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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

ZipK Re:I use both (398 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.

2 days 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 two weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

ZipK Let 'er burn! (701 comments)

Let 'er burn!

about two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 2 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 4 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

ZipK Re:And the Stockholders Don't Want the Policy Chan (348 comments)

Corporate policies are made by the Board of Directors and the corporate officers. The Board directs the officers. The Board can be directed by the stockholders.

The Board isn't just directed by the stockholders, it is hired (through election), and if they so choose, fired (again, via election) by the stockholders. The Board works directly for and at the discretion of the stockholders.

about 5 months ago
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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

ZipK Re:Actually he is debating Steyn in court (393 comments)

Sure would hate to see "Global Warming" get slapped down by the courts now wouldn't we?

I think we'd all breathe a sigh of relief if the courts could rationally and scientifically strike down the phenomenon of global warming, or its source in man-made activities.

about 6 months ago
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The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

ZipK Re:Door slamming shut (366 comments)

I'm assuming the answer is "oh, I misunderstood."

(c) Neither the summary nor the article were particularly clear on whether these new rules would apply to Kickstarter-style merchandise pre-order crowdfunding. Reading the proposal, it becomes clear that the new rules would apply to the sale of securities that provide the investor a possible return in the form of a share of future revenue or profits.

about 7 months ago
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Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

ZipK Cable is disrupting itself (261 comments)

Comcast and its brethren are disrupting themselves with high prices, packaged offerings cluttered with unwanted channels, and the truly awful customer service.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Tracks the Status Updates and Messages You Don't Write Too

ZipK The benefits of Facebook (163 comments)

Facebook users don't expect their unposted thoughts to be collected, nor do they benefit from it.

The benefits given to you by Facebook for your unposted thoughts are on par with those for your posted thoughts: more tightly targeted advertising and the opportunity to receive special offers from Facebook's partners.

about 8 months ago
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Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy

ZipK Re:What's wrong with this picture? (121 comments)

I suppose the retailers need to implement technology to disrupt mobile data signals, be that passive disruption based on structural design of the retail store or active jamming. That would force internet users to use the only wifi signal available.

Or inspire shoppers to walk outside to get a signal, at which point they're further from the item and closer to their cars when they find the item on-line for a few dollars cheaper.

about 8 months ago
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Tremors Mean Antarctic Volcanism May Be Heating Up

ZipK Spock! (132 comments)

Volcanism May Be Heating Up

If the Vulcans are heating up, it must be their every-seven-years pon farr.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Offers Cut of Ebook Sales To Book Stores Selling Kindle

ZipK Razor Blades (80 comments)

The marketing maxim "give away the razor, sell the blades" now seems to be "slit your throat by selling the razor."

about 9 months ago
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Federal Judge Declares Bitcoin a Currency

ZipK Re:Obligitory Reagan quote... (425 comments)

Under an all-republican congress with a veto-proof majority.

The Republicans didn't have anything near a veto-proof majority in the Senate; they had only 53 seats at the time of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The vote was 54-44, with only Hollings (D-SC) crossing party lines to side with the Republicans. Fitzgerald (R-IL) voted "Present" and Inhofe (R-IN) didn't vote. So even if the Republicans picked up Fitzgerald and Inhofe, they would have still needed to flip 11 Democrats to override a veto, which was highly unlikely.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Declares Bitcoin a Currency

ZipK Get your hands off my L$ (425 comments)

Is the SEC going to send virtual regulators into Second Life?

about a year ago

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Legal podcasting of commercially licensed music?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 7 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  |  more than 4 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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