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Slashback: ITunes, Debian, ATMs

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the disney-funds-debian-with-atm-swag dept.

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Slashback tonight brings some clarifications and updates to previous Slashdot stories, including: iTunes 7.0, Wal-Mart threatens studios over iTunes sales, debate over a proposal to fund Debian, and Googling for ATM master passwords. Read on for details.

Apple Announces iTunes 7, Movies, Set-Top Box. This evening Apple released iTunes 7.0.1, which "addresses stability and performance issues with Cover Flow, CD importing, iPod syncing, and more." iTunes users, especially those on Windows, have been complaining loudly about iTunes 7.0 since its release.

Wal-Mart threatens studios over iTunes sales. camperslo writes, "Playlist reported that Walt Disney President and CEO Robert Iger said that 125,000 downloadable movies had been purchased in the week since Apple's debut of movies on the iTunes Store. That sales level generated $1 million in revenue for Disney, which works out to $8 per movie. They also state that 'Iger told attendees of an investment conference in New York on Tuesday that Disney anticipates seeing about $50 million in revenue from the venture during its first year.'"

Proposal to fund Debian sparks debate. lisah writes, "Debian Project Leader Anthony Towns is now facing a recall vote over his involvement with Dunc-Tank, something Towns himself is willing to explore. Not everyone agrees that such a move is necessary, or even acceptable, and fur is beginning to fly as one community member asks, 'So, just to be clear, you want to punish a Debian developer for their activities outside of Debian? Now that we're in crazy-as-batshit land, who do you want to bring up on charges next?'"

Googling for ATM master passwords. bagsc writes, "Kevin Poulsen of Wired.com strikes fear into another ATM manufacturer. This time, Triton ATMs had their super-secret master codes revealed by simple Google searches. Tranax was the most recent company with this problem, but probably not the last."

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122 comments

Slashback (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16222633)

Because slownewsdays need ad clicks too.

SEX WITH BEN AND KATE (0, Troll)

Sexual Asspussy (453406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223241)

It felt so good lying there behind my girlfriend's sexy young sister, fucking into her tight wet vagina, feeling her big, firm buttocks against my belly, wobbling and squeezing her luscious thirty seven C spunkbags in my hands, nuzzling and kissing the back of her neck, her gorgeous blonde hair in my face, the sexual aroma of her in my nostrils. I was so hard and erect, my big bollocks so full of hot, sticky sperm. And knowing that I would soon be torturing and murdering the beautiful piece of meat I had in my arms was such an aphrodisiac. I had to pull out of darling Kate's lovely filth hole before I shot my spunk too quickly. Kneeling over her, I rolled the beautiful cunt onto its back and lay down on top of its fabulous young body. I re-entered Kate between her closed legs for that added tightness I love so much. Then I reached over to grab Ben's leg. All three beds were against the walls, each at ninety degrees to the next, so Ben's legs were near to Kate's head, thus allowing me to get hold of the little loveboy's ankle with ease. I pulled him down the bed until I could comfortably reach his cocklet and his pretty boycunt. I wanted to fondle my favourite child's sex organs while I fucked his Auntie Kate. Licking Kate's beautiful face and leaving gobs of my saliva on her, I pushed my penis deep inside the young, tarty womanwhore's slimy cunt until I reached her cervix. A couple of really hard, brutal shoves got my fat knob well inside Katie's filthy uterus which is where I intended to squirt my cum. Fondling young Ben whilst raping his pretty mummy's sister was exquisitely dirty and I had to have more. I pulled more firmly on my sexy little cuntboy, dragging the sleeping fuckchild down the bed until I could lift him fully over to Kate and I. I leant his pretty blond head up against the wall, facing it, and sat his sweet boycrotch over his aunt's sexual face. Prising her lips open, I dropped his cute cocklet into Kate's mouth and let his weight settle on her face. I began sucking Ben's gorgeous fat small boy bottom and tonguing his sexy little arsehole making me feel so rude I went over the edge and orgasmed into Kate's body, squirting about ten times into her slimy babybag. After putting Ben back in his bed, I got a wine glass, held it under Kate's vagina, tipped her up at an angle as best I could, and collected my spunk as it dribbled out of her wet, slimy cunnyhole. As most of it went inside her uterus, there wasn't a great deal but I had enough, about an inch deep in the bottom of the glass, to give both girls a little drink of their owner's thick gooey cockfilth. I poured some into Kate's mouth where it would filter between her closed teeth onto her lovely pink tongue and dribble down her throat. Back in bed with Kate's elder sister, I poured the rest of my sperm into her mouth. So pleasing to know that my personal whore was drinking its owners cockslime mixed with the vaginal juices of her little sister. Then I got back into the same position from which I'd left her, spooned in behind her fabulous body but this time I inserted my softening penis in her pretty anus where I urinated.

Re:SEX WITH BEN AND KATE (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16224205)

that's odd. they don't make bras in odd sizes (37).

Scrappy is gay (-1, Troll)

Mindfury (1006295) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222639)

God scrappy is so gay GNAA suspected in death of Rob Levin GNAA suspected in death of Rob Levin Mad Virii (GNAP) Washington, DC - In a baffling move that sent shockwaves throughout the anuses of gay niggers everywhere, federal officials investigating the death of Freenode administrator and posterboy Rob Levin have recently announced clues that seem to assign blame towards the Gay Nigger Association of America. An announcement of his death was transmitted as a Global Notice across the Freenode network, on September 17 at 06:18 JST: 06:18 -christel(i=christel@freenode/staff/gentoo.christe l)- [Global Notice] On the 12th September Rob Levin, known to many as Freenode's lilo, was hit by a car while riding his bike. He suffered head injuries and passed away in hospital on the 16th. For more information please visit #freenode-announce "It seems that the bike was impacted by a large pink bus in the shape of a hypodermic phallus," an inside source stated. "Levin's carcass was penetrated anally by the hood ornament, and it took a team of coroners to remove the several gallons of what could only be described as seminal fluid from the victim." EMTs on the scene say Levin's body was covered with open sores. The GNAA reaction was astonishing. "We have stuck alot of things up Rob Levin's ass in our time, but we maintain innocence," stated GNAA president timecop, fingers crossed."Even when driving a bus up some nigger's ass was fashionable, the GNAA never took part in it." Later on at the Rob Levin's Death after-party, GNAA member madvirii exclaimed "OH LAWD IZ DAT SUM DEAD FREENODE ADMIN?" and there was liberal lolling. About Freenode: Leaderless. YOU are all jews.

Gay Nigger Association of America (-1, Troll)

Scrappy187 (1005151) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222641)

GNAA suspected in death of Rob Levin
GNAA suspected in death of Rob Levin

Mad Virii (GNAP) Washington, DC - In a baffling move that sent shockwaves throughout the anuses of gay niggers everywhere, federal officials investigating the death of Freenode administrator and posterboy Rob Levin have recently announced clues that seem to assign blame towards the Gay Nigger Association of America.

An announcement of his death was transmitted as a Global Notice across the Freenode network, on September 17 at 06:18 JST:
06:18 -christel(i=christel@freenode/staff/gentoo.christe l)- [Global Notice] On the 12th September Rob Levin, known to many as Freenode's lilo, was hit by a car while riding his bike. He suffered head injuries and passed away in hospital on the 16th. For more information please visit #freenode-announce

"It seems that the bike was impacted by a large pink bus in the shape of a hypodermic phallus," an inside source stated. "Levin's carcass was penetrated anally by the hood ornament, and it took a team of coroners to remove the several gallons of what could only be described as seminal fluid from the victim." EMTs on the scene say Levin's body was covered with open sores.

The GNAA reaction was astonishing. "We have stuck alot of things up Rob Levin's ass in our time, but we maintain innocence," stated GNAA president timecop, fingers crossed."Even when driving a bus up some nigger's ass was fashionable, the GNAA never took part in it."

Later on at the Rob Levin's Death after-party, GNAA member madvirii exclaimed "OH LAWD IZ DAT SUM DEAD FREENODE ADMIN?" and there was liberal lolling.

- Scrappy.YHBT.YHL.HAND.

Fido 14 (-1, Troll)

BuffaloBill1488 (1006721) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222645)

GNAA suspected in death of Rob Levin
GNAA suspected in death of Rob Levin

Mad Virii (GNAP) Washington, DC - In a baffling move that sent shockwaves throughout the anuses of gay niggers everywhere, federal officials investigating the death of Freenode administrator and posterboy Rob Levin have recently announced clues that seem to assign blame towards the Gay Nigger Association of America.

An announcement of his death was transmitted as a Global Notice across the Freenode network, on September 17 at 06:18 JST:
06:18 -christel(i=christel@freenode/staff/gentoo.christe l)- [Global Notice] On the 12th September Rob Levin, known to many as Freenode's lilo, was hit by a car while riding his bike. He suffered head injuries and passed away in hospital on the 16th. For more information please visit #freenode-announce

"It seems that the bike was impacted by a large pink bus in the shape of a hypodermic phallus," an inside source stated. "Levin's carcass was penetrated anally by the hood ornament, and it took a team of coroners to remove the several gallons of what could only be described as seminal fluid from the victim." EMTs on the scene say Levin's body was covered with open sores.

The GNAA reaction was astonishing. "We have stuck alot of things up Rob Levin's ass in our time, but we maintain innocence," stated GNAA president timecop, fingers crossed."Even when driving a bus up some nigger's ass was fashionable, the GNAA never took part in it."

Later on at the Rob Levin's Death after-party, GNAA member madvirii exclaimed "OH LAWD IZ DAT SUM DEAD FREENODE ADMIN?" and there was liberal lolling.


About Freenode:

Leaderless.


Dupe (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16222689)

Googling for ATM master passwords. bagsc writes, "Kevin Poulsen of Wired.com strikes fear into another ATM manufacturer. This time, Triton ATMs had their super-secret master codes revealed by simple Google searches. Tranax was the most recent company with this problem, but probably not the last."

Seems he also wrote that two days ago [slashdot.org] .

Re:Dupe (1)

Shortgeek (971350) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222739)

Umm... this is a Slashback. That's the whole point.

Not really. (5, Insightful)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222825)

The point of Slashback is to post a bunch of updates to recent stories that aren't worth an article on their own, not to post the EXACT SAME STORY TWICE.

Re:Not really. (1)

Shortgeek (971350) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222843)

Oh. OK. Sorry.

Re:Not really. (0, Offtopic)

Talinth (855653) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223285)

Posted the first message as AC, then revealed your identity with an appology while logged in. Brilliant.

Re:Not really. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223527)

Posted your message as a mockery of someone, then reveal that you're an illiterate cunt by failing to realize that his other post was logged in too, not anonymous. Brilliant.

Re:Not really. (1)

dfsmith (960400) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222957)

Um, this is slashback. That's the point. Deja vu.

Re:Not really. (2, Funny)

whoop (194) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223483)

... but no mention of 5 minutes, 500 miles electric cars? That's worthy of a triple dupe.

lol democratic non-profit organization (-1, Troll)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222729)

Cue the "Debian is teh politics!!1" morons. Yeah, WE GET IT. I mean it's obvious corporations can do everything better than democracy, just listen to pseudo-philosopher/cult leader Ayn Rand...

iTunes (2, Informative)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222731)

I guess I'm the only person who didn't have any problems with iTunes 7 (on either Windows or Mac). Good job to Apple for updating it quickly, though. Maybe a little more testing nest time, eh?

Re:iTunes (-1, Troll)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222741)

I didn't have any problems with Itunes 7 either. Of course, I don't touch that DRM-infected cesspool of bits, but I also haven't had any problems with it!

Re:iTunes (0)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222775)

Well, yeah, that's the easiest way to avoid problems. By the way, I have something like 16,000 tracks in my music library, and no one bit of it has DRM.

Re:iTunes (-1, Troll)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222909)

I know how you feel. I love going to Klan rallies, but I never hurt black people.

Re:iTunes (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222961)

Do you realize how close to Godwin's Law that is? :P

Re:iTunes (3, Insightful)

Millenniumman (924859) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223021)

First, I'll pretend your extremely exaggerated Godwin-esque analogy was less so.

So you're saying that using a free program that can be used to buy DRMed music is evil, because DRMed music is evil? Well, I'm sure you'll agree that hacking into other people's computers is bad. And yet, you use a computer. And a computer can be used to hack into a computer.

Re:iTunes (1)

groovelator (994174) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223453)

Only problem I had was on one PC. Updating DirectX and the soundcard drivers seemed to do the trick...

Re:iTunes (1)

teh kurisu (701097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16226631)

Yay for not knowing the difference between iTunes and the iTunes Store.

Re:iTunes (1)

koko (66015) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222795)

Works for me. I like gapless. Cookies needed? Yup.

iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (1, Informative)

billstewart (78916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222829)

My Windows XP machine runs multiple users - I only log in as "root" when I need admin privileges, typically to install software, and log in as "me" when I don't. iTunes was the first Apple product I've used that didn't "just work" - it had trouble coping with the concept that there were multiple users on the machine, kept separate music libraries for root and me, and I had to do a bunch of annoying configuration work to consolidate them.


When I installed the iTunes 7 the other week, this appears to have all broken. I found it out by trying to download new music to my iPod Shuffle, found that only two songs were on it (the freebies-of-the-week I'd just downloaded from the Apple Store), and gradually realized that the reason all my music was listed in gray wasn't Apple's latest cool aesthetic designs, it was indicating that iTunes didn't know where my music was any more. [expletive deleted!] Now I've got to go haggle with it to rebuild a consolidated music library again, and hope it does it correctly as opposed to things like having two directory entries per tune, one working and one empty, or some similar bogosity.


It was especially annoying, because I'd recently discovered that an iPod Shuffle *can* survive being dropped into hot coffee, if you rinse it off quickly and let it dry for a few days :-)

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (4, Informative)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222937)

Annoying for me ..maybe this can help.

itunes by default stores stuff in a folder called "iTunes" under your user "My Music" folder, and th library itself in "iTunes Music" which is a folder under the iTunes directory.

You can make your "My Music" folder be the same for all your accounts, and then you don't have to worry about different libraries. use TweakUI to change the default location of your "My Music" folder.

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (1)

willy_me (212994) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223077)

Instead of logging in as an admin to install software, just change the rights of your current user - temporarily. This way all the user specific changes the installer is required to do won't be lost. Of course, it really shouldn't matter one way or the other - the fact that it does shows that Apple didn't design the Windows version as well as the Mac version. Either that or Windows doesn't make it as easy to do as MacOS.

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (5, Insightful)

jesboat (64736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223481)

You said, "it had trouble coping with the concept that there were multiple users on the machine, kept separate music libraries for root and me". Not to be rude, but are you serious?

You say that the expected behavior would be for iTunes to keep the same music library for two distinct users on the system. The whole point of having a multi-user system is so that different users have distinct settings and documents. iTunes behaved perfectly correctly, and, if it had done anything else, it would have been buggy.

You use two user accounts on your system to get privilege separation, and that's fine. Then, because you want the two accounts to share data (not the typical multi-user paradigm), you use trickery to get it to work, and that's fine too. What you shouldn't do is complain when software breaks it.

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223739)

Hey, this is Slashdot. You shouldn't expect the people posting here to actually understand the reasoning behind the paradigms they so vocally advocate.

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (1)

jackbird (721605) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224141)

There are a number of perfectly reasonable scenarios for wanting a shared itunes library that many users would expect to work. Like a husband and wife who share a home computer, for example.

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (4, Insightful)

billstewart (78916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16225407)

Of course I'm serious, otherwise I wouldn't have been bitching about it on Slashdot :-)


ITunes should have given me a choice about setting it up for shared use or non-shared. Especially for a "personal computer", it's typical to expect that multiple users will want to share resources, and on a machine and an application program targeted towards consumer entertainment you'd also expect that. (That doesn't mean that I expect it to also force the same playlists onto each iPod - it seems to do a good job of keeping track of multiple iPods.)
If the system didn't insist on having a user with Administrator privileges install it, that'd be different.

I didn't use "trickery" to get it to combine the two accounts - I poked around in the menus until I found where it kept the directory information, and it lets you change it. It was annoyingly well hidden, given that music and especially video podcasts are large enough that many users might want to keep them on some drive other than the default C:.

Breaking user preference settings during an upgrade is a real annoyance - most other software, even Mozilla, has finally caught up with the idea that you might want to do a software version upgrade without forgetting all your settings, or at least the idea that if you're *going* to trash all their settings, you should give an "Are you sure?" choice. iTunes didn't actually forget all my settings - it just forgot some of them. It kept the database of information about the tunes I had - it just lost track of where they were stored, including the tunes I'd downloaded from the iTunes Store. Broken, broken, annoying, and not what I'd expect from Apple.

Re:iTunes7 on Multi-User XP trashed my libraries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16225683)

> Broken, broken, annoying, and not what I'd expect from Apple.
From my expirience - this is exactly what I'd except from Apple.

That - and overpriced.

Re:iTunes (0, Offtopic)

indigest (974861) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223075)

Maybe a little more proofreading next time, eh? :)

Re:iTunes (5, Interesting)

geek (5680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223087)

I'm still trying to figure out what in the heck 7.0 did to my system. Before the install my system hadn't crashed, bogged down, nothing in over a year. Now suddenly the firewire is dead on it, my iPod isn't recognized by the system at all, not even by the update app from their website.

Apple is deleting posts off their discussion forum by the hundreds, all from people just asking for help to get it working again. This update has done nothing to fix this problem for me so essentially the iPod I spent nearly 500$ on is worthless, Apple won't help me on the matter at all.

I'm glad some people aren't having issues. I've been using OSX since release, bought every update, never had an issue till now. I used to post here telling everyone how great my situation was while others complained. Now that I'm in their shoes, it's pretty shitty.

Apple is a gem of company when things go right, but when they go wrong, watch out. I've never felt so disrespected in my life when dealing with a corporation.

Re:iTunes (1)

AhtirTano (638534) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223205)

iTunes 7.0 has screwed things up for me too, though apparently not as badly as for you. iTunes hangs literally 50% of the time I try to sync my ipod. I have to force quit and restart itunes to try again. I have had a few times where I had to reboot the machine, things had crashed so hard.

Re:iTunes (1)

jesboat (64736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223503)

That's not a great situation. Apple should, of course, be helping you, and if they're not, there are steps you can take to get them to do so.

That said, if that's the worst thing you've ever had a company do to you, you're pretty lucky.

Re:iTunes (1)

ElephanTS (624421) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223785)

is the firewire really dead or do you just mean the iPod? Firewire can run without system software (like firewire target mode) so I guess you mean just the pod. Perhaps get the pod onto a friends machine a do some checking and maybe a total reformat on it. I also guess you've tried all this.

no problems here (1)

bodrell (665409) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224301)

Dual 2.5 GHz PowerPC G5

I've never purchased anything from the iTunes store, but I have nearly 13,000 mp3s, which meant I had to wait awhile as iTunes analyzed every single freaking file for "gapless playback information." I suppose it was worth the wait. Oh, and I've used version 7.0 to rip several CDs with no problems, either. Still thrown off by the new location of the "import" button.

Re:iTunes (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 7 years ago | (#16227057)

iTunes works okay on XP, but the UI is horrible. Scrolling through a large list is painfully slow and iTunes has a horrible non-standard UI. The last release aped Aqua, the new one apes pastel shades of grey. Either version looks and feels totally non-standard. Considering that Apple (and users) loudly beat the usability drum it's quite surprising that they feel they can get away with it on Windows.

Syncing still doesn't work properly (4, Interesting)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222753)

I bought a 2G iPod awhile back and haven't really touched the platform until recently to buy a new Nano. Syncing still doesn't work properly with any playlists that include dates. Before you go thinking "that's not a big deal" -- the Nano doesn't have much storage. You rely on the playlists to fill it up correctly. In my case, I created a playlist with just enough music to fill the iPod up with songs I hadn't listened to recently. Doesn't work at all.

It's a relatively simple problem, and it kind of ticks me off that my 2G "old" iPod did this right while a brand new Nano doesn't.

Re:Syncing still doesn't work properly (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223027)

Do you really think it just doesn't work, or maybe it's just a specific problem or even user error on your part?

I know exactly what you describe about needed good control over what gets copied, and guess what, it works just fine.
I've got my base nano playlist that is always synced, which is about 300 songs. Then to top it off, I sync a few smart playlists that contain a portion from recently added, recently played, top rated but not heard recently, most played, etc... as well as a dozen or so of the latest podcasts.

Works just FINE. Ask for help cause you must be doing something wrong.

Re:Syncing still doesn't work properly (3, Informative)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224337)

Uh... no. You're wrong. A bunch of people are having problems specifically with smart playlists using dates. The update has not fixed anything.

See http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID= 642774&tstart=0 [apple.com] for other examples. They screwed up the code, plain and simple.

Re:Syncing still doesn't work properly (1)

cjmnews (672731) | more than 7 years ago | (#16228231)

That's because the people are having issues with their playlists on the iPod, and the update was for the PC/Mac.
Since the iPod was not updated, there won't be a change to how it performs.

Re:Syncing still doesn't work properly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223053)

Doesn't work at all.
It's a relatively simple problem


Welcome to the world of Apple Sync software. For past examples of Apple Sync quality, please read UseNet archives about the Newton 2000/2100 and eMate 300.

Re:Syncing still doesn't work properly (2, Funny)

crvtec (921881) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223251)

Syncing still doesn't work properly with any playlists that include dates.
Yeah, I have a problem syncing with my dates, too, but it has nothing to do with an iPod... :(

Just Write Code (5, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222785)

What a bunch of political bullshit. For fuck sake people, it's a Linux distribution, not the United Nations. During the many years I spent at the University of Queensland [uq.edu.au] I ran into Anthony Towns a bunch of times. Back then he was a fun loving geek, and I doubt much has changed. We both attended HUMBUG [humbug.org.au] semi-regularly, and had a few laughs. The politics at HUMBUG were annoying too. For a bunch of geeks sitting in a lecture theatre playing around with Linux and ignoring whoever was giving a "presentation" that month, there was a heck of a lot bureaucracy, what with voting held annually for president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and librarian. There's such a thing as too much organisation. Especially when people lose sight of the big picture and get bogged down in administrivity.

Re:Just Write Code (4, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223291)

All the cores in the recently announced 80 core Intel CPU will operate in "committee" mode, to slow it down to a reasonable pace...

Re:Just Write Code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16224115)

What?! An 80 core Intel processor? We need a Slashdot story about that!

Re:Just Write Code (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223417)

They're going to toss Anthony, but agree that, in principle, he has a right to have a baby.

KFG

Re:Just Write Code (2, Insightful)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224673)

I like the t-shirt that Jesse Vincent was distributing at OSCON. It reads:

        "Shut the fuck up and write some code."

interesting (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16222793)

No information about WalMart (2, Insightful)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222907)

Wal-Mart threatens studios over iTunes sales. camperslo writes, "Playlist reported that Walt Disney President and CEO Robert Iger said that 125,000 downloadable movies had been purchased in the week since Apple's debut of movies on the iTunes Store. That sales level generated $1 million in revenue for Disney, which works out to $8 per movie. They also state that 'Iger told attendees of an investment conference in New York on Tuesday that Disney anticipates seeing about $50 million in revenue from the venture during its first year.'"


Where in that article or the associated links is anything regarding WalMart threatening lawsuits? C'mon editors...

Re:No information about WalMart (3, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223377)

Where in that article or the associated links is anything regarding WalMart threatening lawsuits?

Where in the blurb does it say anything about lawsuits? There's actually more ways to threaten someone (or something) than with a court case. Hard to believe, but it's true.

Just click on the link to the original story (this is a Slashback, ya know expanding on a previous story. Kinda like a dupe, only different) at the bottom of the blurb.

KFG

I know it says "especially those on windows" (3, Interesting)

Miguelito (13307) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222923)

But I haven't had a single problem with 7.0 since installed it the day it came out. It's been rock solid.. only issue I've had is that I had to mark some albums as collections because it would split the display of the album covers into multiple ones when an album had different artists (like a movie soundtrack).

Re:I know it says "especially those on windows" (2, Informative)

kubrick (27291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223093)

iTunes 7 has an "Album Artist" tag, so you can set that to, e.g. "Various Artists" (or the name of the primary artist of the soundtrack) and still set the artist tag differently for the individual tracks, and it will group the album correctly.

Re:I know it says "especially those on windows" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223157)

"Various Artists" is not a person. If there's not a common artist who orchestrated the creation of the CD, then just mark it with the "Compilation" checkbox and leave it at that. Don't add in some crap metadata.

Album Artist vs Compilations (1)

reverse solidus (30707) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223607)

For albums that aren't actually compilations (one primary artist with a bunch of collaborators, for example) you can use the Album Artist field instead of marking the album as a compilation. I like the artwork view, but the old standalone CoverFlow totally kicks the integrated cover browser's behind.

Re:I know it says "especially those on windows" (1, Informative)

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224731)

So I finally cleared up enough HD space to upgrade to 7.0 (ripping Futurama off my DVDs left no space for a while, and iTunes refused to install w/o clearing up some space); I installed it tonight, and lo and behold!!! 7.0.1 BREAKS MYFAIRTUNES AGAIN! Oh well, it'll be broken again in a couple days, since Igor just has to find the new memory offsets, but just letting everyone know that if you upgrade to the new iTunes, it borks the fair use enabling software.

$8 a movie? What a RIP (0, Troll)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222927)

If these movies are at 320x240 like the tv shows are, that is a total rip off since that is a quarter of the resolution of a real DVD. I bet they are "foolscreen" too in order to fill that tiny little display. And their official prices are even higher - $15 for a recent release and $10 for library titles.

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (1)

kylner (639495) | more than 7 years ago | (#16222981)

All movies and TV shows are now 640x480.

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (2, Insightful)

7Prime (871679) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223033)

Wait, what the hell kind of standard is 640x480? NTSC is 720x480. Why would they change the resolution?

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (1)

kylner (639495) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223119)

There are apparantly multiple NTSC standards [strata.com] , 720x486 only being one of them. According to that site, the 4:3 aspect ratio is the preferred normal resolution standard and comes in at 648x486.

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (1)

kescom (45565) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223167)

720x480 is with NTSC-aspect pixels, which are rectangular (taller than they are wide). 640x480 has practically the same physical size.

640 x 480 == iPod Support (2, Insightful)

@madeus (24818) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223525)

Wait, what the hell kind of standard is 640x480? NTSC is 720x480. Why would they change the resolution?

The change has likely happened as by now both Apple and content owners are relatively happy with the distribution system and both are willing to make videos available at a higher resolution. Putting lower quality more 'disposable' content online (in the form of TV series at QVGA) lowered the risk from the PoV of content owners, but now the system is seen to be 'proven' (popular opinion being that the low resolution of the initially available content being at the bequest of the content owners, with Apple acquiescing to get them on board).

640x480 is of course VGA, and it's 4:3 resolution, as was QVGA, the previous distribution format (NTSC 720 x 480 is also 4:3, but that's because it relies on pixels that are not square). They could have used NTSC with square pixels, but the maximum MPEG4 video resolution on the Broadcom chip in the video iPod can rescale on the fly is 640x480 - I would bet that is why they went with it.

I'm a bit confused though, because I had thought all video content from the iTMS was in H.264 (not MPEG4) and I thought the iPod could only handle playback of H.264 at up to at QVGA size - I guess it's all MPEG4 then?

If the iPod's video chip supported a higher resolution (like NTSC/PAL DVD quality) I expect they would have bumped up the quality slightly. It's a shame it's not actually DVD quality (especially at a time when people are now looking for HD content), but at 640x480 is at least a reasonable size (for comparison, it's better than SVCD, which I've always thought was quite watchable).

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (1)

Inoshiro (71693) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224457)

Because all those pixels above/below are for overscan and other analog signal artifacts not needed on an end-to-end digital system.

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (1)

ben there... (946946) | more than 7 years ago | (#16225273)

One slightly* annoying aspect of that bump is that you had to repurchase anything you had bought at 320x240.

* I say "slightly" because I was lucky enough to only have 2 or 3 videos at that quality.

Re:$8 a movie? What a RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16222985)

actually i think they upgraded to 640x480 at least the ipod video so i would assume the movies would be too

YUGO FAIL IT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16222999)

fas7er 3hip

I have lost all respect for debian. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223175)

If this is the level of maturity you can expect from the debian developers, remind me to never use it again. Oh wait, I don't.

ATM Passwords (2, Insightful)

-1-Lone_Eagle (863807) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223221)

Is it just me, or am I the only one that doesn't feel sorry for the companies that own and operate these machines. How can you be so lacking in security to not assign each machine it's own individual password. Yes, tedious, Yes, service nightmare. But these machines handle CASH. Isn't it akin to setting up a network where each user isn't forced to change thier password? Be lazy and lose.

Re:ATM Passwords (1)

booch (4157) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224497)

Uh, and how about a physical locking mechanism inside the machine required to enable any such changes? I mean, there's already a physical lock required to get into the machine to add/remove cash. Why would the maintenance person not have access to that key?

It's funny, really... (1)

SmoothTom (455688) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223227)

One of my blog entries has the phrase "ATM Instructions" as its title http://www.tijil.org/blog/?p=15 [tijil.org] , and it has been amazing to watch the sudden upswing over the last few days is searches for that phrase hitting it.

What's funny, is it's a rather poor joke that I use as a take off point to discuss a specific sort of illogic.

--
Tomas

Still running iTunes 4 (1)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223443)

Every time a new version has come out, there's an amazing number of "this messed up my computer/songs/database/etc." messages all over every apple/ipod/itunes forum around. But 7 takes the cake. And from what I'm reading, this new version seems to do very little for people who had major issues with the first 7 release. For now, I'm just waiting and running iTunes 4. With about 20K songs in my database, iTunes 4 seems fairly stable (with more than 30K, it was very very slow, so I pulled a bunch out that I just want to archive for posterity's sake).

Now here's the conspiracy theorist in me... the iTunes for Mac software (from what I've read) seems to be fairly problem free. iTunes for Windows... it can be a nightmare. Is this is subtle nudge from Apple to get more of the iPod/iTunes fans to move over to Macs? Are they saying (without saying it) "Hey kids... look what a mess your Windows PC can be..."?

-S

Re:Still running iTunes 4 (1)

arazor (55656) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223711)

You might have a point except at times itunes has totally fucked Mac users also. should be easily searchable for the specifics.

Re:Still running iTunes 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223807)

Are they saying (without saying it) "Hey kids... look what a mess your Windows PC can be..."?

Such an effort, if Apple undertook it, would surely be moderated Redundant.

Re:Still running iTunes 4 (1)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223905)

You realize that everyone blames iTunes and Apple for not working and not Windows/M$? If that is indeed the aim of Apple it is very ill-conceived and has failed horribly.

Apple Update doesn't show it yet (1)

alanjstr (131045) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223795)

I was hoping that I could use Apple's Software Update to download something smaller. But it didn't find anything available.

Re:Apple Update doesn't show it yet (1)

Lisana (90858) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224275)

Yeah, I tried it too. Makes me wonder what the point of the software updater is. When an update comes out, I want it as soon as I know about it, not next week. Go apple. /sarcasm

Re:Apple Update doesn't show it yet (1)

mh101 (620659) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224919)

Be patient, and it will show up. I assume Apple rolls out their updates to various locations slowly over a couple days or so, to keep their servers from being overloaded. I, for one, had iTunes 7.0.1 waiting for me in Software Update when I checked earlier this evening. And I've also seen other updates that aren't available to me for a day or so after I read about it.

Re:Apple Update doesn't show it yet (1)

alanjstr (131045) | more than 7 years ago | (#16227427)

Downloading a huge update instead of a patch is not easier on their servers.

Debian developers are held accountable, period (5, Informative)

asuffield (111848) | more than 7 years ago | (#16223841)

'So, just to be clear, you want to punish a Debian developer for their activities outside of Debian? Now that we're in crazy-as-batshit land, who do you want to bring up on charges next?'


Since the story submitter decided to display only one side of the argument here, I should point out that this objection is somewhat irrational. Several Debian developers have been forcibly kicked out of the project for actions that had no direct connection with the project. The details of names and events are usually considered private, but to pick one example that's already public knowledge - at one point a developer was an operator on the Freenode IRC network (then called OPN), abused this privilege in some fairly juvenile prank, and was promptly kicked out of Debian on the basis that they coudn't be trusted.

It is already expected that Debian developers will conduct themselves appropriately in all circumstances, not just ones relating to Debian. This is interpreted fairly liberally (the project doesn't care if you're an arse, it's primarily only interested in abuse of powers), but it is apparent that the current complaint is of this nature. Whether or not it is upheld by the project is for them to decide, but there's plenty of established precedent for this sort of thing. They're currently arguing about whether or not to uphold it; there appears to be little question as to whether developers should be held accountable in this manner.

ObBio: I'm an ex-developer who quit for personal reasons that had nothing to do with the project.

Re:Debian developers are held accountable, period (0, Flamebait)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224029)

Personally I think the whole idea of a governing body for volunteer work is absurd. They only have the power to do this stuff because of arcane centralised revision control concepts.. it's not like they have a trademark on "debian".

Re:Debian developers are held accountable, period (1)

bfree (113420) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224299)

Debian is Trademarked [debian.org]

Re:Debian developers are held accountable, period (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224343)

1. It's lapsed.
2. It's not defended, and therefore unenforcable.

Re:Debian developers are held accountable, period (1)

bfree (113420) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224691)

While you may feel that you could take that to the bank in your legal juristiction I won't be trampling on the Debian trademark in mine.
IANAL, let alone an international trademark lawyer, are you?

Re:Debian developers are held accountable, period (1)

Burz (138833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224933)

They defended it in 2005 when Debian Common Core Alliance had to change their name to just 'DCCA'.

Re:Debian developers are held accountable, period (1)

BacOs (33082) | more than 7 years ago | (#16228443)

1. It's lapsed

According to uspto.gov, the Debian trademark is still live. Why do you say it's lapsed?

Update doesn't fix iPods (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16223899)

The iTunes 7.0.1 update that was released today doesn't fix all of the iPod connection problems... The latest suspect is the iPod updater 1.2 included in the iTunes 7 release. My iPod's still dead, as are many others that I find on the Apple support discussion forums [apple.com] .

The most frustrating thing that I find is Apple's total lack of response to this issue. If you don't take the time to read the forums (and how many average users really do?) you won't even know that there are problems. It is by following Apple's own online support instructions that I caused what seems right now to be unrecoverable damage. There are many posts on the forums now from people who have downloaded the updates causing problems in the last few days, long after Apple must have known that there were problems. Yet, on their site... silence.

I write as a long time Mac user and dedicated fan: I am getting very frustrated with their apparent lack of response to this issue. Sorry -- I can't afford to make a $250 music player a disposible item. And yet, look at their poor warranty and lack of tech support, and that seems to be what Apple considers it to be - "having problems? It's cheaper just to buy a new one."

iTunes 7 breaks DAAP compatibility with rhythmbox (4, Informative)

Pausanias (681077) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224329)

I upgraded to iTunes 7 (which runs on my PowerMac). Then I noticed that rhythmbox (the default GNOME music player) running on my laptop would no longer recognize my shared iTunes Library. It was doing so just fine before with iTunes 6. And it's not just rhythmbox: closed source software [rokulabs.com] is having problems with this as well. And not just with DAAP sharing, either [volumelogic.com] .

So I downgraded to iTunes 6 immediately. Apple penalizes you for doing so: iTunes 6 cannot read iTunes 7 shares (but iTunes 7 can read iTunes 6 shares). Talk about a forced upgrade. It seems that the change to DAAP was fairly trivial and avoidable, which brings up the question of whether they did it with the sole intention of breaking compatibility with the other software out there that reads the v6 DAAP protocol.

It's just a music player, but now I'm getting a little taste of what Richard Stallman means when he tells you to refrain from using closed source software. Even when you think a closed source vendor has good intentions, there's always a chance that they'll turn on you and slap you with an upgrade that breaks compatibility with your other software.

Re:iTunes 7 breaks DAAP compatibility with rhythmb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16224799)

Thank you, very informative.

Re:iTunes 7 breaks DAAP compatibility with rhythmb (1)

Burz (138833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224975)

RMS is certainly correct when he says that free software would not put you in such a corner.

OTOH, you were really asking for it by expecting a whole-number upgrade to remain compatible with 3rd-party stuff. Even novices are supposed to understand that major whole-number upgrades are mostly likely to break compatability with previous versions as well as 'accessory' products and such.

Re:iTunes 7 breaks DAAP compatibility with rhythmb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16227361)

You've never used a Free Software product that had a one-way upgrade? I certainly have, and unless you're a developer, you're only marginally less fucked than if it were closed-source.

Debian cracks me up... (1)

meme_police (645420) | more than 7 years ago | (#16224399)

...along with all the other bureaucratically bloated organizations like most of the governments around the world. No wonder smaller projects get more done and ahead of schedule, their contributors aren't wasting time writing "constitutions" and dealing with politics.

Re:Debian cracks me up... (2, Interesting)

Respect_my_Authority (967217) | more than 7 years ago | (#16226131)

That's because Debian is a project that has high ideals:

  • Debian aims to support Free Software.
  • Debian aims to produce a high quality product for their users to enjoy.
  • Debian aims to be a non-profit volunteer project.
  • Debian aims to be a democratic organization where everyone has the freedom of speech.

Some other distros and projects have "self appointed benevolent dictators for life" but that's hardly democratic, is it? You can laugh at other peoples' ideals if you want to but does that make you a better person than those you laugh at? I'd say no.

You could also take a different approach and look at the resulting products instead of the seemingly chaotic development process. Then you'd see that Debian has repeatedly produced high quality releases that their users can rely on. If the upcoming Debian 4.0 release (codenamed "etch, planned for December 2006) will be in any way technically inferior or outdated, then I'll admit that Debian is in trouble -- but not before that.

Holy Bean Counters Batman! (0, Troll)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 7 years ago | (#16226319)

"[$1 million in revenue for Disney] in the week since Apple's debut of movies on the iTunes Store. 'Iger told attendees of an investment conference in New York on Tuesday that Disney anticipates seeing about $50 million in revenue from the venture during its first year.'"

How many weeks are in a year? Boom (ha, Jobs). I wonder who bought a new yacht for coming up with that whirlwind piece of fiscal advice.

Of course, was the first week a boom week (so much vibe on it, must try it) or a fledgling phase?

Will it rise, fall, or waver.

OMG let's apply Moore's Fucking Law to it and find out!! ##LL@L#@L#@LKR((

Please please let me hear an article in the future about how iTunes sales obey Moore's law, then I can heat up a watermelon , drill a hole in it and fuck it, pretending it is the eye socket of Gordon himself.

Orgasmic. -1 Sick?

iTunes updated to 7.0.1 (1)

k1980pc (942645) | more than 7 years ago | (#16226585)

My ibook updated iTunes to 7.0.1. I have not faced any probs with version 7 but this might be the update ppl are looking for for firewire issues and other crashes. http://www.apple.com/itunes/download [apple.com]

Sounds good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16228695)

I'm looking for Firewire issues and other crashes. I think this is the update for me.

I went back to iTunes 6.0.5 (2, Insightful)

gelfling (6534) | more than 7 years ago | (#16226667)

7 had performance problems including running over 90% CPU just sitting there doing nothing, not even playing a track. A couple of things to note:

Apple needs to do a better of job of documenting versions, e.g. what's different or fixed. This is particular relevant with iPod code. Usually every new version is called "Bug fixes". Ok, what bugs? What's fixed?

Apple needs to do a better job with backwards compatibility or provide a rollback. Going from iTunes 7 to 6 requires you to delete the library and start over. So if the code recognizes that the library is a newer version it should be able to create an older version.

Slashback: ITunes, Debian, ATMs (0)

hyperbotfly (934309) | more than 7 years ago | (#16226867)

YES! I have been waiting for iTunes to be ported to my Debian running ATM forever!!!

iTunes 7.0.1 and Podcast Issues (1)

Milican (58140) | more than 7 years ago | (#16228367)

My podcasts got all screwed up starting with 7.0. That sucks because I listen to them every day on the way to work to take me away from the mindless dribble that is talk radio in the mornings.

Anyway, I upgraded to 7.0.1 last night in hopes that they would have addressed my issue, but I'm still having the problem. I also did a restore on my iPod this morning, but I'm still not getting all of my podcasts. I only get a few on my iPod. I'm not sure why either. I'll keep looking into this, but it really is a pain in the butt. I knew I should have listened to that voice in the back of my head telling me to hold off while they fixed the bugs.

I also run my machine as a Limited User in Windows XP and iTunes 7.0 doesn't like that (iTunes 6.x was fine with it). ITunes still runs though, but pretends to install something new every time I run the app and gives me some dialog about how it can't write iTunes store information. Maybe the problems are related. Unless I'm using a software development program, I don't like running as Administrator all the time. I shouldn't have to either.

JOhn
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