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" . . it looks as though WikiLeaks has been grossly irresponsible . . ."
So what's new?
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" . . it looks as though WikiLeaks has been grossly irresponsible . . ."
So what's new?
Just bought one. Redmi 3 Plus. Dual SIM, no NFC. Which was what I wanted. Not many pennies.
Sorta kinda with very very big buts.
If the user could not access the music for free on Youtube et al then most of them probably wouldn't access it at all. Which means a high percentage of fewer fans, which means a huge drop in physical, download, and concert sales.
The music industry has simply taken a long time to get its head around the fact that technology has seriously changed its business model. Successful musicians and media companies are making more money than ever. So cut it with the bleeding heart rubbish.
Haven't stopped laughing yet.
Because I have, and that's why I drive a Ford now. The Merc was, not to put to fine a point on it, overpriced under performing junk that cost a fortune to maintain. The Mondeo is much much much better.
The Blair Witch Project - no plot, no atmosphere, just NO.
Schindler's List. I have a particular dread of Spielberg films, but this one was the worst by a country mile. It wasn't just me who nearly lost the will to live, the chap behind me was snoring by about 10 hours in, and it is to this day the film with the most audience heckling I have ever sat through.
There is an old saying that has always been and probably always will be, true:
"With friends like Americans you have no need of enemies"
. . not to mention virtually useless most of the time, but if people near them get paid they don't mind them so much. Can I have a grant to work at the University of Stating the Bl**dy Obvious please?
Rumour has it that BING stands for Bing Is Not Google. They went for a 'B' at the beginning because it's like, you know, the first consonant.
Yes, I know serious stuff. MS psychiatrists are on danger money.
I'd love one. How do I win the lottery?
This'll be like most of the laws the socialists have tried to pass - ecotax being the most prominent example - dead in the water before it is implemented. That's the great thing about La Belle, the politicians bluster and threaten and sometimes actually do pass laws, but no-one pays any heed to them even if they do.
So from October it will be even easier to spot fashion victims.
I can see the H&F angle - if you buy an iWatch you are obviously brain dead.
Bear in mind that an Israeli Air Force General, when asked 'how far would you go to stop the Iranian nuclear programme?' answered 'about 3000 miles'.
You are conflating the intelligence community with political ambition. Even if there had been no intelligence whatsoever about Sadam Hussein's regime (and let's face it, what little there was was made up by politicians and their shills), Bush and Blair would still have gone to war on some pretext or other.
As H L Mencken said "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." It's the politicians you need to fear, not GCHQ or the NSA. Damaging the latter does us no service whatsoever. When the next undetected Islamist attack kills dozens of innocents, think about how you wanted to disable the intelligence gatherers. Snowden is a traitor of historic importance, but the intelligence community will recover. The dead from the next downed plane, or eviscerated train or bus won't.
I'm not sure whether to be worried or not. I have Truecrypt on my PC so that if some ne'er do well nicks it they won't have access to my various accounts and data that could be used to aid identity theft. Frankly I couldn't give a stuff if the NSA or GCHQ can pole around in my data, as long as the local lowlife's can't open the disk.
You may need a better driving instructor then, I am lucky enough to own three cars, 110bhp, 140bhp front wheel drive (those are the family cars) and my own personal wheels, roughly 450bhp rear wheel drive 2 seater with no stability control. There is absolutely no issue with driving anyone one of them safely. If you can't get in any car and drive it safely perhaps you should consider getting a pushbike.
It seems to me that many tablet purchases are likely to end up in the K-Tel cupboard under the sink. We had one in this household until the non replaceable battery cooked itself. It was replaced with a laptop because laptops are actually useful.
I seriously doubt that the entire French Socialist movement has a single functioning brain cell.
Luckily for me my Kindle died exactly one month after the warranty ran out. Amazon were significantly less than helpful as I now live in a different country to the one the thing was bought in. They just weren't interested. So the next eReader is going to be Kobo. I think this one might be a little too expensive, but I shall have a fondle in the shop before I decide which one to buy.
Now all they have to do is get them to work during hours of darkness, which is when most domestic electricity is consumed.
There is nothing practical about an electric vehicle that has, optimistically, a range of 75 miles when it brand new, probably more like 50 miles after a couple of months in the real world. OK for for fat cat city dwellers maybe, but hopeless anywhere else. And you have to pay for the batteries even if you only drive it a few miles a month.
Plus, as others have pointed out, it is Renault. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune to own anything manufactured by Renault knows that you couldn't wish a more unreliable and expensive piece of machinery on your worst enemy.
I spend a fair amount of time keeping my screen free of dust and other detritus. The idea that I would deliberately smear finger grease all over my window on the world is as daft thinking of doing the same thing to my car windscreen. Absurd idea that fully deserves its place in the dustbin of history.
Actually, no, Renaults don't have ignition switches. They are operated by wireless remote keyfobs.
The whole car is 'fly by wire' and this isn't the first time this has happened to a Laguna. If it was an automatic, quite likely as he is a disabled driver, then the gearbox is fly by wire too.
So basically all he is left with is steering.
I can wait.
But here in La Belle we have a government of unreconstructed 1950s socialists and communist. They are, to a man (and woman, and especially the greens) away with the fairies, but alas they did a good job convincing the electorate that they were nice cuddly socialists à la Tony Blair (bad enough I hear you shriek, but they had to get rid of the nymphomaniac midget).
So I am afraid with have got another 3 years or so of this kind of idiocy before normal service is resumed. Whatever that is.
Yep, you're welcome.
I don't even bother with watches that need batteries anymore, let alone one that needs charging every few days and is just a penile extension.
My everyday watch is a Seiko automatic - I've had far more expensive ones, but they weren't as good. Needs adjusting once every two weeks or so, and never needs any other attention.
But I suspect this is a joke. Come to think of it, just like everything Apple does.
1. Some ham fisted 'I guess it ought to look like that' calibration is possible with Linux - worse than useless.
I have never found a colorimeter that works with Linux.
2. Only old versions of Photoshop will run under WINE, and not reliably.
3. Lightroom is the industry standard catalogue and RAW editor. I have used Aftershot Pro on my daughter's Linux machine when I have to, but it's frankly not in the same league.
4. Photoshop is not the only, nor even the most important tool I use. In deference to the commenter who remarked that GIMP is a substitute for a decent photo editor, err, no it's not - it's only 8 bit for a start, doesn't work with (for example)Topaz or OnOne software, and has no adjustment layers.
Lastly, why make life difficult? Machines come with Windows x, all the software and hardware works with them, why fix it if it isn't broken?
I'm a photographer. I have android devices, 'phone and tablet, but there is simply no substitute for a desktop computer for editing and organising my work.
Since I am neither a) stupid nor b) minted that means a windows desktop, Mac being the only possible alternative, but I hate their stupid shiny screens as much as the price tags.
Linux won't do it - can't run monitor calibrations or half a dozen of the important applications I use.
So unless they come a long way and soon, the other devices will always be as well as rather than instead of thingamys.
That's all there is too it.
Borrow your mate's car, promise you'll give it back at the end of the month and sell it to someone else, that's theft of the car and fraud on the buyer.
There is no valid reason why shares should be any different.
What makes share shorting even worse is that the institutions that are most active in 'lending' shares are our pension funds - effectively betting against themselves, and therefore us..
The whole thing is disgusting way of sucking value out of trading companies, their investors and employees..
Isn't she too young to be held responsible?
Whatever, I will never buy anything from idiotTunes, and in the light of this fascism I shall not bother buying any more so called music. Except bargain bin CDs from time to time maybe.
I think that copyright as is is well past its sell by date. I was a signed musician at one time - the record company and management took all of the money from the sale of recordings, I only ever got paid for live performances - and that is he way it should be - the recordings are advertising, no more, and the sooner the recording industry disappears in its current form the better for the world at large.
That is all.
All this will do is divert the mainly teenage interest into other things. If they can't get the tunes and fillums for nix they just won't bother with them - and they'll no longer go out and buy the ones they really like. It'll take time, of course, and it will be difficult to attribute the declining revenues to stamping on curiosity, but it will happen.
That is all.
Personally I despise Apple and all their works, but they are not to blame for the fact that most pictures taken with most camera 'phones are complete dross.
I'm amazed that the complaints are only about lens flare, and not blurred images, thumbs in the way and digital noise, to name but a few of the ubiquitous faults with camera 'phone images in general.
This is because the possessors of this technology haven't, by and large, the faintest idea about photography; not one jot. They are of the same mindset as the drivers of the cars we see in the roadside ditches hereabouts on an almost daily basis - their cars have ESP and so they think they can drive them around any bend on any surface in any weather as fast as they like and the technology will just do everything for them. Well it won't, and 'phone cameras, even the iPhone's which is amongst the best, are still total crap compared to almost anything properly described as a camera.
Whenever our little family takes a trip somewhere we check out trip advisor.
Having once changed from a really brilliant hotel (rate by TA as below average) in a town we have visited a few times to one that TA rated highly but which was not even close to being in the same class as the previous hotel, we now look at it just to see how amazingly wrong it can be. The answer is pretty much always, and often hilariously so were it not that it affects the business of the downrated hotels.
. . because the products are so fragile they are always breaking. And the profit margins are so big that even if they had to replace every single thing they sold free of charge there would still be a gross profit in it.
Personally I prefer to buy things that don't break, but that's just me being picky.
Before this case hell would have to have frozen over before I bought any Apple product. If the choice is between something Apple make and nothing at all, I'll take nothing at all, thanks. Nothing has changed - it was simply an affirmation process.
That said, I wouldn't have bought a Galaxy tablet either because it was too much like the iPad. Sod all interoperability with anything else, proprietary connector and no memory expansion. Better screen, but essentially just flashy junk.
The real culprit here is the US patent system; the word dysfunctional isn't the half of it. Almost as unfit for purpose as copyright law.
Thus proving for all those who haven't quite got it yet that any enterprise that relies on 'the cloud' (aka cloud cuckoo land) for essential or important services is foolishly vulnerable potentially capricious and often unreliable 3rd parties.
The 'cloud' might be cheaper than keeping everything in house - and there's a reason for that, it's because it's cr*p.
Because access to 4G will be even more expensive than the heroically priced 3G here in France, and I don't have any body parts I am prepared to sell to gain access.
Now this is what successful marketing is all about.
Only £80 extra to turn an iPad into something useful? Like a notebook that costs less than half the money and is vastly more capable.
Can't see any fanbois buying it, it's just not overpriced enough. Or Shiny™ enough. And it's practical. Doomed I tell you, doomed.
Give me strength. Maybe when everyone has bought and tried one of these stupid things and put them in the K-Tel junk cupboard under the sink we can get back to using things with real keyboards and not having to get neck ache to type something, or looking at the world through slimy smeared screens.
As you can tell I am not a fan of fondleslabs - of any ilk.
When I switch my 'phone on I get a T&C accept decline for Faecesbook every time. And every time I tap 'no'.
Pity the FB app can't be uninstalled totally. I have absolutely no use for it.
According to Navman, as far as my N20 is concerned Western Europe has been discontinued.
So I couldn't update even if I wanted to. Although, I can, apparently throw this working unit in the bin and buy a newer model. How kind of them to offer.
But in the days when there were updates available they were more 75% of the price of the unit. I bought a paper map instead for roughly 5% of that price.
I might consider buying an eBook (even the name is misleading; it's not a book it's a very limited licenced text).
Until then it's Gutenberg press and others all the way for my Kindle. It's a reading longstop at best.
I still read more proper books, they're just so much nicer. And every one is a different shape, size, font, with pretty informative (hopefully) covers. And you can give them to and buy them from charities. They are a tactile as well as intellectual joy.
A while back a friend of mine visited, bursting with enthusiasm about his new Kindle. He also had with him a beautifully produced history book, brim full of inspirational art work including illuminated texts. When I asked him why he hadn't bought the latter book for his Kindle he went quiet.
eBooks are, literally, not worth the paper they are written on.
So inexpensive on your planet means something at least 4 times more costly than the alternatives. Is there space for one more in this paradise, and how do I get in?
Maybe I just have more patience now.
The rental shop closed, where I was a regular if small time client. There is no English language downloading service in France (and the French ones are horrifically expensive), so no go there. DVDs in the shops here, €20+, BluRays €25 plus; no film hard copy is worth that much to me. Go to the cinema occasionally, hate 3D.The last DVD I bought was Avatar, 'cos it was cheap.
So now I get my films for free. From Film 4 or some other satellite channel. I can wait a year or so to see a film for free, thanks very much.
As someone else has already pointed out the industry should pay us to watch low IQ teen drivel movies that comprise the bulk of current output.
The toy manufacturers regard the TV shows they make as simple advertising for merchandise. Most films make huge amounts from merchandising.
Time the studios grew up and started behaving like toy manufacturers.
I was a pro musician, many moons ago, and have no problem with people downloading music if they want. I am minded of comments by Lemmy to a concert crowd: 'How many of you have got our new album? What's wrong with you? Couldn't you steal it?'
I would strongly disagree with the view that 'piracy' = lost revenue. No, it doesn't. If people couldn't get this stuff for free they wouldn't get it at all. Stopping torrents and the like equals lost audience, so counter intuitively stopping piracy actually means losing revenue.
The politicos and greens often state that German electricity is a bargain. Err, not it's not. For domestic consumers it's the second highest in Europe, just behind Denmark, and more than twice the UK price. Strange coincidence that these are the two economies with the most renewable energy.
For industrial users German prices are currently of the order of 18% more than in the UK (figures June 2011). http://www.energy.eu/
Anyone surprised that a greenie like Huhne can't add up? Or even work out which of two numbers is the highest?
Blu-Ray disks cost on average about €35 each here. DVDs are almost all over €20, new releases often much more.
Hmm, I wonder why no-one buys them?
Vive la France!