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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

93 Escort Wagon Tit for tat (302 comments)

I imagine Beats/Apple isn't too happy with Bose's shenanigans regarding telling NFL players they can't wear their Beats headphones until 90 minutes after the end of the game.

Of course the players do it anyway, and Beats apparently pays the fines for them... but still.

Incidentally, the NFL isn't doing very well with regards to their endorsement deals - first Microsoft, and now Bose.

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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

93 Escort Wagon Re:Netflix DNA (181 comments)

It's not regular DNA - it's Adonis DNA.

2 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

93 Escort Wagon Ebola-fighting robots (87 comments)

U.S. robotics researchers from around the country are collaborating on a project to build autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine, and telepresence robots that could safely decontaminate equipment and help bury the victims of Ebola

I'm glad to hear the folks at U.S. Robotics have found something useful to work on, given how the dial-up modem business has tanked.

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

93 Escort Wagon Re:Bad idea (244 comments)

Sleeve cases for laptops are nothing new - I had one for my second-generation MacBook Air.

I know there really are people like you who like the Surface - I work with a Windows admin that loves his. But having used the latest Pro 3 with the "good" type cover... I don't get the love. Typing is awful, the trackpad is awful, and having to take one of your hands off that keyboard to touch the screen is slow as hell. I watch my coworker use his, and every time he reaches for the screen it's like whatever he's doing shifts to slow motion. it sure looks like a bad concept from top to bottom.

2 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

93 Escort Wagon Re:How is it creepy? (124 comments)

Somehow I doubt Facebook is particularly interested in the personal data of the people signing up for this - they already HAVE that, by definition.

No, it's another way to expand their shadow profiles and collect more data on those people who aren't on Facebook, but are friends with (or related to) people that are.

2 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

93 Escort Wagon Re:What is this ad for? (154 comments)

Except a lot of people here who think Musk can do no wrong absolutely hate Apple...

2 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

93 Escort Wagon Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (154 comments)

Cars don't last like they used to. I have seen several 100 year old Ford Model-Ts. I have never seen a 100 year old Tesla.

I see a 21-year-old Ford Escort almost every day...

2 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

93 Escort Wagon Re:two or three Tegras? (154 comments)

And it takes forever for the system to figure out the correct clock speed...

That will come in handy if your Tesla ever gets taken over by the spirit of Jack the Ripper.

2 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

93 Escort Wagon Re:How balkanized? (139 comments)

I imagine these companies will probably all think moving to "a la carte" offerings is an opportunity for them to increase their profits - but I doubt cord-cutters are willing to pay, say, ten bucks a month each to HBO, ESPN, Hulu, and so on.

I wouldn't have HBO right now if it weren't rolled into my current lowest-tier cable TV subscription - and I wouldn't even have THAT if Comcast didn't make it pretty much as cheap as going internet-only (the difference is a few bucks a month). When I subscribed to a higher tier, I think the only channels I watched regularly were our local regional sports station, Food Network, and Cartoon Network... but, a la carte, I'd only be willing to pay a buck or two a month for each one. I gave them all up about a year ago, and I can't say it's been particularly hard to live without them.

4 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

93 Escort Wagon Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

It's worse news for Major League Baseball teams - they've pretty much all gotten on the "cable television contracts are a cash cow" bandwagon over the past four or five years, and have been spending accordingly.

Actually, let me amend that. The news is worst for the regional sports networks - they're the ones who've basically promised baseball teams billions and billions of dollars based on their (now shrinking) cable revenue.

I don't feel sorry for them, though. The cable companies made this bed, gouging customers every chance they get. If they were to all go bankrupt tomorrow, it would be an inconvenience... but one that ultimately would benefit all of us.

4 days ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

93 Escort Wagon Re:Ob (229 comments)

You're coding it wrong.

I know you're making a joke (which worked pretty well) - but if he's complaining about forced sandboxing, I think Apple is (sorta) in the right. I can see the argument for allowing some kinds of apps to escape the sandbox, but it should require some hoops be jumped through and it should require specific notification to the user.

5 days ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

93 Escort Wagon Re:Fair (158 comments)

At least they have 4k content.

The tiny number of people that actually care about this are just lucky Netflix isn't dumping the entire cost of developing 4K production onto them.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

93 Escort Wagon That's interesting (261 comments)

This has not been my experience at all. I've found Google's email filters to be significantly better than anyone else's.

I can think of several other reasons not to use gmail - but spam filtering is not on that list.

about a week ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

93 Escort Wagon Re:Dunno about you but (135 comments)

In all seriousness - I imagine the pills are fine, but any subsequent burps are rather unpleasant.

about a week ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

93 Escort Wagon Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (415 comments)

How you you propose to improve the outcome by panicing ?

Personally, I've always found looting to be calming and restful. But to loot effectively requires you first incite panic in a sizable group.

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

93 Escort Wagon Re:Don't dis Wikipedia (165 comments)

Oh you kids... What do they teach you guys in school these days?

My Lai Massacre

about a week ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

93 Escort Wagon So, of course, it goes without saying (193 comments)

The signatories to that letter in Lancet are willing to shoulder any monetary and/or criminal penalties that, in the future, come about because doctors and pharmaceutical makers haven't followed eatablished best practices in pursuit of effective Ebola treatments.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

93 Escort Wagon Here's an idea (174 comments)

Take the money you were going to spend on hosting a Linux server in a datacenter and instead use it to buy a decent internet connection, rather than relying on two mobile data plans.

Or give up one of the mobile data plans, and use that savings to buy a decent internet connection.

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

93 Escort Wagon Re:Journalists have less time... (165 comments)

...because they're busy doing what?

Collecting unemployment checks.

about a week ago

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Google patches Android against OpenSSL MITM vulnerability

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  about 4 months ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Google is releasing Android 4.4.4 for certain Nexus phones and tablets. While some users hoping for a new Android release at I/O may be disappointed by the timing of this new KitKat release, it is important update since it is primarily addressing CVE-2014-0224, a significant OpenSSL man in the middle vulnerability discovered recently."
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Remote Root Exploit in Kindle Touch

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "This week's SANS Consensus Security Vulnerability email reports there's a remote root exploit on the Kindle Touch, thanks to its NPAPI support, served with a side of full root privileges.

NPAPI support was newly introduced on the Touch with software update 5.1.0. I don't own a Kindle Touch, but if it's anything like my Kindle 3 — I can't imagine too many people are using its web browser. But still..."
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iGoogle going away in 2013

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Users of iGoogle are now receiving notices that iGoogle is being shut down on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

I remember when Google seemed to be all about offering tools people might find useful, regardless of their money-making potential; but it appears they're now proceeding pell-mell down the track of killing projects they can't monetize."

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When Stallman speaks, you'd better have Pepsi on h

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Some Slashdotters adore Richard Stallman, while others revile him — but we all can agree he's an interesting character. If you're thinking about bringing RMS in for a talk, though, there's a lot to be considered — literally. And you'd better not use the term "open source" or use a penguin in the promotional materials!"
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Netflix does about-face, decides to keep profiles

93 Escort Wagon 93 Escort Wagon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

93 Escort Wagon (326346) writes "Fresh from my Inbox:

We Are Keeping Netflix Profiles

You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.

-Your friends at Netflix"

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