14 posts • joined Wednesday 9th December 2009 09:46 GMT
Given that this is getting more and more common (as the report states) what's needed is some kind of centralised system whereby patches for all your 3rd party software can be distributed automatically. Something like yum, or yast, or the OSX App Store (better late than never) - something that *every other damn OS on the planet* has already.
This Is A UK Site
There are no royalties payable on H.264 here so I don't get the tone of the article. Surely we should just be laughing at the septics and their ridiculous patent system, carry on using H.264 for free as we have done all along, and ignore Google and its strong arm tactics.
This Is A .co.uk Site
And H.264 is a free and open standard over here. Please tell your US reporters to stop writing this irrelevant rubbish on here. I really, really don't care what is happening in the US software industry or its descent into patent litigation hell. If I wanted to read this crap, I'd read Slashdot.
"Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T, etc. control web video availability already."
No they don't. They don't even exist over here. As Slashdot posters are so fond of commenting in reverse - This is a UK site, why don't you take your whinging over to Slashdot where some people might care what you're talking about.
My thoughts precisely. I can implement an H.264 codec right now because the standard is online and I won't have to pay a penny to anyone. Why? Because software patents do not apply here. Why do we care if the Americans have to pay for this license or that patent agreement? The fact is that in 99% of countries in the world H.264 IS an open and free standard.
To the Americans - we don't care about your domestic problems. We don't care if your software industry implodes into one giant patent lawsuit. We just do not care.
No need for speculation, the law is very simple and clear as is demonstrated in the article. The Sale Of Goods Act trumps any EULA or any contract that you may or may not sign with whatever small print may be buried in it. I know, I've been there and done that and got the refund. The general rule of thumb for an electronic device is that it must be working with all its *original* features for about 6 years (not always that long, but nearly always - its estimated on "expected" lifetime) or you are entitled to your money back. The word "original" is important. You can add new features, but you can't take away features that were present at the point of sale. It's as simple as that. Ignore what any shop assistants/managers say, they will always try to wriggle their way out of it. Especially ignore what the manufacturer says as it is not them who you will be dealing with. You don't even need a receipt - the manufacturer can verify which retailer a given serial number was sold from.
On top of that, the EU directive on consumer protection allows the retailer the same rights as the consumer upwards in the chain. Sony WILL pay out when the retailers come calling or they will find themselves in a court case that they will definitely lose.
Thank $deity for a decent set of consumer protection laws this side of the pond.
No Contact Details, Really?
I'm no Google apologist, but to those saying they can't get through to Google, it took all of 10 seconds to find this - http://www.google.co.uk/contact/
OK, it's a generic switchboard number, but I'll lay money on them putting you through to the right department. 99% of companies do. If I have trouble with any support lines I always try the main switchboard and most of the time it leads to greater success.
...this will fix the annoying "System Overload. The audio engine was not able to process all required data in time." messages I've been getting in Snow Leopard/Logic 9.1 when running projects that were perfectly OK in Leopard/Logic 9.0
Let's Face It...
...the sooner these monkeys get out of the IT business and wasting our tax money the better. Working for one of these body shops and calling yourself an IT professional is like working at McDonald's and calling yourself a chef.
...an old friend who used to work at an A&E department once told me about a husband and wife arriving - he with a severely lacerated John Thomas and she with severe concussion. Turns out that she was administering oral pleasure in the kitchen and had some kind of fit. The only thing the husband could think of to unclamp his wife's gnashers was to repeatedly bash her around the head with a frying pan.
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