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Microsoft May Be Targeting the Ubuntu Desktop

stubear Re:the acorn becomes the mighty oak...yeah yeah (583 comments)

As a matter of fact, I have. However, are YOU aware that not everyone has access to IMAP for their e-mail accounts? You do realize that there is a much larger world then the one you've created in your parent's basement? Ever heard of SMTP? You know, the protocol that the majority of the world still uses for sending/receiving e-mail?

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Microsoft May Be Targeting the Ubuntu Desktop

stubear Re:the acorn becomes the mighty oak...yeah yeah (583 comments)

I'm sure all your Windows apps worked just fine and all the-mail you had saved in Outlook opened just fine in Ubuntu. /s

more than 5 years ago
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Doctorow On Copyright Reform & Culture

stubear Re:BRAVO! (243 comments)

"Even so. Why wouldn't people pay to go to a theater to see a movie even if there was no copyright on it?"

Because when you allow people to legally copy movies on the internet they will do so en masse, then watch them on their large screen TVs in the conmfort of their own homes, without all the distractions that come with the so-called "Theater Experience". No, this won't happen overnight but it WILL happen were copyright to go away, thus making it extremely difficult, if not impossible financially, to make films without the backing of advertisers. I don't know about you but I hate it when I'm watching a movie or TV show and it's painfully obvious which auto manufacturer "donated" the cars the characters drive. Multiply that times about a million when you begin to factor in the food and beverages they consume, the computers and other electronic devices they use, and/or the papers and magazines they read (and the fact that the camera will HAVE to focus in on these products at some point in the movie). Hooray for the assholes who were too short-sighted to see where all this was headed simply because they wanted shit for free; don't kid yourself and believe this has to do with rights or other altruistic goals. Any more stupid questions you want answered?

more than 5 years ago

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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070822-reas

stubear stubear writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stubear (130454) writes "Ars Technica has an interesting article about alternate reasons for Paramount's support for the HD-DVD standard.

Paramount's decision to abandon Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD has raised many, many questions, especially after it came to light that Paramount and Dreamworks received a combined $150 million as part of the deal. The money, which is reportedly for promotional considerations, has many people convinced that the decision was driven by cold, hard cash. That may in fact be the case, but I did have the chance to talk about the decision with Alan Bell, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Paramount Pictures. Bell characterized the move as being the most advantageous for Paramount's business, and he described that primarily in technical terms.
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