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Murdoch Says, "We'll Charge For All Our Sites"

isBandGeek() Re:No Spin Zone... (881 comments)

Well, you could tag it as such.

about 5 years ago
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SpinVox "Recognition" Is Often Expensive Human Transcription

isBandGeek() Re:Bender vs Apu (226 comments)

However I find [Indians] in general to be very motivated workers and rather quite intelligent and willing to learn new things. They became the american ideal while we [Americans] have gotten fat lazy and feeling entitled.

Isn't this stereotyping?

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook Violates Canadian Privacy Law

isBandGeek() Re:Draconian Laws (179 comments)

If you're not a Facebook member and someone "tags" you in a photo, the result is an unsearchable tag. Besides, on what website do you have the privilege of pre-emptively removing photos of yourself? This is not a problem with Facebook: it is a problem with the Internet. Tough luck.

more than 5 years ago
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Minn. Supreme Court Upholds City's Right To Build Own Network

isBandGeek() Massachusetts doesn't affect me (252 comments)

That's fine if you live in Massachusetts, but most of us don't. Massachusetts' SC rules on Massachusetts' constitution and laws, not California's or Iowa's. Post something when the US Supremes say something about gay marriage and it will be relevant for a whole lot more people.

more than 5 years ago
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How the Obama Copyright Policies Might Unfold

isBandGeek() Re:Obama and Copyright (188 comments)

And you think these lawyers don't know the weaknesses in their own arguments?

more than 5 years ago
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The Electronic Police State

isBandGeek() Re:Is this for real? (206 comments)

Why are you so surprised that one of kdawson's posts don't make sense logically?

more than 5 years ago
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Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss

isBandGeek() Re:Yes, I'm old (731 comments)

It's what real programmers do to make 64 gig of RAM enough for anyone.

I would really love 64gig of RAM in my PC. Surely you mean 64MB?

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Overclocks New Phenom II X4 To 7 GHz

isBandGeek() Re:Still can't run Crysis! (288 comments)

Well, if it can't run Crysis, then it definitely can't run Vista!

more than 5 years ago
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ISP Capping Is Becoming the New DRM

isBandGeek() Re:So who gets rationed? (395 comments)

Isn't this basically what banks do? Loan out money they don't have and hope that their depositors won't withdraw their money at the same time? (Not that it's right for banks to do that, but just a note.)

more than 5 years ago
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Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

isBandGeek() Re:Actually more like $650... (1147 comments)

Watching the man in Redmond throw a chair across the office: priceless

more than 5 years ago
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DRM Shuts Down PC Version of Gears of War

isBandGeek() How Many More "Oops"... (598 comments)

How many more of these mistakes will people tolerate before they turn in disgust from buying a $20+ POS that stops working randomly? I know that if I bought this game (and was foolish enough to install it, DRM and all) and the DRM kicked in like this, my first stop would be to The Pirate Bay.

more than 5 years ago
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Google and Friends Release Net Neutrality Measuring Tools

isBandGeek() Re:Define slowing (126 comments)

The ISPs have large areas where they are the only high-speed Internet providers, besides expensive and high-ping satellite connections. You know just as well as I that there's no feasible way to build your own ISP. Caps are only possible because of the ISPs' anti-competitive behavior. What you're saying is, "Hey, DeBeers has a business model of 'managing costs'. They can do what they want. If you don't like it, find another player (never mind that DeBeers controls 90%+ of the market) or make your own diamond mining corporation."

more than 5 years ago
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Despite Gates' Prediction, Spam Far From a Thing of the Past

isBandGeek() Incentive (198 comments)

Where there is an financial incentive to spam (there are those dumb people that click on the v1@9r@ ads, believe it or not), there will be spam.

more than 5 years ago
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Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker

isBandGeek() It Will Help The Big Three (740 comments)

Regardless, encouraging sale of old vehicles to scrapyard means that people will buy new cars. A portion of this will go to the domestic manufacturers, who at this point are not as worried about selling more cars than their foreign competitors, but rather just selling more cars.

more than 5 years ago
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Feds Plot Massive Internet Router Security Upgrade

isBandGeek() Re:Is it must me, or is that sum peanuts? (101 comments)

You're right. Compared to the size of the recent bailout, 600k is a drop in the bucket. Even 100x this would still be almost trivial for the government.

more than 5 years ago
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NVIDIA's 55nm GeForce GTX 285 Launched

isBandGeek() Re:Power Savings!! (82 comments)

What enthusiast that spends big dollars on the latest cards uses their card for more than a year?

Most people that rush out to buy these type of cutting-edge hardware replace them every few months or so. The savings realized by power conservation will never cover the difference between the two with the crowd these new cards (indeed, all new cards) are targeted at.

more than 5 years ago
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If Programming Languages Were Religions

isBandGeek() Re:wow (844 comments)

Statistically, African Americans are more likely to kill than those of other races. So the ones that don't go around killing people need to police the ones that do? Sounds like suicide.

more than 5 years ago

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Amazon Censors Orwell's 1984 From Kindles

isBandGeek() isBandGeek() writes  |  more than 5 years ago

isBandGeek() (1369017) writes "In an ironic twist, Kindle customers that had purchased copies of works by George Orwell, including 1984, found that these e-books had been erased from their Kindles. Amazon had remotely deleted purchased e-books from Kindles while claiming that the books were actually copies sold by a company that did not have rights to these books. Apparently, this isn't an isolated incident. Other customers report that books by Ayn Rand had also been deleted."
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AT&T Imposes 20GB Bandwidth Limit

isBandGeek() isBandGeek() writes  |  more than 5 years ago

isBandGeek() (1369017) writes "AT&T started testing a new system to limit bandwidth, blaming "bandwidth hogs" (examples given: "virtual reality gamers" and "file swappers") for network congestion. Customers have anywhere from a 20GB to a 150GB monthly bandwidth limit, depending on the service they subscribe to. Any bandwidth beyond the cap costs $1 / gigabyte. To soften the blow, AT&T plans to provide customers with a bandwidth measuring tool.

Some were complaining about Comcast's 250GB cap a while back. But now a 20GB cap? Bye, Netflix."

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Scientists To Post Own DNA Sequences to Web

isBandGeek() isBandGeek() writes  |  more than 5 years ago

isBandGeek() (1369017) writes "With shocking disregard to their personal privacy, at least 10 people volunteered to release their entire medical records and DNA sequences in order to get their DNA decoded and analyzed. Will this cause them problems with insurance companies? Will their relatives' privacy also be compromised? Program founder George Church plans to expand this program by asking for 100,000 more volunteers."
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MPAA sues for injunction against RealDVD

isBandGeek() isBandGeek() writes  |  more than 5 years ago

isBandGeek() (1369017) writes "Nearly a month ago, it was reported that RealNetworks, a company best known for its media player, RealPlayer, started selling RealDVD, a piece of software that copies DVDs to your computer. Though there are freeware alternatives, RealDVD appears to be simpler to use for most consumers. Interestingly, it adds more DRM to the copies that it makes, restricting their use to 5 Windows PCs.

Apparently, even those restrictions were not enough to appease Hollywood. Yesterday, the studios sued RealNetworks for violating the DCMA, seeking an injunction and damages. The MPAA's general counsel was audacious enough to state:

RealDVD should be called StealDVD. RealNetworks knows its products violates the law and undermines the hard-won trust that has been growing between America's movie makers and the technology community.

Funny thing. I haven't heard anyone here or elsewhere in the "technology community" praising the MPAA."
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Chinese iPhone to be released without Wi-Fi and 3G

isBandGeek() isBandGeek() writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bandGeek() (1369017) writes "China Mobile, a wireless carrier prominent in China, has requested that Apple ship a modified version of the iPhone with the Wi-Fi and 3G chips disabled. It is speculated that China Mobile wishes to keep tech-savvy citizens from unlocking their phones and using them with its competitor's (China Telecom) network. Strangely enough, China Mobile seems to be ignoring the thriving black market for smuggled and fake iPhones. The crippled, offical version of the phone will be inferior to the ones currently in circulation, much like how retail copies of software containing DRM are inferior to their cracked counterparts."
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Apple Censors App Store Rejection Notices

isBandGeek() isBandGeek() writes  |  more than 5 years ago

isBandGeek() (1369017) writes "After a few reasonable App Store bans, such as the ones on I Am Rich and NetShare, developers started complaining about excessive restrictions on applications like Podcaster and MailWrangler, supposedly because they provided "duplicate functionality". In response, Apple rubbed salt in their wounds by slapping non-disclosure agreements on application rejection notices. Now developers are not even allowed to tell their fanbase that Apple decided to withhold approval for an application. Is Apple confident that Google's open platform Android won't be much of a threat?"
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