1609 posts • joined Friday 14th August 2009 18:08 GMT
These days, music is generally not sold in DRM protected formats. Apple sells it as unprotected aac files which will work in a few third party media players. Most other shops such as Amazon sell it as mp3 files which will work pretty much anywhere.
Re: CDs are only a delivery mechanism now
I rip all my CDs to my computer and listen to them through the speakers attached to it. I could insert the CD into the drive and listen to it directly, but it is much easier to click on a file than find the CD I want to listen to.
I tried out Windows 8 as a virtual machine on my MacBook. It is certainly faster than Windows 7, and about the same speed as XP, which is what I usually use When I need to run a Windows-only prog.
But, the start menu replacement just doesn't work for me. Having to scroll through hundreds of icons to find the program you want to run, with no way to organise them in a logical fashion is no good. Having to find the relevant pixels to click to get the dammed thing to appear is frustrating, and pretty much impossible if you are running it in a window, either a VM window or as a remote desktop session, or if you have set up OSX to use that corner of the screen as an active corner to activate a screensaver or similar.
For a fondleslab, it might be an improvement on the current start menu, but it is like iOS before they introduced App folders that you can organise things into.
Re: On that subject...
An English person reading out "Cardiff" will come up with a pretty similar pronunciation to a Welsh person reading out "Caerdydd".
Re: On that subject...
Because English is an official language in India, and Mumbai is the official name of the city in English, whereas Munich is a translation into English of the German word München.
Or they could deal with it in the same way as they label Northern Ireland's second largest city - as "Londonderry/Derry"
It is different this time
But only a little bit different.
Unlike the companies in the previous dot.com bubble, Facebook does make decent profits of around $1bn per year, so the company is certainly worth something.
The only problem with it is the price. It values the company at around $100bn. Why would you pay $100bn for Facebook when pretty much everyone who is likely to sign up for it already has, and there is a risk that existing subscribers might jump ship to something else in the future in the same way that people jumped ship from MySpace and Friends Reunited to Facebook a few years back.
Given the fact the company has reached saturation point, and the risk of something new replacing it, even $10bn would be expensive - that would mean a 10 year payback, and I don't really see Facebook still being around as the market leader in 10 years time. At $3bn or $4bn, I would probably bite.
Re: Why do we need SIMs at all?
Well CDMA phones don't have SIMs, but I'm not sure that is a good thing. I like being able to move my account from one handset to another or changing my handset to a different account by moving the SIM card.
Re: DVD Regions
Well these days the films go to the cinemas on 350GB hard drives. Even at post flood prices, that isn't too expensive, and the drives can be reused, so what's the excuse now?
The other stupid thing about pricing is this:
Go to the iTunes store. The soundtrack album for the Titanic movie costs £7.99. Alternatively you can get the entire movie for only £6.99.
Why does an hour or so of music cost more than a couple of hours of film?
If he doesn't live in the US or make use of any of their public services, why should he have to pay tax to them? The US is the only country in the world that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income when they don't live in the country.
Re: London Olympics
Drive up to Alaska. Go across the Berring Strait, in winter anyway, or perhaps a ferry is allowed. Drive across Russia and Central Europe to Calais. Wait 4 hours at the immigration queue for the Channel Tunnel. Go across the channel and spend some more time on the M25 car park [parking lot]. Somehow get into London while avoiding the zil lanes.
The carbon comes from 100% renewable sources and the methane emited would be no more than normal.
Re: "hurry up and hold the 4G spectrum auction"
No. Obviously they can't start using the bandwidth until analogue TV is switched off but they can at least settle who's getting it so they can start placing orders for the kit.
For purchasing tickets, don't use TheTrainline, use an app provided by one of the train operating companies, it doesn't have to be your local one. That way, you don't pay booking fees.
On iDevices, TheTrainline is probably better for general information on services, as you can download timetables, and it doesn't have adverts. The Android version isn't anywhere near as good as the iVersion, as it doesn't have the ability to use GPS to find your nearest station, or download timetables.
If you want to buy tickets to London to connect with a Eurostar service, RailEasy sells a "London International" ticket which allows peak-time travel at off-peak prices for Eurostar ticket holders. There is a booking fee, but it can still work out cheaper than paying for a full price ticket elsewhere.
Re: Sounds Like...
Every nation does have its own suffix. That includes .us , which you may not have noticed because very few people use it.
Re: disappointing pay alternatives
iTunes. Certainly legitimate, not particularly good, but nevertheless appears to be the best of a bad bunch. They only have one Indiana Jones film, and I don't think it is the one you were looking for.
It used to be illegal to broadcast the voice of a member of Sinn Fein. To get round that, the BBC had to get an actor to voice-over the video of Gerry Adams saying something.
Re: In case of porn, avoid court
Japanese women (and other orientals) generally look younger for their age than women from other parts of the world. Also, the age of consent there is 13. So it is perfectly possible that the porn vids had 18 year olds which looked to the untrained western eye like they were about 14, or legal-in-japan girls which look to the untrained western eye like they should still be in primary school.
Re: Hey Lewis, you missed something
You still have to pump the water through the graphene, or at the very least use gravity force.
When you add salt to water, it releases energy, therefore it must require energy to get the salt back out of the water otherwise you have the possibility of a perpetual motion machine.
At the moment we very rarely have more wind power than we know what to do with. From memory it has happened twice in the last 5 years or so when we have had freak conditions. One of them was when the main Scotland <-> England power lines were blown down. Scotland was unable to export its surplus electricity to England and the windmills were running at maximum output due to the weather conditions so ended up being powered 100% by renewables for a few hours.
Generally what happens is that when the wind starts blowing, we switch off a few gas power stations and save the gas for when we do need it later on. Also, large hydro stations can be turned off, and we let the water build up behind the dam for later use.
Having said that, yes it is likely that desalination plants would be used when electricity demand is lowest, and the cheap electricity prices they would get from doing that would reduce the cost still further.
Re: Why not use solar-powered evaporation?
If you look outside your window at the moment, you might see something a bit like this
and you might reasonably conclude that there isn't actually a water shortage at the moment, it is just in the wrong place.
An iPad / Galaxy Tab or similar would make a very snappy kiosk, although probably a little expensive. They don't have Intel Inside (tm).
City you were first kissed in
Is most likely going to be the same place as the city you were born in
Re: On this occasion I am willing to accept the iPhanboi argument that.......
If you take profits per country as being proportional to sales (which they are not, it is much more complicated than that), then I guess a bit less than half of Apple's profits are made in the USA.
There is another point to note which is that taxable profit is not the same thing as accounting profit.
Take for example the costs of developing the iPad. Under accounting rules, that is treated as an expense over the life of the product. For development costs related to a specific iPad model, that would be about a year, but for the stuff related to coming up with the general idea of selling a giant sized iPod touch, that would be expensed over probably about 10 years. In the UK, for corporation tax purposes, you can claim all that expenditure as an expense for tax purposes when you actually spend the money, which would be before you sell a single fondleslab.
The Natwest Three were. Not hackers, but they were extradited to America to face charges of defrauding Natwest Bank while working for them in London. They sold some shares to the bank which later turned out to be worthless having decided that it was probably a good idea to get rid of them before the price collapsed. The only American link in this alleged offence was that the shares were in a company called Enron.
I'm guessing selling the shares to the bank means logging in to their Natwest Stockbroker account and clicking the sell button. Certainly, the English Department of Public Prosecution thought there was no case to answer.
There's two mouse clicks after the Windows 3 finger salute before you reach the point of no return which is plenty of opportunity for someone to realise they have made a mistake.
Re: I'll use it but not really sure why
Alternatively, you can do what I do, which is to get a computer, attach 15TB of hard drives to it, plus some more drives for backup, install a server operating system of your choice on it, configure it for a variety of filesharing protocols, put a strong password on it, connect it to the internet, then I can access them anywhere where there is an internet connection, or access to my LAN. At home, it is much faster than cloud storage, meaning it is possible to fill up the server with stuff in a fortnight or so, anywhere else, it is about the same speed as Google Drive, DropBox, SkyDrive etc.
I'm sure they know the formula to calculate it. That however doesn't mean they have to sit calculating it by hand on an abacus when they can punch the numbers into a spreadsheet or an iPhone app which can do it much quicker.
Re: Some of these people should have done maths and not engineering
Somewhere north of 250,000. Ideally it should be in the millions once you consider other costs.
O2's customer service is very good in my experience, it is cheaper than John Lewis, and the BE kit they use gives much better speeds than the BT kit Plusnet uses.
Does anyone offer unlimited fibre and decent customer service for a reasonable price? It doesn't have to be the cheapest around. O2 which I use at the moment certainly isn't the cheapest.
Well if you consider abortion to be murder, as they do, then 53,000 murders per year is in their view far worse than Anders Brevik or pretty much any terrorist organisation out there.
That's how they view it. I'm not saying I agree with them.
Re: 4G... just what we need!
In South Korea, 4G is generally used for USB modems and personal wifi hotspots rather than on phones.
Re: >Do you have children?
There is a way. Give them an iTunes account linked to a gift card rather than a credit card, then the financial risk is limited to the amount of credit left on the account. I do that, and there are no children with access to my fruity devices.
Re: move out of US jurisdiction?
It is a Hong Kong registered company run by a resident of New Zealand.
Having used Windows phones in the past, I can confirm that expectations are generally not high.
Within the UK, voice calls are basically free - you subscribe for the appropriate number of minutes, and then you only have to pay for calls to numbers beginning 08, or for international calls. 08 numbers you can generally deal with by searching for the geographical number it is attached to. For international calls, unless both parties have the same VOIP service, usually Skype; the VOIP providers charge pretty much the same as other companies that operate over the voice network - basically the national call rate in the destination country plus a little bit extra for their profit margin.
Alternatively you can use Skype. It is free for 0800 numbers and calls to similar numbers in some other countries, eg 1800 in the USA/Canada. However, if you are on GiffGaff, where their definition of unlimited is different from the one in my dictionary, or another supplier which doesn't do unlimited data tariffs, you may have problems with data usage if you do that.
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