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Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

DMorritt Re:*Sigh* (284 comments)

America - the best government money can buy.

about a year ago

Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

DMorritt Re:Who owns the asteroid? (265 comments)

The IRS can't claim money from shell US companies in random tax evasion, erm I mean *avoidance* countries, or even collect the due money from your presidential wannabe, how much luck do you think they will have when someone catches a rock from space? Unless you plan on landing it in the middle of the US and mining it the traditional way... In which case - carry on!

about 2 years ago

Kim Dotcom's Next Venture: Free Broadband To New Zealand

DMorritt Re:This is actually cool... (279 comments)

The correct term is copyright infringement, not theft. When people start to use misleading terms like theft, it paints a different picture.

Everyone agrees a thief is in the wrong if they break into your house and steal your stuff, in the case of copyright infringement, nothing has been taken from you, you're not missing anything, and it’s not theft.

The same applies to the term "pirate", I guess this is where the pirate parties and TPB shot themselves in the foot, while swashbuckling pirates are seen as romantically cool, in the eyes of the law, pirates are criminals. Copyright infringement is not a criminal crime. Media companies must be laughing their arses off at the self-styled "pirates" since it will only have a negative connotation.

We're all being manipulated by the music and film industries, to dance to their tune, you only have to look at X-Factor or whatever is shown this time of year, to realise once again they are trying (expecting/going to get) for another x-mas #1 because people fall in line with what they want (maximum money). If the "winner" of these programs released a song at any other time, without any of the hype from the shows, who would seriously buy it?

more than 2 years ago

Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

DMorritt Re:What goes around comes around... (446 comments)

I hope you're trying to troll?

Apple did not invent an amazing new thing in swipe to unlock, they put a motion you perform on screen into an action, it's pretty obvious and should not be patented, I draw a circle on my screen and it writes an "o" into my text message box... Basically the same thing, the input is handled, processed to understand what I'm trying to do, and then something happens (hopefully, if they got it right it'll do what I wanted!), how is drawing a line any different from "swiping", they are the same thing.

Bounce back scrolling? You call this an invention? Things have been bouncing for, well basically since the universe began and the laws of physics settled down (I'm sure even they were a little different at the beginning), people have been adding bouncyness to things for donkeys years, I'm glad someone added some of this bouncyness to my car, or driving would be horrible.

Apple tell you they innovate, you take that at face value, why are you repeating this?

Apple did not invent the first personal computer, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_personal_computers, see how many of those you fail to remember. Nice info in the article from Wikipedia:

Steve Wozniak (known as "Woz"), a regular visitor to Homebrew Computer Club (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homebrew_Computer_Club) meetings, designed the single-board Apple I computer and first demonstrated it there. With specifications in hand and an order for 100 machines at $500.00 US Dollars each from the Byte Shop, Woz and his friend Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer.

And from the HCC article: The Homebrew Computer Club was an informal group of electronic enthusiasts and technically-minded hobbyists who gathered to trade parts, circuits, and information pertaining to DIY construction of computing devices, this is how the original Apple came about, then Apple II and computing as you know it.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Your Used Games?

DMorritt Re:Failed business model. (276 comments)

Not really, I doubt development costs are the main issue, those ads on TV, bus stops and the internet probably chew more money up than 100 people working for 2 years. If you have 100 people working for two years and they turn out a steaming pile of crap, then they get what they deserve. If they are making the next BF or COD however they can roll in their swimming pools of cash.

I think there is a lot of smoke and mirrors in this industry.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Your Used Games?

DMorritt Re:17%? (276 comments)

If you're the sort of person that has a game you want to trade in, and trade it in for another used game, then I guess, in a few weeks or months you'll be trading that one in for another? How is this not helping the industry? Everyone needs to make money somehow, if Gamestop are getting a slice of the new and used games I don't see a problem with that, they have supply, there is a demand (for cheaper used games as well as the latest ones). Not everyone wants to buy the latest blockbuster.

The fact that someone can trade in a game, and use that as credit for the next game they want to play is a good thing, I know/knew people that buy/bought a moderate number of games and used this method, if they couldn't part fund next months new release with an old game they no longer play, they probably wouldn't have bought it at all (or waited till the price was cut to a reasonable level, after all games are quite expensive).

Personally I think a thriving second hand industry is a good indication that the games industry as a whole is doing well, it's not the consumers fault that games are released with limited replay value, if they don't want people reselling games, give people a reason to want to keep them in the first place!

more than 2 years ago

Apple Tells Retailers To Stop Selling Certain Samsung Devices

DMorritt Re:Oh intelectual property of patents (308 comments)

Between these two (Samsung and Apple) they *do* create tens of thousands of jobs (if not more), mostly in China of course.

They wont sue each other out of existence, just the tablet markets, if it gets that bad they will just pull out, if this carries on they will just end up doing what they did before. One selling highly priced computers, the other selling, well, practically everything else technology wise.

This spat between the two of them is getting tiring, I've never bought any Apple products, and I don't intend to, I've used a few, and they work well, but I just don't like the closed eco system, and I'm not particularly interested in learning the nuances of a new OS. On the other hand, I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the only thing that annoys me is the speed they are taking to update Android versions (my HTC phone was updated months ago), next time I'd probably go with something more direct. Will this affect my intentions to buy things like TV's from Samsung? No, because you don't get these kinds of issues with those.

more than 2 years ago

Mysterious Sprite Photographed By ISS Astronaut

DMorritt Re:Runaway electrons colliding into oxygen (86 comments)

Interesting article that, I do wonder if it's easier to look for the red sprites on other planets, or just the flashes from the lightning though, at what point is it easier to detect a very brief sprite than the bright ligntning flash? Would have to be some seriously thick atmosphere at the lower levels to hide the flash but make the sprite the only bit visible. Surely if a planet had that thick an atmosphere, there would be other reasons for not being likely to support life?

more than 2 years ago

Bye ACTA, Hello CETA

DMorritt Re:Resale rights ??? (225 comments)

Maybe someone should invade Canada, and bring Democracy to the place? We can use your opression of the native Inuit people as some form of reasoning I guess, do you guys still have any gold left?

You have to wonder though, I mean these guys are pretty good at worming their ways into getting what they want, will they ever actually give up? You have to admire their persistence even if you dislike what they are trying to do. ACTA is basically dead, if there is enough resistance to this new CETA, I guess it would be mothballed, but then what? It'll just end up going into the next trade agreement, maybe as a revision to existing ones. Eventually will people stop paying attention enough?

Are these media companies really trying the old method of asking for something ridiculous, then settling for something "reasonable" (by their standards, and exactly what they wanted in the first place, but we're all expected to accept it as it's been "watered down"), even though it doesn't suit everybody, or are they going to keep on asking/demanding what they want till they get it?

more than 2 years ago

Bye ACTA, Hello CETA

DMorritt Resale rights ??? (225 comments)

Resale rights. The EU is demanding that Canada implement a new resale right that would provide artists with a royalty based on any resales of their works (subsequent to the first sale).

Because when you buy a car (or any other second hand goods) through a private classified ad, Ford (etc) get a slice of that too... This is insane!

more than 2 years ago

Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features

DMorritt Re:six hundred dollars? (498 comments)

"in any sane country isn't patentable", indeed it shouldn't be.

I'm sick of all these blatantly obvious ideas being used in court, it's about time resources were directed at innovative new ideas and products, not silly obvious ideas (Method_of_exercising_a_cat) or next logical steps in technology.

more than 2 years ago

BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade


I percieve the value of a film to be pretty low, I mean I watch them for free on TV when they are shown. I percieve the cost of a DVD to be low, I can buy a stack of blank ones for a relatively small amount of money. Why is a digital download almost as much as a physical copy?

If I add the "value" of the film, to the "value" of the DVD (or download), I don't get anywhere near the price I'm expected to pay for them. The only DVD's I tend to buy are the £3 ones from supermarkets and DVD stores, I don't buy digital downloads, they are just too expensive, if I'm shelling out cold hard cash, I want something physical they can't take away from me, if I'm paying pennies then I'll accept a digital copy I can play wherever I like (not just where I'm allowed to). I'm not paying £10+ for a DVD, as I don't think that is good value for money.

The other argument is they need to charge £10+ for a DVD because so many people are copying it? That's nonsense, if they were actually losing money they wouldn't be making more films, the music and film industries are certainly not (as a whole) making a loss.

The "I do not pay because it is not worth it" argument is very true, it *really* isn't worth it, the cost of a DVD is over an hours minimum wage, pushing an hour ar average wage I would guess. When I can get entertainment from the BBC for ~£130 a year, and I listen to and watch a lot of BBC content, I read the website, *that* is value for money, I also don't have to go out of my way to access it.

Because some corporation has brainwashed a lot of people into thinking it is hard done by, and sticks rigidly to an ancient (in terms of media delivery) business strategy, shafts over the little guys, people agree with (and defend) them... It's rather sad.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

DMorritt Re:Competition == Irreparable Harm (160 comments)

They only have a handful of phones, if you want Apple, what other choices do you have? Android is a big market, I don't want a Samsung phone, I'm happy with my Galaxy Tab, but I prefer HTC phones (well, did till the S3 came out!). Happily I can play stuff on my tablet and phone at the same time, despite being made by two different manufacturers.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

DMorritt Just tell him (338 comments)

Yes, his wife cheated on him, but she probably won't leave him, and his daughter lost her virginitiy ages ago.

more than 2 years ago

BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

DMorritt Quadrantids (116 comments)

While it's a shame he missed it, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower is still on for a few days, and it's one of the best, so natually they picked an interesting time to have Stargazing Live (although they aren't of course stars!), so keep looking and you'll probably see another.

Yes it's a shame he missed it, but as so many others have said, it's not really his fault. The only reason for his being sheepish was he'd turned to complain about lack of visibility, so yes, he probably feels a little silly, wouldn't you? I would.

Hopefully we'll have some decent meteor showers this year that arent completely obscured by days of clouds. I've been very disappointed not to see the sun and moon in days, not to mention missing out on the Quadrantids, my local Astronomical Society has a public viewing tomorrow night (8th), so I'm crossing my fingers the skies clear up some!

Astronomy is a fascinating subject and has come on massively in the last couple of decades, less than 100 years ago people really believed in canals on Mars (signs of life!), water and volcanoes on the Moon, and Venus was just like Earth, possibly covered with life!

about 4 years ago

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

DMorritt Re:No questions about QA? (175 comments)

Mod the parent up if you have any points, working in software is not as simple as most people seem to think, I keep reading "Blizz QA is rubbish because my x is not working" type comments, yet if you worked in software you would realise how hard it is to track down and fix these issues. Cut the guys some slack, after making some really significant changes I'm really surprised how well it is coming, they can't read every bug reported (whined about) on /. or other "popular" forums, and judging by 1/2 the comments in their support forums being "suggestions" etc... I'd work there at the drop of a hat, the turnaround is actually pretty good.

more than 4 years ago

Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

DMorritt Re:God, god, god.... (1328 comments)

Aww, I really want to mod you up, but they wont give me points since I don't buy Apple products,

more than 4 years ago


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