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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Kartu Re:Yes this is Terrible. (184 comments)

Wikipedia disagrees.

In short: Mr Jobbs refused to let other players in, to a point when major "music companies" preferred no-DRM to DRM dominated by Apple.

25th of September 2007 was when BETA version of amazon music came to life, but DRM free music from major players came later:

In January 2008 it became the first music store to sell music without digital rights management (DRM) from the four major music labels (EMI, Universal, Warner Music, and Sony BMG), as well as many independents.[1][2][3][4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Before that happened:

The music companies had argued that Apple, which dominates the digital music market with its iPod player and iTunes service, should license its copy protection software to rivals. But Mr. Jobs has refused, saying that such a move would invite several problems, including the possibility that hackers would crack the technology.

Which led to:

Now, some music executives are privately backing the idea of dropping the software from music sold through virtually every service except iTunes, in order to strengthen AppleÃ(TM)s rivals and potentially diminish Mr. JobsÃ(TM)s advantage. The major labels have been upset with AppleÃ(TM)s inflexibility on music pricing, among other issues.

From:
  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12...

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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Kartu Re:What's so special about Google? (334 comments)

Yet EU isn't after googles dominant position as a search engine.
It's about google (mis-)using that position to promote other products.

about a month ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Kartu Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (334 comments)

Having better product never means you're an illegal monopoly.
Leveraging your monopolistic position to fight competitors in other areas does.
And exactly that is what evil EU is after.

about a month ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Kartu Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (334 comments)

Google can complain about "youtube losing money" while keeping ads price on youtube so low that competitors starve., cough.
Google has too much power for "free open market" to be able to "regulate" it, OK?

EU has both legal and MORAL right to dictate anyone in EU market how to behave IN EU.

The "bunch of idiots" forced phone manufacturers to support USB charging, mobile providers to drop roaming charges, to allow you to switch mobile provider while keeping your old phone number, they forced Microsoft to un-bundle IE, PC manufacturers to offer windows-less version etc.

NONE of that would happen just out of "free market" without government pressing them.

about a month ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Kartu PC specs (227 comments)

I've missed specs of a "PC" they were comparing it to.
PS4 has 7850-7870-ish GPU which is better than at least half of the PCs connected to Steam have.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Kartu Still trying to grasp the "sexism" (642 comments)

Hi guys,

I hope you won't consider it trolling as I'm being honest, I swear.

In ancient Greece they had gorgeous sculptures (paintings too?) of gods all over the place (and oh god, creating those sculptures was a monumental effort), were they objectifying them?

USSR had pictures/photos/sculptures of Lenin/Stalin/Whoeverisinpower all over the place, was it because they were objectifying them?

North Korean leaders sculptures/paintings all over the place, because they objectify them?

I think not. I'm pretty sure all things above happen(ed) because people were/are WORSHIPING them.

Now tell me why it is different with the beauty of an attractive human body. Why is it objectifying and not worshiping?

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Kartu $62,000 per person, $156,000 per family (419 comments)

Government borrowed lots of money to save fucked up financial system, but what does that have to do with public investment? Public investment does NOT have to be a new debt, mind you.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Kartu Re:stupid germans (419 comments)

ICEs existed well before Merkel came into power, not sure why you are bringing this.

about a month ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Kartu Re:Nvidia to blame (474 comments)

In Fermi times Anandtech was comparing cherry picked OCed nVidia GPUs to stock AMDs.
"Trustworthy", give me a break.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Kartu "tit for tat", seriously? (178 comments)

How long did it take Apple to allow custom keyboards?
Widgets, does Apple (finally) support them?
What about widgets on the lock screen?
Did Apple stop using rectangular icons with rounded corners?

And well, it sure goes both ways:
When will Android ask me about an App trying to access my contact list?
Did Google start always asking for a password when buying/installing things like Apple does?

about a month ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Kartu Re:Temporary (488 comments)

So we need to quickly respond to demand changes, somehow.
Truth is, that this need exists even if you don't go renewable, even in good old conventional power plants (although you need more of it, with renewables, indeed) and especially if you go nuclear power plants, which are supposed to run at near maximum capacity all the time:.

E.g. Dinorwig Power Station in UK:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

about a month ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

Kartu Re:Will it have the same garbage CPU? (141 comments)

Beaglebone Black does not cost 4 times more (anymore?), last time I've checked it was about 2 times more expensive.(about 60 Euro for BB vs 30 Euro for RPI)

about a month ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

Kartu Would it also apply mainboard chipsets? (260 comments)

I recall there were alternative chipsets for both Intel and AMD CPUs coming from companies like VIA and nVidia.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Kartu Pardon my ignorance, but... (429 comments)

What about conservation of energy???

about a month ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Kartu Re:Movie ordering (267 comments)

Actually, twelve:

"Mark Hamill has stated that Lucas told him in 1976, while filming the first film in Tunisia, that four Star Wars trilogies were planned. Lucas suggested Hamill could have a cameo role in Episode IX, which might be filmed in 2011.[1][4] A Time magazine story in March 1978, quoting Lucas, also contained the assertion there would be 10 further Star Wars films after The Empire Strikes Back.[5] Gary Kurtz was also aware of proposed story elements for Episode VII to IX before 1980."
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Kartu To elaborate (430 comments)

To elaborate (I'm neither gay, nor gay hater, nor Russian, nor iPhone lover, please spare me and don't try reading between the lines as there is nothing in there, really)

Russia has a law that basically forbids "as Good As You" approach. (that's where word "gay" comes from, to my knowledge)
That is, by claiming being gay is as good as being heterosexual, or that gay sex is as normal as heterosexual sex, you break the law.
The theory of Russian parliament is that such claims are effectively gay propaganda.

Now, Cook not only said that he was gay (which, frankly, could also have been interpreted same way), but also claimed it to be "a gift" from God. This, apparently, breaks the above mentioned law.

about a month and a half ago
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Scotland Builds Power Farms of the Future Under the Sea

Kartu Re:Oh no! (216 comments)

I'm pretty sure overloards are, in fact, fead.

about a month and a half ago
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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

Kartu Incorrect headline. (67 comments)

Stealing (e.g. learning / copying what others did, legally or not) is a great way to develop industry from scratch.
Note that many things they do go far beyond stealing. E.g.:
1) Moon probe returning back to earth
2) High speed trains (this one started with importing technology from all countries with major know how)
3) Longest bridge in the world
4) Biggest dam in the world

My point is, the steal at times, but they are not limited to it.

about a month and a half ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

Kartu Re:Aren't the crackers pro-DRM? (187 comments)

Well, no, not really.
It started with George Hotz's dumps, which was a combination of hardware glitching + program running in OtherOS.
If not the OtherOS, it wouldn't even be possible!!!

Before that PS3 system was very obscure, hence next to nothing was happening.

More to it, dumps, once analyzed, revealed epic mistakes in the encryption scheme (they used a static, instead of random number in crypto), which lead to Sony's private keys becoming public which lead to PS3 being hacked wide open.

However I wouldn't count with this happening again. It could well be that current gen consoles won't be hacked even in 10 years.

about a month and a half ago

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