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> I find your attitude simplistic and child like and far removed from the society
> and technical systems behind it, just like my 13 yr old nephew’s friend who
> told me how he was the Foo Fighters greatest fan then proceeded to offer me
> a DVD with all their albums on it...woo some fan.
Entire genres have been established with that kind of behavior. Some rather crass musical acts owe their fame and success and riches to that kind of behavior.
It's your attitude that's simplistic. All you see is one transaction rather than the entire market in aggregate including other more profitable transactions that occur only because of some initial loss leader.
The nonsense of mindless branding
The idea that the unwashed masses that accumulate pirated software have any business touching Photoshop is highly amusing. It's simply overkill. So is the GIMP really. However, people tend to focus on big recognizable names because they don't really have any clue or anything meaningful to say.
If you are willing to pirate stuff, you can simply pirate a better targeted tool.
Games have been pirated for decades yet the industry continues. If a game is any good at all, expect it to be pirated. Even blockbusters get pirated. It doesn't really matter in the end.
You will succeed or fail based on the quality of your work and whether or not you can convince anyone to buy.
People that are successful in the industry realize that they aren't just competing with the rest of the industry but anything that can distract the customer.
If you are trying to blame piracy for your troubles then you are a loser trying to blame someone else for the fact that you can't make it in a tough market.
Crap SMS.app, no good replacment possible.
> antennagate I dont remember much complaint about iPhone as a voice phone
I always found the inability to quickly clear my SMS messages to be terribly annoying.
That was my main reason for dumping my iPhone for an Android. Although there are other advantages to having a more open platform.
You didn't really refute anything.
> Aside from the gazillion or so assemblers which configure any PC according to your specs, most big brand names like Dell, HP, Lenovo etc do sell computers without Windows, because that is what a big part of their business customer base buys.
Nonsense. They do no such thing. At best they may have one or two options that are not terribly appealing. Dell is great at this approach. Now claiming that the market isn't effectively dominated by one player because you can "build your own" is just absurd. That represents a vanishingly small part of the market and isn't even valid for certain classes of hardware (like laptops).
Besides Linux, having the option of a CLEAN windows install would also be helpful.
I just fixed up a Mini 9 that way. It's MUCH better without the crudded up Dell Windows install on there.
Microsoft won the last platform war by being ruthless and promising a product they didn't actually have in order to create a relationship with the reigning monopoly of the time.
IBM was never terribly cheap. They just aren't that kind of vendor.
That came later with attempts to clone IBM's product. Neither IBM nor Microsoft are responsible for that. Although Microsoft was in a good position to take advantage of the situation.
There is no 800lb gorilla for them to cozy up to this time. You might be able to describe Apple in those terms but they aren't sharing. They don't have to. They aren't under a consent decree like IBM was in the early 80s.
Monopoly smack downs (IBM/AT&T) are responsible for a good deal of the current computing landscape.
The value of direct acccess.
> and what exactly is it people are doing to their Androids that demand unfettered access?
I can manipulate pretty much all of the data on the phone without a special app. I don't have to worry about that special app being some sort of gatekeeper that just gets in the way of what would otherwise be a simple interface (the Finder).
This allows simple tweaks like custom ringtones to be nothing more than putting an appropriate file in the right place.
I can use a 3rd party market like Amazon.
I also never have to worry about getting stuff back off the device.
Some people have a strange definition of simplicity.
This years slightly better crap.
There is so much in the PC market to muddle issues. So it's hard to know who or what to blame when you find something that is a bit of a disaster. Is it the crufty old XP? Is it the crap that the PC vendor added? Is it the fact that the old XP driver is crap. Perhaps the whole thing could be sorted out by dumping the bundleware copy of XP for an OEM version.
PCs are a saturated market. People probably already have as many as they are interested in having. If the crapulence of the OS is what is encouraging them to buy new kit, they may decide to not bother. Consumer packaged versions of Windows may be too expensive (or limited) for most people to consider.
Microsoft is in a perfect storm. Only part of it is it's own making but a good part of it nonetheless.
The zen of cheapness
...so you are basically saying that you think a cheap but craptacular product would still be good enough to prevent you from buying a much more expensive alternative.
That seems to flatly contradict the spin and damage control coming from Apple.
The Amish of California
Flash is used for content. There's just no denying that. You might as well try to claim that the world is flat.
When I am browsing the web, I expect to be able to browse any website and not just ones that the cult leader has declared acceptable. It may suck that Flash is a pig. It sucks even more not to have the right to choose.
As a photo viewer, an iPad is nothing special. It might even be a bit overpriced. As someone trying to sell your services in an environment of heavy conspicuous consumption (newlyweds) you might want to show off the Apple product just to keep up appearances.
An Android is actually the easier device to deal with if you are moving things around. There's nothing like iTunes to get in the way. Just plug it in and drag and drop.
This is about making an impression on the kind of people willing to spend 6 figures on a wedding.
It all depends on what you need...
It all depends on what you want and need.
If your big thing is books, then something that is primarily targeted as book reader could very well displace sales of a more expensive device. Amazon is not the late entrant here. Apple is.
That's something that "certain people" tend to gloss over.
Daft or Dangerous?
Finding that option you want in a byzantine set of menus is nice and all but this is hardly something that should be the primary means for a n00b to interact with applications.
Mark Shuttleworth: Is he daft or is he dangerous?
Consider it a bug with a lot of eyeballs...
> @Ken Hagan #
>A textbook isn't just a list of what's true. It is a way to present information in a useful way with examples and so on.
> Or maybe you'd like everyone to create all this material for free? I think publishers and authors deserve to be paid for creating educational resources
Sure. There are probably millions of educators out there that each is in a position to contribute to this sort of work. There's really no compelling reason that anyone has to actually pay for it. There is something to be said for paying for content delivery. However, the content itself should be easy enough to create if the entire world is collaborating.
You simply don't need to create a bunch of petty robber barons.
It was never the point. The actual talent probably thinks so too.
The test of time...
I have text books that 20 years old and other books that are older than that. I have seen 60 year old books that were still pretty useful. Plenty of people seem content to ignore things like total cost of ownership, longevity and other issues.
The real problem with textbooks is not that they are heavy or expensive but that they are largely redundant. What demand there is is kept artificially high by the same sort of proprietary interests that Apple itself represents.
Amazon vs Apple
Amazon is a bad example to try to use to justfiy the nonsense that Apple does.
You need their proprietary device or app just to browse their stuff. You can't fully evaluate the total experience until you actually buy into it.
That's in stark contrast to Amazon where anyone with a web browser can see what they have to offer. You might even find that you can get what you want without the DRM. Amazon will happily sell it to you.
Amazon sells the DRM locked books and video but also bog standard CDs, DVDs, and books.
Running off the rails again.
This author is running off the rails again trying to conflate iTunes with the likes of Google search. It's a highly disingenuous sort of argument that ignore some key details. Namely, using something other than Google search does not require you to ABANDON anything.
This is what separates any vendor-locked platform from the likes of Google Search.
Even the Amazon version of this is less restrictive since Amazon supports more devices including those of their biggest market rival.
I can think of plenty of uses for this thing once it becomes a complete system and not just a non-standard component to make a complete system out of.
Ultrabooks are the Apple approach to the netbook concept.
They're basically a thinner prettier netbook. They tend to be light and have great battery life but otherwise have really crappy specs.
The MP from California...
California is a big place with lots of content creators and lots of high tech companies.
Of course he should seek to protect the interests of his constituents in either case. Anything else would be fundementally undemocratic.
What I find peculiar is when congressmen that have no apparent link to content creation try to subject us to further attempts to distort copyright law in Hollywood's favor.
The guy from Cali should not be the one schooling the guy from Texas about the proper ideological focus of a member of the GOP. That's just sad.
Moving the goalposts
> "Linux is obviously more secure" is exactly the sort of thinking that allows someone to hack a linux box.
...see there. That's a great example of "moving the goalposts".
Linux and Unix in general is more secure. Changing the subject from unintentional malware infections to a manual attack by a highly motivated intruder does not alter that fact. It's an entirely different sort of threat.
You can use Unix and be vigilant or you could depend on wishful thinking.
I just typed in "apt-get install xbmc" and I was done.
It helps to have a sincere interest in succeeding.
The pitfalls of Step 1
I gave up on Step 1 shortly after the 4th season of Babylon 5. The last few episodes of that season were thrown all over the place on the schedule. Although looking back at it now, I am not sure that even an excellent PVR would have kept up with that particular shenanigan.
The main thing is watching TV on your own terms on your own schedule.
Resolving conflicts is also nice. A good PVR scheduler means that you aren't forced into an artificial choice imposed by hostile TV networks.
Then there's how the device can go out and find things for you that you might not have considered or been able to find. A suitably complete copy of TV would be no trivial thing to deal with.
Been there, done that already.
A four year old version of Mythbuntu is a demonstration that this "fixing TV" thing has already been done by Linux desktop software.
It's an old idea really.
Although a lot of TVs are already running Linux. They just aren't using the typical desktop based userland stuff.
A more IR friendly app for Netflix or Amazon would be a nice addition though.
The bogeyman du jour...Here's a novel idea. Just don't be a pig. Practice boring old world food habits and follow simple time tested heuristics. Moderation and balance. Unfortunately there's a lot of politics rather than science in modern nutrition.
No purity in industrial food> And a glass of pure orange juice ...which you're only going to get if you juiced it yourself. Any factory made juice is going to have the life boiled out of it. It has to. Otherwise you will end up killing people from food poisoning. Seriously. Odwalla killed people this way.
Bad math education everywhere...
> 170L per capita, assuming US Customary units...
> That explains everything
That's about a pint a day. Not a crushing amount really.
Your average Starbucks is probably worse than that. It takes a lot of HFCS to sweeten coffee to American tastes.
The glycemic hit.
Considering the size of your average tangerine, it can't have more sugar than a chocolate bar. It's just too small. On the other hand, the biochemical impact of the sugar in fruit is offset by the rest of the fruit.
Plus the fruit hasn't had all of it's best nutrients destroyed by pastuerization.
Nevermind sin taxes...
Nevermind the sin taxes.
Cutting out the subsidies that keep the price of HFCS artificially low would be a good start.
You don't have to throw out everything every time you take a different turn with technology. All of the different seemingly diametrically opposed input methods can all live in harmony together as can the applications that access them. It's only this "one true vision" approach that has problems.
Keyboard. Mouse. IR remote. Touchscreen.
Different interfaces can be used in different contexts as appropriate.
Apple-TV:~ root# uname -a
Darwin Apple-TV 11.0.0 Darwin Kernel Version 11.0.0: Tue Nov 1 20:33:58 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1878.4.46~1/RELEASE_ARM_S5L8930X AppleTV2,1 arm K66AP Darwin
Nothing new really...
> So after 20years of selling Dell as the cheap place to buy your PC, they shift into being the cheap place to buy your servers.
Where have you been? They have already been just that for quite awhile now.
Big deal, a barrel...
> disk. Instead, they probably cover things like the 30+ minute "go back" buffer
Bog standard buffering. Yeah, that's something that qualifies for a 17 year long innovation stifling monopoly.
Tivo was impressive in 1999 but it's stagnated. Patent lawsuits are one of the things that contributes to this stagnation. They employ lawyers rather than engineers. It holds back the potential of the product.
The "clone DVRs" are implementing the features (like true network transparency) that Tivo is disinterested in.
Bogus patents, obsolete for 10 years already.
Whatever bogus patents that Tivo Corp managed to get for themselves became completely obsolete as soon as PC video capture cards with built in video compression hit the market.
That was about 10 years ago.
The tricky part of what Tivo did wasn't realizing that you can use a PC to exploit things like multimedia and databases and apply that to the VCR problem. The tricky part was dealing with 30Mhz CPUs and 1G hard drives.
The inevitable march of progress has made those considerations moot too.
Repeating media lies...
It's ironic to try and defend the news media while buying into their lies.
No. It's not obvious that a coffee spill will generate a 3rd degree burn. Are you even aware of what that is?
There's a bit more to the story than the common anti-lawyer theme often repeated in pop culture.
Modern journalism is lazy and sloppy. If it's done well enough, you have enough information that you can make up your own mind regardless of the bias of the journalist. However, that requires that the journalist does a complete enough job and that rarely happens. Usually we get soundbites and propaganda and pandering.
Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera all share this in common.
You don't even need a propaganda minister. Corporations will gladly pander to the audience and strip news of most if not all of it's usefulness.
No one does real journalism anymore because it's all about ratings and being inoffensvie.
Not kindling, target practice.
> The doll makes great kindling either way.
No. Not kindling: target practice.
Point not missed at all...
This Rube Goldberg arrangement of running some stuff through an X terminal and other things locally all seems to boil down to the problem of Windows software management. There is no good way to rebuild a system from scratch. A small subset of apps can be recreated Debian or Apple style but not everything.
It seems the real answer is something like a local Debian/Ubuntu repository and an automated installer to go with it. Download stuff once and keep it. Direct new boxes to locally cached copies of apps and OS updates.
It sounds like there's nothing like that for the platform you can't get yourself away from.
Rebuilding a Windows box has always been a royal PITA.
System wide settings?
System wide settings like what?
There is very little going on in my /etc or root disk in general that isn't related to daemons that are outside of the domain of the original article. What little there is is pretty darn easy to clone since it's just human readable text in files.
Yes. The RDP insanity.
RDP is not bad but it's still very limited in what it can do for you. While it can certainly handle light desktop tasks without the lag and stutter of something like VNC, There is a lot of stuff you simply can't do across RDP even if you wanted to.
There are simply limits to the whole Xserver/RDP approach.
Plus maintaining all of that big box Unix style setup seems like a bit of a chore really.
The walled garden
> The walled garden does not prevent viewing of local content
Sure it does. It limits the formats that devices will natively accept. This leads to a lot of bother and futzing as you either convert data or need to set up an uneccessarily complex media server.
Apple should live up to the image it has built for itself and "do the right" thing by the Italians. Throwing them an extra "bone" in terms of charity would not hurt either.
This just makes them look like "just another crass corporation". Of course that's what they really are but they should not be running around making that more obvious to people that might not have figured that out yet.
Gutted and crippled and somewhat pointless.
...yes: in other words XBMC is not a PVR and is at best a limited stripped down client for some other PVR. This is an important difference for anyone that's actually used a PVR for any amount of time and has noticed the difference.
OTOH, most HTPC software (even MCE) readily allows for running external programs to avoid these kinds of issues.
You simply don't have to turn XBMC in to something it is not in order to get a "complete" experience.
> has a fantastic interface for live TV
Which kind of misses the point of a PVR.
> MythTV - my god, what a buggy piece of crap
It might "suck" but it does well at handling a media collection that will choke MCE.
I don't need to be stuck with an xbox as an extender. Very handy for that whole "codec" problem.
While XBMC is nice in this regard (media). It is not a PVR of any sort.
Missing the point entirely...
Who uses the UI on a TV?
The interface is the set top box like a Tivo or a cable tuner.
On the other hand, Apple's current stuff in terms of both remotes and onscreen menus are nothing to brag about. Both are "simplified" to the point of being crippled. Real remotes might be ugly because they actually allow you do something and expose features that Apple just tries to ignore.
Then there's a whole world of universal remote hurt that your post doesn't even address. That's a whole industry spanning mess that Apple has no ability to influence.
Don't cut yourself Balmer
"Edge cases" are exactly what an OS is supposed to be able to deal with.
The user or an incompetent programmer can always do something stupid. When this happens, it should not bring the whole system down. It's no longer 1984.
The system is there to be a gatekeeper, to manage resources , and to sensibly deal with problems including inept and malicious users.
Been there, did that.
...and oddly enough I found neither word nor excel particularly impressive when compared to it's rivals. This persistent myth that the competitors were "just crap" is nonsense. It's something made up to cover the real reason for the success of Microsoft userland apps (which was mostly a strange pro-monpoly attitude prevalent in corprorate America at the time).
Word 2 better than any version of WP? That's just silly.
Also, stuff in Windows didn't run so much as it crawled as it really needed more memory than was common at the time. A suitable amount of RAM was quite expensive in those days. It's an easy detail to forget and an easy one to miss when you are playing around with emulation on a modern machine.
Turned off printers...
Sounds like you need a cron job or the Windows/MacOS equivalent.
Just have it print something on the first of the month just to keep the print heads servicable.
It's like driving a car every so often to keep it from rusting out inside. Except computers can be automated.
The big picture.
While I can certainly see how cost per print might be a consideration, I think it is a little short sighted. A photo printer should above all produce excellent results. Cost should be a secondary consideration. If you are concerned about per page costs, you can always have another printer for that.
Something to be more concerned about is perhaps how certain HP AIO devices don't allow for network printing in Windows. My HP inkjet is like that.
There's also that whole Texas Instruments outfit...
The weakest link...
> I think if you're waiting for 'minutes' for a YouTube video to start, you must still be on dial-up
I tried to put one of my MythTV boxes on WIFI and had no end of troubles. Thought I would try to plug the AppleTV into the same TV and see if it did any better. It didn't. The knackered network clobbered it.
Your network (and the experience of any network attached device) is only going to be as strong as the weakest link in the entire network between your appliance and Apple Corp or Netflix Corp. If there is any crummy WIFI or 3G network link in the middle, you may just be out of luck.
It's not that hard really.
> not bloody geeks
There's the cry of the wounded fanboy: marginalize anyone that's not a member of the flock.
Using a game console for media streaming is very much like setting up an Apple appliance to do the same. It's really not that hard or "granny unfriendly".
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