727 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
You know what really pisses me off about this?
Slightly off topic, but bear with me....
It seems now that with the new Amazon Cloud Player, linux on the desktop is no longer properly supported. For the last five years, I have been able to buy an mp3 album and download it to my PC, and it appears in the right place, properly organized. Now, I buy an mp3 album, it appears in the Cloud Player, and I can only download it one track at a time into my Downloads directory. Really bloody helpful.
SO...on the one hand, Amazon have decided to shaft Linux desktop users after five years of support.
On the other hand, Ubuntu is cozying up to Amazon.
Well, Canonical - I suggest you get onto Amazon and complain bitterly on behalf of your twenty million users - you now have some clout with them.
But I'm not going to hold my breath waiting.
Re: We've seen these people before...
Hmmm. Why was that downvoted?
OK - a bit more justification.
There is, frankly, very little music that is worth listening to that can't be performed live. A live performance is unique - it won't be the same any two nights. You get the sheer immediacy in a live performance, that you can't get in a recording, no matter how good. You get a wonderful sense of being there, which isn't possible with recorded music.
I've seen Bruce Springsteen in a stadium. I've seen Joe Pass, playing solo jazz guitar at Ronnie Scotts. Two completely different musicians, in a completely different environment - but both, in their way, wonderful experiences which cannot be duplicated by a recording.
That's why musicians should perform live.
It's the same with theatre, compared to film. I've seen some marvellous films - but the best, the most exhilarating evenings are those where the actors are on top form, where the audience is rapt - where the SHOW is what it's all about.
Re: We've seen these people before...
"Why does a band have to perform live?"
Well, the Musician's Union completely disagree with you. They have been using the slogan "Keep Music Live" since 1965,
Re: We've seen these people before...
"One important note: consider this quote: “29% of those under 30 listen to ‘most or all’ of their music via streaming services. 11% have paid subscriptions.” This is unacceptable. In order to earn the equivalent of the income of a minimum wage job, a musician would have to sell 4.5 million stream per month on Spotify. The other streaming services, while not as bad, are not much better. The difference between having one's work stolen via piracy and illegal downloading, and getting a minuscule fraction of a cent per play on a streaming service, is negligible if not illusory."
Unacceptable? Why is it unacceptable? I am listening to music which I am paying for at a tenner a month; those who don't pay are getting a poorer stream and paying via adverts. It's morally acceptable and legally fine. Why the fuck do you feel it is unacceptable?
If the amount that the streaming services are giving to the music industry isn't enough, or if the music industry is keeping too big a cut before passing on the rest to the musicians, that's for them to sort out.
Another common misquotation
Water, water every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Want to bet?
I bet you a virtual beer that the iPad mini is 16 x 9. It'll be following the shape of the new iPhone 5.
Re: 'Large marine animal', yes...
There's a little "R" on the side.
It's so uuuuugly....
Picked it up in Comet yesterday. That HUGE bezel around the edge is awful - it just makes the whole thing look too fat and wide.
Technically, it's fine, I guess. But I'll never buy one. I love my Kobo Touch, and I don't often read in the dark.
Must say, though, I like the look of the new Kindle Paperwhite...
Re: Then divide by the number you first thought of
"The division by a number less than 1 is a multiplication, but for algebraic simplicity it is 'allowed'."
OK. Let's follow that through.
Can I multiply by a number less that one? Yes - but it's exactly the same as dividing by a number greater than one. So, by your argument, the multiplication by a number less than one is a division, but for algebraic simiplicity it is "allowed".
So, according to you, we can't multiply OR divide numbers less than one. Go figure.
Perhaps I have a strange head then....
...I found the mathematics of Maxwell's equations extremely hard, and never did quite convince myself of them. However, the maths of Special Relativity, and the concepts behind it, just seems quite straight-forward (albeit non-intuitive).
Recommendation - Relativity and Common Sense by Hermann Bondi - recommended to me when I was in the 6th form by my Physics teacher. Made it crystal clear to me.
Not quite sure...
Not sure I get it - is the idea to have your phone doing the actual handling of the book and the reader being a thin bluetooth client of the phone? If so, it seems quite elegant.
What was before the big bang...?
The point is that as time was created as part of the big bang, it's not actually a meaningful question to ask "what was there before the big bang?" We just don't have the vocabulary or imagination to contemplate it in a meaningful manner - all we can do is see where the maths equations take us.
Re: But what about the books?
Really? OK, I'll take your word for it.
My only memory of a martini order in the new film was something like this:-
"Dry martini, please"
"Shaken or stirred?"
"Do I look as if I give a damn?"
But what about the books?
I think there should be at least a nod to the books on which the films were based. (Only the Ian Fleming ones, though - all the others - at least the two or three that I've read - are pale imitations of the real thing).
This is how Bond orders a martini in the first book, Casino Royale:-
“A dry martini," he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet." ...
"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?”
Re: Another damn Nanny State
It's not a Nanny State issue. It's a matter of two freedoms (the right to freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial) being incompatible with each other.
Ordinarily, the right of free speech is secondary to the right of a fair trial. One is a temporary infringement of a right - the other may affect a temporary - or permanent - infringement of liberty.
A statement like "censorship of any kind, for any reason, is bad" is just an indication that the person who has made the statement has made no attempt to think it through.
Re: Is the love mutual?
Don't touch the Amazon mp3 downloader. Use Pymazon instead. Much neater.
The really interesting thing will be...
...the screen ratio.
Is it going to be a large iPhone - so 16x9 ?
Or a small iPad - so 4x3 ?
My money's on the former.
If so, it'll be quite amusing watching Apple play catch-up and the iFans pretending that Apple are innovating.
Re: @Black Plague
Nexus 7 - a bigger version of your Android phone, but only £159.
Re: Foul! @Martin
You think that he is irritated because he thinks that I think that he cares that I dislike what he likes.
Is that right?
Re: Foul! @Martin
"I don't give a flying fuck about your puerile and envious "shiny shiny" comment though, and neither do Apple nor their customers."
Obviously, you DO give a flying fuck about it. Or you wouldn't have bothered to say so.
I concede it was a slightly puerile comment. I emphatically deny that it was envious.
"so what if he likes apple stuff. He does list the shortcomings he finds...."
to wit - no wired network, no matt screen, lacking in memory and disk, and insanely expensive - and he still gives it 90%. Shiny-shiny counts for a lot, it seems.
".....sort of a mathematical pint too many - the bar hasn't moved but its just a lot harder to get to."
Beautiful - have one on me!
That's a complicated way of saying "huge". I bet you had to check the spelling.
Re: Nice, but no banana
A micro-usb to USB adaptor costs a couple of quid from Amazon. Hardly a deal-breaker.
And adding a USB connector would DEFINITELY push up the manufacturing cost.
Well done, Toshiba!
Now that's more like it.
A reasonable 10" tablet by a well-known maker at less than three hundred notes. And an SD card expansion slot too.
I don't happen to have £300 spare at the moment, but if I did, I'd be looking at this with considerable interest.
Re: OMG They are talking to el'reg?
Since the Reg started publishing sycophantic reviews of their phones.
Arrgh, me hearties, 'tis Talk like a Pirate day!
"The only issues I have experienced lately..."???
Was this sarcasm?
The first doesn't matter, but the last two would be complete show-stoppers for me.
Which is why my box is set up in modem mode and I use a linux-based firewall/router instead.
Four hundred quid is a reasonable price?
Seriously, in this day and age, when exceptional 7" tablets are available for significantly less than two hundred quid, 10" tablets should be a sight cheaper than four hundred quid.
Re: if it ain't broke
Which is why the Post Office was still using pulse-based dialling in the eighties...
My favourite Haynes text....
35 steps to do a procedure....
36. Reassembly is the reverse of the procedure.
Happy days. Glad I don't do my own car servicing any more.
Re: Coveted item
"If it had been an Android tablet the would never have been caught, he'd have left it behind and taken the telly instead."
I think several people above have had a serious sense of humour failure here.
It was a joke, and it made me smile, even though I own an Android table and really don't like anything to do with Apple.
(It was a joke, right?)
Re: More self-agrandizing nonesense
"My point is that debating the science, the statistics, is irrelevant now. People don't believe in AGW any more."
"Unfortunately for you, it's game over. You lost."
Belief in Darwinism is actually dropping in the US, as the creationists take hold. Are you honestly suggesting that we should just accept that?
Re: No Sony on the list
No - it's that they couldn't find a single person who had anything good to say about their Sony phone.
Oh, for heaven's sake....
It's a generally well known phenomenon that the more money people spend on their purchases, the more they are likely to convince themselves that they like them. (Citation:- the wonderful book "Mistakes were made (but not by me)" by Tavris and Aronson, which discusses the whole gamut of self-justification.)
iPhones cost more than the rest. Therefore, people are more likely to like them.
Apple? You've got competition.
A new genre appears - the Amazon fanboi.
Re: Oh Dear!
If you're going to be pedantic, be correctly pedantic.
As has been pointed out, it's actually from King John. And it's actually "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily".
Re: The next generation
Or reading in the bath. I think this is a brilliant idea.
"...and if you don't like it, it's because you're holding it wrong."
blcollier - so it's OK to commit a little fraud...?
I didn't say that, or even imply it.
Nor, as far as I can see, did anyone who replied to my post.
So what are you referring to?
I'm all in favour of trying to identify fraud, but honestly....
Why stop there? Why not insist we all write our claim forms by hand and employ graphologists? Or get us to send in photos of our heads and employ phrenologists?
Even if it was funny the first time (which it wasn't), it became pretty damn irritating by the eighth time it was used.
Re: Anyone fancy a Kindle Fire 2?
What on earth is there to downvote about that post? (Unless you bought a Kindle Fire from the US just before the Nexus 7 came out...?)
...it's xenophobia, not xenophobism.
Still too expensive...
When netbooks first came out three or four years ago, they were £229 or thereabouts. And they are STILL that sort of price. They've got slightly better specs - but that's all.
They seem to be the only form of computer life which doesn't go down in price. I cannot see any good reason why they shouldn't be sub-£150 these days.
It would be interesting to see what would happen if Asus or Acer were to produce a fairly minimal spec box for £149. I reckon it would fly off the shelves.
@Helena Handcart: If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...
Others have made similar points, but as I made the original post, I ought to reply to your comment.
I don't have a boss who is a puritan. I don't wear a tie at work, though I consider wearing a t-shirt to be unprofessional in my office. I love life, and I'm not afraid of authority. And I have no objection, in general, to the unclothed female (or male) form.
But I see no reason why I should offend other people in my office - particularly women - who may not actually WANT to look at a picture like this at work.
If you really work in an office where displaying this sort of picture is acceptable, I wonder how many women would find it comfortable to work there?
If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...
...would you please mark it as NSFW?
Re: I need three hands here
"Personally I think an age of consent of around 13-14 is about right..." is presumably what was meant.
Having a fourteen year old daughter, I totally and utterly disagree with you. She may THINK she's old enough to consent, but she isn't.
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