839 posts • joined Tuesday 12th June 2007 08:17 GMT
Re: But why would you want to?
"stop charging £300 for an OS"
The prices are right there in the article, and you still spread FUD.
It requires installing Origin... perhaps EA figured that was a high enough cost?
Re: Well now I've seen everything!
"we the public benefit from having DNT on"
I do kind of agree with the sentiments of "Apache man" (the world's worst superhero). Having it on by default dilutes the purpose of user's choice in the eyes of advertisers.
It would be like everyone in the UK automatically being enrolled on the original TPS list, which (until this year) had no penalty for companies breaching: everyone would just ignore it.
Unfortunately, his logic falls down in that if you followed his advice and asked every user on the first run, I'm willing to bet at least 95% of people would still enable it (depending on wording), so you'd get the exact same result.
TL;DR: DNT is a bit of a joke.
Or what it should always have been called "please be nice and honour my request that you do not track my activity" - PBNAHMRTYDNTMA for short
Published in the Daily Mail with the headline...
"Cancer Ray Invented"
(to be revised in 6 months as "Electricity Gun Cures Cancer")
"The USPTO lets past many patently false claims"
I see what you did there
Re: All this and the Open Source community...
"Did I say that Closed Source\Commercial software was never abandoned? Did I say that they were saints who didn't upgrade at will and never provided you with a situation where you had to upgrade or be left behind[?]"
Wait, so you're argument is that open source should be ignored for "business critical data" because it might be abandoned, but you weren't then implying that closed source (the only alternative to open source) is a better choice?... So what is your point? What would you use for business critical data?
Re: "The app benefits from Microsoft's new minimalist approach to GUI design"
It's an interesting point: interfaces are expected to be intuitive, with interactive elements being visually distinct from non-interactive ones. The time-honoured tradition of 3D elements has always helped emphasise the "you can press this bit" paradigm and making everything flat and samey raises a whole slew of possible usability problems.
Re: All this and the Open Source community...
"If you were using [FOSS] as an integral part of your business you have no assurance of ongoing development or even if these fights are going to cause issues going forward with the actual use of the product. If you have to switch to another fork or whole different DMS who's going to undertake the work to get your data across and ensure it's validated?"
Yes, because that's an issue only with free software. You certainly never hear of commercial software being abandoned when the next version appears with an incompatible file/repository type.
Re: A solution in search of a problem
Because having more than one person crowded round a 4" screen to watch a movie is no one's idea of fun
Re: I would care...
I'm not even sure his comment is the worse thing about this budget-deprived and poorly written... "comedy" (I assume that's what the canned laughter was meant to imply).
I was more offended by the enforcement of stereotypes and I cringed more when the token Asian couple "have the code to fix it"...
I can only hope that the average attention span of the target audience mean that they only noticed the pretty colours and points when they were expected to laugh. Is this clip typical of USA kids TV?
Re: We have had to destroy this rock..
I love the idea that all of the time, money, and effort for this mission was spent to burn a hole in a small rock ;)
Re: Bits are bits
"the fact tethering doesn't work at all on the iPhone ... is one factor in my planned jump to Orange"
How is changing carrier going to fix your iPhone; unless you're getting a new one, I suppose? I tether through GiffGaff without any problems.
Re: All I want is ...
I can't say I've ever seen that option. TelCo's seem to assume that if you want unlimited data you aren't using a phone so they should then charge more for the data.
It's some kind of weird paradox.
In the end I went with GiffGaff's £10 offering, since I was the same as you and only interested in the data.
Or, you know, don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone's face in public (i.e., with witnesses).
And it's also worth remembering that sarcasm/irony/etc. are difficult to express through text - especially when u dnt spl prply
"oh look,a manky dead worn out planet,just like we knew a century ago,brilant"
Even ignoring the rest of your ignorant tripe, have you really not understood that NASA have actually found liquid water on Mars?
Seriously, look in to the research and engineering they fund some time, and check out their motto.
Re: *If* I can download to multiple devices, what's the problem?
The new DRM is just to encrypt the local app download to the current device. You'll still be able to download to extra devices and future ones.
Re: Entitlement is part of device OWNERSHIP
"Being free of a walled garden is WHY I chose Android"
Ditto, and I don't see how it's relevant to this article. Android already has DRM for paid apps, albeit easy to circumvent.
DRM != walled garden; you can still choose the Amazon store instead of Google Play.
Re: I am thoroughly confused by it all
"I don't see anything wrong with looking at someone elses software and thinking "I can do a better job than that." and then going off and writing a similar piece of software."
Then you clearly aren't a lawyer, sir! Dontchaknow there's plenty of money to be made around patenting such things?!
Protect their... err... innovation... or something
Quite right. I've suddenly realised how foolish of me it is to expect that every person on this planet has basic rights that should be protected by those in power.
Certainly most are just pointless: education, health care, not being detained without reason, freedom of thought... why should we demand that everyone have access to these?! They are clearly "Western" ideologies with no place in countries such as Iran.
Power to the few!
Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"
The screenshots I've seen (possibly not from those laptops, however) are not OSX, so possibly they're just using the hardware.
Re: Gmail will eventually lock-in its users to Google+
"spamming G+ users with weekly emails"
Hmm... I'm not getting those. Am I missing out?
Re: I wonder..
I doubt they will. Right now you can have a G+ account associated to any email address (in fact, if you've registered with any G service you probably have a G+ account waiting). But, and this is quite important to a lot of people, you do have the option to disable G+ from within your account settings.
Unless Google became the dominant social network and decided they could abuse such trust, I can't see them changing this.
Incidentally, you can also download all of your Google data (not just G+) from the same settings.
(need a tinfoil-hat icon)
Re: I wonder why...
Don't get too enthused: he's clearly incorporating an entirely new set of substories alongside the main Hobbit one, so how much of each he uses is unclear.
I think six hours would be enough to do The Hobbit a lot of justice, but nine hours means he's planning a lot of new material.
Re: Fuck you google!
"Universal search? Someone paid to create that."
You've missed a massive point here: the patent (like other software patents) doesn't cover /how/ you do universal search just /if/ you do it. Compare this to, for instance, real patents that specifically cover the invention itself and not the purpose of it, allowing others to do their own R&D to come up with alternative approaches.
One of these promotes innovation, one stifles it.
1. Imagine something useful that could be done with a computer (or event a specific form-factor of a computer);
2. Patent the idea, nothing more, you don't need to prove it or think about it too much;
3. Profit when someone actually does it.
And that's not even going in to their online services.
I'm a G+ fan, but the number of different interfaces for uploading photos is bordering on insanity. The worst part is that you can tag a person using some ways but not others, so you have to remember how to share the photo.
That said, the chocolate factory is pretty good at reacting to users' opinions (especially if you get a "celebrity" to say it publicly.
You've summed up my thoughts on why OSX (and IOS, and Android, etc.) bundle so much non-OS stuff as an OS upgrade.
I'm sure there are upgraded OS features in here, but what's the technical limitation on not having all the Notes, etc., things available as individual software upgrades?
Being such a minor incremental update, my point might not sound so relevant here.
Re: bloody ridiculous...
"Apple invented a slick device which was the thinnest smartphone device when it came out. The big novelty was that it hardly had any buttons and that the few there were were hidden."
Granted it has three buttons on the front instead of one and is 0.6mm thicker (but 50g lighter), but the LG Prada was announced and released before the original iPhone. So who copied whom?
Every time I read these patent throwing stories, I'm amazed that this stuff can even be patented. Who would ever produce a handheld device with non-rounded corners? Even the original Gameboy had them.
Calling any of the devices "carbon-copy" is disingenuous: Apple have the iconic single button with square symbol; how could anyone not recognise an Apple product by that alone? I've never seen that copied.
They should all grow up and stop!
Re: Not quite
Understood, but Dragon got a lot closer without any issues than Progress did ;)
I don't think it will be long before Musk & Co. have a fully automated docking vehicle, given their progress to date.
I was just thinking that it highlighted how far SpaceX had come in such a short time.
Re: Was interested in this..
I made this mistake with StarCraft ][ and find it almost unplayable with the current level of DRM. The Blizzard servers just seem so slow to authenticate me, and I lost connection mid-game (and thus progress) enough times for me to just give up.
I should have just pirated it.
Re: Well Duh!
Behind you?! I think you're doing it wrong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_Cowgirl_(South_Park)
Re: android syncs across devices?
What exactly happens for you? Assuming you have your Google account registered on your phone (Settings > Accounts) and marked to background sync, anything you add to the calendar for that account should be "instantly" available in your online Google Calendar and any other Google-powered devices.
I've had this across three Android devices for years and have aways found it to be completely hassle free.
I'm not saying it works 100% of the time, but I've not head before of it not working at all...
I'm looking forward to Google Music coming to the UK, to complete the multimedia cloud experience on Android.
Re: I smell BS
I think that's where his "replacing my laptop and iPad" comment came in: Win8 desktop for enterprise (laptop) usage and Metro for lighter iPad-esque usage.
I've only played with Win8 on a desktop, but I could see how Metro would work well for a touch-based interface.
I'll stick with my Transformer and ThinkPad, though. I don't want to mix personal and business usages and accounts.
Re: Fixed with a fracking start icon
I tried Win8 preview and really didn't care about Metro except that it replaces the quick-to-use orb. While I might eventually get used to the Metro way of doing everything, why do I want to see a bunch of widgets every time I want to run an application?
@AC: "full" Win8 is just Win7 with Metro; I think you're talking about Win8 RT (or Windows on ARM), which only runs Metro applications.
Re: Well Duh!
Good for you. Now what about the rest of us who sit at a /desk/ to get our daily job done?
Re: If DFS can get away with it
The curse of the homophone!
"this sounds like a bunch of scientists shouting "me too!!!!" and trying to get on the HiggsBosun press band wagon"
That's funny, because to me this sounds like good science being done by good scientists.
Institute 1 (CERN) performs an experiment and makes a conditional claim of success to their original hypothesis; Institutes 2+ (everyone else) take that same data and propose possible alternatives to the original conclusions, normally adding some confirmation/skepticism around the original claim.
This is real science in action, even if the media find it boring because there is almost never (especially at this level of physics) a "oh, definitely" response from scientists.