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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

ZipK ABC (Anyone But Comcast) (65 comments)

We live with DSL speed from a local ISP rather than deal with Comcast or AT&T. We'd be plenty happy to see a gigabit service from another provider!

about a week ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

ZipK Re:You like God View (76 comments)

Passing cars
When you can't see
May get you
A glimpse
Of eternity
Burma-Shave

about a week ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

ZipK Re:Pretty sad (156 comments)

I was sad when I found out he wasn't really a Dr.

He did get an honorary degree a few years ago.

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

ZipK Re:you can have my classic when you pry it from et (269 comments)

Hell, I still have a little portable AM/FM radio for when I walk the dog and want to listen to the Blackhawks or Bulls game.

The Sangean DT-200X is a sweet pocket radio. 19 presets, physical buttons that can be operated without lookig, and it can pull broadcasts out of the ether with no net.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

ZipK Re:they must hate cash, too (111 comments)

They require merchants to suck up the cost of accepting Credit cards and not allowing a company to charge more to cover the credit card merchant fees. Of course 'cash discounts' can be done but that's uncommon.

Not any more:

Beginning January 27, 2013, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories will be permitted to impose a surcharge on consumers when they use a credit card. Historically Visa has not permitted retailer surcharging, but allowing surcharging was a key provision required by merchants to settle long-standing litigation brought by a class of retailers in 2005.

There are states in which a surcharge for credit card usage is illegal, but these states typically allow for cash discounting.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

ZipK Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

Not very scientific. I'm sure most drunk drivers would say the same.

I'm sure most drunk drivers would slur the same.

about three weeks ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

ZipK The Slashdot blogging platform (152 comments)

Now that Slashdot's blog feature is up and running, I can't wait for for something that lets Bennett pin interesting pictures to the front page!

about a month ago
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

ZipK Never left paper ballots (127 comments)

We switched to permanent absentee voting the moment they introduced electronic ballots in our county.

about a month ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

ZipK Where will Uber dig? (169 comments)

Too bad for Emil Michael that the press already dug up the dirt on Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford.

about a month ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

ZipK This should be Uber's official response (299 comments)

"We are sorry that some have taken offense. Mistakes were made; words were misspoken. We can all learn something from this situation, and we are sorry if you found the remarks to be offensive."

about a month ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

ZipK Re:Buzzfeed? (299 comments)

"Reportedly" told a Buzzfeed "reporter'. Yeah, I buy it.

"Reportedly," as in, it was reported. "Told," as in, responded to the report by saying (a) he thought the conversation at dinner was all off the record, (b) his statements do not represent his or his employer's opinion, and (c) noting that his employer has not engaged in such opposition research. Nowhere does he or his employer actually deny the reported comments, and taken with claims that Uber tried to disrupt competitor's fundraising and recruiting, among other ethical questions, the report doesn't seem to extraordinary.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

ZipK Comcast PR = Comcast Support? (258 comments)

Could the honesty and accuracy of Comcast's public statements be a by-product of letting their support channel formulate the answers?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

ZipK Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

They are not the problem. It's the other email providers blocking me simply because I'm on a Comcast IP.

Most businesses would be interested and willing to advocate for their customers. Particularly in a situation that's unlikely to be isolated to a single customer's account. Comcast's bureaucracy may obscure their interest in helping their customer get this issue resolved, but there is certainly business value to Comcast in a resolution that favors the customer being able to continue operating their mail server via their Comcast connection.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

ZipK Re:Yeah right (308 comments)

In other words, they cut investment, then hear from the President, then blame the cut on the President's plan.

The reason that AT&T is pausing their gigabit rollout is that their networks are already fast enough to hear the future!

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

ZipK Re:The Constitution is Clear on This (257 comments)

States have no right to regulate interstate commerce, period. It is prohibited by the Constitution. No Law can allow them to do it, because such a law would be a flagrant violation of the Constitution.

That might be more arguable had commerce clause court precedents not hinged on whether interstate tariffs created an undue burden. Imposing a collection requirement on an out-of-state seller with no in-state nexus has been held to be an undue burden; but requiring individual customers to track, report and remit state use taxes has not been held to be such an undue burden.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

ZipK Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

Its not a loophole. Its explicitly prohibited.

Which law(s) prohibit use taxes? Not the export or commerce clauses of the Constitution, at least not as they have been interpreted so far in court precedents.

about a month ago

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John Madden's 14-inch tall NFL linebacker

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 4 months 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 a year 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 and a half 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 2 years 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 3 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  |  about 4 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 5 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 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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