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Comment Delayed reaction? (Score 1) 131

Imation have been offereing DVD media since at least 2002.

Why the delay?

Are Toshiba and the DVD6C group really suffering at the hands of solid state memory devices so badly that they need to reduce Imation's market share through a costly lawsuit? With Imation also owning TDK and Memorex, surely they could sell their products through their licences instead anyway? Or at least, 'rent' their facilities to them?

I'd like to know what the 'real' catalyst was for this situation...

Comment Yes, clearly misinterpreted (Score 1, Troll) 324

I stand firm that it was a very well thought-out and useful resource for kids, but it's obviously being misinterpreted by a lot of people

Misinterpreted? Children colouring in a terrorist attack... This doesn't worry anyone?

I'm sorry but I think exposing children to this sort of material will desensitise them to such actions if (when) they happen again... Is that what we really want?

And more importantly, is this really news for nerds?

Comment Re:WTF EU (Score 1) 280

It is actually called predatory pricing - where the supplier deliberately sets a low price to screw the competition.

Obviously it is not Intel's fault that AMD is not as successful financially, but with only two major PC processor manufacturers, what other reason for selling components at a loss would there be than trying to screw the competition? Computer manufacturers aren't going to start churning out more machines just because a single component is cheaper.

And that is not even mentioning the large rewards they offered for using their product lines.

At the end of the day, if you do not want to get fined for this crap, either do not do it, or do not be the market leader.

Comment What a load of rubbish (Score 1) 140

So this software can recognise a face shown in a screenshot or video clip. So what?

You could simply hold up a picture to the thing to fool it, or an iPhone with the first season of Star Trek playing it would seem.

What a waste of time. The only facial recognition worth mentioning is the pattern projection method (gah, can't find link), which actually requires you have a 3D face for it work, but even then you can always trick it

Submission + - 217,000 text messages!

AlHunt writes: "Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt — for a total of 217,000. For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for $26,000. Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through the escapade, so Andes didn't expect such a big bill.

"It came in a box that cost $27.55 to send to me" Andes said.

After a "panicked" call, Andes says his cell phone company assures him he won't have to pay it."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Sexes show their true colours during downturn

Turzyx writes: "

The BBC is running an article on the deflation of the UK economy. It appears that while staple products such as vegetables and general household bills are decreasing in price, women's clothing, footwear and video games markets are maintaining growth.

With the global economic downturn limiting expendable monthly income, have the two sexes resorted to stereotypical purchase trends to satisfy their boredom?


Comment On a related note (Score 1) 167

Why are digital copies of games bought online via Steam, Direct2Drive and so on nearly always the same price (if not sometimes more expensive) than a retail box version?

It can't be a bandwidth thing, not for Steam at least, since retail versions activated on your Steam account can be downloaded without the media as well.

Why the big swindle? This applies to digital music as well I've noticed. iTunes charges 99p or more for a song in the UK, which equates to 10-15 pound an album depending on the amount of inspiration the writer had at the time. When you can buy a new release at 9.99 in your local food store, why bother with online purchases?

It does make me believe that some people may have genuine intentions to legally purchase digital products without leaving their homes, but pirate them instead when they realise they are being conned.

Comment The public will not like this (Score 4, Interesting) 147

Most of the people I know are not familiar with the intricacies of today's technology. If they think for one minute they are being monitored, watched and spied upon by anyone, let alone government and telecoms companies, they'll stop internet shopping, social networking and wikipedia surfing immediately (which lets face it, is all most normal people use a PC for nowadays anyway). Just look at how much people kicked off over Facebook wanting to protect people's email inbox after the sender deleted their copy...

If this even get close to being passed, mainstream media will have a field day, especially given that most UK tabloids despise Europe in its entirety already.

Perhaps this is a ploy to stimulate high street sales amirite?

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