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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

It's also common for people replying to posts to not read properly. I said manufacturers AND retailers lie, and in any case Apple is often the manufacturer and the retailer in this case via the Apple store. And you don't have to prove in the absolute sense that the defect was there, if you go to a County Court to make a claim against the retailer under the Sale of Goods Act in the UK, it's up to the magistrate to decide on the balance of probabilities. Generally, if you have used the item in the way it was intended and there is no evidence of physical damage, and it has not lasted a 'reasonable' period of time, they will find in favour of the purchaser.

5 days ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

You're describing the same thing twice, but just writing out the other obvious and necessary (and a few spurious) steps to completing the task. You forgot "open your eyes", "pay the electricity bill", "wear pants", "open the door to the room where your PC is kept" and a thousand and one other steps that really don't need mentioning.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

That sounds like a failure in your ability to comprehend computer systems as a generic skill when your rote-learnt windoze skillz couldn't solve the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

It's true. We should petition Apple to include optical drives on their phones like all the other smartphone manufacturers. I can't believe Apple have been so slow to address this failing.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Actually, it's common across the board In Europe for manufacturers and retails to lie to consumers about their warranty rights. The sale of 3- or 5-year extended warranties is a huge high-margin profit making exercise for retailers, who 'forget' to inform their customers that UK and EU law usually grants redress for manufacturing and design faults up to 5 or sometimes even 10 years from sale, depending on the product. Apple have been targeted because they're a very visible manufacturer and retailer with policies easily accessed on the web, and probably because they're a US company and a relative easy target. It doesn't make it right, but it is very common.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

uglyduckling Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

If the DVD drive broke right away, why didn't you take it back for a warranty replacement? And if you did, what's the problem? And if you need help with the trivial actions required to enable Trim let me know.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

uglyduckling Re:Where? (178 comments)

It certainly doesn't collapse to a vertical menu, Bootstrap-style, at least not on Safari 7.1. I have emailed the webmaster and sent screenshots. I miss the old days when the CUPS site would actually have fallen over when 3000 Slashdotters visited it and emailed the webmaster hundreds of times about this rather obvious but. I suspect I'll be the only one...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

uglyduckling Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

True, but when we're talking about an office environment producing word processed documents, spreadsheets, printing emails etc., even hardcore old school unix fans generally don't want to drop down to a shell to manage a print queue. It's one of the many tasks that a GUI is well-suited to and usually quicker to work with.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

uglyduckling Re:Where? (178 comments)

It's a classic 'responsive' layout that probably looks great at standard widths, but in between weird things happen, such as buttons just disappearing. I've edited many Wordpress themes that have this issue and I've been generally astonished that developers think that it's OK for UI elements to just disappear. It's also stupid that the CUPS website has their download button only appear as a top menu item and as a 'call to action' type button. It should also be there as a standard anchor in paragraph text since it's kind-of important.

about 2 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

uglyduckling Re:Network transparency of X has always impressed (204 comments)

I would think a KVM-type solution would be the right approach for that. Use CAT5 based amplifiers/extenders to get the HDMI/DVI signal to the right place so that they don't have to have the workstations on the shop floor.

about 5 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

uglyduckling Re:"There is no treatment" (192 comments)

Then you probably didn't have an anaphylactic "immediate hypersensitivity reaction after peanut ingestion" as the article says. If you had, your mother probably would have been terrified of putting you near a peanut ever again.

about a year ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

uglyduckling Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

Because these people tend to die when they eat peanuts. You need to know how to do it in a very careful, controlled manner otherwise people will die. Mostly children. That would be a bad thing.

about a year ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

uglyduckling Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

I agree it's based on the same idea, but this is quite a different thing. House dust antigen is relatively harmless and leads to worsening of atopic (asthma, eczema etc.) symptoms in some people. This new trial looks at treating people who have an anaphylactic response to peanuts ("immediate hypersensitivity reaction after peanut ingestion" from the article). People in this category die rapidly if they eat a peanut, which is why they carry epi-pens. Even with immediate epinephrine (adrenaline) some people could end up needing intubation and ventilation when exposed. Treating these sorts of reactions with desensitisation therapy is certainly not "standard practice" and would be groundbreaking if these findings can be confirmed on a wider scale and turned into treatment regimens for non-research settings.

about a year ago
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23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

uglyduckling scary (213 comments)

Amazing how an automated tool can spot something like this after so many years.

about a year ago
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Killing Cancer By Retraining the Patient's Immune System

uglyduckling Re:Cancer cured! (175 comments)

Dude, that's already happened. Look at life expectancy increases in the West over the past 100 years. In the UK NHS, it's referred to as the 'population time bomb' as people think that we'll be unable to afford universal healthcare in 20 years' time. It hasn't stopped all of these life-prolonging treatments to become mainstream, and the UK government still spends millions every year educating people in health improvement that actually extends life and ultimately costs more (stop smoking, reduce saturated fat intake).

1 year,11 days
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German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

uglyduckling Re:What about FAT32 (192 comments)

I don't think it's a useless file system. When I'm taking media to a conference, I have a small external hard drive with a small partition with exFAT drivers on, and a larger exFAT partition with all the media on it. That way, if there's an XP box being used for projection, I can move long video files around without the insanity of trying to use NTFS on removable media.

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

uglyduckling Re:media library (317 comments)

Ah, OK. I'm not sure why anyone would want to do that anyway, but fair enough. I want to have all of our music on all of our computers (synced via Home Sharing over WiFi) and then sync my mobile device to my laptop and my wife's to hers. That's what we did until Apple brought out iTunes Match, now we use that service as it's cheap and convenient.

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

uglyduckling Re:AIMP (317 comments)

"I can't believe that in 2013 she can only use an iPad properly with one computer" - what do you mean by that statement?

1 year,13 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

uglyduckling Re:Never used iTunes (317 comments)

Yes, I suppose if you're organising your music on a 386SX25 with 10Mb RAM, the 'tons of hard drive space' used by a flat database would be a major concern.

1 year,13 days

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Facebook campaign decides British Christmas charts

uglyduckling uglyduckling writes  |  more than 4 years ago

uglyduckling writes "A grassroots Facebook campaign has pushed the 1990s Rage Against the Machine song "Killiing in the Name Of" to the top of the British music charts for Christmas. The campaign was planned to prevent the X-Factor winner from charting Christmas number one, as has been the case for the past four years. It was supposedly a kick against the commercialism of Christmas and commercial dominance in the music scene, although Rage and Joe McElderry were actually signed to the same label. Despite this minor detail, it's interesting to note that this is the first song to reach the number one spot through downloads alone in the UK and is a testimony to the organisational power of social networking sites like Facebook. The Facebook group also asked for donations to charity, and has raised 70,000 pounds for homeless charity Shelter."
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UK carrier demands 50% markup for iPhone tethering

uglyduckling uglyduckling writes  |  more than 5 years ago

uglyduckling writes "UK carrier O2 is demanding a GBP 14.68 'bolt-on' fee each month to enable tethering with the new iPhone software, which represents a 50% mark-up over their usual baseline tariff which already includes 'unlimited data'. This is limited to 3Gb, which makes it a whole penny cheaper than just using their pay monthly dongle for the same amount of data. UK customers could consider complaining to Ofcom, the telecoms regulator."
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uglyduckling uglyduckling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

uglyduckling writes "The British Government has issued a response to a recent petition calling for 'the Prime Minister to make software patents clearly unenforcible'. The answer is reassuring but perhaps doesn't go far enough, and gives no specific promises to bring into line a patent office that grants software patents (according to the petition) 'against the letter and the spirit of the law'. The Gowers Review that it references gives detailed insight into the current British position on this debate, most interestingly recommending a policy of 'not extending patent rights beyond their present limits within the areas of software, business methods and genes.'"

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