266 posts • joined Friday 28th January 2011 18:06 GMT
Re: Harder to make a living?
I totally agree, but only 20 years ago (i.e., pre-internet) these "guys who are already short of cash" had pretty much zero alternatives to local performances. Now they can still do their local performing while supplementing their income via outlets like Spotify. An new revenue source PLUS the ability to reach a worldwide audience for potential sales and performance opportunities. HOW is this a bad thing?
Harder to make a living?
Just what sort of income is Spotify keeping artists from earning? Just because performers aren't getting as much as they want, doesn't mean their getting less than they deserve.
Affiliate Program is the Problem
If Amazon would set up their Affiliate program to instead treat themselves as a distributor, and their "affiliates" as simple customers to them, then the affiliates would be the end-seller and therefore responsible for collecting all sales taxes.
That doesn't resolve Amazon's concern that the customer sees sales tax as part of the end cost, which makes it more difficult to compete with local stores, but it does eliminate the costs related to collecting and distributing sales tax monies on State-County-City levels.
Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond
>> What distribution offers 10+ years of support at a price lower than Windows?
>You only need that support because you would be like a bound and gagged gimp left alone in the bad part of town otherwise.
I don't know anybody that's actually called Microsoft for support, with the exception of having to phone in for Activation/Licensing issues. Now, since support was the only thing you disputed, out of several reasons given why Linux is rather pointless in this discussion, under what circumstances will the average user ever consider Linux over Windows? The reality of life is that for 99%+ of users, the only debate in desktop operating systems is still Mac vs PC, and even there Mac is still a (growing) niche market.
I don't. Neither do more than 40% of the world population.
I beg to differ!
Dueling Banjos played on bagpipes is bloody brilliant!
I am curious if this might have any potential effect on all those companies that said they would ignore any "Don't Track Me" settings within browsers?
Re: That's weird.
It's a sub-category of self-preservation, filed under ego. The big read stamps reads "Don't bite the hand that feeds you articles."
Re: Child facing child pornography charges?
"That's exactly the point, it isn't regardless of age. If they had all been adults, it wouldn't have been a crime. Shitty thing to do, but not criminal."
Except that in more and more areas this sort of thing IS being made a crime when only adults are involved. It's acknowledging the wrongness of distributing naked images of somebody, without their permission, regardless of how they were obtained. Key word there: distribution. It's not (necessarily) about simple possession.
Re: If google ever believed in "don't be evil"...
An account is required if want to simply vote to like/dislike a video or, more importantly, save anything to a favorites list.
Even though there may be other options, I think this is an excellent thing to have built in. Especially since the change also uses indicators for other useful situations as well which, based on earlier comments, not everybody seems to have bothered reading before commenting.
I'll be looking forward to FireFox doing the same though, as I won't use Chrome since they still won't let me put the tabs underneath the address- and shortcut-bars, where they belong.
"Now if the victims in this case had not been wearing underwear would the offence have been absolute?"
Keep going down that path; if true, then not wearing underwear, regardless of the quantity of other clothing, would be considered Public Nudity.
Except that this story takes place in America.
No. Because, in most places, it's perfectly fine to give somebody permission to hurt you. But in very few places can you give permission to kill you. Most places also make it illegal to discharge firearms in urban areas.
Re: Ha ha ha
On the surface this does indeed look very hypocritical, but the big difference between Google and the NSA in this situation is that only one of them is supposedly bound by the Constitution.
Re: No, thanks
Some valid points, certainly, but while it was the music industry's failures to embrace the digital world that sparked the file-sharing revolution, that revolution also engulfed the world of video as well. The industry has tried to sink their claws into the world of Blu-Ray with all sorts of DRM meant to make watching Blu-Ray videos difficult and annoying, but all that's done is give file-sharers a bit more fuel for their fires. How that effects the potential new market for 4K remains to be seen, but Pirate Bay enthusiasts aren't likely to be bothered by the extra bandwidth it'll take to transfer files even 10x their current sizes. That's if 4K manages to not go the way of 3D.
Re: No, thanks
I have to disagree. The Web has plenty of content already. New content needs the Web or it will simply be ignored. If owners of new content want the attention of the web, then they need to play by the web's rules, not change the rules to suit them. Big Media already tried marginalizing the web once, back in 1999 with Napster, and see what happened?
" just 8.5 per cent of the population went to a bullfight during the survey period."
In 2011, the population of the USA was 311 million, and the NFL had total attendance figures of 17.1 million. Equivalent to only 5.49% of the population, and that would only be if you assumed that nobody attended multiple games.
8.5% attending at least one bullfight is pretty freaking impressive.
Re: It's not that it's "new"...
"Eating (or even _preparing_) real food just isn't that difficult or time consuming..."
I work a night job. I have no easy access to a microwave or refrigerator, and no replacement available to let me leave the building for breaks/lunch. Zero options for delivery food after midnight. Sandwiches and yogurt get really dull, really quick. This looks decent enough to use a couple nights a week.
A buddy of mine is a Boy Scout troop master. They're pretty darned interested to see how this stuff pans out to take along on all day hikes, especially when conditions don't allow for cooking fires.
Re: You're having a larf
You don't have to eat it for the rest of your life. It can be used as a more properly nutritional occasional meal replacement (think just keeping a few in your desk drawer while working an overnight), excellent for camping, have a few stashed in your vehicle as emergency rations. Not to mention potential sales for hospital/medical uses when people can't have solids.
Re: How about ...
I've not seen an HD TV that could not be used as a computer monitor, and for most desktop computer users an HD TV is a better choice. The screens are pretty much identical, but the TVs built-in speakers are usually better quality, and assuming that the computer is less than five years old you can feed both sound and video with a single HDMI cable.
Not to mention that nifty ability to use just the one screen for both computer and television. Very handy for those with limited space.
Re: Piracy has never decreased
But file sizes have increased a lot over the last few years as more people upgrade hardware and go after the better HD files. So increased traffic volume does not necessarily equate to an increase in the number of downloaders.
Home video revenue increased in 2012, as did music sales, and the industries themselves are also publicly stating that piracy rates are decreasing.
One major issue I've had with industry claims of loss due to piracy, is that they've always acted like they should be immune from being affected by downturns in the general economy.
Insight don't mean twaddle unless you actually do something.
Where's Our Hero?
I'm waiting for The Great AO to come and debunk this for us.
In non-sarcastic news: Those statements were delightfully well written.
"It's called Global warming for a reason, you know?"
No, it's been called "climate change" for several years now, because too many people couldn't comprehend that increasing global temperatures still allowed it to be cold during winter.
Fanbois... or just Users?
Yet another byline failure.
My wife has an iPad Mini, that she only got because she needs it for school. Last week she got a message along the lines of "A system update is available. Install now?".
So... she's a fanboi now?
Feces Free Holmes
"While 15 per cent might sound like a lot (over 47 million people, according to the latest census data) the rate of online luddism is falling steadily – back in 2004 over a third of US citizens were offline."
File this under "D'uh! (For Obvious)". As the stats show, the younger you are the more likely it is that you've made some sort of connection to the internet. Given that 44% of the non-connected are the elderly, it's rather obvious that that percentage would be dropping over time BECAUSE THEY'RE DIEING OFF!
Re: Dumb, really?
Ironically, if he had studied more he might have realized the difference between dumb and uneducated, or lesser-educated.
Re: "Of those online holdouts, over a third said....
You'd be amazed at how many people don't find porn relevant, or important, to them.
Most other people probably wouldn't be.
Re: Is it just me...
For just oneself, perhaps, but to do it with your children every few years? Marvelous! To heck with family photos...
1% Current Events...
...99% Slagging Off on Unrelated Issues
Nice ratio of "news" there.
What's omitted from the Wall Street Journal article is the mention of "Pandora has reported wider quarterly losses in recent periods as the company's robust listener growth has brought with it higher royalty costs for songs. "
I'm thinking that if the afore-mentioned proverbial grocery store had to pay additional costs for their product because they had more sales volume, then yes, they might be complaining a bit. Especially considering that pretty much every other product sale in the known universe makes product cost DEcrease with volume.
Re: Stairs and manhole covers
Their "flying" is actually simple hovering, accompanied by their standard propulsion. So with "hover mode" set to X distance above the floor/ground, sliding over a manhole causes them an immediate decrease in elevation.
You buying that?
@ Duffy Moon
I'll be eternally grateful to Channel 4 for giving us The Green Wing within the last decade. I still rate it as the best comedy I've ever seen. I'm also a huge 4 fan for the quality of many of their science and history documentaries. Thank god for BitTorrent, cos as an American I'd otherwise never see them! (And *NOBODY* in the USA comes close to the quality of Channel 4 and BBC documentaries.)
Re: The science behind Doctor Who?
"You have got to be kidding, the Tardis control panel consisting of parts of a Victorian steam engine and nobody remembering the last time the Daleks invaded the Earth."
Parts is parts. Doesn't matter how old they as long as they still work. And who knows how old they are? It's a Tardis, time is completely relevant, or irrelevant, depending on your viewpoint.
Also, why would people the last time the Daleks invaded? That invasion hasn't happened for them yet.
Re: I predict...
Every series of Doctor Who has been 13-15 episodes. Hardly "fewer-and-fewer".
I'm also a bit confused on what, according to the article headline, what makes this a "mystery riddle poster"? It looks simply like a bog standard theater poster, showing us some characters and what appears to be an action scene.
Re: Here's an idea
You know what, most people agree with you. Unfortunately big corporations don't agree with you, they don't want "strong and fair", they want "impenetrable and forever".
Copyright in the USA was originally 14 years, and if the creator was still alive he could apply for a single 14-year extension. Now it's what, 75 years and corporations still cry that that's not enough?
And you have exactly nailed the proverbial nail on it's head, on why copyright law was originally set up the way it was. Here in the USA at least, our pre-DMCA laws were very specific that copyright gave the owner the sole right to be the only party allowed to profit from the material in question. Copyright itself allows individuals to duplicate that work freely, just as long as it is not done in any manner that will profit them, or not in any way meant to cause financial harm to the copyright holder. But that condition was also there so that said copyrighted materials would be able to continue to exist, for the good of all. Copyright was intended to be, and briefly was, protection for individual rights to be creative and profit in the short term and to benefit the entire world in the long term.
But then the lobbyists got involved, the DMCA was created, and corporations started convincing lawmakers that duplication was equivalent to property theft.
So you support a companies right to lie to investors, potential or current? And if said investors believe them, then it's their own fault?
The problem here isn't that the market didn't "respond well to a product launch", it was that Microsoft repeatedly LIED about the market response. Ohhhh..... pardon me. They didn't "lie", they over-estimated.
Re: If people insist...
Really? We've seen a few trials based on getting some money, in the form of fines, out of file-sharers. You know somebody that's actually been locked up for downloading?
Hey Bill, help is help, it's not supposed to be a dick-measuring contest.
Re: Duck test = fish test!
A fish does not need to surface in order to breathe, therefore a whale is not a fish.
Your logic was inherently flawed to begin with, because it's the "duck" test not the "bird" test.
Re: offer says it expires on August 29th
That'd be a nice pattern for them to follow. I'd be ready to buy around January. I figure it's worth the cost of an iPad mini as a layabout the house toy if it can run some older Windows games.
Re: PC World...
".... are still drinking the MS Kool Aid as they are currently running adverts flogging the Surface RT which are positively sycophantic"
Do you seriously believe that they completely believe all of the advertising they take money for?
At what point did "piracy" start being confused with counterfeiting?
Admittedly those technical details are beyond my scope, that's why it's "potential". The bugs need to be figured out by somebody a bit more qualified. Theoretically a router/hub/switch should work all the same way, the only thing that's really changing is the type of wires and connectors involved, you just no longer need a dedicated network plug.
I've been wondering why something like this hasn't happened already. My wife works for a major retail store (non-mall attached) and they have to deal with this same thing. She easily loses an hour per week while waiting. There are no fast food places within reasonable walking distance either, so almost everybody packs a lunch, which means that almost everybody has something to search.
Re: Employee Motivation
"...So instead just let them walk out with the stock? Hmm......"
Or you could do something really simply like have your time clock by the door, and perform the bag checks while the employees are leaving, so they can clock out immediately after.
Or is that too much of a strain for common sense?
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- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones