Let me fix that... internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the minimum requirements for streaming 1080P. Even compressed to hell, looks like a VCD 1080P.
2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Not bad
It's true that it didn't do anything about the penis pills and other magic woo sellers, but my spam fillers get 99% of that stuff.
What it did kill off was "legitimate" companies that thought it was OK to use an email address you supplied for one purpose to spam the crap out of you (except they call it an email blast so it was totally not spam).
So now I get a please let us spam you email, and I do nothing.
Work and excel installing on my Nexus 7 now...
I see they are listed as having In-app purchases.
Word is 115 MB. Excel 125 MB.
Word. Kind of slow. Works with my Work Office 365 account. Can open work onedrive files, but can't save for some reason (normal win8 style non useful error message).
Works with dropbox, and can save in subfolders unlike the phone app.
Excel could see my files in onedrive, but could not open them. Worked fine with dropbox.It's a separate install, but I didn't have to log on with Excel, it used the word logon.
I'll have to play with them more to know if they are better then other android office apps, or just slower.
Re: The online world is, in effect, now a public place
And they need to define what is a crime (good luck with that) so that people can know what they are typing is a crime before they click send.
But it will be some wishy washy thing and will just end up being a law important people can use to hit people they don't like.
Re: Sounds like an opportunity for Linux for phones
There are already LOTS of China phones (and tablets) with Google free android. That's not a problem.
But unlike Amazon* they don't have an app store so people google for instructions to install the google apps, or use dodgy app download sites.
Google free is not the problem. Having something else to replace the Google bits is the problem.
As Amazon have shown it's possible to build a Google free android device (more the tablets then the joke of a phone). But is Amazon "less evil" then Google, or Apple...
But don't even think about building a non-Apple IOS device. You could build a WinPhone, but you are going to have one of them there evil secret agreements and good luck with not using the MS app store.
* Nokia's android was still born, only surprise was it lasted as long as it did.
So are they going to get Gmail, yahoo, etc. to save spy data for them? How about mail.ru? Flybynight.com web hosting?
How about that VPN connection? Are they just working from home? Watching US Netflex! or uploading pirated pedoterorist films!!
I'm sure it will be a very cost effective method to fight serious crime. :p
Support for dropbox
The Android phone version was updated to support dropbox, sort of.
You can open a document from anyplace in your dropbox. But you can only save it in the root.
Kingsoft (WPS) office works better (and is already available for tablets) so MS still have lots of work to do if they want to be of any use.
Re: The basic issue in this case seems to be the judges and prosecutors
No it's 100% assholedom. It's written into US law.
If I fly into a US airport, say New York or Texas and I'm still on the international side of the security gate, I have no rights. They can search me if they fell like it, take my electronics, lock me up. I'm not "in" the US, and not a US citizen so too bad if they decide they don't like me.
"These agencies spied on huge numbers of law-abiding Americans, and their dragnet surveillance of Americans' data did not make our country safer."
Substitute People for Americans. Even the people in US who think it is wrong to spy on everyone, seem to think only US citizens have any rights. Every one else is fair game.
Re: Not convinced
I just bought a new 23: IPS monitor and when I first turned it on in the default "showroom mode" my first response was GHAA MY EYES!
Once I had the brightness turned down, and the colour set to something more natural it's very nice.
Give me good black level, better colour space. I don't need a TV that will require me to put on SPF 50 sun screen before turning it on.
"The value is never zero. If they're taking the time to download it, assuming an average salary of $40k and assuming it takes five minutes to navigate the page, start the download, etc. that's $1.50 just in opportunity cost."
More of your magic money. Your not skipping work to download a movie. Do you count how much it costs you to sleep? How about eating? Don't be stupid.
No one is stealing anything. No it's nothing like the same thing.
Outweighs what lost sales? You think every download is a lost sale? Now that Pirate bay is down people are rushing off to HMV to buy DVDs? If they had perfect copy protection media sales would skyrocket? If I decide to skip the movie and go to the pub are you any better/worse off? Magic money again. You have not lost anything, it's a maybe sale at best.
I expect you are thinking I am the type that never buys anything. Well your wrong, checking DVD Profiler shows that I currently have 2819 items in my data base. All DVDs or Blu-Rays, I have a couple hundred CDs too. But it's defiantly a love/hate relationship.
The "you wouldn't steal a car" bullshit mentality of the media companies just pisses me off. Put copy protection crap on a Blu-Ray so it will not play on my 2 year old player (thanks Fox) and think it's perfectly reasonable to tell me to go buy a new player. The BD rip is still available online 2 days before my copy arrives from Amazon.
Re: Keepin' em honest
"you can't compete with free"
Sorry, that's bullshit. Netflix competes with free just fine. If the price is reasonable, the service is convenient, people will pay. Sure it could be better if the studios would get rid of the "not available in your region" crap, but it works well enough.
On the other hand crap like "digital copies" or "ultraviolet" would not go anywhere even if they were free.
" This will improve the global economy,"
No, at best it will just shift where the same money ends up, they might spend it locally instead of it going up someone's nose in Hollywood. It's not one download = one lost sale, and the money for that lost sale disappears from the face of the earth.
-The value to the downloader might be zero, more like a time filler you watch on TV just because. They are never going to buy the Blu-Ray of Food Fight!
-They might find something they like, and go out and buy it.
-They might be watching a TV show that they can't watch. They will buy the Blu-Ray box set when it comes out (I know people who do that with Dr. Who for example).
Re: Pointless and dangerous fads
Once they have enough of them installed they can do what they did in Toronto and charge different rates for different times of the day.
They started out with the peak rate 3 times the overnight / weekend rate. But it seems a lot of people moved stuff to the off peak time so each price change the off peak goes up more then the peak rate and now it's only half the peak rate. And even less with the next change...
Last fall we got a smart water meter, that's worse then the electric one since they don't even have peak use problems. Wonder when we will be getting a smart gas meter...