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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

XahXhaX Re:This seems relevant, re: leaked Sony emails: (437 comments)

Part of the joy of being a major company their size is you don't need to care what anyone thinks. For every person you talk into your boycott there will be one hundred who just don't care.

The only cure I know for this anti-consumer behavior is piracy. You have piracy to thank for a music industry that cannot inject DRM into music files and for bringing them into digital distribution kicking and screaming. For every platform that succeeds like Spotify or Pandora despite the RIAA, you have piracy to thank for keeping that sword dangling over their heads, always knowing that if they are too obstinate and too greedy then people can always go back to taking music for free.

So you go out there and start teaching those same people to run a bittorrent client instead of some silly impotent boycott, and then we'll see the movie companies change their tune.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

XahXhaX This seems relevant, re: leaked Sony emails: (437 comments)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...

"Netflix are heavily resistant to enforcing stricter financial geofiltering controls, as they claim this would present a too high bar to entry from legitimate subscribers. For example, they want people to be able to use various methods of payment (e.g. PayPal) where it is harder to determine where the subscriber is based. They recognize that this may cause illegal subscribers but they (of course) would rather err that way than create barriers to legitimate subscribers to sign up.

We have expressed our deep dissatisfaction with their approach and attitude."

about a month ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

XahXhaX Re:Wrap rage...? (639 comments)

There are other good reasons. I personally would not buy an electronic device over a site like Craigslist without some sort of packaging and/or paperwork. Too many encounters with obviously stolen merchandise.

more than 2 years ago
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Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby's Auction

XahXhaX Not so impressive. (118 comments)

I know a guy still on his first Xbox 360!

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

XahXhaX Re:Freemium at its best (204 comments)

Just imagine how bad it must have been before there was a Facebook, and there was no way to let another person know about such important news and emergencies!

more than 2 years ago
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Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

XahXhaX But I thought PCs were dead (399 comments)

So you guys aren't coding on your iPads and Android phones?

more than 2 years ago
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How Mailinator Compresses Its Email Stream By 90%

XahXhaX I love Mailinator (75 comments)

If anybody responsible for the site comes this way, thank you for the excellent (and free) service.

more than 2 years ago
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4G Phones Are Really Fast — At Draining Batteries

XahXhaX Happened to me (281 comments)

Within a month of buying my iPhone last year, we went camping. I put a lot of effort into preserving the battery so I could test out the compass feature the following morning and take photos all day. I didn't realize that in being unable to find a signal, it would _continuously attempt it_ all night. I had about 90% battery when we went to bed, woke up to about 5%. I was pretty unhappy with this discovery, where I previously figured they were smarter than that.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Seeks App Developers For War App Store

XahXhaX One star (174 comments)

Did not kill the terrorists. Didn't win the war. Crashed twice on startup.
Fix the crashes and maybe I'll give it five stars.

more than 3 years ago
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New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included

XahXhaX I could use some advice (378 comments)

I've been a PSN user for several years, on account of owning a PSP. I was using Sony's MediaGo software and created the account to buy some DLC.

When they changed their TOS on April 1st, I declined them. My understanding from reading online was that Sony was supposed to refund whatever remaining money in the account and close it. As far as I can tell this never happened.

After those couple weeks later when they were hacked (multiple times), I received an email that my information had been among the millions of others jeopardized by Sony's lack of security. I emailed them back that I wanted nothing to do with them and to purge my information and close the account.

I played email tag for awhile as they refused to do it. I also called them a couple times (hold times were understandably long, so this required setting aside an hour minimum), and got the usual run around and contradicting excuses depending upon who I spoke to. I tried to elevate it to supervisors and they also refused. I cannot make any changes to the account, as I will not accept any iteration of their TOS. I have informed them of this numerous times. Sony's best offer was to ban the account--as if accessing my own information was ever the problem.

I've been waiting around for any news on the state of the class actions, and to see whether I can join. I have not forgotten this, but I don't know how to proceed. Is waiting on the outcome of a class action my only recourse here, or can I pursue this on my own?

Also note that I did not accept their token offer of free, valueless digital downloads, nor the credit service membership that they partnered with. I told them they can shove it. I would personally turn down a free copy of every game in existence if it meant that they would be held responsible and some new regulations would get passed to put Sony in their place. It's clear now they will do as little as possible for their users unless legally obligated, and are wont to treat our information like a commodity with no real reverence. I don't trust them having any of my information and regret that I ever offered it in the first place. I regret that there are no laws requiring that being able to remove our information should be as easy as submitting it.

I need suggestions on what to do, as I don't feel like letting them get away with this. It is amazing to me that they would come down on each of us for the slightest violation of their TOS, yet all this while they are holding my personal information despite being in breech of this same agreement.

more than 3 years ago
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Specific Media To Buy MySpace

XahXhaX Re:Great work if you can get it (52 comments)

That's assuming they did ever turn a profit from Myspace. Somehow I doubt it ever made them enough to recoup.

Either way this is still Newscorp we're talking about. $500 million is not going to bust the company, and I sincerely doubt any one of their executives lost sleep over this loss.

more than 3 years ago
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Specific Media To Buy MySpace

XahXhaX Re:Ha ha rupert (52 comments)

That's probably why it became popular. The development of social networking mirrors the rise and development of the internet. Myspace is to social networking what Geocities was to the early web.

Plus, it was 'the thing' to do if you were in a band, so just about everybody from major to indie was on there and that attracted a ton of their users.

more than 3 years ago
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Opera 11.50 Released

XahXhaX Re:Wake me up... (129 comments)

That's a trivial non-point. I'm sure it's a devious statement to make on Slashdot, but open software does not necessarily mean _better_ software. See Windows vs Linux, iPhone vs Android, Nintendo DS or PSP vs one of those Chinese handhelds, and of course Opera vs Firefox.

Opening Opera would gain absolutely nothing beyond appealing to OSS zealots, especially now that they've stolen/adopted Firefox's plugins model.

more than 3 years ago
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Adobe Rolls Out Privacy Controls In Flash Player 10.3

XahXhaX Yet 90% of my web browsing is with Flash disabled (63 comments)

Over umpteen versions and so many years, and they still haven't added settings to disable audio (banners and embedded video commercials with audio enabled have become worse over time) and it has only grown increasingly bloated over hogging processing and memory. Thankfully Opera makes it simple and accessible to disable the plugin for the majority of browsing, or even on a per-site basis for the worst offenders. But these are things that Adobe should be implementing so users can take control of what plays on their PC.

One of the things I had to consider when I bought my iPhone recently was that it couldn't play Flash--and the more I debated this the more I realized that 99% of Flash on the web is now junk. Despite the occasional Flash game or intentionally viewing an embedded video, I suspect we would all be better off without it on most sites.

more than 3 years ago
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Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010

XahXhaX So what? They could make that any time they want (210 comments)

They've been sitting on remaking FF7 for years. $150 million would probably be covered by just the initial release if they were to produce an updated version with modern tech.

Not that I care either way--I hated that game and pay less attention to Square with each year. But they _could_ do it any time if they only wanted to.

more than 3 years ago
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Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050

XahXhaX Re:I love the divide between the US and EU (695 comments)

Sure, if that makes you feel better. The toilets also breathe fire up into your arse and the lightbulbs all contain microchips so the government can spy on you.

more than 3 years ago
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Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050

XahXhaX I love the divide between the US and EU (695 comments)

We actually have people protesting because they would have to change some bloody lightbulbs or use a more efficient toilet.

On the plus side, just the suggestion that we might adopt a similar plan could trigger multiple simultaneous aneurysms in even the lowliest peon at Fox News. We could cut emissions and BS at the same time.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Throws Privacy Advocates a Bone

XahXhaX Jumping on the anti-Facebook bandwagon (126 comments)

I was browsing my Facebook settings just last night. I believed that I had already handled this chore, but this time I paid more attention to the section with application settings obscurely nestled four clicks into the mess they call privacy settings. For some reason you can't actually tell what's going on at a single glance as I previously thought, and need to switch among views like 'authorized' and 'allowed to post' (whatever the difference is, I do not know) to actually see what's going on. That's where I discovered that a couple like Farmville and some quiz app had been "authorized" despite the fact that I have never used them nor ever opted into them.

I suppose I should feel grateful that they even allow us to delete them.

So now I wonder how long my information has been shared with these parties that I don't even use. And that doesn't even explain all the other apps, because I'm sincerely unsure if they're all enabled by default and I have to block them manually. For example, I was on a site called Livestream the other day to find it had accessed my Facebook cookie with my user information splayed about their page. I can't find any recourse to this--my privacy settings claim to have 'select partners instantly personalizing their features with my public information...' disabled. Evidently, some select partners are more privy than others. Meanwhile, clicking the privacy button on Livestream simply routes one to the Facebook privacy policy where they kindly explain that you are fucked.

Unfortunately, Opera has no pertinent settings about ensuring that cookies are only retrieved by the original domain so if Facebook won't take measures against this then perhaps the browser devs will and I am going to post the feature request later. Clearly we are going to have to take these measures ourselves because this story proves that Facebook staff aren't even listening.

more than 4 years ago
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I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

XahXhaX Re:More than 10 years ago? (505 comments)

Most people here may just be better at reading comprehension than you. It says "last _bought_", afterall.

more than 4 years ago

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