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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 a month 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 9 months 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 9 months ago
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Federal Judge Declares Bitcoin a Currency

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

A man who's administration set in motion all of the major changes that lead to the last big financial collapse.

Certainly not all of the major changes. Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, repealing key elements of Glass-Steagall. Clinton also made the mistake of listening to Robert Rubin and Larry Summers' belief that derivatives didn't need the transparency of regulated exchanges.

about 9 months ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

ZipK How do I control players in a live game? (207 comments)

They reasoned that the “use does not qualify for First Amendment protection as a matter of law because it literally recreates Keller in the very setting in which he has achieved renown.”

So if live football games are like their video recreations, how do I control the player with the ball? This will really help me with my fantasy league next year.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

ZipK Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

Collapsing companies are more profitable than growing ones - less to invest in, more of the Gross is Net. A better picture would be looking at Microsoft's Year-on-year revenues.

FY11 $69.94B
FY12 $73.72B +5% Y/Y

1Q13 $16.01B -8% Y/Y
2Q13 $21.46B +3% Y/Y
3Q13 $20.49B +18% Y/Y
4Q13 TBA

4Q12 was $18.06B, so even if revenue is flat Y/Y for 4Q, Microsoft would still show 3% Y/Y annual revenue growth.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Near Deal For Radio Service

ZipK Re:It's not radio, it's a jukebox (143 comments)

Listening to a DJ reflect the time-of-day is an interesting listening experience, whether or not you're in the same time zone. It adds variety to their program, reflects in the tone of their breaks, and impacts their choice of music. As to segues, in the hands of a talented programmer, these are art. These aren't chit-chat, these are the moments when the end of one song blends into the start of the next. They comment on the songs and they knit the sets of songs together into new, interesting wholes. As for spontaneity, it is alive and well on non-commercial radio all over the world; even on commercial radio, there is spontaneity in the presentation, if not the actual selection of music. The differentiation of streaming music services from radio isn't a suggestion that the former are without value, but that their value is very different than that of radio.

1 year,6 days
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Apple Near Deal For Radio Service

ZipK It's not radio, it's a jukebox (143 comments)

Streaming services like Pandora and Rdio aren't radio, they're jukeboxes. Even a canned playlist from another user is missing the human element of an announcer who shares his or her knowledge of the music and bands, as well as adding thought and experience into the segues and sets.There's no spontaneity in these services, no tie to the time of day or local events, no cultural gathering point. Other than music, they exhibit few of the characteristics that make good radio a great listening experience.

1 year,10 days
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Why PC Sales Are Declining

ZipK Re:That really makes no sense (564 comments)

I used to buy prebuilt boxes (HP, Dell, Acer) with Win7, and I used them as they are, with Win7 OS. But if I am required to buy Win8 when I need another box I will instead buy parts and build a PC this way - something I haven't done for a long, long time.

Dell or HP would be happy to sell you a Win7 machine:

  • http://dell.to/Qouedq
  • http://bit.ly/124B3ox

1 year,12 days
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New Revenue Model For Low Budget Films: Lawsuits

ZipK Re:Preexisting business relationship (162 comments)

I was under the impression that binding arbitration requirements could apply only as part of a preexisting contractual relationship between the parties.

The use of a copyrighted work creates a contract. Ta-da.

Except that the countersuit would be based on the claim that there was no use of the copyrighted work, hence no contract, hence no requirement for binding arbitration.

1 year,15 days

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Legal podcasting of commercially licensed music?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 3 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 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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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