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Apple Converting Trial and Pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture To Full Versions

whoop Re:Not a Dick Move (134 comments)

Yes, they should! And investments need to demand more money/refund you money if they go up/down on their markets. Oh, you bought Google stock when it was $5/share? Well, it's $1015 today, so pay up, buddy!

Then there won't be any more Wall Street crises and everyone will be happy.

about a year ago
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Arrest Made In Webcam Highjacking Extortion Case

whoop Re:That's incredibly creepy (311 comments)

If we're throwing away definitions, why not call it mass genocide, detonating WMDs, or even worse, patent troll?

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

whoop Re:Not family sharing, more like account borrowing (263 comments)

Your friend list on Steam details what said friends are currently playing. If it's one of your games, then you can send them a message that you're going to boot them off so they can save quickly. This isn't rocket surgery folks.

Of course, just because the function is built into Steam, it's still up to each individual publisher/developer to enable it for their games. That'll be the biggest stumbling block, I'm sure. Indies will quickly adopt it, leaving the big publishing houses to only have it for their new games from this point forward.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

whoop Re:Superlatives are superlative! (104 comments)

Totaling up the numbers on the page, only $2.1 million are pre-orders ($695 and up). The remaining donations bring the total to $3.1 million. So, I guess they have mystery-backers that are not on Indiegogo that they add in. Or are they just fudging the numbers? Nobody knows, you just take their word for it.

But, as far as proven crowd-sourced backers, they've raised $3.1m. That's on-par with several Kickstarter projects (Doublefine's adventure, Wasteland 2 come to mind). Ouya brought in $8 million from the general public.

about a year ago
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Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

whoop What's the deal with this "spying" stuff? (216 comments)

Why are people so hell-bent on saying MS will spy on you masturbating in your living room with this Kinect, when Microsoft has been making an operating system, webcam hardware, drivers that connect the two for many, many years? Really, if spying on everybody is what they're out to do, they would have far more options doing it via Windows rather than the small percentage of the general population that has an Xbox.

about a year ago
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Google Posts Images, Binaries For New Nexus 7

whoop Re:Same moronic moaning (80 comments)

... but they could.

That's the entirety of every fear-mongering article of anything in the tech sector. Sure, right now DOOM is the latest awesomeness in graphics, but they could release their next game as a text adventure. That will be the end of graphics entirely. We cannot stand for this! We must revolt now, before the end is here!! Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhh.

about a year ago
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Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts

whoop Re:Is this realy that hard (91 comments)

It's hard to go wrong with Ting. Just with the month-to-month billing, one month might be high, next month could be low. It's much better than every other plan's high rates every month. With a little modification to my behavior (not downloading 100MB podcasts on the cell network), I had gotten my plan down to around $20 a month.

Another weird thing, apparently Sprint was slowing down old phones in my area. My EVO 4G was ok, getting 300-500 kbps when I first got it. A few years down the road, it's pulling 50-150kbps. I had been waiting 4 years for WiMAX 4G to come to my area with no luck. Why upgrade to a better phone, when the network is so sucky and moving to LTE means it'll be another 10-20 years for it to come to my area?

I bail on Sprint, and go to Ting. After a year there, I noticed the Galaxy S3's prices on eBay are reasonable now. I make the upgrade. The first thing I did was a speed test. It's doing 1500kbps. WTF? The old EVO was barely chugging along mere seconds ago. If Sprint wasn't so stupid, I guess throttling old phones to entice me to upgrade, I wouldn't have bailed on them. In the end, I win.

about a year ago
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Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

whoop Re:They're going for gameplay. Again. (335 comments)

My brother had his Xbox360 over to the house, and I had a chance to compare a game (Saints Row 3) against my PC plugged into the TV. What I've been taking for granted with a modernish PC (AMD 965 CPU, with a 6870 video card), has graphics so far more advanced than what the 360 can put out it's amazing. The Xbox One and PS4 will have the same sort of graphics as this (and it's much needed), but will stay at this level for another 5-8 years while PC technology increases.

DRM on the PC side seems to have come around in the last few years. There is much less of a concentration on number of installs and such, many games patched to remove those types of DRM. Steam's DRM is unobtrusive and welcomed by many gamers. Yet the console makers want to get even more stringent, letting you register a used game for only $52. Yeah, I'll wait 3 months for it to be 25-75% off on Steam, thank you very much.

about a year and a half ago
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Aereo Ruling Could Impact Pandora

whoop Re:Playing back a recording (107 comments)

Do two eyes watching it count as a public performance?

about a year and a half ago
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Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

whoop Re:Benchmarks are nice, but... (305 comments)

It should be enough to handle the vast majority of the Xbox Live/Playstation Network type games though. I think that would be the niche they need to aim for, not the next Call of Assassin's Effect Yearly Sequel 43.

I think convincing devs to port to it will be the hardest thing for them, though. I'll wait and see before buying.

about a year and a half ago
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Why AppGratis Was Pulled From the App Store

whoop Re:Plain-text EULA (146 comments)

All this App-Store shenanigans, and yet time and again, developers refuse to port stuff to Android for fear of some extra work (fragmentation). Hitching your wagon to such an unstable horse seems awfully dangerous for a business model.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft: the 'Scroogled' Show Must Go On

whoop Re:really (286 comments)

Is there a scroocrosoft.com domain? No. Therefore, Microsoft isn't scrooing anyone! Duh.

about 2 years ago
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Google Announces 2,000 Schools Now Use Chromebooks, Up 100% In 3 Months

whoop Re:As a teacher... (96 comments)

But, but, making kids learn to use a different product?? That is just Ka-Razy! Kids need to only know one product and that is all. Why, if they learn to navigate menus in too many different applications, they're liable to go and use something that doesn't make me money!

It's been a long while since I left the tech-support field, but that was one of my biggest pet peeves. Far too many people, who's job is to use a computer, just learn "Hit Alt-F, S, type document.doc, press Enter" and do not truly know what saving a file is, how to use a file/directory structure, etc. Drop another program in front of them, and they are completely helpless.

about 2 years ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

whoop Re:Even crashes the crash reporter! (425 comments)

To Apple's credit, they have received 0 reports from users of this crash. So, it can't be that important, right?

about 2 years ago
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Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow

whoop Re:Contract term (475 comments)

And that's why non-contract services like Ting are going to become more popular. I was paying $150/month for me and the wife's phones with Sprint (cheapest 'round here at the time) plus $100 for the phone that was on sale.

I switched to Ting, and the highest my bill has been is $60, average $30, plus ~$200 for a simple Android phone. So take your "subsidized" phones and shove 'em. I now just turn on the hotspot on my phone and use a Nexus 7 for everything. I don't need a super-powerful phone when I've always got my N7 with me.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Warned of a JSTOR Death Sentence Due To Swartz

whoop Re:OK, 35 years, then... (390 comments)

Show me a case where someone was indeed sentenced to 35 years + $1 million. It's the theoretical maximum that CAN be applied. The entire judicial process is a negotiation. Prosecutors start at the max, defense lawyers start at the minimum, and they try to come to some middle ground.

The only way he'd get the maximum is if he defied the court's orders, refused to cooperate in any way, spit on everyone at the courthouse, went on the run, and more.

about a year ago
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New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

whoop Re:Or the reverse (899 comments)

Here's the story of one woman trying to get a 42nd trimester abortion. It's out there if you open your eyes.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Sidesteps App Store Business Model, Plays Back MP3s From Safari

whoop Re:No Breach (114 comments)

The important thing to remember here, though, is ... it could! Duh-duh-dunnn, cue overly dramatic chipmunk.

about 2 years ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

whoop Re:Love my kindle and my Nexus 7 (465 comments)

Yes! YOU MUST! That is the only way! Aren't you listening?? There are not and there will never be paper books. Do it NOW!!

about 2 years ago

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Team Fortress 2 to get micro-transactions

whoop whoop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whoop (194) writes "Valve has announced that Team Fortress 2 will be getting a new Mann Co. Store to buy trinkets with real money. TF2 is the first game to use this new Steam Wallet, but the money can be spent on anything in Steam, including full games. This would open them up to featuring gift cards, micro-transaction games, etc. as well."
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Google Voice rejected for its dialer functionality

whoop whoop writes  |  more than 5 years ago

whoop writes "From TechCrunch, "In a letter to the FCC today, Google disclosed previously unpublished information about Appleâ(TM)s rejection of their Google Voice application... 'Apple representatives informed Google that the Google Voice application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone'""
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Google responds to Slashdot story

whoop whoop writes  |  more than 5 years ago

whoop (194) writes "Google has responded to the Slashdot paranoia stirred up recently over their ToS. Basically, it boils down to boilerplate language, Safe Search, etc, just as users commented."
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Interpol unblurs pedophile's images

whoop whoop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

whoop (194) writes "Interpol has released photos of a pedophile, reversing the whirl he used to blur his face before posting the photos online. Anders Persson is quoted, "Techniques are always developing. What is impossible today is possible tomorrow.""
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whoop whoop writes  |  about 8 years ago

whoop (194) writes "A Chinese porn web site creator got sentenced to life in prison for it. From the article, "When the site was closed in October 2005, it contained more than 9 million pornographic images and articles, police said." All those images down the drain..."
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whoop whoop writes  |  more than 8 years ago

whoop (194) writes "These days I find myself using multiple PCs from more and more places/computers. I don't want my important apps to be necessarily confined to one computer. So I've been hunting for more web-based apps instead of desktop-confined ones. After perusing Sourceforge and Freshmeat quite a bit, and coming up with a bunch of version 0.00001 programs from 1998, I'm looking for more targetted input in this quest. Are there any decent (doesn't have to have 5 million unused features) personal finance applications that are web-based people have used?"

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