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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Udo Schmitz Yep (390 comments)

You are right. I checked some maps and pics and would say they are very adjacent samsung headquarters. As there are passageways but no streets between the buildings I’d say it is the same block though.

about 5 months ago
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How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

Udo Schmitz Brilliant (231 comments)

This sentence from the summary is just great:

“When Tesla Motors needed to improve the back-end software that runs its business, CEO Elon Musk decided not to upgrade the company's SAP system.”

Someone should make a poster from it.

about 5 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Udo Schmitz Niche market (390 comments)

[] apple computers became just a niche market back then, iphones are becoming right now. []

Both are/will be very profitable niche markets though:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/10/30/apple-earned-more-than-samsung-lg-nokia-huawei-lenovo-motorolas-mobile-shipments-combined

And regarding Androids ubiquity, fragmentation or open-source-ness, this article suggests Google wants more control:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/

about 6 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Udo Schmitz “SOURCE: Strategy Analytics” (390 comments)

Strategy Analytics is the company Samsung uses to push the numbers they like to the press, while at the same time avoiding any regulatory oversight. Strategy Analytics‘ Korean headquarter even is in the same building as Samsungs.

about 6 months ago
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Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

Udo Schmitz Caribbean (292 comments)

My problem with the summary, other news sources (including NYT) and many comments is that Apple themselves state:

"Apple does not move its intellectual property into offshore tax havens and use it to sell products back into the US in order to avoid US tax; it does not use revolving loans from foreign subsidiaries to fund its domestic operations; it does not hold money on a Caribbean island; and it does not have a bank account in the Cayman Islands."

(From testimony of Apple Inc. before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations US Senate)
http://www.apple.com/pr/pdf/Apple_Testimony_to_PSI.pdf

about 6 months ago
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Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

Udo Schmitz WTF? (251 comments)

The industry analysts and pundits have been predicting this for ages

Ages huh? 15 years ago Apple was “beleaguered”

that while Apple led for ages

The iPhone went to market only in 2007. *Six* years ago, Apple was late to that game. It was only that the other players were caught with their pants down.

reaped windfall profits as a consequence

Their insane margins were more a testament of Tim Cooks logistics expertise, the reason Steve Jobs hired him.

Google would barge in, turn smartphones into a commodity, and crush Apple's margins

Maybe in bizarro land. Apples only competitor is Samsung. The rest of Android phones replace the feature phones of old.

the PC market, where nowadays, it's impossible to make serious money on PC hardware

Uhm, except for Apple?

What's interesting about this story, at least for me, is that iPad sales have tanked.

Tanked. Yeah, right. Yoy 16 to 14.6 million. With FQ3/12 being the quarter with the brand new retina iPad.

Wish /.mods would cut back on dope.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Revises Warranty Policies In Europe To Comply With EU Laws

Udo Schmitz Uhm, nope. (156 comments)

Any of you wonder why the text reading “revised the terms of its warranties in France, Germany and Belgium” links to an article that instead says: “Apple has updated its policies”? And why said article doesn’t link to those policies but instead (for Germany at least) links not to a promised PDF but an article at ifun.de?

http://www.ifun.de/apple-kommuniziert-gewaehrleistungsanspruch-deutlicher-41275/

In which is stated that Apple adds this paragraph to its product pages in the Apple Store:

“In Deutschland haben Verbraucher gemäß BGB innerhalb von zwei Jahren ab Übergang der Ware Anspruch auf eine kostenlose Reparatur, einen kostenlosen Austausch, einen Rabatt oder eine Rückzahlung durch den Händler, wenn das gekaufte Produkt zum Zeitpunkt des Übergangs nicht dem Kaufvertrag entspricht.”

My human translation: “In Germany—according to BGB [Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch/civil code]— customers have the right, within tow years of transfer of the goods, of free repair, free replacement, a rebate or repayment by the vendor, if the purchased product does not comply with the terms of the purchase contract at the date of transfer.”

They do this because with the Apple Store (be it online or brick and mortar) they are the vendor. This, EU-mandated, german warranty applies to the vendor. If you buy an Apple product at Random-Computer-Hütte and it breaks within one year you can either call the manufacturer Apple upon their 1-year warranty or go to the vendor. If it breaks after a year but within two years you’ll have to deal with that vendor. If you buy at an Apple-run store manufacturer and vendor are the same. And if it breaks after two years you could use Apple-care if you bought it.

Still, Apples warranty gives better protection. With the EU-warranty, if the product breaks after 6 months the burden of proof that the product did not comply with the terms of the purchase contract when you bought it, is on your side. And if you buy AppleCare you not only get Apple warranty for three years instead of one, but free phone support on top of that.

about 10 months ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Udo Schmitz Apple’s side: (716 comments)

Why not link to their answer as well?

http://images.apple.com/pr/pdf/Apple_Testimony_to_PSI.pdf

“Apple does not move its intellectual property into offshore tax havens and use it to sell products back into the US in order to avoid US tax; it does not use revolving loans from foreign subsidiaries to fund its domestic operations; it does not hold money on a Caribbean island; and it does not have a bank account in the Cayman Islands. Apple has substantial foreign cash because it sells the majority of its products outside the US. International operations accounted for 61% of Apple’s revenue last year and two-thirds of its revenue last quarter. These foreign earnings are taxed in the jurisdiction where they are earned (“foreign, post-tax income”).”

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

Udo Schmitz Maybe they don’t know all their options (953 comments)

Very often I noticed that the industry software some small businesses use could be replaced with more standard solutions. I recently had to deal with a stonemason and his software. These days they plot stencils and sandblast the letters. I didn’t like the few fonts he offered for tombstones and there was no way to make a file for him he could import. As it turned out he would have had to buy an additional (very expensive) module for the program he uses to import other fonts or any vector graphic format at all. During my research I discovered that his “special stone mason software” was more or less a repackaged plotter software which would be more powerful and cheaper if bought directly from the source.

about a year ago
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Steve Jobs' First Boss: 'Very Few Companies Would Hire Steve, Even Today'

Udo Schmitz Re:Steve Jobs (420 comments)

which he then promptly attempted to make proprietary and whose licenses he attempted to violate.

Citation needed.

1 year,18 days
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

Udo Schmitz 6-3? (648 comments)

6-3? What did the 3 think? This is mind boggling. And kind of frightening.

about a year ago
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Veoh Once Again Beats UMG (After Going Out of Business)

Udo Schmitz Re:US Law (229 comments)

That sentimental statue that the mugger smashed? The one your great-great-grandmother carved while on a ship coming over from Europe? In the eyes of the inquisitorial court, it's just a trinket, and is of no consequence.

Not true. That would be mental or, non-material harm and can be recognized by an inquisitorial court as well.

about a year ago
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Veoh Once Again Beats UMG (After Going Out of Business)

Udo Schmitz Re:US Law (229 comments)

only a handful actually use an inquisitorial system.

My country, Germany, is not in the list, although it uses an inquisitorial system. Maybe Wikipedia is not a very good source :-/

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Udo Schmitz Re:Been There (965 comments)

During that period, you are completely unable to access the System menu or start another app to find the proc that is chewing resources so that it can be killed.

Bullshit.

about a year ago
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More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

Udo Schmitz Re:Context please? (337 comments)

I hope they had the same reasons that most intelligent engineers have; X Sucks.

Quote from book: Steve Jobs told the USENIX audience in Phoenix, in June 1987, "that x was brain-damaged"

Source: http://books.google.de/books?id=CpAlTYwJJgAC&lpg=PA54&dq=%22Steve%20Jobs%20told%20the%20USENIX%20audience%20in%20Phoenix%2C%20in%20June%201987%2C%20%22that%20x%20was%20brain-damaged%22%22&hl=de&pg=PA54#v=onepage&q=%22Steve%20Jobs%20told%20the%20USENIX%20audience%20in%20Phoenix,%20in%20June%201987,%20%22that%20x%20was%20brain-damaged%22%22&f=false

about a year ago

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HBGary Hack in Depth

Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Udo Schmitz writes "Heises UK site has the english translation of an article from the latest issue of their magazine c't about anonymous' HBGary hack. It shows that there was much more involved than just social engineering to get passwords and how anonymous evolved following OpTunisia and OpEgypt."
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How Microsoft Profits From HTCs Android Phones

Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Udo Schmitz (738216) writes "Today Microsoft announces: "HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property, we are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC."
Apparently Microsoft believes that Android infringes on some of their patents and for some reason didn't want to sue Google."

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Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Udo Schmitz writes "As a follow-up to rumours from May this year, World of Apple has a screenshot showing Sun's Zettabyte File System in "the most recent Build of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard". Though I still wonder: If it is not meant to replace HFS+, could there be any other reasons to support ZFS?"
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Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Udo Schmitz writes "Remember when back in 2004 EV1Servers.net bought a "Linux license" from SCO? Now Groklaw has the story how Robert Marsh was extorted into the deal. In an exhibit filed by IBM is the contract that has as nice parts like this: "UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL SCO OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE [...] ARISING OUT OF [...] MISREPRESENTATION". There's lot's of fun stuff in the article like exchanges between March and SCO, how much he paid and promises by SCO how Marsh would get publicity through Forbes and Bloomberg interviews."
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Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Udo Schmitz writes "Groklaw has the news that IBM asked the court to throw out SCO's entire case on summary judgment. From the article: "IBM has filed several motions for summary judgment, one for each of SCO's claims and two more for good measure on two of IBM's counterclaims. In other words, it is asking the court to throw out SCO's entire case, and to grant it judgment on two counterclaims without even going to trial on those two." And: "What does that mean? That if IBM were to prevail on all its motions (of course that is a rare event indeed) then the only thing left to bring to a jury would be IBM's counterclaims. That has to be SCO's worst nightmare. That would mean the only questions for the jury to decide, if they found for IBM on the rest of IBM's counterclaims, would be how bad was SCO and how much do they owe IBM?""
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Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Udo Schmitz writes "While news are out that Apple wants to stop companies from using terms like "podcast" or "pod, Wired has the complete text of Apple's cease-and-desist letter to Podcast Ready. Obviously Apple is under the delusion that people call their iPods not, well "iPod",but instead just "Pod". I suggest all /.ers write a nice and polite letter to Apple pointing out that iPods are still referred to as iPods."

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Microsoft CEO threatens Red Hat users

Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 6 years ago Groklaw has a story about Steve Ballmer explicitly threatening Red Hat users at a Q&A in the UK. Here's the video with this statement: "For the appropriate fee Novell customers also get essentially the rights to use our patented intellectual property. And I think it's great, the way Novell stepped up to kind of say: 'intellectual property matters'. People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation eventually to compensate us." That video has been already linked to on /., but I guess noone catched that gem before.

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Nokia Presents Revolutionary Interface

Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 6 years ago Engadget tells us about a presentation by Nokia where they showed some "visions" for the future. See the video and you'll know why there were some laughs in the audience.

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Paul Thurott about AppleTV and more hacks

Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  about 7 years ago Paul Thurott dons his flameproof suit and has this to write about the AppleTV: "The Apple TV is a typical Apple product: It's big on hype but short on functionality. [...] For these reasons, Apple TV is recommended only for those people who have drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and decided they really like the taste and can afford the upscale lifestyle." Meanwhile somewhere else people keep hacking the device. They boot it from an external USB-harddisk and put the AppleTV-OS on a MacBook.

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Apple Charges For 802.11n, Blames Accounting Law

Udo Schmitz Udo Schmitz writes  |  more than 7 years ago There is an interesting article on iLounge. Interesting in the "WTF?"-sense. If you have a Core 2 Duo Macintosh, the built in wlan-card is capable of 802.11n. This capability can be unlocked via a software update Apple distributes with the new AirPort Extreme Base Station. Or they will sell it to you for $ 4.99. Why they don't give it away for free? Because of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. iLounge cites an Apple representative: "it's about accounting. Because of the Act, the company believes that if it sells a product, then later adds a feature to that product, it can be held liable for improper accounting if it recognizes revenue from the product at the time of sale, given that it hasn't finished delivering the product at that point." Or, to sum it up: Look at the crazy monkey!

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