1948 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Re: Microsoft is the McDonalds of the tech world
> it can unarguably be said to be of higher quality than almost all other types of fast food.
You are simply on crack.
McD's is no less greasy or any less likely to be staffed by illegals.
Re: 'Toyoto' brand valued more than 'Mercedes Benz' ???
Mercedes is overpriced proprietary nonsense much like Apple.
Whereas Toyota is basic, reliable, cost effective and really does benefit from being boring.
Not everyone buys stuff to impress the neighbors.
Re: Microsoft is the McDonalds of the tech world
McDonald's makes the cheap crap that is served to billions and is despised by anyone with taste.
It's a very apt comparison and one that many of us have been making for decades already.
Although I find it hilarious that IBM is considered a valuable brand.
Re: Can't fault their stance
Yeah, but the Apple criticisms are usually in response to ludicrous fanboy claims that even Apple Corp itself wouldn't be willing to take ownership of.
Re: Samsung Fanbois
It's no longer the 80s. Perhaps it is time to let up on them a little bit.
Their kit seems to have gotten better.
Besides, some of that stuff ends up in "magical" iDevices. You can't really trash Samsung without invoking some degree of crapulence inheritance.
I don't think it's really a copyright issue. Otherwise, a lot of cable providers would already be in trouble. Cable operators quite routinely overwrite the commercials coming from the original feed. One cable company I had even managed to eat into the actual shows. It was terribly annoying.
I don't see this as any different than what cable operators have already been doing.
Since Dish is forced to pay for these channels, they should be able to do what they like with the commercials. I don't think broadcasters should be able to have it both ways. If the commercials are valuable enough that they can be protected by law, then they should not have any right to demand payment for retransmission.
Re: No, no, no...
> I shouldn't have to add my photos to a 'do not steal' database to stop people stealing them
Sounds like old school copyright really.
Having a default of "this is not owned" really was a far less anti-social setup.
Re: The 'mercans seem to be doing OK with feet, inches and funny sizes gallons.
> Seems strange that multiples of inches are 12 to the foot, but fractions are 'thou' thousandths of an inch...
Nope. The traditional measurements are base 2 fractions. Half. Quarter. 8ths. 16ths. 32nds.
Lab geeks vs. carpenters.
People versus Lab Rats
Metric is great for the lab, kind of nonsense outside the lab.
The "modern" mindset likes to believe that any thing new is automatically good and anything old is automatically bad without stopping to consider things. The fact that traditional measurements evolved to suit the needs of people in an organic fashion is not necessarily a bad thing.
Things based on 2 and 3 are great for sub dividing and eye-balling.
More "modern" measures also demand more "modern" measuring implements to be at all usable.
Re: This could bite them in the arse
Sounds a lot like the Romans during the middle ages. There was some glory day some point in the past but it's all moot because the religious zealots took over and anyone that gets out of line gets burned at the stake.
Islam doesn't give us the scientific method any more than the Catholic church gave us the Renaissance.
Re: This could bite them in the arse
That's all ancient history.
That is also the secular side of ancient Islamic empires.
...and "Arabic" numerals are Indian numerals.
Except we aren't exactly talking about enterprise or telecom grade kit here are we?
We are in fact talking about the same consumer grade crap but with a more expensive price tag and perhaps a service plan. You're in the wrong place to trying and presume the rest of us are ignorant about IT practices.
For the most part, this is probably small office stuff that doesn't need the kind of jacked up price that you would get from the likes of Sun or IBM.
IT Avengers Assemble!
Everyone has their own skill set and something they bring to the table. Not everyone needs to be Tony Stark. It's really much better if everyone isn't Tony Stark.
Re: What comparable Intel chip?
Stuff like Flash is a matter of raw CPU power. It doesn't have anything to do with the GPU.
THAT is the big problem with Flash.
ION won't help. ION won't even help under Windows. You need an overpowered CPU to deal with Flash regardless of what platform you are using. There is no escape.
Re: AMD Catalyst is "open source"?
Open versus Closed has squat to do with it.
The nvidia blob driver is great. It is everything that the ATI drivers should be but never have been. They have been like that for years going back to the 6x00's and before. They even had support for partial video decode acceleration back in those days.
With ATI, you're lucky to get the basic details right.
Re: Because it's better
> Sure you can hook up a PC to a telly, but unless you like buying
> and then trailing extra long video cables across your lounge you
> have to get up out of your comfy chair to change channels*
Are you sure you aren't lost?
This hasn't reflected the state of the art in computing for a VERY long time.
...except they aren't "unsightly".
Current television enclosures already solve this problem. This is an issue that you are exposed to ONCE when you buy your TV. After that, it's completely invisible.
Non-problem already solved.
Re: AMD has improved ATI
> You mean "make sure it does not have NVidea graphics"?
Why would I do that?
Nvidia gives me unrivaled 3D performance and full video playback acceleration through VDPAU. Nvidia also has superior base support for things like oddball monitors that send gibberish through EDID.
Nvidia "just works" and works well. ATI and Intel do not.
Windows centric nonsense
Driver download safari?
This is generally not the Linux problem. Completely unsupported devices included in the machine by a Windows vendor that couldn't give a rat's *ss about desktop Linux is the problem. So are borked quasi-custom Linux versions.
You solve the actual Linux problems by catering the hardware to what Linux supports and supports well.
Dell? Don't make me laugh. Find a proper Linux vendor instead.
All of this other nonsense distracts from the movie. The movie is still the main point of the entire enterprise. If the movie itself is not executed well then the other distractions are pretty meaningless.
Did they do a righteous transfer? If not then it's game over. The BD doesn't deserve anything better than 50%.
Re: Tell me...
I think I got a copy of this DVD from the Walmart bargain bin about 5 years ago.
Re: What social sites ...
So? Do you really thing they are going to waste resources enforcing this? They are a lazy and greedy corporation like any other.
Re: Lost credibility here for me:
You are trying to confuse "open" with "open source" here. They aren't quite the same thing.
DOS and Android represent platforms that can be implemented by multiple vendors. So do DVD and BluRay. Either of those give rise to a more diverse market that is capable of addressing a wider range of user requirements including price and features.
Apple is a one trick poiny. They are the proverbial Model-T. That Model-T might be great for one user but suck for the next. Apple has no interest to adapting to different types of customers and are in fact actively hostile to what you might describe as "heretics".
Re: True enough.
iTunes is over hyped proprietary nonsense. It's an 80s approach to something that can be made redundant by a website like Amazon or Netflix. As a media manager, it's also outdated since mobile devices now have the power to do that themselves.
The role of iTunes as a gatekeeper is simply unnecessary.
My phone is now more powerful than the first machines that ran iTunes.
Re: No Ethernet or USB 3 ???
On an enclosure this size, they could have included a USB port of some kind for legacy Mac users.
This sort of thing was quite commonplace with Firewire drives back in the day. It was very handy because you could take advantage of the better FW performance while still being widely compatible.
Although it's hard to mass the bus power of USB for convenience.
Re: No Ethernet or USB 3 ???
It's worse than that and most Apple pushers won't even acknowledge it.
This isn't just Apple only but it's "New Apple Only". If you have even a slightly older Mac, this thing is of absolutely no use to you. So if you've got any older machines at all, this thing won't connect to them.
This thing is only useful if you have "this years" Mac.
You're better off getting the cheap pocket USB drive from Walmart/Tesco.
You're not a "nerd" but you need large amounts of high speed storage.
How exactly does that work again?
A "normal" person is just going to use a USB pocket drive from Walmart or Tesco.
Re: Not much of a loss
apt-get remove troll
Have you seen the kinds of sites that host multimedia components for Windows and MCE?
That kind of crap right there is reason enough to dump Windows for a Mac at least.
It's mind boggling what DOS Lemmings will put up with. It never ceases to amaze me. I know it shouldn't since I remember the old nonsense with memory management. Still does though.
Re: I can take your GPL code
Your nonsense is EXACTLY why this whole nonsense about the h264 monopoly cartel is such a problem. Our culture and personal information is held hostage to these corporate interests that want to take advantage of everyone.
These kinds of patent cartels are a threat to everyone and should be taken more seriously.
Re: I can take your GPL code
I am "stealing" nothing by playing my own paid-for copy of some DVD with whatever program I choose. The only reason there is even any sort of "ownership" associated with playback is as a backhanded non-cricket extension to copyright law that shouldn't be tolerated anyways.
The physical copy is legitimately acquired and it's my personal property. I should have the legal right to decode it . Period.
> THe problem exists with some Nvidia drivers - the company does not provide them
Just use the ones supplied from the vendor. Chances are that there's a nice "download vendor graphics drivers" here button on your desktop. Very easy. Even a Mac user can manage.
Now Windows users get to experience that joy.
The only tricky part on Linux is the DVD DRM. Everything else is handled "App Store" style.
Stuttering on a "recent nvidia card" ?
An Atom can playback BD rips with a recent nvidia card. Never mind DVD.
Even the relatively ancient 6x00 generation of nvidia cards had partial HW acceleration for MPEG2.
Re: "rely on the many quality solutions on the market"
> So, Microsoft is simply removing
Being unable to play DVDs while the MPEG2 decode support is BUILT INTO THE GPU?
That's pretty counter-intuitive.
What I care about is being able to play my DVDs, home movies, and HD-PVR recordings. Don't care about dodgey marketing rhetoric about "improving efficency". Stuff either works or it doesn't. It either works out of the box or not.
If it's not included, then are you left on your own to sort out things yourself without a proper package manager?
Re: Ultimatly true but premature
All of these "innovations" were available to PC users no sooner than they were to Mac users.
The key difference has always been that you don't get stuff crammed down your throat with no recourse. You don't find suddenly that all of your SCSI devices are doorstops and that you need to replace any of your ADB devices.
Apple simply gives you no choice.
You can put what you want on a PC. I could still use a PS2 port if I wanted to. Got USB3 too.
No you are just a clueless n00b that wouldn't know his machine were having any sort of difficulty unless it completely failed to boot.
Macs are just PCs. Typically, they are trailing edge PCs with no good means for upgrade or maintenance. They use the same random spare parts as any other PC. Some models of Dell and whatnot are actually very good for Hackintoshes because of this.
That's funny because the first generation of Mac I purchased had insufficient memory to deal well with the version of MacOS that shipped with it and graphics apps threw up warnings about Quartz clearly indicating that the video chip was not up to snuff.
The missus ditched the Mac I gave her because of how Apple likes to do things that seem gratuitiously different. That and lack of support for legacy Win32 software. Fancies her iPad though.
I don't recall MacOS being terribly optimized in this way. While "startup time" seems to be a great fixation for Windows users and Microsoft.
Sometime when I'm really bored I will have to horse race one of my Macs and my Win7 machine just for laughs.
Re: Apple's Success
Apple has simply ceased to be a computer company.
They are a consumer electronics company. They're like the 80s division of Sony responsible for the Walkman.
What computers they do still sell are PCs pretending to be appliances. Although they are only PCs when it suits Apple marketing. Otherwise they're not PCs. Fanboys go happily go along with all of this.
Their actual PC numbers are miniscule both compared to Apple's own numbers as well as the rest of the PC industry.
Re: Apple's Success
> pay a premium to do away with all the rough edges, half-arsed feature implementations and confusing inconsistent interfaces.
Apple's advantage here is grossly over hyped.
Re: I'll miss it
No one ever tries to pretend that the toaster can replace your PC.
Apple and the fanboys love to advocate that kind of thing.
Now if I have a video appliance of some sort, I expect it to play my home movies or shows I've recorded off of cable. That's a fundemental use case relevant failure. It's hardly comparable to running gcc on my VCR.
Fanboys seek to lower expectations and berate and misrepresent anyone who isn't drinking the kool-aid.
Fanboy Ferrari Delusions
Beyond the fact that no Apple product is really a Ferarri or BMW, you have the very real problem that these are ultimately computing platforms that depend on 3rd party support. The "compatibility" issues that plague computing devices can allow products to become entrenched even when they are completely unworthy.
Many have said that the Mac vs PC thing is repeating itself again.
Apple is living high off the hog for now. That will likely not last.
Unfortunately, computing devices aren't nearly as interchangeable as cars.
In truth, no Apple product is a Ferarri. Although your attempt to claim such just demonstrates the other poster's comments about annoying conspicous consumers.
An OS in a box.
Running Windows in a VM is no escape.
You're still running Windows. You're still managing Windows. You still have to deal with all of the usual BS (especially as a large corporation).
If you're just going to run Windows in a box, you could do that with Linux.
The "it sells, therefore it's good" fallacy.
> Only a fool with their head in the sand thinks Apple are selling hand over fist because people are dumb rather than the products are good.
Re: Commodore PET
The PET did end up on the set of Star Trek. It was in the background of Kirk's apartment in Star Trek 2.
Re: Being able to push content
It makes some sense to use a tablet as a UI but that is the extent of it.
Pushing the actual content is just stupid.
The moment you talk about transcoding or remuxing, you've just lost the argument.
That is the opposite of the sort of "just works" experience that Apple is supposed to be famous for.
Re: but only iTunes fans need apply.
> iTunes will play DRM-free content you buy elsewhere, no problem. It's drag and drop.
No it isn't. Not even close.
It's easy to "hate Apple" when fanboys make up rediculously fraudulent claims.
iTunes does NOTHING for video management of alien video formats and has very limited support for anything.
This is why people jailbreak this device.
Re: He really wouldn't need to transcode them
Remuxing doesn't do you any good if the format inside the container is not supported or it uses features that are beyond the ability of the appliance to deal with.
Needing to remux is no less stupid. Really is just shows MORE contempt for the end user because it demonstrates that the appliance already has the ability to deal with the content in question. It simply chooses not to.
The vendor has made a conscious choice to ignore the wider world and to make the device more inconvenient to use than it really needs to be.
Remuxing n+1 files is still n+1 worth of bother.
Re: Top nerdery sir!
Back when my bedroom was also my computer room, I hacked my Atari ST to have a separate keyboard with an extra long cable and used to compute from the comfort of the bed.
No projector though. Just a 19" TV.
These days any PC and standard wireless keyboard will do. No challenge in that at all.
Re: Hmm, I wonder what the fundamental particle of rabid control-freakery is called?
> Do you actually know what the Stalinist USSR was like?
You never knew if you, your friends, or your family members might suddenly disappear in the night.
Plus lines to get toilet paper.
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