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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

aitikin Re: Wow ... (417 comments)

And Apple Stores ran the card AGAINST their cardholder agreement (which states you cannot run a card for a declined charge again on the same business day, even though everyone does it), so Apple is out $300k.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

aitikin Re:Good grief (98 comments)

The acronyms are fairly common and the terms make perfect sense if you've ever admined (and even if not for many purposes) a Linux system.

about two weeks ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

aitikin Re:Even versions of Windows the good ones? (346 comments)

I'm kind of lost on your choice of numbering. I would say that even versions suck and odd versions are great, but I don't know which one your referencing with each number. In my eyes, it's safe to say that every other major one

I guess I've always been confused about the numbering. Considering Windows 3, then there was 95, 98, 98SE (Second Edition, which was rock solid IMHO), ME (which was so awful I can't blame them for trying to forget it ever happened), XP, Vista, then we have seven. Even if you discount 95-98SE as 1 version of Windows, that gives us, 4 (95-98SE), 5 (ME), 6 (XP), 7 (Vista), then Windows 7Guess I'm kinda lost. Or are we supposed to treat 95-ME as all one version? That'd be kinda idiotic considering ME was definitely way different (ME took real DOS away for the first time, in case you're unaware), and even in 9x Windows versions there were some serious differences.

about three weeks ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

aitikin Re:Good for them (138 comments)

define sold out, they're fairly wealthy, adding another distribution channel isn't really selling out...

No, but taking away distribution channels for money is. You could, as of last check, watch all the episodes online on Now you will only have select episodes and new episodes. That sounds like selling out to me.

about three weeks ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

aitikin I have to wonder (239 comments)

If Google is really just trying to show how flawed this is. After all, if you search him (I popped over to as I'm in the US) that blog certainly does not come up, but about the entire first page of hits (especially if you throw bbc in as well) is about how that page will not come up because of this ruling...

about a month ago

Google Acquires Curated Music Service Songza

aitikin Re:What? (45 comments)

> (I've seen vinyl rips in FLAC where each track is upwards of 350MB)

That's a stretch.

192Khz * 24-bit = 576KB/s = ~35MB/min

350MB would be 10 minutes long uncompressed

That's for one track, not stereo. It would actually be about 69.12 MB/min or 4.14 GB/hr uncompressed, so, using conservative estimates, 3.105GB/hr FLAC.

Most people are wise enough not to bother with 192KHz, although some could argue for 96KHz, which still puts you at about half of the figures I stated above for a stereo track. 350MB is a 35 minute album done in 44.1KHz/16 bit at uncompressed or likely 44.1KHz and 24 bit done in FLAC or with really good FLAC compression, 48 KHz/24 bit.

This brings up a quick question for the GP, Joe, with the size of hard drives/solid state these days, why should you be so worried about file size? Audio quality makes a big difference in both perception and experience. 350MB for a high quality (audio quality not necessarily musical) album is a better way to enjoy a good (musical) album than a crummy 256 kbps MP3.

about a month ago

Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

aitikin Re:No voice control? (88 comments)

Or someone pays for a license for speech to text implementations. Just because it's Linux, doesn't mean there can't be commercial software on it, commercial licenses available, etc. The kernel should not have non-open source code in it (although, there's ways around this ala nVidia drivers), but other than that, why would it matter that Linux doesn't have open sourced speech to text and patents aren't in the public domain?

about 1 month ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

aitikin Re:No (218 comments)

Not only is it NOT A MOTORCYCLE! the person talking about it has never ridden a motorcycle.

which is easier on the driver's legs than putting a foot down the way you do while riding most motorcycles.

First all motorcycles. Not most. Second. Who the hell ever pulled up to a stop while riding and thought "Fuck. I have to put my feet down again!"?

Not all. Like it or not "trikes" are considered and labelled motorcycles. As such, your statement is not accurate.

Second, I know a number of people who dislike it due to weaker legs/ankle injuries/etc (and thus, are attracted moreso to the trikes, which, for the record, I HATE).

about a month and a half ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

aitikin Re:Good! (619 comments)

I would love a breakdown of where ALL current taxes go, but it's not going to happen. In general, they likely go into a broad fund, from where it gets spent and becomes difficult to track specific funds. As much as I'd like to see everything earmarked appropriately...I'm not holding my breath.

about a month and a half ago

Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

aitikin Re:Kind of see their point... (207 comments)

So if you're using my server without my permission and I tell you to stop right away, you're going to be extremely distrustful of me in any attempts of "amicable negotiation" later? Shouldn't I be the one distrustful of you?! (Or, in the non-analogous format, shouldn't IKEA be distrustful of someone using their property without permission?!)

about a month and a half ago

Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

aitikin Re:Kind of see their point... (207 comments)

Yes, that's the wrong way. Allowing lawyers to run free and wild without any thought towards what it's going to look like when you're major fan base starts hating you.

No, that's the ONLY way in the US from my understanding (IANAL). They have a legal requirement to use and defend their trademark or they will lose it.

about a month and a half ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

aitikin Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

If the customer issues a chargeback, Chang's doesn't have a leg to stand on.

If the bank doesn't side with the merchant -- photographic evidence is sufficient for any court...

Bullshit. I'm in sales, my company's lost chargebacks with "photographic evidence" plenty of times. The bank sides with their client, the customer almost all the time.

about a month and a half ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

aitikin Re:Chip & Pin (142 comments)

Minimum purchase requirements are against the agreement the organization has with the credit card company* (in the US) which is why you can pay for a pack of gum with a credit card.

*Mind you, you'll still see plenty of smaller stores putting a minimum on purchases with CCs. They pay a larger transaction fee than big chains typically.

about a month and a half ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

aitikin Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

Doesn't matter to the bank. If the customer issues a chargeback, Chang's doesn't have a leg to stand on.

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

aitikin Re:A very interesting thing to do - however. (211 comments)

You're thinking trademark. Pretty sure patents do not have a "must defend" clause. In trademark, it will be invalidated if you don't stay on it and pursue anyone misusing it (Kleenex will come down on any magazine/newspaper they see that doesn't put after their trademark because if they don't, they can lose that trademark).

about 1 month ago

How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

aitikin Re:If people would fight their tickets... (286 comments)

Buddy of mine fought 3 or 4 different tickets (all at the same time, one was a legit ticket, doing 60 in a 45) in Cook County recently. The tickets were going to run him somewhere above 350. In the end he left the courthouse writing a check for something just under 200 (the speeding was something like $95 from my understanding) so the court fees have gone up, but not too much.

about 2 months ago



First usage, now cell phone calling on US Airlines

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 8 months ago

aitikin (909209) writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.

While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said."

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Apple Retailer facing Class Action Suit over Employee Bag Checks

aitikin aitikin writes  |  1 year,3 days

aitikin (909209) writes "Former Apple employees say the company requires workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise."
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Inventer of the Mouse dies at 88

aitikin aitikin writes  |  1 year,28 days

aitikin (909209) writes ""The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88.

Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.

He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research institute.

The state's Computer History Museum was notified of his death by his daughter, Christina, in an email.""

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Microsoft's Creative Director Resigns

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.


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How to Choose the Better Linux Distribution?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming."

Web Hosting for a newb?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated."

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Apple recently changed their license for the OS X kernel. According to semthex's post, Apple has reworded the APSL to prevent him and others from open sourcing the kernel hacking under the APSL:

"This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 2.0 (the 'License'). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. The rights granted to you under the License may not be used to create, or enable the creation or redistribution of, unlawful or unlicensed copies of an Apple operating system, or to circumvent, violate, or enable the circumvention or violation of, any terms of an Apple operating system software license agreement.""


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