All that testing is cutting into profits. Sure our new super addictive happy pill has killed a few people but our profits are up 47%.
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They like android because they can install all kinds of crap if they want. But if you buy anything but the newest top of the line phone you can forget them providing any upgrades at all.
So Google wants to be able to upgrade more of the phones features from the app store.
They want to compete with Apple who don't let the phone companies control the upgrades. If Google upgrade android from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 the phone companies don't give a crap, they just want you to buy a new phone every 2 years anyway. But now more stuff is part of the google blob so you can upgrade your camera from the google play store without needing an OS upgrade from the phone company.
The only thing they should be looking at is to make sure they are not pulling a Microsoft and using incentives to make sure all of a companies devices are google devices. If Amazon want to make a google phone, but keep selling the non-google fire that should be OK.
That's the same defense given against the ivory trade. "it's okay to buy it because I am not directly killing the animals"
That is a bit like the "you wouldn't steal a car" line though. Every bit of ivory is part of an elephant, and you can only sell it once. Ivory porn would be a picture of a piano. It might even be a drawing, or CGI rendering of a piano.
Yes IF they have arrested people found with actual kiddy porn... Good Job!
If they were an IP in a log file, or a couple of thumbnail images, or a cartoon that looked like she might be under age, or credit cards again. BAD. "Kill them all and let God sort them out" is not how you should run a police force.
Loads of people went from 2003, to 2010, and are not even thinking of 2013... how much more will Office 365 cost people like that? Of course that's the reason MS (and Adobe) are pushing the rental model.
And once they force every one onto the rental plan they will not even have to bother updating the software until the free software catches up at least.
"This is why only a fool would allow the source code out."
The programmers and others at the company already know the source code.
So if it's as crap as you say any one of them can pick the winner. Or maybe the owner of the company would like a change to the tax laws to go through, have his company get more contracts...
I thought the mail one would be useful, until I had read all my new mail and the stupid thing started distracting me by displaying old read emails. Disabled.
It took very little time for me to disable, and shrink all the live tiles on my surface. Out of the box it was like a web page full of Flash ads.
"In Europe, however, where thermostats either have to be mains-powered – which means a more challenging 240v install – or battery-powered, it’s more of a problem. In this respect, wireless is less life-threatening"
Sure the wireless thermostat can talk to the internet, but how is it going to talk to the heating system? Your going to have to connect something to the heating system and your right back to 240v.
The real advantage of wireless is being able to put the thermostat in a good spot instead of were it was easy to run the wires.
You think they have been sitting on their hands since April?
I expect the new law took them 5 minutes, but they waited to sneak it in at the last second so they would not have to deal with people saying this one is just as bad as the old unlawful law. They figure someone will come up with something to distract people by the time they get back.
Who is Google to decide if something is in the public interest? Can you even define what "in the public interest" is, or is it one of the I know it when I see it type things?
They are a company so they only care about what is in the companies interest, if they don't de-list something they could end up with court costs defending that.
If the request comes from Joe Average guy, they can ignore it. From a lawyer, or a corporation? Link is toast. Only in the most black and white cases will they not remove the link.
As I said before this will be just like Youtube and the DMCA. If Youtube get a takedown request your video is toast. Even if it perfectly legal and it's now your problem to get it put back. This is abused on purpose to get rid of stuff people don't like, or in error by automatic systems. I have personally experienced this when one division of a major record label proved me with material to promote a bands appearance and approved the final site, but a different division of the same company had the site taken down with a DMCA request a day later.
The local Cable monopoly (Rogers) have routers* that provide two SSIDs, One secured, and a guest SSID that appears to be wide open but requires you to open an HTTPS: webpage and enter a password (so all your non SSL traffic is not encrypted).
*That only need to be rebooted a few times a week.
Yes both Android and IOS have controls but I think a lot of them were added after Apple got a good kicking for living off the avails of scam apps. My old iPod touch only had a small subset of the stuff you list and they made it real easy to setup an account linked to a credit card and everything wide open by default. You could setup an account without a credit card but is was a bit like setting up Windows 8 without a microsoft account.
As for Google, the playstore gift cards have been available in Canada for about half a year, and have only matched the wide availability of iTunes cards for a few months.
And any "new" speakers will immediately have magic woo applied to them. They will be made to look like space ships by designers who are considered more important then the engineers by the marketing department.
You just going to end up "needing" a thousand dollar power cord for each speaker instead of just one for your power amp.
I expect this was an off the shelf RC toy (toys can be expensive and still be toys) and I don't think I've seen one with a "drop stuff" function as some idiot would think it was a good idea to drop darts or something like that on people.
You could add it, but that would require skill knowledge.
"Abolish copyright? Maybe we should have a very short primer on what copyright is. Prior to copyright, in England (and elsewhere), creators essentially owned their works forever."
Not quite. The publisher owned the works forever. In the case of England, Elizabeth confirmed the charter of the Stationers’ Company (1559) who where the only company in all of England allowed to print anything (except for a couple of university presses) and had the power to destroy any books or presses they could find.
First this has NOTHING to do with "creators should be paid" they don't see a cent of this money.
It's all about cable companies are getting money from our stuff and not giving us any, wah!
So cable companies now have to give the broadcaster money "to pay for the production of local content" (what local content? 5 minutes of news? infomercals maybe).
Now the broadcaster and cable company are owned by the same company so they can use the fees to kick competing cable companies (see CBS/ Time Warner in New York) and block new services (like Aereo) that might cut into their profit.
It's just about the same thing as ISPs expecting Netflix to give them money to deliver the packets the customer paid for already.
They would only care if it said @pple on it. They need someone with loads of money to call up and whine at them before they move. When it comes to no-name crap there is not much budget to deal with it.
In Canada there are only a few people working on dangerous goods but an army working on fake DVDs and handbags.
I happen to have a set of iPod earphones here... Check with my multimeter and no, the grille is not connected to any of the three rings on the plug.
My Sony in ear headphones are all plastic on the outside.
My on ear Logitec headset is also has no exposed metal bits.
So we would need a defective charger that connects one of the USB lines to the live input.
A device (phone?) that connects that to signal ground.
A dangerous headset* that has exposed metal bits that connect to ground (spark gap at 220V is almost nill, much less then a mm).
She would need to touch something to complete the circuit like a tap.
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