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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Megane Re:North Korea has proved something. (220 comments)

I wonder when businesses will stop trying to put band-aids on this problem and actually build a WAN between themselves that isn't the Internet, nor is connected to the Internet directly.

It won't happen unless they hire people who have a lot of clue and know how to make such things work. Which is apparently the exact opposite of what they have been doing.

2 days ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Megane Re:America! (228 comments)

I have a feeling that Trey and Matt are going to do well in the coming week or two. I still haven't seen Team America, and I can't be the only one.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Megane Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

Except that there aren't any "undocumented" Cubans. They just have to reach the beach and are automatically on a fast track to citizenship, with no need for Harry Reid to pander to them. A big reason for the embargo was that Fidel's Cuba basically seized the property of Cuban citizens who escaped to the US, and there are still a lot of expats and their descendants who aren't happy about basically having all their stuff stolen from them.

The undocumented from Mexico and south of there don't care about Cuba.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Megane Re:improve the streets (594 comments)

Once the construction is done, all it takes is a few exploratory drivers with Waze turned on (such as locals going outside the neighborhood), and it will quickly learn that the roads are open again. Have you never had a problem with ants? This is how ants work, only they leave scent trails behind instead of needing an internet connection.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Megane Re:Perhaps the need a bigger highway? (594 comments)

That particular stretch of road (405) is pretty much the _only_ north south passage through that part of LA because of geography (and crappy urban planning.) It could be 30 lanes in each direction and still be slow.

Northwest Austin has a similar problem, though on a much smaller scale. The only two roads that go out from the city are US 183 (a surface highway upgraded to freeway in the past two decades) and Parmer Lane (a 6-lane highway street with traffic lights, though mercifully the worst intersection has good topography for an overpass someday). There are roads that cut across perpendicular to them, but not parallel. (Part of the problem is that development beyond Parmer is blocked by the Robertson Ranch area, which the heirs want to unload slowly for tax reasons, while beyond 183 is too hilly.)

It would be worse if it was a major through-traffic route (like I-35 is), but it's a major rush hour traffic pain as it is.

5 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

Megane Re:Apple Pushing All Mobile CPU Vendors (114 comments)

What amazes me is that in all the years Apple has been making smartphones, it's still impossible to add a music file from email to itunes on the phone.

It's not really amazing if you think of it in the right context: Any music not acquired via RIAA-approved methods must be piracy, according to the RIAA. Ripping CDs is allowed, but only grudgingly, because it was already being done before they knew it could be a "problem". P2P file sharing (aka Napster and its many descendants) is right out.

Also, e-mail? Of all the ways to get music files, that doesn't really seem convienent. Do you watch Netflix movies via e-mail? Just because you could do something doesn't mean it's a great idea. And I've never heard of Windows users sending music via e-mail, so as far as cheap shots go, that's a pretty lame one.

about a week ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

Megane Re:ARM for desktop/laptop (114 comments)

Not to mention that Apple has already switched Macintosh CPU architectures twice, so it's not like they haven't done it before. However, both of those times they bridged the transition with emulation technology to ensure that older applications would still run until "fat" versions appeared. Could they get away without an emulation period this time? Maybe. Having an existing app infrastructure in the new CPU architecture will certainly help.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Megane Re:I never understood the warmth argument (433 comments)

I've ripped a few songs off of vinyl, and they still sound like vinyl when I play them on my iPod, and I'm not talking about the snap crackle pop. The highs sound too "bright" or something.

I suppose if they were brand new records, played on one of those laser record players, there might be a difference, but that would hardly be a typical vinyl listening environment. Otherwise, it's just a form of distortion that is desirable to some people, like vacuum tube amplifiers. Also, the weakest link is still the human ear. Older ears are going to hear things differently.

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Megane Re:Tactile controls (269 comments)

That's why I still use my 4GB 1st-gen Nano. (And yes, I know many of them had a problem with their batteries, to the point where Apple just takes them back and gives you a brand new different model.) I don't have to look at it to change tracks while driving.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Megane Re:Google is not an ISP - it's Cox (176 comments)

Well, actually, Google is an ISP, just not a major one. Ever hear of Google Fiber?

about a week ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Megane Re:Whats an Apple Store? (250 comments)

The best part is finding really cheap CDs used. Although that will become less convenient in the future now that Apple is taking optical drives out of their computers.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Megane Re:That might explain what happened to me. (250 comments)

How exactly did you get that missing music onto your old iPod in the first place? I'm sure the newer iOS-based stuff is different, but classic iPods kept the master copy of music on your computer and had no other way to put music on the iPod except via iTunes sync. So you would never actually "move" the music when upgrading, you would just add the new iPod in iTunes and sync with it. Not having used iTunes with two iPods before, I suppose it's possible that you could load a different set of playlists to each one, which would explain your problem.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Megane Re:Apple deleted my songs (250 comments)

It is very clear that you have never owned an iPod or used iTunes with one. The model (particularly at the time in question) is that the master copy of the music is kept on your computer's hard drive. You manage the list of music files on the computer via iTunes, and then iTunes does a one-way synchronization of the files and index to match the master set.

What happened here is that Real found a way to steal (yes, I said it) usage of Apple's DRM method via a loophole. They used Apple's proprietary code and algorithms for their own profit. Either they updated the iPod directly (thus creating an index that didn't match the master copy in iTunes) or they messed around with the iTunes database on the master computer. If the latter had been the case, we would hear about music being "deleted" from within iTunes as well. If the former had been the case, well, if you want to throw away iTunes and keep using whatever music manager Real provides, go right on ahead, but stop using iTunes. If it was the latter, then they were messing around with undocumented and unsupported ways of adding music to iTunes. Neither of which method Apple ever assumed or implied any obligation to support.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Megane Re:lol (250 comments)

If you truly cared about intellectual property, you would see that the Fairplay system was entirely a proprietary creation of Apple, and Real was using it (for profit!) without authorization. Authorization which, by the way, Apple was under no obligation to grant. How is apple supposed to make money if other companies can use their proprietary (and probably patented) DRM software without authorization? (Sorry, but being in control of your own proprietary product is not a "monopoly", and if it was, Sony would be guilty of it, too.)

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Megane Re:lol (250 comments)

encrypted file system

[Citation needed]

Seriously, years ago when I looked at the filesystem on my 1st generation iPod Nano (which still works and hasn't yet caught fire, probably because I use it in a car, and not as a walkman) the music was simply in an invisible folder with random file names. I presume that the song list was a simple flat database file somewhere in there to keep track of those random file names. It wasn't encrypted, just obfuscated so that you couldn't trivially mount it as a flash drive and copy specific song files from it. (And I never used the iTMS.)

Also, once I found five CD-Rs of a 6-disc set backup of someone's iPod and it was basically the same, only the songs on it were mostly with the old iTMS DRM, so they were unusable because of their encryption (in the music files, not the file system).

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Megane Re:is the claim they're triggering a fake reset ne (250 comments)

Real is just trying to sue to get some money because they're just a slowly dying company at this point. They've just slowly been bleeding money and eventually will end up declaring bankruptcy or selling their brand name, though I'm not really sure whey anyone would want it.

In electronics, brand names like RCA and Zenith have certainly been sold around. After all, they used to be well-known and well-respected names and... oh wait, never mind, this is Real we're talking about.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

Megane Decentralization, do you speak it? (111 comments)

They should go after Bitcoin Inc. and force them to comply, amirite?

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

Megane Re: But guys... (257 comments)

The difference is that Windows won't let you roll back to a version that is known not to have the lockup bugs.

about three weeks ago

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