Re: If its so widespread AND illegal
I quite agree
919 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
I quite agree
"Since I started buying CDs >25 years ago, no one seems to have been forcing me to re-buy anything.
Or even meaningfully trying to claim that I should."
So all the songs you bought back then and have since wanted to listen on your MP3 player, you just went ahead and bought again?
Don't you remember when they started mucking about with copy protection (car stereo killing in some cases, rootkit installing in others) on CDs?
"Warning: Movie clip" or "Warning: Has Sound" would also be quite good, where it's not obvious.
Finding the mute has unstuck itself when at work is not an enjoyable experience.
"So if enough people want to do something, it should simply be legalised?"
I believe that is rather the meaning of democracy, yes. For better or worse.
Although, here I think the point was that widespread piracy is at least partly due to the outdated business model of content providers. The refusal of the record companies to accept that we shouldn't have to re-buy all our music every time they bring out a new media format, for instance.
"for a long time everyone was just watching SD broadcasts and pretending it looked better"
...but then if you're going from a 15 year old CRT TV to a big LCD it's bound to.
It would depend on her age and appearance. We do have some standards.
...OK maybe not.
I don't care for the UI much, which is pretty bloody sloppy in my opinion. The functionality is essential though.
Wasn't Media Center only on the Premium, Ultimate, or some other more expensive version than Basic?
It would have made sense on Windows 8 Pro. That's the one businesses would be getting if it wasn't going to be a clanger.
Rumour has it Prey 2 has been canned.
You work for Ubisoft, right?
We'd have a PC games list for a start.
I don't get why you would want a cartridge coffee maker. You're tying yourself to one manufacturer and are forced to pay whatever they want to charge.
They may have me on printer cartridges, but I'll be damned if they get their hands on my coffee!
If you want to publish in an open access journal, or make your paper open access in a paid-for journal, you have to pay. Why you have to pay is another question.
"You know that you are old when you can remember when the Simpsons was funny."
That was around the second series right?
I know you're not talking about the first few series when they still tried to have a message.
El Reg ought to make a bigger deal about this. Looks like it's strictly US only.
Or Rogue Trader.
...or even Crime Watch.
You see, it won't actually be a Titanic-like tragedy until the news media says it is. Much like a sinking of the actual Titanic, which was made an unthinkable tragedy by the papers after it happened. The myth that it was considered unsinkable wasn't banded around until after had gone down either. People who build ships don't say things like that.
All in all, the Titanic is a famous ship because it sunk. If it hadn't, it would be the Olympic we remember (though without the romanticism).
The Age of Austerity is just something that happened to other people?
Yeah, I know this is a tech site and tech is expensive. It's still bloody depressing when you're someone who has to think twice before spending anything at all.
I think you'll find one's success in these matters has little or nothing to do with the phone you own.
"trying to figure out why somebody down voted you on this post. Baffled!"
Statutory rights are for bleeding heart pinkos... apparently.
But it says it's dangerous on the walls of men's toilets, so it must be true.
"Or, commit more to DLC."
I'll be sporting and give you a 30 second head start.
Alert, Jason Togneri. You have been deemed a danger to the integrity of the hive mind. Remain where you are and await an enforcement node that will escort you to the nearest rehabilitation centre for evaluation and treatment. If treatment is unsuccessful you will be permanently disconnected from the hive and terminated.
At least The Matrix 3 was funny.
Why else would anyone have bought the iPhone 4S?
Share and enjoy!
Precisely why I don't buy carrier branded phones any more.
This is a good argument for buying a phone with vanilla Android on it, rather than a branded version.
Who says it can't be removed?
*Assuming we keep the license fee, anyone who pays it should not be charged. Period.
Anyone else, including those overseas, should be asked to pay a reasonable sum.
*Should we keep the license fee at all? Difficult question.
Not to this ageing dinosaur it won't.
...and I'm still in my 20s.
That may well be a major driving force behind this. Publishers hate second hand sales.
Anyone know what the relative cost of a DVD is to a memory card? Or are Amazon and its ilk going to be selling serial keys for games that people then download from XBox Live?
If Microsoft think they can survive on XBox Live sales alone, they've got another thing coming.
Is it £100 for 3G, or £100 for 4G and 3G one of which you can't use?
...Apple's Operation Valkyrie?
Well "boffin" is a fairly old English term for scientist. Think of it as the English equivalent to the USA's "egg-head".
While I agree with you that a pedestrian needs to keep his eyes open, that doesn't help when some arse (normally in a BMW) speeds up when he sees you're about to cross and continues to accelerate while you're walking across the road. Damn near lost my foot once.
Then there's the people who appear to be blind to red traffic lights... and to the half a dozen people crossing the road before they even reach the lights. I almost lost my Mrs the other day thanks to some kid who only realised there was a crossing after he'd got within three inches of her leg.
Then I call prior art.
I agree with you there. Still, that doesn't mean that this isn't an interesting technology with a wide array of non-lethal applications.
While I agree that death bringing is hardly a noble application of technology, don't forget that lots of today's bread and butter technologies came from military research. These tiny flying kill-bots might well become valuable tools for the police, or for searching collapsed buildings in rescue operations.
...someone with eyes maybe?
From the UK too (although about half your age) and I definitely encountered the word 'spatula' as used to refer to a fish slice-like paddle implement before the scientific/medical spoon.
He could be a republican.
El Reg may enjoy ribbing them, but personally I've found their predictions for this last year to be spot on.
That is, after all, what they're there for. Apps and widgets are just gravy.
"As this footage shows, the IRA gunman succeeded in destroying a British helicopter... by firing a toilet at it."
"In general, we think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the U.S. release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customers use or by creating uncertainty." - Gabe Newell of Valve fame.
Basically boils down to "if piracy provides a better service than the producers, of course people will pirate."
This whole 720 suffix thing is just speculative right? Right?