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Drinking Too Much? Blame Your Glass

allcar Re:I've never had an issue (115 comments)

What a tedious, puritanical twat you come across as.

about 2 years ago

Unity 4 Adds Linux Support

allcar Re:No source? (150 comments)

How much is "like $10,000"?

more than 2 years ago

Sci-Fi Publisher Tor Ditches DRM For E-Books

allcar Will Kindel versions be DRM Free? (280 comments)

From TFA:

Now users can finally read their books across multiple devices such as Amazon's Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo eReader and Apple's iBooks.

It will be interesting to see if the likes of Amazon honour the publishers wishes, or whether they still insist on using DRM. This might finally damage the Kindle business model. In a similar situation, I recently purchased the new Stephen King audio book directlty from Simon & Schuster, as it is in a DRM free MP3 format. Who would buy from Audible if the same material was available elsewhere in a better format?

more than 2 years ago

Sci-Fi Publisher Tor Ditches DRM For E-Books

allcar Re:It's about time (280 comments)

That's not it at all. I'm not prepared to pay for content that is inconvenient to use. I am much more likely to buy content if it is DRM free. This is great publicity for Tor. More power to them.

more than 2 years ago

Why eBook DRM Has To Go

allcar Re:No One Hates DRM More Than Me ... (299 comments)

I am more likely to download an illegal copy, as it will be DRM free. Why should I pay to get the product in a less convenient form. They are not even allowing themselves to play on a level field with the pirates, as they have an inferior product.

more than 2 years ago

Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language

allcar Re:"Universal laws"? (287 comments)

Bringing mathematical rigour to fields of research where it has previously been ignored can clearly provide some interesting insights.

more than 2 years ago

Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

allcar Re:and where is exactly the problem? (915 comments)

Ask a "western" muslim about this, you'll be horrified by their response. I guarantee it.

I'm sorry, but that is utter bullshit, or should I say pigshit, given the context. The penalty for apostacy in Islam is death. No discussion, no appeal, no equivocation. Many of your so-called "western" Muslims are the most fundamental of them all. This is a martial, militant and vile religion. No excuses. All right-minded people should be appalled by this. Utterly appalled.

more than 2 years ago

Indian Court Orders Google To Remove Content

allcar Re:When does Religion Trump our Rights? (477 comments)

Worshiping at the altar of non-religion is still worshiping.

That's a nice little sound-bite, but it really does not stand up to even trivial scrutiny. You cannot worship non-belief. There are simply too many things not to believe in.

more than 2 years ago

LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

allcar Re:I'm honestly confused... (359 comments)

But they do still use blackmail tactics. They will not reveal what patents are concerned. They will not even tell companies that they are threatening to sue until they have signed an NDA. That is not the behaviour of an host, moral company simply seeking fair payment for their R&D. It is extortion.

more than 2 years ago

Music Player Amarok 2.5 Released

allcar Re:Sticking with Clementine (152 comments)

Progress is not a smooth curve. You have to take some risks, or else everything stagnates. Don't be such a luddite.

more than 2 years ago

Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

allcar Re:Their own fucking fault (644 comments)

Very good swearing. All that swearing must mean that your point is valid.

more than 2 years ago

Evangelical Scientists Debate Creation Story

allcar Re:Science vs Religion: Contradictions? (1014 comments)

That's being a bit pedantic - and a bit wrong. A quick survey of your favourite dictionary will show that Evangelical is a tightly bound to a religious connotation. In recent years some have started to use it to mean enthusiastic promotion of any subject, but the roots of the word are religious.

about 3 years ago

EA Simulation Correctly Picked Super Bowl Champs in September

allcar Re:So what? (124 comments)

Perhaps this just means that American Football is unusually predictable.

more than 3 years ago

Volvo Demoes Automatic "Road Train" Car Technology

allcar Environment? (1 comments)

And how is that good for the environment? TFA claims a reduction of 20% in fuel consumption. I assume it's based on a reduced need to brake/vary speeds. Do large numbers of people really all want to go to the same place at the same time? Why not just catch a real train. Would anyone really wait in a large car park for the next road train to leave? It sounds suspiciously like bollocks. Why is the EU throwing my money at this?

more than 3 years ago

EPA Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Bees

allcar Re:EP(what?) (410 comments)

This is why leaks are a good thing.

more than 3 years ago

NASA's 'Arsenic Microbe' Science Under Fire

allcar Re:Of course it's under fire (152 comments)

That's complete bullshit. This is how science is (and should) be conducted. It's called peer review and it is one of the most important safeguards of the scientific method. Without thorough and ruthless peer review, people are free to simply make outrageous claims and expect to be believed. That's how religion works.

more than 3 years ago

Google Give Searchers 'Instant Previews' of Result Pages

allcar Two to, too! (252 comments)

Come on, editors. Grammar is a set of simple rules.

more than 3 years ago

UK's National Rail Shuts Down Free Timetable App

allcar Re:Syummary written by a 'tard (145 comments)

When you're being a pedant, it's really best to check your spelling.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Prevails In State Sales Tax Dispute, Thus Far

allcar Re:Good for us Sellers (171 comments)

It makes as little sense as saying a Frenchman should have to pay income tax to the Polish government.

Via the magic of the EU, that's exactly what happens, isn't it. The Frenchman pays his taxes to the French government, who then give it away to the EU, who then donate it to the poorer governments, such as Poland.

more than 3 years ago

The Misleading World of Atari 2600 Box Art

allcar Re:Missing Contents (267 comments)

Isn't this exactly what just happened recently with the UK advertising standards agency upholding a complaint about an XBox advert using PS3 footage?

about 4 years ago



IBM Customer Sued for Patent Infringement

allcar allcar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

allcar (1111567) writes "A story on Network World provides scant details about an IBM customer (Harry and David) being sued by NCR for using WebSphere and Net.Commerce. It is not clear what versions of these applications infringe a patent, nor what patent is actually under discussion. IBM did not, allegedly, live up to it's promise to help out its customer in court and so are now being sued themselves.
Now, what I find odd in this story is that NCR should sue an end user, rather than the software vendor themselves. No doubt, Harry and David do not have IBM's impressive array of expensive lawyers, making them a more attractive target, but this just seems all wrong. What am I missing?
PS: I'm sure this is already obvious, but IANAL."

Religion Meets Fiction in New Movie

allcar allcar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

allcar (1111567) writes "Calender Live has a detailed discussion of the forthcoming movie — The Golden Compass.
The film is based on the Philip Pullman novel of the same name and is potentially controversial due to its treatment of religion. Fans of the novel may be disappointed to hear that the religious aspects are being toned down. This should not have too big an impact on the first in the trilogy, but if they ever get round to making the third, things could get more interesting. In the third novel — The Amber Spyglass — God, himself, is portrayed in a very interesting light."

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