* Posts by Michael Habel

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Apart from sport and a massive news story, nothing needs to be watched live

Amazon Prime TV on the other hand seems to be quite good by comparison and far cheaper.

That may well be truer for your neck of the woods... Here in Germany I could summarize Prime here, in much the same way. Which is way I made sure to can my Subscription at the first possible chance after the (We hope you done forgotten about us after Two Weeks) cooling off period. I guess the question remains if Netflix (Germany), would be any better?

But, who needs either when you have Kodi, and its half-dozen assortment of Add-Ons that pretty much cover everything.... Better then the native Android Apps... [sic] Amazon Prime.

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Re: Hmm

You can't do that kind of punt-taking if you're chasing weekly ad-rev fluctuations.

Thats what Pilots are for... I'm not a fan of Ads either. But if a Show isn't good, and can't get the ratings it goes, and something better (usually...), comes along. As much as I hate Big Brother, and its ilk of Reality TV, it manages to sell itself. I'm more of a Documenteries kinda guy myself. So I would watch Stations like PSB in the US, or the BBC's 2 & 4. If something were on... These days it seems that they're just recycling old Shows though. Otherwise I actually do enjoy xCIS <DOMAIN>, along with the Walking Dead. If US TV wasn't some of the greatest TV ever. Then I'd say your points were valid. Doctor Who probably wouldn't, or indeed hasn't been able to survive in that environment. it doesn't mean that it shouldn't exist. But why should the majority fund a Program for the minority that get to enjoy it? At leas PBS with its annoying bi-anual beg-a-thons are at least opt-in, and NOT mandated per law!

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1) RIP Top Gear... Its gone, and its never coming back. I have no plans of even entertaining the notion of watching whatever the BBC manage to churn out in this post Clarkson era. Carkson was Top Gear, as was Top Gear being Clarkson. I can not see one without the other. END!

2) HIGNFY on a Boxset really?! I'd have thought that a show sooo topical would be beyond hopelessly dated by the time it got on DVD to start with.

3) Doctor Who needs to revert back into a 20 Minute Cliffhanger format. I don't think the Writers are just that good at writing a script from start to finish in only a 45 Minute arc. Its One of the major things I hate about Nu-Who!

4) Genderbenders... Well I guess every Network must have their Bigbrother crap chucked in. Someone must obviously like it! I could damned well say that of Ballroom dancing. But, even the Yans seem to like this crap too Since it comes on before Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Why however remains a mystery to me...

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You know before I jumped on this IPTV train I kinda scoffed at the idea that this was a Broadcast killer... Now I'm starting to realize the amount of freedom this give me, being able to watch what I want, whenever I want is a very welcome addition. The fact that most of this stuff already has the Commercials ripped out of it is also a plus! it's not much wonder that the Beeb plan to shove Three onto the Wibbles. But, yeah the Content on 2, and 4 has been rather scarce. that I could see. I guess technically I could still find a live stream of these *cough* Filmon *cough*. But I hardly bother. since these Nutjobs axed the One Show that was actually any good.. Which was Top Gear.

Things like Doctor Who... Will eventually find there way... (As they do!), onto the Wibbles, usually in HD! sometime just after having aired. That Nu-Who (to me...) will never touch the best of old Who... I could care less if I see it the instant it airs, or not.

I suspect the last bastion of Broadcast TV will be the likes of the 24h News Channel(s). As if it weren't for these, and these alone. I could have saved myself the infrastructure costs of installing that DVB2IPTV Converter.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: @Triggerfish

To be honest, not really. Core 2 Duos are at least 65 W TDP, you'll need an expensive chassis for that (like Akasa fanless). Plus, the Core 2 Duo doesn't have an integrated GPU or any modern media acceleration features.

Correct me if I'm wrong here... But wouldn't this be where a dedicated discrete GPU would pick up the slack? I mean if the iCore series were as great as all that.. Who'd need to buy AMD/ATi To play Games, or nVidia to run VDPAU h.264 (up to 1080p). It used to be how I ran my HTPC... Till I deep sixed it, for a small Chinese Android TV Box, and a DVB2IPTV encoder.

While there are still several problems with such a setup. Its still able to handle ~90% of my needs The only bits I'm actually missing would be the recording functions of a PVR. But, its a small price to pay between something that only eats ~10W/h as opposed to a bespoke HTPC House, (That wasn't Beige as such...), that ate something closer to 450W/h.

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Re: TCO....

As unfortunate is it is, it would take a System like that to boot me off my current Core2Duo, and the only reason would be that it was otherwise a full i7 CPU, that didn't need its own Power facility to run. Still for a Barebones system I'd rather see this at about half the current going price.

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Michael Habel
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TCO....

I see the thing runs at 19v... Any clue as to how many Amps this thing needs to get on?! My guess here is this is a System for those that don't need / want to run a 450W+ Beige Box anymore. And, if it can do HTPC stuff, and run Photochop. I'm probably ok with it. Besides who said you couldn't game with it? Intel IGPs while sh--y in their own right... Are nowhere near a SH--Y! as, say S3's IGPs are At least Intel IGPs are well supported under Linux. S3... Naghh not so much...

So I'm sure this thing would be capable enough to run both Half-Life2, and Portal (2). Which might not be good enough for some People... But, would be plenty fine for me...

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: Google

If by Passwords you meant SSIDs, and MAC Addresses* then yeah.... Cause I'm sure thats all Google could ever snag from the backs of their Google-mobiles

*Which is bad enough indeed! But, as long as you're a sensible person and have your channel encrypted, then Google couldn't do much else to you.

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Just One more reason why this WILL BE THE GREATEST WINDOWS YET!

Welcome to Windows 7!

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: A little ridiculous

Thats just it though NOBODY I know actually wants or, even likes the idea of running CrApplets on a PC. The way forward for MicroSoft in the short term is to probably to solely focus on the Enterprise Market, and try to takeover where Blackberry are failing. For the exact reasons give a few posts up. Then they can let the rest of it trickle down into the consumer space. As it stands MicroSoft have next to no consumer value over Apple or Google's Android.

And if Universal CrApps mean more TIFKAM... Then I'll be off to the greener pastures of Mint Linux like a shot! Integration is kinda nice, but I think the price of Free (Windows), might still be to high!

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: Looks suspiciously familiar

May I suggest that the authors of Cinammon's UI in the current Linux Mint distro get some lawyers to look at the Win10 screenshots in this article?

Where exactly are you seeing Mint in all of that? 'Cause to be fair to MicroSoft... I'm not seeing what your seeing...

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The biggest problem is creaky old Windows Update which has to be just about the worst update mechanism of any OS. I would not like to do a new OS install on W10 in three years time if the current state of WU is anything to go by, it would take an eternity to patch the system.

>Implying this isn't the case for XP SP2 to SP3... Or just getting up-to-date on a fresh Windows 7 install.

While I agree sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade, Windows is not! It is the best we currently have, and I'm sure plenty of Plebs rely on reading about on a Thursday, or Friday Morning as to which "updates" are then best avoided!

With Windows OSX we don't really have that choice it seems now. So if MicroSoft wants to install some nagware UPDATE TO WINDOWS TODAY! ZM0G! (al-la Like a recent nagware update that they made available to both Windows 7, & 8.x or something more insidious like XPs useless (to anyone who isn't MicroSoft), WGA Call Home Update, which they had the cheek to brand as CRITICAL!

I wouldn't trust Microsoft's updates as far as I could spit a lightly fried stoat in a bun.... I however accept 'em for what they are at face vale.

On the same hand I'm probably just as wrong to assume that Linux Updates are much better, if only that they're mostly peer reviewed before going up.

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Michael Habel
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Windows 10 CRS-7 Edition (RTM) got its view first preview yesterday (28/06/15) by all accounts.

So is this clever way of saying it bombed?!

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Michael Habel
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Re: a more pertinent question might be ...

Will we be ready for it?

Still, while ideally we'd like to go to release with the Windows we want, sometimes you just have to go with the Windows you have.

Well thank the maker I can still use the Windows I need.... Windows 7!

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Michael Habel
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Are you saying that you are surprised to finds bugs on Beta software ?

With currently less the a month to go, before Launch. You'd might incorrectly think that the Software was generally getting slowly fit for purpose now.

So What's the overall difference between us Plebs getting shafted with a rolling Beta, and the unwashed Windows Insiders rabble who aren't quite up to the standards of our polite sociality? Other then not actually being given... At least officially, an opt-out from all the data mining that MicroSoft can get away with?!

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Michael Habel
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Re: Not every "home" user is a "consumer" user only.

1. The removal of Patch Tuesdays so whoops OUR BAD! If something breaks... At least we'll have it fixed before we ship it to Enterprise!

2. Windows as a Service... Perhaps the BIGGEST SERVICE ON THE WEB.... Yeah.. No! See Point 1.

3. Please try out our new App Store where you can buy your W2k Theme(s), for only $19.95(USD), AMEX, and Visa accepted! This is where MicroSoft really want to herd us down into, and I for One won't stand for it!

Is there even just One really tangible thing about Windows OSX that redeems the rest?! Besides the imminent threat that Security Updates for Windows 7 might get pushed up from its 01.14.20 expiry date?! Just One... And Windows 8.x'ers need not mention the return of the Start Menu (Button).... It never left me long enough to crave something as awful as WinOSX.

Which is actually starting to sound a bit like where they were with XP the whole time, But with a (hopefully to them), money spinning crApp Store inside of it.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Pricing Structure...

Thank you for reminding me exactly why I need to avoid Windows OS-X like the Plague! Appstores! They're great on my Phablet... Not so much on my Desktop.... A basic Calculator Widget that'll be a $1.99(USD)! AMEX & VISA Accepted!

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Michael Habel
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Re: Free for a year

Then turns (back) into a pumpkin.

If by Pumpkin you meant Turd, then yeah!

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Michael Habel
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And if I do upgrade my W7 system, but later decide that W10 is crap, can I go back to a W7 image, or will it then have been deactivated?

How can they deactivate an, SLIC OEM Key? Its flagged between the BIOS, and MicroSoft's own certs. No Internet required... Now if your on one of them new-fangeled UEFI thingamajigs.. Then yeah MicroSoft probably, from what I gather has the power to fork you over... e.g. kill the key...

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Re: Please correct me if I'm wrong...

<Sarcasm>Or you could just run Windows 95, the world's most secure operating system ever!</Sarcasm>

It wouldn't really surprise me much if it was more secure then XP/Vista/7/8.x, or Windows OS-X. Considering hardly nobodies using it anymore.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: I couldn't care less...

Ya missed the joke!

I think this also might be your jam!

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"it's" means "it is" not "its"

I could care less....

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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Re: I made a mistake

I gave up the Pirate Party in the last election were they shifted their Media Platform, to a Drug Cultured (i.e. The legalization of Marijuana), one. How you can go from what was eventually an anti-government snooping / Internet Controlfreakery Government (Gernman CDU) Party to something as base as liberalizing the current Drug Policy in one election cycle baffles me greatly. It's little wonder why that Party is on the wain. As I plain to be voting for the AfD in the next election instead.

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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Re: Retroactive

Double Jeopardy... They probably never heard of that either.... And, yes Alex let's make it a true daily double!

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Re: Work in a third world backward nation...

I thought 1st world = Mercury, 2nd world = Venus and 3rd world = us

Well there are plenty of places within the US where you'd be right to be confused like that...

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Re: Work in a third world backward nation...

And her I thought that Hell Holes like Sudan, and Ethiopia were the "Third Worlders"... People so poor they're literately starving to death... Or so Mr Geldof would have us believe.

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Re: Ye Gads...

AFAIC Everyone's a Troll especially me!

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Michael Habel
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Re: Work in a third world backward nation...

Can the UAE.... One of THE RICHEST NATIONS on the face of this Planet.... Really be called a Third-World Nation?! Yeah I DO GET the small matter that only a select few actually possess the adequate wealth to bribe the local Police with Lambo's, and the like. (Who said Top Gear wasn't educational?!). While the rest of the populace is probably made to just get along...

The question still however (As it is...), still stands...

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Michael Habel
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Freedom of Speech....

They probably never heard of it...

What's more sickening is that your Government, amongst soo many others want to pas other such dimwitted, and contemptuous laws striping Billions of People their rights to free speech on the 'net 'cause 'oh Holly Zarquon you might offend someones special wittle snowflake, and risk upsetting their applecart.

Personally these Persons should just GTFO the 'Net IMHO. Or eles learn 2 mute & block the detritus they find disagreeable. BUT, NO!!! Parlament / Congress / <INSERT OTHER BODY OF POWERS THAT BE!> Need to make Free Speech a hate crime.

Ya, know cause its obviously working well in a pissant backwater you couldn't get me to enter for all the Tea in China... So such Laws must be good right?!

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Two words.

Kiss was big back in the '70s... So probably more like 50~60Y/o's Mötly Crew would be closer to my gen (Gen-X of 40 somethings). I suppose the sadder reality of that would be that retched Seattle Grunge sh-- of the 90's. Nirvana sucked then, and time hasn't made any of their trite any better.

And, if Kiss weren't such massive douches they'd might just have been the only thing worth seeing..

Of to have a festival with Deep Purple, Sabbath (W/Ozzy), and Zeppelin, ELO, YES, Priest, Ginger Baker (On that Note W/Cream!), and Pink Floyd! etc... Now that would be my idea of a festival. With that kind of line-up... I'd might also be willing to endure this BS... But, thankfully (or not)... That line-up will continue to be just a dream.

BTW: W(ho)... or WTF are FNM and, Marilyn Manson? Laddy GaGas stepsister or something?

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Michael Habel
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Re: Panopticon Festival!!!

A well stocked piknik basket.

So they will allow you to bring your own containers (i.e. beverages), and food. Into the event, without coercing you to use the vender's instead?! That's a first I'm sure...

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Life in plastic, it's fantastic: Playmobil supremo dies at 81

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Re: Big fucking deal

He's probably a sibling of some American Child that choked to death on a McDonald's Happymeal (Playmobil), Toy, back in the '80s...

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Use SDN to smash tier one 'oligarchy', hacker says

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What retard writes 8 as IIX? Its VIII ya kuckelheads!

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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Re: @ DJV

Its shorthand in the Backing & Pastry Trade when using stupid Imperial Measures... I much prefer Kg's myself. There less math in working out stupid fractions that way.

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Michael Habel
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Re: Rebranding galore

I think they only sell brain dead iPhones, and call these iPod (Touch'es), now. Anything like my G1 / G3 iPod of the early '00-ies are probably all dead to Apple now.

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Michael Habel
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Re: The secret formula

Why not go the whole Coca-Cola and rename Apple to MegaDodo or something similar?

I think you meant to say InfiniDim Enterprises - We spent millions on that name so start liking it, or start packing!

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Michael Habel
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Re: iTunes ain't gonna go away (AFAIK)

Perhaps not... But, I've been getting my Music from Google Play these last few Years. And, for the most part its ok... iTunes was kinda nice way back pre v4.0 (Just after it hit XP as I recall), right before Apple started sh--'ing all over it! Now its just gotten way to outta hand for what it was indented for. Add to this the lack of drag & drop and... Well 2003, and the iPod was 12 years ago! And, I've moved on!

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Michael Habel
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Re: @ DJV

# is also a Pound sign. Pound here referring to weight, as in 16oz = 1# (Pound)

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Michael Habel
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I alway called it C Pound...

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Internet Society of Australia changes name to Internet Australia

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Whats James May doing on a Cross? I though everyone had it in for Clarkson?!

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T-Mobile has a network, Dish has spectrum it can't use. Oh, HELLO

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Second best....

Its not very hard only being the second best. When there are only Two Companies that are vying for your Dollars. The other being Murdoch's Direct TV, and your the only other guy in the running.

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Lonely Pirate cheers on Big Copyright-bashing EU commissars

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Re: GEO blocking

The BigYin - The harder you make it for people to use legal services, the more they look elsewhere.

It's hard to compete with free... And, the last time I checked the Kodi was largely on the whole free. Yeah you have some pretentious arseholes who're out to scam you I'm thinking of this Repository called of all things the Yid... Yeah moving on...

Again the point stands... Why should I pay for something as bad as Amazon Prime, when every other Kodi add-on does it better, quicker, faster, and with less hassle then I'd get from the Providers themselves?

Someone pointed out that Prime was for shipping, and the VOD Service was just a nice touch.. So I might be guilty of being assacwords here. looking for a decent VOD first and free shipping as needed... If ever?!

That said, the sad part is, with some of the less... Or, is it more questionable? Add-ons like say USTV Now. I can access first run Shows, and Sporting Events nearly in real time! Then if its so early in the morning 03:00 ~ 05:00 I can just fire up some other Add-on called Genesis, and said Broadcast will usually be there, with-in mere hours after the broadcast.

Is it right? Is it fair... No, probably not... But, then show me a better way were everyone wins? You can't 'cause you'd need to have a US Bank Account, and a VPN to access it then. And I'm hearing all kinds of stink about how the like of Netflix, are taking a rather dim view of those trying to hop over their Walls... So no that's not an acceptable answer either.

Its about the difference of an item, the EXACT SAME ITEM costing ~$5.00(USD) on the US PSN or more like 29.00€(EUR).. For the exact same Game. Region Locks are only here to ***k us over!

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Michael Habel
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I really wish Geo-locking would just die at times!

Whoops I obviously wasn't thinking of the children VPN Service Providers when I wrote that. Oh the scores of unemployed Sysadmins...

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Michael Habel
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Re: It's pretty obvious

Company sells package A in country 1 for X. Company also sells package A in country 2 for Y. X is 2Y. The company wants to sell as many at price X as possible because there is more profit.

If by Company you meant S0NY... And, by package you meant PlayStation Network then yes. Makes me wonder if there is even a worse PSN then Germany... Seems unlikely as hell though. Since you still can't even directly hang a PayPal Account on it, like you can with the US Version.

I think I might have mentioned that the German PSN also removed all PSP (GO) Content from their Store too! Yeah you can still presumably download stuff you already have. But, forget about finding any new-er stuff. IT DOES NOT EXIST. Likewise PSN on the PSP still works on the US PSN... for now. It almost makes me happy I never got a Go. But, I foresee the PS3 and, Vita going in that direction here too for long.

If the Pirate Party (Germany)... Were more about this... And less about their stupid Drug Policies... I might still have given a fork about 'em... As it is I'll be voting for the AfD in the next election. Which is a dammed shame. 'cause this is exactly where the Pirate Party need to be! That and, perhaps pushing hard to end all TV Licensing. Barring that.. The removal of all Ads form the ARD & ZDF, when they know the have an audience. ex: News time. I can not begin to describe how that p!sses me off! Either loose the license fees, or go commercial!

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Michael Habel
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Re: It's pretty obvious

Here is my money. I *want* to give you my money. Why won't you let me?

And don't treat me like some 3'ed World'er with your third-rate leftovers that aren't worth the price of admission! *cough* Amazon Prime Video *cough*

Actually on that rather delightful topic of Amazon Prime... For Zarking sake please write a decent single purpose Android App! Really install this... To then install that, to get the so-called "Prime Video" App to work... Is the biggest fail I ever had the misfortune to encounter... I almost could deal with the crappy German Leftovers... But this was the major deal breaker for me!

That would make some pay tv providers have serious problems. Why should I, for example, get German Sky, when I could also get UK Sky?

Depends on what I wanted... In this case Movies, and TV in English. The People who generally want Sky Germany are more interested in Football. Besides its called ~competition~ Something that desperately need to happen in the field of Cable TV... And, not just on this side of the pond either! If anything that needs to happen in the US first!

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I for One welcome this... Assuming the likes of freesat had to eventually re-broaden their Beam to what it was pre-2009 I might have to go and, dig out my Dish again! This kind of inter-region locking. Of which the Austrians, and to a lesser extent the Swiss who consume all the open German Channels over 19.2°E won't be arsed into sharing their stuff back with Germany, which is the BIGGEST BS!

I guess since you lot are to wise to get in on the Euro Scam.... (Good on you!), Murdock might have an, argument on BSkyB being as locked up as that... But, where the Euro has taken over... And, such crappy in-built limitations of Astra 2 E/F doesn't exist. I should be able to subscribe to any other Provider I'd wish to, from with-in the E.U., which technically includes BSkyB.

Hell I've stated that I'd also be willing to actually pay the fright on the BBC License from my location to be able to watch it too. So its not even like I'm looking for a free ride. But, Once you lot can cover Europe al-la the German License Fee Channels then you can talk.

Though I gather this is slowly more about the Third-rate leftovers the likes of Germany gets fed from the likes of Amazon, and Netflix. as opposed to say the USoA. Another example of this would be the S0NY Playstation Store. The German Store front... Is just about what you'd call usable. The US Version, still supports the PSP! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Not to mention. Also has way better deals there.

I really wish Geo-locking would just die at times!

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

"Unix for innovation, Mac for productivity, Windows for Solitaire."

Sounds about right to me...

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Michael Habel
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Re: I'm confused

It's easy to get rid of the apps on a Windows 8/8.1/10 install:

Start PowerShell with admin privileges.

Type in:

get-appxpackage -allusers | remove-appxpackage

Hit Enter

All the unprotected packages will be zapped. A couple are protected e.g. Settings, Store etc. but it's best they stay in case you need them at some point

Are you sure you haven't left out a sudo somewhere? Or, an apt- over there?

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Re: I'm confused

He was born in year 6 BCE, if you really want to be pedantic...

Yeah it kinda figures that even the Church can't work out what the dates are...

Perhaps the Doctor, Doctor Emmit Brown, Bill & Ted etc... Could just pop 'round and have a noise in... And, just possibly put this whole charade of divinity to rest?

Though I don't know how I'd feel if they all came back, (With Pictures!, or better Phablet Movies), of that Cat turning Water into Wine feeding x number of People with just that one Fish etc...

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