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MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'

DreadfulGrape OMG, they're coordinating! (308 comments)

"... in some cases, coordinate the actual upload and download of that content"

You bastards!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?

DreadfulGrape Drupal, but... (161 comments)

... outsource the hosting.

about 2 years ago

Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

DreadfulGrape Sell! (358 comments)

Sell, absolutely. Then take the money and build something even bigger.

about 2 years ago

Former Microsoft Exec: Microsoft Has "Become the Thing They Despised"

DreadfulGrape The fish rots from the head. (488 comments)

Getting rid of Ballmer could be nothing but an improvement to MS.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Drops Playbook Price By 66%

DreadfulGrape Wrong question. (302 comments)

"Can anything stop the all conquering iPad?"

The question should be, can anything stop the self-inflicted implosion of RIM, and the answer is no.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Announces App Center

DreadfulGrape Re:But... but... (81 comments)

Heh... well, yeah. My only point was how bizarre a concept it seems to *buy* a FB app. I've never seen a single one that I'd pay a nickel for.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Announces App Center

DreadfulGrape But... but... (81 comments)

... we hate facebook apps!

more than 2 years ago

How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

DreadfulGrape So?? (599 comments)

Good for Apple.

more than 2 years ago

Is Onlive Pirating Windows and Will It Cost Them?

DreadfulGrape Bummer. (225 comments)

I've been thoroughly enjoying it.

more than 2 years ago

Is Hypertext Literature Dead?

DreadfulGrape Just a hunch... (208 comments)

... but I would say lack of money, i.e. no commercial potential. Lots of endeavors are difficult, but if they pay off, great. If not, not so great.

more than 2 years ago

Do you like your cell phone?

DreadfulGrape If I didn't live in the boonies... (396 comments)

... and I had better reception, I'd probably like it a lot more, but the truth is that even as a life-long techie I've always had a love/hate relationship with cellphones. Mostly hate. And the service still costs too damn much.

more than 2 years ago

"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

DreadfulGrape Ridiculous promise, but still cool for newbies. (688 comments)

Programming is a great discipline. It's not my main gig anymore, but I still write widgets and utilities to help with the various other crap I do. Good for CodeAcademy (or whatever the hell it's called). Javascript is as good a place to start as any.

more than 2 years ago

Feds Helped Coordinate Occupy X Crackdowns

DreadfulGrape Re:How is that possible? (803 comments)

Read the news much? Local businesses all around OWS have suffered greatly, because regular customers (y'know, the ones with money) don't want to come down and hang out cheek-by-jowl with the protesters. And crime ranging from petty theft, to vandalism, to sexual assault and more, have been increasing steadily over the past few weeks.

more than 2 years ago

IBM Building 120PB Cluster Out of 200,000 Hard Disks

DreadfulGrape So? (290 comments)

MS Word will still take 20 seconds to launch.

about 3 years ago

UN Climate Report Fails To Capture Arctic Ice: MIT

DreadfulGrape Politics? (465 comments)

Interesting that /. has categorized this article as "Politics" instead of "Science."

Not that I'm complaining, necessarily.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

DreadfulGrape My eyes keep getting older (2254 comments)

but the text on /. keeps getting smaller.

Actually it looks pretty good. Nice and clean. And I can always hit Command + to make it bigger.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright

DreadfulGrape Right decision, but subject to overrule (426 comments)

It may very well be that a higher court will proffer a broader interpretation of "Fair Use" than what is given in United Sates Code. But as for the specifics at hand, with respect to the law, I'd say the right decision was made.

more than 4 years ago

Google Patents Displaying Patents

DreadfulGrape It's a feature, not a bug (93 comments)

re: "Google Patents can't seem to find the new Google patent for Google Patents."

If it did, the gates of hell would be flung open and chaos would reign.

more than 4 years ago



RIAA Faces Possible Class-Action Suit

DreadfulGrape DreadfulGrape writes  |  about 7 years ago

DreadfulGrape writes "Can a disabled, single mom take down the RIAA? reports that the trade organization everybody loves to hate is facing a potential class action lawsuit as a result of its aggressive anti-customer tactics. From the article: "The case — filed in Oregon and asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act — details the RIAA's alleged use of 'illegal and flawed' methods when investigating people for downloading or swapping copyrighted songs without paying for them." While there is no guarantee that class-action status will be granted to the case, it has the potential to be one of the strongest rebuttals yet to the record business' trade organization."
Link to Original Source

DreadfulGrape DreadfulGrape writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DreadfulGrape writes " reports on how video iPods are being used increasingly by baseball players to study opponents' game footage. In fact, Houston Astros' pitcher Jason Jennings credits the device with improving his game last summer. From the article: "Eventually, more than two-thirds of the roster had piled on and turned this team into baseball's official iSquad. Every player gets his own custom set of videos loaded onto his personal iPod, sorted by date, hitter, pitcher and opponent — and updated every week or so.""

DreadfulGrape DreadfulGrape writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DreadfulGrape writes "Apple Computer today applied for a patent for a method of saving media from various digital media sources to the iPod for later purchase. According to the article from Orbitcast: "It's an ingenious method of grabbing snippets of audio, identifying the song and allowing the user the option to purchase that song. This patent is to date the most solid information yet that Apple actually might be considering integration with satellite radio.""


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