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Submission + - HBO Streaming Service To Launch Exclusively with Apple

Sardaukar0 writes: In the latest salvo in the Android/iOS wars, HBO has announced that they are fulfilling customers' long-held fervent wish: a standalone streaming service that does not require a cable subscription. The plan is set to launch in April at $14.99/month. The problem? The service, named HBO Now, is launching as an Apple exclusive.

Comment Re:You mean the hack "re-enables" Siri (Score 1) 148 148

You cloud the issue. No one, as you might have noticed, is arguing that Apple doesn't have the right to do as they have, as no one is calling for a DoJ inquiry, antitrust investigation, or anything of the sort. But when some customers have had a feature for several years, and then it's yanked away and ransomed back to them for the cost of a pricey phone upgrade, the customers have every reason to feel slighted. Behavior like that can damage customer goodwill built up over many years.

Comment You mean the hack "re-enables" Siri (Score 5, Informative) 148 148

Siri was, of course, available as an app for iPhones going back to the original 2G, correct? And on 4S launch day, Apple (having bought Siri from the original developer) disabled Siri for everyone who was already using it, in a naked attempt to force their loyal fanbase to upgrade, if I'm not mistaken? It's amazing to me how Apple fanboys can continue to stay so fanatically loyal after every punch in the beanbag from Cupertino.

Comment Intentional disingenuousness, Glenn Beck? (Score 2) 367 367

As has been pointed out previously in this thread, this has indeed already been overturned. It's interesting to note the dates in both articles, however. The article detailing the overturning of the Cali Supreme Court decision is dated September 21...while the OP's article is dated Oct. 4th. And the OP's article is from where? The Blaze. Which is? The Glenn Beck-founded "news" site. Either it's plain shoddy journalism on their part, or disingenuous and deliberately incitant. Ahh, Glenn Beck. Why let facts and reality interfere with the agenda?

Comment Obligatory IANAL, but... (Score 1) 153 153

...seems to me that this could end up being a good thing. IT staffer extorts students, making sure to conspicuously duplicate the RIAA's methods, and in court, he offers the RIAA defense. The jury rightfully swats this down and convicts him of extortion. Now, future victims of RIAA extortion lawsuits have a precedent to point to. Maybe he planned this whole thing to make noise and draw attention to the despicable RIAA methods, but then maybe I'm interpreting altruistic motives where none exist.

Comment Same old griefer QQ, different day (Score 1) 895 895

Here again we are faced with the common PvP griefer's refrain of "I'm not breaking any game rules". That's not the point. In real life, according to the "rules" (i.e. the physical laws of our universe), nothing is stopping me from walking up behind unsuspecting passers-by and bashing their brains out with a tire iron; but I don't, because we as humans have developed a society out of the framework of physical law which details CONSEQUENCES for such an action.

In the same way that God created the world (for the purposes of this metaphor, at least) but humans created society, the CoH/WoW/Eve/etc devs created the world, but players created the society. So if an 80 belf ret pally is griefing my little level 20 nub in Darkshire, it's "within the rules of the game", but it's unequivocally bullying. It's no longer a matter of skill; my little level 20 nub has exactly 0.00% chance of beating an 80. But like in real life, the WoW society has developed consequences; those same rules allow me to bring out my 80 rogue to slaughter and camp his ass til he logs whenever I see him from then on.

Under the faulty logic that anything the laws of the game world permit is socially acceptable, any bug or exploit is fair game. Counterstrike players remember the bug in cs_assault that let an unscrupulous player pop up through the ceiling of the warehouse onto the roof. It's permitted under the laws of the CS universe, but any server admin worth his salt would perma-ban the little s**t.

The point is that the rules that the player society develops are just as important (if not more) than the physical rules of the game world itself. And if you flagrantly, gleefully, maliciously disregard them, like in real life, there are consequences.

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde

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