blame too (though if he was asked at all it probably went something like "here's the cheap alternative we're planning to buy, go ahead and list your objections if you want, but we've already signed the PO so it won't matter")

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This is the fault of Trevor's clients

They chose poorly in buying equipment that relied on some ancient protocol and were not supported by the vendor to be upgradeable to something more recent.

I'm no fan of Microsoft, but would they be to blame for not supporting Windows 3.11 because someone was stupid enough to buy expensive hardware their business depended on that was only compatible with Winsock, and didn't work with fully standards compliant TCP/IP stacks?

Perhaps they bought from a company whose business plan is "don't upgrade old equipment so they have to buy brand new stuff from us" or perhaps they bought from someone who went out of business long ago. Either way, it has nothing to do with Windows XP.

Put the Windows XP machines in locked cases to prevent physical access, and on an isolated network with a single secure Linux machine that is allowed to receive USB sticks with the engineering data required for the CNC lathe, that is sent to the XP machines via FTP. There, done, now their XP machines are secure (or at least far more secure than they probably are now even with Microsoft providing patches, if they're on the regular network today)

Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: @Martijn Bakker

OK, Richard, I guess I should have limited the search for examples to the current millennium :)

Fair cop though, you got me, I can't say they NEVER have done it, they just haven't done it since Jobs 2.0.

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@Martijn Bakker

Sorry, but you're an idiot if you think Apple outsources ANY of their product development. They outsource the manufacturing, not the R&D. If you can point to one case where they've hired outsiders to write their software or design their products I'll eat my words. Sure, they acquire companies like Fingerworks and get some of their technology from them, but all large tech companies do that. For example, Google didn't develop Google Maps, they bought out a company that developed it, and gave it their own name. They've improved it a lot since then, just as Apple has improved on what Fingerworks developed.

Apple spends a smaller percentage of their revenue on R&D compared to other tech companies for several reasons:

1) their revenue is higher than other tech companies - a lot higher in some cases. If one company makes 10x as more as a smaller one, only a stupid Wall Street analyst would suggest they should automatically spend 10x as much on R&D.

2) they have a very very tiny product portfolio compared to all other tech companies of remotely similar size. The fewer products you have, the less R&D that's required. Apple introduces one model of phone per year, that should require less R&D than if they introduced dozens like Samsung.

3) From 2008 to 2012 their revenue grew massively. R&D requires planning, you don't budget R&D based on a percentage of revenue. If you did, you'd have the R&D department racing to spend an extra billion or two between Halloween and Christmas if you were having a great year, or have to furlough your entire R&D department from Halloween to Christmas if you were having a bad year.

Samsung has a much larger R&D spend than Apple, for instance, because smartphones are a tiny part of their overall product portfolio. They are paying guys to design everything from dishwashers to oil tankers. All the money they spend building/outfitting new fabs count as R&D. Apple outsources manufacturing so they don't have to spend that (I'm not sure how their joint venture with that sapphire company in Arizona will be reflected, maybe that $1 billion Apple is chipping in will count as R&D for them...I'm not sure how that accounting will work)

BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

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Re: Really?

It is a great deal for those Blackberry customers who are looking to leave Blackberry, and considering Apple. Since it is obvious from your post that you despise Apple, you wouldn't consider such an offer, but perhaps in a few months they'll make such an offer for a GS5, or a Windows Phone device, and one of those might tempt you.

Those who are truly loyal to Blackberry aren't going to be swayed no matter what, but one can hardly blame a carrier for trying to sell their customers something new - and as part of the deal getting them to commit for 24 months, which is the reason why they're making the offer after all.

That's why I don't get this. Blackberry should be encouraged that Tmobile is sending this to all their Blackberry customers but they aren't all jumping on it. Sure, some undoubtedly did, but let's face it, Blackberry was probably going to lose them anyway if all it took was an emailed offer to convince them to switch.

By dropping Tmobile, in order to hold onto those people as Blackberry customers they'll have to be induced to SWITCH CARRIERS just to stick with that phone. Tmobile will now probably double down on them with even better offers to try to keep them as Tmobile customers, and Blackberry will lose more customers than they otherwise would have. That doesn't even count how many will visit an AT&T, Sprint or Verizon store and get the hard sell on whatever phone they're trying to push at the moment (which could be almost anything, but you can be pretty damn sure it isn't Blackberry!)

Want to see at night? Here comes the infrared CONTACT LENS

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Re: More realistic...

The camera firmware doesn't even need tweaking. Hold a TV remote up to your phone's camera and hit the button, you'll see what I mean.

Not useful for seeing through clothing or use as a FLIR, but it easily sees the wavelengths used by IR remotes.

Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Re: Doesn't mean Apple will use it

Ugh, I meant when they've patented something and someone else is using it and they're using it as well. If they aren't using it their patents gather dust as their lawyers ignore them.

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Re: Doesn't mean Apple will use it

Except that Apple doesn't seem to really care at all if someone uses stuff they've patented so long as they aren't using it themselves. It is only when they've patented something and they think someone else is using it that they're bothered by it.

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