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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

nwf Re:Deals? (187 comments)

That's silly. Making products work with only your products is legal and has been going on for at least 100 years. If you get razors from company X you can't get blades from company Y. Like video games (that Apple mentioned in their argument) that work only in their console, if you get a DVD it won't play in your VCR, your AT&T phone won't work on Verizon, if you get HBO you can't record it without DRM in HD, only certain garbage cans fit into my cabinets trash drawer, etc. It's stupid to expect a company has to make their products universally compatible just because they have the industry-leading product. We have hand sanitizer dispensers and, guess what, they only let you use their packaged liquid. Only an idiot would think companies should be compelled to do otherwise.

And regarding the record companies, it was "use music with your DRM only or no music for you". So the alternative would be NO iPods or downloadable music. You'd be back having to buy a crappy album for a single good song.

2 days ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

nwf Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Jumper the center conductor of the antenna to the screw part, shorting it. Shouldn't have much range at that point and may burn out the radio.

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

nwf Linux on the desktop (106 comments)

This is just the sort of bug to get people to adopt Linux on the desktop, since it will be more similar to what they expect from Windows.

about two weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

nwf Re:UPS (236 comments)

Every UPS I've used, from cheap home ones, to full rack APC units, I've found that the batteries last about 4-5 years. The home unit needed $40 for new batteries (same OEM, not APC-branded.) They lasted 8 years, which I thought was pretty good. (And, yes, I do test it every year or sooner.) It's pretty cheap insurance and you can use the power in an emergency for things like inflating an air mattress if you have to sleep in the basement due to tornado warnings (yes, I've don that!)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

nwf Re:Remote starters are worse than you might expect (195 comments)

I'd suspect that's a safety feature, so you don't accidentally use the remote to open the trunk while driving or something. I know my car does that.

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

nwf Re:How clever is that? (319 comments)

How clever are they for listing the companies who have signed up and NOT making them a link to the company's web page.

about a month ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

nwf Re:Apparently (144 comments)

America won't learn from any country. In fact, we don't even learn from our own history.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

nwf Re: The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

I get 8 oz bottles of pure vanilla at Costco for not much more than the artificial stuff at that grocery store. I usually add extra to whatever I'm making since it tastes so good.

about a month ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

nwf Re:Nice and all (107 comments)

The three complaints I had were lack of IO pins, CPU speed and RAM. They did address the lack of IO pins, which was cool. Sure keeping them cheap is hard, but even phones have 1 GB of RAM now.

about a month ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

nwf Re:Nice and all (107 comments)

But faster wouldn't necessarily require being more expensive, or maybe add 15 cents to the price.

about a month ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

nwf Nice and all (107 comments)

If they'd only make the thing faster with more RAM. It's pretty under powered for a modern single board computer. Sure, you can overclock, but why not just up the specs and call it a model C?

about a month ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

nwf Re:ignorant rubbish (264 comments)

I was under the impression that most of the ocean bottom is actually mud / silt / muck, not sand.

about a month and a half ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

nwf Re:Total nonsense (631 comments)

Surcharges for credit cards are against ToS, but discounts for cash or some other method of payment are not, but law.

about 1 month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

nwf Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

They will credit your money back the next day, but they likely won't credit all the overdraft charges that occurred while your account was at zero due to the fraudulent charges. And since they have your checking account number, not a debit card number (which is processed by Visa / MC, meaning they are still in the loop), you don't get these protections anyway.

about 1 month ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

nwf Re: I didn't know it existed... (64 comments)

I just don't understand the $8 streaming concept. You pretty much just get old TV shows and crap movies. I'd gladly pay $25 a month for decent and current movies. I have Netflix and like watching some old TV shows, but I rarely watch movies, since it's almost impossible to find anything good.

about 2 months ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

nwf Re: I didn't know it existed... (64 comments)

I have Verizon TV and have seen commercials for it, but still didn't know what it was exactly. Or cared enough to find out. Verizon already rented movies via the VOD, so seemed pointless.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

nwf Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

Developing for any device (successfully) would be difficult without a device, regardless of platform. You can get iPod Touches fairly cheap on eBay. You do, however, need to pay Apple $99/year to be an iOS developer, however. But for that, they'll distribute all your apps for no additional charge (assuming your app is free.) Android development tools are free, but you pretty much have to have a device to do anything. Their "simulator" is worthless.

about 4 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

nwf Re:Just buy a CRT (167 comments)

Even the Wii, which does 640x480p looks crappy on a 1080p TV.

Maybe you have a crappy TV. My Wii looks great on my 8 year old Sony SXRD 1080P TV, even up close. However, it has a much better upscaler than most TVs, I'd guess.

about 4 months ago

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Righthaven's lawyers target of State Bar investiga

nwf nwf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nwf (25607) writes "Ars Technica reports that three of the company's lawyers, including CEO Steve Gibson, are the subject of a Nevada State Bar investigation. Details of the inquiry aren't public, but judges have been blasting Righthaven's legal team so strongly in court that the move is hardly a surprise."
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iPhone SDK Available ... Almost

nwf nwf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nwf (25607) writes "Apple has apparently release the iPhone SDK although the site seems to be having some availability issues at the moment, perhaps posting here will help!

From their site:

Standard Program $99
The Standard Program is for developers who are creating free and commercial applications for iPhone and iPod touch.
Enterprise Program $299
The Enterprise Program is for developers who are creating proprietary, in-house applications for iPhone and iPod touch.

Apparently, it's US only for now."

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