Not every country bends over backwards for corporations. Some countries actually fund government departments who's purpose is to sue corporations to uphold consumer protection laws.
Oh a warranty period is why we're charged more for non-electronic goods, clothing items, food, and software sold as services through websites?
Please expand on that won't you.
My anecdote: sitting in a train to Neuchatel the guy opposite me dressed in camo had an M16 looking thing, ammo, and
If it's all so well regulated how come it is I saw more automatic rifles and ammo in my 10 days visiting Switzerland than I have in my whole life in Australia.
Gun control doesn't solve murder rates. You can see that in countries that implement gun control. What it does solve is massacres. Countries which have embraced gun control (and by embraced I mean the general populous doesn't have guns, and not that they've simply passed laws that people have ignored) have basically eliminated massacres while the murder rate has stayed the same. Typically it's replaced by a good old fashioned knifing.
The theory is basically that even when banned guns will still be available on the black market, however those who cause the most massacres are the deranged mental cases who have easy access to guns, while the people who buy guns on the black market are those mentally capable enough to figure out how the black market works in the first place.
How notable is notable?
Bulbs are given a useful life of L_70, so after 10 years of continuous operation they will still have 70% of their original luminosity. Combine that with the fact that human eyes don't have a linear response and you're not going to be replacing bulbs because they get dim, ever. The hysteria about LEDs dimming is completely unfounded.
You'll be replacing bulbs due to random electric failure, power spikes, incidental damage or technological advances.
Most places in the world have seasons where unless you swap your lightbulbs for energy efficient ones during summer you are still effectively wasting that power. The most comical cases involve running the AC unit where you now cool the room as well as cool the little hot radiators in the light fixtures.
Sorry but the typical living room will be affected more by the temperature of running the TV than running the lights. We use lights for light, not heating. Don't pretend they are efficient just because they do two things poorly.
What is a normal colour temperature? Daylight is 5600K. 6000K is much closer to the white light humans would count as "normal" compared to to incandescent which are 2800K at 100W and thus have much more in common with a candle than normal light.
This is not flamebait. It's a valid opinion.
But it's just that, an opinion. I have the opposite opinion. I love steam as a system and have no problem with a steam account. I honestly can't imagine going to a brick and mortar store and buying a game on DVD, actually nowadays I don't even have a DVD player in my machine. I use an external USB drive when I need to. I have no opinion on the account itself, that's just an account.
As for Microsoft employees, they are just people. Some are excellent coders, some a horrendous managers. (I think this is the most likely breakdown). I can't draw conclusions without further information.
What's it going to do. Send some data on an unknown bus and crash?
I hear a lot of the conspiracies of fake chips from China. If I were buying a full SOC with Ethernet capability and memory to spare then maybe I will start to worry. If I buy a logic device I could not care less. There are hundreds of thousands of applications for logic devices, and I could think of only a handful where the device itself could do something as nefarious like spying (like buffering the output to an ethernet controller). As long as the PIC16F84 has the performance specs I require and acts like the 74LS245 I don't see any reason not to buy it.
Oh Irony. I've not owned a Nexus device. Most devices I've used, root involves flashing a custom kernel image. In each case this has left the system unchanged, though a factory reset was "recommended".
Hard to deliver on a multi-government-sitting-term project if the subsequent government dismantles it half way through.
Labour promised a National Broadband Network by several years away and many houses have already been connected to FTTH. Yeah it's slightly over budget but then name a government project this size which isn't. Heck in terms of percentage over budget it did quite well to date.
From the App Ops, I learned that Angry Birds accesses your location when you run it. For what user-supporting function? None...
Some things are for supporting developers not users. Most of the in-app advertising systems require at the least course location to work. This is a limitation imposed by the ad service. I'm not at the least surprised about apps asking for location. It seems to be more par for the course in the Android world where a large portion of the apps are ad supported.
Now the large portion of Disney games also requesting access to the contact list is quite a different matter.
What device do you have? I have owned several Android phones from a few vendors and non needed to be wiped for a simple thing as root. My latest phone (Galaxy S4) actually had a simple exploit to root and sideload the superuser app. It was as difficult as running a file on my computer and clicking go.
Of course they will. In a corporate way they did quite good work to turn this around. That still doesn't make an event that nearly sunk one of the worlds largest companies "business as usual". I'm sure they'd have sooner not wiped half the company value off their balance sheet, not to mention the fact that they effectively have spend 2 years worth of profits on this mess.
They are still in business because they are incredibly lucky. A lot of companies, even big ones wouldn't have survived this. Heck a lot of people thought BP themselves wouldn't survive this.
How is that interesting? Most union shops hold their employer to ransom to the point where it's almost uneconomical to run the business. You can see examples of this all the time like how the already best paid airline maintenance teams in Australia decided to go on strike because the Airline didn't agree to their exorbitant pay rise demands.
It would be more interesting if a union agreed to some reasonable terms for a chance.