It's the organization and easy availability of that music.
If you know an artist name or name of a song, Spotify can quickly (in a few clicks) bring it up. Not always (Flim and the BB's) but mostly (the album by Hot Butter)
(OT: Know the actual melody but not the name/artist? Look here.)
But you get great-sounding music, instantly available on-the-fly. And you don't have to search hard to find and finally download a copy, store it someplace, back it up (on floppies?), copy it to your phone, then find it AGAIN to play it. Like Google, a click or two and it's just THERE! And absolutely no nasty Copyright Infringement Notices either.
And -- oh yeah -- you can Feel Good(TM) by supporting the artists with a legal copy, but I wonder how much people would ACTUALLY pay for just that. (Taylor Swift thinks it should be more.)
There's Nothing For You To Do! (Besides the ever-so-minor, I'm socially embarrassed to even have to mention it, let me grovel for a bit, $10/month fee. Why, that's only 90 minutes of minimum wage -- only 1% of your raw salary! What else would you do with the money -- Save? Eat? Pay bills? How pedestrian!)
So, surprise! If it's worth it to you in relationship to everything else that's available, you purchase. If not, you don't. If the price goes up, more people (probably) won't. If it goes down, they probably will.
Taylor Swift could help us all out greatly by making LOTS and lots more music -- thus lowering the rarity and price for us all. :-)
I doubt there's many of us. Unless there's some overriding financial reason, I imagine they'll just leave us alone or lump us in the new unlimited set, whatever's easier.
I know one point in one month I used (was a 3x spike) 120G and showed up like a nail on their usage charts. The next month my target was magically unavailable, so instead I watched V NFL Sports, the unlimited free version. A LOT more than that. (After a month I got bored and stopped.)
It's amazing how airwaves -- what you'd think would be scarce -- are free only while you're talking to a box on their internet network. **It's almost like they want to charge extra for network egress to the Internet.**
My! That sounds like portable AOL, which for a lot of people *WAS* the internet.
There's an Android app my GF and I use -- it's called Life360, and tracks our phone position in real-time and logs it for a month. Pretty maps and alerts when we enter or exit a geo-fenced area too.
I don't care if she knows exactly where I go. I've told her that it's tracking her as well and to leave the group or uninstall it if she has problems with it. She's left it up because she doesn't care if I know where she is either.
(If I really cared about location I'd hit "airplane mode" or leave the phone at home and use a burner with call-forwarding.)
"Life three sixty" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue easily so we just call it the "stalker" app.
Hell, if everybody else is tracking me, *I* might as well get some good out of it too! ;-)
As a matter of fact, my home got robbed recently. I was able to use this to see when I left since I wasn't paying attention.
These block the actual embedded IP addresses using the native Windows firewall. [literally adding null routes via the trailing "/C" code again.] The second Microsoft is caught bypassing it's own firewall to communicate home I think is the second they get dumped.
This is the same type of thing that PeerGuardian / Peerblock does, only they target ever-changing RIAA/MPAA IP addresses.
MS changes IP collection addresses only occasionally and sometimes it's not even their fault. But don't rely on this 100% to block mothership access; they'll someday add a new patch that'll not be blocked. Gee, if only there were a monthly update system in Windows that could update this.
[GEE, IF ONLY THEY WOULD QUIT COLLECTING THIS DATA TO START WITH. IT'S ONE THING TO HOLD PROGRAM LAUNCH NAMES AND TIMES ON MY PC, BUT ANOTHER to store them all in Redmond. You don't need to know I've got VLC playing My Little Pony in an endless loop. And you SURE don't need to know I'm controlling a botnet of LOIC nodes. In this case I guess it'd be a botNOT. :-)]
"... that or block those IP's on a hardware firewall rather than within Windows itself."
Not really -- the internal Windows firewall will be good enough for blocking. The _SECOND_ Microsoft gets caught bypassing it's own firewall rules is the same second all of the security pros begin to dump Windows. You might not trust every program not to do something stupid, but if you can't trust the OS to enforce blocks then it's pointless.
Yep, you could kill it at the outgoing border gateway but if Windows won't support it's own firewall rules there's no reason to use it. (There's less and less every day -- inertia, both programmatically and human. AD however, won't go away. Shame it wasn't Novell's NDS, out years earlier than MS.)
Ii wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't someday an automatic AD-enforced rule that disabled some of the call-home stuff -- that way Win HOME and Win Pro non-AD could be configured out of the box that way and no one would gripe.
Lawsuits against gun manufacturers should come when a gun malfunctions, injuring or killing the operator. Other than that: NO.
"there's a much more legitimate argument"? You mean * legally (an active lawsuit somewhere), * morally (Don't be naughty! -- wait, that's Google), or * you just don't like the current situation?
I've got a gun (oh the HORROR!) by my nightstand. It's not loaded but I treat is as such, and in 2 seconds it COULD be. (No kids visit.) I take it outside going back in the woods, and when weird things are happening 1/4 of a mile around my house. My neighbors? The nearest is 1/4 of a mile away, the next few are 1/2 of a mile. If anything happens I'm on my own unless I can use the phone for help (and they're there INSTANTLY! For 15 minutes of instant if I'm lucky) or someone happens to drive along the road and notices odd things / bothers to call.
I've just snuck into the FBI and have found them all. My God, these are all so insightful I can't believe it -- Just read three of them and you're as intelligent as Congress, all of them and forget the FBI, you might as well BE the NSA.
Number One: People who actively use encryption are more likely to ...
Oh, excuse me, someone's at the door. Be right back. "Hel
Wait, he doesn't have a time machine? Well then who could have ordered this? Oh, but never mind, it's RT.com -- I'm sure they're on the Prop Or Not naughty list so not to worry as none of it actually happened. Nothing to see here, move along.
There's nothing else to be found on the internet about this so it's got to be "Fake News" generated from evil Mother Russia. Oh, and here's some extra background from their evil brother, Denmark: http://www.thelocal.dk/20140713/wikileaks
The President is not God, no matter who sits in that chair. Stop treating him as such!
"they are discussing it as a "who wins" situation ... from the wrong perspective ... after eight years of fraught negotiations ... But we know that won't be happening with Trump involved."
TPP IS such a lovely document. And I didn't know Trump had been in control over it for the last 8 years. I wonder who HAS?
Who had control of the House and Senate in 2008? (wikipedia)
There is no question that Democrats had total control in the House from 2009-2011.
(Senate) giving the Democratic caucus a 51-49 majority.
Who has had control of Congress in 2012? (wikipedia)
(Senate) the Democrats, leaving the majority party with a combined total of 55 seats.
(House of Representatives) Republicans @ 53.79% of the vote.
My point being, The Big O has been responsible ("The Buck Stops Here") for that. You want to blame someone, start there and include Congress. If O's not directly responsible, then indirectly, or IN-indirectly, ad nasuium. He had some influence at least over this.
Trump might fix TPP for a "better" one for debatable values of better; let's wait and see when one appears in progress or on a finished one on the table.
My wife and I have lots of beautiful stuff, here are pictures of it all. I live in this wonderful neighborhood at this specific address. And we're leaving the country right now for an entire month at this great resort.
(Finally gets back home, house is completely cleaned out.) Robbers! How in the world could they have (a) figured this out and (b) done this to us?
A: UNKNOWN: they must be psychic. Or Kreskin. B: With a moving van. Maybe two.
My Facebook profile has my correct phone number. EVERYTHING else is bogus and literally says so. If you want me to be your "Friend", then you'll need to be MY friend to start with.