2768 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007
Re: Boo Hoo
No. I never go to the cinema as experience shows that when I do I was better off watching the advertisement trailer which had all the best bits of the movie in it compressed into 1 minute for free, all the hype & marketing being absolutely no more than hype & marketing.
I do pay Netflix though, and so far have no problem with value for money there, mucho TV series to marathon through plus reasonable movie selection. I also have no problem with games like ME3 as stated above, that game just keeps on giving.
Thinking you have a right to some residual income from secondhand sales is ludicrous though. Anyway they'll have pretty much destroyed that market in the next generation of consoles. Watch prices NOT fall, though, regardless.
It's one of the remaining methods of not paying full price for a game that's legal.
I'm not convinced that paying £40-ish quid for a game that you complete in 20 hours and no point re-playing once completed is value for money.
If more games were like Mass Effect (86 hours to complete) with the attendant depth of story, characters & gameplay and production values then yes, that's worth forty quid.
So. Perhaps what the consumer should be asking is 'will you slash your prices by 75% (80/20 = 4) if second hand games are made illegal?'. No. Thought not.
That latest Splinter Cell game.. about 5 hours to complete. Utter rip off, played it and punted it on eBay to recoup losses, a tragic end (presumably) to a classic game series.
If your game takes 10 hours to play then it's worth a fiver based on Mass Effect 2's 86 hours gametime (not completed #3 yet but looking like 80 hours, too), cos if ME is worth £40 quid then _your_ game *isn't*.
I've nothing against game developers making money, many games provide loads of fun (Portal a great case in point) but be realistic about what it's worth FFS,
Re: Assuming the accuracy of the 'facts' mentioned
Maybe they dressed like koalas for that, too.
Re: Assuming the accuracy of the 'facts' mentioned
Yeah but... 'generous support of the Rockefeller Family Fund'
Is a bit of a giveaway when it's common knowledge it's a CIA cashpoint :o)
Greenpeace would take money from Exxon if it furthered their cause.
Assuming the accuracy of the 'facts' mentioned
It look pretty straightforward really.
Even if the guy's considered a nutbag by the Aussies, why would anyone not on the eco-payroll believe anything Greenpeace said these days anyway? They're mostly ecomilitants and self-serving enviroloons anyway.
At best it's tinfoil-hatter meets the Golden Children of Warmology, at worst it's true. It's also what the CIA do best, so if a conspiracy yarn it's a classic because all the components are, individually, true, only their acting as a whole in this context isn't verified.
Helicopter. Black one.
For good measure I added 'uspto' and 'patent lawyer' to urban Dictionary.
Amazed they weren't already there to be honest.
Bloody Americaland again...
Surely Skype was doing this beforehand though?
Or is it somehow different if you do it again on a mobile, then a car dashboard, then a toaster?
Not like you wanted to be interrupted by a call mid-game anyway.
Maybe only add _friends_ to you friends list then.
If you add ForeignSlut57 Won Hung Dong and Debbie 'T-V Ejaculatrix' Jones you really deserve everything you get. Facebook, shite as it is, is at least Darwinian in that respect...
It was created by professional developers [check] quite possibly in an organised team of developers [check] where some aspects of the team worked on separate chunks of the code [check] possibly unaware of what other coding cells were working on [check]
So, CIA / NSA, anyone (or any other shady TLA agency)? Team A with lower clearance worked on general framework while team B (and maybe C) worked on sensitive and intricate exploit code to run within it...
Perhaps we should read that as
2012 reprieve for secondhand games market... :o(
As if anything could be anything other than '30%' with Apple!
So it seems to work both ways, eh? :o)
Re: What I don't get
According to the image at https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader (click the free card reader button, can't direct link to it) it's a 3-conductor plug hence the mystery (in my head, anyway).
If it were TRSM (Tip Ring Send *Mic* ? Just made that up) I'd not think twice about it :oD
What I don't get
Is how these things get stuff into a phone by plugging them into an output (headphone) socket.
Do the phones have some kind of HF filter that allows out-of-audio-band signals to be transmitted back into the socket as input ?
What dread Witchery is this?
Pint. It's Friday.
Double plus bonus!!!
So, for £65-ish they get to keep the images of Frodo, etc, too? What a most excellent result.
Of course the real tipping point was me saying I'd not take the family to see the 2 Hobbit(tm)(r)(p) movies, losing them 10 cinema tickets. Still not gonna go, though, MUHAHAHAH!!!!
Must admit to being completely amazed - I expected hordes of braying fanbois (and gurlz) to be taking up entire blocks of pavement, all a-twitter about how they're queueing for a V3 via their V2 tablets with their V1 as a backup in case the battery died.
But no. It's like some kind of crazy outbreak of common sense or something.
Maybe everyone mail-ordered this time round? Perhaps bosses got wise and wouldn't allow any annual leave on a launch day to improve their own chances!
Buy secondhand. Not like DVD/BluRay fades with age is it.
In fact getting as much of what you want right now is probably quite important as the games market is shifting away from discs for the next gen, you can bet the MAFIAA will, too, so the window of opportunity to 'own' your media is rapidly closing, then it'll all be DRM'd cloud 'owned' virtual stuff you have no control of.
If they wanted to save 100M quid then about not using the assclowns at EDS (now HP?) for IT contracts and let the taxpayer at least enjoy slightly cheaper mail order goodies.
Oh feck... there's a budget round the corner, too, isn't there. Deep joy.
To quote a certain geezer
Naughty, naughty. Very very Naughty.
25M is hardly a disincentive, though, is it, although I suppose it might wipe out the profit made by the specific crime perhaps?
Not like they're the first to be caught, or will be the last, much less the last to do it and not be caught. Gain vs loss chances makes it worthwhile.
Once you're out you're out!
The Jobsian/Cooksian Church's exit door is a one-way ticket :o)
Notably, had a frothy article I read recently about 'How Apple managed to get so many pixels into that screen'
As if they literally manufacture them themselves with elves in Cupertino. Was such a terrible fawning piece of 'journalism' that I now ignore Mashable articles in case that baseline for accuracy is across the board.
Yep, it's just a V2 tablet with a new screen and support chip unless you're American and have the 4G thing then you got that too.
Pint, cos they're frothy, too.
High street Gameshops stuffed
When the diskless nextgen consoles come out what are these companies going to sell? My understanding of Game and Gamestation is that a lot of their revenue is from pre-owned stuff which may well be non-existent on the new breed of boxes.
You can only eke out a living on pre-owned last-gen for so long... :o(
While it's a really nice device it's just too big as a phone. IMHO my Desire HD is pretty close to the sensible limit for a phone, a little bigger may be OK but smaller than a Note for sure.
Re: Why a film studio
No statute of limitations esp. as they're American?
The rightful owners of the (C) have had 25 years to object, irrespective of who those holders have been. If no-one's defend the mark in the last twenty+ years they should be told to do one.
Re: Fuck Saul Zentz
Bollocks. I thought it was the movie rights only.
That's an enormous shame. Galactically.
Fuck em anyway. Johhny foreigner is hassling a British pub and that's just not cricket, ask the ghost of Guy Gibson's dog.
Re: Fuck Saul Zentz
Using images and movie-specific collateral, naughty for sure, yes, but it *sounds* like they're objecting to using the LOTR character names which have defo been in use longer than the movies have existed.
Or are they saying they own the JRR books too?
Fuck Saul Zentz
I'm pretty sure there's something somewhere that says you can't own shit that predates your own stuff. Only needs to be in UK law, too, with luck.
Typical greedy bastard corporate GreedFail. They just lost ten cinema tickets in the UK cos no way am I taking my family to see Hobbit 1 & 2 where ten minutes ago I definitely was.
There. That was worth the GreedMongering, wasn't it you jackass plutocrat bastards.
Need a Tom & Jerry $$-sign eyes style icon.
Re: Patent it OR commercialise?
Yeah. Patent it before Johnny Foreigner does (or perhaps Hank/Chuck/Earl Foreigner) and bends you over for infringement.
Just DO IT.
Hassle free upgrade?
I seem to remember owners having issues with iThings every single ios upgrade or are there many more upgrades than the ones that get reported as problematic?
Good idea for useage, though. Sod paying money to banks when you don't need to.
Re: "super high aperture"
Yeah you'd think they'd have had samples sent to Cupertino from different batches so they could check display quality, consistency, etc.
Perhaps Sharp/LG fudged samples to gain the work and only Samsung had the consistency in the real volume output in the end? Mind you the number of different manufacturers there's been in the last 72 hours I'd not be surprised to see Amstrad's, Panasonic's and SONY's names turn up next, it's like technology company bingo!
When someone gets a tablet to pull apart we'll see then.
Re: Sniggers in the Samsung boardroom
Grow a sense of humour fanboi
Re: And this would be why Apple's suddenly backing down on Android?
I'd think Samsung display division is fairly independent of Mobile but now they know they're the sole supplier *capable* of making the stuff proper-job, who knows...
Sniggers in the Samsung boardroom
Surprised Sharp can't do it, though, they're a very cunning company usually, even though Samsung are the leading display tech guys (so I believe) these days.
You can bet someone somewhere in Samsung is busily working out how much cost can be borne now they know they're the only go-to guys for these units.
'Sorry, guys, shipments delayed slightly, got to get a massive order for, errr, GalaxyS3 and Tab2 displays out on time, let Foxconn know, wouldya?'
Yeah the games market is fecked come the next console iteration. I don't do much online play so don't care about buying games secondhand (though got Mass Effect 3 for PS3 *and* XBOX cos my savegame's on XBOX and one of the kids wanted it on PS3 for his birthday for multiplayer).
As a result I don't buy many games brand new. That certainly won't change unless Gen3 games are something like half the price, which I can't see happening.
Re: At last!
Sure if you want to pay for it then do, not a biggie, though I wonder how many people will be unaware that the rip will only be available within the UV framework and this is just a method to shepherd revenue streams, err customers, into the fold? $5 for upscaling to HD is a bit of a joke, too, unless they're replacing it with a real HD rip in which case not so bad.
Where money's involved I don't trust the vendor's motives with an inversely proportional relationship to the profit which could be gained.
They've taken a long time working out how to get people to pay again for something they already have since the VCR -> DVD -> BluRay chain of upgrade-and-rebuy stalled.
What's the betting that once ripped they don't re-rip YOUR disc, just check the EAN and provide you with one they made earlier, too.
Money <- x -> Old Rope.
Like Captain Underpants I shall be self-managing my collection rather than letting myself get ensnared in a lock-in. A pint for you, Sir!
Re: What does the financial health of Proview ...
I reckon it could hinge on the whole ipads being made before the trademark was purchased claim.
If they had a squillion tablets made with 'iPad' stamped on them, they're going to go to quite some lengths to ensure they don't have to rebrand and restamp the product(s).
If it can be shown this was the case it strengthens the Proview claim. If in fact no branded units were made (just the backplate, right?) before the purchase then Proview look like they're just out for a payday (which they certainly are, the difference is whether or not it's justified).
As for Proview being sneaky, well, it's not like apple are above dirty tricks to make a buck either. No big corp is, the gains usually outweighs the potential losses. So name calling and claims of sneakiness are irrelevant.
If branded product was made and if the pseudonymous UK Director was acting under an alias I reckon Proview will get a payday unless a stellar explanation is forthcoming. If not then apple get to trumpet loudly about justice being served.
Of course this doesn't take into account the wholesale buying of Chinese officials to make it go away...
So in other words
Apple still haven't anything stronger to rebuff Proview's claims than name-calling?
Looking good for Proview still, then, I must say.
I think Activision might be interested
Can you just splurge Soap McTavish in your paper without asking them as it's not an article about the game, they're using it as clipart?
It's also kind of tasteless, too, something trivialising about connecting it with a game.
Re: Does it mean......
Especially if you paid for the service like the landlady did.
"provided from a place in the United Kingdom"
They're provided from space, the word 'Satellite' is the clue here. Or are they saying they're provided from the football ground, perhaps.
Seriously though, how many subscriptions' value were burnt in that ridiculous court case just to try and get a few hundred quid out of a pub?
Nose, Face, Spite.
Microsoft have come a long way
But for another company, arguably a competitor, to be fixing your shit for you still...
Presumably Moz sent MS a bug report stating what they'd done, too? Just a guess.
Painted into a corner
Doesn't look too good for any of them and trying to prove that they all decided independently on the same thing at the same time and then told it to Amazon is going to take some professorial trick-cycling.
Re: CBS being cunning?
Maybe they do... would help offset the losses of AOL...
CBS being cunning?
They've maybe done the sensible thing and reviewed the history of how apple have dealt with other media co's historically and, realising they're a massive and likely important consideration for appletv decided they don't need apple pushing them around once they've signed up.
Can make apple cry, will make apple cry. One of a few co's in a position to, so playing them at their own game, maybe. Or, perhaps Google have something in the CBS inbox, too, so they can afford to give apple a bit of a dig.
As in treated their customers like chattel...
Fucked antenna design.. oh it's YOUR fault, your nasty hands are holding it wrong.
So the precedent is firmly set. Cite that.
Cos without 'em it just ain't a DARPA story...
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