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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Golgafrinchan Well, what did we expect? (410 comments)

Tom Wheeler is Chairman of the FCC.

From his Wikipedia page: "Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, with prior positions including President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)."

When the FCC chairman used to be a lobbyist for the companies he's now regulating... well, what did we expect would happen? It shouldn't be surprising that he'd be in favor of pushing through regulations that are more favorable to his cronies.

about 5 months ago

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Golgafrinchan News for Nerds? (211 comments)

What a strange article to post on Slashdot. I wasn't aware that a fairly basic "this is what tablets do, and here's a brief buying guide" article qualifies as "News for Nerds."

about 9 months ago

Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

Golgafrinchan Re:this is ridiculous (223 comments)

Forgot to add: "Good day, sir!"

about a year ago

Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

Golgafrinchan No point in celebrating or complaining... (1184 comments)

Based on how the trial went I'm sure Samsung's already preparing an appeal.

The only thing that was resolved today was which company gets to appeal the decision. And I suspect Samsung has a lot of grounds on which to appeal.

about 2 years ago

Hacked BitCoin Exchange Sued By Customers

Golgafrinchan 2-dimensional thinking (361 comments)

Bullshit. $180,000? Dream on.

Here's the thing: Bitcoins are nothing and nothing is worth exactly that.

Bitcoin is a pyramid scheme, plane and simple.

Ok, you made your point. But these former customers have a right to line up and demand a solid answer to their complaints.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Shares Retreat Below IPO Price

Golgafrinchan Banks were propping up the price on Friday... (471 comments)

This result was expected based on what happened on Friday. It was reported that the underwriting investment banks were propping up Facebook's share price on Friday to keep it above the IPO price of $38, so as to help their clients avoid losing money on the first day. Now that we're past day 1, the banks have stopped buying shares at the apparently overvalued price, which makes sense -- after all, if the banks are buying at $38, then they stand to lose money when they sell at a lower price in the future. In other words, Facebook should've already been trading at something less than $38 on Friday, but it wasn't because the banks wouldn't let it.

about 2 years ago

Europe Agrees To Send Airline Passenger Data To US

Golgafrinchan Re:Why? (403 comments)

This is NOT a US-specific process!

This is _exactly_ the same process people need to go through to visit the Schengen countries if they need a visa. Except that for most countries, one actually has to travel to a consulate rather than being able to send the application through mail.

more than 2 years ago

Student Charged For Re-selling Textbooks

Golgafrinchan I'm surprised this has never come up before! (489 comments)

Grad students studying in the US have been buying & selling "International Edition" textbooks for ages. When I studied in a masters program some years ago, a majority of Chinese students used International Edition books that they had presumably purchased from another international student within the US who no longer needed the book anymore. These books were generally of lower quality than the regular edition US textbooks (i.e., soft cover, sometimes black and white instead of color, etc.), but the words & graphs were all the same, and for a huge discount you couldn't go wrong. After seeing so many of my classmates using these international editions, I began purchasing them myself (and selling them when I finished the course).

It never occurred to me that selling these could possibly be grounds for a major fine. To me, this is just as bad an idea as region coding on DVD's or disallowing Americans from purchasing pharmaceuticals abroad.

more than 2 years ago

DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

Golgafrinchan Re:I hope they get raked over the coals for this (235 comments)

It's an interesting point. But the reason is that to my knowledge, there _wasn't_ any price fixing prior to ebooks. I believe that publishers have always sold physical books to retailers using the wholesale model, and then leave it up to the retailers to set the price paid by customers. As long as the publishers didn't conspire to set those wholesale prices collectively, then there's no price fixing. There may have been some 'tacit' collusion (in that they don't formally agree upon prices, but that they follow each other like airlines), but that's generally not illegal in the US.

The issue in this case is that there _is_ evidence that the publishers collectively decided to adhere to the same pricing scheme. That is illegal.

more than 2 years ago

DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

Golgafrinchan I hope they get raked over the coals for this (235 comments)

This was such a blatant price-fixing scheme among the publishers that it's surprising to me that it took the DOJ this long to take action. That said, based on what I've read I'm not completely convinced of the extent to which Apple was involved in this. Yes, they agreed to the new agency pricing model, but it seems to me that they could try to argue, "Hey -- the publishers came to us with this idea. We didn't know they wanted to go that route to reduce competition and put pressure on Amazon! Honest!" But if there's a paper trail mentioning Amazon, I think Apple is toast.

And regardless, I hope the publishers get crushed on this one. While I won't go so far as to suggest that they don't serve any useful purpose anymore (as some people do), they _are_ dinosaurs and need to be dragged into 21st century competition. This should do it.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

Golgafrinchan Re:Well gee.. (503 comments)

Please explain to me how having an MBA implies "customer-unfriendly." There are quite a few companies out there who hire lots of MBA's and who are customer-friendly.

If you meant accounting/finance/bean-counter types, then I see your argument.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

Golgafrinchan Best Buy fails again (503 comments)

With all the problems Best Buy has been having recently, it's hard to believe that they think this will solve anything.

A customer who knows they can't return a defective item at Best Buy will simply go shopping somewhere else like Walmart, Target, or Amazon, who have more lenient return policies and/or are just more customer-friendly altogether.

I don't expect this particular decision will hurt too much, but with these kinds of stupid decisions Best Buy will be out of business within 5 years.

more than 2 years ago

RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"

Golgafrinchan George Costanza says... (441 comments)

Hey Cary: the jerk store called, and they're running out of you!"

more than 2 years ago

Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

Golgafrinchan Re:WTF (652 comments)

They barely look out the front window. Seriously, most people should not be allowed to pilot a car. It's a deadly projectile and yet people drive like they're in a video game.

If they drive like they're playing Carmageddon, that's a serious problem.

However, if they drive like they're playing Super Mario Kart... no problem! Except for when you drop a banana peel. That could really screw over a pedestrian walking behind you.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?

Golgafrinchan An Ode to Zune (262 comments)

It makes me sad every time Microsoft does something to distance itself from the Zune brand.

I own 2 Zunes. I've been using them to listen to music at work nearly every day for the past 3 years. I've found them to be very high-quality pieces of hardware. I'm not a huge fan of the Zune software, but I don't think it's any worse than iTunes. Yet most of the time when I tell co-workers that I listen to music on a Zune, I have to endure ridicule for not using an Apple product. I have even heard from ex-MS colleagues that by-and-large, MS employees don't think very highly of the Zune.

What gives? Did I totally miss the boat on this and the Zune actually sucks? Am I just destined to be forever uncool by being associated with a failed MS product? I just never understood the hate, and somehow it seems to be worse now than ever. And now MS is apparently trying to distance itself from Zune as much as possible.

Keep your chin up, Zune. You still have a few fans out there.

more than 2 years ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

Golgafrinchan Sid Meier approves! (488 comments)

Guys, we really need to start ganging up on Japan. They're finishing the space elevator soon. Once they launch their Alpha Centauri colony, they'll win!

more than 2 years ago

Computer Virus Hits US Drone Fleet

Golgafrinchan Retaliation? (3 comments)

Wouldn't it be fun if this were Iran's response to Stuxnet?

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Golgafrinchan He was not 'found' dead! (1613 comments)

Nowhere in the actual story does it say that Jobs was 'found' dead... yet somehow that's what the summary says.

It makes it sound like a homicide. Fix it, please.

more than 2 years ago



BitCoin suffers flash crash after MtGox pintpoints bug

Golgafrinchan Golgafrinchan writes  |  about 7 months ago

Golgafrinchan (777313) writes "MtGox, which on Friday suspended all withdrawals, issued a press release today wherein they discussed a bug they have discovered in BitCoin. MtGox states that the bug is not specific to MtGox; it affects all transactions where BitCoins are sent to a third party. Following the press release, BitCoin plummeted from roughly 700 USD/BTC to 102, before rebounding back to over 600 minutes later.

Below is the non-technical explanation provided by MtGox: A bug in the bitcoin software makes it possible for someone to use the Bitcoin network to alter transaction details to make it seem like a sending of bitcoins to a bitcoin wallet did not occur when in fact it did occur. Since the transaction appears as if it has not proceeded correctly, the bitcoins may be resent. MtGox is working with the Bitcoin core development team and others to mitigate this issue."

Link to Original Source

Apple Prepares to Pull Evi from App Store

Golgafrinchan Golgafrinchan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Golgafrinchan (777313) writes "According to TechCrunch, Apple is preparing to pull Evi from its app store. Evi is a competitor to Siri, the new personal assistant app for the iPhone 4S.

From TechCrunch: "Apple has approved versions of Evi for the appstore multiple times – including post-Siri. However, the word on the street at Mobile World Congress is that there have been ominous signs that Apple was unhappy with the competition, including the one update True Knowledge submitted after launch (which merely added a historical searches feature). This has taken three weeks and counting to get approved.

On Friday evening True Knowledge had a call from Apple representative Richard Chipman. (If you Google Richard Chipman’s name you’ll find he is also the Apple rep that does the controversial calls about apps).

He told True Knowledge that Apple was “going to pull Evi from the appstore” as it was similar to Siri.""

Link to Original Source

Apple Loses Tablet Case Against Small Spanish Firm

Golgafrinchan Golgafrinchan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Golgafrinchan (777313) writes "From the linked article:
A Spanish court this week ruled in favor of a small Valencia-based company in a patent battle against Apple. Cupertino sued the company, Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá, in November 2010, arguing that its Android-based NT-K tablet (pictured) was too similar in style to the iPad...

Today's decision lifts the injunction, but the ban resulted in sales of less than 200 tablets this year, down from a goal of 15,000, the company told the Journal. As a result, Nuevas filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in August, arguing that what Apple did was "grossly unfair" given its market dominance, the company said in a translated statement. Patent expert Florian Mueller said in a blog post that the company is also suing Apple for monetary damages, lost profits, and "moral damages.""

Link to Original Source

Computer Virus Hits US Drone Fleet

Golgafrinchan Golgafrinchan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Golgafrinchan (777313) writes "Quoting from the story:

"A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones. The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas. Nor have there been any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source. But the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computers, network security specialists say. And the infection underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the U.S. military’s most important weapons system.""

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