rcharbon (123915) writes "I had the apparently naive expectation that I’d retain some small scrap of privacy by using the TurboTax desktop app instead of the web version. However, their failure to keep a certificate revocation list up to date revealed that Intuit installs third-party cookies from Neustar, an ad service that “provides audience insights that increase online advertising relevancy through the power of verified offline consumer data.”" Link to Original Source top
Self-published, DRM-free Louis CK video is a smash
rcharbon writes "Comedian Louis CK sold his latest one-hour special online for five lousy bucks. In this post he tells us how his experiment with bypassing the Man and offering unrestricted content at a good price has worked for him (hint: Louis actually uses the word “happy”)" Link to Original Source top
rcharbon writes "HarperCollins, by placing a cap (26) on the number of times a library can lend a book, is telling us what they think reading an ebook should be worth. The answer — about $1.15. As a writer/publisher, I've adjusted my prices accordingly." Link to Original Source top
rcharbon writes "Apple is forcing users of the new Shuffle to use the crappy earbuds provided with the unit to control the player, or wait for new headphones that will include licensed proprietary technology, with an additional cost that's passed on to you, of course. The wonderful $80 Sennheisers I already own won't work properly.
I wonder how the Apple fanboi will justify this?" Link to Original Source top
rcharbon writes "The iPod would be a lot more useful as a tool for runners in training if you could use it to measure repeat intervals, with the iPod beeping when the interval is done. The way things are now, when you're listening to music you can't hear your watch beep. Read this for details, and if you agree, how you can influence development..."