68 posts • joined 20 Dec 2010
Greed leads to shot in foot
All producers have a right to recompense for their work, authors and publishers are no exception. However it seems the greed of the publishers has got in the way of common sense. When I buy a conventional book I can lend it to friends, and when it's done the rounds it ends up in the Oxfam shop for it's next life.
Try doing that with an e-book. Instead, they have put DRM of a pathetic level to stop me from lending or borrowing.
The result: It's easier to steal a torrent. The zip file can often contain hundreds of other books.
This is much the same as the DRM applied to other consumer entertainment. It's just there to piss off the punters but too weak to prevent financially motivated piracy. What's the point?
Re: 'I heard' = Misheard years ago you mean.
As usual with arguments, the truth is somewhere in between.
Hardly "grudgingly". The Mac team at Microsoft are highly regarded and efficient, but it's not always feasible to port all the features to both platforms. Sometimes the Mac version is late, or has a missed feature. On the other hand they produce a Mac-like experience for the user and the occasional "easter egg" feature.
Of course Microsoft are doing the right thing releasing Office for iOS. Office is their cash cow, and losing sales of their own tablet to Apple WILL HELP their balance sheet too!
We thought we'd ordered a dustbin but a tall ashtray arrived!
All joking aside, I've had one on my bench since Monday, and I think everyone in the company has come to see it. The Apple lovers have stroked it and even the Apple haters have admired it for it's design ingenuity. It's tiny and quiet and does all the things you'd expect it to, given it's spec. Unfortunately now that it's configured I have to give it to the motley creative staff...
Re: If only
I agree. That's the failing of the Mac mini too. Seems like none of the small computer solutions can beat a cheap media player for smooth video playback at 24 and 25 frames per second.
Re: DAB Bashing
And why do you think DAB gets bashed? It's not that there are FM and DAB fanboys competing, it's just that DAB has failed on most counts:
Coverage - poorer
Power consumption - poorer
Audio quality - mostly poorer, much through use of low bit-rates on inefficient codecs and even mono.
Selection - It wins!
The really annoying thing is that it could have been so much better. The adoption of an early and non-upradeable codec means things will never get better for DAB, all we can hope is that manufacturers will be pressed to make DAB+ inclusion as mandatory, with a view to changing the standard in future.
It comes as no surprise that 2018-2013=5 years - the accepted life of domestic kit nowadays, suggesting to me that they will switch systems in 5 years, making much of the current DAB stuff obsolete.
Re: FM radio has all the channels I want - DAB does not
"And there isnt a singe radio what isnt designed by some attention seeking idiot designer"
Love it! how true...
Re: DAB struggles to play
Not necessarily stronger. Within one multiples the broadcaster can choose the error resilience (ruggedness) of individual streams.
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I particularly agree with your last sentence .... or was it the cat's?
Good news for "Save as" fans..
Snow Leopard's TextEdit and Applescript Editor apps work on Mavericks. So make a copy of them before you upgrade.
I can't imagine they are interested in killing it off, at least the non-commercial ones. It's a breeding ground for the "Mac curious" enthusiasts. Once these peeps are hooked on the OS, a proportion of them will go on to buy properly supported hardware.
I don't think the average punter will be downloading Xcode, do you?
You can't be serious...
"Actually the drives Apple uses in the MacBook are are almost the definition of premium. Conventional drives didn't meet Apple's requirements (probably due to physical size) so they ordered bespoke drives. I think it's awesome that there's a computer manufacturer that would do something like that."
I've upgraded several MacBooks and Macbook pros over the last few years using generic drives. All have fitted and worked fine. Perhaps you were trying to squeeze in 3.5" drives - those really don't fit ;-)
Time is running out
Something nasty will happen to him before long, and as his public popularity wanes, few will care.
At least he brought some facts out in the open that should have been there all along. Making our security services accountable can hardly be a bad thing.
Re: real lightning is DC
It's DC but no AC component, just fluctuations. Alternating component implies a current polarity reversal.
I think the concept you are trying to describe is that DC has bandwidth, owing to the fact that it was switched on, and at some time will be switched off.
Of course the demo is pure b0ll0cks. Any sensible filtering arrangement will smooth the current fluctuations. What's nice is that the phone isn't destroyed by the RF field. Perhaps that makes the point for metal cases.
" three-segment aerial"
I presume you meant to say "three element Yagi".
A shock in either case
iFake_Charger: electric current
I still think there's more to this story than meets the eye. It'll come out eventually.
Pram; Toys; Throw; Out of
Re: Not the only problem
"the phone drops the signal and doesn't pick it up until the phone's rebooted."
Interesting... mine has exactly the same problem.
My experience with iPhones has been downhill:
iPhone 3GS - perfect - best phone I've ever owned
iPhone 4 - minor issues
iPhone 5 - major issues
I almost bought a Sammy; wish I had now.
Re: Repayment is not enough
Agreed. The settlement gives no incentive to be better. Only the risk of punitive damages can improve the situation.
The inscriptions mention mythical beasts, just as ours speak of dragons. This mythical beast was known over China, Korea and Japan from the tales of travellers. It is thought that it referred to the giraffe and in Japanese they share the same name -kirin..... as well as for a beer!
Get over it
It's free for goodness sake, take it or leave it. Anyone would think it's important.
A lawyer who didn't read the small print.
Apple are behaving like twats
I personally believe the judgement should have gone the other way, but their behaviour is appalling and has lowered my opinion of them as a company. I wish I'd bought a Galaxy now..
An alternative to DAB at home
I listen to national radio stations using a cheap Freeview receiver as the bit-rate is better than DAB and it sounds quite reasonable - certainly on a par with FM. You could also use a Freesat receiver for the same.
Perhaps I've missed something...
Can someone please explain to me how this is better than using the built-in hardware's "compress on the fly when possible" that LTO-5 LTFS hardware already uses. Thank you.
Up your's Bosch
11 years ago I had a Bosch fridge-freezer which failed expensively (uneconomical to repair) just outside warranty. As I'd heard of several similar failures, I decided to investigate the problem myself, and came to the same conclusion as their service engineer - that the controller PCB had failed.
However on closer inspection and with little more than schoolboy maths it was obvious that the PCB copper area that they'd allowed for sinking heat from the voltage regulator was insufficient. This had led to catastrophic failure of the processor - along with it's embedded program.
An email to the European CEO with the calculations and explanation got a new fridge-freezer delivered by Bosch themselves a few days later.
In case you're wondering, I did check the new fridge-freezer's controller PCB and they'd redesigned it, so obviously they'd known all along.
Company's can be bastards - or they can be fair. Bosch only did the right thing only when pushed, so I've steered clear of them (where possible) since. I know they make some good stuff but they've lost my custom.
Energy is the key
One day in the not too distant future there will be extra tax on unnecessary energy use. Data centres full of spinning disks that might not been accessed for years will be fighting for a place in the queue to buy the latest tape solution.
Scarcity lowers value?
I think not and smell BS.
I will seriously consider a Samsung phone when my iPhone contract ends. After all it's a "copy", and maybe the Koreans are now doing what the Japanese did so successfully: - copy but make it better!
Re: @ Pascal Monett
I used to work for a TV manufacturer. We would always buy our competitor's models to compare. Any designer who ignores the rest of the market won't last long. But here's the rub, if we'd actually copied features, we'd have been a year behind. It was more a matter of trending.
NASA and statistics and agenda
I'm not a climate change doubter, but I am a NASA statistics doubter.
After the Challenger disaster, NASA needed to bring in Richard Feynman to show them that the the odds of catastrophic failure of a Shuttle flight was closer to 100:1 than the 100,000:1 NASA calculated.
That's a major disparity. You have to ask were/are they incompetent? I don't think so, there must be another reason....
Re: Premium rate numbers
"If Company X does NOT use an expensive line for support, how do they fund these very expensive call centres,.."
If company X needs to give that much support it suggests the product is shite, inadequately described, or not fit for purpose.
I produce some products. They're hardware, but run by software, and they "just work". Perhaps they're not clever enough....
For those who remember the SQUARE window.
Now let's see.. Apple=USA, Samung=S.Korea.
Trial being held in a US court. I wonder how different the perceived bias would be in a S.Korean court...
@AC: and how would that be useful when you're at work?
I guess you work fixed hours and leave at the set time no matter what... Many of us have unpredictable hours - things fail and have to be fixed, whatever. Arriving home to a warm house without wasting heat would be a blessing.
I did look into a DIY system earlier in the year that would have cost about £140 plus the ddns fee. It's that which made me look around at free ddns solutions, to work with my existing kit but I got distracted.
So if anyone has a free ddns solution that'll work with a Draytek 2920, please let me know as I'd rather not leave a computer on.
Re: starting from 1
@dotdavid "But "platform nothing" isn't exactly traditional or expected in a station, IMHO."
You mean like floor 0 (Ground floor) in almost every UK building ;-)
Federalization of the EU
It's the least worst option.. but it might already be too late.
Bring on the greatest show on earth
If Surface doesn't surface, what can they show?
Perhaps they'll make something out of 5 keyboards and 2 mice..
Hell's freezing over!
I think this is a sensible move. Other platforms are going optical disc-less, so why include the licence cost for playback from a device that might not be fitted to your hardware? Don't imagine the coming Ultrabooks are going to have room for optical drives.
Heck, I never thought I'd agree with MS about anything!
Yes, that's what I said.
Strange that they're going after the consumer market, which is already saturated with suppliers, rather than for enterprise which is in need of compatible lightweight portable devices.
I can only think that they are waiting for sufficiently low power Intel chips to make a tablet that will run legacy apps. How long will that take?
I do feel sympathy for Windows developers who at this time see their market shrinking. No doubt many will jump ship rather than wait and see.
Re: Turn up the wick!
@Yet Another Hierachial Anonynmous Coward:
Good points on the power comparisons.
Actually it was usually the high power analogue carriers that caused the overload, and they're gone!
Re: UK - the European Unions Odd Man Out
Right and wrong: The UK fused plug is a result of using ring main wiring rather than star. It saved a lot of copper at it's concept, and still does. Star wiring requires more fuses in larger distribution boards.
Where is this mythical country where 80% of the people are protected by a single fuse? I think your ranting has better of your logic, unless you are comparing the UK with the 3rd world.
Globalisation means that manufacturer's turf wars are almost over, but many of us would like to protect our culture from being swamped by outside media. Unfortunately this might be a losing battle due to the internet.
The UK is an enormous market, so having differing standards will only cause a minute difference in product cost, but perhaps a little less product choice.
That'll make the muggers quake in their boots...
""For the database to work, it would also become a federal crime to tamper with the unique identifiers on a phone.""
US centric or what?
(in some places spelled "Catalogues" presumably for Brits)
I suspect that more people than Brits use the proper spelling.
This one's another fail
To virtually eliminate lost market due to piracy, they need to deliver the product to market:
In a timely fashion - simultaneous region release
At an affordable price - perhaps according to region
Of sufficient quality - without criminal warnings and ads
Adaptable media - playable on many devices
Impossible? I don't think so. The only obstacle is obstinacy.
It's entirely reasonable to expect that a device should be fully functional in the market in which it's sold. In cases where this is not possible, there should be a specific disclaimer.
I'm very disappointed in Apple, they are the new Microsoft.
Good news all round
Some green credentials
Competition for Apple
Competition for Intel
Methinks its time to top up the ARM Holdings PLC shares...
Let's move on
Turing was a great and admirable genius but he committed and got caught for a crime. The fact that most of us judge the law to have been wrong is irrelevant. There are lots of current laws that are stupid but if I choose break one, I face the consequences or do my best not to be found out.
It makes little difference whether a pardon is granted or not, the wrong has been done. Better to concentrate on making todays laws fairer.
Another sample of 1
The only crashes I've experienced are with the Guardian app. and it's happened less on IOS5. Mind you, I don't play games or connect to Exchange servers (same thing really ;-)
I've plenty to criticise Apple for, but this isn't one of them.
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