Something to point with?
Unlike most animals both humans and elephants have something to point with.
2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
No, because it's not going to work.
It will be cracked as soon as there is any usful content.
Then companies like Macrovision will create extra crap to try and lock the door again. In the end no different then not having a standard to start with.
Look at Blu Ray, the DRM that was going to last for 40 years. Broken and now you get BD's (mostly from Fox ) that will not play on older players because they have been crapped up with extra copyprotection that lasts about a week. If you are lucky there will be an update to your player in a month or two so you can play your disc.
So you need WD servers to be up to connect to your stuff, and it sounds like it's no more secure then dropbox is to the snoops.
If I want to create my own dropbox I think it would be better to deal with DNS and IP address.
I also hate the snaplock with a hidden screw plastic boxes WD likes to use.
In Canada Apple is advertising the crap out of the 5c. On TV and in the Mall where every store that sells phones has a giant poster of that back of a 5c in the front window.
If the 5s is still #1 in three months it will be more interesting. Now it's just the normal new phone blip.
That's it exactly.
The move to CD (and the move to DVD) let them sell the same stuff to everyone again. But that gravy train has reached the end of the line, but it's a business and has to grow every quarter or it's a fail. They can't say that was nice and now we need to move to a sustainable level of sales, they have to blame something for the failure to double sales every year.
So now they want to sell the same stuff again, but there is no clear advantage for consumers.
Other then a concert video who want's music on BR? The same few that wanted it on DVD audio or SAC.
"closest to the argument of piracy is theft as the nearest pre-digital case would be walking into a store and walking out without paying with a bag full of stolen CDs."
But it's not very close at all.
If you walk into HMV and take a CD.
- The record company still got paid.
- HMV is out real money that they paid for that CD.
If you download the CD contents only "maybe money" is involved.
- Everyone still has the same amount of money that they had before. No one lost anything.
- If you had not downloaded it, maybe you might have bought the CD. Maybe not.
"What is the point of an Apple Telly?"
If they can get people to pay hundreds more for a TV then they do now, and buy a new one every 2-3 years they can make lots of money.
Of course if your a consumer you would be better off with the current Apple TV or another STB and keep your TV.
If you look at Amazon.co.uk most of the non-apple brand names seem to charge £12-15 for a cable. There are cheaper no-name knock-off cables but I expect they are not paying the Apple Tax (and some reviews say they don't work with iOS7 due to lack of the Apple chip). I don't see anything as cheap as £1.
Up until they changed from 12V charge to 5 Volt only (even their own speaker doc was affected, along with lots of car docs. It might have been the same plug but they made a few changes during it's life.
Now they changed it to a new plug and don't even have the excuse of needing lots of extra pins any more but still went for an Apple Tax non-standard cable.
Pre-release Windows8 had a registry setting to turn off not-Metro. The response to people using it was not to say here have a nice easy check box to set it the way you want, it was to remove the setting and the code that made it work.
Then blame sales on OEMs for not producing touch screen computers that no one wanted anyway.
It seems Apple is the same. They let you turn off one bit, but your stuck with the rest.
"since it would bankrupt many smaller channels."
Ones that people pay for in bundles but never watch. Only the people getting a cut of the inflated bundle price would miss them if they died.
Here in Canada a company called Look started a digital wireless TV system to compete with cable. Used a small pizza box antenna. You had to take the basic package, and some US stations required you to also take a matching Canadian station (required under Canadian law) but other then that you could pick any stations you wanted, and no contract.
They didn't last long, if you had an antenna on your house the local cable company would show up and offer you a year of free cable with all the extras for free to dump look.
What number of the Freeview receivers are built into TVs. Do they expect people to turn on their TV to listen to the radio?
I'm in Canada where they killed off DAB after a short attempt to get anyone at all interested in it. I can get one Audio only station on my TV (from the US) but I'm not going to turn on the TV to listen to radio.
"I'd love to own a company "that's up to it's neck in crap" with figures like those."
But that is all about cash cow Office money. It has zero to do with pathetic phone sales, worse tablet sales, or pushing Windows under the bus to try and force people to use their phone UI on computers (even on servers).
That could be a good point. I have replaced quite a few optical drives so I would not want a computer with the DVD drive glued in. Better to spoil the All-In-One and use a USB drive, could even add a BD drive. Anyone who did not have a use for one would not have to worry about it.
The radio stations have their own internet stream that is most often available world wide.
Pandora is not available world wide.
I can receive quite a few US radio stations over the air, and hundreds of them online, but Pandora just tells me that I'm in Canada so go away.
"We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. "
"a solution in search of a problem"
I think it's more of a distraction. Never mind people buying AR15 with large magazines, or buying hand guns by the dozen at gun "shows"... OH MY GOD PEOPLE ARE PRINTING SHITTY PLASTIC GUNS.
And the copyright brigade is on it too, OH MY GOD LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE CAN PRINT ANYTHING, we need a law that designs have to be signed by someone like us.
The rest is just the same people who build stuff like PVC pipe potato canons, and bleach bombs having fun.
"But you're free to eat where you want. If you don't want to drink Pepsi in a Pepsi owned restaurant, go somewhere else. Isn't that what the free market is all about?"
Not really. Some places you only have one choice, or you might have a choice of Coke or Pepsi but you have to subscribe to one of them. Then you get them trying to sell you the TV/Phone/internet bundle, so they are not going to want netflix or some VOIP outfit stealing their fat profit triple play customers. The last thing they want is a free market.
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