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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

dirk Re:Sounds more like technical short-sightedness (250 comments)

While this may be the way it worked, the issue is that they didn't tell users this. Instead of telling users "music you added manually will be overwritten" they threw up a generic error and then told the user they had to factory reset the phone. It's fine i your sync deletes the stuff on the phone and overwrites it with the stuff from the computer. It's not alright if you purposely hide this fact from the user so they don't know what is going on.

about two weeks ago
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

dirk Re:I always insist on paper for vote (127 comments)

Except they still have to be on the voter rolls. It isn't like without voter ID laws anyone can just walk up and say "I want to vote here". There is still voter registration that happens. Unless you know a specific voter and their polling place for each of those people you just picked up, you aren't going to get anywhere at the polling station.

The fact is that most of the voter fraud happens not at the polls but with absentee ballots. Of course the republicans don't want to touch those because they are used by old people and soldiers, which are their bread and butter.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

dirk I just don't understand (1128 comments)

I'm not going to rant about how guilty Darren Wilson was. To tell the truth, I don't know if he was guilty. But I just don't understand how there wasn't enough evidence to at least take this to trial. There were multiple witnesses saying that Mike Brown had his hands up and was not attacking Darren Wilson when he was shot. This alone to me is enough to at least take it to trial and see all the evidence to try and figure out exactly what happened.

Unfortunately, all of the emphasis has been on everything except what it should have been. It doesn't matter what Mike Brown was doing before the confrontation, or if he smoked pot. It doesn't even matter what happened with the struggle at the car (whether Mike Brown dove through the window trying for the gun or Darren Wilson grabbed him and pull him in the window). The only thing that matter is what was going on when Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown. If Mike Brown was standing (or kneeling as some reports say) with his hands up and not attacking anyone, then Darren Wilson murdered Mike Brown. If Mike Brown was charging to attack Darren Wilson when he was shot, then is was a good shooting. Unfortunately, with this grand jury decision, we will never get an answer to that. I just don't understand how with the witnesses that have come forward, they couldn't find enough evidence that maybe there was wrong doing to want all the evidence to come out so we can have answers.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

dirk Hydrogen will never work (293 comments)

Unfortunately, Hydrogen won't take off (at least in the US). The reason is fairly simple, gas stations don't want it to. The current gasoline infrastructure won't work as is for Hydrogen, and the gas companies and providers don;t want to retrofit to be able to handle it. Tesla has the advantage of being able to create it's own infrastructure outside of gas stations, since all they need is a power line. But with having to have holding tanks and dispensers, Hydrogen is going to be locked into using existing gas stations rather than being able to easily set up their own. Gas stations and providers aren't going to pay the money to retrofit for Hydrogen until there is a tipping point of people with Hydrogen cars, but that's won't come until there are stations selling Hydrogen to make their cars useful.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

dirk Apple is what MS always wanted to be (327 comments)

It always amazes me that people still try to bash Microsoft over the (bad) things they did in the 90s. Apple has become everything we always feared Microsoft would be, but without all the backlash and bashing. This is truly a "We're not done until 3rd party stuff doesn't work" situation that everyone always suggested MS had (and MS probably did have to some extent). They are purposely disabling an industry standard for anything other than their drivers to force people to use their overpriced upgrade hardware. Yes, you can disable this "feature" but to do so you have to disable ALL driver signing on the system, thus removing a big security protection. Apple is by far one of the worst companies as far as policies and screwing people, and yet no one ever seems to say much about it even as people still write Micro$oft. Maybe it's because there isn't a cute little way to put a dollar sign in their name.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

dirk Re:Open records isn't the issue here (461 comments)

But what is the difference between this and hiring someone under age for any other job? You can't work at McDonalds until you are 16 (in most places), so should we require licenses for all fast food employees to ensure everyone is 16? Requiring a license is entirely different and separate from making sure employees are of legal age for their profession.

about a month and a half ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

dirk Open records isn't the issue here (461 comments)

The open records request and fulfillment isn't the issue here. If the government licenses someone, you should be able to request the information of everyone with that license (although I'm not sure home information should be included since it is a professional license). This would be the easiest way to see who is and isn't a licensed professional.

The issue is why in the bloody hell is the government licensing dancers? There is no reason to do that other than they want to collect some extra fees from people. There is no professional service being offered that a license would effect. The purpose of licensing professionals is to ensure that the person meets some basic requirements. Unless they are going to try and require a minimum cup size or dancing ability, there isn't anything to license here.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

dirk Maybe we should actually penalize companies (286 comments)

The reason companies keep doing this stuff is that they have deemed it cost effective. Let's assume they get caught 90% of the time. That means that would have to pay $31500 in fines for the 9 times they were caught and would save $40000 for the time they didn't. They are coming out ahead so the fine are just a cost of doing business. These tiny little fines are not going to stop things like this from happening. At minimum, the fine should be the same amount they would have "saved"(preferably more). At best, we should start putting people in jail for breaking the law just like we do regular people who break the law.

about 2 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

dirk Re:Legal to see and do but not film (274 comments)

They can not give consent, but most laws are written to where one person has to be either over a certain age or X years older. Check out the actual laws - http://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/olr....

I am not defending child porn at all. I am saying that prosecuting someone for taking pictures of themselves nude is not helpful to anyone. If it is legal to see, it should be legal to photograph. If I take a picture of my own penis, why would I be charged with creating pornography? It's mine, I can see it, why can't I take a picture of it? Yes, if I send it out to minors or something, that is different, but in a case like this, the only thing we know for sure is that she took a picture of herself naked. There is no reason that should be against the law.

about 3 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

dirk Re:Legal to see and do but not film (274 comments)

Check out the actual laws - http://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/olr...

Almost every laws specifies that one person must be over a certain age for the law to apply. There are some exceptions, but in general the laws are written that statutory rape is having sex with someone under X age when the perpetrator is either over X age or X years older.

So yes, it would be legal for 2 minors to have sex in most cases.

about 3 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

dirk Legal to see and do but not film (274 comments)

This is my big problem with these types of charges. It is legal for a minor to be naked and have another minor see them (or see themselves). It is legal for a minor to have sex with another minor (assuming consent, etc.). Why then should it be illegal for them to take a picture during this entirely legal act? If it is legal for the person taking the picture to see the act itself and legal for the person viewing the picture to see the actual act (and/or participate in the actual act) why would it be illegal to view a picture of something you can otherwise legally view?

Unfortunately, America is all about making anything it can illegal. If something is a bad idea (which a lot of times this stuff is) that isn't a reason to make it illegal and further punish the people who are already dealing with the consequences of their bad idea.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

dirk Re:You're still getting what you were promised (354 comments)

How long did this go on for? It seems if they were truly throttling based on usage, you would have very quickly dropped out of the high usage group if your turn around time was 8 days.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

dirk You're still getting what you were promised (354 comments)

I don't have any issue with this. Netflix did the smart thing and under promised and over delivered. They said it would be between 1 and 3 days and strived to always be 1 day. Now, there will be a limited time when it will be more than 1 day (really, this only affects if they get a disc on Saturday as they would have went out on Monday and now will go out on Tuesday). This is still within the limits they promised. Sure, it's not ideal, but I just don't see any reason to get outraged over a change that will only affect 1 day out of 6 and still keeps them within their promised timelines.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

dirk Cost of doing business (91 comments)

The thing I haven't seen addressed (and probably never will) is exactly how much money Apple was able to make from this. My guess is that they benefited far more than 450 million dollars from this. So if that is the case, why would they not do the same thing again since they came out ahead in the long run? You can't make the penalty less than what the company made by breaking the law, as it just becomes a cost of doing business at that point. If they don't get caught they make a boatload of money and if they do get caught they just make less money (but still make money).

about 5 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

dirk Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

Please back up your assertions with some facts. I don't buy for a second that men are more likely to be the victims of violence, intimidation and other physical threats. Men are more likely to do all of those, but they are more likely aimed at women. Was was the last time you logged onto XBox live and didn't hear some called a pussy or a girl or a faggot or some other slur? You know what every one of those are? You are basically calling the person feminine which is only an insult if you believe men are superior to women. When was the last time you worried about being raped walking home at night? Or being roofied in a bar?

Yes, not all men are like this. But all women have to worry about it. That is the point of the #YesAllWomen tag. You may not be a rapist or a violent person, but women don't know that. Th best way to put it is let's say 1% of men are violent towards women (which is probably low). You claim women shouldn't assume you are because it is only 1%. I have a big bowl of M&Ms and only 1% of them are poisoned. I happily invite you to try some, since only 1% of them are poisoned. Are you going to eat any? No you are going to worry your ass off and not touch any of them. And that is what women live with every day.

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

dirk Re: Camera gun (765 comments)

The thing is, there are plenty of restrictions on the first amendment. You can't yell fire in a crowded theater. You can't slander someone. You can't commit fraud via telling someone something that isn't true. And no one has any problems with these common sense restrictions. But the minute you mention something like background checks with regards to guns every gun nut immediately starts screaming about restricting their rights. For some reason the second amendment is some kind of sacred amendment that no one can even think about putting common sense restrictions on. They rest of them? Who cares as long as we have the second.

about 7 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

dirk Re:It gets worse (340 comments)

This sounds great but the math doesn't work out. If most people watch 17 channels let's say it's really 13 channels they have to pay 4 (removing the big 4 over the air channels). Let's assume they watch 2 shows on each channel (which seems fair). Most shows have 22 episodes a season (yes, some have less but then you also have daily shows and weekly shows that go all year). So 26 shows times 22 episodes times 3 dollars = 1716 dollars a year or $143 dollars a month. That is more than most people spend on cable per month. And that is the average, so half the people will spend more than that (and possibly even more than half since my assumption of 2 shows per channel may be low).

about 7 months ago
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Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

dirk Re:Activist investors (208 comments)

Only if you believe their only purpose to to make money. Schools are not corporations in that they have other interests besides making money. There is something called contentious investing where you only invest in businesses and industries you believe are worth investing in. You may give up a little money by not investing in coal companies or tobacco companies or for profit prisons or whatever industry you feel isn't worth your money, but you gain a small amount of leverage by taking money away from those industries.

Sometimes morals are more important than money.

about 7 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

dirk Re:Stupid gimmick, and I even don't care about gun (1374 comments)

To me, you are the perfect person for this type of gun. Your gun currently sits at the range. With a standard gun, if it gets stolen, they can then use it for anything they want. You don't have to worry about using it in your home for self defense or anything like that. So with this type of gun you can still use it at the range when you want but if it ever is stolen, the thief couldn't use it for anything. This gun isn't a good replacement for people who feel they need protection at all times with them (of course I think most of those people are paranoid and are idiots for not keeping their gun secured). But it is a perfect weapon for someone who goes to the range once and a while to shoot. It at least starts to cut down on illegal guns by taking at least a few of them out of circulation since if these guns are stolen they are useless.

about 8 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

dirk Re:They're nuts but right (1374 comments)

These are all very good reason why you might not want to buy one of these weapons. None of them are good reasons why we should try and harass the company to not even produce these weapons. I don't own any guns, but if I felt like I needed to buy one, I would look into something like this. This seems like a wonderful product (assuming ti actually does work as advertised) but gun nuts are too busy screaming about "don't take my guns" to bother to even see the upside. I agree it is not a full replacement for standard guns and I don't think it should be legislated to be the only option, but that in no way means it shouldn't be available either.

about 8 months ago

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Apple to shut down Lala on May 31st

dirk dirk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dirk writes "Apple will be closing the Lala music service as of May 31st. They will transfer any remaining money in user's account to iTunes, and will credit user's (via iTunes) for any web songs that were purchased. It's a real shame, as Lala was a much better music service, offering songs in straight MP3 format. Their web service was innovative and ahead of it's time. And they were one of the few places that would let you listen to an entire song to sample it (after 1 complete listen, you then could only hear a 30 second sample)."
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