My wife has an iPad and personally I find that it's a real pain to do things that should be easily do-able. I've gone through 4 or 5 apps (some paid and some free) to try to find an app that will just play videos of various formats off a network drive and haven't found a single one that will play all my videos.
Things like 'network drive' are too complicated for a tablet mindset, at least that is what Apple thinks. If you want to use 'network disks and stuff', that is what a laptop / desktop computer is for.
An app that covers your functional requirements for playing all sorts of videos is 'Air Video' or 'Air Video HD'. It requires a server component installed on a base computer, in my case a Mac, but Windows is supported too. The server transcodes the video stream to h.264 which any iOS device can play. I have found that everything I can play on the Mac can be transcoded.
Interface is quite simple. Set up shareable folders on the server and you are ready to go. Support included for viewing with live conversion or for storing the converted file on the iOS device. Among the best two-something Euros I have ever spent.
'Commercial software' does not automatically mean 'closed software': ask Red Hat. Also, RMS does not have any problems with copyright on artwork, such as pictures (graphics) or sound (songs); he does have a problem with any type of software that restricts the rights of the user, such as the rights to copy, modify and study software.
Yep. At first a few rogue scientist find something new. Then that 'something new' gets peer reviewed, discussed about, put through scientific screening, whatever. After that a few rogue scientists do NOT think the scientifically model is correct enough. (or the other way around)
We now have a whopping 97% of scientists thinking the models of global warming and the human factor therein is correct. So at some point 97% of scientists did not believe that global warming existed and / or was man made. The scientific advance is that we now have models that imply global warming is real and man-made. Is that what you wanted to say?
Who says that reincarnation processes (if they exist) are only taking place in a forward direction in time? Why not backwards? Or in the same time frame?
Come to think of it: maybe there is only one soul/entity/whatever that reincarnates in every living being throughout the times. Reminds me of Mehir Baba, but with continuous time travel added and everybody is 'god', but not everybody realizes it.