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  • Feb 16, 2012 @ 01:57pm

    Idiocy at work

    This must be most stupid thing I've heard about all week. How can the people of the UN be so stupid? Or is it a prerequisite in order to get there?

  • Dec 22, 2011 @ 10:23pm

    FCC should act

    The FCC shold act because VZW violated the terms of its licence. It's a simple open-and-shut case, and the FCC probably will act, albeit not with a gnashing of teeth as some people might wish. It is my considered opionion that someone in Verizon Wireless has made a decision that will lose them their job, but the FCC needs to occasionally demonstrate its abilities in enforcing the terms of licence, and it is likely to act in this case.

  • Sep 04, 2011 @ 05:08am

    Adverts? In torrents?

    No way would I suffer adverts in exchange for HiDef. Why? Because I won't suffer adverts for my precious little ones, and if I keep something for educational use, adverts are an unacceptable debasement. Fail. Epic Fail.

  • Jul 23, 2011 @ 04:11am

    Re: Now I feel like a nerd

    Too right!

  • Jan 11, 2011 @ 07:21am

    In writing?

    I'm Australian, so I am not there to check... but I am also not sure a text message is notification "in writing" unless it says so in the original contract... so if it was me, I would break the contract by informing them in writing (by mail) and then just not using the phone and not paying the bill. I think this would meet the requirements... but I'd read my contract and ask the telecommunications ombudsman FIRST just to be sure. And I would phone them just prior to sending the letter, if I was sure... just to give them a chance to respond. And I'd be polite the whole time. English law is pretty fair, and telecommunications companies are pretty stupid, so all in all, it's likely to fall the way of the customer.

  • Dec 23, 2010 @ 08:12pm

    Interesting, but...

    A short spell and grammar check would make the post more readable... :)

  • Nov 30, 2010 @ 02:47am

    From famous to infamous!

    Well, now this figure is an in-demand collectors' item. Wow!

  • Apr 13, 2010 @ 07:55am


    That's how I read it, too. ;)

  • Apr 13, 2010 @ 07:54am

    Re: Re:

    That was: Take the "Quality" out of your name and put it into your work.
    I can see that poor old Big Mike is having QC issues.

  • Apr 13, 2010 @ 02:50am

    For once I agree

    This is absolutely true. This is not to say that I would ever be interested in a Japanese newspaper, however.

  • Apr 13, 2010 @ 01:54am

    Offshoring applicaions is NOT able to be patented

    I had this idea before this upstart company existed... and so did half the technically ept people on the planet. It's not open to patent. We need to stand up and declare such companies to be the cockroaches and bottom-feeders that they truly are.

  • Apr 09, 2010 @ 03:38am

    Re: Good

    The Digital Economy bill is stupid. It's so stupid that it is probably illegal... so we'll wait for the courts to throw it out, and for a change of government over it all. This will happen... if not now, then soon.

  • Apr 09, 2010 @ 03:34am

    Re: Re:

    Annoying, aren't you?
    Let's suppose I am in a foreign country, and want to watch some TV in English. Let's suppose the country has relatively slow Internet, so downloading a movie takes a few days. Let's suppose that I get homesick and want to hear my native language. Lets suppose there's a file sharing system that lets me download a movie. Then maybe I'd download it and watch it, hey?
    Now, let's suppose I have to buy it for $40 because that's the only option. I think I wouldn't buy it because it's a want, not a need. When I get home, I might buy it if I want something in decent quality with the subtitles and packing... if (and only if) it's really worth while... but it was on TV, so if it isn't worthwhile getting the DVD then I won't buy it.
    Now let's suppose there's some freakin' person who keeps saying "you have to buy it"... do you think I'd like them? You aren't making friends, here.

  • Apr 01, 2010 @ 02:10pm

    Sony Pictures?

    Who are/were Sony Pictures?

    Voice of the Future.

  • Mar 30, 2010 @ 04:43am

    Stephen Conroy's plan

    Be it Steve Fielding's plan or Stephen Conroy's plan (since they both seem to support it)... it's a ridiculously stupid plan. Yes, it would even be possible to base the next election on it, as it is so incredibly controversial. Someone really should tell someone to drop it like a hot potato, before it causes any more damage. The question is: Who is going to yell loud enough that such a disengaged communications minister can hear?

  • Mar 17, 2010 @ 06:47am

    Did you need to add that? It's not incredibly useful, or even interesting.

    I find that if I become interested in a story, then I like to read the remainder of the story... and I prefer to read in dead-tree version, because it's truly portable - and it can sit on the shelf for reading in a few years when I need a refresh (or my child/grandchild wants to see the world that I saw). And maybe when an e-book reader comes out that is non-proprietary, very high resolution, and lasts weeks on a charge not days, I might buy one... or I might not.

  • Mar 14, 2010 @ 10:16am

    Criticisms, and competition.

    I get sick of people having something to say on every issue. All comments should be on-topic and not an argument over who says what to whom. It makes reading the comments very unproductive and downright annoying. Anonymous Coward take note.

    On patents, I think too many companies steal ideas from other companies. I also think that a few companies (particularly influential or larger companies) sue just because they have the money to win. That said, it IS for the courts to decide, and I hope they DO get to decide, because small people often cave in due to the cost and the hassle, which means the big companies are being counter-competitive (a good thing for them, and a bad thing for the rest of us).

  • Feb 17, 2010 @ 02:54pm

    The Blue Bars

    From what I know of this topic (which is plenty), I would agree that the blue bars tell the truth. People who pay are the people who pay... and those that don't - well, they don't. Would I pay if something I wanted and used was free? Most people would agree that a person would have to be a raving lunatic to pay for something that's free. So, will people pay for content? If they can't easily get it any other way, and they want it, then they will pay. The more they want it, the harder they will look for it for free and the more likely they will be to pay for it if they can't find it for free. If one wonderful newspaper requires a pay-for-content, and one mediocre newspaper doesn't, guess which paper will get an increase in circulation, and which one will lose subscribers? It's a no-brainer. So will pay-for-content work? It depends on whether the content is valuable and not free somewhere else... so obviously the answer is "no" (at least "no, not the way things are right now"). Duh!

  • Feb 17, 2010 @ 02:40pm

    Whose is the video?

    In my humble opinion, the person who appears in a video should own the rights to the video... and the company that paid for it should have the right to show it where/when they choose, provided the person in the video says they do... and that should be how it works, purely and simply. Now wouldn't that make life easier? But it isn't that way, and so we have a system that doesn't work... and until someone goes out and fixes the problem instead of just complaining about it, the problem won't get fixed. Well?

  • Feb 17, 2010 @ 01:58pm

    NYT - Mad on iPad

    Well, as a (free) subscriber to NYT, I can say that I would not pay more than about $7 per month to receive it direct to my eBook device (iPad or any other "pad")... so I don't see why anyone else would, either. I am one of the people they are seriously trying to attract, and they would lose my interest... so nope... wrong price point. So, they pay $600,000 and get 35 subscribers, and learn a valuable lesson. I guess it's their decision. I am smart enough not to waste that kind of money on something that is common sense, but hey, I'm not a journalist (or a journo-economist). Best of luck to them... 'cause they are sure going to need it.

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