They have a patent-sharing agreement. If they fancy, they can make a Surface clone and MSFT will not bat an eye.
Well, there may be royalities involved, but except for a few fanboys, nobody will cry "Copycat".
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> Apple will soon have a nice building free of staff at 1, Infinite Loop.
No they won't.
1 Infinite Loop will still be used as an office because they have so many people spread over what are possibly dozens of locations in the bay-area that it's enough to fill the new Spaceship-Campus and 1 Infinite Loop, apparently.
Just as IBM, Apple does want to keep their staff close.
The thought of a 2hr+ commute makes me sick, though. Because house-prices in the area are so high that only multi-millionaires can afford them.
Thanks for the feedback.
We don't really look for price-sensitive mass-market customers, admitted.
As such, we don't really deal with a lot of users - and are not equipped to do so anyway.
But it's my understanding that Zimbra could scale even to that level. You just need to use enough backend servers and frontend-servers...
We're not a small business.
We're an MSP. We run 20k accounts on it (which is small, actually - but the architecture is made to scale well and recent improvements have only added to that).
I was asking (myself) what those 123-clowns are actually doing when it's not really rocket-science to run stable email (and DNS).
Of course, we're not super-cheap. But most of our customers are SMBs.
SMBs with no IT-team should ask themselves if they really want to run their own IT or just use Apple Macs or Thin Clients and run Office etc. either in the cloud or at some semi-local MSP where they can actually get someone competent on the phone in reasonable time.
OK, we have people who mostly know what they are doing - but here's a way for simple, fast, reliable email:
- either get physical boxes like HP DL380 Gen8+
- or run the whole shebang on VMWare
- get a LB that does transparent proxying
- do a multi-server install of Zimbra, with multiple LDAP-servers, multiple frontend-servers, multiple mailbox-servers, preferably the Network Edition with Active Sync etc.pp.
- any issues you encounter, the support usually resolves after a few tries and escalations
et voila, you've got stable email with almost no trouble.
Upgrades are a bit tricky and you've got to test them very well (VMWare comes in handy here).
But it would take a lot of money and time to recreate yourself what you get with Zimbra.
For a software that has changed ownership as often as Zimbra, it's remarkably stable.
In the US, there should be rule that people involved in thins like this should be forbidden to run for any public office for a decade.
As they also remove the right to vote from inmates, this would be only fair (IMO).
That way, people who work they career-ladder by creating a record on being "tough on crime" would think twice before going over the top.
I mean, they run a web-page that people use to post about what they eat and pictures of their cats n dogs.
Most anything people do on that page is waste their own time and that of their employers.
And I work at an ISP that doesn't really produce anything either, apart from heat (and a bit of CO2, in case the Diesels run). We run mail servers so that people can send out virtual stuff about their often virtual goods in their virtual business, we run web-servers where shops run that sometimes even sell physical goods that the company manufactured themselves. And then there's the countless other servers that run countless other stuff from various companies, few of what they do directly relates to the physical world and as such, is pretty much useless, in the grand scheme of things.
I sometimes envy bakers, butchers or carpenters.
> Some, or all, of the following required in order of sheer bloody utility:
> at least one USB 3.0/A socket, SD socket, magsafe power
Next iteration, the whole market will have switched to USB-C. You won't find a decent laptop from any manufacturer with legacy USB.
It's not an Apple-thing, it's an Intel-thing. It comes with their reference-chipsets etc.
Magsafe had to go because of that. But no-one else has it either - so what's the point?
SD-card readers - who has them these days?
The new Apple laptops are a long bet, for a future that is all wireless.
> Really? Consider how non-replaceable batteries recently affected Samsung.
They'd have had to have the phones replaced anyway.
Also, Samsung did suffer because they don't have "Stores" the way Apple has, where you can actually talk to a human being.
Samsung has "repair centers" and resellers that are mainly doing just that: re-selling. The "repair centers" are 3rd-parties that have no connection to Samsung other than a contract.
> One of the possible benefits of going the Linux route is to run Qubes OS
> and have something which is genuinely secure, and compartmentalized
> (e.g. work I do for different clients can be properly separated)
Yeah - Qubes OS is awesome.
But getting hardware that is fully supported might be tricky.
I consider felons losing their right to vote an atrocity and not worthy a nation that once view itself as the beacon of freedom.
I'm OK with not being able to run for an office while you're incarcerated - but these people should still be able to vote.
I think there's an irrational fear that because there are so many incarcerated people (per capita, US is no 1, I think) they could all unite and vote for one guy ;-)
Personally, because the candidates are usually interchangeable and there are so many voters, I consider it to be game of "large numbers". If you throw the dime often enough, you'll settle for a 50-50 distribution, which is what happens during most elections.
But due to gerrymandering and the winner-takes-it-all principle, you end up with stable majorities anyway.
Ah, well. Knowing when to call it quits....
The guys (and the girl) who ran an underground death-squad killing foreigners earned their money by robbing banks. IIRC, they often got away by bike and switched to their own camper, posing as tourists.
But after a while, the police realized that they were missing something and changed their tactic.
They committed suicide rather than doing time.
Industry-comments on the original iPhone.
Like Palm's Ed Colligan:
"PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in"
The "We've tried it before and couldn't make it work, so nobody can"-comment is so absurd and so overused, that you can hardly believe anybody making it these days.
I admit, I rarely use the F-Keys on my Apple BT-Keyboard at home (or on my Linux workstation here at work). So why have them at all?
ESC I need for vi(m), though.
People have ridiculed Apple for having had an "Eject" button on the keyboard long after having stopped fitting removable drives in their computers.
„Yes, it is a risk. Funny thing is, to the company I work for, AWS prices could increase 4 times - and would still be a good deal.“
I had to LOL (well: chuckle) about this: you're assuming that when Amazon-prices increase, everything else stays the same - ceteris paribus in latin - but that rarely happens in such situations.
The reason they aren't really sold in Europe (and the US, IIRC) is that the companies may not have licensed all the patents.
Nobody is going after them in China - but if you officially want to do business in the EU, you have to have a company somewhere in the EU.
So, if a patent violation was found, obviously that EU company would be liable for the damages.
AFAIK, it's no longer possible (WTO, WIPO etc.pp.) to just let that company go belly-up and take all the profit with you - international courts (which China recognizes) would take those law-suits to China.
Also, as another El-Reg article mentioned - international distribution is complicated and actually expensive (warranties, RMAs - basically ignored for exports to Europe).
I'm not saying it's not a good phone - but there's a reason it's not in any normal store here.
Same with the Xiaomi MacBook Air "killer" - it's confiscated at customs because it doesn't have a EU-compliant power-supply.
People would try to repair it themselves or have some guy at a street corner try, fail at it and then ship the remains to Samsung asking for a full refund or a new one. And that's actually one of the more optimistic outcomes I can think of.
People vastly overestimate the number of customers who want to fiddle with hardware.
That's a niche within a niche of a product category.
Apple has so far only ship relatively smaller batteries in their phones.
The battery in the iPhone 7 Plus is 2900 mAh, that of the Note 7 is/was 3500 mAh.
Also, they are only doing very small chances every year, no radical redesign every year.
Maybe they know something that Samsung doesn't?
But I remember reading an interview with one of the Vice Presidents a few years ago where he claimed the "battery chemistry is incredibly complicated".
Also these people are fully aware of the fact that while one mishap would not end it all, it would be a serious event. Fanbois and shareholders (often the same people) would line up with pickets, pitchforks and maybe baseball-bats at 1 Infinite Loop...
A former co-worker always had the latest iPhone (with the most memory). But that is rare. I believe most people hang to their iPhone (which I assume you mean with 800$ phone) longer - some probably much longer (I'm still on the 4S, partly because until recently there were no "small" iPhones anymore with decent specs).
It's actually the improved camera of a newer iPhone that makes me want to buy one. The rest of the features - I hardly care because I have no use-case for them.
But I also don't need an SD-card slot or a removable battery. Never missed that on any iPhone. Had a removable battery on the previous non-iPhone phone and actually bought a replacement-battery but never bothered using it.
He means NVMe PCIe flash in 2.5" form-factor.
It's called "U.2". Formerly SFF-8639, but nobody could memorize that.
Supermicro has a couple of 1U and 2U servers.
You can get an "Enablement Kit" for HP DL380 Gen9 servers - but it's only for 6 bays.
Supermicro's 2U server houses 24 of these.
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