What are you on about?
"the power to set the price and terms on which they will make a sale"
They do. But having set the (wholesale) price, and made the sale they have no business telling the buyer what they can sell it for.
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A) Amazon was doing something they didn't like.
B) Amazon was doing something illegal.
If it's A). Too bad, Not Amazon's problem if Apple can't get their expected 30%. Publishers are afraid that Amazon will start telling them what to do? Again too bad, that is not an excuse to run a price fixing scam.
If it's B), who made the publishers Judge, and Jury? If Amazon was doing something illegal they should have taken then to court, who do the publishers think they are? Batman?
"the curated view of search results actually looks quite interesting if it works as advertised."
It looks interesting but bing works ok for famous people searches. I can't see it being that useful for general searches for subjects where pictures are not needed. And I expect it needs a very fast connection to look smooth.
More colours, small tiles (oh look almost like icons, hope you remember what they are all do), background animation, slide show... that's all just great but not at all what we want.
Netflix is available from my BluRay player, I can get an app for my phone... I think Lovefilm is similar. Amazon I would have to use my computer.
But my real problem is with their whole business model.
They carve up the world. Don't give me that "oh, it's because of the contracts" crap, you wrote the contracts and that's the way you like it.
So I can get the crippled Canadian versions of Netflix, or iTunes. No Amazon Video or MP3s at all...
Exclusive deals, now you get to choose what you want more as most people are not going to subscribe to multiple services just for exclusive content. (worse with cable as an exclusive may end up on a service that's not even available to you.)
Lots of people thought the start menu was crap. But the start screen is a lake of liquefied pig shit. So we want our crap back, at least we know how to work with it.
Change can be good, or as the start screen / metro shows it can be bad. Windows 95 to 7 had both good and bad changes, but more good then bad.
Take the "digital copies" that come "free" with some DVD / BluRay disc.
I only ever got one to work (after getting new codes from their support system twice) and the quality was crap. Now I toss the paper with the code in the trash with the shrink wrap, I'll make my own digital copy that I can play where I want if needed.
"Surely this is against the law (First Sale Doctrine) - restricting reuse of something bought.."
No because they say you licence it, and the licence (page 17 of 43) said you have given up all your rights.
There have been several services that sold* DRMed video and music who turned off their servers. Remember Plays for Sure? Walmart Video? ...
There have been test cases with iTunes content that people wanted to resell.
"And the phones do have a flash. Admittedly nowhere near as powerful as a Canon Speedlite"
Understatement of the week.
There are a few (not iPhone) that have a small xenon flash. The LED "Flash" most often found on a phone is only of any use for a few feet, better then nothing I guess.
"Could actually be good if the photos are taken by the reporter, at the time, and line up with what is written. How many articles have some stock photo, or the same as all the other articles, and give me a strong suspicion they were paraphrased from someone else's work..."
I don't think that will change. Just that now anything that needs a wide angle, telephoto, or a real flash will be photo free, or have a stock photo.
So the paper will be.
30% wire stories that also appear in every other paper.
10% stuff they 'paraphrased' with out checking from something they found on the internet (like the Onion).
5% stuff readers sent in (free).
5% stuff they actually wrote, often days old, now with cell phone photos.
A multi-tiered, hybrid approach that differentiates between infrastructure and service-level competition can drive an optimum balance between national economic interests, free-market economics and a healthy telecommunications industry, that is able to provide affordable leading edge...
What do I get for a full card?
Finding settings in Windows 8 is even harder then older versions of Windows.
When you search the Microsoft site to find out how you get crap like this... (looking for change font size)
"Open Screen Resolution by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Display in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Display."
They tell you to search, often a word that you would never guess, or remember. Searching for the actual setting gives you nothing.
If you want to run your not-metro pong app it's great, but if you want to actually do something it's crap.
Remember when they fist came out with the "core" chips and only wanted them to be used in laptops. Tried to force everyone to stick to P4 for desktop. Tried to pigeon hole atom too.
To have Intel go to something ARM like may be too much to ask.
"setting out the total amount or value of all gifts"
So it's the same any any other gift. Just list the value.
As for being anonymous so is a shoe box full of cash, gold bars...
So it's not bitcoins that are the question, it's do they accept anonymous gifts over the limit in any form.
"The history of espionage, real espionage rather than James Bond, is of governments taking extraordinary levels of interest in the lives of normal people."
Even without espionage, I'm sure there is someone at MS thinking of all the commercial valuable info they can collect.
For example they can count the number of people watching a TV show, and if they watch the ads.
Back when I worked in retail, and MS Office didn't have product activation companies bought Office (maybe not all the companies, and maybe they installed a few extra copies...), and everyone else copied it.
You could not sell a low price home word processor, every one just used Word. It was a de facto standard. A few used MS Works as it was sort of like Word.
It was not until product activation made casual coping more difficult that Open Office had a chance to grow.
They put the big fat lens on an SLR just to look cool.... right.
You might get... the results can match the output of a pocket camera, maybe even one of the better ones.
I'm sure this camera is way better then the one in my Nexus 4. I'd have paid a bit more for a better camera, but I would not go for Winphone just to get a better camera. Just like I would not buy a Lada, just because it came with a great stereo.
Oh, it;s not that it has a foreign government mandated back door, they just think it's the wrong foreign government.
It will work as well as when the US was trying to block export of encryption. You had to fill out a form to get 128 bit IE. A joke and a pain for US companies at the same time.
The normal statistics crap.
When it's optional you will get volunteers who know they will save money.
People who don't drive much. Haven't even had a close call in 20 years.
It's just cherry picking.
If everyone has to do it, you will have the same lot you have now.
"the Xbox YT app shows ads, but that was developed by Google"
Didn't Google develop most of the youtube apps on other platforms?
Could it be that Google didn't develop a full feature app for Winphone because MS don't give 3rd party developers enough access?
Then MS wine that Google will not give them full access?
You're the one that asked.
It may not be astroturf, but that's what it looks like. It's not like you are required to use your real name here, the only difference between posting with an anonymous handle (or even a first name) and using AC is that no one can see what else you have posted. A "personal opinion" posted as AC is not worth a pinch of shit, it only has value when your reputation is attached to it.
Microsoft/Nokia can put "some anonymous person said it looked good" on their next advertisement, I'm sure that will really boost sales.
We have had them for Electricity for some time (Toronto Canada). They charge us extra for usage during peak times. No they are forcing us to get smart water meters. Not sure what the plan is with them, charge extra if we flush before 8am? Rat out anyone who waters the lawn during a watering ban, or just charge extra when there is a "shortage".
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