36 posts • joined 22 Jun 2012
Re: This will only drive people into piracy
That's exactly what I did when I found my wife couldn't watch Eastenders using XBMC, and we pay the licence fee.
Re: Why show steamOS and linux seperately?
I'm more interested in XBMCBuntu plugin. Come on clever people.
Sweat? I was about to press the send corrections button.
Although I'm not sure what is worse this or Ghanaian Pee Cola.
Re: No way near Homeopathic standards..
Excellent paper, another thumbs up from me.
Re: Adobe ID?
Exactly, there is no fabled cloud* in this case just an encrypted ex that rings up the mothership before launching. DRM at its finest.
* Well there are some features that are in the cloud, like sendnow, but nothing that should stop your core applications from working.
Re: At least those other publications…
I think the thinking goes that while there is only one the are distributed so follow the same rule as the sky and the national grid.
Re: HP ProLiant N54L Synology DSM for £125
Be careful with that option at the moment. HP isn't accepting cashback on the Amazon sellers I've asked them about except from Amazon itself.
Just a heads up, HP are pretty picky about where you buy them from, and finding a list of accepted vendors seems to be impossible,
Saying that their email support is pretty good at saying yay or nay to any you ask them about.
I had this happen from some Irish Facebook Aps company- I don't Facebook.
I got an email saying that I was being charged 120 quid by Paypal, first thought it was a phishing scam, but checked only to find out some scam company I'd never heard of had put an auto renewing £120 charge on my account.
I managed to get a chargeback and I know these scams are hard to combat but a quick Google found hundreds of complaints, going back several years, on Paypal's own forums about the same company doing the same thing. With no response, or action, from Paypal.
Now if I was more suspicious I might wonder if Paypal do nothing about these things because they gain if the fraud works but lose nothing if it doesn't due to the time limits and barriers they put on chargebacks.
Considering you can watch the minecraft documentary on youtube, officially, I don't really see Notch being some evil trademark retentive nasty.
Plus, they're asking to raise half a million quid to make a film using his IP without asking him, nuts.
If you can stick XBMC on it I'm getting one to replace the old C2D HTPC.
Re: Are media companies *driving* piracy ?
I think Usenet is a good example here as it's something pirates pay to use. It shows that there is a revenue stream there if a product was offered that was as good as Usenet.
Re: Model M
'I know I keep shilling them, but Unicomp bought the right to the Model M and are still making them and some minor variations, see http://pckeyboard.com/"
Unicomps are great except that they are completely destroyed with even a little spill of liquid. I went through two, one was a replacement, in about eight months due to spills during drunken gaming,
Model Ms can be washed in the dishwasher.
Re: More chocolate teapot science?
So you are completely unaware of the legalisation of cannabis for medical use in parts of probably the most ant-drug country in the western world- America- after clinical trials as well as organic chemistry.
Re: monkey tennis
Rubbish, once we have harvested all those photons we can stick em in crates and launch them back to Earth via a giant slingshot.
Low gravity to massive gravity well, what can go wrong?
Aiming might be hard but with a large enough net we should be good to go.
Re: Retail flail
Re: ""You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more.”"
I'm pretty sure that a D notice is voluntary, and just an agreement not to publish, produce ect. If the Guardian didn't agree there's not much that can be done except stuff like this.
While they can't stop the undercover Feds I think the implication is that the many people from three letter agancies that have been openly attending, and giving talks, since Def Con's start are no longer welcome.
Half of the fun of Def Con is it's one of the few places where poachers and gamekeepers openly mix and share ideas.
Re: Insecure server makes it OK?
Did you also miss "Auernheimer then distributed the list of email addresses to media organisations as proof of the vulnerability, forcing AT&T to acknowledge and fix the security problem."
No, having an insecure server with your customers' details is not OK and the only way to stop this happening is to name and shame companies which don't play nice when poeple tell them so.
Re: Four sprung duck technique
Actually the way CS handles this isn't too bad. It phones home once a month, if it can't get through it'll tell you on launch but gives you another month to sort it out.
I'm not in favour of this, as like most users me and the places I work for tend to skip, but it's not the worst implementation of DRM about.
Wierd thing, Photoshop must be the most pirated peice of software on the planet, and it's been phoning home for yonks so DRM hasn't worked. Must be about charging us more then.
Re: Yes they do
You sure, genuine question, who? Last time I looked into this no one had been prosecuted although many had been threatened.
Not sure how the law is now but the DDA never really mentioned websites, rather services, it was the rather open ended and websites were only talked about by the DRC and even then it was all about an undifined best practice.
The only way I could see this being financially viable is if they use a service like Yodel, I'd rather wait two days for Royal Mail.
It passed the girlfriend factor
My girlfriend loves the service. It's got a better selection the Netficks and is cheaper than Virgin on demand.
I had a look when i was around hers at the weekend and the selection is pretty damn amazing and around £2.50 for the latest films. Gawd Argo only appeared on trackers a couple of weeks ago and it's on there for a couple of quid.
While people that go to this site are quite happy with the 'cough' alternatives for the non techie population I think this will work out really well.
Re: A trend, not a case
I'd say John Lewis are a pretty good case of how to do it right. I bought a Samsung TV of them several years ago for not much more than it would have cost online.
Great delivery, not only turned up but rang before, offered to set it up ect. Also when it inevitably stopped working two years later due to blown caps I just rang them up, man comes to pick it up next day leaving a comparable replacement TV, and returns it fixed within a week.
Now if anyone asks for advice where to buy a TV I tell them John Lewis.
Re: Elbow > *
Yup, and it's blinkin short as well when you just elbow everyone. Only problem is I only really figured this out later when I played the ST port after spending to much real moneypences getting not very far in the arcade.
Re: i'll take a pass
Errr, while Nintendo consoles might not be the most advanced but they seem to be the best made by far. I remember seeing videos of Gamecubes and Wiis taking some pretty amazing punishment and still working.
Re: ...over-rated tat-bazaar that is Forbidden Planet
Yup, I asked me dad to take me there for ages- I was only eight - which he finally conceded to, only to be pulled out and taken home after five minutes of browsing because he thought everyone looked like a peado.
I'd actually like them to team up with the Ooite people who have done a fantastic job with just the time on their hands.
One of the big requests is to make it MMO like which they say they can't because of engine limitations. So let Braben work on the engine and use the Oolite assets.
Agree with the comments about the longer game, I loved Oolite until I got the ship I wanted then just lost interest. Not so much cudous in being deadly anymore - I never got to Elite in the specy version - and far to many other things it fill my time.
And docking computers are for Tribbles.
Re: Power outages have benefits, too
Having lived in a country with nightly power outs - Sri Lanka 2001/2002 I think you must be crazy - the only good thing was an added incentive to go to the pub.
If they wanted to be really cheap couldn't they all jump up and down at the same time?
Re: Longer USB cables = FAIL
Err, I got two metre extenders which seem to work with everything I've ever used them for. Not saying you're wrong but just not right in my experience.
Tell me if I'm wrong but I thought silicon couldn't form long polymers so no chance of DNA like structures made from it, hence all life being carbon based?
Actually I have a vista laptop as my HTPC at the mo so might be interested, this can't be any worse then vista can it people?
Tell me please, not up for paying to go win 7 for this box that plays movies and nothing else but maybe I'd like better performance with win8?
And women don't wank?
Re: In real life ...
As a former Chemist I would have loved to agree but the women, much like most of the men, where socially inept neck beards.
Maybe there was just less of them therefore less chance of deviation from the mean.
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