Oh Really, O'Rielly?
I thought it was always spelled "O'Reilly", but this one really seems to be "O'Rielly". I wonder how that happened?
1216 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
Q. How do you make a small fortune at a TV streaming startup?
A. Start with a large fortune.
$100m in funding turned into $2m at wind-up. Mission accomplished, broadcasters.
But I think it may be worth noting that Willie Rushton died at 59 from complications following heart surgery.
Now that they've trashed the reputation and saleabilty of their products, I wonder if Lenovo might consider selling their PC division to someone more professional and ethical? Someone like IBM perhaps?
Point 1: I'd be more ready to accept Ive's comments on Motorola's support for user-customisations if I hadn't first seen the god-awful colours he chose for the iPhone 5c.
Point 2: I'd be more ready to accept Ive's comments on the responsibilities of designers if I hadn't first seen the god-awful protruding camera lens on the iPhone 6 which, BTW, necessitates user-customisation with phone-cases which are often of very dubious design taste.
So ... twat.
> It's not clear how deep RedTube, part of the massive PornHub network, was penetrated
From the reputation of the site, I'm guessing the attackers exploited a well-known back door.
Meanwhile, in the real world, a fall of snow caused our satelite DVR to screw up the wife's recording of Broadchurch S02E04, which was fixed by a google for the bittorrent of it (via kickass.to, AFAIR.) In 2 minutes we could start watching. Very convenient, I thought, and the first time I've used BT in months. (Specially since NetFlix arrived.)
Similarly, I managed to miss the first 2 episodes of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, so watched them both via YouTube.
I'm in Europe so iPlayer (and ITV's equivalent) is forbidden to me. We do actually have BBC and ITV channels available via our cable TV provider, but have no DVR functionality configured for it.
So, am I a pirate? Or a terrorist?
S'funny, innit, McDonald's slips a mouse tail in a burger and all hell breaks loose but these guys stick bits of whale-bollock in their beer and we're all celebrating.
> Microsoft says it has received 65,000 calls complaining about the scam
If they just waited for another 535 complaints to come in, they'd probably find the problem has got a lot better, all by itself.
> I think the studio that made the film win this one
I thought the same. But if the film also gets cancelled from theatrical release, then it'll be a big loss for the studio. (Unless they have insurance for that sort of thing ... ? (It's been a while since I watched The Producers.))
If Sony were to add DDoS launching code to all the PlayStations in the world, in the next software upgrade, that'd make a sizeable botnet resource, don't you think?
I'm sure they haven't done such a thing, but it's gotta be a temptation, eh?
Hope it's got good baaandwidth.
"Little Britain" was originally on Radio 4.
> The only thing that article doesn't cover is charging
They seem to be on a morally/legally dangerous path. First they develop a tool that promises to block ads; then they try to collect money from advertisers to nevertheless let the ads through; next they will try to collect money from users for really blocking the ads they initially promised to; then they'll try to collect yet more money from advertisers to really let through the ads they've already paid to be let through ... and so on.
Eventually, I expect, the lawyers will do rather well out of it, but everyone else with lose out.
> Quite a good idea for a phone, for those of us who would be happy with black and white of course.
I'd be very happy with an eInk-only phone too. Unfortunately, I only know of one of these - the Midia InkPhone - and they seem to have sold out of however few they made of them.
> Would be nice to sailfish on it, since Jolla already has the other half for E-ink....
What do you know that Jolla aren't saying? The Other Half appears to be merely a theme-change on the LED display based on the colour of the back that has been mounted. Nothing about e-ink.
Has anyone checked if the Amazon and eBay websites are still there?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was written by Philip K Dick. The Bladerunner follow-ups were not, and therefore are to be taken no more seriously than any other fan-fiction.
If Deckard and Rachel were both replicants then they shouldn't have survived more than the 3-or-so years that Tyrell's design allowed. So, how could something as crusty as Ford possibly still be around. (It would be ungentlemanly to speculate on Ms.Young's current appearance.)
Expect to see the USA merge with China and have the combination shrink to the size of Germany.
I'm waiting for the day when someone manages to sneak the Article 29 equivalent of "rm -rf /" passed Google.
Do you suppose Google does backups of their indexes? Or would they just crawl it all again?
I imagine that some people aren't going to be so happy to have their porn app appearing automatically on the home page, rather than staying wherever it was they hid it.
If they thought light pollution and current electromagnetic interence was bad, how's it going to be when there are few thousand (or million?)* of these Google Loon balloons floating around, blocking the light, radioing to each other and the ground users & basestations. I predict that astronomers will mightily annoyed when they take their eyes off their viewfinders and finally notice.
(Maybe we'll have to just give up Astronomy, when the Loon Cloud renders the rest of the Universe invisible to us.)
* Has anyone actually calculated how many balloons Google will need for the final, working system?
If it possible that life here was seeded from comets, may we ponder from where this proto-DNA might have come? Might it be that some other civilisation, remote in space and time, faced with the impracticalities/impossibilities of sending actual living bodies on such a journey, decided to send just amino acids?
If not, are there any grounds to think that the natural formation of such building-blocks of life is more likely to have occurred elsewhere than hereabouts, cosmically speaking. (I guess so, since there is vastly more of everything elsewhere than there is hereabouts, cosmically speaking.)
Do we know if this particular comet originated from the Kuiper Belt or the Oort Cloud? (And don't these both count as fairly local, cosmically speaking?)
> he has long been interested in promoting his anti-copyright agenda.
I look forward to reading (a stolen copy of) his autobiography one day.
Thanks for the downvotes for saying it might be expensive to see this movie in an IMAX cinema. Even though it will be.
My "local" IMAX charges between £12 and £14 for the 20 minute films. There's no sign of Interstellar appearing there any time soon, which may be because they don't want to lose the 9x£14=£126 they could be earning in the same time (OK, more realistically 6x£14=£84, allowing for audience swaps), or because have no chance of charging that much for screening Interstellar.
So, downvoters, I'm not knocking the IMAX experience, just pointing out the mathematical / economic facts involved in screening a 3hr movie in an IMAX cinema.
A 3 hour movie in an IMAX? I can't imagine the ticket price for that, considering the price they charge for the standard 20 minute IMAX film. (Well, I can imagine 9x the price, but I can't imagine many being willing or able to afford it.)
> An artist may make between 70p and £1.20 from the sale of a digital album on iTunes or Amazon, but only fractions of a cent from each play on a streaming service.
So, if the artist thinks their music will get selected for streaming time and time again, then they should probably use Spotify. But if they think their music will get played one time only then they should probably stick with iTunes and Amazon.
Taylor Swift would appear to share my opinion of her music.
The computer you really want always costs $2500.
> Moto +Lenovo = Melon
Or Lenovo + Moto = Lemon.
Not a problem. You'll be able to print yourself new cartridges, won't you?
> The claim form doesn't require a receipt.
$15 doesn't sound a lot, but if the entire population of the USA (except Ohio) could be pursuaded to make a claim ... ?
> How can you teach this sort of subject to students who DON'T even know their times tables when the depart for High School.
Why would they ever need to learn their times tables when they know how to write:
int m, n; for (m=1; m<=12; m++) for (n=1; n<=12; n++) printf( "%d times %d is %d\n", m, n, m*n );
(I wanted to code that in Python, but the indentations don't survive El Reg's forum comment formatting.)
And I've just given in my mid-2012 MacBook Pro with exactly the same symptoms for a logic board swap. Since it's out of guarantee, not under Apple Care, and not (yet) subject to a recall or legal case, I'll have to pay myself.
Combined with iOS 8's recent debilitation of my household's iPad2s and iPhone 4s, you can imagine I'm not so happy with Apple at the moment.
I agree that iOS 8.0 on an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S is a disaster. However, it is a wee bit less of a disaster with iOS 8.1.
If you're stuck with iOS 8.0.x at the moment then an upgrade to iOS 8.1 is definitely to be recommended. And turning off all the effects & spotlight search extensions, etc.
How did Banksy convince WIPO that he was actually Banksy when he was challenging the takedown by the imposter? Could this not be ANOTHER Banksy imposter challenging the Banksy imposter who was trying to takedown the domain of a Banksy imposter?
I'm not even sure that I am real any more.
Tried this podcast for the first time today. So far a rather dull chat about airlines followed by an extended (feels endless) advert for Equinix.
Is is usually more interesting than this?
> try to perform experiments to disprove said theory
So, Paul, am I to understand it that you are an ugly bloke willing to sleep with lots of women to test Stuart's theory, in the pursuit of Science?
I think you'll have to join a queue. In order to get a statistically significant sample, I mean.
Ah, so that's why iOS 8 had to make the user experience on my iPad 2 so bad! It's to make the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 user experience look good in comparison!
Funnily enough, it made me take a look at Android tablets instead, but I ended up buying a touch-screen Chromebook. I recommend it.
The Real HMQ would have written "We" rather than "I".
And She would have used a "wePad" rather than an "iPad".
Or got a butler to do it for Her.
Or her Prime Minister.
> Give people what they want, not what you want to give them.
However ... “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” as Henry Ford said.
What I find more interesting here is how Ballmer, Sinofsky and Nadella are all so, erm, follicly challenged. Is there a Conspiracy of the Bald in charge of Microsoft? Or was Ballmer such a leader that all his minions chose to shave and polish their heads in emulation? Or is it just chance that the last three middle-aged white males at the top of MS have been slap-heads?
> “textonym” – “one of two or more words that can be generated by pressing the same key combinations on a mobile, e.g. kiss and lips”.
That definition baffled me until I realised it was talking about predictive text input. When Urban Dictionary can write a definition better than Collins and Chambers, it's no wonder the publishing industry is dying.
Agreed. Still wearing and using my Pebble.
(Not that I can ever understand the need to bring information about the current weather to my wrist. I can look out of the window for that.)
Maybe she's older than she looks.