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Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free

veganboyjosh Re:Screw you, Metallica! (243 comments)

Maybe not to YOU. But to whoever sold them that $16 CD full of shitty filler...very much so.

about a year and a half ago
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San Diego Drops Red-Light Cameras

veganboyjosh Re:So Floor It ! (330 comments)

There's a 4-way intersection/stoplight in a residential neighborhood in Boulder, CO that is "speed sensitive," with signs to go with it. The light defaults to green for the more major of the two streets. Stay going the speed limit or under while on the major road, and it stays green. Go over the speed limit (which is easy to do given the size and topography of that road) and you get a red.

about a year and a half ago
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YouTube Drops 2 Billion Fake Music Industry Views

veganboyjosh Re:Same old tactics (167 comments)

I'm not sure if it's still in use or not, but the way the album sales chart was calculated 10 years or so was through a service called Soundscan. The way it worked (in a nutshell) is that certain stores would submit their sales numbers to Soundscan, and then Soundscan would run those numbers through an algorithm to "calculate" the sales from other, non-Soundscan stores. I have no idea how accurate these numbers were.

There was a case I know of where one label (a larger independent label) got wind of which stores were the Soundscan stores. This was tricky information, because one album sold in these stores "represented" many more albums sold from the other stores, baed on that algorithm. So this label would send bands and artists on tour, and focus all of their in-story appearances on these Soundscan stores. This, of course, led to more sales in those stores, which tended to inflate the label's sales numbers for less effort than honest sales would have taken.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

veganboyjosh Re:Did the message spoof your email address (340 comments)

It was just my name, with the "from" address being some other address I didn't recognize. He assumed it was me because it was my real name.

about 2 years ago
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FTC Whacks "Rachel From Card Holder Services"

veganboyjosh Re:Congratulations, FTC, and thanks! (289 comments)

I believe it goes something like this:

1. charge customers for caller ID on incoming calls.
2. charge customers for the ability to hide their ID on outgoing calls.
3. charge customers for the ability to "see" hidden ID's on incoming calls.
4. go to number 2. rinse and repeat.

about 2 years ago
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Successful Engine Test in UK For Planned 1000 mph Car

veganboyjosh Re:I used to think this stuff was cool (262 comments)

That's kind of my point. You are correct; roll cages or airbags are going to help. But in the process of figuring out something ENTIRELY NEW that is a viable safety measure, commuter car traffic can become safer.

about 2 years ago
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Successful Engine Test in UK For Planned 1000 mph Car

veganboyjosh Re:I used to think this stuff was cool (262 comments)

In order for a 1,000 mph car to be approved for driving/testing by a human, i would imagine the funding agencies would require all kinds of safety gear. if, through the development of new safety tech brings us some new breakthrough that scales down/back and makes 80 mph crashes much safer, isn't that a worthwhile pursuit?

about 2 years ago
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Curiosity Rover Being Upgraded With Autonomous Sensor Program

veganboyjosh good news for @SadMarsRover (45 comments)

Does this mean that @SadMarsRover will be able to get his instagram on again?

more than 2 years ago
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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

veganboyjosh Re:Is it worth it? (109 comments)

Yup, mostly. Usually it's only something i notice either with brand new releases that a label/distro is pushing, or older collectible records that are 15-20 years old, and someone is selling/trying to collect the whole "set". There are a few releases I've gone after or even own in all the variants, but for the most part, once i own ONE release of a record, that's enough for me to say i own it and i don't feel the need to grab all the others. Usually my threshold is when i find one idon't have and it's super cheap, i'll pick it up.

I wonder if other genres do the same? I do dabble in a few others, but don't recall seeing like hip hop or electronica singles or LP's doing the same thing. Curious observation.

more than 2 years ago
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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

veganboyjosh Re:Is it worth it? (109 comments)

Closest I've ever come is picking up an audiophile magazine at a bookstore, in which there was a review of a 1 meter RCA cable that cost $5,000. That's more than I've ever spent on audio equipment in my life, combined. I don't like being a collector. I just enjoy collecting the records.

more than 2 years ago
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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

veganboyjosh Re:Is it worth it? (109 comments)

Altho i'm loathe to use the word/admit it, i collect vinyl records. i tend to focus on a specific sub-genre of one that's not uber popular, so the records i'm really after and willing to spend more than list price on usually don't go for too much. Many of my peers are into collecting every variation of a record that's pressed on multiple colors of vinyl. (ie, a label will press 1000 of a particular band's album. 500 of these will be on black vinyl, 250 on red, 200 on green, and 50 on clear vinyl.) My collector nerd friends would then seek out all 4 versions. Indeed, a lot of labels even offer a pre-sale package featuring all 4 variants, particular for these guys.

In addition to a completist mentality behind wanting to own every variant of a record, there is also a demand (ranging from "mildly interested" to "i will mortgage the house to get this") for "test pressings" of records. These are just like what they sound. There are usually fewer than 20 of these made per release. Often less than 10 or even 5. Plain white labels or possibly a boilerplate label with "artist, song title, label" info handwritten onto the labels. No printed cover. A few go to the label, some to the band, for listening to and final proofing before the "go ahead and make us 1000 copies" order is put in. It's very rare that there is a change to an album once the test pressings have been created and they are almost NEVER available for sale to the general public. I've mostly only seen them for sale after the album comes out, strictly as collector items.

The $50k asking price may be ridonkulous, but the demand for this one-off game makes perfect sense to me in light of what i've seen people get stupid over in the vinyl world.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax

veganboyjosh Re:would i rather (647 comments)

I've taught bike mechanics to adults and to kids, and have always challenged every class with "anything you can carry by car, you can carry by bike." So far, no one has come up with anything that breaks that scenario.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax

veganboyjosh Re:would i rather (647 comments)

One surprising benefit I found when I started commuting by bike was that i planned my outings much more thoroughly even when I opting to drive the car. The commute being 12 miles one way, turning around halfway to go back and get something I had forgotten wasn't usually an option. So, I got good at becoming efficient at planning where I was going, how to get there, and what other outings I could piggyback on that were around the same area at the same time. After having driven to work/grocery store/etc for decades, it was a nice refreshing brain muscle to realize had been neglected.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax

veganboyjosh Re:would i rather (647 comments)

You could run (presumably, at least some of) your errands on a bicycle.

more than 2 years ago
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The DHS's Latest Investment: Terahertz Laser Scanners

veganboyjosh Re:Sounds good. (169 comments)

Long before 9/11, i went with a friend and his father to pick up a family member of his at the airport. This was back when anyone--not just ticketed passengers--could go through security, all the way to the gate. my friend's dad was carrying a messenger bag type satchel that he got at a military surplus store. For some reason, it triggered some alarm or the other, or maybe he was just picked randomly, but the bag he had was putting off a chemical signature of TNT explosives, and he was given the option to leave the bag in his car, or not enter the secure area. All because of some residue from who knows what back when the bag was being used in the military.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Asks: Beating the Summer Heat?

veganboyjosh Re:Shemagh/Keffiyeh. (421 comments)

Good point. My father, who's been stationed around the world in various hostile climates over the course of his military-related job, has always suggested "doing as the locals do." figure out what the indigenous people of any location or climate do, and emulate them. they've likely been doing whatever they do to cool off/heat up/dry out for hundreds or thousands of years, and had much more time to figure out how to deal with the extreme climate than us.

Same goes for other living condition issues like how to light up an area after the sun goes down (when running electricity isn't feasible/worth it), etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Proposes Fighting Piracy By Blocking Ad Money

veganboyjosh Re:Here's an idea (202 comments)

It would seem that at a certain point, making the entirety of works all of the record labels have ever created available via itunes, netflix, or whatever would be the cheaper and simpler solution. I wonder what that point is. Are we close to reaching it? Have we already?

Of course, this seems simple when put into so few words, there's got to be something I'm missing. What is it? Aside from the general "Content companies only want control," what excuse would major labels give for this?

I've been buying music from independent punk rock labels for going on 20 years. I've heard from many people who ran labels in the 80's that they would much rather have distributed their stuff online for free (bandwidth, hardware costs notwithstanding) rather than sitting around dubbing tapes or spending money on plastic discs with music on them. money that had to be recouped in order for a band to be deemed a "success."

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

veganboyjosh Re:Why? (346 comments)

Emails sent to your @facebook address show up in facebook as messages.

Replies to those emails show up as emails to the address you sent FROM, originating from the @facebook email.

i only know this because i wanted to forward some photos from an email to someone i only have facebook contact info for and all this about @facebook emails had been in the news recently, so i went with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

veganboyjosh Re:Who is stalking me? (204 comments)

And when that happens, the new "Pay $5/day to see who's stalking YOU!" feature becomes available.

more than 2 years ago
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Dealing With the Eventual Collapse of Social Networks

veganboyjosh Re:Facebook *and* Google (370 comments)

I think one major difference is that the the three you mentioned, and many of the others of popular cum changed and/or gone away sites is that Google and hopefully (for their sake) Facebook have the foresight to be constantly adapting to what's needed and wanted in the user marketplace. If Google lags and someone else comes along and manages to get more direct marketable eyeballs than Google does, then yeah, they'll change and/or shrivel up as the ad dollars migrate. But how many people do they have working on this exact problem on a daily basis? I'm guessing more than Geocities ever did.

more than 2 years ago

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What Do I Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

veganboyjosh veganboyjosh writes  |  about 2 years ago

veganboyjosh writes "I got an instant message from an uncle the other day, asking me what was in the link I sent him. I hadn't sent him a link so I figured that his account had been hacked and he'd received a malicious link from some bot address with my name in the "From" box. This was confirmed when he told me the address the link had come from.
When I tried explaining what the link was, that his account had been hacked, and that he should change the password to his @aol.com email account, his response was "No, I think YOUR account was hacked, since the email came from you."
I went over it again, with a real-life analog of someone calling him on the phone and pretending to be me, but I'm not sure if that sunk in or not.
This uncle is far from tech savvy. He's in his 60's, and uses facebook several times a week. He knows I'm online much more and kind of know my way around. After his initial response, I didn't have it in me to get into the whole "NEVER click a link from an unfamiliar email address" bit; to him, this wasn't an unfamiliar email address, it was mine.
How do I explain this to him, and what else should I feel responsible for telling him?"

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