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European Credit and Debit Card Security Broken

absoluteflatness Re:Canada too? (245 comments)

Visa and MasterCard debit cards in the United States are also basically directly linked to bank accounts. The logo basically just means your transaction will work as a fake "credit" transaction at Visa/MasterCard merchants who don't have debit support, or when you don't feel like entering your PIN. Or so I understand.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone App Store Rejects Find a New Home

absoluteflatness Re:Proof read (152 comments)

I can see the problem with "slashdoted," but "horn in" isn't a typo.

more than 5 years ago

AU Goverment To Break Up Telstra; Filtering News

absoluteflatness Re:Statistics? (144 comments)

To think that I was a native of a country (UK) being harassed by immigrants (Africans) about harassing immigrants (Aboriginals)!

In what way are Aboriginal people immigrants?

more than 5 years ago

Futurama Voices Could Be Recast

absoluteflatness Opportunity for improvement (260 comments)

Maybe this (or the more normal work schedule of a normal series rather than the "movies"), will get some of the voice actors to return to their original form.

I think that some of the actors (particuarly Phil LaMarr, interestingly) never quite got the hang of their old characters again.

Losing the old cast would still be a death blow to the show, though.

more than 5 years ago

Virgin-Universal Deal Offers Unlimited Music, Goes After File Sharers

absoluteflatness Re:Fairness in the EU (254 comments)

Apple uses the AAC format which is an open royalty free format designed to replace mp3. Alcatel-Lucent owns the patent on MP3. So, Apple chose the more modern and more open format. Any company can support or use AAC without paying any royalties.

You might want to check on your facts a little more.

more than 5 years ago

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

absoluteflatness Re:A DRM ban clause should be added as a constitut (1127 comments)

I think Windows is officially in the fading phase of its existence: Adobe has FINALLY (After first announcing it way back in 2003) released a 64 bit Flash player - and it's for Linux, not Windows. I think that's the first time I've ever seen a major release of anything coming out on Linux first.

Could this perhaps be because no one on Windows actually uses a 64-bit browser? Mozilla doesn't even offer official 64-bit builds, and while Microsoft gives you a 64-bit Explorer, no one uses it. In the *nix world, people who use compile-from-source distros or distros which like to keep down the 32-bit binaries actually have 64-bit browsers.

That aside, in another moment of rejoicing for 64-bit browser plugins, Java 1.6 update 12 with 64-bit support is finally officially out for both Windows and Linux. Hurrah.

more than 5 years ago

Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File Preview

absoluteflatness Re:So once the big guys are down... (250 comments)

An AC already covered this somewhat, but patents are meant to combat more than just others making money off of the patented invention.

Licensing is by far the most common route, but you can completely block the use of the invention by others for the duration of the patent if you so choose. Drug companies often choose this option, so you'll still have to wait a few more years for generic Viagra to hit the market.

Staying in the software realm, say you hold some software patent, and you actually make and sell a product using it. Now, Microsoft or Apple starts giving away a product that does essentially the same thing. The rights conferred to you by the patent still allow you to stop them from distributing the product, or force them to license the technology, despite the fact that they're not actually making any money off of it.

more than 6 years ago

Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File Preview

absoluteflatness Re:So once the big guys are down... (250 comments)

One would think that if you posted a Wikipedia link, you'd at least have had time to read the first sentence of the article: "Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law..."

Anyway, patent trolls rarely go after free software projects because they lack the money to dole out a big settlement. The various media standards and many other fairly standard features of Linux distros are patent-encumbered up the wazoo. Some projects actually have some fear of litigation and disable features or distribute source-only (FreeType's bytecode interpreter comes to mind), but that's fairly rare.

more than 6 years ago

Citrix To Bring Millions of Windows Apps To iPhone

absoluteflatness Re:Citrix is near! (172 comments)

GGP was an AABA scheme.

It just used some quasi-limerick-style syllable pattern, which is why it sounds so weird.

Citrix knows
that CIO's
won't use a product
without tons of holes
Burma Shave

Still not great, as well as inaccurate, but it's closer.

more than 6 years ago

Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTV

absoluteflatness Re:Sounds like... (482 comments)

It was clearly a d10.


more than 6 years ago

iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Share; MS Releases iPhone App

absoluteflatness Re:Innovation pays (269 comments)

According to a recent article, you may be suffering from dementia.

more than 6 years ago

UK Cops Want "Breathalyzers" For PCs

absoluteflatness Re:Right (545 comments)

At least I refrained from including the phrase "feathers, not dots".)

So close...

more than 6 years ago

The Player Is and Is Not the Character

absoluteflatness Re:Immersion... (152 comments)

I don't think I've ever heard anyone say anything like "Snake defeated the boss."

Yeah, no one ever says something like that, but people blame the character for things that go wrong all the time: "I had almost beaten that boss until stupid Snake decided not to fire his stupid gun when I told him to."

People congratulate themselves for progress and successes, but blame the game for errors and failure pretty often. I guess you could say the immersion is broken when things don't behave as they're supposed to.

It's also strange that the post specifically mentions Metal Gear, as that series is pretty well known for intentionally breaking the fourth wall.

more than 6 years ago


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