I find the term "out-of-the-box" much preferable to "baked-in", which they are even using to describe built-in features on software nowadays.
It makes no sense.
It makes perfect sense. AT&T and Verzion don't give a rat's ass about their customers' privacy. They're only in this coalition so they can give the appearance of caring, and so they can publish the reports. Putting out a report like this focuses citizen anger at the government, and not at them for not taking any sort of actual action. They can continue to play the "we're just following orders" card.
The thing about AT&T/Verizon having such a huge swath of the telecom landscape is, while it really is bad for consumers, it also gives these companies the power to resist the government if they wanted. Lavabit gets the government on them and they're forced to fold up because they're a small operation used by the fringe of society. If AT&T actively ignored NSA letters the government isn't going to do much to them -- because they're AT&T and such a huge amount of communications (and by extension, the economy) is dependent on them being able to remain fully operational. That's what it means to be a "too big to fail" company.
This must mean something, or not.
...those would be the choices
The fine (if ever paid) would likely provide a higher income than the film netted at the cinema.
Well that's not a hard bar to clear. If they're practicing Hollywood Accounting the movie will never net any movie regardless of how many tickets it sold.
Torrents are for sweaty people.
Nobody's staying cool and dry with all this Steam.
I almost feel sorry for the NSA goons who had to splice all that fiber optic cable to create PRISM.
Don't worry. I'm sure they didn't have to do any of the work themselves. The telcos were probably more than happy to do it for three times the usual rate, paid for by the government (the taxpayers being spied on in other words).
Well half of the acronyms/abbreviations you just rattled off are container formats and VP8/9 are video codecs, so you're comparing a fruit salad to an apple, so to speak. You mentioned Matroska (MKV) and that very well could contain VP9 video, but I think you're more likely to find VP8/9 in a file ending in
Technician comes to your home and fixes you car right then? That's a big improvement over leaving the car and having to walk/taxi home, having the car not even be looked at for anywhere from a few hours to a couple days depending on how busy the shop is, then walk/taxi back to pick it up.
Bitcoin has proven popular with criminals already thanks to Silk Road so I'm not surprised Bank of America is interested in it.
The reason is not the recoup the development costs - the reason is Price Discrimination: The ability to charge a different price in different markets. The optimal price for Windows in the US is much different than the optimal price for Windows in China - and if you can charge different prices here, Microsoft will make more money. Restricting language change is one mechanism to avoid Americans paying Chinese prices.
I haven't seen the multilingual pricing of Windows in years, but it was an add-on iirc. You didn't have to pay $WindowsChina + $WindowsEn-US to get a version that could be switched between both.
You bring up a good point, language locking would allow region-locking (in a loose way), but I still feel development costs are also a factor in this. Professional translators aren't cheap and sometimes dialog and menu commands (and interface element sizes) get changed as words/phrasing that does not directly translate from the original English. Not to mention legal text having to be adapted to the market's local laws. Microsoft doesn't have a group of people doing this for free like a FOSS OS would.
I found I could not change the language from Chinese. Some research showed I was expected to pay for an upgrade to get Windows, that I paid for, to actual be usable. Microsoft really don't promote legal use of their products with such attitudes!
I don't quite understand, you were surprised by this? You were in China and bought a netbook locally, of course it's going to be the Chinese version of Windows.
I understand the interfaces used on many Linux distros come with support for a large number of languages out of the box, but Windows comes in different versions for different languages and the ability to change the entire operating system to a different language is a feature you have to buy. It's always been that way and I'm not sure if that even changed in Windows 8. I'm sure part of this is to recoup the development costs with translating and localizing the OS.
Most customers can't read another language fluently enough and have the desire to change their computer OS to it, so it's not really something that drives people to piracy. You can still run programs in other languages in the operating system often (given you added the necessary keyboard support for input/fonts), it's just Windows itself that's stuck in one tongue.
a truck driver
You believe a UPS worker getting paid $12/hr is going to stop someone with a gun who wants to take his fully insured company truck?
Have you asked HR how many applicants they're actually getting for the jobs? Maybe you should have them ease up and let a larger number through the gates to the real hiring managers.
The editors must be still a bit hung over from the one-two punch of Thanksgiving and then crazy deal-chasing on Black Friday.