261 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
As opposed to buying it from EE or some other carrier. John Lewis and other resellers carry exactly the same stock as Apple Retail. Only carriers get locked stock.
"Hard working people have had their wages stolen from them by torrenting "
No, they don't. Studios lose money and jobs are cut. This is caused by falling sales, which are blamed on torrents. There's no proof. What if they made a film and nobody went to see it? Is it because everyone torrented it, or was it just utter shite? There is absolutely no proof that torrents remove money from workers' bank accounts.
"The market defines the value, that market is made up of consumers and providers (demand/supply). It's not the one-sided bargain you make out."
In the black and white case that you make out, yes it is. If you eliminated all the people torrenting, copying DVDs and those who grey-import BDs (they still pay for it, but it's against the Studios' T&C), then you have a high-price product that not-enough people will pay full price for. How long do the Studios last then? They need mass ticket sales, otherwise the, to be frank, pap that makes up 90% of their output will make a loss.
There is even a case that, as with music, torrents INCREASE sales. Joe might not want to take his 3 little girls to the cinema, but they really want to watch Disney Princess 14. So he torrents it, they love it and he buys the DVD for their bedroom. Or they don't like it and he saves his cash.
Another case of the customer deciding (with the help of a torrent) the value of the content; less than £45 for cinema tickets, more than the £15 for a new release DVD, or no value because they don't want to see it again.
Even so, this is not "theft", or "piracy". I would challenge you to find a single conviction for "stealing" a movie via download. Copyright infringement is a serious challenge for the creative industries, but it is still a civil, not criminal, matter. And taxpayer money should not be spent on curbing an invented economic problem.
Whether people want to pay the price the movie and music industries are asking for their content is an ongoing recalibration. The music industry is certainly further along the path. The movie guys still have their heads firmly in the sand. They still have to face the fact that the public just does not agree with the value they place on their output.
Most of my friends will only go to the cinema once or maybe twice a year. Otherwise, they might wait for the DVD or for it to be on streaming or even iTunes. A fair few of them will torrent it first and then buy it if it was good enough to justify wanting to watch it a second time.
Through any route, bums on cinema seats are falling, because people do not want to pay what the studios are demanding.
I already have Purchases, Updates and Forums tabs on my iOS Gmail app. Other than re-jigging the display of Starred emails, does this actually serve a purpose? Thought not.
Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch
"Indeed. Steve would have picked a name non-Americans would know how to pronounce."
What, like Jag-wire?
Re: swapped out to what?
It looks like the adage of "every other" Windows release still holds. I guess it depends on how Win9 gets received.
And that would be why the only non-trivial thing in my dropbox account is an encrypted disk image. IF anyone gets past the AES-256 on the front end, they then have to break the AES-256 on that before they get at my stuff.
Re: External controllers
Re: How many iPhone 4 (not s) are left in circulation?
They were still on sale not that long ago.
Neflix would possibly be cooler if the service had been working at all this week.
Re: Internet Security?
Suuuure they are.
Re: If my company sold 10m on Saturday
I'd like to see the data for that as well. But he didn't say "S5", just "Galaxy". There's still plenty of S3s knocking around.
Re: odd ...
Big queue at the Covent Garden Store this morning.
Software patents; ultimate in FAIL
Re: I don't like it.
You do realise that there are costs involved in cash transactions as well? Banks charge businesses to deposit and withdraw cash. The only way around it is if the shop owner uses some of those takings to pay their staff in cash. And you can imagine how common that is these days. Other wise it gets deposited in the bank and they charge for it. They charge to provide card services. They've got retailers coming and going! The end consumer will always be paying for those services in the long run
Not true in London. TFL now accepts contactless payments for the Tube and buses.Quite a few pubs and retailers do too.
OSX will only run an app in either 32-bit or 64-bit. A 64-bit app will not run 32-bit plugins and vice versa. If you have a plug-in in the "wrong format", the app has to relaunch to run it. System Preferences does this if you try to run an old 32-bit pref pane.
All Macs using Core2 or later are 64-bit, so this only affects pre-2008 Macs, which are probably on the way out by now anyway.
I get why the vitriol is spreading, but a large part of the reason that NFC is being included now is because Apple have found a use for it. Sure, they could have included it years ago, but why bother? I can easily see someone querying it in the design stages for the 4S or 5, but being dropped because they didn't have a compelling reason to include it.Now they have Apple Pay, there is a useful scenario, that adds value to the product.
Re: In its way, a good sign
Apple stop making parts after 5 years. You can still get them in some 3rd party shops. My Late 2008 MBP is still working, even if it does feel slow compared to an Air. I'll only ever replace my MBP when it goes seriously tits up. My iPhone 4 won't be able to run iOS 8, but I'm not replacing it until the iPad 3 is left behind too.
Re: Example of a Breach
@ AC 12:42
No, you do not need a TV license to watch iPlayer. "You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch ‘catch up’ services like BBC iPlayer or 4oD." http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/how-to-tell-us-you-dont-watch-tv-top12
You only need a license to watch broadcast TV, whether you watch on a TV, laptop or any other device. If you do not own a TV, computer tuner device or watch live TV via the BBC website, and are only using the iPlayer app on your phone, you do not need one.
I do not have a TV and have not watched broadcast TV at home for over a year. I do not have a TV license.
Far too much hassle
For most people, this is way to much hassle. The vast majority of users have a handful of passwords that they use for all the sites they belong to. And they belong to far more than they can remember. Given this, unless the site sends them an email asking them to change their password (which they've been trained to ignore as a phishing attempt), who is going to bother?
Only people who have a password manager system are likely to maintain secure, unique passwords and even then it's an issue finding out which accounts to update.
I use Lastpass, and it's taken me an hour to update the sites they informed me needed to be changed. Probably a waste of time, but what's an hour?
There's a checkbox in the Account Playback setting to prefer Silverlight or HTML5, where available. You can only access the setting over the website, not from an app, and it depends how they originally encoded the show.
Hoping it's better than AC3
All 3 episodes of Ezio's storyline were great; Connor's was noticeably worse. It would seem from the current crop of reviews that they've kept the best of AC3, the sea battles, and dropped the rampant collection-fest that plagued Revelations and AC3.
Still, I won't be buying this until the price drops. AC3 was too much of a disappointment to splash out that kind of cash.
Re: Change or Revert
"MS needs to do what worked well for it in the past and then build on that"
I seem to remember that they got convicted of monopolist crimes doing that. It may not be the way to go.
Re: Huge flaw in article
"not least of which the fuser assembly and the memory"
I think you meant the formatter. The fuser is usually just a pair of heated rollers to melt the toner in place. Image formation happens earlier in the process and most fusers just have a power connection and motor.
Re: Best upgrade...
"My biggest worry with spinning disks on a hard drive is reliability and file errors and every few months having to do a scandisk /f and crossing my fingers hoping for the best."
My biggest worry with SSDs is reliability. When flash dies, it goes down HARD, with zero chance to get data off. Pray that your customer has a recent backup.
When the shareholders heard they get nada
That's a Kodak moment!
A console has its advantages
As stated, there's no ongoing maintenance. It's a buy-once item, so need for OS upgrades, driver upgrades, graphics card upgrades, etc.
My PS3 has sat under the TV, acting more as a entertainment hub than a games console, for several years, where the main use it gets is iPlayer, Netflix and discs. We rarely watch broadcast TV any more.
I played a LOT of games during some convalescence, and here the PSN+ subscription came in to its own. It's actually a fantastic deal; worth far more than the subscription for anyone with the time to game. Just the free games makes it worth it, never mind the discounts.
I won't be getting a PS4, as I really don't need one. In time, some new killer feature or game may persuade me otherwise, but for now the PS3 is still bloody ace!
"As far as I can find, there IS no UK office.
The closest one is in Ireland - which is not in the UK.
Now, after the London office opens there might be (well, have been, as I would guess it won't open either)."
It's just off St Giles High St. You can see the Google logo behind reception. Google Maps even lists it, at 51.516067,-0.127234
I've been using Lastpass for a couple of years and have found that it's really useful, especially when combined with the Xmarks bookmarking service.
Being able to access any website, each of which has its own secure password, from mobile, home laptop and work desktop makes web browsing far easier. You only have to remember one master password, which can be changed quickly. The browser plugins detect when you change a site password and update the vault accordingly. The "Fill Form" function makes online forms a doddle, especially given that you can have multiple forms for different locations. Logging in to one device even logs any others out, and this is all from the free version.
I did pay for the premium version for a year, but found that the free version was enough for me, as it probably is for most people.
Re: Wi-Fi Tracking.
Airplane mode is great. Not only does it stop you being distracted whilst reading, but it extends battery life immensely!
"Besides passwords, another option is to not associate a credit card with the iTunes account and to fund it with iTunes gift cards instead"
This is the best option, if the devices is mostly used by the child in question. I have friends who have bought tablets, iPod Touch's and other shiny for their children as a placebo. Not associating a credit card is by far the safest way to go. If it is just a password, then they WILL figure it out eventually.
The market is still there,
if not the one they want. Businesses want and need a good, secure device for work communication. OK, it may never grant the megabucks that Apple & Samsung pull out of consumer devices, but there is a place for a well designed, controllable, work-based system for serious companies. I know several companies that already deploy BB, and they only reason that they will consider staying with them is if the control and deployment is easier than a multitude of iOS / Android / Exchange compatible phones.
3 are easily the best value
OK, I live in London, so the network is good.
But I recently wanted to get a personal hotspot. EE wanted £26 for 8GB/month. 3 offer 15GB/month for £19. No contest.
"No one [at the NSA] has wilfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies. There were no mistakes like that at all."
Because they changed the law and kept it a secret! They didn't try to invade your privacy, they succeeded. Plus it wasn't by mistake, they intended to do it.
It really isn't.
There are plenty of people who will easily work 10 hours a day, especially those who run their own business. I used to do 60 hour weeks when I was 16, working for my Dad.
You smell that?
"Just so you're aware, we're not enjoying the benefits of big pay rises or bonuses either," he claimed. "It's not one rule for one group and one rule for another. Everyone in the business is feeling the pain..."
Yeeeeah, riiiight. Somehow methinks that the bosses on 100K+ aren't quite feeling the pinch as much as the field / call staff on 20K.
Re: Energy saving, PS3 off occassionally?
Depends. If you have a Sony Bravia TV (I don't know about other brands), then the remote will control the PS3, via the HDMI. I've watched lots of Netflix, iPlayer, & DLNA video using the PS3 without touching the controllers.
The only thing I had to use the controller for was ITVplayer, as the direction buttons didn't quite move the cursor properly and it needed the joystick.
Re: Well I want one, but am I a small and unusual?
It could also work well for people on holiday in, say, a caravan or canal boat. Lots of these have small TVs, so add a phone and a MiFi, and you have IPTV.
Re: A self proclaiming prophesy
The same can be said of phone and laptop batteries. Given some of the horror stories (icon) in the media, and my own bad experiences with the lifespan of "compatible" batteries, I'm sticking with branded from now on.
Re: belief in non existing things
“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
"So we can believe the big ones?"
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
"They're not the same at all!"
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"
MY POINT EXACTLY.
+With thanks to TP+
The problem comes when people believe that the little lies are *all there is*. They can't see beyond the Lies to Children and don't want to investigate the Lies to Adults that allow us to glimpse how things might work and how we fit in to the mechanism of the cosmos.
Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?
With apologies to Dr Jones: "Science is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall."
"the ITU is planning an advisory to all mobile phone operators"
And they'll do what? Push out a firmware update, send everyone a new SIM or try and sell you a new phone?
The thing really lacking in the Map app is the ability to submit new data. You can report a problem with an existing location, but not if it doesn't have a marker already. There are a lot of places that just don't exist in the Apple / Yelp database. They do exist on Google.
The market for expensive phones is saturated. Everyone that wants one, has one. Future growth, if any, is going to be in lower end handsets in emerging markets. The first world smartphone thing is pretty much done.
How can a touch screen tell which button you are actually fumbling toward?
I'd like my car (and TV, and for that matter, phone) to just work. I don't want my driving data to be posted to Farcebook, or slurped by my insurance company, any more than I want my viewing habits given to Sky.
The Enterprise Tablet
Even with their current message, MS don't seem to know what their current market is. They seem to be pitching The One Surface. But they are pitching it to consumers and enterprise, without tailoring the message for the markets.
Consumers consume stuff; they watch videos, email, browse the web and play games. All of which the iPad and Galaxy Tab do very well. In order to get a piece of this action, Surface will have to do these better, as Jobs predicted when he launched the iPad. That's a hard task, as iOS and Android are pretty good at what they do.
For Enterprise, it's going to have to do content creation better than a laptop. Another very hard task, as RT & 8 haven't exactly covered themselves with glory thus far. And do MS want to sell a Surface, or an OS license?
Surface is going to be joining the othe MS hobo, Zune.
I've come to the conclusion that the only way is to run in private mode almost all the time, and resetting the browser at the end of every session. This means I only get ads for financial services, which are the only things I need a regular session for.
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