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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Rhipf Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

Actually in Canada this is legal (or it was last I checked). As long as the person doing the ripping is person B. If person A rips the music and gives the digital copy to person B then there is a problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Rhipf Re:This is how business should be done (168 comments)

OK I'll admit I don't know much about business (or law) but is it really "required by law" for companies to give investors a return on their investments?

If this is actually true I guess I need to start investing some money.

about 1 month ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Rhipf Re: Eh? (137 comments)

OK I'll admit that I didn't notice the H1 in the graph right away but...

Unless the article author has a time machine you still can't say that the vulnerabilities have increased 100% until they actually have. It would have been better if the author had compared the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2014. At least that way the comparison is grounded in facts not speculation.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Rhipf Re:Eh? (137 comments)

Did you even look at that graph?
It does show a slight increase for IE but definitely not 100%.
At best this shows and increase from ~125 vulnerabilities to ~135. That's ~10% not 100%.

about 2 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Rhipf Re: let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

So I guess there aren't any countries in the EU?

Show me one single country that has "free market rules and no state interference".

But let's not have pesky, inconvenient reality crush your misinformed, ignorant claims.

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Rhipf Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Actually, what they should have done is implement smarter mouse controls. If you swipe your finger across the screen (on a touch device) metro scrolls left to right (or right to left obviously). So why can't I click somewhere on the right of the screen and drag the mouse to the left to scroll sideways? Only when using a mouse do you have to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll (or use the mouse wheel).
It would seem more logical to me if you converted the touch interface into analogous mouse controls.

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

Rhipf Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

I could be wrong but based on the summery it looks to me like one of the big problems with this device is that they said it had FCC approval when it didn't. It may have been fine for them to sell the jammer (i.e. the FCC wouldn't have gotten involved) if they hadn't labeled it as FCC approved.

about 3 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Rhipf Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

Just to clarify, I think you may have misread the statement. It was about people that spend >$1000 for speaker WIRE not the speakers themselves.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Rhipf Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

It's Apple. Is that enough of an explanation for you?

I swear that if Apple reintroduced the pet rock as the iRock it would sell a few billion units (ok, an exaggeration but you get my point).

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Rhipf Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

I have been telling my clients this for a while now. If you just add a start menu replacement (the start button of Windows 8.1 was a missed opportunity for Microsoft) and set it to boot directly to the desktop there isn't much difference between 8 and 7.
One thing that I would like to see back is the Aero theme. The current Windows 8 style is to flat and retro for me (reminds me more of Windows 3 era).

about 3 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Rhipf Re:Bad analogy (252 comments)

Despite being in the running for the worst analogy ever, let's go with this.

You own the gun. Blizzard mails you bullets and invites you to their shooting range. You take the bullets and gun to the range and shoot them however you please as long as you follow the range rules . You bring sandbags and a bench to shoot straighter in competition without telling Blizzard. Blizzard sues the sandbag and bench makers because you cheated.

This is just the point. I'm sure that somewhere buried in the EULA is a statement that cheats and hacks are against the TOS.

about 4 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Rhipf Re:Breaking news (335 comments)

Well if they don't do any better than public schools then what is the point of putting public money into them?

about 4 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Rhipf Re:Breaking news (335 comments)

Just because a school takes public funding doesn't mean that it is a public school. If the charter school doesn't take any and all children that apply for enrollment it is a private school (notice I didn't say privately funded school).

about 4 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Rhipf Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

Actually, I kind of miss PS2 keyboard/mice systems. The thing is they work. If you plug a USB keyboard/mouse into a Windows system it will work until Windows takes over from the BIOS and then won't work until the driver is set up in Windows.If you plug in a PS2 device it works the whole way through the process. This may have changed now with UEFI since I haven't done a lot of work on these systems yet. It may also have changed with Windows 8 but again haven't used enough systems with Windows 8 to know for sure.

Now I realize that I have just opened myself up to a series of trolls about how "Microsoft sucks and that is your real problems" so bring it on. ;-)

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Rhipf Sounds to me like a good excuse to sell key fobs. (865 comments)

Since these systems need a special key fob to work and the fobs can sell for hundreds of dollars to replace I see this as a bit of a money grab. I highly doubt that the actual cost to manufacture these fobs is more than a few dollars. This smells like a nice way to gain some extra markup.

about 4 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

Rhipf Re:Incomplete (338 comments)

What percentage of the GDP do those 1%-10% account for?
How much influence on policy to the wealthiest account for?
How many subsidies do the wealthiest get that the average person has no hope of seeing?
Etc.

If the wealthiest control 50%+ of the money and power in the country isn't it fitting that they are paying 50%+ of the tax burden?

about 4 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Rhipf Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (818 comments)

Actually all we need to do is get the supreme court to realize that money is not free speech. I don't see how some one can go into court (with a straight face) and say that their freedom of speech is impacted simply because there are limits on the amount of money that can throw at politicians. If that is the case I guess some one needs to go into court and argue that their freedom of speech is being affected because they don't have enough money to spend on buying politicians.

about 5 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Rhipf Re:Outlook Express? (641 comments)

Hate to break it to you but XP is from this century. 8-)

about 5 months ago

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