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Comment: Re:Facebook, google invented little (Score 1) 307

by deergomoo (#44015203) Attached to: Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)

Very true, but what has Apple invented? A serious question. I can't think of anything, but I may easily have overlooked something (that and I'm not in the mood to be flamed by iFanBois). Apple's strength is industrial design and image.

Apple don't invent. They refine, if you will. I think it's fair to say that they made some of the first desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets that a wide range of people from the average Joe to professionals would want to use, and that is an impressive feat. But to say they invented any of the products they sell wouldn't really be true.

Comment: Re: Lock in Tactics? (Score 2) 184

by deergomoo (#43574349) Attached to: iTunes Store Turns 10
I don't know why you've been downmodded despite the fact that you are telling the absolute truth. Maybe it's because your opinion isn't 'hurr durr Apple is satan', which doesn't fly with /.ers. Regardless, you are correct, Apple gains little from DRM and never wanted it. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the reason why they never made any effort to hide the fact that if you really wanted DRM free tracks, you could burn it to a CD (or virtual CD), then rip it again. Yeah it's a PITA, but them's (were) the rules if you want(ed) to play ball with the music industry.

Comment: Re:US University Education shocked me... (Score 1) 605

by deergomoo (#42922607) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?
I do Computer Science at Warwick (my insurance choice was Manchester) and it's exactly the same. Quality of teaching is awful. But then you get people saying 'well you aren't supposed to be taught, you're supposed to be learning yourself', to which I reply 'well what the fuck am I paying for then?'.

Comment: Actually... (Score 1) 262

by deergomoo (#42270753) Attached to: "Jedi" Religion Most Popular Alternative Faith In England
This is slightly problematic. Most people who put Jedi are likely non-religious and taking the piss, but the government considers anyone who doesn't put either non-religious or chooses not to answer to be religious, increasing funding for things like faith schools, which many non-religious people are opposed to. That said. 170k people out of 60m doesn't make a massive difference, and I got a chuckle out of it.

Comment: Re:What Is To Be Gained? (Score 1) 101

by deergomoo (#42040887) Attached to: Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available
I agree, just look at the ecosystem related issues Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT have when compared to iOS or Android. Large organisations like Netflix target as many platforms as possible to cover all bases, but smaller outfits with limited funds are much more inclined to go where the users are.

+ - In UK, Twitter, Facebook rants land some in jail->

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concealment writes "In Britain, hundreds of people are prosecuted each year for posts, tweets, texts and emails deemed menacing, indecent, offensive or obscene, and the number is growing as our online lives expand. "Fifty years ago someone would have made a really offensive comment in a public space and it would have been heard by relatively few people," said Mike Harris of free-speech group Index on Censorship. People take it upon themselves to report this offensive material to police, and suddenly you've got the criminalization of offensive speech. Figures obtained by The Associated Press through a freedom of information request show a steadily rising tally of prosecutions in Britain for electronic communications — phone calls, emails and social media posts — that are grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character — from 1,263 in 2009 to 1,843 in 2011. Justice Igor Judge said in his judgment that the law should not prevent "satirical or iconoclastic or rude comment, the expression of unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, banter or humor, even if distasteful to some or painful to those subjected to it.""
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