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Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 0) 162

Bullshit. Apple store UK is for British people. And British people didn't get a salary raise due to Brexit, and local prices are certainly not linked to USD GBP forex. Apple store items are sold in GBP and no importing cost is involved. This is just another lame excuse to make more profit (or at least keep the same profit).

This is your argument:

"We did something dumb and our currency plummeted, but we shouldn't be held responsible for that! Those developers and that foreign company Apple should just accept less money for what they are selling. We need Apple welfare to keep our app prices from going up!"

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 1) 162

The dollar is doing well. it would be much more honest to compare the pound to the euro in that not so subtle piece of advocacy.

The Pound is doing OK as well. 1 USD = 0.816 GBP. Pretty much matching the old pricing. This is just a price increase by Apple. It now matches the way games tend to be priced on Steam: the same number of dollars, pounds, and euros for the game.

UK VAT is 20%. The dollar is now valued at about 20% below the pound. When you add VAT onto the price (because in the US we don't put taxes into the product price, europeans don't always know this) the difference between the dollar and the pound vanishes and they are essentially at parity. So charging 0.99£ is essentially equivalent to charging $0.99 in the US. A friend of mine was bitching about the price of the new Nintendo in the UK until I pointed out that, with taxes taken out of the equation, there would only be about a 3£ difference from what I would pay if I bought one. The Brits are just going to have to come to grips with the fact that their currency has tumbled since the Brexit vote and live with it or find a way to fix it.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 2) 301

Blu-rays usually come with a digital copy included. Usually UV or both a UV and Apple copy. Some give you the option to redeem on Amazon or Google as well. Setting up a UV account is a PITA since you need a UV login and a login to VUDU, Flixster, and link your UV account to several studio redemption sites if the codes won't work straight with VUDU or such. But once you navigate that they work pretty well. Wide device support, offline viewing, and at least with VUDU the stream quality is a cut above Netflix and Amazon.

Comment Re:This is by design (Score 1) 88

This of course runs afoul of many countries consumer protection laws. And, any corporation this size has enough funds and legal staff to know this. It also has the ability to set up proper policies before launching a service. Even when rushing to be third to market.

However, AT&T also knows that any punishment is likely to be a slap on the wrist and an order to comply in the future and is deemed an acceptable expense, and possibly lesser than the expense to set it up right, and respect customers.

So? It only matters if it runs afoul of one country's consumer protections laws: the US. AT&T doesn't sell Directv Now outside the US so while it's nice other countries have better consumer protection laws, it really doesn't apply to this situation at all.

Comment So it's come to this? (Score 1) 500

How is this here? It's an obvious marketing statement on a Microsoft blog . No shit they recommend upgrading. I bet there are other MS blogs recommending upgrades for all kinds of products they make. So how the hell does this come close to "news"? Much less news /. should care about?

Comment Re:Slashdot "experts" who were wrong. (Score 1) 164

This has nothing to do with Apple. I don't give a shit about Apple. I don't buy their computers. I never said I did, you just assumed because, probably due to a lack of critical thinking skills that seems to permeate this site lately. It's how this site has gone from a site with geeks to a site with a bunch of technophobes.

Comment Re:Slashdot "experts" who were wrong. (Score 1) 164

Oh please, if someone released a device that cured cancer 100% of the time, and gave it away I could feel confident that I could come here and find people shitting on it for some reason. This site has gone from a site of true geeks to a site populated by people who thing they are geeks, but are actually just cranky aging wannabes who think they know way more than they actually do.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 373

10 minutes can be a long wait for an ambulance. Then once you are in it, what kind of hospital are you going to end up in? I don't even live in an area I consider rural but the closest hospital to me is really no more than a heliport for the university hospitals in the major metro 30 miles away. And having been in their ED I'd be concerned about being treated there for more than an ingrown toenail anyway.

Comment Re:Minor damage (Score 5, Insightful) 155

In what world does 30 times the energy of Hiroshima qualify as "minor damage"?

in the world where it explodes 30 times higher in the sky than the Hiroshima bomb.

In a world where larger asteroids could wipe out most complex life on this planet, a rock "only" big enough to destroy a city is still pretty minor.

Comment We need one of these to hit (Score 0) 155

It's going to take a decent size rock hitting somewhere in the US before we finally start to take asteroid surveillance seriously. If one hits a major city (I volunteer Boston) suddenly we'll figure out that hey, maybe we should spend more than what we spend studying the asswiping habits of Filipino used car salesmen on trying to detect giant space rocks that can knock us back into the stone-age or worse.

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