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1955 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Hard disk drive prices quick to rise, slow to fall

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Re: Main market not freetards ... ?

...so you are basically arguing that much of the demand for bare drives is relatively inelastic.

Businesses are probably have much less flexibility when it comes to avoiding overpriced kit. While they could certainly try to avoid new acquisitions, their purchases are more driven by "need" versus "mere want". So the petrol analogy fits pretty well for the business segment.

It doesn't for the consumer segment. It's a luxury good. If you price to too high people say "why bother" or "I think I will wait a bit".

Thus the the differences in prices.

Although, if my array fills up and I can't afford an upgrade then I stop buying DVDs.

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Foxconn receives Apple smart TV order - report

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Re: Ummm...

How is the industry's most limited remote control going to help that?

Most modern TVs have a simple menu system that Apple is unlikely to improve upon with the possible exception of making it look prettier.

So the input menu will have a sense of Apple aesthetics but not much else changed.

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Re: There is indeed a lot of competition in the TV market

The only thing that Apple can offer is an Apple-only product.

Anything else suffers from the fact that you aren't limited to one device made by one vendor. That leads to a lot of integration problems as you are basically herding cats. The fact that Apple could get around all of this by ignoring the rest of the industry really isn't terribly interesting.

You could get the same effect by buying any other Smart TV out there.

Ignore sound quality and you don't have to worry about a separate AV remote. Ignore 3rd party devices, and you don't have to worry about those remotes. Ignore cable and you don't have to worry about those remotes either.

Apple just brings more hype and mindless fanboys to the part than Sony or Samsung does.

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IBM bans Dropbox, Siri and rival cloud tech at work

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Re: awesome quote from Horan.

Chances are that any direct competitor to IBM has precisely the same failings.

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Official: Apple, IBM are world's most valuable brands

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Re: Brand not product

As an overpriced but still accessible consumer product, Apple is in a very good position to exploit hype. Other similarly over hyped brands aren't. Some out of work Spaniard can manage to buy and hold onto an iPhone. You can't say the same for a Ferrari. No matter how much "love" they get, their revenue is capped by the population size of suitably wealthy customers.

The same goes for Mercedes or BMW but to a lesser to degree. Apple computing products similarly fall into that category.

That's why the iThing part of Apple's business does so well while their original core business still continues to lag behind the rest of the industry.

Plus phones and media players are much closer to commodity items.

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Re: 'Toyoto' brand valued more than 'Mercedes Benz' ???

> Spoken like someone who's never driven a Mercedes

The need to buy things (or pretend to buy things) in order to please others is not a universal affliction.

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Efficiency

If you want efficient, there are better and cheaper fast food options.

Or you could skip the restaurant markup entirely. I bet that never occured to you.

Why pay for an absurd markup for something I can do better myself?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple's trial experts are 'slavish fanbois who believe in magic'

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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.

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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.

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Re: Nice

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.

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Pinterest valued at $1.5 BILLION, bags $100m in funding

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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.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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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.

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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.

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125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

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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.

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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.

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NHS 'pays up to THREE times over the odds' for IT gear

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Re: So?

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.

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'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

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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.

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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

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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.

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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.

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Foxconn chief: we're gearing up for Apple 'iTV'

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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.

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Re: Why??

...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.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

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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.

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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.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

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Re: Extras?

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%.

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Re: Tell me...

I think I got a copy of this DVD from the Walmart bargain bin about 5 years ago.

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Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab

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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.

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Apple's HTML5 bet against Android extermination

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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".

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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.

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WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

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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.

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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.

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Obvious Paradox

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.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Re: Not much of a loss

apt-get remove troll

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Shark007

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.

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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.

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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.

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Re: Linux

> 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.

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Re: Really??

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.

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Re: Really??

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.

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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?

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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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.

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Fanboy silliness.

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.

"tuned"

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.

"tuned" indeed...

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.

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Re: OSX

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.

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Re: Apple's Success

No.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can Windows 8 bag Microsoft 20 more years at the top?

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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.

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