1892 posts • joined Tuesday 21st July 2009 13:02 GMT
Spotify does have some daft concepts in it though
Most frustrating (imo) is that it plays playlists rather than playqueues.
Making a playlist play should involve either replacing the playqueue with the songs on the playlist, or appending them to the end of the current playqueue.
When I add a song to the playqueue, I should be able to add it to play next or play last.
When editing the playqueue, I should be able to re-order the songs however I want.
When browsing music, if I double click a track, it should append it to the playqueue, not replace the current playqueue with whatever playlist context the song was found. This was the #1 noobie problem when I ran spotify under vnc and plugged it into an amp in the office - people trying to queue a track and accidentally changing the underlying playlist being played.
In the mobile client, I need a way to add songs to the playqueue. In fact, I need a way to view the playqueue on mobile at all.
Spotify also need to do something clever with all the metadata that they can collect. Their 'radio' is perhaps the most god awful way of listening to music - itunes genius actually is pretty good at generating playlists I will listen to.
In conjunction with this, they should change the 'star' system so that I can actually rate songs I like from 1-5. With this additional information, spotify would be able to make informed suggestions on songs/artists that I do not currently listen to, because they are ranked highly by people who rank highly the things that I rank highly.
Yep, I'm sure that is how MS snagged that market, and 100% positive it had nothing to do with the netbook makers relying on discounts on MS licenses for their other hardware, nor on MS giving away XP licenses for netbooks.
It's hardly uncommon though is it? At my last place, we had windows that opened, but if you did dare open one, and the head of HR saw you, you would get summoned to her 'roasting room' (glass walled sound proof cubicle for 'interviews', although it felt more like a place you can silently ream someone out whilst everyone else stares) for re-education.
At the new place, there are no windows, just panes of glass, so at least the temptation has gone.
The best thing about a donut shape like this is that there are no corner offices, and most people will have some daylight coming into their space. That's a good thing. I wish I worked in a donut.
It sounds good
I presume 'any device' does not include Linux tho.
If I was going to buy a premium, high margin product like an ultrabook, I wouldn't be buying it from Acer if it is the same price as the equivalent Dell/MBA.
Seeing how Google don't currently pay any corporation tax in the UK, that would be a bloody good thing (for the UK).
Any other multinationals who want to declare their global profit in the UK and take advantage of our generously low corporation tax would be more than welcome.
This is your logical fallacy
If I were to download the latest Twilight will-she-wont-she 'drama', there is a chance that I may watch it, maybe just the first 20 minutes...
If I do not, there is no chance that I will pay to see it in any format.
A typical bandwidth deal is to bill for speeds up to a certain point, and usage above that point is charged at the 90-something percentile. Even if they rate limited it at less than 1Gb/s, it would surely cost less than shipping SANs around the world.
Plus, if this is to offload your data somewhere cheap, I don't see what sort of cost saving you will get if it then costs a fortune to access it.
No on two counts.
1) Copyright infringement is not theft. "…interference with copyright does not easily equate with theft, conversion, or fraud", US Supreme Court.
2) It's more "Because they won't sell it in a format I can use, I wont buy it."
It's more disappointing that they still do not get it. Give people the content they want and allow them to use it how they want, and you will find that you will get greater monetization.
The music industry (eventually) figured that out, Hollywood seem to be sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting "NO! LAHLAHALAHLAH! NO! I CANT HEAR YOU!"
Any system where the user has both the content and the keys can be broken. DVD, Bluray, itunes DRM, silverlight etc all allow a user to access encrypted content using software, and so to crack any of them 'simply' involves extracting the keys and reverse engineering the algorithm.
With the rise of VMs, even OS level protection is no good if you can stop the VM and start poking around in its memory.
I say 'simply', I couldn't do it. But I know a man who can.
In my mind we can restart Mars' core by bombarding it with asteroids taken from the main belt, handily located close (ish) to Mars. This will increase the mass of Mars, bringing g closer to that of Earth, hopefully restart the core and push it closer towards the Sun, increasing the surface temperature.
Gradually start introducing icy asteroids, or chunks stripped from icy moons in order to introduce water and water vapour into the atmosphere. Extract a few billion tons of CO₂ from Venus, and dump that in the atmosphere.
Some of us haven't given up our dreams of terra-forming Mars*
* Having said that, the entire mass of the main belt is less than 6% of Earth's mass, so it may not be enough. Back to the drawing board, Pinky…
Thatcher's de-regulation of the banking sector was fine. It was when Mssrs Brown and Blair effectively told the FSA to take a break that we had a problem. What this has to do with climate change is beyond me though..
This report does cancel out more significant events and try to make sense of the noise underneath. I'm not convinced by their methods.
If you think a court would ever be asked to pass judgement on someone for possession of copyright infringing materials, then you are hopelessly naive.
The state is only interested if it is criminal infringement, ie mass producing dodgy dvds and the MPAA only have a case where they can prove that you facilitated copyright infringement by _uploading_ content.
Mere possession is not punishable, and by downloading content you are not creating a copy of a protected work, the person sending it to you at the other end is.
Think someone has seen too many "Piracy is theft" adverts.
Yet they transferred the data by air freighting SANs backwards and forwards?
When I set up my home file server it took me about a day to transfer 6 TB of data to it, and that was over a shitty £15 SoHo 1Gbit/s switch.
Moonlight is vapourware peddled by that MS stooge de Icaza. It will never, ever get to the point where it is a suitable replacement for Silverlight in the scenarios where Silverlight is actually used, since the DRM components will never be ported.
The real answer is to use open standards to deliver open content. The user is already bloody paying for it, allow them to access the data with a subscription, screw the DRM.
The purpose of the DRM is to stop you copying the movie stream and redistributing it. However:
Films on Lovefilm aren't available before they are released on DVD/Bluray
Films streamed from Lovefilm are not high bitrate
Content that is available for sale on BD is available 'in all the usual places'
So why would I use my shitty, low bitrate stream as a source to release from, when there is already lovely BD rips of the same content everywhere you look? By putting frankly stupid illogical barriers in front of end users, you are practically encouraging them to go elsewhere for their needs. It's the modern day equivalent of sticking unskippable trailers and calling your customers thieves before watching a DVD.
But Nick, that's your choice isn't it? You could quite easily live elsewhere in Devon, and live within walking distance of amenities. For you, the negatives of living in an isolated area are outweighed by the positives.
I also smirked at some comments about people moaning about paying £100/month in fuel to get to work. I pay £128/month to get jammed into a sweaty metal box with a hundred other people in order to get to work, you lucky bastards :)
I, for one, welcome our new nematode overlords
It won't work out of country without a proxy, which is kind of stupid as your Sky subscription clearly denotes your 'region', so it is just nonsense applying geographical IP restrictions on top of that.
I guess that changed then. Original Sky HD boxes used dual LNB feeds for each channel, as this used DVB-S and MPEG2 encoding at the time, which required both feeds at once for some channels (I have photos).
They also seem to have re-done the boxes in the 6 months since I last looked - no SD boxes, everyone gets a Sky+ HD box, and you no longer have to pay for Sky+, only for HD - presumably you would get FTA HD without paying extra.
You still require at least two LNB for the PVR boxes to work correctly - I'm guessing you've never tried, because they only sort of work with one LNB, once it tries to download Sky Anytime programming overnight, the box will likely freeze. I've also seen it refuse to start a scheduled recording when you're not watching anything.
Clearly your definition of 'works' is different to mine.
£20/month is the cheapest stock Sky sub
There is no additional charge for watching sky go.
My flat only has the 1 satellite feed, and the landlord is not keen on upgrading the entire block, so I can't get/use Sky+ (2 feeds required) or SkyHD (4 feeds), so there was no way I would take a 'proper' sky equipment+12 month sub, so I used to subscribe to Sky Player.
Sky Player was also free to use (in addition to your sub), you could use it on up to 5 computers and 1 Xbox and you could watch sport or movie channels on it. You could also access the sports channels on your iDevice, for an additional £6/month. The quality on maximum was almost HD, and looked really nice blew up to 42".
Then came Sky Go, which 'unifies' all this. You no longer have to pay £6/month per device, but instead you are now limited to 2 devices in total. Yep, 2 devices, across laptop, home pc, phone, tablet and console. Pick 2. Want more? Tough shit, pick 2.
This riled me a bit, but I still didn't cancel. I still want to watch cricket (I know, I know..). Tuned in bright and early for an India vs England ODI, and fuck me, 'This content is not available to be streamed' - Sky hadn't even bought the streaming rights to the damn content, despite advertising it to me in never ending "Check out what's on Sky Go!" spam emails.
At that point, I cancelled. Fuck them.
The problem is that your typical Apple store will have masses of people in it, and every blue-shirt will already be talking to a customer. If someone is already talking to the person you want to talk to, it's considered rude to interrupt them.
This system allows them to provide a way for someone who can't find a drone to talk to a simple way of requesting assistance, which makes them feel empowered, and less likely to wander out the store taking their £1500 with them. Probably won't help them get a blue shirt to talk to any quicker though.
Friend of mine has a San Fran, because he is skint. He was constantly complaining of crashing, apps not launching, yada yada. He upgraded to the latest Orange supplied version of Android, still crashed doing simple things like Angry Birds.
He was finally convinced to put a 'stock' version of the latest OS on there, which wiped his contacts (he knew, so they were backed up), and now can finally play Angry Birds.
Clearly this 'just works' works differently depending on the handset and the network that have played with it..
BTW, if my 11 yr old son couldn't use any sort of smartphone intuitively, I'd worry and think about extra tutoring. If I was a breeder.
Seems like most commentards are skint.
All this constant moaning about money. Money I can get back, days spent fiddling with my phone installing the most super duperest ROM I cannot.
Some people just want their device to work, not fuck up, do what it's supposed to and not make me think, rather than a super fun little pocket linux computer on which to waste my time.
How much is a fortune?
For £750 you can get a 30" 2560 x 1600 panel.
For £460 you can get a 27" 2560 x 1440 panel.
All prices plus VAT, usual etailers. Decent CRTs used to cost way more than that, I remember paying £300 for an übercheap 19" 1600x1200 CRT probably 12 years ago.
Guess neither of them ever watched rugby.
Or plan to sell in New Zealand.
I agree with FanMan
I don't really care that I'm in a walled garden, it's really easy to use and does everything I want. If you can afford it, and want it, why not?
If you don't want to spend that money on one of them, you may be very happy with one of the other options, that will probably work just as well. No need to denigrate my choices though.
PS while Sacks does believe in the sky faeries, he is also quite a smart and insightful man as well. It's worth reading precisely what he said, rather than the el Reg tech retelling designed to spark some rage.
Hah, he has commented on his 'podcast'
Technically I was incorrect by claiming Amazon was blocking Google Apps. However, by not giving users access to the framework or the apps, they were making it difficult for users to get common apps like Gmail, Voice and Plus.
'Technically' incorrect? Perhaps you mis-spoke?
Is that Google’s fault or Amazon’s fault?
I’m blaming Amazon since they built the Kindle Fire, created the App Store and clearly want to control their own ecosystem. I suspect (but don’t know for certain) the issue is about control of the App Market whether it’s Google or Amazon. The reason doesn’t really matter, it’s about the common user experience and I don’t believe Amazon’s limited access to commonly used apps is going to satisfy your average Kindle Fire user.
Nope, it's Google's choice and your fault. Blame Amazon all you like, they cannot do something that they cannot do. You on the other hand had a choice of what you bought, _you_ chose that device.
If it didn't do what it was supposed to do, you would have been able to return it.
The point is that you bought something that you thought you wanted, and you bought it over the thing you really wanted (a high end Android tablet) because you're cheap and were attracted by the price tag. Boo hoo, poor you.
If this is NSFW for your office
'Arse' is enough to make something NSFW? I was expecting at least coprophilia.
In China, either the character for or the pronunciation of (I forget which) the number '4' is closely similar to that for 'death'. This means that in very tall buildings, there is no 4,14,24,34, and one up from floor 39 is floor 50.
Doesn't look good for repeat Chinese business though
Don't think they'll let the Russkies have another one of their probes to put into Mars orbit after this debacle.
YOU don't need it. Yet another person standing up and claiming to speak for everyone, hooray.
I've got a computer with 2 x 23" 1920x1080 screens in portrait and 1 x 21" 1680x1050 screen in landscape, and would love to replace the smaller with a proper 27" 2560x1440 job.
The downvotes are probably because matter and anti matter are well known to annihilate each other. Look at the particle interaction charts..
If they repel each other, how would annihilation work?
Is this what it takes to get your account deleted on Facebook?
"it's vital that local authorities like us use our own assets to not only improve services but stimulate economic growth for the benefit of the whole city"
And the best way to achieve that is to pay IBM £5m…
Stonehenge isn't a clock
It's a calendar.
Left field opinion
Get Andy Serkis in, do it all with motion capture and overlay constantly fluxing CGI versions of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Tom Baker, Davison, Colin Baker, McCoy, Eccleston, Tennant and Smith.
Fuck McGann tho, he can go spin.
If we find out we can't possibly exist will the universe disappear into a tiny ball of light?
Enquiring existential minds demand to know!