494 posts • joined Friday 27th January 2012 02:56 GMT
Re: Hear of Amazon?
"Ever hear of iTunes?" Wow, you really are as dumb as a bag of bricks!"
Apple managed to increase the pricing of ebooks for the entire market. There is no arguing that that is exercising significant market power which is the issue - you're missing the point by saying that there are other people in the market so Apple isn't controlling it.
By that line of argument Microsoft wasn't a monopoly either, even though they had massive market power and were using it to eliminate competitors to the detriment of consumers - and got done for it (sadly too late in the end).
Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap
"Also Applecare Plus (with new iPhones and iPads) now covers 2 incidents of accidental damage over 2 years - you smash up your iPhone and pay about £50 excess and get a new one.
Did your statutory rights not cover accidental damage? No - shame..."
No but home contents insurance does - so congratulations on paying Apple twice for coverage you already have *facepalm*
"The difference is I see plenty of iPhone 3GS handsets still in use 4 years down the line whereas the Android phones I see get replaced much quicker (18-24 months). "
That's because Android phones are improving rapidly by each generation, not just glacially iterating the same old thing like Apple does (not just in phones, typing this on a macbook pro which is indistinguishable from the 3 year old one it just replaced, slightly faster, slightly more annoying interface, but really no difference).
Reason 80% of phones sold are Android now and they get upgraded quicker is because each generation has new features people actually want to pay money for.
Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap
"you could just walk into the retailer and they would cheerfully give you a new one."
Except with Apple you have to book 2 weeks in advance and drive 40 minutes out of your way in order to walk in and they will give you a refurbished one. You can't just walk in to an Apple store and get served (at least in OZ)
Re: Local listening
Spot on - if they actually were interesting they wouldn't be in trouble and trying to force the entire market to change to prop up their station, they'd be drawing crowds across to DAB and the majors would have to follow.
DAB - an expensive solution to a non-existent problem...
Re: This is definitely a DEALBREAKER, a classic sneaky, royally scumbag corporate move...
"I mean, in terms of media it sounds fairly similar to my PS3, "
You mean apart from the PS4 not playing MP3s, or letting you attach a HD with all your media files, or playing anything over DLNA/Allshare?
Re: It's not web based
"Oh, and the camera shake reduction is really clever."
So is the CS6 motion blur option in smart sharpen. I tested both on the same image and the results at 1:1 are identical to my eyes.
Of course both of them absolutely pale in comparison to a properly taken photograph. No matter how clever photoshop is it can't recreate all the fine details that no longer exist in the image file. And with VR appearing in virtually every decent camera/lens these days its hardly a must-have feature for the type of photographers who are used to spending hundreds of dollars on photoshop.
Adobe are going to need something a LOT more compelling than that to get photographers to pay them for the rest of their lives...
"apparently they've added a "Camera Shake reduction" feature that looks for blur caused by camera motion...There's apparently yet another new "Smart Sharpen" feature"
The new feature does exactly the same thing as the existing "Motion Blur" option from smart sharpen - the only difference is it automatically calculates the direction of the motion its correcting, whereas in non-cloud CS6 you have to select that manually under the smart sharpen dialog.
Its a minor tweak at best, and if that's the best reason they can come up with to subscribe I'm not surprised less than 8% of their userbase has signed up. Adobe must be worried about that, unless that percentage changes massively they'll have to get more than 10x the revenue out of each user over the upgrade cycle just to break even...
Glad I bought boxed CS6 when I did.
...and not only is facebook free it isn't even software.
You are spot on its a complete BS argument.
There's an anti-blur function in the cloud version? Maybe someone should tell Adobe there's this thing on cameras called auto focus, which doesn't require a subscription. They are in deep sh** if they are targeting the cloud version at people too stupid to work auto focus...
"Free OS upgrades, Mavericks and iOS 7 and now pretty pictures for free...
Even the hardcore Apple hating, vitriol spewing, shouty down Fandoid cannot be so immune that they cannot but feel just the slightest nudge of envy when they look down at their 9 month old mobile phone running an operating system 2 years out of date hoping beyond hope that an update will be thrown their way but knowing that reality dictates they will have to buy a new phone."
Oh please - Apple have just stopped charging for service packs now, (like MS have never done) and we're supposed to celebrate? More likely Apple figured out users like me weren't paying good money for minor tweaks so they have to give them away.
My 9 month old Android has the latest OS - please get a clue before posting again fanboi.
Re: Constant spam from ad companies
"It wants permissions for gps, internet, receive texts, see running processes etc., it wants to shit icons and notifications all over the user's home screens, bury your app under interstitials, videos and other nonsense.
Basically it's malware in all but name"
So don't install it then!!!
Re: What hasn't been mentioned....
"sometime the Walled Gardens of Apple and Microsoft do have their advantages."
You mean like all those apps on iOS that were caught out deliberately downloading your entire contact list and messages to the app servers a little while back?
Good protection that...
Re: 15 year hiatus in global warming? BULLSH*T!!!
Problem is the modelling cited by the IPCC in report 4 assumed that warming would continue upward from that 1998 point, when temperatures actually flattened. That is why people rightly state that there has been a pause in warming since 1998 - the planet isn't hotter than it was in 98.
BTW if you look at 5 year averages you eliminate the last 5 years of observations.
Re: I guess I got it wrong?
You should have bought a reverse-cycle air conditioner - then you are covered either way :-)
"You prove my point - the people you name developed on top of existing scientific consensus"
OK Galileo then.
The doctor you mentioned treated you with the best proven science. That is not always the same thing as the scientific consensus (as demonstrated by the Galileo "earth is not the centre of the universe example).
As Einstein reportedly said `It doesn't take 100 scientists to prove me wrong, it takes a single fact'.
Model forecasts by definition are not facts.
Re: And people say that Samsung is a copycat
"Bought a PC with MS windows. The language is fixed - to change it you have to buy a new copy of MS Windows."
Err - I don't think so, you just have to download a language pack if it isn't one of the ones already installed on the machine, it isn't region locked.
Apple just install every language pack at the factory, which takes up valuable drive space - swings and roundabouts...
Re: VietNam has cell hangset locking legislation ...
"I also wonder what the legality is on buying a Note 2 handset bought from an independent (non-Cellco) authorised dealer which is then restricted?"
Dunno if its legal, but as someone who has an unlocked Note 2 if the next software upgrade introduces this restriction its the last Samsung phone I buy.
That's the key advantage of Android for me - I can buy my next handset from another vendor, disable their bloatware, install my own launcher and I have pretty much exactly the same phone software-wise.
Hardware makers are close to being interchangeable in the Android world, its not like Apple where they can do what they want and you either accept or change OS...
Re: Grey market move
"If you personal import from Malaysia/China, I'm sure the seller will activate it first with a local sim before shipping in the same way that they set the default language to English for you now."
But if these reports are correct that won't work - you would have to have the phone activated in China with *your* SIM.
It looks like this move specifically aims to prevent grey market imports.
Re: Greedy Bastards
"This might not be just corporate greed. But if you were in Europe, and bought one of these phones in the belief you could use it in the USA when you visited, it looks as though you have a chance of getting your money back."
Except this has been the case with every single GSM phone Samsung have made - the US has always had different frequencies and they have always produced specific versions with different frequencies for carriers in the US. Regardless, "international" version phones usually have at least one band that will be compatible with US GSM networks (I used a Galaxy S 2 on AT&T 3G in the US on a number of occasions)
This is nothing but greed pure and simple - Samsung want to maintain different pricing for different regions and stop people from getting around their price gouging by importing.
Think I'll be looking to Cyanogen for the Kit Kat update for my Note 2...
Re: Disable Find my iPhone?
"Nice theory, but you can't assign it to another Apple ID unless you know the password for the current ID"
Well you will have a person at knife/gun point who knows the password in that situation...
Re: Samsung processor
"Yeah, that's probably why Apple are being aggressive patent trolls, to give Samsung free advertising."
Of course that's not what Apple *intended* Cliff, but that's what they *did*
When the ban on the first Galaxy Tab was lifted in Australia everyone knew about the tablet before they could sell it - far far better than Samsung could have done themselves.
Just like the court action against Microsoft all those years ago for "stealing Apple's interface". Coverage of the court action basically equated the interface of Windows with Mac in the eyes of the public, even if there are significant differences. People looked at 2 computers, saw one was half the price and in their minds the interface must be so similar the more expensive one sued the cheaper one.
But shhh don't tell Apple, its far too much fun watching them hand over mind share in court rooms while they think they are getting a win :-)
"Apple was never known for innovation"
Really? Development of the first widespread GUI? Incorporating a mouse into PCs? Did you miss all that "Think Different" promotion they used to do? Apple suing everyone for stealing their "innovations"?
Whether you think Apple actually are innovative they most definitely promote themselves as being that way - remember the "magical" ipad? the "revolutionary" app store?
Re: iPhone leaks
"It tends to make the announcements rather anticlimactic when everything is already known"
Its called free publicity...
"I used to work for a company that sold samsung galaxy phones and no iPhones. I had the "newest" (back then) Galaxy II phone and after 6 months of use, the battery would drain after 15 minutes of talk time or the phone would simply mysteriously locked and only way to fix it was to yank the battery and insert it back in."
So you used to sell mobile phones and had absolutely no idea how to use them then? Or is this just fanboi delusions?
I had a Galaxy S2 for over 2 years, still used the original battery and I'd get a day and a half out of it easy. Only replaced it after dropping it and cracking the screen.
"In the US, however, KitKat is manufactured and sold by the Hershey Company, a Nestlé competitor. "
Now I know why Kit Kats in the US tasted like s**t compared to those in Australia...
Re: Future Digital
"Simple reason why, people can't take pictures these days.
With a DSLR you can shoot about 15 photos in a second and pick out the best one. No need to meter as you can shoot multiple exposure levels (bracket exposure). Shoot RAW and play around with the exposure later on"
You mean photographers can actually concentrate on making great shots and not spend 90% of their time faffing about with camera settings?
Please elaborate how that prevents people from taking great photos luddite...
If Amazon want to sell some books below cost (if indeed that is what they are doing, I wager you haven't seen their accounting system to tell if that is true or not) that is their prerogative. They are still making money across their business overall and how they do that is their own choice. Its called a free market, and in this case the customer gets a better deal - that's one of the points of capitalism.
Have you never seen a "Bargain Bin" at a book store? Hint: those books are all being sold at a huge loss. That practice has been going on for decades and hasn't caused monopolies.
Apple tried to fix the minimum prices of their competitors at levels higher than we are currently paying and effectively eliminate price competition - why on earth are you defending that?
PS - Amazon is not a monopoly by definition - perhaps you should actually learn what a monopoly IS before using quotes like "allowing a monopoly seller to sell at a loss" as a central argument.
"Is anyone here qualified to comment on the legal position of Samsung as a wholesaler as it impacts competition?"
Samsung don't have a monopoly, how could there possibly be a legal position?
Of course Samsung will provide their screens to themselves for less than Apple. If the prices charged to Apple are too high Apple can buy from LG, Sharp et al or start their own factory like Samsung did.
That IS competition.
Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.
"the carbon tax amounts to, at most, 10% of cost increases"
15% of an average household bill actually, plus the renewable energy targets which pushes the federal green schemes over 20% - that's significant any way you cut it.
Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.
"Electricity supply is a State responsibility. There are no Greens in any position of responsibility in any state parliament. The op opinion is thus a logical lunacy."
Carbon tax, large scale and small scale renewable energy targets, clean energy finance corporation...
The list of FEDERAL costs imposed on electricity generation because of the Greens goes on.
Please get a clue before hitting the submit button next time...
Re: Amazon cornered the market all right...
"Best sellers wholesale at $11 a title, Amazon sell them for $9.99, Apple wanted to sell them for $12.99"
And they sell for $30 in Australia. Less than half the cost to fly a dead-tree copy from the other side of the planet, let alone an ebook.
Any wonder greedy Aussie book retailers are folding faster than Superman on laundry day?
Yeah, its about protecting your stolen phone - seriously?
The reason they want this is obvious - its so that if they discover a phone is going to be used as a remote trigger for a bomb they can remotely kill it and stop the detonation. Or if there's an attack the can kill all the terrorists phones and stop them coordinating.
Seriously el reg you swallow this "its to stop stolen phones" line?
As if the Feds give a flying what happened to your shiny iphone...
Re: relies on DJs to choose the music rather than algorithms
"but does this software give a countdown to the vocal entering?"
Yup, all radio station software does this - it has a countdown clock to the start of vocals when the track starts.
Re: "You can easily buy it with one click!"
"Or do you prefer going through a 3 page credit-card form every time you want to buy something?"
I think Tim was referring to the fact that this is an ad-infected glorified sales channel for itunes, rather than a revolution in internet radio per se.
Once again Sony why is it 40% more in Australia? ($549)
"inter company rivalry that is spoiling the customer experience. Steve Jobs would not have done this."
*cough* adobe flash *cough*
Re: I am not a climatologist but....
"I have no medical knowledge, but if 1% of doctors think treatment A is good but 99% of doctors think treatment B is good, I will pick treatment B. I have gone with the consensus."
If science truly worked like that we'd still think the Earth was the centre of the universe...
History is replete with examples of where a single person overturned the entire scientific consensus. Consensus isn't proof of truth - only evidence is.
The scientists the IPCC surveys may well be right, but consensus isn't proof of that either way.
Reality check for the ad guy
"That's what we do. That's our job"
You're a freaking advertising company, not clean energy developers!
Re: Couple of questions
"I'm getting more and more suspicious that a lot of it is total and utter bullshit "
+1 - Especially when they don't mention anything (like the name of the app) that might prevent people downloading the trojan in the first place, just "buy my program now".
Also why didn't they report the name of the app to Google so they can remove it from the Play Store? That would stop 99% of people getting infected.
Much better for sales to say its a vulnerability, so anyone who hasn't updated their OS recently will buy AV...
Re: Not a non problem
"90% of Android users download stuff without even thinking about it."
So you didn't read points 2&3 at all then?
You need to do more than just download an app - you have to enable other things as well.
"For example they can count the number of people watching a TV show, and if they watch the ads"
MS also said that Kinect can be used for pay per viewer - ie to monitor how many people are watching a show and charge accordingly. Plus of course Facebook have a biometric database, so it would even be possible to identify who is watching.
Plus MS have already stated that the kinect can read logos on clothing or objects - so it can catalog what you're eating, drinking, reading etc.
Tinfoil hat stuff sure, but if the tech is capable of it, and there's money to be made surely its a case of when not if.
The potential is enough to make me avoid it like the plague anyhow...
"You're obviously one of those people who's happy to takes their shots, a little tweak of contrast, a little tweak of hue/sat and you're done. Some of us shoot RAW..."expose to the right" what you're talking is absolute crap"
How on earth would you know how he shoots? Expose to the right 1 stop, then have import settings that automatically correct 1 stop of exposure on import - takes no time at all.
BTW how is this relevant to Adobe's pricing? You said yourself you do that before using photoshop.
Or are you just trying to prove what a super photographer you are just because you shoot RAW?
"An average image will start off as a basic 30MB full-frame RAW by the time it's done and dusted will have been edited for at least an hour minimum sometimes up to 2-3 hours"
OK shoot 2000 shots at a wedding and try that - you'll be editing until next century, and the couple will be divorced before you deliver their wedding photos.
"One of my recent brides was paranoid about the fact that she had a small double chin when she smiled and she wanted me to edit it away - A straightforward task in Photoshop. Could you show me what combination of in camera exposure and composition settings would achieve the same effect?"
#1 - shoot from slightly above the bride so she is looking up, it will stretch and flatten the skin under her chin
#2 use a white bounceboard/reflector in front (which you should be doing anyway) to even out any shadows under her chin.
Sounds like you are a VERY part time wedding photographer.
"it only requires an internet connection once every 30 days."
So you're screwed if you're a wildlife photographer working in 90% of Africa.
I put that to Adobe and their reply was "just go to a cafe and use their free wireless" - oxygen thieves...
Re: So, what happens if you decide to stop renting?
"Do you keep access to the software in its state as of the end of the subscription, or does the Adobe license manager delete it from your machine (or deny you access, which amounts to the same thing)?"
#2 - it kills the program - wont start without a subscription, that's the whole point.
I'm out too - CS6 is as far as Photoshop goes for me...
"I'm not forced to take our a year subscription, paying monthly instead."
And you pay 50-100% more for the privilege of not taking out a yearly subscription!
"I can stop when I want."
And then not have any programs that can open your files. Buy a real licence and you can access them forever.
Another Adobe employee obviously!
Re: What a huge fraud! Adobe worse than Electronic Arts (SimCity fraud)...
"My business can't justify the huge upfront cost of a straight up purchase, but cc is a no-brainer."
No, you have no brain.
The subscription costs more than double the cost of upgrading every 18 months!
You are either an Adobe employee, or have such little business sense I have a bridge I'd love to sell you...
Re: In as many cases
"My point was that yes, greenhouse effect is one of many factors that could be involved in allowing a planet to fall into the hospital zone, but the idea that this is a toggle switch between hospital and non that bothers me.
Look, if you have a planet outside of the hospital zone
Its is not predisposed towards making a planet hospital."
Do tell - what is a hospital zone, and how does a planet fall into one? *slaps forehead*
Re: In as many cases
"any factor that can influence a habitat towards being life capable can also work against it being so."
You said "at least as many" - that implies actual knowledge of the distribution of atmospheres on the thousands of billions of planets across the observable universe - which is so ridiculous its laughable.
"The hospital zone itself is a narrow band out of a much larger field of possibilities, basically there are far more ways it can go wrong than right."
And all the scientists are saying is that this is another possible way it can go right for the 'liquid water' worlds we view as potentially habitable.
They, unlike you, are not making claims about the actual distribution of planets because they know that NO ONE knows that - not even uninformed and unqualified commenters on internet websites such as your good self.
Re: In as many cases
"Where green house gasses might possible push environments into the hospital zone they're are at least as many where they push them out of it, cue venus."
Based on what? Your extensive statistical analysis of exoplanets?
We can barely detect that exoplanets exist, and can only make highly speculated guesses as to their atmospheric makeup, mainly based on their gravity.
There is no possible way you can back up those statements, unlike the SCIENTISTS who actually spend their lives studying the evidence we do have. There's enough completely uninformed and inaccurate opinions on the net already