We desperately need to put in a similar style of "naughty step" proviso for government contractors here. Starting with contracts that have scaling penalties when a company blows the budget they were given for completing a project and ask for more. Too much lowballing of tenders only for the true cost to come out once everyone is heavily invested.
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There is no 'free' content, only free-to-the-viewer content which is paid for by ads. If paid for content with no ads gets enough of the eyeballs, ad-supported content could well hit a tipping point where either advertisers don't see the point of spending money on such a reduced viewer base or the station will try running adverts at a rate of 1 a minute or higher and drive away the remaining eyeballs. not that I'm sure this would happen, but I think it's a far from unlikely scenario. Almost all of the best TV already comes from the pay channels nowadays, we could well be at or past the tipping point already.
Re: whats the point?
"What matters is that the cat is out of the bag, if they can't make it work this week they will find a way to make it work next week."
My money is on someone eventually trying to make a horrifically dangerous shoulder mounted recoilless rifle style model.
"I wonder how hard it would be to set up a service for people who don't want to be anon online."
Ask Mark Zuckerberg.
Don't you know them no good dangerous criminals can hack your brain through that thar teevee nowadays?!
I'm a little disappointed that Sky won the ruling. Companies that trademark names that already mean something should have to accept the consequences (namely a lesser degree of protection from similar forms to the trademark). I seem to recall the Rosetta Stone company having a spat with Google a while back over naming confusion as well.
Re: What about moving into mobile games?
I was thinking something similar except they don't even have to give up on hardware altogether - just consoles. If they would port their superstar games to Xbox or Playstation and/or selected phones they could make a mint. They could still release kooky hardware on platforms not their own, having the Wii-style games without having to pay for making a console. I'm sure Microsoft or Sony would let them release games on XB/PS with specialist peripherals like a balance board or a Wiimote or a face recognising pasta strainer or whatever mental shit they want to try this time.
In fact that was the Achilles heel of the Wii in my opinion - it's Unique Selling Point was nothing that couldn't be easily copied by the big two simply by adding some peripherals. And lo and behold after Nintendo took the risk and proved there was a market for 'motion' games, that's exactly what happened - leaving the Wii an under powered machine that no longer did anything unique.
Re: Where can I buy one?
Something similar (hiding the OS like it was a negative selling point) happened in the Vista era. I still remember helping a friend of my mum's pick out a basic XP PC that did everything she needed (Basically browsers, email and occasionally printing) at the store, and keeping schtum when the guys at the till brought out and started ringing up a slightly better specced machine for the same price. It wasn't until we'd got home and fired it up that Karma struck and I realised I'd taken a Vista machine.
(Cue much wasted time looking for drivers that don't exist yet, followed by 'downgrading' the machine to XP like I should have done in the first place.)
Re: amounted to "just' $853m
When you compare it to the amounts spent or squandered to get that $853M, yes.
As a slight aside...
...are the Hollywood elite strapped for cash at the minute? I can't turn on the telly without Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Aniston, Bruce Willis or Al Pacino burbling on at me about mobiles or internet.
For a second there I thought Microsoft.com in it's entirety was about todisappear from google results. That would have been very popcorn-worthy.
Re: Go ahead please... block social networks by default as well.
"THEY ARE NOT STOPPING YOU FROM LOOKING AT PORN."
BUT THEY WANT ME TO SIGN A REGISTER LIKE A FUCKING SEX OFFENDER.
FOR ENGAGING IN NORMAL ADULT BEHAVIOUR.
THAT IS THE ISSUE, GET IT THROUGH YOUR SKULL.
Still going the wrong way
Still waiting for a device that will sling whatever is on my TV at the time across the Wi-Fi to a tablet or phone. But I guess that doesn't help sell subscriptions to on-demand services...
Re: You've just made the point.
"If they're going to do it properly, then they ought to pardon *everyone* that was convicted of the same offence, going back to whenever it was made an offence."
While I agree with the spirit of that idea, is it really that cut and dried? That assumes everyone convicted of gross indecency was a persecuted homosexual. Surely flashers and other genuine criminals would have been prosecuted under the same indecency laws.
Personally I'd much rather politicians leave it alone than use it for cheap heat. And I don't think we should be 'tidying up' our history with pardons. Maybe it's better to have an example that reminds us that the law CAN be wrong.
Re: The Second Coming ...... and in Steganographic Code for Stealthy Colonisation of Invaded Forces
Mars is still here! I was worried when I didn't see any comments from him on the NSA articles; good to see the SMARTR AI Global Interdiction Quantum Drones didn't get him.
How long until Wall Street sharks are partnering with/paying hackers or social engineers to knacker specific stocks so they can short them? If it's not happening already of course.
Re: "The iPad will be marginalised..."
I can only imagine MS tried to copy the reality distortion field but something went horribly wrong in the process, leaving them not only believing but hopelessly committed to their own hype.
Re: @auburnman Stop!
See '*' footnote re: mistakes in the post.
(hit submit instead of preview by mistake.)
Proofreading has been outsourced to schmucks like us who care enough to do it for free. Much as it grinds my gears, with the 24/7 news cycle of today taking the time to proofread every article is probably just too much time and effort for an organisation that provides its news free to its readers.
I think we should have a national pedant day though, at least one day a year where people are not just encouraged but obliged to rag on every little spelling mistake*. Then we could have a carnival in the evening where someone who habitually writes 'loose' when they mean 'lose' is picked at random an shot as an example to the others.
* I am aware that this complaint about spelling will have several spelling mistakes
** That doesn't have to happen, but it would be nice
Or game 'flashbacks' In Real Life. Not Doom related but when Metal Gear Solid came out on PS1 I still to this day remember the day I panicked when I walked round the corner only to see I had carelessly walked into a security camera's field of view. Then I remembered I'm not Solid Snake and I'm not fighting terrorists. I'm at school and I'm going to be late for class if I keep dicking around.
Unreal Tournament was and still is the daddy. To my eternal shame I still haven't beaten Xan Kreigor fair and square to this day. It's just a shame that the sequel(s) were basically the same game with many of the same maps, only shinier.
Re: how much code is needed to write something nasty?
DELETE * FROM * ;
Tacit acknowledgement that having a pro government stance will ensure you pay a lesser price for your crimes than equivalent but unloyal peons. I'm sure they will be pushing for this to become a socially accepted/tolerated state of affairs (if it isn't already.)
Re: Tethering has its own limitations
But then you couldn't send it into buildings for fear of gassing the people it's meant to be rescuing surely?
Typo in the Article...
Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say
Xbox Playstation loyalists
Fixed it for you.
I was just thinking this sounded like the magnum opus of a bored BOFH... The question is, who did they trick into destroying all that kit, and how had that scapegoat wronged our (anti)hero?
How good would it be if Amazon refused to let this go and countersued over a frivolous lawsuit?
Re: What else is there to say
I second that request for an update. As Jonathan says, there is not much to be said on this subject that is new. I would like to spew some vitriol on the "culture tax" idea though, even if I'm not saying anything new; subsidising a failing model where paying customers are literally treated worse than the offenders is pure idiocy. I do like the bit where they propose targeting 'for-profit' offenders though.
The very thought of relying on my council for anything internet is giving me a migraine.
Most of last year I wondered why Samsung hadn't been trying to get the patent invalidated, and now it has finally dawned - they were keeping this in reserve so they could force a retrial based on new evidence if the original trial went tits up - exactly like they're doing now. Smooth moves Samsung lawyers, I take back all the bad stuff I wrote.
Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".
I totally agree something like this should have been done years before now, but no-one else has managed it and Musk has. Calling it useless is just wrong.
Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".
Moon landing: 1/6th Earth gravity, no atmospheric turbulence to worry about.
Also Moon lander wasn't 100ft plus tall.
It's all around you. It's just too small to see.
Re: Irish Tradition
Are the Easter Europeans related to the Easter Bunny?
Good on them
The politicians can't pin anything on the companies and they know it. All this enquiry bullshit is a pathetic attempt at keeping attention on the corporations so that MP's don't actually have to do some work fixing the tax structure (probably because that would knacker their own tax arrangements.) At least some MP's have the decency to not waste everyone's time.
You want to fix the multinationals tax situation, do any or all of the following:
1 - 1% tax on all transactions where payment is made by a UK entity. A small charge that is the bare minimum cost of doing business in the UK. Adjust existing taxes so that small or national businesses (or anyone who actually already pays 1% or more) see no increase, multinationals can suck it up.
2 - Withholding tax of about 5% which corporations can claim back IF they can prove they have already paid tax on that earnings within another jurisdiction.
3 - Tax money as it is moved out of the UK, BUT make this refundable/not payable IF the company gives written validated confirmation that it is being moved to its final jurisdiction this financial year (i.e. an undertaking that it will not then go to Holland and then on to Bermuda). I can't see this having an effect on anyone who isn't trying to pull a double Irish Dutch whatever.
4 - Payments to sister companies to be heavily restricted to reasonable amounts for goods and services received only, e.g. no more Starbucks UK paying millions in brand licencing to Starbucks US to reduce the profits on their books. This is the one that sails closest to the tax evasion wind in my opinion.
I actually looked at buying Xobni (the plugin, not the company) after being impressed with the trial version. Once I realised you couldn't buy it, only agree to pay them money on a regular basis, I binned it. As you say it didn't help that Outlook's internal search was suddenly much more helpful.
Still seems like withdrawing the product immediately after buying the company is a waste though, but that's pretty much par for the course with Yahoo.
Re: I had Sky Go once...
Has anyone in the rooting community (is that the right word? It sounds dirty) looked into a modification that would allow rooted devices to fib and say they are running factory standard android?
I'd love to see them try to pull this off
I can just imagine the uproar in the news if they announced they were installing these. Commentators would decry the end of the free world as your own head is no longer free from adverts, the more impulsive among us would vandalize them, hypochondriacs would complain about how they have constant migraines and can't sleep since these came along - leading to ambulance chasers egging some of them on to sue - and amongst all of this Sky's already iffy public rep would nosedive as tired commuters badmouth them in public and on Facebook for not letting them snooze.
Re: Why can't we just
Dear god please don't encourage more bloody Facebook integration in games. Or anything for that matter.
Re: It gets even worse...
Are you sure you're thinking of UPlay? When I played AC3 recently the first thing that comes up is the invitation to log into or set up a UPlay account, but that step is definitely skippable. What you describe sounds a lot more like the forced Origin login EA shoehorned into Fuse* on PS3.
*for anyone thinking of buying Fuse, don't. it's shite and you can't even launch the game (on PS3) without signing up for an Origin account as mentioned above.
God Dammit Wikileaks
Why are they announcing the countries Snowden is applying to? Because rolling out a list of twenty plus applications doesn't make him look desperate at all. Unless this is a tactic to draw US attention elsewhere while he applies to a country not on the list.
Re: Um, what content?
Well then you've always got the controversial opinion fallback. Just end every post with a signiature like
"Hitler had some good ideas."
"cheap energy has made manufacturing and heavy industry competitive again."
And how long before the cheap energy needle swings back to India and China because they built some nuclear reactors unfettered by the legacy of cold war fears?
Maybe true, but next time EA release an FPS I want to play, it will be on my Playstation - Origin is going nowhere near my PC unless someone has a gun to my head.
On a slightly related note, what I would like to see from the next generation is more cross-platform multiplayer; Valve proved it was possible with Portal 2, and user base fragmentation could be an issue as we go to cross a console generation.
"Microsoft already has plenty on its plate salvaging the company"
Contender for quote of the week or understatement of the year, I reckon. Multiple Catastrophes on multiple fronts.
It is however...
... the job of the government (or specific agencies thereof) to protect the vulnerable from charlatans.
Re: As ocassionally happens.....
"But isn't that half the fun? Trying to guess what the article is about without reading the subtitle or the article."
I like to read the Daily Mash and reverse engineer in my head what the actual news story was from the parody.
Re: Distracting tasks?
"Driving without due care and attention" can only be used to book someone AFTER the police catch a driver doing something stupid like weaving into the other lane or scraping the kerb. To get the mobile ban into effect the police filmed numerous incidents of people on mobiles in less than full control of the vehicle.
Consoles have always been about ease of use and portability. Your game would work just the same when you took it round your mates house. Locking a game to an account is a fundamental betrayal of what a console is. There has been a slide towards this with downloadable games but that came with the upsides of easy access to free demos and the like, and it was always alongside discs that could be loaned out or sold on at your whim.
This latest step smacks of doing DRM Hollywood style - punishing paying customers with a locked down 'guilty until proven innocent' mentality which will end up pushing paying customers towards piracy.