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Re: Re: Searching
On this topic, Apple should be sued because iTunes specifically facilitates the illegal shifting of format from one to another without obtaining the copyright holder's prior permission.
...and we already know that Apple doesn't think of the children appropriately enough given the sweat shop factories they use.
Seriously though, Apple is one of the companies that has put pressure on the UK government to align this law with that of the rest of Europe, let alone elsewhere. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14372698
Re: Re: Re: Not news
Not "stolen". This is Copyright Violation, which is entirely different. Stealing something is the act of taking without permission an item or resource and in doing so preventing the legitimate owner from using it. [roughly the equivalent from the legalise]
Copyright Violation is simply making a copy or close enough facsimile of something when you do not have the right to do so. If in doing so you are not paying for a copy of the version then you are depriving the victim of the *potential* money but you are not, and never are, *stealing*. If you would never have paid money for the resource in question then how can you be said to have "stolen" anything. Even the idiot statement that companies such as "BSkyB" are making are propagating this fallacy and it is of course purposely spread through "FACT" and other similar lobby and scare-mongering institutions.
This isn't to say that Copyright Violation isn't bad because it is - if you may have paid for a copy of something but then choose to make a copy anyway but not to pay for it then you are depriving the original creator of the money you would have paid. The original creators put time and effort into creating it and should get some form of reward and typically this is money. The issue of the grossly unfair split of this money is another matter altogether but through its nature tends to be mixed in with this.
Great plan... and this could also be combined with a companion series called Celebrity^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h below-average-soap-actors dancing on ice special version involving the Arctic. I hear Polar bears are quite hungry these days therefore we can solve two problems at once with this one... :)
Ah... the infamous "don't do anything" followed by the hell-on-earth when you diligently follow that particular instruction :)
To be fair, the glowing square is not always obvious - depends on the colour scheme in use and especially whether or not Aero is enabled. Also when you have a few items open it can be hard to tell what's going on - for example applications either side of the one in question can make the one in the middle look active to the casual glance.
Unfortunately most seem to forget the part about "User" and the fact that UI design encompasses usability as well as shiny things.
Shame there aren't more
Shame there aren't more dual sim phones, but doubtless from the mobile manufacturers point of view they're seen as a quick way to reduce sales rather than increase them.
We've got cameras in our phones so no longer [u]have[/u] to carry a separate camera just for quick snaps.
We've got MP3 players in our phones so no longer have to carry around an additional device, including charger and headphones, just to play music.
But most of us have jobs so we still have to carry a second phone, often with a different charger. Yes, there is a *standard* mobile charger connection however some manufacturers have decided to continue ignoring the rules. From a business point of view it makes a lot of sense - an employee would take better care of a personal phone compared to a business phone so just supply a SIM instead.
If I could run 20 miles and still bonk I'd be proud.
Next time though I'd insist that playing hard-to-get is not taken quite so literally, running around the bedroom a couple of times = good, running halfway across the city = bad.
Is this one of the first Intel Android mobiles? Would explain the decision to make it available for developers in this way.
As for Consumer Laws - in the UK the core of these apply equally both to B2B sales as well as Consumer purchase.
Not that crazy
New blood usually bring new initiatives and ideas into existing projects and organisations. While these new idea are often very useful and sometimes lead to new possible devices and features for the future they tend not to help with established and properly planned project schedules.
I'm sure some of Apple's (new) staff will have known the details of what they are working on, however more junior staff tend not to be given the big picture and instead be given a narrow project target aim that is carefully documented and limited in scope. For example, if your task is to design a physical press button that fits into a particular form and is easily manufactured, reliable and hits the appropriate budget targets you don't really need to know the exact full product that it will be used on as it could be used on many.
@David D. Hagood - Well, let's see
While I respect your point re. N.A.S.A. - I still want to see a pic of Europe dammit.
It is tiring for those of us who don't live in North America (which is most of the planet's population) to find that most of the planetary imagery, art and not just photos is centred on North America.
Damn nice piccie though. Nice place. Let's live there :)
Wouldn't say so. The *only* use for the VM (previously NTL) email account I have is when VM themselves send me mails.
After all, only numptys use ISP specific email addresses when there are so many (better) alternatives. Unfortunately most non-savvy users are foisted on and railroaded into using an ISP's email address and doubtless this is seen as a carrot/stick by the ISP when it comes to retaining the punter - after all changing your email address just because you change ISP (either for cost or provision reasons) can be an extremely annoying process.
It's even more ridiculous when a company has gone to the trouble of getting their own domain name and website and yet still uses <mycompany>@btinernet.com or something equally amateurish. Keeps "web consultants" in a job though...
hahaha, I remember the Amiga viruses... and these were MENS viruses, not these namby pamby information stealing bits of fluff the yung'uns of today complain about. These modern fandangled things are so busy trying to steal information that they forget to deliver trippy payload screens, randomly formatting every media unit they can find and still find time to insult you and the other virus writers.
sheesh... the youth of today...
...because at every opportunity to optimise or implement something sensibly, the developers of Sharepoint decided to do something stupid. Often very stupid.
There's a reason why they can't get it to run at a decent speed - because it's Sharepoint. Even given a quad code "application" server with 16GB of RAM and a separate 8 core database server, gigabit links and following the MS "Best Practices" the thing still sucks. It's not that the components aren't operating fast enough - the metrics on the DB performance will show very low latency, the IIS configuration will show the thing running very efficiently as well. Combine the two with Sharepoint and some form of space-time-continuum problem happens and you'll swear that somebody's replaced one or both of the component servers with a 286 PC with 4MB RAM.
All this is before the brain dead "security topology" comes into play, which is marginally more on topic of the original article. Normal Windows FS (NTFS) security is nutty enough, and somehow rather than improve on this the Sharepoint developers managed to produce a scheme that was even worse. No wonder that there are so many security issues with Sharepoint such as the one the article highlights - give users an inkling of control over security and you'll spend days unpicking the mess. If the SP admins attempt to administrate security themselves then without very careful planning the workload typically becomes astronomical and to help with they'll often take shortcuts - the hint here, is to delegate SP access to AD groups and prohibit any and all individual rights changes.
@Whatever, they'll just go to their friends house
No offence intended, and it's slightly off topic but that's the kind of response I get tired of hearing from the pond-life that can't be arsed to stop watching TV and start parenting.... usually when it comes to putting the relatively tiny amount of effort into sorting out their kids head lice.
Comical... Really can't think much beyond that.
Regardless of your particular love / hate affair with iOS (iPhones), Joe Public consider them the "in device" to have and claiming that winPho will miraculously shoot up in market share in such a manner is just delusional.
This is before you consider the lengthening contract lock-ins that most phone users suffer with these days. i.e. somebody who purchases an iPhone today is likely to have a 2 year lock in before changing and during this time even if the device annoys the hell out of them on occasion they will have content and purchases that are tied to the vendor if not the device. This tie in might be loose but should not be underestimated when it comes to the weight of encouragement it places upon the user in their decision to either stick with the same vendor or move away. After all, keep with a similar system that you at least understand and keep your content and purchases or move to a new, unfamiliar system, and risk losing your content and having to re-purchase applications that you previously paid for?
@Content Consumption vs. Content Creation
And don't forget to add the Cloud Gaming (or whatever it's called this week) where the end user, quite rightly, doesn't give a damn about the configuration of their Computer - they just want to frag things in pretty 3D on the latest First Person Shooter. Other than the control issues, doing this kind of gaming on a tablet is ideal and BT or USB peripherals can negate many of these control problems.
Straight up the wrong tree.
Straight up the wrong tree - multiple times.
Almost comical (if it weren't for all the job losses amongst those who did the work) what has happened to Kodak. Starting with digital denial, then producing a bucket load of awful digital cameras, forgetting the digital print business and then making the printers where even an addled grandparent can work out the poor economics of printing using them and not an Internet bureau given how costly they were to run (it was still cheaper to go to a high street digital print kiosk - which are now priced much more competitively).
They had a good brand name and an ideal opportunity to be at the leading edge of consumer digital photography, but lost the plot entirely. All they needed was a bit of thought (tough at board level at times) and some vertical integration. Consider how well they could have done if 5 years there was an easy way to connect your Kodak digital camera to the Internet, automatically upload photos and have them nicely printed and delivered to you the next day. It's always been possible, but the trick would have to make it so seamless and easy it would have been more trouble not to do it.
...shows the level of epic cock up that Commodore managed!
Not just then...
Damn service has been up and down like a prozzy's nickers. Since Monday this week the service has randomly dropped out around midday, only to reappear hours later (requiring a modem reboot). Was down last week for about 16 hours on one day and another 8 the following day as well. Of course, when finally through to some hell desk minion called "Tom" (blatantly in a call Centre in some other country where the first language most certainly wasn't English), the response was "There were no problems", "The internal systems show a problem, just not the published status", "Engineering work is being done", "There is a fault, will be fixed in 48 hours". Confusing: Hell yes.
Agreed. Nukes? Hardly enough to wipe ourselves out. Seriously inconvenience the large population centres and reduce life expectancy (increased cancer rates) but not much more.
I read a stat somewhere that went along the line that in a few minutes a single hurricane / tornado weather system puts out more energy than the entire world's nuclear stockpile.
The only way man could wipe out all life on the planet is to find a way of pushing the planet into the sun - and detonating all the world's nuclear weapons on one spot of the planet would just produce a shed load of earthquakes, no orbital change worth considering.
£400 and still a crappy sub $1 remote
... for that budget they could at least have sourced decent remote controls, not the cheap'n'nasty standard part items that they found that just need overlays to customise them.
Ah, it's all coming back to me now. Just the sheer level of hackery that was possible through doing dastardly things to the sprite control registers. Getting the damn things to be 24x24 rather than 24x21 was one trick - albeit IIRC at the sacrifice of the number of sprites possible... but the multi colour mode was a pain as well due to the limitations of this. Other than this, the fun with the collision detection (remarkably good but had its flaws), the hassle of moving past the 1 byte horizontal register maximum (screen width was wider than 255 pixels) that meant many games used the right hand side as game information instead.
The fun with the SID chip was good as well, fondly remember when I first got the algorithm working for polyphonic playback of sound. OK, with only 3 channels it wasn't great in the poly-department but a lot better than the previous situation where a subsequent note cut the trailing portion of the prior note stone dead. ADSR anyone?
The processor was a "real" one though, not pathetic like the Z80 with all its stack shenanigans to due the most simple tasks (x86 is just as bad in some ways) and only *girls* had CPUs that could multiply or divide. I can almost remember the machine code decimal values for starting the most commonly used interrupt register callbacks :)
Re: Ignore the application involved..
Not sure if Safari is installing any driver level update or usage processes, but I'm seeing a consistent pattern on Win7 64 where iTunes is installed (and the associated update processes) that system performance periodically tends towards dead snail like. Naturally Task Manager is still reporting 99% idle CPU and <10% HDD access of course... have to love the fact that Task Manager doesn't not count some application levels as using the CPU and while I can understand the problems that may occur in tracking driver level application services, it's frustrating as hell. It may not be a specific iTunes / Apple problem but on systems where this software is *not* installed, these particular problems do not seem to show up.
Some applications implement their update processes as driver level services to ensure that they work around UAC problems and can update a system without bothering the user. Unfortunately at this level of process the OS protections are somewhat reduced - often required for real device drivers but taken advantage of by update processes.
Not just the timing...
but could the b*****ds not ramp up the volume* for the ad breaks? Particularly noticeable in late evening tv where the stations tend to reduce the volume a little but you still get hit by a wall of noise as soon as the ads start up.
* Yes, I know "volume" and "perceived loudness" are different, but most people consider it "volume".
A lot of that is down to increased taxes on alcohol, a lot of extra expenses in running a public house (paperwork, red tape, rates, insurance, etc) and the rises in minimum wage. Pretty much everything you could think of to try to kill off small / independent pubs.
More like a Slough.
Surely I'm not the only one to consider that 32GB as "just a cache" drive is a bit excessive. Must be getting old ;)
Too costly. This idea has already been patented by RyanAir
A lunatic... but balls of steel to do something like this. Repeatedly.
Struck *with* a ship? That's easy...
Somebody forgot the virgin. Suitable ones for cladding scantily can be far hard to come by these days: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news-in-pictures/news-briefly/news-graphic-201111094520/
...or in this case it doesn't ;)
Re: Too much bran in the diet?
1 for every 12 isn't much. Standard UK domestic guidelines are 1 for every 6 (i.e. 7 people = 2 toilets).
Unfortunately... listening to a few seconds of a track and identifying which one of (many) remixes or versions of it is not the same. I'd be slightly annoyed at uploading the extended remix dub version of Little Fluffy Clouds only to play it back and get the shortened (which in this case is under 5 minutes) version played back.
While de-dupe could be done, it will not be a pleasant prospect and will only work exceptionally well on content purchased through the embedded store.
Yep - pretty much sums it up. In my past I've run into many so called "Technical" Directors (in IT industries) who manage to knacker their systems in almost exactly that way within days of getting a fresh, clean, working and fast system. It's usually the management and executives that are the worst at it.
Yet another reason why it should be legal, no - scratch that - encouraged, to exterminate such vermin.
It's OK for a "pet" cat to dig up, piss and shit wherever they feel like however it is not the same for a pet dog. Either let dogs roam free in a similar manner or all cats must have leashes and be kept solely on their owners property. Try arguing that with a typical blinkered cat attendant.
Re: Correlation != Causality
Yep... it could be that the creative kids tended to play more games.
As for the uncreative kids... they were too busy watching TV (a passive medium) to take part in the survey.
Another half baked through from a power / control freak politician attempting to manifest itself. Hell, half baked is probably an exaggeration and an insult to all reasonable half baked plans.
Freedom. A word that used to be in use but has since been removed from the dictionary as its continuing inclusion was considered subversive.
Common enough software problem
Common enough software problem - when the dev (or a later code editor) doesn't think very hard about handling errors and preventing a cascading error loop. i.e. an error in the error handler causes an error that triggers another error in the error handler.
Shame on you unbelievers. The world ended a few days ago, we are now figments of our own nightmares, living in purgatory, the matrix or whatever half-brained the "world is ending on XXX date" come up with to excuse their insanity this time.
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