Re: Bloody Vegans
Very easy to hunt down in fact, given they all seem to advertise the fact to everybody every 5 minutes.
62 posts • joined 9 Jun 2011
I detect a little snark against Apple in this article
A little snark?
Users of Android devices can side-load apps from outside the Google Play Store or other Android like the Amazon App Store or GetJar. That presents more danger from malicious code but it also treats mobile users like adults capable of making their own decisions.
Somehow action taken by Apple, which is universally seen as laudable, has been turned into "Android is for smart people, Apple is for thickos".
"certainly anything up to Windows 2000 machines would not have had anything more than 500MB."
That's not really true. 16Gb hard disks were available in 1997. Windows 2000's system requirements were "2Gb, with 650mb free space". The Gb era was very much in full flow.
The idea of 320mb drives and Windows 95 is perfectly cromulent though.
For the purposes of balance:
"Try selling a "cheap" version for £749 which has the same spec as a £250 Android handset"
Sort of. It's got a nice chip in it and some clever software, but yes, by and large it's nothing special. Not £749 special anyway.
"Charge an absolute fortune for accessories and cases"
So do Samsung and any other major player. There are third party cases, and Apple haven't (yet) found a way of putting a chip in a case to make it not fit the phone.
"Make a "Pro" laptop with midrange specs and no upgrade path (not even the SSD) and charge far more than Windows machines"
Yes. But then a Surface Book 2 with the same specs and upgrade limitations costs the same. It's not just Apple at it.
"Around 2009 I bought in to the Apple system and quickly realised I was getting screwed.
We still have our 2009 Mac Pro tower running Windows 7 Ultimate on a Samsung SSD. It's a beast of a machine from the Apple of old. Those days are long gone."
You bought an Apple Mac Pro in 2009, it's still running strong 10 years later, but somehow you were getting screwed? Not sure that computes.
Fancy watches and Birkins are primarily fashion pieces. The ability to tell the time and carry stuff is incidental, and they don't do that any better than a Casio and a plastic shopping bag. That's why they can be priced as they are, and people will pay good money for them.
The issue here is that a smartphone's primary purpose is to do stuff on, Apple or otherwise. The fashion bit of it is secondary - the cachet of holding an iPhone is not enough to sell the things anymore (at least not at the prices they're asking). Until Apple invent an iPhone that makes the tea in the morning, they'll have to get real about prices.
"NT5 for me. AKA Windows 2000. The first (somewhat) stable desktop OS I encountered, and it didn't slow down quite like XP (NT5.1) did."
Ditto. I used to dual boot NT4 and 95/98, until 2000 came along, with decent hardware support (eventually), DirectX support, multiple monitor support without the need for a specialist card, a satisfactory level of stability. Nothing but fond memories.
Agree. I flew Singapore to Heathrow on business class on the 777, and it's terrible. The "leg hole cubby" area is not straight ahead of the seat, so you sleep or lounge at an angle, whereas on the Emirates business class 777, it's straight ahead and more cleverly configured.
But I also agree with the other points. The A380 is smoother, quieter and therefore more comfortable, all other things considered.
You realise that the BBC/NHK HDR standard was developed because the other common ones (HDR10, Dolby Vision) don't support broadcast television, needing the entire content to be encoded in one go. And that HLG is the only one that's backwards compatible with normal TVs. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant.
"I've got another idea - why don't we give all doors the same lock and key? What could possibly...?"
What you've described is having all doors in the world having the same lock and key.
The issue here is analogous to having all of of *your* doors having the same lock and key. Which is not that far removed from having one bunch of keys on you that let you access anything you own, which is what many of us actually do day-to-day.
"Most usefully, the camera is able to pan and tilt, following someone around the room – something that is done through the software rather than moving the camera physically."
So it has optical zoom then.
"The HDR camera enables what the company is calling "supersight" with a 12x digital zoom that far surpasses anything else we've seen on the market (the current Nest cam does 8x)."
Could this read any more like an advertisement? Who cares about digital zoom?
"know, I know, bitching and moaning about how things were better in the past (they really weren't) is much easier than actually dealing with the issue. "
Couldn't agree more. Stuff happens, deal with it. People who don't know it? Well it's always been like that and always will be like that. They keep "The Tech Guys" in business. And the alternative that is trotted out ad infinitum is "Install Linux". Right.
The assumption seems to be that Windows has to be bulletproof and any deviation is a result of the resident Satan at Microsoft. I'm not saying the update process is great, but at least there is a fix, and people can either choose to work it out and research, or call their local IT expert and ask them to fix it.
Yeah but if you fly to Australia from the UK, in Australia, your phone will still connect to time.apple.com. You get the same result back, so there's no shift in time. Your phone adds the 11 hours or whatever once it knows what timezone it is in via the phone network.
"A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery."
A planned robbery? Believe? For a minute there, I thought somebody had accidentally crashed into an Apple Store and decided to make off with some loot to compensate for it.
"You are terribly out of date - the top laptop bestseller on Amazon has been a Chromebook for the last 8 months. And over Christmas, the top two best sellers were Chromebooks."
As it stands, I have no idea whether Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops, but just because the top seller is a Chromebook, it doesn't mean Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops.
a) because we've been told that was made illegal.
For banking shares, yes. It's not Facebank (yet) though, so it's not illegal.
b) joe public cannot sell those shares fast enough to get money shorting, or if they can there are charges and capital gains tax and all those charges for little people who cant afford tax havens.
You still take home a profit, even after tax. And by "fast enough", the concensus seems to be that the value of these shares should be <$10. Currently at $31ish, so there's a fair way to drop so a fair bit of time yet.
My point is that there are many who like to say "yeah yeah saw that coming, how stupid everybody else is..." yet not many willing to put their money where their mouths are. Sure, I have the same hunch - Facebook is not bricks and mortar, like Tesco - but it's a hunch, and I wouldn't be so blasé as to think I'm somehow superior for not buying into Facebook at the IPO.
I wonder how many people here said the same about the Google IPO?
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