2914 posts • joined Tuesday 25th March 2008 12:38 GMT
Well, not scrap but turn on its head. What if insurance was a "club" and you stumped up £50 to join for a year. After a while, there would be pay outs for various incidents/costs and everyone's £50 wouldn't be enough, so the club debits money from you. So rather than paying for what /might/ happen, you pay for what /has/ happened.
At the end of the year, you see how much "club" membership cost you. Too high? Change "clubs". Everyone within a "club" pays the same.
Obviously the "clubs" need to compete on costs; lower costs, more demand. The "clubs" would need to risk assess each prospective member (a bit like insurance companies do now) and decide whether or not to allow them in. Rejected? Try a different "club", do more training etc. Want lower premiums? Don't drive like a tw@.
Heck the "clubs" could even be owned by the members and run not-for-profit. Simple.
Or am I simply being far to simple?
...this will be interesting.
OOXML is an ISO standard (after the committee was massaged to vote the correct way). However Word et al do not implement OOXML as defined in the ISO standard and (according to RMS) one cannot implement the format use within MS Office without infringing MS patents. So it is impossible for anyone other than MS to correctly implement the format used within MS Office.
That little lot would seem to preclude the use of MS Office within any government department.
Of course, there is a massive get out in the documentation that states (I paraphrase) "Use OSS unless OSS can't do the job".
Then there will be weasel words "This is only guidance....", "We outsourced that function...", "We are a private contractor selling services, we are not bound by that document..." etc.
"h-online" has an article on it and a link to the Cabinet Office document.
I expect exactly nothing to change. Big money speaks too well to MPs and civil servants.
No hate, just simple economics. Things cost money. For free (at point of consumption) things, someone needs to swallow the cost. In the AppStore that means Apple /or/ the publisher. You have to pick one.
As for the "in addition to", that was part of my point. Apple is insisting on this so they can cover their costs. They assumed repeat revenue (a bit like Sony with the PS3 and games) and are now reliant on that. If they had charged a sustaining price up-front, then they wouldn't have had to do this.
I quite agree about the service Apple provides, but what if the dev doesn't want their service? Their only choice just now is not to list in the AppStore, but if they are not listed there how can they sell their wares to the iDevice crowd?
I am not saying that Apple is a monopoly (their sales are still far too small for that) but I can see why the regulators might want to keep an eye one things. What if Samsung et al go down similar routes - that would not be good for consumers IMHO.
And I repeat - no Apple hate. They are very, very good at what they do (design, integration) but there are certain things they do that I don't like. Simple.
We are supposed to trust the snoopers and spammer to not track us?
What penalties will the execs face (note: not the company, the execs themselves) of companies that do not respect the "Do Not Track" setting? Here's my guess: none whatsoever. "Lessons will be learned" blah-de-blah, but nothing will happen.
Until the execs of the ad companies are held personally liable (say, £10,000 for each breach) they won't give a shit. They are paid to take "business risks" so it's time they actually had to bear those risks.
Not that I trust any ad/marketing company to respect my wishes - I will still block them into oblivion.
"Put yourself in their shoes, they are employing lots of staff to handle app submissions and they have built a huge expensive data centre recently. Hosting apps, music and films is a costly business."
If the AppStore model cannot support the infrastructure, then the AppStore model must change. I see four solutions
1) Make the user pay a minimum one-off fee for buying the app.
2) Make the publisher pay a minimum one-off fee for listing the app.
3) Make the user pay a minimum subscription fee per app purchase.
4) Make the publisher pay a minimum subscription fee per app listing.
If the fee is not paid (or lapses) the app is yanked from the store/iDevices.
That covers the cost of infrastructure, certifying apps etc. Content could come from the Apple store (for whatever fee Apple want) or some other place/store. This would allow competition and that is always good for consumers.
Of course there is a fifth option - if you don't like Apple's fees, don't list in their store.
...but then you could try hacks, break the phone, recover, repeat and eventually get access. Then you could pirate stuff (SHOCK!)
Make it do things MS didn't think of (HORRORS!)
Not have to upgrade so often (CALAMITIES!)
The world would end I tells yah!
The mere fact you could use such a system to reverse out a cock-up such as this is of no consequence to MS and they hold all the cards. They ruined PCs and they seem poised to do the do the same again on phones. It is a real shame. After netbooks, smartphones was the last chance for F/OSS. Unless they pull something out of the hat quick, they'll fail there too.
Get a full license, get a low capacity motorcycle/scoot. Don't get stuck in jams any more, use the bus lanes (some areas), park for free (some areas), reduce over all congestion, get up to 120mpg easy. I await production diesel and affordable EV PTWVs with eager anticipation.
Or use a push-cycle.
(The above all assume you are able bodied, if not you may wish to speak to the like of NABD).
I would suggest public transport, but it is an expensive, dirty, overcrowded joke in most places in the UK.
It wasn't "rape" as in "hold them down and penetrate by force" it was more a case of (allegedly) not using a condom during consensual sex (or not using a good enough one or something). The women only complained when they found out about one another and the case was already dismissed once, only to be resurrected in odd circumstances by a Swedish MP (AIUI anyway).
Do not confuse what he has been accused with in Sweden with the UK understanding of "rape". It bigs-up what be has been accused of and belittles actual rape.
But as this is an EAW, he has little hope of fighting it. It was a crime in Sweden, he can be extradited, the fact it is not an offence in the UK is irrelevant. Hell, Poland uses EAWs for traffic offences! The rule of thumb is - once an EAW is issued and you are caught in the UK, the EAW trumps all UK law and it is game over. The UK authorities will just hand you over, regardless of offence and regardless of the requesting regime (e.g. Greece, not really known for the quality of its judicial system). There is a long list of precedents with this being the case.
It really is quite disgusting.
High ferrous content
It's high time this freedom-monger was brought to book.
The World Police *MUST* ensure that free speech and open government are squashed at all costs.
Look what free speech is doing to the Middle East - tearing it apart!
Only an ordered and controlled society can ensure liberty, anything else is anarchy.
Will no one think of the children?
Really? Really, really?
1) Insert encrypted stick
2) Fire up TrueCrypt (or whatever)
3) Select encrypted disc/file and mount/open it
4) Bash in the passphrase/challenge-response
5) Get some work done.
If that really is beyond the employee, then they are not fit to fulfil their role and should either be given remedial training or be demoted. If they had some genuine problem (e.g. dodgy hardware) then they should been reported it and got a replacement.
For breaching the rules like this, they should face summary dismissal. If they were unaware of the rules, dismiss their direct line manager. Repeat until you reach the first person who (suddenly) gives a shit.
I have the right to do what I like *TO* my personal property. I don't have the right to do what I like *WITH* my personal property. I can use a hammer to bash in nails or pull them out (legal, so long as I am not causing criminal damage). I can't legally use that same hammer to kill someone. There is a subtle difference - one of these acts harms another/causes public outrage; one does not.
So with a PS3, I should be able to run Linux (or set it on fire, or whatever) but I shouldn't be allowed to use it to cheat (say, by running some kind of homebrew hack). The former is nails, the latter public outrage.
@Bug R Us
If the small print contains terms that are unenforceable (or should be), then those terms can safely be ignored. A term that states "We [Sony] have the right to remove any feature or impose new restriction we so choose, for any reason we so choose at any point in the future" (I paraphrase) would be one such term IMH[non-lawyer]O.
Perhaps "OtherOS" can be used for naughty things like cheating/pirating. But then Sony should NOT have included in the first place just to get a tax break.
As for "rights", I have the right to do whatever I like to my personal property. I can go out, buy a PS3 and set it on fire if I want. It's mine. If, however, I only have a license/rental agreement I do not have such "rights" except those granted to me by the actual owner. Perhaps Sony should consider leasing PS3s instead? Then they can contain whatever rights they want. Once they *SELL* it, however, they rescind all such rights. IMHO.
...works where it works. If it doesn't use something else.
When the free software is working for you, why rip it out and buy something else instead?
MS Office drives me scatty at times too.
There are things I can do on a Linux desktop (Gnome, since you ask) that make my life much easier (multiple desktops, always on top, roll up...). The pain of going from XP->Win7 has been much greater for me than learning how to use Linux (Win7 still does my box in).
Well, perhaps if people insisted that school turn out IT literate students rather than drones who can click MS buttons there would be less of an issue. And you also ignore the cost of retraiing from XP and then re-training for Win7. XP skills are not (IME) directly applicable to Win7.
And when it comes to expense, over what time period are you thinking of? And what ancillary costs (e.g. anti-virus)? How can a system that was rated (I paraphrase) "Pretty good with a few niggles" in 2009 suddenly become "A steaming pile of turds, please save use Mr. Ballmer"?
Just as the world seems to be going back to thin-clients (or VDI or whatever you want to call it), the Linux world seems poised to drop network transparency and force people to use fat-clients (I'm looking at you Ubuntu, possibly Fedora too, and the whole Wayland thing).
I suggest you read the rules - they are available on-line.
In a nutshell; if you have a tuner (e.g. tv, vcr, pvr, tv-card...) that is capable of receiving *live* TV broadcasts, then you must pay - even if such devices are not connected.
There are, however, a few wrinkles:
---If you "knobble" said device (e.g. break aerial sockets) you do not need to pay.
---If you watch lots and lots of DVDs and can prove that, you can avoid paying even if the tuners can easily be made active (there is precedence for this).
If you have no tuners and only watch catch-up (no live TV) then there is no need to pay either.
It's Sony's network
They can set whatever rules they like and change them whenever they like.
This is why it is moronic to invest in a proprietary system.
If people had demanded a PS3 that could play on the open interwebs (like some PC games do, with people/companies hosting their own servers [mileage may vary etc etc]) then they would not have given Sony such total control over the hardware.
Perhaps companies that want Sony's level of control should not sell consoles, instead go for a rental model? "Get a PS3, only £50 a year! [5 years minimum contract, you must buy 2 full-price games a year]".
Whilst I don't blame Geo et al...
...they just made a hack after all. It is the arse-wipes who use the hack to cheat get my ire.
And it's Sony's network, so they can ban who they like when they like for any reason they like.
Within the EU? No. Remember, the Euro zone is a free-trade market (or it should be). Once it is imported into one EU state, it can be sold all over the EU. The only real issues exist over "grey imports", and that is mostly caused by companies over-charging in the EU simply because they can (helped by the EU blocking said grey imports).
And what costs do exist should not be any more than having to import into the USA and deal with the vagaries of the laws/taxes in the different states.
If there are significant costs to trading in the EU, then that just shows what a sham the EU is and the fact it is not working in the interest of the people. There should not be such vast differences in prices for products like this that are mass-manufactured to a standard design.
If the device was made in the USA, I could understand the price disparity. As it is coming from China, the disparity does not make any sense.
The kit is imported to the USA, having been assembled in China. So import tariffs etc exist in the USA. Also, they don't have to just import to the UK, they have the whole EU to choose from so any extra costs in getting the devices here (which would be marginal coming from China) are spread out over the whole EU.
Fair point about the sales tax - I had forgotten about that.
Whilst 100% parity is never going to happen (due to currency fluctuations etc) and I accept that, this disrepancy is way beyond the pale (especially considering that many of the services are blocked outside the USA).
"The sales tax is added on at the end of the purchase and directly forwarded to the customer. In the case of online, catalog or mail order purchases where the distributer is based outside of the state, then no sales tax is collected."
Precisiely. The shop-owner gets screwed over as it costs X% more to buy from than that to buy from the webtailer, beause the webtailer bleats that it is "too hard" to work out the tax (which is could well be if every state, town, count and dog kennel can raise a local tax).
So, to summarise
Because the USA tax system is so bass-ackwards, webtailers claim it is "too hard" to deal with taxes and get away without them. Thus under-cutting and screwing the people who actually live in the particular state in question.
That about right?
Andother D-Link Rip-off
Price in the USA: $199.00
Price in the UK: £179.98
What should the price in the UK be? Given current exchange rates, around £125. So why does D-Link think it can charge a 44% premium in the UK when a lot of the features won't even work over here?
I would try to suggest an alternative, say the Roku XDS 2100X, but there the rip-off is even more disgusting. US$99.99 vs UK$149.99 (equivalent would be UK£62). A 200% mark-up for no reason whatsoever!
Can El Reg do an article on why companies think it is OK to try and gouge the pockets of the UK consumer? At these prices it would be cheaper for me to personally import the items from the USA. Which is just bloody stupid.
Let me tanslate
"We have seen thing called a 'competitor product' and we fear it greatly. Rather than compete on merit and let the free market decide, we prefer to compete in closed more communists system. For although we may base ourselves in the land of the free, the on thing that terrifies us is a competior on an equal footing."
End of the line
I have always owned Nokia phones - but I will cease to be their customer if they only ship MS. I do not want that Redmond crap on my handset thank you. Same probably goes for my partner as well.
It's been nice knowing you Nokia, but your days are now numbered.
...it was (sort of) a puff piece then?
To ignore *nix and the fact that it has been doing exactly this for decades is short-sighted IMHO. I will agree that there is not always a *nix analogue for a Windows app, but if custom apps are being written/provided (or an acceptable analogue exists), then the ability of X-Server to blast them over the network to *very* thin clients cannot be ignored.
I will agree totally that this is not the answer in every case, but then neither is a desktop running Windows to merely fake being a dumb terminal.
I look forward to your reports (in the interest of balance) of alternative to the MS paradigm and then the pros and cons of each. :)
[Props for having the balls to reply too]
I guess a RoboCop statues would be at least one reason to visit that industrial graveyard.
Hey, maybe they could erect statues to all sorts of movie characters and re-build their economy on film-tourism and selling replica[nts]?
Just a thought.
Broken at the start
So this header (once set) says "Please don't follow me, m'kay?" and we're supposed to think that the ad-parasites will respect it? Will they buggery. It'll just push to a higher echelon of target "Prestige, Privacy Aware" or something.
For privacy to work it has to be flipped around.
It must be under the total control of the user (not under the control of those who could profit by abusing it).
It must be on by default.
Anything else is simply broken.
...isn't option 2 what *nix has been doing for decades?
Isn't having an OS (and related technologies) that is built from the ground-up the whole *nix paradigm?
How did you manage to write this whole article without mentioning that Windows is still trying to play catch-up in the multi-user environment and to have a hope of getting it work properly one still requires pretty beefy clients and third-arty software (e.g. Citrix).
Hell, drop the *nix back-end properly virutalised into a data centre and call it all "Cloud". Now you're computing like it's 1979 baby.
Keep YOUR kids safe?
Run your own net nanny.
Don't know how to run your own net nanny? Learn!
You teach them how to cross the road, so teach them to be safe online.
Do not abidicate YOUR responisibilities to YOUR kids to the state.
YOUR kids, YOUR responsibility.
And if the kid is so bright....
1) Why does he need to increase his "word bank"
2) I would assert that long-reading would do a better job
3) What makes her think he is not already perfectly aware of the word "shit"?
IMHO even bringing up the dialog is a step too far.
Thin end of the wedge?
Another chink in the penguin's armour? Maybe not. If someone has physcial access, all bets are off. Really. And whilst I realise that users/admin will have had to have been pretty stupid to let this exploit work but let's face it, people *ARE* stupid (and I include myself). So there is only one answer - kill any form of autorun dead. Now.
The most *ANY* OS should do is mount the device and indicate, by some means, how the user can access it. That is all. No launch, no dialog, no guessing from content what is to be done, no offering to run a program, no bullshit. Just mount the fecker and be done with it.
"This device contains music, do you want to open it in RhythmBox?"
No. No I do chuffin' well not. It has videos, documents, pictures, encypted files and all sorts. Why not offer me an application for every media type on the drive, you stupid desktop.
Actually, here. Open this *thump*
"it's the law that I have to pay them"
No, you don't. Not always and there's even precedent for not having to pay when you have a working tuner (but that was a very edge-case scenario).
Other than that, I agree with your sentiments. It's a shame that one has to use a third party system (e.g. XBMC) if one wants to watch iPlayer on Linux (although it does work quite well, even on my aging lappy and original xBox).
Maybe that will change when they release a Droid app. Which, really, they should have done first but I guess the iPad gets them more PR. I can't wait to see the complaints from all the Yanks about how their BBC app doesn't work. :o)
Whilst the BBC acknowledges that Android has a position with the sphere of the mobile application user experience, the vision of the BBC does not synergise with the multi-faceted plane of operations that exists within the Android universe.
As a leader in beyond-blue-sky rolls-outs and co-laterisation of dynamic consumption methodologies, the iOS framework is a much better partner for delivering ad hoc, viewer determined entertainment within the scope of the personal media utility system.
Or something like that.
Can't be seen?
Am I missing something? Take a big ship (pref. nuclear powered). Fit some muckle dishes. Sail it out to sea. Scan the heavens. Repeat until you (and you allies) have coverage.
@Ian Michael Gumby
"So if I want that picture, I can't say no to the other features."
Hear, hear! What I want, basically, is a 37" monitor optimised for distance viewing.
Do I want Freeview? No, I have tuner cards/set-top boxes for that.
Do I want multiple HDMI? Not really, I want to pump everything through one box if I can.
Do I want USB? No, I plan to have a media server for that. Acting as a hub is useful though.
Ethernet? Well, if DLNA actually worked I might be interested, but as it doesn't (unless you get a 'magic' combination of devices) then sod it; I'll pump it all through my media server.
Do I want a PC in my TV? Crap no. How the hell am I supposed to patch/secure that bugger? I'd need another PC as a gate-keeper and if I have that, it can be a front-end. See all of the above.
Can I get one of these simple TVs? Can I hell. Each manufacturer wants to lock you into their own walled garden, which might allow the accountants and MBA-dingbats to create their own little fiefdoms, but it stifles innovation and restricts the free market. The companies could take their money/energy and invest in other companies providing the services to all. Imagine Sony making a profit out of Panasonic TV owners - what a larf!
Some example projects/companies; XBMC - pretty bloody good really. UI needs a bit of polish, or maybe that's just me.
MythTV - awesome. Maybe they'd like a few tech authors and some tuner schematics.
Netflix - I hear this is good, but I don't know at the anti-competition license restrictions prevent them from operating over here.
Hulu - see above. Although a VPN/proxy solves both issues - and only costs a few quid a month.
iPlayer - seriously; ITV? Channel4? Give up. Your offerings are vomit (I often find it easier to get your programs from 'illegal' sources). Join with the BBC and help build the platform. the BBC can keep their bit ad free, you can do what the chuff you like (probably screw it up....)
Apple - yes, I know. But admit it, the Apple TV2 isn't half-bad.
Boxee - all they need is someone to explain "currency conversion" and allow their services to work outside the USA.
But first...can I please just buy a dumb TV? I've got a lovely Dell branded monitor here (it's probably a ViewSonic/LG/Something) it's a USB hub, has multiple format inputs, does audio pass-through and P-I-P. That's it. Doesn't try to do anything else. Could you just super-size it, please?
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