If that adpocalypse comes then just buy a Roku.
If streaming services aren't available, then just buy some DVDs from Amazon and install yourself a copy of Plex.
2416 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
If that adpocalypse comes then just buy a Roku.
If streaming services aren't available, then just buy some DVDs from Amazon and install yourself a copy of Plex.
This whole thing reminded me of old educational movies from the 60 that were big on this "Man as hunter" sort of thing. I almost wonder if Ted Nugent didn't lead the research team here.
> if you can refrain from twisting my words for a moment - the average computer user has existing expectations of how their should work and what it should do
Two words: Ribbon and Metro.
Microsoft have always screwed around the "average computer user". Their tendency to play "Where's Waldo" with seldom used but important admin screens is a pain point even for skilled power users.
Windows is crap and Macs are overpriced and inflexible.
It's sad when "wanting something else" or wanting something better makes you some sort extremist or zealot.
> Too many people assume it's ok for others to come along and copy Apple stuff
That's the way the world works. If not for this being the case in the 80's, you would likely never see any sort of affordable mass market personal computer of any variety (Mac clone or DOS clone).
People like you should be forced to use the kind of computing tech that your corporoate shilling nonsense implies you should have access to.
The whole point of patents is to improve the state of the arts. The body of patents should be the first thing that practicioners go to to find resuable solutions to hard problems. Instead, the current regime encourages patents to be ignored and to be written in such a way that they are worthless. Patents are supposed to be documentation for other engineers like peer reviewed journals or text books.
Of course they are nothing of the sort anymore. They have been corrupted to the point where they are completely unrecognizable.
> No one has a Yugo
Anyone that's stuck with an Intel GPU has the gaming equivalent of a Yugo.
Valve just became the QA department for Nvidia. They are pushing those drivers harder than anyone has ever pushed them and they probably can submit very useful bug reports.
Yeah, there were probable a few bugs to squash in the nvidia BLOB driver for Linux.
Most of that I could easily sort out with something like Kickstart or a private Debian repository and some scripts. Once you have an environment that is script and CLI friendly, it becomes pretty easy to automate things and doing 50 of something is no harder than doing 1 of something.
"cannot be bolted down"?
If MacOS is half as Unixy as fanboys like to claim, then it not being boltable is rather absurd.
People have been managing large Unix networks since before Microsoft products had any sort of networking.
No. Your silly overpriced consumer gadget is not a surrogate for a car that everyone here knows you will NEVER be able to afford. It's simply not something you can lord over the rest of us.
Plus, we're just not ignorant enough here.
We realize that it's just a Ford with a different nameplate on the outside.
We should have a top 10 list and a drinking game for lame fanboy arguments.
Put the whole "build quality" argument at #3 perhaps.
BTW, "Android" doesn't produce anything. Hardware vendors produce things. It's kind of like PCs. You're showing your total lack of technical understanding or even familiarity with Android devices here.
What you just describe would be a showstopper for ANY platform.
Since this is clearly not a problem for Android, it clearly isn't a problem for Linux either.
Something else must be the roadblock. Free Software projects can use the same APIs as commercial vendors do. This is not unlike how Free Software works on MacOS or Windows.
The OS is there to take care of the nitty gritty hardware details and leave a nice programming interface for the coders.
As far as PhoneOS goes, Free Software is simply BANNED. It's hard to get past that.
> then certainly Open Office, MySQL and so forth are copying proprietary software
ANY office suite is "copying proprietary software", big brand names in included. It's pretty old and basic stuff that Microsoft has no monopoly in. It's this mindless sort of brand fixated mentality that make running the monopoly platform far less useful. Some of us might want to use an "alternative". Licenses aren't even the big issue there.
...and SQL? That's an open standard. Whining about MySQL is like trying to call ANY image editor a Photoshop knockoff.
Both are good examples of stuff that's OLD enough that it should be commodity and dirt cheap by now.
There's no good reason for either class of software to be the exclusive domain of some monopoly vendor that has mastered the art of forcing everyone to buy pointless upgrades.
Historical revisionism is bound to upset those of us that actually lived through this stuff.
In my mind, the Apple 2 line will always be associated with Apple's tendencies to gouge it's fans. Apple was gouging people for 8-bit machines well into the 68K era to the point where you could get an Amiga or Atari ST for less than an Apple 2.
That sort of thing tends to put a damper on the spread of technology.
New York is richer and less devastated.
> t's about a method indexing the audio/video allowing it to be recorded and played back on a very low powered device.
Then it should be irrelevant by now. It should be so irrelevant that no one should ever have heard of it because it became obsolete before anyone ever heard of Tivo and before Tivo Corp ever started suing people.
It's like shaking down Tesla over a patent on stone knives and bear skins.
> The only other part is scheduling of recording, and I think there may be some prior art on that!!!.
select chanid,starttime from programs where title='Doctor Who';
The description of that Tivo patent sounds like ANY sort of specialized coprocessor.
In the 90s it was pretty obvious that you needed a MPEG2 coprocessor to do the heavy lifting as CPUs of the time weren't up to the task. This was something I sought out as a standard PC part the moment I was exposed to the "PC as a VCR" concept.
By 2002 such standard PC components were commonplace. Before analog TV became entirely obsolete, I had a couple such cards.
Now any Tivo patents are pretty much irrelevant since all TV signals are now already "PVR" ready.
Tivo's original stuff has been made comlpetely obsolete twice over.
It's not a hard idea to implement once the right tech is in place. You need large hard drives and fast CPUs. Once you have that, any college kid can recreate a Tivo with some Perl or some C++. The work of Tivo Corp is pretty irrelevant here. Anything they might have created to help deal with resource limitations in the 90s are not really relevant now.
Some concurrent IO and some database programming and you're there.
If you want to create your own RPM, you can probably just rip apart the DEB start from there.
Poke the binaries with ldd and off you go.
It would be not unlike what Ubuntu does with the Nvidia driver or Virtualbox.
> Oh? Here are the instructions for the "popular" Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormat /BluRayAndHDDVD
Is that really the best you can do? The HOWTO for a DRM format that is not supported on Macs either?
> Dear neckbeard,
The people that actually matter aren't listening to you.
> I can't find anything comparable with such a small and attractive form factor.
It will cease to be small or attractive the moment you need to hook it to something else in order to overcome it's "smallness and attractiveness". Plus it will become a doorstop when tech moves on and there are things you can't upgrade or repair on it.
"Pretty" and unmaintable with a disk replacement procedure straight from the Atari ST era.
> The Mac Pro shows that Apple can design stuff to be very easy too maintain when they want to.
Kind of sort of. My approach to the "storage" problem would be hot swap bays. Although those probably aren't pretty enough for Apple fashionistas. They are terribly convenient and very easy to use though.
The fact that Dell may be doing something stupid is no reason to excuse Apple for it.
Yet wtih an M-16 can be maintained by it's user. A Mac cannot.
This is an important detail that you are trying to obscure with nosense and flimflam.
A Mac storage upgrade is NOT a "5 minute" thing. It is not a simple thing. It's not even a simple thing for specialists with special tools.
There is no "ease" here. A machine that can be "eviscerated with ease" would be something that you could do the 6 rubes test with.
Like I said before: Apple fanboys love to redefine terms. "ease" here is one of them.
You kid, but it's dramatically easier to get an M-16 apart and back together again. The comparison is like night and day with the rifle being much more like a PC than this Mini that everyone seems to be gushing over.
There are any of a number of PCs and PC form factors that run circles around this thing including low profile machines from Asrock.
Maintainable is a normal person being able to break down a machine rather than it being something relegated only to gunsmiths (like the Mk-19).
Like with many other things, Apple fans are redefining basic terms (like geek and maintainable).
> Umm, did someone force them to sign that contract at gunpoint?
A perfectly pathological response to a simple rebuttal of a falsely claimed fact.
The fact that you want to stick up for some psychopaths does not alter the fact that those psychopaths are the ones that would benefit from "increased protection for artists" rather than the actual talent.
Necessity is the mother of invention, not avarice.
Inventors and artists that are worth their skin won't stop producing just because they can't pretend to be Robber Barons. Real talent doesn't act like that. That's why art and invention did not start with the first Anglo-American attempts to regulate creativity.
Many industries thrive despite copycats. Games in particular are notorious for this. So are most other "entertainments".
Perpetual copyright won't change the fact that I've already got everything I want from Zeppelin or the Beatles or every Star Trek series I care to watch.
I can just queue stuff on a perpetual 10 year loop.
> I wonder what you do for a living,
I contribute to what you would call "creative works".
If the work is of general interest then I HOPE it gets pirated. Otherwise, it means that it is simply no good. If you aren't being pirated, your stuff really is poorly regarded. As far as that "stealing" goes, I have not seen it impact the bottom line. Good stuff still gets bought.
Don't make crap.
Acknowlege the fact that you have to compete with every form of distraction.
DRM does NOT stop pirates. It just bothers the paying customers.
> not an approach that works terribly well with anybody (eg) with young children
Get a babysitter.
Have the mother-in-law come for a visit.
It's not an insurmountable problem if you are actually a music consumer. Although if you are "too busy", then it is likely that you are also too busy to be a music consumer in general. If you don't have time for live music, you likely don't have time to seek out new recordings to buy.
> Content creators ARE the content owners.They are also the licensor.
Nope. Def Leppard are in the process of reverse engineering their old recordings because this is specifically NOT the case. They are doing this because they are getting shafted by their label (who actually owns the recordings). They are getting shafted on digital file sales (iTunes).
The talent is generally in a bad position to negotiate terms and usually ends up bent over.
This is all about the corporate bullies that take advantage of the talent in various ways.
> Oddbin, who is to say that what YOU do is a "real job"?
The market does. That's the only valid metric really.
If you're devalued because everyone can get stuff for free and the back catalog is cheap and everyone already has a stockpile of stuff because bits don't rot, then tough.
You don't have a natural right to make money in a particular manner.
> Like most non-creators you're confusing quantity with quality.
Like most posers you conflate a brand name with quality. The Jurassic publishers allow plenty of dreck to be published while suppressing good work. What is commercially viable seldom coincides with "quality".
> Do you really want a world where no great new music, games or movies can ever be made because creators can only work part time?
A false choice.
The real problem is that the new has to compete with all of the classics from they entire history of recording technology. You don't have to settle for today's dreck. You can choose to watch any Doctor you like. With as much money as the average consumer is expected to spend, you can easily reach escape velocity and accumulate enough stuff that you never have to pay for anything else again.
The back catalog is the real threat, not piracy.
It is highly unlikely that "artistes" will agree to any regime that allows you do do what you want with what you've bought without being subject to Big Brother. Content cartels are simply unwilling to treat the customer with any respect. They are all megalomaniacs that think the rest of us are thieves (projecting most likely).
"My stuff" is private papers. It is not creative output. We have this perverted world view driven by large content owning corporations that every worthless scrap of paper should be treated like Shakespeare. A lot of stuff is not intended to be "shared" or published EVER. The assumption that everything is meant to be published is just stupid and counterproductive.
If an artist can't make enough money over the traditional copyright term then extending it is hardly a solution. Art is a fleeting thing. You have to make your money quickly while your stuff is new enough to be in fashion or you quickly get overshadowed by things that are in fashion.
By the time 20 years has past you've lost your opportunity. It's not coming back. Distorting copyright isn't going to help you.
It's only going to give corporations the right to sue new talent.
> I'm not sure why you'd start with a Roku box if you don't want the Roku UI?
A Roku comes ready to use. It has a case and a power supply and a remote.
A PI does not.
Apple is no Ferrari.
Apple isn't even Honda.
...and everyone knows it's utter nonsense and the kind of not-quite-blatant-fraud that keep American tort lawyers employed.
The notion that "Caveat Emptor" is fine, is the very reason ambulance chasers exist.
Are you joking?
Serious business apps already run on Unix.
It's not the stuff like "payroll" that's a problem.
This very thing came up recently with an art history textbook. There was a problem with image licensing and of course and obvious response that came up was "well, take you own pictures". Crowd source them if you need to.
...not to mention the differences between Patents and Copyrights being glossed over here.
If this were like the rounded rectangles patent, no one else would be allowed to take their own picture of an eyeball.
The whole lot should be on BT. Stuff's too important to do otherwise.
History should not be subject to egregious extended copyright terms.
You don't need a special product. Any modern OS installation can be a NAS. Backup software is cheap and plentiful. Appliances are cheap and plentiful. You don't need a special product from your OS vendor. You don't need to pretend that you live in some sort of Microsoft Walled Garden that doesn't really exist.
This is not a complicated thing but certain people like to perpetrate the mystique when it comes to this stuff.
>> "What do you people do with your machines to consume so much space so quickly?"
> You're seriously think we'll believe you haven't discovered porn yet?
Never mind porn. Just consider digital media. If you were actually a serious user of services like Amazon or iTunes you would eventually accumulate large amounts of stuff. If I were to "buy" something from iTunes, I would certainly want a local copy.
Plus there is digital photography and video both of which can generate large collections of files. Neither of these is a terribly "geeky" undertaking. They are both the domain of grannies.
So the idea that no one needs ample storage space is beyond absurd.
> Rubbish. I have a 256GB SSD in mine - and it's only half full. Keep your big files and archived material on a Nas, not on your notebook.
That kind of destroys any pretense of portability or mobility.
The problem about SMART is that it is a series of numbers. It's not just a single yes/no value. It's much like nutritional information. You actually have to read and understand the whole thing. You can't just depend a single NuVal or some tool that tries to approximate this sort of thing.
I have never lost data to drive failures. This even includes a notorious batch of Seagate 1.5TB drives. However, I diligently pay attention to my SMART numbers and I'm aggressive about replacing drives when they start to show signs of trouble.
One day my SSD boot drive will just suddenly fail. THAT will be my first and only "warning".
> Apart from that they make £billions selling the content abroad, you mean?
That is pretty irrelevant.
The lack of DRM doesn't prevent you from making money on spinny media.
The existence of DRM doesn't stop people from pirating spinny media.
All DRM does is make things harder, less reliable, and less useful for paying customer.
Will this thing last as long as any of my spinny media has?
Will it's successor resume where this one leaves off after it's inevitable demise or fall from grace.
Since we already have a previous iteration of the "digital copy", this is by no means an academic question.
So I already have video rips that have survived longer that the previous flavor of the month here.
The simple fact of the matter is that a PC from before the "post-PC era" is still quite adequate. It's also still maintainable. So you can upgrade RAM and storage and possibly even your video card. Even a cheap piece of crap PC from 5 years ago will still run circles around a tablet.
Everyone already has a PC.
You don't have to buy one this year because last year's model seems obsolete already.
I have displaced 2 PC purchases this year by buying really cheap video cards instead.
All in one machines of any sort quickly become doorstops.
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