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Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

lenroc Re:Check your EULA... you probably can't sue (404 comments)

Our wonderful, conservative-activist Supreme Court just ruled today that any company may stick a line in their EULA stating that by using their product, you forfeit the right to sue, and must instead use a private arbiter of the corporation's choice.

Not true, actually. They ruled that customers that have signed a contract with a clause to that effect are bound to it. AFAIK, there is no settled case law saying that a shrinkwrap EULA is equivalent to a valid, signed contract.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

lenroc Re:No cable. Just Roku and my laptop (697 comments)

Technically you DO need a TV license if you watching content in the UK - even if it's on a computer

Not true.

From another page on the linked site:

You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch programmes on your computer after they have been shown on TV.

And another, specifically metioning streaming.

If you don’t watch or record television programmes, or you only stream TV programmes online after they’ve been broadcast – through on-demand services like YouTube, BBC iPlayer and 4oD – you don’t need to be covered by a TV Licence.

more than 3 years ago

FTP Is 40 Years Old

lenroc Re:Oh please (253 comments)

Lots of people grousing about how awful FTP is. I bet not one of you will ever write a piece of software that is still hugely popular and under active development 40 years later.

Except, FTP isn't a piece of software. It's a Protocol. As far as I can tell from a cursory search, no particular FTP daemon is still in wide use that was written 40 years ago.

more than 3 years ago

Enlisting Game Hackers Instead of Fighting Them

lenroc Re:DRM is evil (118 comments)

That being said, Just Cause 2 is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the Square Enix taint is already there, and you get half a game out of the box with the rest being released as an endless stream of DLC.

OK now I hate DLC as much as anybody, but I don't really see Just Cause 2 as an example of a "half game" without the DLC. Did you actually look at the list you linked? There are a few weird vehicles, a couple moderately updated guns (remember this is a single-player game), and.... not much else. It's not like you need to pay to unlock half the map.

I'm enjoying Just Cause 2, and I have not purchased and do not plan to purchase any DLC.

more than 2 years ago

Interactive, Emotion-Detecting Robot Developed

lenroc Re:Has author never used computers? (58 comments)

From TFA:

Voice recognition software is now quite a capable means of entering information into a computer system.


You guffaw, but I entered this comment with voice recognition.

Dear aunt, let’s set so double the killer delete select all

er.... oops?

about 4 years ago

Beware the Garden of Steven

lenroc Re:Don't Worry! (580 comments)

ALL Apple development tools are free downloads. Not just a cut-down version; the complete development suite with everything in it; same as every other developer uses. You can develop and distribute/sell Mac apps with Apple's tools without giving Apple a cent, and that isn't changing.

Wait, what?

I thought Xcode only worked on macs.

Did Apple start giving away free computers?

more than 4 years ago

£32k a Day For Birmingham Council Website

lenroc Re:I just took a look at their site (150 comments)

I just took a look at their site, which I thought must be amazing for that kind of money, and I found this: <meta name="ICBM" content="52.48002, -1.902805"> What exactly Birmingham City Council up to!? Perhaps the money is going someplace a bit more nefarious.

According to Google, that's Birmingham Town Hall!

Perhaps that's part of Capita's plan to ensure payment in full...

more than 4 years ago

HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

lenroc Re:2+ TB Hard Drives (952 comments)

What I want to know is... why are hard drives stuck at 2TB? Did we reach some theoretical limit? Does the laws of physics start to fail at higher data densities? Don't get me wrong, I love my 2TB hard drive, but I want more!

This could be because the MBR partitioning method doesn't work for drives larger than 2TiB, and Hard Drive manufacturers are afraid of confusing consumers with the GUID Partition Table?

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Accelerator Data Skewed Toward Elderly

lenroc Re:I trust Woz (776 comments)

Yes but the Woz case is possible bug in the cruise control software, not the accelerator.

Right, because Cruise Control Software is in no way related to acceleration, right?

more than 4 years ago

iPad Jailbroken

lenroc Re:MuscleNerd? (624 comments)

Come on, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, we all know it's you behind the lame nickname !

(Great punchline to episode 18 though !)

I'm not sure if it's the same MuscleNerd or not, but the one I've seen on the 'tubes before predated The Big Bang Theory by several years. See, e.g., this thread on TiVo hacking.

more than 4 years ago

Nintendo Developing DS Apps For School Systems

lenroc Everyone... (40 comments)

I'm not sure I see how this would help Nintendo. Doesn't every school-age kid already have a DS? It sure seems that way among all the kids I've seen lately...

Maybe if the school versions were remotely monitored? The teacher could use a DSi XL to view 93% more students!

more than 4 years ago

19th-Century Photographer Captured 5,000 Snowflakes

lenroc "Long Forgotten"? (80 comments)

I don't really think Snowflake Bentley has been "long forgotten", as the summary implies. Our homeschooled children just finished a unit study on him a few weeks ago (which doesn't prove anything of course except that he's still well known enough for there to be unit studies made available on him...).

In fact, a book about him, appropriately titled Snowflake Bentley won the Caldecott medal as recently as 1999!

more than 4 years ago

Palm Pre Is Out, Time For Discussion

lenroc Re:Pro-Tip (283 comments)

Pro-Tip: For mass market appeal, don't call your fans Pre-verts.

That's right, they prefer to be called Pre-vects!

Hmm... Too obscure?

more than 5 years ago

RealPlayer Zero-Day Flaw Under Attack

lenroc Re:SOFTWARE PROGRAM!!!11111```oneone (150 comments)

"Alphanumeric keyboard" and "computer mouse"?

Looks like someone confused verbosity with redundancy

more than 7 years ago



lenroc lenroc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lenroc (632180) writes "Steve Jobs posted an open letter titled "Thoughts on Music" on Apple.com today apparently in response to recent calls to "open" FairPlay DRM. An interesting read, in which he addresses why the FairPlay DRM was put in place in the first place, and lays out some options for moving forward.

From the article:

"A key provision of our agreements with the music companies is that if our DRM system is compromised and their music becomes playable on unauthorized devices, we have only a small number of weeks to fix the problem or they can withdraw their entire music catalog from our iTunes store."


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