24 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
To paraphrase Lord of War:
Only another 3 million requests to make then.
Unfortunately its just a matter of time...
@SP "...considered this to be a problem."
That's the whole point - it wasn't considered to be a problem.
The same applies to ebooks.
The sooner people realize that big media is on a mission to wipe out the second hand market, the better.
If the resale value of an electronic product is zero, why would anyone in their right mind pay close to the same price as the physical version?
BOYCOTT DRM'd PRODUCTS.
@Head meet wall...
"And maybe, you muppet the software, they use doesn't run on it..."
Yeah, we have no choice but to use an insecure OS, otherwise our apps won't run. Bulletproof logic there.
"God there are some dicks out there...."
You got that in one.
Competetence? We've heard of it.
Anyone who thinks these clowns have a solution to the financial crisis only need look at their record in IT project management over the last decade.
Have a look here for the state of the technology 12 months ago:
May not be a M$ original idea but its certainly impressive.
@Dirk Vandenheuvel - that would be 3% and rising. And they're mostly technology pioneers who want to control their own PCs. For free.
There is documented evidence that Comcast wasn't throttling packets, it was cancelling them, which is totally different.
Companies choosing to prioritise interactive traffic at the expense of other data is one thing - throughput can be self adjusting, dependent on capacity. Cancelling traffic you don't like/want is totally unacceptable.
Not only does mplayer work in Linux (and probably Windows), but kmplayer, kplayer and xine all do as well.
I've not yet found a TV guide that betters Digiguide, see http://www.mydigiguide.com/tv-guide/tv.dll?h=1&a=37&dt=479a2e50
Carry on missing the point
Paul, apart from you & your music industry peers, Pandora in the UK will be greatly missed. It is an innovative cross platform service that gives people exactly what they want. Its an advertising site, just like radio (wireless or internet). And consumers don't pay for adverts (directly at least).
Until the music industry wakes up (and there's no sign of it yet) and realises that their business model needs to be based on vastly increased sales at vastly decreased prices, their revenues will only reduce.
Pandora is a major tool for increasing people's awareness of music they never knew existed (mainly due to the record industry's iron fisted control of distribution, until now). Try to kill the service shows the industry STILL hasn't learnt from Napster - and that was 8 years ago!
OFCOM - day late, dollar short
Aren't these the people who were supposed to break BT's monopoly? 18 years ago?!?
I still have no alternative to using BT where I live. Even subscribing to another phone provider still requires me to pay BT's monthly standing charge.
OFCOM - as much use as the ASA. Chocolate teapots the lot of them.
Never forget you have a choice.
Alternatives are available:
ref Storm in a tea cup
@Ron Hughes - I'm glad you're not responsible for the protection of my personal data. You really don't appear to have any understanding of how serious the loss of the information is. Or how valuable it is.
People's lives and reputations can be ruined through identity theft. If you ended up being arrested under terrorist legislation because of some crime committed by someone calling themselves Ron Hughes, you might think twice before saying "its no big deal".
Some people (including governments and criminals) are rubbing their hands with glee at the easy availability of private information they could only previously dream about.
Apart from anything else, the cost is?
You forgot to mention the cost of this exercise.
Presumably £100 is a realistic estimate? (£40 USB DVD reader + £60 XP license [minimum])
In the US corporations are given similar rights as individuals (referred to as Corporate personhood). It could be argued that this gives them a responsibility to be held accountable in the way governmental organisations are. Either that or they should lose their priviliged status.
This bizarre law acts against the public interest (see http://www.thomhartmann.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=183&Itemid=38&mosmsg=Thanks%20for%20your%20vote!)
Nevertheless, even if Google was an unethical company, most of the planet would still use it. Yahoo's recent activity in cooperating with Chinese law didn't do it any real harm - there are many other American corporations actively 'collaborating' with the Chinese government to provide them the means to spy on their citizens (to who knows what end) that aren't hauled over the coals like Yahoo was.
Sounds like an ISP to name and shame - who is it?
That must be like the US intelligence that has over 800,000 people on its watchlist! (see http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20071108/cm_thenation/15250079)
Proportionally, the UK would have 20% of that figure. Maybe we need more resources to deal with the threat - hey at that rate it could become a growth industry.
And then there's the paedo watchlist and no doubt there's a Daily Mail informers watchlist... Then there's a good few candidates on this forum...
Aaarrrrg the sky is falling in.
Yes you are being naive!
When the BBC is eventually sold off, who do you think will get shafted - the people who have funded the BBC for decades or the rights holders?
At that point the lawyers step in and state "the BBC doesn't actually have a contract with the taxpayer..."
For anyone needing to run windows apps on their linux box and for whom Wine is not a suitable option, virtualisation is the way to go. Have a look at Virtualbox (http://www.virtualbox.org/). It sets up a completely independent area of your disk that can run alternative operating systems such as windows XP.
Or you could set it up on your windows box and run linux from within virtualbox.
I agree that some linux distros are harder than others to maintain, but the ends really do justify the means. http://www.distrowatch.com lists many of the alternatives - there's something for everyone. And you can also try out many of them without affecting your hard disk by booting from a "livecd" version of the distro you're interested in.
re: Another day, another wonk
"Where do these people come from?"
Must be a thinky winky wonk tank.
My relationship with (local) govt these days seems to consist entirely of "peasant: do as we tell you/provide what we want" or we will fine you £1000. Pity they don't actually fine the people who fail to comply rather than intimidating everyone else. Trust. Yeah right. And thats in a pseudo-democracy.
And ref the constitution, why would we want one of those when there's a European one just round the corner?...
Unfortunately, the Nationwide wasn't fined a cool million - their investors were the one who picked up the tab.
What a farce. And the lack of meaningful punishments in the latest data loss fiasco is being played out on the same day as a mother is going to prison for her child playing truant !?!?
Is "complete lack of common sense" a pre-requisite for being a public servant^H^H^H^H^H^H^H lawmaker these days?
As has been pointed out - the BBC is a real asset to the people who bought it, ie the UK taxpayers.
Isn't selling the family silver what you do when you're desperate?
If we're that much in need of money, how about stopping our contributions to the Common Agricultural Policy and/or to Europe, so we stop the madness of paying people to do nothing, and the fishermen to throw away their catches?
And BTW, the BBC is far more innovative that the other TV companies, whose sole objective is to get you to part with increasing sums of of your income.
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