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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

ZipK Re:Not good enough (320 comments)

They most certainly do have your consent - you installed the software, and turned on the "automatically download iTunes purchases to this device" option.

They have the user's consent to download iTunes purchases, but they don't have the user's consent to make purchases on the user's behalf. Those users who set up automatic download couldn't possibly have guessed that Apple would be unilaterally adding purchased items to their accounts.

4 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

ZipK Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (200 comments)

Has anyone tried asking the liars whether they're lying? I'm sure they'd be honest about it this time.

But the liar paradox will cause Norman to short circuit.

5 days ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

ZipK Drop vs. Scratch (207 comments)

Levitas believes that the glass for the smaller 1.5-inch and 1.7-inch watch screens was less likely to break in drop tests.

Watches are less likely to be dropped than phones, making scratch resistance a higher priority.

about a week ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

ZipK Re:And all movies MUST be subtitled in French (184 comments)

And all movies MUST be subtitled in French.

Subtitled? French first! All movies must be in French, and may, if you ask nicely (and in French), be subtitled in other languages.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

ZipK Re:Diplomatic pouch? (299 comments)

Suppose they drove a van into the embassy, Assange got in (or didn't get in), and they drove it out to an airport.

Your plan is close, but you would actually need a man-sized diplomatic pouch, large enough for Assange to crouch within, with the zipper fully closed with a diplomatic seal. He'd need to stay in the pouch until his plane was outside territorial airspace.

about a month ago
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

ZipK Hey Purdue! (95 comments)

How about you really help students save by encouraging your faculty to develop and use open source text books?

about a month ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

ZipK Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

The FCC regulates TV broadcasts. That's why they are involved. It's one of their points of existence.

Why is the FCC involving itself with what's not broadcast on television?

about a month and a half ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

ZipK Cat blog (148 comments)

So my cat picture blog will rank lower than a competitor's SSL encrypted cat picture blog, even though neither of us require you to log in or even prove you are a cat?

about a month and a half ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

ZipK Microsoft majority shareholder? (151 comments)

CEO — and Microsoft majority shareholder — Steve Ballmer.

Ballmer doesn't hold a majority stake in Microsoft. In fact, no one does. Ballmer holds the largest individual stake, but his stake is in single digits as a percentage.

about a month and a half ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

ZipK Re:I use both (436 comments)

I use Adblock Plus on Chrome AND on Firefox. I leave IE bare in case I want to look at something "bare" for some reason.

Why not use an incognito window in Chrome for your "bare" viewing? The incognito mode automatically disables all of your extensions.

about 2 months ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

ZipK Oh, the delicious irony (76 comments)

Verizon making misleading (and shall we say "tone deaf") statements on behalf of deaf people, that deaf people don't agree with.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

ZipK Let 'er burn! (701 comments)

Let 'er burn!

about 2 months ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

ZipK Re:It's only fair (147 comments)

It has started leveraging those stations by selling a set top box [airbox.com] that decodes sub channels on its local broadcast to deliver premium channels from Showtime and Starz as well as PPV content.

It's surprising to find that the FCC has no rule against the broadcast of encrypted PPV content on public television channel allotments. Or maybe it's not surprising at all.

about 2 months ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

ZipK Re:If it looks like a duck (147 comments)

Congress can simply say that it's "Duck Season"

The court will then counter by saying, "rabbit season."

about 2 months ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

ZipK Cable companies welcome Aereo to the fold! (147 comments)

The broadcasters are not happy with this move, of course, claiming that Aereo should not be allowed to flip-flop on how it defines itself.

Which, of course, Aereo didn't. The broadcasters and the supreme court defined Aereo, and Aereo's is just working within the space in which they were confined by the law.

about 2 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

ZipK Indirect References (239 comments)

Is Google responsible for "forgetting" all possible path to this BBC article? E.g., will this Slashdot article turn up in a Google search in the EU? How about this comment, if I include a link to the original BBC article?

about 3 months ago
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EFF: Amazon, AT&T, and Snapchat Most Likely To Rat On You To the Gov't

ZipK But my Snapchats DISAPPEAR, don't they? (69 comments)

Does Snapchat send the government back in time to see my pictures before they were fully and completely disappeared?

about 4 months ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

ZipK Backward compatibility is expensive (199 comments)

That's because software developers are always operating under the assumption that the latest version is the greatest version, when it may not be.

No it's not. It's because engineering for backward compatibility and maintaining multiple versions is both difficult and expensive. Building, testing and maintaining multiple backward compatible versions is an expense that most app vendors probably can't afford.

about 6 months ago

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John Madden's 14-inch tall NFL linebacker

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about two weeks ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "A glitch in the latest version of EA's franchise football video game "Madden 15" has modeled the Cleveland Browns 6' 2", 235-pound rookie linebacker Christian Kirksey as only 1' 2" tall. On the plus-side, the game's code seems to render the fourteen-inch linebacker in good detail. Too bad they didn't include any special gadget plays for this mighty-might."
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Legal podcasting of commercially licensed music?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 8 months ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Although there are thousands of podcasts on iTunes and elsewhere that feature commercially licensed (i.e., ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) music, they seem to be flying under the radar, rather than having found a way to legally license the music and recordings for podcasting. Live365 and the MixCloud appear to have cracked the licensing problem for user-posted streaming content, but has anyone found a practical way to license commercial music and recordings for downloadable podcasting in the US? Has anyone successfully coupled the UK's Limited On-Line License with a license for sound recordings to build license podcasts of commercially sourced music? Are there other countries with licensing organizations that more easily admit podcasting?"
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When Vote Counting Goes Bad

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about a year ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Television singing competition The Voice disclosed on Wednesday "inconsistencies" with the tallying of on-line and SMS-based voting. Although host Carson Daly claimed the show wanted to be “completely upfront," the explanation from their third-party vote counter, Telescope, was anything but transparent. In particular, Telescope claims that disregarding all on-line and SMS-based voting for the two nights in question left no impact on the final results, but they haven't provided any detail of the "inconsistency" or their ability to predict a complete lack of impact. Sure, it's only The Voice; but tomorrow it could be American Idol, and by next month, America's Got Talent."
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Gerry Anderson, co-creator of Thunderbirds, passes away

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "The co-creator (together with his wife, Sylvia) of Thunderbirds, Fireball XL-5, Stingray, Supercar, Space: 1999 and other unique science-fiction shows has passed away at the age of 83. FAB."
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How do you conduct an on-going Google search?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "If you want to compile a list of resources, say car shows that disallow billet, you'd Google "no billet car show." But if the results are too long to read in one sitting, or you want to check each week for new shows, how do you bookmark your place in a Google search so you can pick up where you left off? How do you mark or filter out the results you've already considered, so that each renewal of your search provides new material?"
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What Happened to Netflix's DVD Library?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "A few weeks ago, coincidental with the retraction of Qwikster and my cancellation of Netflix's streaming service, a large portion of my active DVD Queue was reassigned to the Saved DVD queue, and made unavailable. Several colleagues have reported the same change. A call to support yielded the explanation that Netflix must license DVDs from the studios for rental, and that licensing for the reassigned titles had expired.

Does Netflix really need to license hard DVDs for rental? Even if they do, how will gutting their DVD library push customers to their anemic streaming library? Has anyone else seen their DVD queue redacted? Does anyone have more detail?"
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State of Alaska Prints Out Sarah Palin's E-Mails

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Three years after numerous citizens and news organizations requested the release of Sarah Palin's gubernatorial e-mails, the State of Alaska is finally making ready to make them available... in print... in Juneau. News organizations must fly or sail to Juneau and pick up the 24,000 page disclosure in person. The state claims it impractical to release the original electronic versions of the e-mails, so the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Mother Jones, ProPublica and MSNBC each plan to turn some or all of the printouts back into searchable, easily distributed electronic data. Thanks Alaska."
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Harold Camping Declares Victory!

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "The countdown to back pedaling has reached zero, and Harold Camping has declared that his predictions were correct, and that the world is now under judgment. He reiterates October 21, 2011 as the day that the Earth will be destroyed. Of course, he fails to mention the falsity of his predictions for worldwide earthquakes on May 21, 2011. And rapture. And all the other things he proclaimed for May 21. If you missed Mr. Camping's post-rapture show of May 23, you will be able to find it in Family Radio's archive. But don't take your time: you only have five months until God destroys the Earth."
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Harold Camping: Put Up or Shut Up

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "As many already know, Dr. Harold Camping of Family Radio has predicted May 21 will be Judgment Day. Given that Dr. Camping and his organization will have no need of a terrestrial radio network after this date, I challenge him to deed his radio properties to me as of May 22nd. Dr. Camping, if you truly believe your own prediction, you should have no problem signing away the licenses for your vast radio network. Put up or shut up."
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Does the New Yorker think subscribers are dumb?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "As a subscriber to the New Yorker I regularly get offers to extend my subscription. Unfortunately, the special offers are usually lesser deals than can be found on-line, at the New Yorker's own website. Today's direct mail offer for example, one year at $69.95, two years at $99.95 — with a free tote bag! But the rack rate on the New Yorker's website is $39.95 for one year, $69.95 for two, and $99.95 for three — with a free cartoon calendar. Essentially an extra year just by navigating the series of tubes that brings you to newyorker.com. Why do magazines do this? Do they think their readers are so stupid as to believe an unsolicited renewal offer that declares itself a "professional subscription benefit" at a "preferred renewal rate" is the best they'll find? Or is the average New Yorker subscriber so rich that they prefer to pay nearly double the price being offered on the New Yorker's website?"
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Universal Records wants you to help the RIAA

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Universal Music Group CEO Jim Urie sent an e-mail blast to music bloggers, attempting to enlist their assistance in petitioning government officials. The industry-backed Music Rights Now wishes the government to take more aggressive action, such as enlisting IPSs to monitor and report illegal downloading activity, and they'd like you to lobby your representatives. They've even provided a handy form you can use to contact your U.S. senators and representatives."
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Apple Reverses iPad No-Cash Purchase Policy

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "After a few days of bad publicity, Apple's reversed its No-Cash Purchase policy, explaining that the policy was originally implemented to limit the number of iPad's an individual could buy during the introductory period of short supply. Now that supply has caught up with demand — and the story has hit front pages and gained national attention — Apple's reversed their policy. And they've taken the opportunity to put a bow on the story by giving the formerly scorned Diane Campbell a free iPad."
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Bernie Madoff's Programmers Arrested

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "With their former boss cooling his heels on a 150-year sentence, programmers Jerome O'Hara and George Perez are now in the U.S. Attorney's crosshairs. They've been arrested and charged with "conspiracy, falsifying books and records of a broker-dealer and falsifying the books and records of an investment advisory." Apparently Madoff's fraud was too large and too complex to be foisted entirely by hand."
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Google's Leaked Memo on Apple's Rejection of Googl

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 5 years ago

ZipK writes "Yobie Benjamin gives a short explanation of why he's abandoned the iPhone in favor of Android as his mobile development platform. More interestingly, he links to a memo in which Google details for the FCC their view of Apple's rejection of Google Voice."
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