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Instagram "Likes" Worth More Than Stolen Credit Cards

jours Re:Who is getting ripped off here? (106 comments)

That's why I said "almost all." Many will see it immediately, most will see it eventually, and some may never see it. Still far, far better than sending to an e-mail list or hoping the user will (register and then) post in your comments section. It works and we prove it every day. And if it builds Facebook's business then all the better.

about a year ago
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Instagram "Likes" Worth More Than Stolen Credit Cards

jours Re:Who is getting ripped off here? (106 comments)

They're useful on Facebook. If I have 1000 likes for my show and I post something new then almost all of those 1000 are going to see it in their newsfeed. If I send 1000 e-mails only maybe 15% of them will open it. And I paid to send the e-mail.

about a year ago
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Instagram "Likes" Worth More Than Stolen Credit Cards

jours Re:Do the CCs work? (106 comments)

I stopped doing this when the US Post Office wouldn't take my credit card. They can't manage to get my catalogs all delivered in 3 weeks, but they've got credit card review down perfectly.

about a year ago
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Every Public School Student In LA Will Get an iPad In 2014

jours Cost (393 comments)

That's almost $1,000 each...? No wonder public schools are in trouble.

about a year ago
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Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

jours Re:Virtual Machines (606 comments)

> You take 100 employs making 20/hr sitting and doing nothing for 2 - 3 hours and you've bought yourself the cost of the PC's.

Only if you buy PCs for $40-60 per. What probably happened is the owner's terminal was connected to the failed switch, and then someone had a really bad day.

more than 4 years ago
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Government Admits Spying Via Facebook

jours Re:In all fairness... (240 comments)

Not only willingly sharing, but actually "friending" the agent. That's like inviting the agent over for a dinner party with all your friends. Yeah, sort of hard to maintain an expectation of privacy there...

more than 4 years ago
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UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

jours Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (340 comments)

In the US at least it wouldn't be a warrant or a police action. You would just file suit against the chip maker, the vet, and the guy who has your dog as John Doe. During discovery the records would be subpoenaed and John Doe would be named in the suit.

It's the same way you go after an unknown person on the Internet. File suit, name the ISP and the anonymous offender, subpoena the offender's name.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

jours Re:Dear FSF (1634 comments)

They already release a Mac mini with this OS. It is called OS X. They also release laptops, desktops, and servers with this OS. I would think that readers of a geek web site would know that. The difference is primarily in the UI later.

Multitasking is not primarily in the UI. Platform lockdown via the app store is not primarily in the ui. I would think that readers of a geek web site would know that.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

jours Re:Dear FSF (1634 comments)

I can totally see Apple releasing a new mac mini with this OS because *it just works*. Then putting a premium on future machines with the OSX variant.

Almost right. They'll release a mac mini with this OS at a *discount* to the current mini. A desktop version of the iPad...a "home browsing appliance" or some such thing.

more than 4 years ago
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Constitutionality of RIAA Damages Challenged

jours Re:still flogging this old dead horse? (360 comments)

It'll be a pirated copy.

Sure it would, but I'd feel fully justified in buying/owning/viewing it as there is no legitimate way for me (in the US) to purchase a copy.

The courts agree too. For example, Am. Geophysical Union v. Texaco, Inc., 60 F.3d 913, 931 (2d Cir. 1994) ("If the work is 'out of print' and unavailable for purchase through normal channels, the user may have more justification for reproducing it").

http://www.digitalmedialawyerblog.com/2009/12/sony_bmg_v_tenenbaum_judge_pro.html/

more than 4 years ago
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Constitutionality of RIAA Damages Challenged

jours Re:still flogging this old dead horse? (360 comments)

Where can I "pay the 2 bucks" for, say, Disney's Song of the South?

Pretty much any movie collectibles show. Wonderful movie.

more than 4 years ago
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EU Accepts Microsoft's Browser Choice Promise

jours Re:oh dear (336 comments)

The average user doesn't care. At all. I replaced my mother's computer with a Mac Mini:

Mom: "Where's the Internet? The blue e?"
Me: "Click on the compass instead."

One browser is as secure as any other to her...no matter what she does she still gets fake phishing e-mails that scare her. And to her they all have identical features because Yahoo and Facebook look and work exactly the same. The difference to her is - literally - which picture she clicks on to open it.

When people get that dialog they'll happily click on the familiar little blue e and move on.

The fact is - and no one here wants to hear it - but the alternative browsers offer /nothing/ that a regular user cares about.

more than 4 years ago
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CrunchPad Being Re-branded As JooJoo

jours Re:Tablet market seems like the ultimate niche (277 comments)

The one way I can perhaps see it working is if you either build in a collapsible keyboard, or let them work with bluetooth keyboards

Or perhaps if they have solid working voice recognition, I'm still holding out for the small form factor device that does that properly. Until then iPhones, Blackberries, Palms and such are all second devices to the computer. But if one could dictate e-mails and such into it, then a 12" tablet might start to replace PCs and netbooks...

more than 4 years ago
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MacBook Mod Gives Base Station Chassis New Purpose

jours Or... (129 comments)

Huh. I see the top case with the keyboard in one of your pictures. So for less than $200 shipped (and a lot less work) you could've bought the bottom case and a replacement screen and built a laptop.

Of course then you wouldn't be on slashdot.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

jours Re:Well.. (450 comments)

From one of TFAs...

This is not the first time that the NSA has partnered with Microsoft during Windows development. In 2007, the agency confirmed that it had a hand in Windows Vista as part of an initiative to ensure that the operating system was secure from attack and would work with other government software. Before that, the NSA provided guidance on how best to secure Windows XP and Windows 2000.

I'd say those collaborations were somewhat less than successful. Seriously, I'm not sure a back door is really what we should be concerned about here.

about 5 years ago
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Psystar Crushed In Court

jours Re:Psystar winning would be terrible for Microsoft (640 comments)

Oh really? Why then is Microsoft trying to clone everything apple is doing? Zune, Microsoft Store, the new "iPhone killer" windows mobile, etc, etc

Don't forget Windows 7. Inexplicably the only thing they haven't tried to clone is those clever Mac ads.

about 5 years ago
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Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks May Be Illegal

jours Re:Mines a vodka and red bull... (398 comments)

Karma be damned: Yes, it has worked out better. Sixty-plus percent of Americans drink alcohol (CBS) while only about 7% use illegal drugs (White House), and that includes marijuana.

The "war on drugs" has its problems to be sure, but it certainly does reduce drug use in the general population if only because it chokes the supply.

about 5 years ago
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Are Software Developers Naturally Weird?

jours Re:Asperger's syndrome. (579 comments)

Women with big tits /are/ better at everything. That's why we favor them in our hiring process.

more than 5 years ago

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Tokyo Man Marries Avatar

jours jours writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jours (663228) writes "Japan's Internet community has witnessed relationships and marriages to avatars, though it's typically been within the confines of the virtual world. Last month, Sal decided to be the first human-to-avatar union. Clad in a white tux, Sal married Nene in front of some friends and Web users watching the ceremony live online.

This can't be healthy...can it?"

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CrunchPad Finally Finished - Project is Dead

jours jours writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jours (663228) writes "For those of you following the development of the CrunchPad — a 12.5" browser-centric tablet started by Michael Arrington and TechCrunch — it's finally finished. But it looks like it will never be released because of an IP and ownership spat with their partner, Fusion Garage.

Bizarrely, we were being notified that we were no longer involved with the project. Our project. Chandra said that based on pressure from his shareholders he had decided to move forward and sell the device directly through Fusion Garage, without our involvement. Err, what? This is the equivalent of Foxconn, who build the iPhone, notifiying Apple a couple of days before launch that they'd be moving ahead and selling the iPhone directly without any involvement from Apple.

"

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Man levitates outside the White House

jours jours writes  |  about 7 years ago

jours (663228) writes "A number of news outlets are running the story about this guy levitating outside the White House. Unfortunately I wasn't in DC to see this happen so my co-workers and I are all as baffled by this as the guys in the video. Did anyone see this in person? Can someone please explain the trick here?"
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