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

ShaunC Re:Eat me, Apple (331 comments)

How does Apple and Bono's new magical DRM know the difference between me putting the song I bought on my Nexus and copying it for a friend?

They don't! So please, buy an iPhone! That way we can make sure you get Bono's new music. Then we know you like it, because your iPhone automatically downloaded it over your expensive cellular data plan without your authorization, er, um, I mean, you intentionally downloaded it! On purpose, because you like it! There are hundreds of millions of fans of U2 and iTunes!




FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

ShaunC Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

It's even that way in some parts of the US, but only the very few places where municipalities got the ball rolling before Comcast and friends could lobby for laws making it illegal. Chattanooga has awesome municipal fiber, for example. In most states, the ISPs have bought and paid for legislation or entered into heavy-handed agreements that prevent other cities from implementing a similar network. Washington DC has miles of fiber sitting around dark because their agreements with ISPs don't allow them to sell service to residents. A 100 gigabit network is already there, it would cost very little to turn it up, but no, Verizon might lose some FiOS money and we can't have that.

2 days ago

iOS 8 Review

ShaunC Re:No new iPod Touch, no update (211 comments)

Without a mobile phone, how would you go about reaching roadside assistance or emergency services?

Any shitty old mobile with no service plan will work to call 911, as long as the battery's charged. A few people you know are probably tossing their old phones in the garbage every year, or you can get an old LG flip phone and a car charger for $20 on eBay.

As for roadside assistance, just take off your pants and stand in traffic! Someone will stop sooner or later.

3 days ago

Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

ShaunC Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

This highlights one of the benefits of the dealer model, there are almost always a *lot* of dealers to choose from and try to get a better deal/experience/vehicle from.

I'm of the opinion that it highlights one of the disadvantages of the dealer model, you often have to go from one dealer to another, haggling and bullshitting, before finally settling on the car you want at a price you feel comfortable with. I'd rather have one place in town that sells what I want, with a clearly marked price, skip the haggling, and do a transaction. Maybe some people enjoy the car buying "experience" but I look at it like any other purchase. I want to do some research ahead of time, walk into the store, buy the product I came for, and leave. It's 2014, it's no longer reasonable to expect consumers to waste an entire weekend trying to buy a car.

4 days ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

ShaunC Re:911 was down for us Friday night (609 comments)

If you live in the region that I suspect you do, 911 was down because massive amounts of rain flooded utility easements and fucked up some copper that AT&T is replacing. If you have any modicum of evidence tying an Apple software update to the problem, take it to the media, I'd sure love to see that story.

5 days ago

Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

ShaunC Re:External IP (210 comments)

Powering off the cable/DSL modem and changing the MAC address of whatever's plugged into it (NIC, router, etc.) is often sufficient, and much faster. When the modem powers back on, your "new device" will get a new lease with a new IP.

about a week ago

U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

ShaunC Steve Earle said it best (223 comments)

Fuck the FCC, fuck the FBI, fuck the CIA, I'm living in the motherfuckin' USA.

Maybe someday this total information awareness nonsense will stop.

about a week ago

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

ShaunC Re:If I was in the NFL I'd be pissed (405 comments)

I'd be wanting to work at 110% of my ability 24/7, if I was forced to learn/use a device foreign to me I'd be pissed. I don't care if it's a surface, iPad, or chalkboard, let me work in a way that's most productive for me.

Would you look at that differently if you were making an NFL player's salary? I'd happily toss my Android phone and my iPod Touch and replace them with whatever shitty Microsoft devices my boss wanted me to use, if he started paying me a million bucks a year.

about two weeks ago

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

ShaunC Re:To be fair... (405 comments)

More like farming supplies

So, bullshitting about bull shit?

about two weeks ago

Rosetta Hunts For Comet Touch Down Site For Philae Lander

ShaunC Re:Odd name (17 comments)

Well they do say that the "Philae lander opened one of its robotic eyes," so the inference of a one-eyed something or other is there, probably on purpose.

about two weeks ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

ShaunC Re:OK (203 comments)

Preferably in as few messages with as many envelope recipients as possible. There would be epic fallout from all the Re: Re: REMOVE ME FROM THIS LIST.

about two weeks ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

ShaunC Re:No. (368 comments)

So that's your kid playing Minecraft in the Amazon Fire phone commercial! I guess they really did have a target audience after all.

about two weeks ago

Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

ShaunC Re:It's not apple this time! (134 comments)

Well it's easy enough for pretentious 9 year olds to use for playing Minecraft, at least that's all I got out of the commercial. Pretty sure the blame for this phone's flop lies squarely at the feet of Amazon's marketing department or whoever they hired to produce the TV ad. The phone itself barely makes an appearance in the commercial, it's just a couple of kids yammering about how they're going to stream stuff and play games, followed by a double plug for Amazon Prime, which I'm still scratching my head over. I don't need to buy a new phone to get Amazon Prime.

Is Amazon trying to sell an actual product here, or just selling the idea of a digital babysitter? Either way I guess I'm not their target audience and I sorta wonder who is.

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

ShaunC Re:Not Enough (528 comments)

Regardless, most of us really don't need to stream HD from our homes.

True enough. But a lot of people do like to do that (or have to, for work), they sit around streaming themselves or their gaming sessions on Twitch or LiveStream, or conferencing via Skype and GotoMeeting all day long. Plenty of people have jumped onto the cloud backup bandwagon, and it shouldn't have to take several hours to upload today's differentials to Carbonite or Mozy. And like you mentioned, even digital photos these days can easily hit the 4MB range, so shipping the rugrats' birthday party gallery to grandma can take an hour all by itself.

Whether ISPs like it or not, the upstream is becoming just as important to residential consumers as the downstream. The days of an ack-traffic-only upstream are done.

about two weeks ago

3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

ShaunC Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

Then there were no cencorship, none at all. Sure the press, and especially government owned YLE, did have a strong bias and they did suppress bad publicity, but there was no censoring done by the government.

So the government did not actually ban books and films that were seen as pro-Soviet? Or that just isn't viewed as censorship in Finland?

about two weeks ago

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

ShaunC Pecions? (222 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new pecion overlords. I'd also welcome some better OCR software.

about two weeks ago



US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 2 months ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Is there a glut of qualified American tech workers, or isn't there? Some companies like Facebook and Airbnb are now actively courting and recruiting high school students as young as 13 with promises of huge stipends and salaries. As one student put it, “it’s kind of insane that you can make more than the U.S. average income in a summer,” and another who attended a Facebook-sponsored trip said he'd "forego college for a full-time job" if it were offered. Is Silicon Valley taking advantage of naive young workers?"
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Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 7 months ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes:

Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit.""

Comcast Abandons Charity After Critical Tweet

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Comcast today withdrew a charitable commitment after one of the charity's Twitter messages criticized the cable giant's recent hire of the former FCC commissioner. Said a Comcast VP, "I cannot in good conscience continue to provide you with funding." Comcast has since attempted to backpedal, saying "we sincerely apologize for the unauthorized action of our employee.""
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Popular DNSBL Suffers Outage?

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bulworth (203807) writes "Late Friday, I started seeing a noticeable delay in email traffic on a server that uses several DNSBLs for spam prevention. After some investigating, I discovered that seems to be suffering a DNS outage, at the very least. operates a number of country-level DNSBLs; the idea is that if you don't receive any legitimate email from a particular country, you can safely implement [country] as a DNSBL, to automatically block all inbound email from hosts in that nation. They've been a reliable DNSBL for several years without presenting any problems or delays for me, but now, not even their website is resolving. Does anyone have any information about the cause of the outage?"

Alleged Botnet Controller Arrested

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ShaunC writes "In an offensive against "cybercrime," the United States Attorney's office today announced the indictment of Greg King for allegedly operating a botnet comprised of at least 7,000 PCs (PDF). Among other activities, King's purported botnet DDoSed fraud-fighting group CastleCops (it's unknown whether or not King is alleged to have participated in the recent PayPal bogus-contribution campaign against CastleCops). Although this botnet seems to pale in comparison to others, especially those being exploited for spamming purposes, perhaps we're beginning to see enforcement against individuals who commandeer innocent users' PCs for nefarious purposes."
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ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ShaunC writes "The PHP Group and Zend have released PHP 5.2.0, and upgrades are encouraged. The 5.2.0 update offers several security fixes, including patches for a couple recently announced buffer overflows in input parsing. This release also includes a number of library upgrades, bug fixes, and default bundling of the popular JSON extension to help with AJAX development. See the full changelog for more details."

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Today I witnessed the most widespread spam campaign that I've ever seen, an illegal pump-and-dump stock promotion that concurrently spanned standard email, mailing lists, Usenet, and Google Groups. Every email address I own received multiple copies of the spam; reports from family, friends, and coworkers indicate similar experiences. I'm curious as to whether or not others were so inundated by this spam, how many reported it to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and who will admit to attempting to profit from the obvious hype when it became clear that the stock was rising."


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