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

QuietLagoon Cross between a music album and a video game (202 comments)

It appears that U2 and Apple are proposing an interactive album format that combines the music of a record album with the interactivity of a video game.

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Or to phrase it differently, it appears that U2 and Apple are proposing to make music more prominent in video games.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

QuietLagoon Easiest solution... (318 comments)

You access their email inbox. Anytime your parents receive an email, you print it out and snail-mail the printout to your parents. They then send their reply to you, and you type it in.

2 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

QuietLagoon Re:Misleading slashdot headline (355 comments)

...monolithic and practical...

Of course, that depends upon one's opinion of "practical".

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Some think that "practical" means a complex, overly interconnected maze of software.

2 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

QuietLagoon Sounds like Mr. Torvalds has an opinion. (355 comments)

An opinion which he expressed.

"I think many of the 'original ideals' of UNIX are these days more of a mindset issue than necessarily reflecting reality of the situation. There's still value in understanding the traditional UNIX "do one thing and do it well" model where many workflows can be done as a pipeline of simple tools each adding their own value, but let's face it, it's not how complex systems really work, and it's not how major applications have been working or been designed for a long time. It's a useful simplification, and it's still true at some level, but I think it's also clear that it doesn't really describe most of reality."

That sure sounds like an opinion to me. I suspect he stated he didn't have an opinion just so he would start a war among his fanbois.

2 days ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

QuietLagoon I do not believe him. (190 comments)

I do not believe him when he says Apple cannot access iMessage and FaceTime communications.

2 days ago
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

QuietLagoon Re:Get a Radio (40 comments)

...Any idea how to find out which ones aren't?...

The last two times the power went out for days, I turned on my battery-powered radio and just scanned the dial until I heard a station giving local information.

That seemed to be a rather easy way to find which stations were broadcasting local info. btw, there were four stations that I could receive which abandoned their automated programming to go local.

3 days ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

QuietLagoon "googles" (182 comments)

What an impediment to learning googles are.

4 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

QuietLagoon Re:Arrrgh.. (288 comments)

Don't hurt anyone, don't lie or steal from anyone and don't crap where we all live. ...

Most laws are within the confines you set. So what's your point?

about a week ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

QuietLagoon Re:So..... (288 comments)

...Revolting against England was illegal, yet we did it anyway.

The people who revolted against EDngland were willing to die for what they thought was wrong.

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I seriously doubt if you would be willing to engage in the same level of risk for what you proffer....

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

QuietLagoon My, how HP has fallen... (110 comments)

Nowadays, HP is a mere shadow of its former self. Former self being the days when its test and measurement division (now Agilent) was an innovation powerhouse.

about a week ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

QuietLagoon Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

...expandability sucks...

Expansion is different with ZFS. Different does not mean sucks. Different means you need to learn something new.

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In my experience, it does not suck, but is rather easy to do. I added a couple of disks, ran a couple of commands, and doubled the size of my ZFS pool.

Easy as pie.

about a week ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

QuietLagoon Re:rsync causes lockups? (366 comments)

Been using rsync on ZFS for many months (FreeBSD 10.0). No issues whatsoever.

about a week ago
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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

QuietLagoon Re:spaceweather.com (145 comments)

... or having dinner with their family.....

about a week ago
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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

QuietLagoon spaceweather.com (145 comments)

Times like this, I sympathize with the sysadmin of the spaceweather.com website. I hope she/he had nothing planned for this evening.....

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

QuietLagoon Has /. turned into drudge? (499 comments)

When have sensationalist headlines become popular here on /. ? I've been seeing more and more provocative political headlines on this site.

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I visit /. to get away from the drudge-type sites.

Are these topics indicative of the course the new owners of /. are taking, now that they have found out they cannot change the look of the site?

about a week ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

QuietLagoon For my usage of bbc.co.uk.... (362 comments)

It looks like the BBC presumes me to be an unsavory character here in the US. I am not able to view videos on the BBC news site, for some reason the BBC seems to think that the videos should not be viewed by me.

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To me, the BBC looks to be an organization that is completely anal with regard to who can view or who can access what on their website.

It looks to me as if the BBC would rather restrict than inform. But, hey, that is their choice.

If I were a news-oriented organization, I would probably take a different approach, but that's just me.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

QuietLagoon The Real Story... (111 comments)

US businesses are more concerned about raking in the money than they are about the security of the accounts of the people from which they suck the money.

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Film at 11.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

QuietLagoon Slideshow rights... (81 comments)

...Slideshows are an increasingly popular... web content genre...

I wish someone would claim the rights to web slideshows, and make everyone take 'em all down. I have been unable to find a more vacuous space waster on the web than the current abundance of slideshows. I'd almost rather watch cat videos..... (no flames please, I did say 'almost')

about two weeks ago

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Does Microsoft view Windows desktop as a dead end?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 2 months ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Mr. Nadella, CEO Microsoft, sent out an email last week that outlined Microsoft's focus for the future. One had to wade through more than half of the email before there was any mention of Windows desktop.

In his all-hands strategy email of last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in the 3,100 communique, a clue how he, and thus the company, now see the firm's long-time cornerstone. "Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes — from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82-in PPI boards," Nadella said in one of the first uses of "Windows" in his massive message. That sentence appeared well past the half-way mark in the email: 60% of the message preceded it.

Is Microsoft now unable to innovate within the desktop Windows space? Is Mr. Nadella's memo a tacit admission by Microsoft that there is little innovation left in the desktop space? Is Microsoft's inability to innovate in the desktop space indicative of a larger problem within Microsoft? Has rigor mortis set in?"

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "As a follow-up to the article a couple of days ago, the New York Times has an above-the-fold front-page article today about the horrible working conditions in the Chinese factories that Apple uses.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning (PDF alert).
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Global Internet governance fight looms

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Will the change in Internet governance result in states like China and Russia exerting more control over what is allowed on the Internet? The United States has so far comprehensively outmaneuvered attempts by other governments to seize control of the Internet, helped by the fact that it holds the keys and represents the status quo. But how long will it continue to be able to do so?"
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Doctors and Dentists censoring patients

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Timothy Lee writes about his experience with a dentist.

"When I walked into the offices of Dr. Ken Cirka, I was looking for cleaner teeth, not material for an Ars Technica story. I needed a new dentist, and Yelp says Dr. Cirka is one of the best in the Philadelphia area. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with forms to fill out. After the usual patient information form, there was a "mutual privacy agreement" that asked me to transfer ownership of any public commentary I might write in the future to Dr. Cirka. Surprised and a little outraged by this, I got into a lengthy discussion with Dr. Cirka's office manager that ended in me refusing to sign and her showing me the door...."

Can a patient be required to sign such an agreement before medical care is tendered? What if the medical care is more urgent or an emergency? Can the patient be in the correct frame of mind to sign a legal agreement?"

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Should Microsoft be split up?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Goldman Sachs had downgraded Microsoft from "buy" to "neutral," criticizes the company's efforts in mobile computing, and most radically, suggests that the company carve out its consumer business from its enterprise one. This is just one more sign that Microsoft could use a vision overhaul. ...

The report also warned that Microsoft isn't likely to make any headway in mobile this year because "Apple's iPad and iPhone plus Google's Android operating system are well established."

That's putting it mildly. Windows Phone 7 will have to be a spectacular success if it's to make any headway not just this year, but in the next several years as well. And Microsoft may try to sue Android out of business, but technology, not lawsuits, are going to have the lead the way.


What do you think? Does Microsoft have a chance of catching in the mobile devices marketplace? Is the enterprise where Microsoft's future lives?"
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New AVG fetaure DDoS's the Internet

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The Register is running a story about a new feature in the AVG virus scanner.

Six months ago, AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs and its Linkscanner, a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free. Then, in late April, AVG rolled Linkscanner into its anti-virus engine, which has about 70 million active users worldwide. The company estimates that 20 million machines have upgraded to the tool's new incarnation, AVG version 8, and this has already cooked up enough ghost clicks to skew traffic not only on The Reg but any number of other sites as well.
What will the effect be when AVG rolls this new fewture out to all of its 70 million users?"
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Here come the thought police

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "In a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece, Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson write, 'With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

'Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

'The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government....

'Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.'"
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Comcast blocks some Internet traffic

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "MSNBC is reporting the results of an Associated Press test that show Comcast blocks some Internet traffic. "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

"The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

"If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

"The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called "Net Neutrality" by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee....
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The email transcripts of Microsoft anti-trust trials always make for interesting reading, and the Iowa trial is continuing the tradition. An email from Jim Allchin asks the question of whether Microsoft has lost sight of what matters to its customers:

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft's top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was losing our way. Mr. Allchin says, I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The next version of Windows Media player that will be appearing in Windows Vista has upped the ante for DRM, removing a significant portion of the rights you have to the media content you own. So much so, that a Microsoft VP appears to be advocating the flaunting of DMCA in order to get the content into Zune, "Lots of DVD ripping software out there..."

What do you think about the loss of the rights to use the media you own?"

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