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BT Ordered To Block Usenet Binaries Index

BarryJacobsen Re:Block access to highways (308 comments)

Quite right, one of those things can kill people and the other is about entertainment.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Says Samsung 3G Patents Violate RAND Requirements

BarryJacobsen Re:What do they hope to gain from all this? (282 comments)

Do you have any source for that? From what I can tell Samsung made 16.5 trillion won = 14.0745 Billion US Dollars Apple posted profits of 3.38, 3.07, 3.25, and 4.3 billion during 2010 = 13.977 Billion US Dollars. Those numbers are very similar and I do believe a chunk of Samsung's profits came from selling LCDs to Apple (so a bad relationship could easily hurt Samsung's profits while likely not costing apple that much more)

Sources: http://www.bgr.com/2011/01/28/samsung-reports-q4-earnings-revenue-and-income-grow-profit-slides/
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/10/18Apple-Reports-Fourth-Quarter-Results.html
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/07/20Apple-Reports-Third-Quarter-Results.html
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/04/20Apple-Reports-Second-Quarter-Results.html
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/01/25Apple-Reports-First-Quarter-Results.html

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Says Samsung 3G Patents Violate RAND Requirements

BarryJacobsen Re:Says the company.. (282 comments)

If Company A doesn't want that to happen, then they shouldn't try to make what they created a standard.

more than 2 years ago
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LulzSec Calls For PayPal Boycott, Spokesman Arrested

BarryJacobsen Encouraging or Encouraging *wink wink* (425 comments)

Are they encouraging us to do so because they just don't like them, or are they're encouraging us because they're going to do something nasty and if we have money in Paypal we might lose it?

more than 3 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

BarryJacobsen Re:Clueless (410 comments)

What the hell are you talking about?

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

BarryJacobsen Re:No rage, just a lost customer. (722 comments)

What if part of the contract with the studios is that they must take the heat for the price increase and cannot blame the studios? MPAA Exec: "If the sheep bitch, tell'm it's a Latte"

more than 3 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

BarryJacobsen Re:Unfortunately.... (887 comments)

What if your password as something like "This is a list of crimes I have committed: X, Y, Z". The password itself would be incriminating, and thus you'd be able to refrain from giving it as otherwise you'd be incriminating yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

BarryJacobsen Re:I don't recall... (887 comments)

What if instead of burning it, it was contained in a device with a dead man's switch, so the act of apprehending me caused me to not be able to reset the device, and thus burned the note with the password?

more than 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

BarryJacobsen Re:Wow.... (1173 comments)

It's against American roundabouts. Almost all the ones near where I live are too small (having seen them utilized effectively I Europe, ours are 25% of the size they should be) and/or are two lanes with particular turning rules that are only painted on the ground, force lane transitions, and are covered in snow during the winter meaning people who know what the ground says will be cursing the people that don't (and vice-versa). They really did take the worst features of each type of traffic flow and merge them into an abomination.

more than 3 years ago
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WordPress.org Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised

BarryJacobsen Re:A great remainder... (110 comments)

Can we stop with the obligatory "OMG typo" posts on every thread? We all know the common denominator among editors here is a low proofreading quotient, but let's not allow it to cause division.

But the typos are a subtraction.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Optical Illusion of the Year Contest

BarryJacobsen Re:Last Year's Winner (79 comments)

I was genuinely surprised to not see Rick Astley. Oh how cynical you've made me, Internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

BarryJacobsen Re:Business 101 (660 comments)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If this thing is supposed to be a computer, I expect it to behave like one.

Can you imagine if HP, Dell, Asus, etc tried to tell you you are only allowed to install apps through their app stores on a computer you buy from them?

Exactly which iOS device is SUPPOSED to be a computer? There are phones. There are iPods. There are tablets. Not a single iOS device is marketed as a computer.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Monitor Your Own Bandwidth Usage?

BarryJacobsen Re:Why would you think the numbers would match up? (319 comments)

I'm not a lawyer, but in order for a contract to be enforceable, doesn't it have to be clear? Meaning if there is a cap on X, don't they need to define what X is and how it is measured?

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing

BarryJacobsen Re:RDS astroturf for the First Post Win? (353 comments)

How would a desktop application know (quoting GP now) "where you spend most of your time and when you are not home"? Surely you see the difference between "the subject uses his computer at home" and "the subject spends a lot of time at his friend's home while his friend is at work"?

The database from the phone is stored in the backup of the phone on your desktop, the database on the phone is inaccessible to software on the phone. Hence it requires a desktop application in order to access the database.

I don't know what the GP meant by "pre-tapped," except, I suppose, that there might be legal precedent stating law enforcement has a right to request this data. If you're ever arrested, they can get the data off your phone, at which time it's the equivalent of having followed you around (even when they never did).

Or they could ask the cell phone companies for the exact same information that is stored in the phone (as they are keeping that same information on their servers).

Again, what? How could an app that's sitting on your desktop Mac at home know where you are when you're not at home? Clearly this doesn't seem to be an issue for you, but it certainly is for everybody else.

See above. The database of locations is not software accessible on the phone, only in the unencrypted backups on a regular computer. It's not an issue for me because I chose to encrypt the backups by clicking the check box.

It would be different, and if you don't see that you're blind. A person hired to follow you around actually has to follow you around. That costs time and money. This way, all the attorneys have to do is subpoena the information that they already know is on your phone. Second, an investigator that follows you around has to take the stand and give testimony against you, and your attorney has the right of cross-examination. "Did my client appear to be looking at the children? Which table was he sitting at, and which direction was he facing?" With automatically gathered location data, it merely has to be presented by the prosecuting attorney and, in the jury's eyes, it's up to you to shoot holes in this "factual, computerized data." That's a big, big difference.

You're right, they would have to pay a PI. Or they could put a tracking device on you. Or they could ask the cell phone company for the exact same data that is on the phone. If the government or someone with with sufficient resources wants to track you - they're probably gonna be able to track you.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing

BarryJacobsen Re:RDS astroturf for the First Post Win? (353 comments)

I believe you are SERIOUSLY misinformed about exactly what this database is and where it is accessible

1) Any app as in any DESKTOP application on your mac that you willfully install knowing it may do this and provided your backups aren't encrypted. iFarmville (assuming the i means it's for iOS) CANNOT access this database, ever.
2) Your phone is not pre-tapped, the database cannot be accessed on the phone without hacking/jailbreaking. Further, law enforcement would have a much easier time getting the location from the cell phone companies which can give them REAL TIME data.
3) You could give me a desktop app that does this, provided I don't have my backups encrypted. You could give me an iPhone app that does this, but it will tell me that it's tracking me.
4) This would be no different from someone being hired to follow you, they can draw the same (incorrect) inferences about your habits.

more than 3 years ago
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Taking the Fun Out of StarCraft II

BarryJacobsen Re:no. (293 comments)

The softball is similar in that it's not a Pro-Sport (which is what I believe is being talked about when they say e-Sport, a competition where there's money involved and people pay to watch it) when the players are drinking beer.

With the following activities, I think it's likely you enjoyed them largely due to the company (i.e. you wouldn't be doing them by yourself for entertainment, or if you did it would be greatly diminished): bowling, dancing, playing darts

The other activities (riding my bike, doing martial arts, riding a horse, skiing, snowboarding) I thing you find fun because they're physically engaging and/or allow you to explore the (actual) world (which is something an eSport can't do - if it could, it'd be a physical sport instead of an eSport).

Side note: I'm in no way arguing SC2 is better than SC1 (or vice versa), I was merely arguing because it's fun

more than 3 years ago
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Taking the Fun Out of StarCraft II

BarryJacobsen Re:no. (293 comments)

Oh, that's silly. I find eating a really good Chicago hot dog "a blast" and they've made a sport out of competitive hot dog eating.

That's exactly the point they were making the Chicago hot dog is fun, it's got condiments. Competitive hot dog eating involves plain hot dogs, frequently dipped in water (i.e. NOT fun).

more than 3 years ago
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Can't Get a Real Girlfriend? Get a "Cloud" Girlfriend

BarryJacobsen Re:Do not want (250 comments)

You do realize that "blowjob" can be a generic term for any kind of oral sex, right?

I've never once heard anyone use the term for anything other than a male receiving oral sex. The dictionary definition says it's an act of "fellatio" which is defined as oral stimulation of the penis.

more than 3 years ago

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Netflix Increases Price for Blu-Ray Access

BarryJacobsen BarryJacobsen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Barrett Jacobsen writes "Netflix is increasing the charge for Blu-Ray access from $1 a month to $5. From the e-mail sent to members:

You are receiving this email because you added unlimited Blu-ray access to your account for $1 a month. The number of Blu-ray titles has increased significantly and will continue to do so. As we buy more, you are able to choose from a rapidly expanding selection of Blu-ray titles. And as you've probably heard, Blu-ray discs are substantially more expensive than standard definition DVDs. As a result, the monthly charge for Blu-ray access is increasing for most plans and will now vary by plan. The charge for monthly Blu-ray access on your [plan] will increase from $1 a month to $5 a month. The price of your [plan] is not changing and remains at [plan price] a month. The new charge for Blu-ray access will be automatically added to your next billing statement on or after April 27, 2009 and will be referenced in your Membership Terms and Details.

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