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The Beatles On iTunes

Plaid Phantom Re:Cheaper to buy CDs (551 comments)

Don't forget that in the US most online purchases don't even bother with sales tax. (I don't use iTunes, so I don't know if it's any different).

more than 3 years ago

Gulf Oil Leak Plugged?

Plaid Phantom Re:well it's $6.60 all ready... (611 comments)

And gas is around $3/gallon where i live in the US (admittedly my region is usually below average). The price increase would be more like 150%. It's more like your 1.2GBP/litre rising to 3GBP/litre.

more than 4 years ago

"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

Plaid Phantom Re:Use It, Lose It (419 comments)

Unless the passenger is reading a book.

Or is a screaming two-year-old.

Or is blind.

Or really just likes to hear themselves talk that much.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Evangelist Lashes Out Over Apple's "Original Language" Policy

Plaid Phantom Re:Duality of Wozniak's Apple Versus Jobs' Apple (789 comments)

I suspect /.'s discontent here has absolutely nothing to do with the technologies involved. The controversy is a question of freedom: the freedom of a developer to develop in whatever language they choose (whatever the compilation target) and the freedom of the user to install whatever they want on a device they rightfully own and (theoretically) control.

Freeedom > Openness - With freedom you can choose to leave the closed system for a more open system. Without it, the openness of the system doesn't really matter as you're stuck with it either way.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Turn T-Shirts Into Body Armor

Plaid Phantom Re:How elastic? (213 comments)

I think that was his point.

more than 4 years ago

Foursquare Turns Down $100M

Plaid Phantom Re:WTF? (189 comments)

In an economy where people get rich by betting that other people can get rich placing the right bets on what companies will be profitable, "worth" and "value" have somewhat arbitrary meanings.

more than 4 years ago

OpenGL 4.0 Spec Released

Plaid Phantom Re:Hardware support (166 comments)

The XBox 360 is most certainly not the only console which gives access to indie developers. I know of a number of games in or coming to WiiWare straight from indie developers. World of Goo, for one.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Finally Open Sources Windows 7 Tool

Plaid Phantom Re:Good. (284 comments)

You would think that most people here would have grown out of the "M$" phase.

You must be new around here.

more than 4 years ago

Bing Gains 10% Marketshare

Plaid Phantom Re:Is it trickery? (514 comments)

But if that one result on Bing is exactly what the user wants, then what's the point of millions more results? From the Bing-vs-Google results page, that one result included links to Google Image Search, Google Video, and a half-dozen other Google products. Google took the whole first page to provide basically the same results. The biggest difference is Google's news links at the top of the results (which in my opinion is just extra clutter, but whatever).

And seriously, who would search for just "google" and not be looking for the search engine itself?

more than 4 years ago

Russia Recalls Modern Warfare 2

Plaid Phantom Re:Waaaaahh (548 comments)

Make a game that portrays Americans in a negative light and sell it here...

Isn't that what they did with GTA?

more than 4 years ago

"Time Telescope" Could Boost Fibre-Optic Communications

Plaid Phantom Re:the emperor's new clothes (183 comments)

So, cloud computing is a client/server system rented out to third parties?

about 5 years ago

Comcast Seeking Control of Both Pipes and Content?

Plaid Phantom Re:Bad timing (241 comments)

No, the real concern is that it will be the other way around. If you buy Comcast, you can only watch Disney movies. Which will be even worse for those with whom Comcast is their only available provider.

more than 5 years ago

Shaw Cable Again Blocks Firewire On Canadian Set-Top Boxes

Plaid Phantom Re:This will get cracked in approximately... (257 comments)

It doesn't really matter whether it stands up to scrutiny. The cable company could just turn it back off when no one is looking. And even if it doesn't stay off, many people still may believe that a 3rd party DVR could effectively stop working at random and so go to the cable company's solution just because they can trust that the feature won't be turned off at random.

more than 5 years ago

In Round 2, Jammie Thomas Jury Awards RIAA $1,920,000

Plaid Phantom Re:Justifying piracy (793 comments)

I have no divine providence over my finished work...

The theory is that yes, you do. Perhaps not divine. It's a social contract where we all agree that in return for making something, we'll give you a bit of say in what happens to your work. If we like it enough, we play along. Otherwise, we go find someone who either makes something good enough that we're willing to put up with them or they're open enough that we'll put up with slightly lesser quality.

If you don't like the terms, you can "go" somewhere else.

That said, there's really no excuse for the RIAA. There is no way that a song is worth that much. I might could understand $100 or so as a deterrent, but nearly two million is insane.

more than 5 years ago

How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make?

Plaid Phantom Re:Dear free MMO companies (157 comments)

No no: that Mac is *why* they're plundering the furniture. ;)

more than 5 years ago

Church of Scientology On Trial In France

Plaid Phantom Re:Shame they can't do it for other religions (890 comments)

I've been in churches all my life and that's the first time I've ever heard such a thing. But then, maybe Presbyterians are just weird.

more than 5 years ago


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