Fight! Fight! Fight!
So Microsoft is taking on Apple (and Android) at tablets and VMWare at Virtualisation - and is probably too late in both arenas.
Will they be putting a 'soccer' side out to face Spain too?
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"You have to be a really silly user since OSX already warns"
As do other products and yet even non-silly users of those products who considered such silliness beneath them have fallen foul of these sort of attempts.
Think how you might react to that warning if the email came from address you know?
And if it happened to come from an address you know at a time when you were expecting something from that address?
Overconfidence in your own abilities or those of your chosen supplier is one of the things people bank on.
"If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer. You're the product being sold."
Yes, I realise that Google is not providing this solely for my benefit but I don't value what they are taking and am pretty confident I won't come to any great harm so the deal works for me.
Should I be more timid? How much sky is going to fall on my head?
I assume all this 'wasted' energy used by devices on standby is warming my house up and saving on my heating costs - so for about half the year it's doing even less harm (although if one ran air con in the warm weather, should such a thing ever occur again in the UK then perhaps there would be an additional cost during that time).
Google has always pushed out Nexus reference devices without ruining the Android market for the other manufacturers so they might think this will be the same but I do agree that at that low price it's looking like the best option and so might make more of an impact in the sales figures than previous Nexuses (Nexi?).
If they aren't ready to turn out the hardware themselves yet or if they had an existing agreement to give the next Nexus job to Asus then you can see why they bypassed Motorola but doing so does make one wonder why they bought it in the first place - seems crazy if patents alone made it worth it.
I don't understand though why you couldn't find a use for one of these devices - outside of the real-time audio issues is there any way they are notably inferior to the iPad? I'm equally happy with my iPod Touch and my Android phone for web browsing, media access etc
There a market there and these seem like plausible entrants to it (well, I have yet to have a go on one of the Microsoft slabs but let's give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they actually do most of what they claim).
"The issue is how responsible is "man", the problem is most people are sick of being told we are 100% responsible."
No that's not nearly as relevant as "Is what is happening bad for us and can we do anything about it?"
Answering those questions might also provide the answer to how responsible we are but it doesn't matter.
I'm not sure people are being told we are 100% responsible [ for the problem if there is one ] but regardless, people might be sick of it but that does not make it any more or less true.
"It would seem that the more people hear the arguments and study the policies, the less they like them."
I really doubt that the average person has studied anything.
It all just seems like two hideously biased entrenched positions hurling predictions of economic / social / environmental doom around and trying to grab followers wherever and however they can.
I'm still using a CRT TV so I am probably not well placed to comment but what is it about these expensive screens that they think will convince people to shell out in a recession?
I can see why they thought 3D might do it (and I can see why they were wrong) but what do these do that the last tellies didn't?
I think they did it to avoid the incompatibility / support problems they bring - Nexus devices are reference machines so the hardware has to be a mailed down known quantity.
Once you get to shove any old SD card in there this is no longer the case.
It is annoying though, and might stop me buying one of these - but no doubt one of the other systems builders will provide something with a similar spec plus the card slot we'd prefer.
Augmented reality software on these will one day make your partner look (even more) like the woman / man / goat / melon / washing machine of your dreams - he's working for one of the ultimate geek goals, removing the power from the beautiful people.
Now back to my Mecha-Beckham football-suit blueprints . . .
Each installation of this software will be unique but if left in the fresh-from-the-box state they may only differ from each other trivially.
If the uniqueness can be trivial it can also admit of other distinctions and if this instance is differs greatly from the possible trivially unique norm then there's an understandable sense to the phrase 'highly unique'.
It might have been preferable to use the word 'particular' so it may be a stretching of the language but I do not think it breaks any useful rule.
Think it might be true that tablets will become the norm.
I doubt that will be tablets running Windows though.
We already have tablets in our business. They are nearly all Apple.
Most of the desks have a boxy tower PC under them - no reason for that to change.
Windows tablets might take over from one or two of the laptops people use, I suppose.
I'd be surprised if they amounted to even as much as one tenth of the devices people are using here by this time next year.
"to opt out or – better still – to earn a couple of bucks from the process"
That's the truth. Would not be hard to persuade people to whore themselves out pushing any old tat if there was a little something in it for them - at least that would seem to be the case looking at the advertising industry.
So like everyone I don't get along with the ribbon in Office apps (yet).
But I doubt I'd get on with the old Office menus on a tablet. Is this where the ribbon will finally prove useful?
Has Microsoft done some forward planning that actually makes sense? Or have they accidentally got something partly right?
Or is it all just as sh*t as we first thought?
"Do Google not realise that people upgrade their phones?"
They know and I am sure they would encourage it.
I've never had an easier upgrade than moving from my old Android phone to my new one - if you are a GMail user (and I accept there are arguments against but we're comparing Google lock-in to Apple lock-in here) then you start the phone up, sign in and all your contacts, mail, wireless settings etc are there, apps are waiting to download etc etc
If you are prepared to be a Googly an Android user as Apple insists you must be as an iPhone user there's all the convenience you could want, plus the opt-out if that is what you would rather.
Each is forcing the other into providing better and better products - I don't understand the partisanship; this is a good time, particularly for for geeks who have been waiting ages for affordable, powerful, portable, connected devices.
too creative to own a samsung
Depends on the sort of creative you mean but my illustrator friend finds the Galaxy Note pretty handy - pressure sensitive pen, bit of painting software and away you go.
It's not like Samsung aren't making any effort to try and come up with things that are a bit different.
No, I agree with the initial assertion.
They filter for people gullible enough to complete the process - the actual sums involved are less important than finding the few people involved you can lead through to the completion of the process so selecting for gullibility (the relevant form of idiocy) is the right thing to do even if it does also select for people who achieve less (and I do not subscribe to the view that idiocy and success are mutually exclusive in any way).
Greed works both ways, yes greedy people (is there another kind?) and to obtain all they can but also they are reluctant to let what they have go.
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"how close are we to the point where the actual phone part of a phone becomes irrelevant and actually speaking to someone is the last thing anyone does with them"
That's pretty much me already. I make almost no phone calls but send a lot of texts and emails, and use apps'n'maps.
I probably wouldn't buy a phone that had no voice call capability at all but I'd consider one that only had VOIP options.
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