I expect they sold a bunch of cheap plans with a "we can raise the price" in the contract. They plan to jack up the price so they don't want to agree unless it will only apply to new contracts.
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"but they'd need to install your app"
It should not be hard to read someones ID code, say an over priced coffee shop.
Then setup your own beacon outside with "get a free drink, just show this code..."
Then you can annoy the phone user and the coffee shop. Kind of like the people who posted fake McDonald's coupons online a few years back.
"Plain packaging legislation is reckoned to have lost the Australian Treasury A$1bn ($946m, £578m) in tax revenue in its first six months, according to a report commissioned by cigarette-makers by KPMG (PDF), as smokers turn to fake, untaxed brands."
So how is this about plain packaging and not about people buying untaxed cheaper cigarettes?
If they still had the fancy gold foil packages people would still buy the taxed ones?
"a report commissioned by cigarette-makers oh, never mind that explains it.
" it will do all the tasks of a portable laptop perfectly for 1/2 the price."
I think you have that backwards. For the price of a Surface, the keyboard, the SD card... you could buy a Very Nice laptop. If you want a small underpowered thing with a crappy keyboard you can get one for a lot less.
A Surface (original) and a Nexus 7.
I use the Surface to watch Netflix or to check my work email. I have used the office apps a few times but my Netbook blows it away. The surface with crappy keyboard is too top heavy and floppy to use well in a lap, you need a desk, then you only get one angle, and the keyboard is still crap.
As a tablet it's too big and heavy and there are next to nothing in the app store. On the go the Nexus 7 kicks it's ass.
So the surface ends up as a crappy laptop substitute, and OK Netflix screen, and a crappy tablet.
There are two text message scams in Canada. One shot where you text some number to vote for a fake TV show contest, or donate money to something, or subscriptions where you get suckered into signing up for something that repeats, like Fido used to run some like Joke of the Day where they would text you some lame joke every day and charge you 25 cents for each one.
Marketing think you only need to change what you call something to make it ok.
An email blast is not spam, it's an email blast. And it's totally unfair when they put us on a black list for spamming because it was not spam, it was an email blast. (a real conversation with the head of marketing where I used to work).
We had a Westinghouse... it was crap.
I also seem to remember Sony having lots of Patents for TVs.
- Make crap TVs
- Ship production to Japan
- Sit on hands while Japan decides they don't need a middle man to take all the profit and improves their own brands.
- Act surprised when your sales go down the tube
- Sell brand to Chinese company.
Apple (designed in California ) is about three steps down that path. No one wants a small tablet, or a big phone for example. Sony and Samsung have smart watches (not that they are very useful) Apple has patents (most of them "slide to unlock" quality)..
Why isn't what is "good enough" for Microsoft, good enough for Google?
When your buy a computer you Get IE (and Bing) you have to make a choice to pick something else, the Ballot makes it easy. Once you pick Firefox you have Firefox (and IE) and don't keep getting the others popping up asking if you want them now.
1. With this you have already made an active choice to switch to Google. It's not Bing that came with the computer.
2. They don't want a one time choice (add our bogus price search results to google). They want to be added, all of them, all the time, at the top. No Choice.
If Google was going to give me a choice I'd like a "never show me results from this domain again" feature.
I might actually think about logging on to Google if I could make sites like www.shopbot.ca, www.mysmartprice.com, and all the fake review sites go away.
"MS had no browser lock-in."
How do I uninstall IE? MS went to a lot of trouble to make sure I could not remove it.
How do I stop Outlook from opening links in IE even if by default browser is Firefox?
When I log onto a computer for the fist time at work I get IE and Bing.
No lock-in my ass.
Even if there was no lock-in it's still not comparable because they are not asking for a choice to let people switch from Google. They want to force Google to add their search results to the top. They want SEO forced on Google. They don't want the chance to replace Google with their product, they want to ride on Google's coat tails.
"sponsoring legislation that would make tampering with phones so they didn't show up on the database an offense."
Oh dear, I just beat someone up and took their $600 phone and it's all for nothing... I can't tamper with the phone or I'll get in trouble.
Why don't they make not turning your self in to the police after committing a crime an offence too.
"These are square tower enclosures, about six inches high"
A 6" tower? Making a mountain out of a mole hill I think.
My old CRT TV would let me disconnect the built in speakers, and plug in a decent pair of book shelf speakers. That was fine for watching TV. But the new LCD has only got a digital out so I need something more complex, have to turn on the receiver...
My TV room in my older house only has two power outlets. One behind the TV stand and the other on the other side of the room. So wireless speakers are out, I'll take speaker wire over extension cords any day.
No we don't.
I'm on Windows 8.1 enterprise right now. There is no Microsoft account. Classic shell so I never see the crap not-metro screen, and hardly ever see the slightly less crap start screen. App store? I think it's in there someplace, don't care.
As for my Surface RT, Outlook is much better then the old mail app (not hard) for checking my work email, and the Netflex app works quite well. I would not pay money for one. If they unlocked the thing it would be a lot more useful but I'm not holding my breath...
"its about the opportunities to spark their imagination."
The problem is that if they only have one in a school, there are not going to be a lot of opportunities to go round. It takes hours to pint one item so what percentage of the students get to have a go.
When I was in School we had one trampoline*. Half the class waited around for their 2 minute turn, the rest of us gave up and did something else (horizontal bar in my case).
* until "hay watch me do a double back flip dismount"
Anyone using google has actively chosen to do so. When you first log onto Windows you get IE and Bing as your default. If you install Flash/Reader/Java without watching what you click on your going to get Ask.com. But I don't remember ever getting slammed onto Google.
If you want Google as your default you have to actively change your IE search to Google, or download a different browser like Chrome or Firefox.
Google is #1 despite MS trying to stuff Bing onto everyone's computer.
Personally I use duckduckgo most of the time, because I don't what anyone trying to decide what I should want.
So how often do these publishers send people to other publishers because their service is not as good as the competition?
Google refuse to pay you for linking to your stuff and providing you traffic? You threaten to block them if they don't pay and they send you instructions on how to setup a robot file? Want your cake and eat it too?
Clearly they should list your stuff at the top of all searches, and pay you for the privilege.
Personally I've been using Duckduckgo because Google is already too screwed up by people who think they know what I should be looking at.
You can't install a different one so you are out of luck. No Firefox to make IE look bad and force an upgrade.
For windows I expect some useless UI changes like maybe the shortcut menu will become a full screen of giant "not-metro" like blocks, maybe even have it's own live tiles crap.
I just received a "change your password" message from Adobe yesterday.
"As we announced on October 3, 2013, we recently discovered that an attacker illegally entered our network and may have obtained access to your Adobe ID and encrypted password. We currently have no indication that there has been unauthorized activity on your account."
So are they just getting around to sending password change notes now, or are people still walking in and grabbing data?
If blocking your online account renders the device you paid for useless you have a point.
If they decide you have broken some item on page 17* of the TOS they can kick you off your own hardware. Bad press might be your only protection (since I'm sure there is also a "can't sue us" in the TOS).
* That might have been added after you bought the xbox. Added with an update that you had to install if you want to keep playing your (rented) games.
My old job I had Friday off, worked Saturday or Sunday (my choice, as long as everything was done Monday morning). It was great as I could deal with government offices that were open M-F 9-5 (more like 10-4 most of them) shopping or the Bank without weekend hoards. Also service or deliveries where you must be home between 11am and 4pm (they show up at 5:40) type things.
ISP is owned by a conglomerate that also owns TV stations and cable TV companies. They don't want you watching OTT stuff like Netflix, they want you to watch THEIR stuff. Pay THEM the monthly fee and keep you on cable TV with all the bundles of crap for big bucks. Down with Net Neutrality! Up with cable company profits.
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