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Comment: Re:It's a relationship argument about control. (Score 1) 273

by Just Some Guy (#47920195) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Sorry, forcing a download of an entire album

Stop. Apple just adds the album to the list of music you have access to. Everything else you describe flows from your incorrect understanding of this key point.

this is you strapping them to a chair to listen to it à la "Clockwork Orange".

They absolutely do not in any way make you listen to it.

If everyone got an email saying "Click for a free download of the album!" there would be no complaints.

That's basically what they did. They gave everyone access to it, so you now have a link to download the music by clicking one of the songs and tapping "play.

Comment: Re:It's a relationship argument about control. (Score 1) 273

by Just Some Guy (#47918383) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

It's not about the album. It's about control. It's about changing the station in the car radio when someone else is driving.

No, it's about someone starting a U2 radio station that you don't have to tune into unless you want to, but now it's there if you want to hear it.

I swear to God, if my kids whined as much as the Internet has about me giving them a copy of an album I like, I'd ground their ungrateful asses until their iPods decayed into lead.

Comment: Re:Overkill much... (Score 1) 208

by Just Some Guy (#47893929) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

I guess there's a niche for this since they made it, but I kinda fail to see the target market, unless it's the "give me the biggest and best you got" crowd.

I can imagine plenty of uses for this in automated systems such as video system or other data gatherer. And even if it's to be used to record manually-triggered output, there's much to be said for the concept of "so much freaking storage that I can pay for this once and never have to think about it again over the lifetime of the equipment I'm using it with".

Comment: Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (Score 2) 208

by Just Some Guy (#47893877) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Were you dropped on your head as a child? Quoth the wiki:

In 1848 Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), wrote in his paper, On an Absolute Thermometric Scale, of the need for a scale whereby "infinite cold" (absolute zero) was the scale's null point, and which used the degree Celsius for its unit increment.

Celsius degrees came before Kelvin units.

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 2) 110

by Just Some Guy (#47893529) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

That would be true if you could come up with good ideas (not bad or average ones) easily and cheaply, but you can't. You can work as hard as you want, but there's no guarantee you will come up with a good idea.

Pfft - I came up with seven mind-blowingly awesome ideas before breakfast. The problem is that each would take several programmer-years to implement, so there's an enormously high risk:reward ratio for each.

People don't copy other ideas because it's too hard to come up with their own good ones. They copy ideas because those ideas have already been vetted and proven viable in the marketplace (whether of ideas or of cash revenue).

Comment: Microsoft vs Apple (Score 4, Insightful) 352

by Just Some Guy (#47884627) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Microsoft decides that it's in their best interest for all customers to use identical UIs, so they make Metro the standard interface on phones, video game systems, tablets, desktops, and servers. Apple decides that it's in their customers' best interest for products to have similar but individualized UIs, so they create tailored interfaces for tiny, small, and large displays.

That, in a nutshell, is the difference between the two companies (and why Apple is eating Microsoft's lunch in every category where they directly compete).

Comment: Re:If I was in the NFL I'd be pissed (Score 1) 404

The New England Patriots make about $428M a year across 16 games, each of which takes an average of 192 minutes. That works out to about $139K per minute. If Bill Belichick thinks he can work more efficiently with papyrus and a scribe, there'd be a tiny replica of the Nile in the basement of Gillette Stadium by the end of the day.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson