1901 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
You can't copy a TV just by looking at it.
On the other hand, my TV is limited in time and space. To get to it, you have to commit a common law crime of violence. In the process you will have to likely destroy more property and set off a nice alarm that will let the well armed neighbors know that some shenanigan is afoot.
I can copy "your precious intellectual property" just by browsing the website where you posted it for the entire world to see.
It's more like you dragged your most precious possessions to the local flea market and posted a sign saying "free stuff, take all you want". Then you get you kickers in a twist when stuff is actually taken.
Re: I'm just waiting
> I've never really seen the point in criticising a configurable OS for it's GUI
Ubuntu isn't sold as being a kit. It's not Gentoo. If you want a kit, then you run that.
The whole selling point of Ubuntu is supposed to be that it is ready to use. It falls down somewhat in this area. That's why there are different variants and Mint. These alternatives exist because Linux users aren't just passive consumers that will take whatever crap you want to give them.
If Ubuntu isn't doing it for you then you can (and should) dump them for someone that's doing a better job.
That's how the free market works.
...late to the party.
> Presumably also allowing you to buy things from Amazon through your TV as well?
That's already covered.
Don't swim in the Kool-aid
> Because selling more smartphones and tablets...
Is an argument that only plays well to the rest of the cult. Everyone else realizes that ARM devices are quickly becoming a replay of MS-DOS and the original Mac. The platform with 10 cutthroat vendors trying to sell you variations on the same thing are finding more success catering to more people than a one hit wonder.
The iPad Mini is a great illustration of that.
Apple finally came around and decided to supply what the rest of the market was offering.
It turns out that there are a lot more "irrelevant geeks" out there than Apple or it's fanboys realize.
Re: i was a mactard
This is the flip side of "converting" people. They can "un-convert" as soon as the trendy thing no longer becomes trendy or something better comes along.
Re: Android permissions design
> - Instead of allowing apps to send messages,
You cripple the device so it can't do much of anything.
That's the real problem with modern security issues. Everything is about trojans placed in software that's supposed to be legitimate but really isn't. A lot of this is driven by various forms of the cheapskate mentality that prevents both Free Software and Shareware from flourishing.
You might want to send messages.
Although ultimately end users should be able to revoke any permission after installation. We should never be in a position to be held hostage to developers that want the moon and the stars in terms of system permissions.
I should be able to do something like I do with noscript. ANY app is banned from sending text messages unless I say otherwise. Doesn't matter what it asked for during installation.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
>>> How do they discover this?
> When they want to lend a book to someone with a non-Amazon e-reader, or their Kindle breaks and they decide to replace it with a Kobo.
That sounds like a Kobo problem.
I can read the books "trapped in DRM hell" on any of our multiple iOS or Android devices. It's just like how I have 4 different brands of streamer device that can handle Amazon Video (or Netflix).
Some vendors like being a single device walled garden. Amazon isn't one of them.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
Not even epub. Just the Kindle app.
The Kindle uses content that can be read on any other brand of device. Amazon is very open in this respect. They are anything but a single vendor solution (like Apple). There is simply nothing forcing you to use an Amazon branded device.
Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"
> If only there was some sort of "engine for searching" out there.
Isn't there a Thatcher quote about having power and being a lady? If you have to say you so, then it isn't true.
Well, you can apply that same logic to Google.
If you need Google, then he's probably a nobody or a has-been.
Re: It has been the default kernel for a decade now
If Photoshop and Office are really the best you can come up with than you have just proved the other guys' point.
Both are certainly generic for anything you use them for.
That's even assuming that you are willing to spring for a copy of Photoshop.
Re: And yet, and yet ...
> One that needs to run ERP and payroll, often integrated with Excel.
There's nothing about that that requires Windows or Excel.
...and if anything, ERP would favor large Unix boxes.
That's what the E in ERP stands for. It means "something more than a secretary's terminal".
The whole "Hotel California" aspect of Apple devices is always something that has annoyed me. You've got this device that potentially has an gi-normous amount of storage capacity in your pocket and you can't really take advantage of it because Apple tells you what you can put on and take off of your device.
A dumb storage device is so much more useful and much easier to recover from.
Bragging about how well Apple did with your broken hardware is hardly doing the job without a fuss.
Doing the job without a fuss, is well... doing the job. That means not going anywhere near support. If you are starting based on the idea that you expect the device to break then you've already lost the plot.
Bragging about better support just highlights how bad the product is.
I dumped my iPhone because it failed to do simple things I would expect out of a 1999 Nokia flip phone.
Re: Atom, saviour of Intel.
Wasn't there just another article a couple days ago about how Win8 is killing PC sales and how everyone's sales are in the crapper?
Vendors pushing stuff and vendors selling stuff are two entirely different things.
Of course the industry doesn't want netbooks or nettops. Why let you buy suitable kit for $300 when they can sell you something for $600 or $1200?
Stupid design, different logo.
I wouldn't buy the Dell branded version of this thing for the same reason that I wouldn't buy the Apple branded version of this thing. A Unix box without a wired ethernet port? Really?
This was never a Unix developer's mobile workstation.
A half-hearted and lackluster attempt all around from the beginning.
How about just marking the penguin friendly configurations? Better yet, just build a website with decent search features so we can sort this stuff out for ourselves.
> Did you not read the list of normal things that just do not work on this Linux box? That is why people don't buy Linux. Instead they buy Windows because it works better.
No. That's why people shouldn't buy Dell.
It's their job to set this stuff up right. It's their job to make sure that their choices actually work.
This nonsense makes me glad that I didn't buy a Dell X51 for my last HTPC despite the fact that I was seriously considering it. It's far better to support a real Linux vendor.
> Nvidia? The worst and least reliable crap ever.
...a weak attempt at disparaging the best kit and drivers out there.
Nvidia is what you install when you don't want to suffer with the onboard shovelware anymore.
A cheap trailing edge nv card can turn a relic into a proper game machine. Works well for Linux or Windows.
The benefits to streaming
Considering how much of a gap there is between streaming and BluRay, a mere 50% improvement in bandwidth may not be good enough. If you are the sort to opt for the spinny disk instead, it's probably not going to be a worthwhile improvement.
(too dang long)/2 is probably still (too dang long).
Re: Math problems
> Who outside of a movie theater even WANTS 2k or 4k video
I have my own.
The requirements aren't really even that cumbersome. Get yourself a decent sized room with squared off walls and you're half way there. It doesn't even need to be a dedicated space.
The necessary gear is cheap and getting cheaper.
Google doesn't prevent you from removing apps, your phone carrier does. If you got some crappy bundle ware on your phone, chances are that it's not Google's fault at all.
The whole "app store" thing makes it an entirely different world between now and the 90s. So does pervasive and easy networking. Replacing default apps on any OS with a modern package manager is not quite the same thing anymore.
Things that are intolerable from anyone but the monopoly.
> 10000K is the sum required to pay off all of your workers because you couldn't get things running correctly.
If you're workers are that stupid, they are already costing you that kind of money.
It's like the "Linux migration problem". Just wait and Microsoft will create one of it's own for you. (Win8/Vista/Ribbon)
Re: Are these the same people...
Sure. It's a toy.
Toys don't necessarily displace tools. They're certainly not going to displace tools for those that actually need something more than a toy.
Jobs even made his little truck analogy. Except plenty of people drive trucks and find them indispensable.
PCs have become durable goods.
Re: PCs are being SNUFFED by crass pre-installed operating systems
Dell sold Linux on netbooks for as long as they sold netbooks.
All you're doing is repeating refuted FUD about another vendor entirely. That vendor denied the whole thing.
Re: PCs are being SNUFFED by crass pre-installed operating systems
> Or just wiping the feetardware
Sure. That makes perfect sense.
Remove a free product so that you can replace it with something you have to pay for when you are awash in a sea of alternatives where the payware replacement is already bundled for free.
Re: Not so much
...except that tablets aren't PC replacements. They can manage some of the light duty media consumption that were exclusively the domain of PCs. Once you start pushing any kind of boundaries though, tablets quickly fall apart.
Smart TVs are just a joke.
What we have here is a lot of sales churn caused by immature tech. That is being mistaken for success. Last years tablet or Roku is missing key features or performance. Meanwhile, 6 year old PCs can manage to run circles around ARM based equivalents.
Tablets are in the same part of their life cycle that PCs were in during the early 90s.
> Comparatively slow to some desktop PCs perhaps but it's still an i3-3217U, HD Graphics 4000.
Slow core coupled with the worst graphics vendor in the industry.
When you have to fallback to software, it takes quite a bit of computing power. That's why something like an ION or a PI is a problem. If you have to depend on the included CPU, you're toast.
It takes a LOT of of computational power to make up for the lack of good specialty silicon.
Modern codecs, High definition. High bit rates.
The NUC is also comparatively slow. Given the general weakness of Intel GPUs, I would be worried that this thing can even manage to be an HTPC at all. Although the PI was a bit of a surprise in that regard.
If space is not a premium, you can get so much bang for the buck.
Re: Yet the NUC’s CPU is actively cooled
>> Yet the NUC’s CPU is actively cooled
> I stopped reading at that point.
If you are doing anything remotely interesting, you will need that cooling or else the unit will cook itself. Fanless is a nice idea in theory but once you do some computing or employ a decent GPU, you quickly realize the value in effective heat management.
Ignoring heat issues really isn't a bright idea.
My nv based Mac Mini did itself in like that. Cooked itself.
My Asrock machines will outlive everything (Zotac, Apple, Asus, Giada, NUC) and all because of an ability to cool themselves off.
Continuing to play a movie while going back to the menus is just poor design or configuration. The fact that this goes tits up is really not terribly relevant to the usability of an HTPC in general. I always found that feature of XBMC a little annoying really.
The "as long as it's not really busy" problem is an issue for any cheap HTPC. It's not just a limit of the PI.
The NUC may very well suffer from the same "feature" when running XBMC.
The NUC is going to have the same disadvantages as any other cheap low profile box.
Re: First time in a long time.
> 1) Install it in wine and piss around trying to get the bugger to work. I don't care what anyone else says I've never found wine reliable.
This is pretty much automagical in any recent variation of wine including the commercial ones they sell in the Mac section of Best Buy or the one you can get from the Ubuntu repository.
That's not a very interesting example of wine really.
Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE
> There are HACMP features in AIX that ost Linux users can only dream about.
IBM itself is pretty agnostic when it comes to tech. They are far less enthusiastic about pushing AIX then you are. Same goes for PPC kit.
Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE
The problem with Microsoft isn't that they're proprietary, it's that they're crap.
Although all monopolies are annoying, even those run by competent engineers (AT&T, IBM).
Re: AC @ 12:49 - Google vs Microsoft
> MS big contribtuion was a general operating system that was not tied to proprietary hardware
AT&T and Digital Research already had that one covered.
Re: Interesting article
One thing that is different now is that virtual machine technology is commonplace. You can encapsulate your entire decoding envrionment into a nicely encapuslated format. It's been done for DOS games from the age of AutoCAD 1.3, so it can probably be done for any other format you care to mention.
Output to some common standardized format like PS and you've solved a big bulk of the problem right there.
Having documents in a print-ready format that's not vulnerable to client sabotage is a pretty good first step actually. Those formats are a bit more stable and much more standardized.
Re: Won't somebody think of the history?
> all the analogue pictures were pin sharp
Spoken like someone that's never taken or looked at an analog photograph.
Chemical film is no protection from incompetent photography. What you are attempting to describe sounds more like the pre-snapshot era that existed before Kodak made (analog) photography accessible to every incompetent and tasteless amateur.
Snapshot photography really hasn't changed much. If anything, these days you can cheaply take 100 pictures and discard 99 of them. Even with "cheap" film, any analog print was far more dear.
More than just storage technology has improved since 1920.
Any information that's 100 years old is suspect. It doesn't matter what kind of condition the media is in. The more sophisticated the information, the more likely it is to become obsolete before the computer storage format it resides on becomes unusable.
Re: Nudity-free Playboy?
Apple managed to achieve what decades of social conservatives and feminists couldn't accomplish.
Re: This Drone
Why shouldn't the farmer shoot at trespasser? It doesn't matter if the perpetrator is on the ground, in the skies, or in some sort of tunneling machine.
This sort of "you peasants have no rights" attitude might be fine for the old world.
It is fashion nonsense....
Yes, it is all fashion nonsense. The problem though is that Apple caters to that kind of person. Apple customers are the kind that are going to buy that nonsense because they are self selecting. You can't project what Apple users will do and apply that to the industry at large.
A Mac-wannabe may fail in the general PC market because non-Apple users likely don't want to buy from Lenovo what they aren't buying from Apple.
PC users care about practical concerns like cost and features and maintainability. They are less willfully ignorant than their Apple counterparts. They are less interested in engaging in conspicuous consumption than their Apple counterparts.
As someone that hasn't bought into the Apple group think, I am much more likely to employ a 5 year old Compaq in place of a brand new Mac Mini. That 5 year old Compaq can be tweaked in ways that makes it much more effective than newer inflexible designs.
That also means that I may not buy a new PC either.
Re: The Tree is Dead
I have a number of machines that do quite well with only 2G. Unless someone wants to say something extreme like claiming that Windows by itself needs 8G or 16G, then I don't see what the fuss is about here. Not everyone is trying to launch Salvage 1 in their back yard.
Re: The Tree is Dead
> Since I am past the age where spending my weekends recompiling the kernel to get sound working, that should tell you something.
It certainly demonstrates your laziness but perhaps not in the way you thought.
Re: Add / Remove disks?
> Oh, and never ever forget the mantra "RAID is not Backup" - checksums and snapshots are all very good, but no backup means no safe data!
That kind of undermines much of the point of having the newest and shiniest FS available now doesn' t it?
Re: License madness
> Sun didn't want that constraint
Well then that's on Sun. The idea of releasing the source and being specifically hostile to the GPL is a bit of a contradiction. You either are for end user freedom or you aren't. GNU was already here. Linux was already here. Sun chose to be antagonistic to it.
It's not up to the oldest libre projects to pander to the pro-corporate inclinations of the latest shiny thing.
Re: and this is why I only run Ubuntu on my desktop
As a home owner, Windows can be serious business. I am talking about the real kind that you look through. The ones that tract home builders put in tend to be crap. Plus you've got house settling. Being a miser when it's time to finally replace them can lead to unsatisfactory results.
Talking about my experiences with real Windows can be entertaining enough for suburbanites. They're into that sort of thing. More than computers actually.
Re: This is all too familiar.
> And I just point out that I write code, and I use a Mac to do i
Yeah. I tell people that I don't do Windows. I don't run it for myself therefore I'm not in a good position to debug it for anyone else.
I tell them that if they decide they want to run some form of Unix, then I'm their man.
Re: Replacing an ancient workstation
Are you kidding?
A Mac Mini is expensive, slow, and unmaintainable. I have an older Mac Mini sitting collecting dust because it's not much good for running anything but Linux. Unlike an older PC, I can't really fix or improve anything on it. It's difficult to get into and back together again. I can't modernize it with a better video card or fix it's busted internal NIC. Replacing an old drive would also be an exercise in pain.
PCs aren't as noisy or as big as they used to be. They aren't usually as tiny as a Mini but they don't really need to be. Fawning over an unmainable form factor is strictly an Apple fanboy passtime.
Disposable PCs are great for Apple's bottom line but not much else.
Re: No push to upgrade business machines anymore
Nonsense. The tech has just gotten mature. Your old device doesn't suck so bad that you need a new one.
This is where tablets are now.
5 year old trailing edge PCs can still run circles around new ARM devices and do everything end users would request of them. If anything is wanting you can actually upgrade the old thing and keep it running even longer.
A 5 year old craptacular bought-it-because-it-was-the-cheapest-thing-I-could-find-at-the-time can even keep up with more modern machines that have nothing else going for them besides poor heat dissipation and a fruity logo.
Re: Completely right on all accounts
The cost of textbooks was never about the paper. It was always about minor revisions forced down your throat every semester. A lot of subjects could be taught out of 50 year old books and you might actually find that it's an improvement. As long as you have middlemen trying to take a thick percentage, it will always be a scam perpetrated upon public school boards and debt ridden college students.
Re: Necessary Evil
> Unless we want to go the way of subscribed services for everything - and believe me that will drive the cost of watching TV through the roof - then some sort of advertising is necessary
No it won't. You will just have to be picky about what you consume. It's pretty easy to replace an overpriced cable subscription with a much cheaper set of streaming video subscriptions from Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix. First run material really isn't that expense and a lot of reruns are dirt cheap an nearly free (as they should be).
This isn't just theoretical anymore. You can take your collection of Tivo Watchlists to Amazon RIGHT NOW and see what the pricing would be like. It's no great mystery.
You kind of have it backwards...
Based on the image in the article, it seems that the real problem is not new material but old stuff. Now not only will old shows be mangled to allow for more commercials, they will be themselves altered to allow for product placement. You may see brands in the Huxtable brownstone that aren't available anywhere near Brooklyn.
That there seems to be a good reason to avoid video streaming entirely.
Buy pristine copies of stuff when you can, skip everything else.
Next thing you know there will be product placements for TESLA in Downton Abbey.
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