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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Bing Tsher E Re:Eat me, Apple (261 comments)

I shot a bunch of bears in GW2 last night. None of them dropped anything worth a damn, though.

4 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Bing Tsher E Re:lulz!!! U2 is disgruntled (261 comments)

It makes sense. If I was listening to a track collection of, say, some Fugazi, Sham 69, and RATM and a U2 track snuck into the shuffle I'd be pissed.

4 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Bing Tsher E Re:This is silly (261 comments)

With (some) other devices you can even swap out SD cards with even more music on them. Some mobile devices can even be fitted into a case with little pockets for extra SD cards. The case for my 10" Android tablet has them.

So I can have different cards, like one with classical, another with electronics, and one with TV episodes on it. Cloud? Shit, is it gonna rain?

4 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Bing Tsher E Re:Expert. (261 comments)

Since Jobs made part of the money to start Apple selling blueboxes, this just makes sense.

4 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Bing Tsher E Can't Pirate, Because Already Spammed (261 comments)

Simply put, you don't pirate music that's already been spammed to you. That would be like pirating "wares" copies of the AOL disk. Or even like downloading a "wares" copy of MacAfee Trial Edition. I didn't see any good seeds of that on Pirate Bay.

4 hours ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Bing Tsher E Re:We're talking old rack gear here. (253 comments)

I have an old tube-era rackmount Tek oscilloscope. It isn't one of the 'sexy' 547s but I like having it.

  I also have a first generation IBM Power deskside system. No video card, just a serial console cable. It has the Power 1 chipset on one of the NuBus cards. I was able to install a fresh copy of AIX on it using the serial console and an external cdrom drive. It's just an ugly beige case on the outside but by now it's pretty close to unique.

5 hours ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Bing Tsher E Re:Why so much fuss? (144 comments)

The dealers aren't scared. They're annoyed by some fanboyism. With fanboys who write summaries saying the dealers are scared, no less.

There's no reason to get carried away with feelings of self-importance. Though it helps keep things stirred up.

6 hours ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Bing Tsher E Re:Why do this? (253 comments)

The dude with a 1959 Corvette could sell it to a scrap yard (or donate it to Goodwill) and just watch videos of people driving, washing, and doing oil changes on 1959 Corvettes.

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Bing Tsher E Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (292 comments)

They weren't really even 'countries' until the west came in, drew borders, and told the nomadic populations they were now citizens of a country.

It isn't cutting them down to say this. Probably the old nomdic ways of life on the arabian penensula, to focus on one area, were very rewarding for those who lived it. If the west would butt out, which might be the only solution to the problem, then let the local peoples settle their differences and then reach out for what they want, not what outsiders say they need, many problems might be resolved.

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Bing Tsher E Re:Not a problem... (292 comments)

It is, for people who 80 years ago would have been watching Buck Rodgers. The problem is that tomorrow never, ever, happens. You can be a dreamer, and probably not the only one, but you're still just mumbling old Lennon (Lenin?) lyrics.

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Bing Tsher E Re:Not a problem... (292 comments)

Water evaporates. Then it falls back dow to the ground as fresh water.

Granted, probably not in quantities needed to support large urban populations, but we've solved most of the communications problems that necessitated people all crowding into little chunks of land called cities.

Wwhat we really need is to put all the politicians and urban planners (and the telephone sanitizers, I suppose) into a big arena with lots of weapons and little food and water. Let them figure it out in a real setting, away from their comfortable armchairs.

Kids now watch the Hunger Games to find their heroes. The big urban centers can FOAD.

yesterday
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Bing Tsher E Re:Provided (292 comments)

I once daisychained about 100 nine volt batteries out of the discard bin at work. They weren't fresh batteries but they all still had a plenty of charge in them. 900 volts with a few amps of instantaneous current capability is rather terrifying.

Don't lick it. Don't even get too close.

yesterday
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Bing Tsher E Re:Let the hate fly! (135 comments)

Oracle is the big hairy ape database who has prevailed.

That success doesn't mean it isn't a big shit-hurling ape.

It's way too late to second guess what we would have if the big hairy ape hadn't prevailed and didn't dominate. But there probably wouldn't be the overwhelming stench of apeshit we've all been forced to be accustomed to.

It probably pays well, being that close to the ape shit.

yesterday
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Bing Tsher E Re:What Is He Thinking? (135 comments)

XI have never had any difficulty herding cats. We have six of them here who will follow me anywhere I carry an open can of tuna.

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Bing Tsher E Re:Apple hate and paranoia (486 comments)

Or, even more simple, Apple needs to sell more units, so we get crap articles like this on Slashdot the week after they introduce the new shiney.

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Bing Tsher E Re:Well done! (486 comments)

So now it's Google's turn to show us some fist puppets?

Sorry, it isn't at all that bipolar.

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Bing Tsher E Re:Assuming .... (486 comments)

The first time I read that I saw:

"The first time you do something right in the eye of your customer...."

On rethinking about it I'm not sure...

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Bing Tsher E Re:Assuming .... (486 comments)

The rest of us simply won't upgrade and will continue to not store anything on the cloud.

Or,stop doing so, if we've made that mistake in the past.

Wow. I don't have to give Apple any money if I do it my way...

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Bing Tsher E Re:You don't have to use iCloud (486 comments)

Backing up to "The Cloud" is a failing score on the security test.

  I'm sure there are some people who participate on this forum who receive a significant part of their income from maintaining "The Cloud". The rest of us can speak freely on the matter and say No.

So sorry, we won't let you mine our data. Try again.

yesterday

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German Official Mulls Breaking Up Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about 4 months ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes ""

A senior German official has warned that Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered."

Such a move—which would be difficult to enforce because Google is based in the United States—could be a last resort for countries seeking to prevent the Internet search giant from systematically crowding out competitors, said Sigmar Gabriel, who is Germany's economy minister and vice chancellor.""

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Disconnecting Your Android Device From Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about a year ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "Is it possible to completely disconnect your Android device from Google?

The Play Store is not mandatory; a simple checkbox in Security allows Android users to install APK files from any location and never use the Play Store.

Using Firefox for Android and being careful to never log into a Google service with it keeps your web browsing separate from Google cookies.

If you root your phone, you can reach into the directory and pull out all the APK files, then install them manually. This only works, of course, if you already paid for the Apps, but it makes it possible for your phone to be disconnected from Google and the Play Store and still have your apps. Could a community of file sharers that are trusted peers build up a collection of APK files to make it possible for there to be a Google-free Android phone experience?

Just some food for thought. At a minimum, getting off Chrome and onto Firefox is something every Android user should consider."
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Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "A New York Times article reports: "The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez." Is Chavez muscling in to help assure a Castro-style US Election?"

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Meta-Topic: Slashot Comment Posting

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I always post my comments with 'no karma bonus' checked off. Even though I can post at default of +2 I do not do so often. This is because posting at +1 gives a safety margin. You can say more controversial and challenging things in a +1 comment and not have it modded down. But it gets saved in the permanent archive. When I do have something of note to add to the discussion, it gets marked up to +2 or higher fairly quickly anyway.

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