2266 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010
An awful lot of downvotes for commetards expressing support for end user customers' rights.
Afraid of lawsuits, are we?
Re: Chinese manufacturing
Re: Should just
Downvote? For supporting customers' rights?
Good to know the corp shills are reading El Reg and the comments as well! Good on ya El Reg!
Exactly Ben Birch. Because it IS a violation of the law.
Yet once again, this will be a case of "you break the law, you go to jail." Big corporation breaks the law? "Oops, my bad."
Re: Should just
"It seems legitimate that they should try to interfere with those who seek to freeload on that hard work."
Yes, through legal proceedings against the counterfeiters, NOT the end customer who has no idea what any of it even means except now their stuff has stopped working through no fault of their own.
Re: Should just
"All this seems like punishing the customer for the vendor's chicanery, which I find to be bad form."
It is indeed both. But that's business as usual these days. If the average punter/customer knew how bad they were getting screwed everyday, there would be riots in the streets for weeks.
Oh wait... that's already happening in some parts of the world.
Hulu's got my name. I've been using the free version for several years now. Aside from a fairly quickly resolved account glitch, (3 days, but to be fair it was a tough one and I got an ad free week out of it) I love it and the ads aren't really that annoying. In fact, they are few enough that they serve the lost and time honored purpose of making me take a break.
News and entertainment everywhere and back to free.
The game is almost over for cable companies as entertainers and gatekeepers. Another walled garden is disappearing. Thank god.
Re: That reminds me...
Are you sure it wasn't blue?
Seriously, I seem to remember that screensaver. Vaguely. There sure were a lot of cool screen savers back in the day. To bad they went malware-for-money. *sigh*
Re: How does Adobe stay in business?
Dreamweaver doesn't cause bloat, developers and designers do. (Bob save us!)
Texted based website building? This ain't the 1990s anymore, Old School Steve.
Ralio? Good to hear. Never used but thanks for the heads up.
Kompozer? Don't make me laugh. It's just Navigator Composer all over again.
Please take your hobby horse somewhere else. It's got pet peeves.
Thank god for the library and bookstores
Outside of tech report, white papers or anything else I need to my day job and read the daily news, all my reading is done from real paper.
E-readers? Why? It's redundant at best and as others have pointed out, subject to the the whims of the software makers.
Re: How does Adobe stay in business?
How? Because nobody has come up with any real alternative to their products.
Sure, there are PS and Illustrator clones out there, so why aren't people using them?
Also, as far as I know, there NO alternative to Dreamweaver or Coldfusion or Flash, although Flash is fading away now that enough people have the bandwidth for real video and sophisticated interactive can now be done with Java.
That's how and yes, it sucks.
More landfill then?
Re: The NSA wiretap is only for Europe...@Vociferous
"Surely that's already filled with Republicans?"
Don't worry, they're already contracting out for expansion.
Re: France, UK, Sweden...
"Yeah. Because stealing a movie is free speech."
I agree with your sentiment on this. Stealing is not free speech.
"Are you Russell Brand?"
And then you blew it right there.
Yep, who you know
Proving yet again it's not what you know, but who you know.
Sony is an overpriced brand riding on their
years decades past accomplishments and name recognition.
It is really very sad. I remember when they broke into the western market with superior and cheaper radios and TVs back in the late 1960s and early 1970s and dominated for the next 30 years, then lost their way in the late 1990s.
"No baloney, it's a Sony!"
Re: <s>Penetration</s> Testing the System .... Out of this World Style
Exactly Jack. Exactly.
Re: Mightier than the sword
Exactly Pete 2. Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.
Same old story.
"The same functionality, except now your car plays U2 songs whenever you try to unlock it."
It will be the natural course of events.
I refer you to: Already Been Proven Practical
The search results already run into several pages with mostly unique returns.
Still holding to my prediciton
When I predicted that the more cars become part of the Internet of Stupid Things the easier they will be to steal and burgle, I didn't realize some fucking dumbasses would try to make it even easier.
Yes, I know keyless entry and start have been around for a few years now, but this IS Apple we're talking about. You know, iCloud, China? Those guys.
Re: Here are the latest headlines at ten.
You jest, but the probability approaches 100%.
And that's NO joke.
How do you say?
"pwned" in Chinese?
Tell me this a joke.
Please tell me this a joke.
They are so fucked. Even with Germany's strong regulations on corporations, IBM will still screw them.
I hope I'm wrong. Lufthansa was once a well repsected company by its customers.
Re: Why ?
Simple: Ireland doesn't, but the stockholders in Ireland do, not to mention offbook, under-the-table kickbacks and other "perks" and favors to the politicians.
Re: @AC "one-man show"
Alistair nails it.
If I could only upvote you more than once.
Re: The media strikes again!
"Many would see living in helplessness as being worse than death."
Because it is.
As for the fear of identity theft, it's quite real. As we've seen, this happens literally millions of times each year.
Even in the US, being shot by a gun in ANY situation only happens thousands of times each year. That's still a high number, but only a small fraction compared to identity theft. It takes weeks and often months to get it sorted out. Meanwhile, there are bills to be paid and they don't care about your problems, no matter who caused them.
Created by the same marketing droids that think "affordable" doesn't mean "still overpriced" to the rest of us peons
"Some gleefully destroyed their current, only to find they hadn't won the replacement.
Oh we went WAY past peak stupid a long, long time ago. It was sometime around the Thatcher/Reagan era, I believe.
Remember PointCast? MySpacce?
Yeah. I'm with you. Most of them are just pump and dump vehicles for the well connected.
Command performance right there!
Oh, and fuck them.
Re: Bought something at Staples
Did you try Shelly's Sea Shells by the seashore? Sometime they carry shtaples.
Re: Simple solution
There's something about "progress" that screams "commie plot" to the average American and "capital expenditure with no immediate profit to me, er, the shareholders" to the average CEO.
Too bad that wasn't sarcasm.
How dare you disparage them! They paid good money for that stock response!
The fun never ends!
Alrighty! Any bets on next week's victim(s)?
The categories are: gov, retail, financial
What a classic title!
"Greene, the crew writer for one of NASA’s HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation)"
Nice work if you can it.
Yeah, Kev beat me too it as well.
First thing that came to mind. "Take flight" indeed.
They are ossified.
Of course it's well known I have very little respect for IBM these days, along with thousands of others.
The only bright spot I see at IBM is their Tivoli family of software. From storage to desktop support tools, it's pretty decent kit. Is there better? Of course, but Tivoli tools are actually not bad at all for general everyday use. These days, that's saying a lot.
Oh, and the fact that they've switched their employees' desktops to Linux. That really quite surprised and impressed me.
Other than that, they are a petrified turd.
Re: "wearable computing systems"
No product or revenue?
"Magic Leap is based down in Florida, and has no products, revenue, or public business plan, as far as we can tell."
Hmmm, this somehow sounds familiar. Where I heard of this before?
Oh! But why would they need any of those things when all you really need in this life is the right connections? Which apparently they have.
Wait. What?! Florida? Uh oh. You might want to keep an eye on this one, El Reg. Florida is known as the scam capital of the nation in the US. (outside of Wall St and Hollywood that is)
Much ado about nothing
Learning is always more effective and attractive when it's fun (barring life and death lessons that need to be learned)
I'm all for opening up the potential pool of techs and programmers any way that can be done. Anything, ANYTHING, to lessen the numbers of alpha basement bois and programmer hacks. ("hacks" as in bad writers)
Re: Econimics as a fashion item?
I worship no deity nor cult of personality. Yes, I know. I'm odd.
Buddha was wrong. But if I remember Siddhartha correctly, wasn't he very, very rich at one time? Ah. So.
But hey, if you think he was right, go ahead try to feed and shelter yourself relying solely on the generosity of your fellow humans for more than a few days or weeks. I dare you. It can be done, but you would still be a statistical outlier. A very FAR outlier.
It took me a couple of reads to realize it was the AFP, not the FBI, although I still don't see any difference.
There is phrase for this
A perfectly apt phrase. Coined long before all things digital. IIRC, even before all things electric.
"The map is not the terrain."
How simple is that?
Re: That had me worried
So THAT'S all those UFOs were! Maintenance 'bots! Well now we know!
Re: whisper words
Exactly, Speltier. Exactly.
Re: Out of proportion
Well said, calumg.
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