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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

vakuona Re:Regrets (186 comments)

Public property doesn't mean you get to do what ever you want with it any more than buying a few share in Microsoft would entitle you to demand the access to Windows source code.

It is a license fee. You get a license to watch telly, not to own all the media.

about three weeks ago

BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

vakuona Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (186 comments)

BBC original series tend to stay on iPlayer for long enough. It's the series that are not BBC original that tend to stay shortest.

about three weeks ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

vakuona Re:I'd pay for it in a heartbeat! (611 comments)

It could exist without advertising. But it doesn't. I am goingto go out on a limb here, but it might be because it is bloody expensive to set up and maintain a good search engine without spending lots of money, and the users would not be willing to pay that money directly, so Google really needed the advertising to make money.

The fact that the engine came before the monetization is irrelevant and somewhat facile. Of course the produce comes first. They could hardly advertise anything before they had a search engine now could they?

That is why they got investors and they licensed their tech to Yahoo who......drumroll please...made money off advertising. So advertising paid for Google by rewarding the investors afet the fact, and by the simple fact that Google was licensing their tech to firms who depended on advertising for revenue.

about a month ago

Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

vakuona Re:Steamed (82 comments)

They won't be. It would be ridiculously easy to make it economically unattractive for someone to take over an account, for example, by including a discretionary discount in the account that is removed upon death.

Alternatively, they could just get their customers to agree to new T&Cs specifically stating that the contract ends on their death.

Google already has a feature where they ask people to specify what happens to their accounts on their death. I can't see law trumping the express wish of the deceased.

about a month ago

Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

vakuona Re:I don't see it.... (181 comments)

Which Android device did you think all the screenshots looked like? If you were referring to any Android maker besides Xiaomi, then I may have agreed. But we are talking about the one company that has copied Apple right down to the "One More Thing" slide, in a presentation that was all in Chinese no less.

These guys could not be more shameless about copying if they tried. But in case you haven't been able to pick up how they aped Apple. I will give you a few examples.

The Calender App is quite blatantly a copy of the iOS one in look (I couldn't say anything about the feel and how it works). Right down to the colour scheme.

The icons are all straight out of the Apple playbook. Borderless rounded-corner squares with a symbol in the middle. Android icons tend not to have any border around the "symbol". Not even Samsung ones, which have been fairly blatant in the past.

They even have the row of fixed icons at the bottom a la Apple. No, not the usual Back, Home and Menu soft keys on Android. Just a fixed set of four,just like Apple. It looks like they have ditched the standard soft keys altogether.

The music icon app has the same colour as the Apple one. I can accept that a green icon for a phone is kind of obvious, but to have the same colour for the music player app is more than a coincidence.

Check the colour scheme of the calculator app. Again, quite a blatant copy of Apple's.

The camera app has a round soft button as well. Just like, wait for it, the iOS 7 camera app.

Of course, it is not an exact replica, but at first glance, it could easily fool anyone.

In fact, I challenge anyone to put stock Android (KitKat), iOS and MIUI side by side, and it would be quite clear which two are most alike.

about 1 month ago

Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China

vakuona Re:Good for them (82 comments)

Umm, I don't think the US executes children. I do however think they can execute adults for crimes committed as children.

There is a difference.

about a month and a half ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

vakuona Re:Huh? (406 comments)

I couldn't agree more. I think any "autonomous" system that requires a driver to keep in the driving seat "just in case" is monumentally stupid. The worst thing a self-driving car could ever do is to attempt to give you control in an emergency situation. It's either completely autonomous, or not at all.

A semi autonomous system is the worst of both worlds. It makes you less aware of the situation and give you control at the worst possible time, wuite possibly when you are asleep behind the wheel.

about a month and a half ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

vakuona Re: "the market" = biz managers (192 comments)

I would add that this year, the most commercially successful movies at the cinema have been Captain America, X-Men, Transformers, Spiderman etc. These movies were not cheap to make. Unimaginative, maybe, but not cheap.

about 2 months ago

The Billionaire Mathematician

vakuona Re:Reminds me of The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone (96 comments)

Oh yes, Europeans just went to Africa to build pyramids without ever thinking to build any where they came from because, you know, that's just how they rolled. Where in the world has that ever happened?

One of the mummified individuals is found who "may" belong to some ancestral group proves what exactly?

What about the other mummified individuals? What about the carving and elaborate caskets and tombs that show people with distinctly African features? Or is anything that doesn't fit your crackpot theory discarded for being too inconvenient?

about 2 months ago

The Billionaire Mathematician

vakuona Re:Reminds me of The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone (96 comments)

Let's face it, most people who die of thirst/famine are black and have never in 100,000's years done anything to build a technology to help them to survive. It is not my problem that they are too stupid to figure out how to obtain a continuous and adequate supply of clean water!

Besides the obviously racist connotation, you are seriously misinformed.

They didn't "figure" it out because they didn't have to. They survived millions of years because they developed appropriate technology for their needs. They lived in a much more forgiving climate (except for tropical diseases) which didn't necessitate their developing all these fancy gizmos. Unfortunately, much of Africa is water stressed in ways that many parts of Europe just aren't, and no amount of engineering available until a few decades ago could help you there.

These black people built aqueducts and pyramids in Egypt, and built rather impressive cities all over Africa. Well before anyone else was building anything remotely comparable. So, they (we) are not as useless as you imagine.

about 2 months ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

vakuona Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

Sure you don't want that to be GNU/LS?

about 3 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

vakuona Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

To be able to determine that someone has a hidden volume, you would have to be able to look at the volume twice - the first time after you first suspect that there is a hidden volume, and the second after someone has changed something in the hidden volume.

There are a few ways this "threat" could be countered in my opinion.

1. Always "overwrite" the free space with random garbage when you use the volume. This gives plausible deniability. if the free space has changed a lot, then it could be because you have written to the hidden volume, or because the programme has just overwritten some portion of the free space like it always does.

2. Assuming the program doesn't allow (1), don't make any changes to the hidden volume once your encrypted disk has been inspected once. Basically, if the only thing that could give you away is making further changes to the hidden volume, then don't make the changes. You will still have access to your files, but won't be able to change the volume.

about 4 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

vakuona Re:Well... (493 comments)

Influenza is a disease, which also causes illness!

about 4 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

vakuona Re:Well... (493 comments)

Umm, if parents are being stupid, then yes.

about 4 months ago

Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

vakuona Re:RMS is right. (406 comments)

Why does everything have to be universal or bad?

Is there anything stopping Haiku or Amiga offering to pay for the implementation of the DRM on their systems. Companies will support any platform that can add to their bottom line. If Haiku users want support, they can just pay for it. Or download Linux which is equally if not more free, and comes supported.

Just because things are done in software doesn't mean the choice should be works everywhere or not at all.

about 4 months ago

AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

vakuona Re:Just like Bulldozer? (345 comments)

I would also add that unless AMD plans to have a business where it can migrate cheaper chip business to use the older fabs, AMD might well find itself having to manage fabs i.e. run a foundries business to recoup its investment. AMD doesn't really make the cheap as chips chips (the kind of stuff that Broadcom makes), then they should not be in the business of fabs. They ought to let the likes of TSMC who can manage that migration much better than AMD be in that business.

about 4 months ago

BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

vakuona Ye of little imagination! (165 comments)

This is a concept. Concepts can be improved!

As long as your commute doesn't run your battery down completely, and as long as you charge tend to recharge more than you discharge through use, a car port like this will keep you topped up.

This could also be hooked up to your mains to supply most of your own electricity.

Maybe, if car makers came together and created standard battery sizes, capacities and forms, you could build in battery swap station to allow your battery to be recharged when you are not at home, and allow your EV to always be swapped onto the battery with the most charge.

about 4 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

vakuona Re:Plan pricing is the same (482 comments)

It can be even worse. When I was looking to upgrade the last time around, it worked out that I g=could get a cheaper plan if I also bought a phone from the provider.

about 5 months ago


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