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Sharp starts punching out IGZO LCDs for retina screens

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WANT

I want a super hi res monitor like that more than almost anything. Tech lust has taken over me.

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WTF is... UltraViolet

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Re: @Thomas 18 re OnLive removing games

And this is why most people don't play on onlive.

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IT urine bandit fired and charged

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Re: "rubbish mate"

Yeah, that's the way forward, imply it is all frippery and lace. I'm surprised you didn't say they were iChairs.

If you want to imagine what a £500 chair might look like, go to any reputable furniture store (no, 'Argos' and 'PC World' are not 'reputable furniture stores').

Here is a website you can look at to further spur the imagination, with a wide selection of quality chairs:

http://www.vitra.com/en-gb/range/task-chairs/

The main points to consider:

Higher quality workmanship

Longer warranties - some Vitra chairs have 50 year warranties

More scientific ergonomic designs

Installation and training included

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Re: Which is the bigger crime really?

The chairs in our office have a list price of £1000, although obviously, buying 300+ of them at once, we didn't pay full price.

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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

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Re: Oh no...

Comparing Game of Thrones to Legend of the Seeker is just wrong!

LotS had no story beyond Season 1 really, just "magic" and New Zealand. Game of Thrones is the start of an epic.

Also, no worries about GoT not getting picked up again. It's renewed for a third season already, and is on HBO, so is not reliant on chasing mass viewing figures for advertising. Plus its the number one show in the US.

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Re: Oh dear, spoilers

Cmon, they did it for western sensibilities. Daenerys is listed as 12 when she marries Drogo in the book, and even HBO won't show kiddy porn.

Having said that, there is no acknowledgement that a Westerosi year is the same as an Earth year, so say each Westerosi year is a 1.5 Earth years, she was 18. So all cool.

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Re: Oh, also -

That's my biggest worry too. I only found out about the book series as a result of the TV show, but from maybe episode 3 in the first series to about now I've read GM's entire output, and judging from previous form, can't expect the next book for another 5 years.

I also worry that GM hasn't really grasped how he is going to finish this. Book 5 just spreads the story wider and wider, without getting particularly close to anything you might consider a conclusion.

If you have read them all, you may have also noticed that time slows down massively as the books go forward, with each book taking up less and less 'wall time', but the stories growing wider in scope, and the books getting chronologically out of order (parts of book 3 happen after parts of book 4, similar in 5).

Having said that, the show barely holds a candle to the books. It has some wonderful visuals, but the detail that the books go into is what really envelopes you. Compare and contrast the events at 'Crasters Hall' as shown in the most recent episode with what is in the books - nothing that stops the story from progressing, but the flavour and character of Craster and his wives comes through much clearer in the book.

Still the best thing on TV though.

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Regulator probes Groupon as shares tumble

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Haven't people realised groupon is a scam yet? There is no future in their business, at least not a high value future. They've padded their earnings and projected earnings and quickly sold off a large chunk of the company at an inflated price.

Any investors who couldn't see this coming deserve their shirts being taken tbh.

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Sky joins BBC for Olympics coverage

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Re: Freesat?

There is nothing wrong with a bit of righteous indignation, but in this case it is unjustified.

BBC streams are not encrypted, and these additional streams will be carried on Freesat.

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BBC, Sky and Freesat have announced today that they've come to an agreement that will deliver the 24 channels to all Sky and Freesat homes. Sky will also pick up the costs of satellite distribution, irrespective of whether other platforms join in

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So in fact the dirty digger will be paying for this for both Sky and Freesat customers.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

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Re: Depends on your point of view

If you liked "Zombie Strippers", can I point you in the direction of "Nude Nuns With Big Guns". Modern day classic.

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Re: Zoolander?

OK, I do get that tastes vary. However, even if you don't think it's particularly funny, you think it is the worst movie ever made? It is slick, polished, good acting - they portray the roles well as intended - not too slow, reasonable plot and a box office success, with good post-box office figures as well.

This is a poll for "the WORST movie EVER", right? Not for "the most popular movie that I didn't like".

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Zoolander?

I'm shocked that my fellow commentards don't adore this film. It is the epitome of "stupid funny", and in my mind much much better than "Dumb & Dumber"

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A million TVs to go dark across London

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Re: South East News Bias ? - Nahhhhhh.......

Would you be better with a wall around the M25? No, you'd be skint.

In fact, lets stop fucking about with this silly "Devolve Scotland" question. London, East Anglia, South East, South West and parts of the Midlands sounds like a perfectly fine country to me, we'll have higher GDP per capita, low taxes, full employment, free education and comprehensive welfare.

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

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Re: eBikes and the law

Don't be daft, he knows chapter and verse of the law, he is clearly not a copper.

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Re: 28 what

As a fatty, I think you will find that the amount of personal weight has a direct correlation with the aerodynamic performance.

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Re: Silly regulations killing an exciting technology field dead.

Hmm, really? I don't think I saw any e-bikes* when I recently spent a month in Shanghai. They seemed mostly to be 2 stroke flymos disassembled and attached to a bicycle, with some versions more refined than others.

* An e-bike being an electric motor and big battery pack.

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Warner, Sony commit to UltraViolet in UK

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Re: Ho hum

Personally, I won't buy blurays until I can legitimately get software to play them or back them up on my choice of device.

So I guess that will be never.

Hollywood loves the DRM, but they haven't grokked that giving users the discs, the players and the keys will result in DRM getting cracked.

This means that DRM does not prevent unscrupulous people from ripping and pirating blurays, but it does stop consumers. Well done.

"You wouldn't steal a car. You wouldn't steal a handbag. We'll happily steal 5 minutes of your time watching these shitty trailers"

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Nintendo DSi sends child abuser to the slammer

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""Fisher, from Lowestoft, Suffolk""

""They characterised Fisher as "borderline learning disabled"""

Isn't the latter implied by the former?

(NB: I'm from Suffolk, although not from anywhere near Lowestoft)

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

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Racist?

Forgive my lack of worldly knowledge, but I'm finding it difficult to insert a 4 letter word into the '****' to make that tweet racist. "Saes"?

NB, best not to give me a long list of examples, just tell me if it is or isn't possible :/

Even if not racist, it is extremely offensive and he deserves a little time in the clink.

Although, if it was just "Muamba. He's dead!!!", isn't that entirely accurate, given what his doctor then said.

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Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

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@Scott McKenzie

SATA-III is a wire protocol. You can have SATA-III SSDs, you can have SATA-III spinning

rust. You can also have SATA-II SSDs - guess what, they have less bandwidth than a SATA-III SSD.

This entire product is a WTF.

This has a Thunderbolt connection on it.

The only purpose of Thunderbolt would be to utilize the massive IO bandwidth that Thunderbolt has - 1.25GB/s in each direction.

The device they put in is SATA-II, which has a theoretical maximum of 375MB/s. Not only that, but it actually is SATA! What is the cocking point of tunnelling SATA over a point to point connection that actually allows you DMA?

USB 3 (625 MB/s) or eSATA (300MB/s) would have been more than adequate for the disk they chose, and much cheaper, although not as Mac friendly I suppose.

It makes you wonder why they didn't use a really fast SSD, instead of intentionally crippling the product. This thing should be as fast as PCIe attached SSDs, like OCZ RevoDrive, which (depending on model) can push 1.5GB/s reads, 1GB/s writes, but no, its the same SSDs you could have bought for the last 4 years, but more expensive and shiny.

Same old Elgato, ooh its shiny, works with the latest Macs, but really it's an expensive piece of shite. Given their choice of connectivity, it could have been much much faster, and given their choice of disk, it could have been much much cheaper.

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UK.gov gives nod to .scot

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That's OK, Scotland isn't a proper country.

Yet.

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Is private cloud the next step for the data centre?

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Re: Private Cloud? Buzzword for Accountants!

What I'm looking forward to is 'mixed mode cloud'. Rather than running multiple racks in multiple DC, instead we run one rack in one DC, which has our own cloud stack on it, running the services that need to run 24x7.

In multiple other DCs, running on 3rd party cloud stacks, we have the spare capacity that was sitting in our 3 racks. We can spin up more of them as needed, or spin them down when it is quiet. When we have a failure in our own DC, we have 3-4 fallback locations ready to spin into life.

Ideally, we end up paying much less per month on hosting.

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Court shuts down site that circumvents Pirate Bay blocks

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There are no double standards

Google pays tax (sometimes), TVshack did not.

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The future of the fondleslab belongs to the Fire

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Re: when 7 inch is enough

I asked 'er indoors this morning, and she said 7" is not enough :(

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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

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Re: Is this really news to anyone?

I would have thought the simplest solution would be DNS based, so only have one 'real' domain name pointing to a server, which serves plain content, but serving completely different content when requested under a different server name.

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US broadcasters put the squeeze on small-town cable TV

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Re: So how do we...

In the UK, all broadcasters pay a fee to the distribution networks that carry their channels - the distribution network is performing a service. Sky pay a similar amount to Arqiva to carry their channels on Freeview.

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Apple tightens grip on tablet market with iPad 2 and 3 pincer move

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Re: I'm curious

3GS has a crap camera and is pretty slow - faster than the 3G, but that was super slow. The 4S is pretty quick, and has a much nicer camera.

I also don't understand the people who upgrade as soon as it is out. It's much better to just skip a cycle, eg I went 3G -> 4 -> 5 (probably, depends how happy I still am with the 4), and I've still got my 1G iPad, can't decide whether to go for the 3G iPad, might skip two cycles there.

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Cool story bro.

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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

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The Room

The best place to watch it is at the Prince Charles.

God bless the Prince Charles Cinema, and don't forget your spoons!

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440m2 screen has fewer pixels than iPad

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Re: Hopefully now we can see some great closeups of....

Wombles obviously don't get to encounter many racehorses up close - racehorses love to race - in fact, all horses do.

It is kind of shitty when a horse breaks a leg in a jump, I'll give you that, but horses love the jumps as much as the riders.

If you ever get the chance, check out a point to point race - amateur horses and riders - and you will quickly see that if the horse doesn't want to do something, the horse doesn't do it. The horses that do want to do it love it.

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

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I grew up playing (and buying) Spectrum and Atari ST games. Some of the games - I'm thinking Dungeon Master specifically - really did take me 3 months to complete (and then I continued to play it for probably another year, working out all the puzzles).

Another example, Speedball II, took me literally years before I won the 1st division league - its insanely hard. Yet another, Sid Meier's Pirates, I still haven't given up beating my score.

Move into the PC era, the original Half Life took me about 3 months to finish.

Nowadays, it is all about the graphics, and not about the gameplay. It's a cinematic experience taking you about 6 hours, and it's never insanely difficult.

If a game doesn't hook you into playing it for so long, why shouldn't you re-sell it? The designers should have spent more time making it addictive and replayable, with a longer play time.

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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

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Re: Samsung Bank

The chairman of Samsung, Lee Kun-hee, said this last year:

“Corruption and fraud at Samsung Techwin came to light accidentally but I think it is pervasive in the whole group,” Lee told reporters on Thursday. “This is a growing source of concern for me and I am going to take issue with it.”

This from someone who has been convicted of tax evasion, had to stand down for 2 years whilst he was investigated for bribery (not proven) and corruption (3 year suspended sentence).

I'd pass on Bank of Samsung too tbh.

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I <3 Apple devices

But there is no way I would give my money to them. Banks have to find ways of using money deposited with them in order to pay me interest on my deposits, where as Apple have a cash stockpile of $100bn that they can't work out how to invest.

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Public borrowing hike overshadows Osborne's tax breaks

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Re: All in it together

Did you miss the huge jump in personal allowance, and the large rise in stamp duty on expensive houses (and much more importantly, the abolition of some of the tax crutches the rich use to avoid stamp duty).

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Re: @ Facebook is not relevant to work

Facebook is so relevant to our company, that we block it. Along with twitter.

This response hasn't even appeared on the radar of most people - "I'm not on twitmybookspace".

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BoJo backpedals on Twitter hijack in mayoral glory bid

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Re: Try to understand the issue

Boris has claimed that the only person monitoring, responding and posting information on that twitter account was him, making it a personal account.

I think he was trying to do the right thing - he didn't want to be tweeting as @MayorOfLondon whilst doing campaign things, so renamed the account - but he fucked up the execution, it should have been a new account, which he should have announced on the @Mayor account.

Which is what he has now done. Storm in a tea cup, as opposed to what Ken's cronies like Lutfur Rahman get up to.

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You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do

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Dominic, your articles scare me.

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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

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So, what is it?

CAT: So, what is it?

KRYTEN: I've never seen one before -- no one has -- but I'm guessing it's

a white hole.

RIMMER: A _white_ hole?

KRYTEN: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A black hole

sucks time and matter out of the universe: a white hole returns it.

LISTER: So, that thing's spewing time back into the universe? (He dons

his fur-lined hat.)

KRYTEN: Precisely. That's why we're experiencing these curious time

phenomena on board.

CAT: So, what is it?

KRYTEN: I've never seen one before -- no one has -- but I'm guessing it's

a white hole.

RIMMER: A _white_ hole?

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Apple Store staff outnumber queues as new iPad goes on sale

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Re: Of course

Why is it only the fandroids who like to decide precisely every thing about a person simply from their choice of phone.

You may label me a thick twat, but Obviously, you are an obnoxious twat.

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Samsung's Apple ban bid tossed out by Dutch court

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Re: Non-Discriminatory

If you read the article, what actually happened was that Apple said "Er, excuse me? We bought these chips from Qualcomm, who've already licensed them from you..". The Dutch agreed.

Moto do not usually cross license SEP patents for all SEP and non SEP patents owned by a company. Normally, you pay a few cents per device for SEP patents. Moto wanted in the region of $2.50 per device. It's discriminatory and not fair or reasonable for Moto to charge Apple $2.50 a device, and Qualcomm 15 cents a device - SEP patents have to be licensed FRAND.

What MS have got Android manufacturers to agree to pay for non SEP patents is irrelevant.

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Re: Double standards-essential patents

Yep, thats exactly right. Where groups of companies come together to share a bunch of patents in order to make a standard that they can all profit from, then they all have to agree to license them to anyone for reasonable prices. This seem harsh to you, Jedit?

When it's not standards-related stuff, the first person who comes up with and patents the idea has first crack at commercially exploiting it. You're complaining that Apple keep coming up with stuff first, and its not fair?

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Flintstones was (sort of) true: Mammals did well alongside dinosaurs

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Archbishop Usher

I've got some of his CDs, not bad.

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'Seas will rise, flood millions of homes' warns Eric Schmidt ecologist

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How much is down to Man messing with Nature

Sorry to keep picking on Florida, but Florida is/was essentially largely swamp, and was generally OK with being flooded every now and again. Now however, Man has reclaimed lovely beachfront properties up and down both sides of the peninsular.

Similarly in New Orleans, the worst hit areas were low lying communities that relied on engineering feats to keep the water away. The levees burst, engineering failed, people died. Very sad.

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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e tablet

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@Tim Parker

I specifically bought my tablet to watch films when flying long distances, so for me a 10 hr battery life is crucial.

Another use case is the long weekend camping, when I won't have any power for 72 hours. It would be nice if it lasts until I get home, with some usage each day.

Admittedly, these aren't every day use cases. Typically, I use it on the tube to and from work, it sits in a dock on my desk playing music at work, similar at home, and then to bed to read a book, or I use it as the remote control for my TV.

However, if it didn't have the long battery life, I probably wouldn't have bought it in the first place. It's like buying watches, do you get the water resistant watch, the 5m waterproof watch, or the 50m divers watch? I would hazard that the majority of people buying the divers watch do not spend all day diving, but would like the opportunity of doing so.

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TV tax takers reveal Brits telly habits

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Numbers don't make sense

I'm aware that Apple did not invent the tablet form factor, however their infographic showing kit penetration rates 5 years ago and today show 0.18 tablets per houehold 5 years ago, and 0.33 per household now - check the report, it is chopped off on the version on the register.

It doesn't make sense to me. I know there were windows tablets back then, but people actually had them in sufficient quantity that they turned up on a TV licensing/ICM survey? As a rough estimate, 24.5 million households pay the TV license, and they expect us to believe that in 2007 there were approximately 4.4 million tablets in the UK? BS.

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

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Re: Bah! (Hardback/paperback/ebook)

Books are released in phases. First imprint is the primo hardback version, and costs a fortune. Some of that is due to the cost of it being hardback, most of it is to capitalize on the desirability of the book - it's the only option available, and hence if you want it, you got to pay.

Once they've made as much as they can from the hardback (read, sales dry up), the second imprint is made, this time in paperback. This is much cheaper.

So, when the book is in its hardback phase, the ebook must be of a similar price, or sales of hardback will suffer, and the publisher won't make any/enough money. Once the book is in the paperbook phase, the ebook doesn't need to be priced so highly.

tl;dr - If you want to read a book right after it is published, it's going to cost you.

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Re: laughable defence

There never was an in app purchasing procedure for the Kindle app on ipad/iphone. You always had to purchase through the Amazon website.

What changed is there is no longer a link in the Kindle app to the Kindle store.

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Pub landlady's footie sat-TV battle moves law's goal posts

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Re: When the boot is on the other foot ...

@Jonathon

Why do you assume you cannot apply geographical restrictions within the EU? This ruling establishes that Sky/EPL cannot restrict Nova from selling into the UK, but it is entirely different to say that Nova must sell into the UK, or that an agreement between EPL/Nova to not sell in the UK would be illegal.

Yet another alternate way to look at the price normalization, is that the EPL decide that the small percentage of revenue they make from selling rights to non UK broadcasters is so small that they simply do not sell those rights, and charge more to UK residents to make up the shortfall.

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Re: When the boot is on the other foot ...

@Jonathon: I agree with most of what you are saying. What the law says, and what the right owners think are clearly two different things.

If I can pull one thing out of your post:

"the Single Market is *meant* to work for the benefit of consumers"

What I'm arguing is that this ruling doesn't actually work for the benefit of consumers. At first, consumers will be able to use Nova to undercut the market price - what people are prepared to pay. This is a plus for the UK users.

Later, when the contracts are re-negotiated, Nova are told they have to restrict subscribers to specific countries, or alternately, they have to pay as much per subscriber as Sky do. Now UK users have no option to use Nova, and have to use Sky, or alternately, using Nova, which now costs the same as Sky. This is the current status quo.

How would that affect consumers in Greece? They would have to pay much much more to watch English football, which is bad for them.

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Re: When the boot is on the other foot ...

wrt using Sky abroad, they do do stuff to restrict it though.

For instance, at my parents place in France, we have a satellite dish tuned to the right bird, and a stock (ancient) Sky box, with no subscription. This works for all the FTA channels, no problem.

When I went out in January for a few weeks, I took the Sky card from my Sky HD box, and put it into the Sky box out there. This worked for most encrypted channels, so my mum was delighted and insisted on watching non stop One Foot In The Grave every evening. However, it didn't work for _any_ premium channels, so no sky sports, no sky movies - which was the only reason I brought it out with me.

So, Sky clearly do care - but probably what they are most concerned about is card cloning, using the same subs on multiple sky boxes, and not the territorial aspect.

Back to the article…

I'm going to get massively downvoted for this, but does no-one think this landlady is unfairly exploiting a loophole?

The FA has different markets for rights, the rights market in the UK is worth a lot more, as more people want to watch UK matches in the UK than want to watch UK matches in Greece. It makes sense to sell in to both markets, and the price in each market is determined by what that market will bear.

Because the landlady in this case is buying from a different market that she 'should', she gets an unfair competitive advantage over the other pubs in the area.

Now, the argument is that there is only one market across the entire EU, but this is clearly not true. Test cricket is expensive to watch on TV in the UK, you need Sky, but on the continent there is no market, so you can stream it live from a variety of broadcasters. There are very many other examples.

Now, what comes out of this? Will people in the UK be allowed to watch matches via Nova, and not pay Sky? For now, yes. When Nova's contract is up, will they get a new one? Probably not, but if they did, it would have restrictive elements, like "all users must be resident in …". At that point, any UK Nova subscribers would no longer have a valid license to use the decoder, and the PL would have them bang to rights.

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