* Posts by aphexbr

9 posts • joined 21 May 2011

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

aphexbr

Re: What happens when the UK leaves?

"I am not saying the American stuff is good, nor that the English make good TV just that the rest is dire."

It's a shame that you haven't been exposed to all the excellent European TV out there, like The Bridge, The Killing, The Returned, Marseille, Divines, Gomorrah, Romanzo Criminale, Ministry Of Time and Sin Identidad. You're not only apparently missing out, but happy about it and welcoming further ignorance.

I suppose you only watch such things when they're pointlessly remade in English?

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

aphexbr

Re: Just a little question...

Really? Most people don't remember their own number, let alone the rest, which are usually stored in their phone's address book. Ask them to restate their own number and they might be able to do that through repetition, but most won't remember numbers of other people unless they dial them on a regular basis. Even when landlines were common, you'd usually not memorise the whole thing - the first few digits would the area code, which you'd normally not need to use for local contacts - while you would probably look in a physical address book or phone directory if you didn't have it to hand.

Besides which, it's a silly comparison anyway. Losing a phone number means you have to ask someone else you know to give it to you again, be that your phone operator or a contact of the friend you need to get through to. They're often visible on peoples' Facebook pages or other public profiles, and lots of other people will usually have them. People won't remember a private PIN number that they can't share in that way.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

aphexbr

Re: Funny pricing

Apples and oranges. With the cloud hosting, MS have a fixed monthly cost plus other overheads that need to be handled, so they put up your monthly cost. There's a lot of uncertainties to take care of, plus they need to retain their ongoing profit margin.

With XBox, they have inventory that has already been produced (possibly some from before the pound plummeted), and a known date for when the sales would happen. Furthermore, they can sell at a loss because they hope to make money back from you in the future (games revenue, Live subscription, peripherals, etc.).

The only commonality between the two things is that you shouldn't be surprised if they also increase the cost of a Live subscription for the same reasons.

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Ubisoft insists DRM 'a success'

aphexbr
Facepalm

...at killing the PC market

Yes, Ubisoft, you have successfully helped destroy the PC market for me. You have destroyed any hope of me ever buying a PC game from you, and ensured that any console titles I buy with your name on them will only reach me second hand. I will not give a penny to a company that treats its own customers like criminals and supplies a deliberately broken product.

I'm not sure how this is good for your business, though. You honestly think that there's pirates out there who said "oh well, I might as well pay them £50" due to the DRM? Are you that stupid?

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Netflix Europe debut set for January 2012

aphexbr
FAIL

Lovefilm?

Lovefilm isn't available in Spain, so no.

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Spotify trumpets move to US (and little else)

aphexbr
Go

A few points..

1. Unless it's moved, Spotify is based in Sweden, not the UK although they do have London offices.

2. @Sandy106: You can pay to have the ads removed, and you can listen to any music. You're not limited by what you own elsewhere.

3. I'm very happy for you in the US, it's an excellent service. Now, can we in Europe have access to Netflix, Hulu, turntable.fm and all the other services you won't let us use?

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

aphexbr

re: As a geologist...

Simple. Unlike religion, science doesn't demand faith in what you're reading. You can remember facts and utilise them without once believing anything they imply that contradicts your preconceived notions.

Doing so while studying science to an advanced level yet never questioning your book of mythology makes you at best delusional and at worst insane, but it's possible.

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Stop

re: Why so anti-Christian?

@Mad Dave: Sorry mate, it's not childish to be anti-Christian when they're trying to undermine science and halt the progress of human knowledge just because a heavily edited storybook for uneducated peasants tells them to.

BTW, I'm an atheist but not anti-Christian. You can believe whatever you wish, just don't try to destroy science or force your bull on to me in the process...

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Hollywood to 'retell' Carrie

aphexbr

Done

Stop complaining everyone, since this has already been done... twice. "The Rage: Carrie 2" was essentially a remake, and there was a 2002 TV remake as well. One more isn't going to make much difference!

@Alex Walsh: The Shining has already been remade as a miniseries in 1997 as King was unhappy with Kubrick's version. If you're looking for sacred properties, King's work is the wrong place to look :)

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