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The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease

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Re: You kid...

Yet wtih an M-16 can be maintained by it's user. A Mac cannot.

This is an important detail that you are trying to obscure with nosense and flimflam.

A Mac storage upgrade is NOT a "5 minute" thing. It is not a simple thing. It's not even a simple thing for specialists with special tools.

There is no "ease" here. A machine that can be "eviscerated with ease" would be something that you could do the 6 rubes test with.

Like I said before: Apple fanboys love to redefine terms. "ease" here is one of them.

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You kid...

You kid, but it's dramatically easier to get an M-16 apart and back together again. The comparison is like night and day with the rifle being much more like a PC than this Mini that everyone seems to be gushing over.

There are any of a number of PCs and PC form factors that run circles around this thing including low profile machines from Asrock.

Maintainable is a normal person being able to break down a machine rather than it being something relegated only to gunsmiths (like the Mk-19).

Like with many other things, Apple fans are redefining basic terms (like geek and maintainable).

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The Big Debate: OK gloomsters, how can the music biz be FIXED?

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Re: Content Creators V Content Owners

> Umm, did someone force them to sign that contract at gunpoint?

A perfectly pathological response to a simple rebuttal of a falsely claimed fact.

The fact that you want to stick up for some psychopaths does not alter the fact that those psychopaths are the ones that would benefit from "increased protection for artists" rather than the actual talent.

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Re: Art IS Work

Necessity is the mother of invention, not avarice.

Inventors and artists that are worth their skin won't stop producing just because they can't pretend to be Robber Barons. Real talent doesn't act like that. That's why art and invention did not start with the first Anglo-American attempts to regulate creativity.

Many industries thrive despite copycats. Games in particular are notorious for this. So are most other "entertainments".

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

Perpetual copyright won't change the fact that I've already got everything I want from Zeppelin or the Beatles or every Star Trek series I care to watch.

I can just queue stuff on a perpetual 10 year loop.

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Re: There's no nice way to say this .....

> I wonder what you do for a living,

I contribute to what you would call "creative works".

If the work is of general interest then I HOPE it gets pirated. Otherwise, it means that it is simply no good. If you aren't being pirated, your stuff really is poorly regarded. As far as that "stealing" goes, I have not seen it impact the bottom line. Good stuff still gets bought.

Don't make crap.

Acknowlege the fact that you have to compete with every form of distraction.

DRM does NOT stop pirates. It just bothers the paying customers.

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Re: So how do you explain....

> not an approach that works terribly well with anybody (eg) with young children

Get a babysitter.

Have the mother-in-law come for a visit.

It's not an insurmountable problem if you are actually a music consumer. Although if you are "too busy", then it is likely that you are also too busy to be a music consumer in general. If you don't have time for live music, you likely don't have time to seek out new recordings to buy.

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Re: Content Creators V Content Owners

> Content creators ARE the content owners.They are also the licensor.

Nope. Def Leppard are in the process of reverse engineering their old recordings because this is specifically NOT the case. They are doing this because they are getting shafted by their label (who actually owns the recordings). They are getting shafted on digital file sales (iTunes).

The talent is generally in a bad position to negotiate terms and usually ends up bent over.

This is all about the corporate bullies that take advantage of the talent in various ways.

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Re: Art IS Work

> Oddbin, who is to say that what YOU do is a "real job"?

The market does. That's the only valid metric really.

If you're devalued because everyone can get stuff for free and the back catalog is cheap and everyone already has a stockpile of stuff because bits don't rot, then tough.

You don't have a natural right to make money in a particular manner.

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

> Like most non-creators you're confusing quantity with quality.

Like most posers you conflate a brand name with quality. The Jurassic publishers allow plenty of dreck to be published while suppressing good work. What is commercially viable seldom coincides with "quality".

> Do you really want a world where no great new music, games or movies can ever be made because creators can only work part time?

A false choice.

The real problem is that the new has to compete with all of the classics from they entire history of recording technology. You don't have to settle for today's dreck. You can choose to watch any Doctor you like. With as much money as the average consumer is expected to spend, you can easily reach escape velocity and accumulate enough stuff that you never have to pay for anything else again.

The back catalog is the real threat, not piracy.

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

It is highly unlikely that "artistes" will agree to any regime that allows you do do what you want with what you've bought without being subject to Big Brother. Content cartels are simply unwilling to treat the customer with any respect. They are all megalomaniacs that think the rest of us are thieves (projecting most likely).

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Re: I don't agree with Orlowski

"My stuff" is private papers. It is not creative output. We have this perverted world view driven by large content owning corporations that every worthless scrap of paper should be treated like Shakespeare. A lot of stuff is not intended to be "shared" or published EVER. The assumption that everything is meant to be published is just stupid and counterproductive.

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The answer to a broken system is not to extend it.

If an artist can't make enough money over the traditional copyright term then extending it is hardly a solution. Art is a fleeting thing. You have to make your money quickly while your stuff is new enough to be in fashion or you quickly get overshadowed by things that are in fashion.

By the time 20 years has past you've lost your opportunity. It's not coming back. Distorting copyright isn't going to help you.

It's only going to give corporations the right to sue new talent.

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Raspberry Pi SoC drivers now fully open source

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Re: Will this allow making the Roku useful?

> I'm not sure why you'd start with a Roku box if you don't want the Roku UI?

A Roku comes ready to use. It has a case and a power supply and a remote.

A PI does not.

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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Re: Education? More like car aftermarket...

Apple is no Ferrari.

Apple isn't even Honda.

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TiVo: Cisco and pals could owe us BILLIONS over DVR patents

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Re: Why ?

> The only other part is scheduling of recording, and I think there may be some prior art on that!!!.

select chanid,starttime from programs where title='Doctor Who';

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Re: A bit of info ...

The description of that Tivo patent sounds like ANY sort of specialized coprocessor.

In the 90s it was pretty obvious that you needed a MPEG2 coprocessor to do the heavy lifting as CPUs of the time weren't up to the task. This was something I sought out as a standard PC part the moment I was exposed to the "PC as a VCR" concept.

By 2002 such standard PC components were commonplace. Before analog TV became entirely obsolete, I had a couple such cards.

Now any Tivo patents are pretty much irrelevant since all TV signals are now already "PVR" ready.

Tivo's original stuff has been made comlpetely obsolete twice over.

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Re: PVR idea

It's not a hard idea to implement once the right tech is in place. You need large hard drives and fast CPUs. Once you have that, any college kid can recreate a Tivo with some Perl or some C++. The work of Tivo Corp is pretty irrelevant here. Anything they might have created to help deal with resource limitations in the 90s are not really relevant now.

Some concurrent IO and some database programming and you're there.

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IBM prepares to demo 125TB MONSTER tape

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Re: Apples and oranges

...and everyone knows it's utter nonsense and the kind of not-quite-blatant-fraud that keep American tort lawyers employed.

The notion that "Caveat Emptor" is fine, is the very reason ambulance chasers exist.

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Canonical to Windows XP cliff-clingers: Ubuntu safety net's ready... now jump

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Re: PEEK dammit.

Are you joking?

Serious business apps already run on Unix.

It's not the stuff like "payroll" that's a problem.

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Swiss photographer sues Apple for pilfering her eyeball

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Re: I know the photographers won't see it this way

This very thing came up recently with an art history textbook. There was a problem with image licensing and of course and obvious response that came up was "well, take you own pictures". Crowd source them if you need to.

...not to mention the differences between Patents and Copyrights being glossed over here.

If this were like the rounded rectangles patent, no one else would be allowed to take their own picture of an eyeball.

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Winston Churchill's personal papers digitised, available online

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Re: Please correct me if I'm wrong but...

The whole lot should be on BT. Stuff's too important to do otherwise.

History should not be subject to egregious extended copyright terms.

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Re: If you are using Windows

You don't need a special product. Any modern OS installation can be a NAS. Backup software is cheap and plentiful. Appliances are cheap and plentiful. You don't need a special product from your OS vendor. You don't need to pretend that you live in some sort of Microsoft Walled Garden that doesn't really exist.

This is not a complicated thing but certain people like to perpetrate the mystique when it comes to this stuff.

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Re: HD failure

>> @netean

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>> "What do you people do with your machines to consume so much space so quickly?"

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> You're seriously think we'll believe you haven't discovered porn yet?

Never mind porn. Just consider digital media. If you were actually a serious user of services like Amazon or iTunes you would eventually accumulate large amounts of stuff. If I were to "buy" something from iTunes, I would certainly want a local copy.

Plus there is digital photography and video both of which can generate large collections of files. Neither of these is a terribly "geeky" undertaking. They are both the domain of grannies.

So the idea that no one needs ample storage space is beyond absurd.

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Re: I’m worried that I under-specified the hard drive in my new notebook...

> Rubbish. I have a 256GB SSD in mine - and it's only half full. Keep your big files and archived material on a Nas, not on your notebook.

That kind of destroys any pretense of portability or mobility.

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Re: SSDs and HDDs both require backup...

The problem about SMART is that it is a series of numbers. It's not just a single yes/no value. It's much like nutritional information. You actually have to read and understand the whole thing. You can't just depend a single NuVal or some tool that tries to approximate this sort of thing.

I have never lost data to drive failures. This even includes a notorious batch of Seagate 1.5TB drives. However, I diligently pay attention to my SMART numbers and I'm aggressive about replacing drives when they start to show signs of trouble.

One day my SSD boot drive will just suddenly fail. THAT will be my first and only "warning".

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BBC unveils UltraViolet DVDs, BDs

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Re: Total waste of time.

> Apart from that they make £billions selling the content abroad, you mean?

That is pretty irrelevant.

The lack of DRM doesn't prevent you from making money on spinny media.

The existence of DRM doesn't stop people from pirating spinny media.

All DRM does is make things harder, less reliable, and less useful for paying customer.

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Re: not the target audience

Will this thing last as long as any of my spinny media has?

Will it's successor resume where this one leaves off after it's inevitable demise or fall from grace.

Since we already have a previous iteration of the "digital copy", this is by no means an academic question.

So I already have video rips that have survived longer that the previous flavor of the month here.

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Re: Why can't I......?

> Do you think you should be able to download movies because you paid to see them at the cinema?

If you are a Brit, you didn't merely pay for a single showing. You paid for the production. Your taxes paid for the whole ball of wax. You should stop being so spineless. You paid for this stuff. You should expect to own it.

You're not just some member of the audience, you're part owner of the production studio.

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Re: No such thing as UV DVD

Your post is mindless nonsense.

The obvious way to backup a 2TB hard drive is with another 2TB hard drive. Even corporations do this because random access disk is far more convenient to deal with than tape.

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Re: No such thing as UV DVD

> Because for millions of people, it's a hassle to have to rip a DVD

If that is the case, then it is only the case because publishers make it so.

It is not an inherently difficult thing. It's active sabotage by the same people that want to push more DRM and services that depend on networks you really can't depend on.

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Re: No such thing as UV DVD

What bother? Just download a copy of Plex and install it. Point it to your media horde and you're done. It will even re-encode things on the fly for all of those mobile devices that can't decode squat.

Now if I want to access something on the go, I can just put it on my device. I don't need to "stream" anything.

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Total waste of time.

If the BEEB wants to empower their customers, then all they need to do is ditch the DRM and allow users to manage on their own with any tools they choose.

It seems so senseless. They are a vertically integrated setup. They are a quasi-government organization. They can just ditch the corporate nonsense and forget about making physical media as difficult to deal with as possible.

Just ditch the DRM.

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Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

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The myth of PC displacement

The simple fact of the matter is that a PC from before the "post-PC era" is still quite adequate. It's also still maintainable. So you can upgrade RAM and storage and possibly even your video card. Even a cheap piece of crap PC from 5 years ago will still run circles around a tablet.

Everyone already has a PC.

You don't have to buy one this year because last year's model seems obsolete already.

I have displaced 2 PC purchases this year by buying really cheap video cards instead.

All in one machines of any sort quickly become doorstops.

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Gavel fails to fall for Apple 1

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Re: Too right, typical Apple

I remember back when I got my first computer and the Apple 8-bit machines were still selling at prices higher than some Amiga and STs.

When it came to making computing more accessible to the masses, the significance of Apple is grossly overstated. They get press because they are still around to help feed the propaganda machine.

Now that I think about it some more, those 8-bit Apple machines were even more expensive than some of the lesser PC clones.

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'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

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Re: windows is a niche OS or Is 'Touching' just for perverts?

Windows is the new legacy platform. It's that nasty old mainframe running COBOL. You don't really like it but you can't really get rid of it either. There are piles of old apps that are written for it and only for it and they aren't going to get migrated to anything else.

Apple has slim prospects of reversing this. Slightly more than Linux. Steam is a good example.

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US data show slump in Apple tablet share

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Re: Not surprising

It's not just about the price but price is an element to consider here.

Some people simply might not want such a large device. Apple and it's fans go to great lengths to try and discredit the 7 inch tablet but it has served the e-book retailers well.

A smaller device means a cheaper device and drives down price to "impulse buy" levels. While price is not the main factor, it helps to get people familiar with Android. They see it. They like it. They dump their Apple products.

The Nook and the Nexus 7 are the Android gateway drugs.

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Keep your Playboy mansion, Supermicro is my nerd vice palace

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Re: Meh

Use some SuperMicro brand 3x5 SATA hot swap racks. Put them in any enclosure you like.

I have a couple of these myself. Tandem arrays in two different boxes in different rooms. One mirrors the other.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

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Re: A monument to FAILURE

There's plenty of DVD packaging that makes the CD case seem positively sublime.

Quite a bit of DVD packaging will ensure that your disks are damaged. Some won't even survive the trip through the supply chain while others will make it impossible for use your disks without scratching them.

"Complete Series" collections seems to be especially bad in this regard.

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Re: Is there any truth

There are a lot of CD's in the Library of Congress that have rotted away. It doesn't seem to be an age thing in particular. If anything it seems to be just down to a matter of luck in terms of who fabricated the disc. A lot of my own old disks are still perfectly playable.

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DRM cracking in the forest where no one can hear...

> DVDs couldn't be ripped until the CSS was broken.

...which happened before the format even became widely used.

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Better pay your taxes: The world's NOT going to end this year

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Re: Ironic really

This makes as much sense as calling the Italians Romans.

The civilization fell apart, people left the cities, those cities fell to rubble.

We wouldn't even be aware of them if not for some busybodies willing to go out and find that stuff and beat away the jungle afterwards.

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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Re: Running out of money Shuttleworth?

Close but not quite.

All of the improvements have come from upstream projects that have nothing to do with Canonical and aren't paid for by Shuttleworth. Ubuntu isn't even the frosting on the cake. It's the letters on the frosting on the cake. Linux is a collaborative community effort and Canonical takes much more than it gives.

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Nonsense

If Shuttleworth wants money, he can try asking for it directly. He can actually SELL desktop Linux as a product rather than doing everything he can to avoid that. He could even send some boxes to places like Microcenter and Frys.

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Juries: The only reason ANYONE understands patent law AT ALL

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Re: Legal not technical

It also didn't help that Samsung spectacularly failed at the Vor Dire process and allowed a wannabe patent troll to be on the jury (and foreman no less).

This is a guy that captures everything that is wrong about the Patent system in the US.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

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Re: iMuppets

I think my all time queue record is 4 hours for Phantom Menace tickets and that was strictly on a whim and at the spur of the moment. I think Apple encourages this kind of silliness. It's more of that free advertising from the news media.

OTOH, that venue where I queued for TPM simply would never have tolerated a bunch of riffraff loitering for days and days on end.

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Re: iMuppets

I can be here and gone in 5 minutes.

I don't waste days and days and days at a time on this stuff.

...and they say math education is bad on my side of the pond.

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HP's Whitman promises 'more beautiful' PCs

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Re: "Heading up the makeover effort is Stacy Wolff, a longtime HP exec"

> Now look where Apple is!

They basically abdicated the PC market to Windows.

That's hardly useful to HP. What advice should they take from your gushing over jobs? That they should find some other line of business to be in?

They floated that idea already.

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Re: So in plain english...

Fads in fashion become dated quickly.

That must mean your house looks just wretched.

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Ten iPhone 5 challengers

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Re: A bit OT, but...

> One can do, but intelligent syncing offers quite a lot.

Like I said. The rest of us aren't Shallow Alto Hipsters.

Most people haven't drunk the Kool-Aid, never mind swimming in it. They're like the youth of today. They don't get platform wars. They don't even get platforms. They don't even view Windows as special or distinct. Never mind Apple products.

The more you use Apple products, the more you are trapped by them.

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