I think it should be bright yellow, or lime green maybe. Pink even.
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I've been finding that the error message is most often along the lines of "something happened"
When you click the details button or check the event viewer you get "Error 0x80040A41:"
When you check online you get "No error description available"
When you google the error "0x80040A41" you find there are so many different things that cause that error code that you are back to Something happened.
Then it turns out that the error was caused by something stupid like windows installed some patches in the background but had not asked to reboot, so you could not install anything... until you rebooted.
Where are you getting 16 out of 30? 53% is how it's listed on the source website linked to in the story.
Not available is not as simple as you make out.
It might be available on DVD / BluRay in one country but not another, or only available on DVD here but available on BluRay some place else. Digital download/rental/streaming much more likely to be US and/or UK only and not available in places like Canada. And not just movies, a TV show might run months later in a different country, or even never.
And there are other things...
Bad experience with digital download, need to use different players, limited devices (I tried one of the "free" digital copies that come with some DVDs, took two days of emailing to get a working code, then the quality looked like youtube. Now the card goes in the trash with the shrink wrap).
Like music they need to drop the bogus DRM for download purchases, that would be a big step in competing with a torrent. What's that a standard MP4 would be uploaded to pirate bay? Why, there is already a BD rip available.
"The Walking Dead was pirated half a million times in the first day of its release despite it being available on a free streaming service in 125 countries worldwide."
It also broke viewing records for a cable show so it's not really hurting. Not that you can trust their 'pulled it out of my ass' numbers.
“This is the ONLY episode being made available without a log-in requirement,” the network notes. “Future episodes of The Walking Dead will be available on amc.com the day after broadcast and accessible via log-in for select cable providers.”
So only the first episode is available, you need to already have cable that caries the show to access later episodes so not a very good example of something being available. And it's a crappy SD stream too.
Checking amazon.com and .co.uk both the DVD and BluRay seem to have high ranks, so people do seem to be buying when available, of course they are region coded and likely not available everywhere . I expect quite a few of the people downloading now, will buy the box set when available.
P.S. It's not stealing / theft fool.
They are not competing with the broadcasters, they are competing with the cable companies.
The reason the broadcasters are upset is.
A- They don't get the kickback that they get from Cable companies (revenue to strengthen their local news programming - ha ha).
B- Being owned by maga corps they don't have the option of trying to force them to also take their bundle of crap pay TV stuff (see Time Warner vs CBS).
"whine that something bad happened that could have been prevented if only they had been doing the thing that they should not be doing."
That's the whole point. They ARE doing what they should not be doing, and still NOT preventing something bad. Only reacting after the fact even when warned in advance.
They only seem to be able to catch people with fake bombs that were supplied to them by the people "catching" them. Actions that could easily be considered entrapment.
All of the examples I know of where they caught a terrorist in the act have been dubious at best. Find someone spouting off, give them a fake bomb, tell them where to put it and talk them into pushing the button.
Where they make there own bomb, buy an AR15 and 10,000 rounds, get a bomb from a real terrorist, then the TLAs do an OK job of finding them after the fact. Even when they know about them in advance like the Boston marathon they stink at stopping them before they act. Then they spend fortunes on liquid bans, and perv scanners and continue to not catch anyone (100% effective just like my Elephant proof pyjamas).
They call it a start button, but it's not. It just dumps you back into not-metro from your new default desktop screen (or any desktop application you might be using to do actual work). It still requires 3rd party software to get what people really want, the start menu.
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).
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