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Comment Re:Some thoughts (Score 1) 458

The point is that he's not being given access to the whole season, just the first 8 episodes with no provision for getting the rest of the season. And being charged basically the same price as if he bought the shows individually. Which tends to reduce the point of buying a season pass as there's usually an episode or two that you don't really want in a season.

I looked on the iTunes store, and they offer Season 5, eight episodes (plus some bonus material). To clarify: Apple can offer whatever they like, at any price, and customers can buy it or not - there's nothing wrong with it as long as what Apple actually sells is the same as what Apple offers. If someone thinks the program was too expensive, then they are entirely entitled to their opinion and shouldn't buy the program. But the offer is "Season 5, Eight episodes" and that's what the guy received. The price for these eight episodes seems totally in line with other programs that have 8 episodes.

_Afterwards_ the TV company then went and created more episodes and also called them "Season 5" if what is reported is correct. But that's outside the iTunes Store. So Apple would be well-advised to call the new episodes something different, like "Season 6" or "Season 5b". Apple sold him "Season 5", not "whatever the TV company decides to call Season 5".

Comment Re:$3? (Score 1) 458

Apple wants/gets THREE DOLLARS per person per episode of TV watched? Holymotherfuck, are TV watchers millionaires or something? How can you afford to pay three dollars to watch an hour of TV? I'm sort of a TV outsider, not a luddite but not a participant -- but my market price for watching TV (always without commercials, except for Football) is one tenth that amount. I would think three dollars for the whole eight episodes would be about right.

1. Apple charges whatever the TV company providing the show wants them to charge. 2. You don't pay $2.99 per episode to watch the show, but to download it, keep it forever, and watch it as many times as you want. Plus there is a backup so if your computer breaks you can download it again for free. And if you are on the road with only your iPhone with you, you can download it again (hope the bandwidth doesn't cost too much). 3. There are different prices for HD, SD, and again for renting (watch once) which is considerably cheaper.

And have you ever checked what people pay for TV channels?

Comment Re:NeXTstep: Display PostScript, Pantone, &c. (Score 1) 226

Unfortunately, no, it requires Rosetta, so won't run (directly) on anything newer than Mac OS X 10.6.x --- I managed to score the nicest Mac running 10.6 I could at work, and I'll use it until I'm forced to replace it. Hopefully by then there'll be an alternative (I've got hopes for Tribaloid, and wish that the Cenon folks took interface more seriously, and regret Andrew Stone moving on to do iPad apps....)

Running Freehand in Windows using Parallels may be the best option for the long run, but that makes me very, very sad.

Comment NeXTstep: Display PostScript, Pantone, &c. (Score 1) 226

My Cube was the most productive machine I've ever owned/used.

Sadly, Mac OS X loses much of that synergy (limited Services, no DPS, Pantone per application, no global, no systemic Digital Librarian, &c.)

It kills me that I can't find a vector drawing environment as productive as Altsys Virtuoso --- Freehand is close, but it's been EOL'd, and I dread when I won't be able to install it on a new machine.

Comment Re:Dana Nuccitelli works for an oil and gas compan (Score 1) 400

If however they're defending the theory of AGW then there's clearly no conflict of interest is there?

Most of the 'fossil-fuel companies' are actually energy companies now, and will happily sell you solar panels, wind generators, and so on, and be the first in the queue for government subsidies on these things. There's a conflict of interest when they make claims in both directions, the difference is that in one case they are making the same claims as people with less of a conflict.

Comment Re:When did reality ever matter to climate change? (Score 3, Insightful) 400

Oh. Would you care to point me to the hoards of level headed climate activists who say this about Hurricane Katrina or Sandy?

You're misunderstanding how science works and what the claims were. You make a prediction (e.g. pumping loads of extra energy into a chaotic system will cause more extreme weather) and you then look at the new data to see what it does to your hypothesis. Each data point will do one of three things:

  • Fit with your predictions, and therefore strengthen your hypothesis.
  • Not fit with your predictions, but within your predicted error margins, and so have no impact on your hypothesis.
  • Fit completely outside your predictions, disproving your hypothesis.

The scientists you are referring to are saying that they have more data points in the first category when these events happen. They don't conclusively prove their hypotheses (but then, that never happens in science), but they do lend it some extra weight.

If we assume that CO2 was the sole cause of warming in the last 130 years and nothing else was going on

No one is claiming this. There's a reason why these models take very large compute clusters to run: they have a huge number of variables and input data from a very large number of experimental inputs.

Comment Re:How can you not read a Wordstar 1.0 floppy? (Score 1) 440

It depends on the complexity of the format. I have some WordStar 1.0 for DOS files, and I don't have a program that an open them, but if you look at the contents they're basically ASCII plus some escape characters, and I can make a reasonable guess about what the escape characters mean if I ever care enough to recover the data (since it's school work from when I was a small child, I don't care all that much). If you have set of fixed-size records in ASCII or EBCDIC, they're still easy to decode now even if they were written in the '70s (as long as you moved them onto newer media over the intervening time). If you have PCM data, the same applies: it's a trivial format, so as long as you have the raw bitstream it's easy for someone to reconstruct it. I used to have a Windows 3.11 application that was designed for audio editing, and it had a mode to open files that either had no header, or had a corrupted header, which let you select sample rate, bits per channel, endian, and a few other things, and it would open them: it may take an hour of futzing with settings to work out exactly which data layout you have, but it's a fairly trivial problem.

It's different for film, because getting video down to a manageable size requires some compression, which is much harder to reverse engineer. Fortunately, there are comparatively few common formats for video editing to choose from.

Comment Re:The smartest watch is dumb (Score 1) 196

t needs a screen, two buttons (or areas to tap) for "Yes" and "No" and low-bandwidth communication with the phone. The phone tells the watch what to display and what the buttons mean. The watch then needs only to reply with "Message understood, displaying screen", "Yes" and "No". That's it.

Smartest post here so far. It seems that many (including Samsung's designers) are fixated at taking a smart phone and shrinking it to the point where you can attach it to your wrist. At which point it's not usable as a smart phone, doesn't fit on your wrist, and doesn't serve any useful purpose.

Comment Re:Team effort? (Score 1) 196

I wouldn't be surprised if the managers at Apple are all so busy watching each other and playing court politics that innovation is dead. Jobs was very vocal and out there about what was good and bad for his company and what he liked and didnt like. I hear the new guy has nothing to say unless hes pissed. Good luck Apple..

Are you confusing Microsoft and Apple here?

It seems that Tim Cook is quite good at removing people who don't pull their weight for the company.

Comment Re:All phones? (Score 1) 298

Just because they can crack a four digit password on an iPhone doesn't mean they can quickly crack a 24 character password. A four digit password can be easily brute forced. That's not true with a 24 character password (emphasis on "easily"). Of course, few people have 24 character passwords.

1. Read the article carefully. They can access iPhone data if they have gained control of the computer that is used to sync the iPhone. So basically they cannot actually access iPhone data, but possibly the backups that you made on your computer. The easiest way to avoid this is to have no such computer, and the second easiest way to avoid this is to keep that computer safe (for example by using MacOS X, with full-disk encryption permanently turned on).

2. To crack the encryption on the iPhone by entering/guessing the right key, you need the iPhone itself. But then you are limited to 10 guesses until the phone is locked. The only way around this is to take the phone, take it to Apple (together with a warrant), who can then install a modified version of the unlocking code, which can try out any number of keys without the 10 guesses limit. Each key takes about 1/10th of a second. It can't be made faster because only that iPhone can do the unlocking. A 9 digit random key would take a few years, but you can use digits and letters and make it virtually uncrackable.

Comment Re:yeesh (Score 1, Insightful) 196

Oh please give us a break. As if only Apple can figure anything out. I find it humorous how much they copied from Android into iOS the last few rounds.

There's the one thing that companies like Samsung can't find out without copying Apple (as demonstrated by that horror watch that Samsung released): What features to add and more importantly, what features to leave out.

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