Re: I am most disappointed...
So. it was a colossal cock-up.
460 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010
"Sure, and when Amazon is the only retailer left, come and tell us how you are enjoying their prices, once they no longer have to undercut anyone."
In business, your profit margin is your competitor’s collateral. No-one could get backing to compete with Amazon, when it had 0% profit margin. If Amazon reaches a monopoly position and hikes its prices, competitors will rapidly emerge.
Most advertisers are stuck in 1950's TV mode where you spam people as relentlessly as you can afford. This is no longer acceptable, and this is what Google is tackling. Advertisers need to recognise that targeted advertising is the only way forward. Facebook in particular has enormous capability to target ads, so that punters are unlikely to see ads for stuff in which they have no interest. Unfortunately for the advertising industry,this means sobering up and doing some work.
It's a long time since I've used closed source software, but I seem to recall that if you wanted documentation you had to buy a book that cost almost as much as the software, and was probably two versions out of date. The last time I bought software with proper documentation is was, dare I say it, MS DOS.
I don't understand people who criticise companies for obeying tax law.
If you have a problem with the way tax law works, you should direct your ire at the people who created that law.
And the idiots who voted for them.
I'm off the the pub, which is the proper place to discuss these things.
The NSA has produced a "tool" that has been used as a weapon against the people it is supposed to be defending.
The NSA has failed to protect itself from the inevitable hackers, enabling this tool to be released in the wild.
The agency is clearly unfit for purpose, and counter-productive, and should be dismantled ASAP.
This goes for GCHQ too.
(The icon is intended ironically.)
Using an automated system to find possible copyright infringers is a sensible option. Using that system to initiate legal proceedings without the alleged infringement being checked by a competent human is a huge abuse of the legal process. They should be hit very hard in the wallet for this.
Any such algorithm would produce results similar to those produced certain TV shows, where "music" that is pleasing to the masses is produced by a voting process that eradicates anything that would be pleasing to the musically literate. Such sounds are readily realised by generic mass-produced violins.
Regarding the Strad, the most sensible comment I have heard is by a user who said that it's not so much the sound which is exceptional, but the result from the player of the demands placed by such an instrument on its user, that he should be worthy of such a venerable instrument.
@ Suricou Raven
Netbooks and ultra books are at opposite ends of the market, and do not compete.
MS & Intel killed off netbooks to protect their fatter margins on fatter devices. Netbooks have been replaced by tablets, and the evil duo have lost out completely (PMSL).
Ultrabooks are Mac Airs for people who want to run Windows.
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