Personally I don't care what OS I use as long as I can accomplish the task at hand. I find all OS's missing some functionality. Some do it deliberately and others are missing the developers and/or resources. Android is my preferred mobile platform and OSX is my referred desktop platform. As it stands now both will lose from this choice since I may go for the Air instead of a combo.
If the first link is an ad and it's what I'm looking for does it matter?
How ads are identified doesn't matter when it is evident it is an ad. What matters is that I find what I'm looking for on the first page with the least amount of clicks. As a customer of Google I do not want people who are not looking to buy to come to my site. If someone is looking to learn about diamonds they most likely are not looking to buy. So a generic search of diamonds may lead to a page of jewelers a user would not click on any ad links but would refine the search. If all users are stupid and click on links identified as ads for jewelers then jewelers sales will not improve and advertising costs increase or be less effective, therefore they may stop advertising with Google.
In order for Google to continue being relevant they need to be relevant to people who search otherwise Google's product dries up. If ads are relevant then I don't care
You need to read this You are not covered and they don't need your PIN. Possibly from a DB hack you may be safe. All I have to say it's not as secure as you make it sound.
... RFID is orders of magnitude less secure than a regular magnetic strip.
Lucky that chip-and-pin cards don't have RFID on them then
Sorry to disappoint you but all my chip & pin cards have RFID as well.
Some light reading on PIN. It does not always get verified by the bank and may well be bypassed with 0000.
Introducing an additional "special" tax on one industry but not another does not equate to everyone paying their fare share. This is not about preventing suffering. This is just a pain money grab. The French do not have a special tax on the restaurant industry, nor the cheese industry, or the wine industry. This is a plain money grab. The funds go into the general revenue of the government and may or may not be directed to "culture". Culture is something that a group of people believe in, create and participate in. It is not something that is owned by an individual it is something that is shared. It does not mean that it is of no cost.
Government is about control and the perception about them vs us. If this was not about that then a French YouTube and Facebook would exist that would promote French culture and this would not compete with the US YouTube and Facebook because each would promote a different culture and not be about money.
You can change/flash the IEMI.
On that note maybe the artist can license the public air waves or just distribute the songs door to door.
I can show even more micromanager failures than the three successful which were listed. A few successful ones does not proof make. Sorry.
The part I just can't see is what do I need "computed" on a server which will take longer to calculate locally? My biggest problem with the Internet is that it is the slowest part of all my computing needs. I don't buy this 3X faster crap! They can't even put 1X as fast per user equipment currently why does anybody expect that in the "FUTURE" that it will be any different?
This is just a bunch of marketing crap so they can get free press. When it comes out it will be as lame as the Wii U is today. Microsoft hasn't even explained how this will even hook up to my TV and offer better TV even though they spent hours boasting about its TV features. Does it connect to cable? HD? Satellite? Cablecard?
.... but what's the criterion for delineating between 'spam' and 'marketing'? How about between 'spam' and 'opt-in' that the user no longer wants?
SPAM is very clear any and all email that I did not subscribe to which is soliciting me. Now I subscribe to lists and once in a while marketing comes through some lists which I therefore unsubscribe. If it continues coming it is SPAM. Very clear to me.
Because it doesn't follow from "Sony did this bad thing once"
It may be my math but I gave 2 examples. I can list more but I don't feel I need to because they make my point. Sony has shown no reason why we should trust their statement.
It's not a theory when it is fact. Sony made the above mentioned statements and they reneged(fact) so it is your "malevolent theory" that this time they will keep their word.
I am willing to place a wager on this one, odds are on my side unfortunately we will have to wait till the PS5 to see who wins.
Remember Linux compatibility? Remember the PS3 initially was able to play PS2 games? Why would we believe anything that Sony says?
DRM is bad especially when it is not disclosed. As an example, I though like you, back in the old DVD days and did not think that CSS was such an issue. The problem was that the DVD not only were encumbered by CSS they also had bad sectors or tracks which created problems for computers. Now the reality was that it also created problems with DVD players which implemented CSS but were a little too old. One day day I bought a Disney DVD and sat down with my kids to watch the movie. It started and would constantly error out. Now thinking that the DVD player was broken I rushed out and bought a new one. The funny thing was that the old one would play all the existing DVDs just fine. Then the second player did the same thing with transformers. I may be slow but I know that's when I realized that there is nothing wrong with the players. What I had to do is scrap the player every 2 years or so in order for the DVDs to work.
DRM prevents the law abiding person to get screwed it does not stop a pirate especially Disney, MPAA, RIAA and such. Where I live you cannot return media when the package is open even when the contents are defective. The laws may not say as much but getting your $20 back will cost more.
Mod parent up. iOS is a single platform, but new releases (major, point, all) are adopted relatively quickly
I know of more than one iPhone that has never been connected to a computer. I know I'm just one person but these statistics that we see all over the net are based on people who connect to something mainly an account on iTunes. What if someone doesn't care about apps and iTunes? To say that most upgrade is very far fetched.
On the other hand a Nexus will upgrade over the air but it still needs the user to be connected to the internet and agree. The problem in this scenario is the user, the manufacturer and/or the carrier and not an OS issue.