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NC School District Recalls Its Amplify Tablets After 10% Break In Under a Month

flibbidyfloo What did they expect for that price? (177 comments)

"GCS had leased over 15 thousand of the tablets (at a cost of $200 a year)"

That's less than 13 cents each. What kind of quality did they expect??

about a year ago
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Amazon Finally Bundles Ebooks With Printed Books

flibbidyfloo I wonder about gifts (135 comments)

Long after I started switching to eBooks, my wishlist still had print titles on it and I continued to receive them as gifts from friends and family that know I read a lot. I wonder if this will apply to those books that were purchased off my wishlist directly.

Of course they will only work on Kindle, since that's what Amazon sells. But that's easy enough to get around :)

about a year ago
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Romanian Science In Freefall

flibbidyfloo I'm sorry, Romania has a research landscape? (156 comments)

OK look, this may sound like trolling, but I ask in all sincerity... why does a country like Romania need to be doing basic scientific research? Let the US and China do the hard work and maybe spend your time and effort eliminating cronyism and corruption in the government in general? If I was paying taxes to the Romanian government, I would be worried about a lot of other things before I wanted a dime of it to go to a Science Ministry.

And before anyone points me to the Wiki list of scientific discoveries by Romanians, I've looked at it. I don't know how many were made *in* Romania and in this century, and I didn't see any of them listed on the "Timeline of Romanian history".

I'm not saying they can't do good or useful research... just that in the current situation, I don't know why they would care very much about this.

about a year ago
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Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

flibbidyfloo No brilliance required (743 comments)

It doesn't take a "brilliant", or even a very smart person to make the connection between "I can create accounts at will and assign them any rights" and "Those accounts can access stuff I can't".

This is why you have security procedures and audits. Dummies.

about a year ago
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Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria That Can Colonize Most Plants Discovered

flibbidyfloo I for one... (187 comments)

This is great news! Until the bacteria evolve to colonize humans!

I, for one, welcome our new nitrogen fixing overlords.

about a year ago
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ASCAP Petitions FCC To Deny Pandora's Purchase of Radio Station

flibbidyfloo Re:Intentions (229 comments)

Your analogy is incorrect. Listening to a recording is not the same as seeing the original artist perform it, or no one would ever go to a concert. And listening to a song doesn't instantly give anyone the ability to duplicate it exactly in a live performance.

Also, copyright was around long before it was "easy" to copy or steal a musical recording.

Indeed, it's a very different world; but my point still stands. Lack of copyright didn't, doesn't, and wouldn't rid the world of creative endeavors. It would certainly change the way creativity is "done". But are there no artists in Somalia, where there is no copyright law? I don't know, I've never been there. But I suspect there are at least a few, because art is part of human nature.

If you really believe that copyright the thing preventing the world from becoming a barren, artless place, where no one ever works to write a new song or paint a new picture, I guess I'm not going to convince you.

about a year ago
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ASCAP Petitions FCC To Deny Pandora's Purchase of Radio Station

flibbidyfloo Re:Intentions (229 comments)

I suspect "often" is not accurate in this case, but it's irrelevant. Copyright law doesn't encourage the artistically inclined to create. It encourages some people to try and make a living at creating. I don't have any problem with that. I just disagree with the basic premise that absent copyright there'd be no incentive to create, because IMO it's obviously false on its face.

In the time before, I imagine very few people made a decent living just by writing songs. They had to perform them pretty regularly if they wanted to eat every day. As far as I'm concerned, the idea that someone can sit down and write a song and then get paid for that one act for many years without ever again even thinking about it is stupid, and I don't think it should be encouraged.

People invented things before there were patents too, you know.

about a year ago
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ASCAP Petitions FCC To Deny Pandora's Purchase of Radio Station

flibbidyfloo Re:Intentions (229 comments)

It is not unreasonable to expect some term that allows them to benefit exclusively for their work. Otherwise there would be no incentive to create in the first place.

This is exactly right. In fact, there was no music, or singing, or recordings, or concerts of any sort before copyright was instituted and ASCAP was founded to protect the artist and give him the brand new incentive to create.

about a year ago
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TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

flibbidyfloo Just my experience (178 comments)

My wife and I used to love Tivo. We had a series 2 with lifetime, and then bought three series 3 boxes, also with lifetime. It was a HUGE outlay, but we felt it was worth it and we'd be set for a long time.

Unfortunately, this was just before they announced the new series 4, which they were keeping quiet, so they weren't making any new units. It turned out they were only shipping refurbished units. Within 6 months all three units had failed, as well as a couple replacement units. We got so frustrated with losing our recorded shows, dealing with shipping back and forth, etc, that we ended up selling the units on eBay and switching to DirecTV with their (at the time) superior DVRs.

We felt sort of like since we'd paid all that money up front for lifetimes, Tivo had our money and didn't really care about fixing the problem permanently. They just kept sending us refurbs that would fail within a few months. Needless to say, our Tivo love dried up and we won't be going back.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Who Sold $100 Million Worth of Pirated Software Gets 12 Years In Prison

flibbidyfloo Re:Nuber not that impressive (304 comments)

Just as a point of comparison, if you think $30k is an "average" salary for 4 months, you aren't living in the same America I live in.

Also, are you just pulling that $100 figure out of your ass because it seems like a lot for you to pay for a pirated program? If I were a business person in, say, Iraq, or another country where I couldn't legally buy this enterprise level software, $100 would seem super cheap to me.

I'm not disagreeing with your contention that the punishment doesn't fit the crime though, but I'm too lazy to RTFA for more detail, so I'll limit my comments to your post :)

about a year and a half ago
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The Video Game Drawn By Hand

flibbidyfloo Re:Well, shucks. (55 comments)

I think you are putting the emPHASis on the wrong word in the headline. It's "The VIDEO GAME drawn by Hand", not "THE Video Game Drawn by Hand".

Not even the idea of a video game drawn like pen on paper is original. I remember many years ago playing a game called "Pencil Whipped", which was a Doom-like FPS made entirely of hand-drawn figures on paper. It went one better though because all the sound effects were done by the creator making noises and onomatopoeia. It was awesome and hilarious.

about a year and a half ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

flibbidyfloo Re:This does not inspire confidence in me (326 comments)

I would see that movie, if it weren't billed as a sequel to Blade Runner, but just as its own thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Predicting IQ With a Simple Visual Test

flibbidyfloo Similar results = similar bias (or lack thereof) ? (325 comments)

If the test "showed similar IQ results as a classic intelligence test", and the classic test is "biased", wouldn't that mean that this test is biased? Or would it have to mean that the classic test is *not* biased?

about a year and a half ago
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What Modern Militaries Can Learn From Battlestar Galactica

flibbidyfloo ** SPOILER ALERT ** geeze (272 comments)

Label your spoilers next time :) Maybe not every nerd here knows how it all started.

about a year and a half ago
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Barnes & Noble Adds Google Play Store To the Nook

flibbidyfloo Upgraded from Nook to Nexus (82 comments)

I enjoyed my 1st gen Nook Color, but I rooted it a month after getting it and kept it that way, with the play store, etc, for over a year. But when the Nexus 7 came out I jumped ship for the "full" ICS experience. It wasn't the lack of the Play store, or the other restrictions that led me to switch... it was the underpowered hardware and the old version of Android.

If they had made this change 6 months ago, before I bought my Nexus, I might have reconsidered. But honestly I think Google's offering is a better choice. The only advantage the Nook has now IMO is the ability to read enhanced eBooks that the generic android nook reader can't. And I only have one of those, which I ripped and converted with some utility so I could still access the content.

about a year and a half ago
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Earth's Core Far Hotter Than Thought

flibbidyfloo Re:Oh noes! (189 comments)

He was talking in Fahrenheit degrees. I believe 6000 C is approximately equal to 2,000,000 F. At least if I remember what I learned from the American education system :)

about a year and a half ago
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Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

flibbidyfloo Simpsons, er, Planet Money did it (893 comments)

Planet Money did a series of stories on this very thing not long ago. They opened two shell companies, one overseas and one inside the US. They laid bare all the details of how it works with the fake board and trustees, etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

flibbidyfloo Re:Scientific basis (308 comments)

Whatever happened to I dunno, finding EVIDENCE?

Good question. Just tell us where to find evidence that he's insane...

about 2 years ago
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When Will We Trust Robots?

flibbidyfloo Now... (216 comments)

I already trust robots. It's their programmers I don't trust. As soon as robots can think for themselves, that's when I'll stop trusting them.

about 2 years ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

flibbidyfloo Twin powers = double guilt! (626 comments)

Everyone knows twins can magically feel everything the other one does, so it doesn't matter which one "actually" committed sexy crimes... the other got to feel it too, so they are both guilty.

about 2 years ago

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Sony Shutting Down Star Wars Galaxies MMO and TCG

flibbidyfloo flibbidyfloo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

flibbidyfloo writes "Sony has sent an email to current and former subscribers to its long-running MMO Star Wars Galaxies explaining that the service will be shut down in December. Here's an excerpt from the email:

We write to you today to inform you that on December 15, 2011, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and LucasArts will end all services (MMO and Trading Card Game) for Star Wars Galaxies (SWG). The shutdown of SWG is a very difficult decision, but SOE and LucasArts have mutually agreed that the end of 2011 is the appropriate time to end the game. ...
In addition, we will be discontinuing the sale of all Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game (TCG) digital card packs as of today, June 24, 2011. Loot cards will not be redeemable in the SWG MMO after September 15, 2011. The TCG will continue to operate until the final service closure on December 15, 2011."
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Training a Help Desk to Support Windows 7 ?

flibbidyfloo flibbidyfloo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

flibbidyfloo (451053) writes "My company's help desk is ramping up to begin supporting Windows 7 in a large, globally distributed corporate environment. All of our support is phone-based and uses remote assistance tools when necessary. Most of our twenty-five agents are still on XP or Vista at home, and we'll probably only have it on our work machines a month before the users do. They need training from basic differences up through providing detailed troubleshooting assistance. Of course our budget is pretty limited, and I've been tasked with finding training materials we can use to get the desk up to speed.

What are good sources for training beyond what we can get for free from Microsoft, which seems mostly targeted at the end-user. I'm looking for both computer-based materials and "train-the-trainer" stuff I can use to prepare for my classroom."
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US State Dept Asked Twitter to Delay Downtime

flibbidyfloo flibbidyfloo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flibbidyfloo (451053) writes "According to PCMag, the U.S. State Department contacted the social networking service Twitter over the weekend to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that could have cut daytime service to Iranians, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. "We highlighted to them that this was an important form of communication," said the official of the conversation the department had with Twitter at the time of the disputed Iranian election. He declined further details. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2348833,00.asp"
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Why are there so few good games for the Wii?

flibbidyfloo flibbidyfloo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flibbidyfloo (451053) writes "According to Gamerankings.com, only 15 Wii games have achieved an average rating of 85% or higher. By comparison, the PS3, which has as a similar number of ranked titles, has 42 titles better than 85%. The Xbox 360, with over 500 ranked titles, boasts 56 games rated this high. Perhaps more telling, the Gamecube and its 450 or so ranked titles claims the grand prize with 62 reaching this top echelon. I'm counting a game as "ranked" if it has at least 10 published reviews.

Is it the controllers, which offer both enhanced and restrictive options for developers? Or maybe all the best developers avoid the Wii for some reason, like its relatively low processing and graphics power, or its image as a "kiddie" platform? I'm curious what both devs and gamers have to say, so maybe the /. community can help me out..."

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