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Comment Re:Game of Thrones (Score 1) 104

> And this is why torrent sites will never disappear.

Kat has disappeared. There aren't any more major torrent sites; they're going to get squashed pretty quickly nowadays. Kat took stuff down pretty quickly, unlike piratebay, but that's always "down for database maintenance"; assuming it has what you're after anyway, which isn't a safe bet these days.

Comment Re:Due to rights restrictions... (Score 1) 245

I've not heard what you describe but the most likely explanation is some sort of territorial problem where other parts of the world got a programme but it wasn't licensed in your country. If so, it would be a crazy decision to not produce and broadcast a program anywhere because it's not allowed in one country. What if people in other countries wanted to hear about that story? Your anger is misplaced.

Comment Re:Due to rights restrictions... (Score 1) 245

That's a powerfully stupid reason to stop listening to the BBC World Service.

The point of the Word Service is to provide a free, relatively unbiased news source. The point of the Olympic Games is to make a profit from sport events, including selling access to coverage of the events, which is controlled in ways entirely governed by the Olympic committee. The BBC is therefore prevented from accessing some coverage and is charged for the coverage it can obtain. It doesn't prevent the BBC from running stories about the Olympics; for example, the shocking lack of hygiene in the Rio games.

Comment Re:Wireless Keyboards (Score 2) 85

It's like any software that comes with hardware. Printer software, camera software, random usb device software. It's always shit, written by some fucking idiot in china (nowadays it'll be their fuckwit cousin in India). When you pay for software it's usually fine otherwise the vendor will go out of business but the only requirement for "software that comes with hardware" is that it's legally functional; that is, it's not so useless that it allows the customer to immediately get their money back. That's a pretty low bar. It used to be limited to just those bits of hardware, but with the Internet of Shitty Cheap Things millions of people are going to experience this really, really software. I imagine Stack Overflow has already invested in the servers and ssds required to process the sheer number of "i am having the problem reading from rest json i get the error pls fix me yes" posts.

Comment Re:Nope. This involves active sharing and consent. (Score 1) 116

No need. If you give someone your password you're letting them do what they want with your account. If you didn't want that, you shouldn't have given them your password. There's no point labouring the point with a contract. And i've no idea where you got the idea that the spirit of the law is important; that's what laws are for.

Comment Re: Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 533

I'd rather a dodgy headphone socket than a dodgy USB socket. Headphone sockets could easily be made to never fail due to coming off the motherboard, dry joints etc. I've no interest in Bluetooth headphones because of the cost and need to manage the battery and because I have no other devices they would work with.

Comment Compared to 430 computerized shots in the original (Score 5, Insightful) 304

> Compared to 430 computerized shots in the original Independence Day movie, for instance, the new one has
> 1,750 digitized shots.

I don't have a fucking clue what a "computerized shot" is or how you add them up but I know that i'm not amazed by anything in movies any more. Not visually, anyway. Nobody is amazed by something they've seen before. Computer graphics are part of the language of movies now; you can't make a sci-fi movie without them, so the focus should be on the story, acting, pacing etc. A lot of movies use graphics the way a lot of movies use car chases - to replace any vaguely meaningful plot. Graphics aren't going to go away, but i'm not sure it's possible to read anything into how no-one really cares about them; it should be obvious.

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