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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

EzInKy Exactly! (287 comments)

The data Google collects is the price paid by the users of its "free" services. I can't see how anyone can argue that an exchange of value is not taking place here.

4 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

EzInKy Re:define "customer" (287 comments)

Anyone who exchanges one thing of value for another can be considered a customer. Data is the currency that Google accepts as payment for many of its services in lieu of cash. I could see a reasonable court ordering that data deleted if proper service is not provided.

4 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

EzInKy Or the data they collected? (287 comments)

That is, afterall, the currency they currently accept for many of the services they provide.

4 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

EzInKy Google accepts data as payment. (287 comments)

That is very well known, and they trade that payment for cash from advertisers.

4 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

EzInKy Grew up in 60's (151 comments)

I still remember going through the duck and cover drills.

5 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

EzInKy Re:Maybe they don't want to share? (100 comments)

Not necessarily, could be they don't want to have to bicker with a bunch of other nations over which experiments take priority.

5 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

EzInKy Maybe they don't want to share? (100 comments)

It could also be that they have experiments they want to perform that wouldn't be allowed on the International Space Station.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

EzInKy Nope, "Pad" is the generic name. (404 comments)

Never heard anyone refer to one of those devices as a tablet.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

EzInKy iPad, mPad, gPad, aPad (404 comments)

I'm already hearing people refer to these things as "Pads". The most important thing is that people understand what a Pad is. The individual device qualities and pricing will differentate themselves.

5 days ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

EzInKy Free markets demand money flow! (95 comments)

If the money isn't flowing, then the market isn't free. Any private entreprise, be it Google are whoever, that diverts money to itself is anti-free market.

about a week ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

EzInKy Makes sense! I can't recall Google... (95 comments)

...ever offering up better search results that didn't include Google results.

about a week ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

EzInKy Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Then that is the fault of the senders not doing there due diligence. Even real physical address schemes get changed now and then to meet modern needs.

about a week ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

EzInKy If true, it should be changed. (65 comments)

We all learned early on that email addresses are only temporary. Anyone who expects that an ancient of numbers would lead them to the same person as they did years ago is a fool.

about a week ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

EzInKy Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

The only banks I deal with pay me to have access to my money, not the other way around.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

EzInKy Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

You should think a bit more about what the phrase "your own money" means before you get all up in arms. Free access to that which is yours is a right, not a convenience.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

EzInKy Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

The only fair price to enable spending your own money is zero.

about two weeks ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

EzInKy Microsoft's responsibility (120 comments)

Does this mean that Microsoft will assume responsibility for creating unresponsible persons?

about three weeks ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

EzInKy Exactly! (113 comments)

This really moves SpaceX up in my estimation as well. Until now, I pictured private space flight as focusing only on making profits, not sacrificing dollars in order to protect people around them. Maybe the privatization of space flight has a future after all!

about three weeks ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

EzInKy So it works then? (113 comments)

Good on them for making the self-destruct such a high priority!

about three weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

EzInKy Two weaker nations (375 comments)

That is what Scottish independence would mean. But WTF, break what is left of the Kingdom up if you must.

about three weeks ago

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T'Pring dies!

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about a month ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "The actess who portrayed Spock's potential mate T'Pring passed away Tuesday. According to the BBC and others the cause was complications from a heart attack. Leonard Nimoy took the time to tweet "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent." I'm sure there are many here who will also be saddened as she was most probably in our first fantasies of interspecies mating."
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Technocrat dying again!

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 7 months ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "Bruce really seems to have a hangup over who posts what. Technocrat, which under different leadership to Slashdot could have become a real competitor for news from nerds for nerds, is again hung up by it's stance against anonymous postings. Bruce, you are screwing the pooch once again! Just why is it you are so against free speech?"
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Technocrat.net is coming!

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 7 months ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "Technocrat.net is planning on going live today! According to the site:

" The software is ready to run, with basic features. No moderation yet. On Tuesday morning I will deploy the software on my server and do a little testing. After that, probably around mid-day California time, we will have a low-user-id land-rush, we'll put the site on the air with rather shaky software and we will start soliciting for volunteer editors. Thus, Tuesday will be a live test and there will probably be a lot of issues in the software. Please keep your expectations low until I can work through them. "

What other Slashdot's alternatives are in the planning as the result of beta?"
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When Slashdot Beta goes mainstream, where will you go?

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about 9 months ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "I'm sure most of you have checked it out, and am just as sure most of you don't like what they are plan to force upon us. So my question is, where do you plan on getting your Slashdot fix once the beta becomes the default? I know I'm trying to learn CSS so I can undo the damage they are inflicting."
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Queens WWIII Speech Revealed

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about a year ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "This BBC article provides details of the script the United Kingdom's Queen was to deliver in the event of a nuclear holocaust. The document, released by the government under the 30-year rule, was drawn up as part of a war-gaming exercise in the spring of 1983, working through potential scenarios. In it, the Queen was expected to urge the people of the United Kingdom to "pray" in the event of a nuclear war. Although it was only a simulation, the text of the Queen's address — written as if broadcast at midday on Friday 4 March 1983 — seeks to prepare the country for the ordeal of World War III.

The script reads: "Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds. I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me. But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.""
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Meteor Strike injures hundreds in Central Russia

EzInKy EzInKy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

EzInKy (115248) writes "The BBC reports: A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Scientists have played down suggestions that there is any link between the event in the Urals and 2012 DA14, an asteroid expected to race past the Earth on Friday at a distance of just 27,700km (17,200 miles) — the closest ever predicted for an object of that size. Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, said there was "almost definitely" no connection. "One reason is that 2012 DA14 is approaching Earth from the south, and this object hit in the northern hemisphere," he told BBC News. "This is literally a cosmic coincidence, although a spectacular one.""
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