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991 posts • joined 23 Sep 2009

FTC and DoJ toss-up on Apple subs plan 'probe'

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FAIL

Of course...

"All that is downloadable from the itunes store is the app itself. The content is still hosted and delivered by the publisher."

Of course, we could just save a lot of trouble and allow apps to be downloaded directly from the publishers and not actually be listed in the App Store at all....oh wait...it's Apple... AHAHAHAAHAHA.

Jailbreak your phone. At least then you might actually be able to use it without worrying about your apps disappearing tomorrow.

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FAIL

Additional Fail (for the DoJ if they haven't noticed yet)

"and it may be a question of examining whether Apple is abusing its position in the market."

I think the DoJ gets a FAIL if they haven't noticed yet: Apple sells music from the iTunes store, sells iBooks, and now has a newspaper "The Daily" on their platform, they have directly-competing products to the subscription-based content they're taxing. Basically, they're saying "if you want content subscribers to use our built-in subscription services, you have to pay us 30%. If you don't use our subscription API in your app, but write your own, you're banned from the App Store. Oh, and you can't charge more to have people buy subscriptions through your App. Sound a little familiar to "if you don't only sell Windows PCs, we'll charge you more per license, or not sell to you at all"? Granted, iOS et al is an Apple-defined market, whereas Microsoft did not create PCs and thus a market, but it still falls foul of a few laws I'm sure.

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Rhapsody bristles at Apple subscription grab

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Better than that

"all they need to do is refuse to mention anything Apple based or carry Apple adverts"

They could do one better: have the music industry as a whole revoke licensing of music on the iTunes store. Or perhaps get greedy like Jobs and charge a 30% "online iTunes content distribution" fee (on top of their current licensing scheme). Then we'll likely see Jobs turn into a Ballmer stage monkey throwing chairs....

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Ammaross Danan
Headmaster

Exactly

"Tithe" is the root of "Tenth" essentially. So 30% = 3 "tithes".

Spot on. :)

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Microsoft bans open source license trio from WinPhone

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Google asks US Patent Office to rethink Oracle Java patents

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FAIL

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

"both expressive material and copyright headers". Mountain View called these omissions "significant elements and features"."

Last I checked, copyright headers and other comments in a source code document have absolutely no bearing on the actual code. Sorry Google, they didn't copyright a book complete with commentary, they copyrighted the code, which is suspiciously similar/same. Best bet: prove they both came from the same source (a "how to code" book perhaps?).

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NO-SH*T CURE FOR BALDNESS discovered by accident

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Coffee/keyboard

Re:

"I can just comb my back hair over my head. Problem solved."

<--- Icon. 'nuff said.

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Peruvian spuds entombed in Arctic 'doomsday vault'

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FAIL

Note

You would be keen to note that it's the Arctic ice that's melting. The Antarctic is actually gaining ice.

Anyway, of all the places in the world, the Antarctic is most likely going to remain the coldest.

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Coming soon: Die Hard 5 - The Zimmer Frame

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RED

RED was a very good film IMHO. Of course, with Hollywood, they can make anyone look young/old (with a margin of success at least....some actors are exempted by this sweeping generalization too....).

As for content, most movies you watch nowadays are as much BS as watching "The NET" was.... "What did you do to stop the upload????" "I injected malicious code in the upload stream and caused a buffer overflow in the router that broke the Internet." "How many were affected?" "All of them...." (last NCIS: LA episode...). They seriously need to get a REAL tech consultant. Or at least become better at shoveling BS....

Either way, I'll likely was DH5, if for no other reason than why I watched Bond last time...or the time before that....and before that....

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Nvidia four-core chip to power quad-res Apple iPad

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Of course

Of course, Apple may not actually move to the "rumours suggest a future iPad will sport a 2048 x 1536 display" at all. The most compelling evidence is:

"iOS coders can add two sets of graphics to their apps: one set plainly named for the 'old' resolution and a second, double-size set with "@x2" suffixed to the filename"

However, it's far more likely they'll move to a 16:9 or 16:10 ratio since it's the current fad, and they're likely wanting to push it as a multimedia/video device for "FullHD" viewing. Granted, a 1920x1200 ratio (16:10), which is used for Mac desktops (possible key-in for portability of desktop apps?), is only 2,304,000 vs the current 1,572,864 pixels, so not quite x2. However, some liberal application of marketing rounding, consideration of "Gen2," and programming consideration of "@x2 is simpler than @X1.46484375," and one can start to string together some compelling considerations.

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Google undercuts Apple in publisher revenues dash

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Coat

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits. (previously (untitiled))

"But no....the American way is to bitch and whine and then do what you are told.

Also, if they pass the cost onto consumers buy increasing content cost I will switch."

I think your second sentence was "the American way," so likely expect an across-the-board bump to content provider pricing. Likely not a full 30%, but definitely higher than the 10% Google is charging. THIS is why everyone is whining: they buy a Droid-based platform (or even the eReader from the company) and still have to pay an Apple Tax because iFans can't live without the new shiney.

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BS

Google only taking 10% means more money goes to the true content provider. 10% is still a hefty amount for doing no more than just facilitating a transaction, but it's far closer to the realm of palatability than Apple's 30% tax. With more money going to the content provider, the actual author may (likely not) see a small bump to their royalty.

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Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers

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Coat

Workaround

Kindle isn't a workaround if they stop providing their reader for the iOS platform due to the 30% cut requirement.

Real workaround? Find something more Open.

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BlackBerry OS 6 – Red Star Rising

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Custom Button

My BB has a button on the left side that is customizable. However, the default setting is audio profiles. Press the button, and point at the sound profile you want. I usually pick "Loud", however, very easy to switch to "Vibrate Only" or "Silent" for the movies. If you're concerned about silencing a call, pressing any button on the thing (at least mine) stops the ringing. Since my holster is a stretchy-sides flip-top, it's very easy to do.

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One third of Russians say Sun revolves round Earth

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Boffin

Radiation

"The answer to the radioactivity question is more related to the impact on daily life. If you consider the question "all radioactivity that people are worried about is man-made ", then the reason for agreeing is more apparent"

One also has to consider that many of these Russians were likely alive (or heard stories from parents) about Chernobyl. This likely has skewed belief into man-made radiation, since Chernobyl was a very public man-made radioactive incident... Just because a single incident shouldn't be extrapolated to an absolute, doesn't mean Sheeple* won't do so.

* Sheeple commonly encompasses the non-educated masses

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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

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Boffin

Thread Management

"In all likelihood it would run even worse by virtue of the fact that it would be competing with the rest of the page content within the same thread for CPU whereas a Flash app could be running on a separate thread."

Thread management introduces its own additional overhead. Having something in a seperate thread just prevents objects on the page from holding up the "flash app" (kinda like the good'ol days of your cursor freezing when windows dekstop locked up....)

Either way, you're likely to get just as poor performance with two threads (browser and flash) as you would with one thread. Unless, that is, you're sporting a Tegra-based dual-core chip like the LG Optimus 2X. I wonder how long it will take for the iPhone to pick up on dual core... Well, without non-Apple-Apps multitasking, it would be more of a moot point anyway....

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Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs inbound

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But...

"Switching to Sandy Bridge processors would allow Apple to modernise the line's processor and use cheaper Intel graphics without too much of a performance hit."

But will the cost savings be passed on to the consumer? I hope so. About time they updated the Air to a modern processor.

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Malware endemic even on protected PCs

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FAIL

Antivirus vs Antimalware

Malware/spyware are likely not considered "virii" by the AV companies. If you want to keep malware off your computer, get AntiMalware products (MalwareBytes has a decent one). It's sad that AV products don't (or in some cases, just not very well) catch malware.

Tools for the job, and all that.

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Locking antlers with a network Nazi

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FAIL

BSODs et al

Apparently you have some configuration issues. Our Symantec EPP runs happily with our VI and actual end points and I have yet to see a single BSOD from it. LiveUpdates, albeit beefy (7GB for the mix of machines on our network) works fine. Reporting is great. Catches most virii, but some malware (browser toolbars mainly) still make it in. I know which machines are affected by such malware because EPP catches the virii that the malware tries to stuff on the machine, thus flagging it in the manager for me to have properly sanitized.

Granted, our setup is no where near as Nazi'd as the situation the poor author ran into, which is why the AC is getting BSODs, likely utilizing such measures.

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Microsoft sends IE9 'do-not-track' tech to W3C

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FAIL

Not a thing

Not missing a thing. IE9 don't even acknowledge load requests for "blocked" sites. FF & Chrome's method is to respond, but add a meta tag saying essentially "Here's my info, but don't track me." Don't believe it's not your info? They'll have your IP and the referrer site at the very least.

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WinPho 7 '1.1' set for March release

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Coat

FYI

You are more than welcome to dump a newer version of Android on your phone if you desire. It's out there and free to do. Whether your provider or phone manufacturer will offer any form of support on your new 2.3 install on your old 2.1 device is another matter....

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No 'tipping point' for Arctic sea ice - latest science

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FAIL

I ask you this

What was earth's global average temperature during the Cretaceous as opposed to now? Climate change happens. We were lucky enough to land in a moderate ice-age period as opposed to a warmer period.

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Google, antitrust, and the 'Copygate' hypocrisy

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FAIL

Totally misleading...

The Author of this article obviously doesn't have a full understanding of what is going on with the whole Google debacale. I totally agree with job514 and several other commenters.

"that Google's Univerisal Search setup is unfairly promoting the company's own services – including Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Product Search – over those of its competitors."

If I ran a store (say Acme Computers) and was selling MS-based PCs. Would I be required, by law or otherwise, to recommend or refer my customers to Cheap Computers down the street, merely because they came to me (the largest and most well-known retailer in the area) first? Even if their prices were lower, better quality, etc? The first result on Google shouldn't be Bing's results for what I'm looking for. The first page of Google results shouldn't be a list of scraping websites' results for what I'm looking for. It would be like having your first page of results be links to Scroogles' results for what I'm looking for... (think about that recursion algorithm for a bit!).

"de-indexed because about 87 per cent was "copied" from elsewhere."

This is blately evident (the remaining 13% is likely ads), and can be summed up with another sentence from the article: "other copied content can be very useful indeed. Foundem does copy a majority of its content, but it's a search engine," which takes us back to argument #1: don't index the result page of other search engines.

A bit of a note toward Bing's theft of index results: They aren't necessarily stealing the result and indexing it in their engine. The site was already indexed. They're merely using Google's engine ranking as an additional (albeit heavy) weight to determine it's ranking on Bing. This is an underhanded way to hide the fact that one's search ranking algorithms are crap compared to the targeted competitor. So no, their not stealing results nor indexes, their stealing the index RANKING, at which point, they might as well just be another Scroogle.

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Superphone system-CRACKING cable of DOOM ... is quite handy

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Worse Yet

@Trevor_Pott

"I think that CMOS resets are still time consuming enough and awkward-looking enough..."

Worse yet, the network admin will know the CMOS was reset (and yes, all boards support it, just pop the battery). If the CMOS was reset, then just review the security tapes (yes, anyone paranoid about booting from a USB device is likely to have tapes) to see who did it. They likely have monitoring on their firewall and can see which IP the VPN tunnel (if used) went to, which can help determine the benefactor. Of course, at that point you can press criminal charges for tampering and perhaps corporate espionage. Enough for a warrant for the connected-to network machines.

Anyway, a truly paranoid environment will have their PCs under lock and key (non-user-accessible), or at the very least be running a VDI setup of some sort.

Of course, WPA2 is still "safe" for now. The article points out that WEP and WPA(1) is easily crackable.

Now, extreme potentials out of the way, this article points out how easy it is for most networks to be penetrated and siphoned by an insider. Short of making your user's job impossible to do (blocking access to data), or extreme measures (VM farm with thin clients under lock and key, no periphrials), you'll likely always have some vulnerability to be exploited by the truly industrious.

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FAIL

Purchase?

Bah, purchase. TrueCrypt. Just be sure to leave a donation for them on the way out.

At the very least: BitLocker (yes, it sickens me to even mention it, but better than nothing [arguably]).

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Starbucks' iPhone barcode app easily scammed by screengrab

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Headmaster

Fail

You failed to actually read and comprehend the article, because the author was positing the idea of incorporating a timestamp or counter in the barcode, because the app DOES NOT DO IT ALREADY.

Please, read the article effectively next time.

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Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Why grab the phone?

Why grab the phone when you can simply take a picture of their screen showing the barcode? A bit of photoshoping/croping later, you can have a decent picture of the screen to pull up in your picture viewer.

Makes it even worse, since the picture can come from any source, likely a covert cam being palmed by someone near the checkout stand.

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Dell unveils 10-inch Windows 7 tablet

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FAIL

Fail, for two reasons

"...that's the end of Dell's Android tablets then. MS will simply not allow Dell to ship non-Windows units (not without swingeing penalties at any rate)."

1) MS isn't going to be so blatently obvious with their anti-competitive practices now.

2) Windows doesn't (yet) run on the ARM chips that the Android tablets are living on, so not much for MS to complain about besides competeting hardware (which MS doesn't make [yet] in the first place).

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

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Coat

App For That?

Perhaps someone should write an app that monitors the rear camera and alerts you to any hazards while you're fondling the slab? Oh wait...that would require allowing downloadable apps to actually multitask....

""Death by iPod" epidemic." - Evidence that technology is helping cull the gene pool.

/mines the (only?) one without the iKiller in the pocket

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Coat

Because...

Because iOS won't let user Apps multitask. Therefore, you can't download an app that can monitor your camera while you are texting. Only Apple Apps can multitask, so you'll have to wait until Steve stops saying "you're using it wrong." (of course, he'd be right in this instance, for once).

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Jackson's Hobbit movies back on track

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Coat

If it's that bad...

"But should we expect some horrific traversty for the in-between film"

If it is horrific, then it will become like the Matrix:

"The Matrix was a great film."

"Yeah, what about the sequels?"

*bang!*

"There were no sequels."

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Re

"...have you seen The Lovely Bones?"

Oh, the horror. Hopefully he doesn't screw the LOTR prequels up THAT bad....

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New desktop, new DV strategy

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Overlooks

Of course, this whole mess overlooks the management of the client desktop that is used to connect to all these remote service desktops. Basically say +1 to Win7 licensing per client, too.

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The good, the bad and the ugly

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Boffin

Networks

There is one glaringly obvious problem with SaaS however, especially full document and software solutions: connectivity and bandwidth. The medium/large companies with the resources to put into a large connectivity pipe will likely have WAN failover and the like. However, the small-to-mid-sized businesses, who would benefit most from SaaS due to limited resources, won't have the means to have WAN failover (or aggregating), high bandwidth, or even reliable connectivity from a local ISP. Moving 400KB (Google) docs is simple enough, but as data grows, the internet connection will be compoundingly taxed. Some regions only offer (crap) DSL or (highly expensive) T1-class connections, which present bandwidth issues. All this considering most small biz won't have an on-site IT tech, and will likely have an outsourced IT firm for their support anyway. These companies usually only support OS patching and physical network, charging extra (prohibitively expensive) for custom consultation or additional support.

SaaS for zero-downtime, mission critical email? Great. Local outages or clogged internet connectively won't bounce emails. SaaS Documents? Perhaps. Databases, POS, or other has-to-be-working network resources? Likely best to keep in-house. Why? SLAs for uptime during business hours, point-of-restore for backups and time-to-restore for those backups, shear bandwidth (and lag!) considerations, among others.

As a side note that no one really mentions: LAG. It can make the difference between productivity and turnover. A year or so ago, we moved from a SaaS solution to a local setup of our billing and accounts software. It ran fine as a hosted solution, but it wasn't until we deployed it locally that the users really felt the improvement. What used to take a couple seconds (yes, not very long, but forever when it's EVERY screen) was now nearly instantaneous. The users themselves were talking about how much more they could get done in a day. However, this is a database-attached complex piece of software. Something more web-friendly, such as email, isn't as big of a deal.

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First fondleslab found in 1970s kids TV sci-fi gem

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FAIL

@Bilgepipe

"Or perhaps a flat, rectangular-shape with a screen on one face is pretty much the only form factor a tablet computer can take."

It isn't so much that it's the only form one can take, and thus it Must Look Like This. It's the fact that Apple patented it claiming it was a unique "invention" having no (known) prior art. Now we have proven prior art (again), their design patent should be void.

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HP intros 'lay it flat' all-in-one touchscreen PC

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Patents

Surely, if HP is already pushing product demos, they've been working on this long before the Jobisan 2009 patent application. If it gets granted, HP should definately challenge it (assuming they didn't just read Apple's patent and decide to beat them to it).

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Anonymous pwns security firm that probed its membership

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FAIL

Since it hasn't been said yet:

"I'll stick to calling people who are accountable (to me as a voter) and abide by the law as the "good guys"."

Actually, the general population votes don't really matter. There's plenty of sheeple that will cause your vote to get drowned out. Therefore, you don't matter, unless you can convince a majority of voters to vote like you.

"And if you don't like some law (or what your government is doing) get off your arse and change it. You know you are living in a democracy?"

The USA is actually a democratic republic. Representatives are voted in democratically (democratic is basically "everyone gets to vote"). These representatives then vote on actual meaningful stuff, such as laws. Therefore, not only does your vote not really count (see above), but you're even one step removed from the true voting process for laws. And if you think you voted for Obama, you should Google "Electorial College."

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Catalans to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows

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Tossers

"surprising that Catalonia is allowing hunting with bow and arrow at the same time that it's establishing itself as a society at the forefront of animal rights"

Animal Rights activists....can't please them. If the regulation had be "hunters can go in with guns and shoot the boars," they would have complained that guns give an unfair advantage to the hunters and disturbs the natural habitat. Tossers the lot of them!

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Toshiba trounces Seagate on mobile drives

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FAIL

Flash vs HDDs

From the looks of the chart, it seems Seagate was right when it told Flash producers to STFU...

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Apple's app store policies: What will they provoke?

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Coat

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

"The only thing keeping Flash off Apple devices is Adobe"

Flash has ActionScript. It interprets a scripted language, and thus is banned from the App Store due to that reason. Jobs is just diminishing the importance by saying how buggy and bloated Adobe Flash products are (which is true). It's a PR smear campaign trying to convince people they are better off not viewing YouTube or other Flash media.

"you can send it to the Kindle app without Apple taking a cut — and Apple can't do a thing about it unless they want to selectively block downloads, and I don't think that's likely."

No, but they could just block the App as a whole until the developer puts code in that pays Apple 30% when a book is "allowed" to be viewed from iOS. If that "feature" isn't there, they can block it. Just look at Sony. Amazon is bigger, so likely not one to piss off just yet.

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Ammaross Danan
Jobs Horns

First, BS

First, demanding 30% revenue on sales through an Apple-hosted App Store is not like Microsoft charging 30% for the priviledge to sell programs for Windows.

Blocking Apps from the iP*d is like the PS3 blocking games from its PSNetwork. Perhaps akin to the Kindle blocking your ability to read B&N books on it? No one claims foul that I can't read my Kindle books on my Nook (from B&N). Sure, the iP*d is a device that's supposed to support general applications as opposed to a specialized device, which would put it in a similar arena as an Operating System on a computer, but not quite. The XBox or Playstation can be argued to be the most similar device to an iP*d. Both are heavy protected platforms. Both are designed to run Apps (games, in the case of the consoles) within limits set by the manufacturer. Because Playstation won't allow me to put my free game (one that charges you $1 for every zombie I shoot, for instance) for download on their Playstation Network, doesn't mean they're using their monopoly to oppress me.

Apple has been marketing their iP*d devices as a "whole" computing platform and consumption device when it isn't. I blame Apple marketing. They'll block newpaper apps because they have The Daily now. They'll block eReaders because they have a iBookstore now. Since they don't really have equivalent (and lucrative) Apps for the other stuff, they don't block them so more people buy their devices because of the variety (or perhaps just simply the quantity) of Apps. If they're purposely THEN building an in-house app and killing off all competing apps, I would consider monopolistic abuse in a manufacturer-controlled market, but it's hard to prove that Apple is purposely allowing apps to build market share and then killing them once Apple has an in-house alternative.

/Devil Jobs, because it may be hard to prove, but doesn't mean it isn't happening.

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Mac App Store: Developer godsend or Evil Empire?

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FAIL

"'Oh crap, we didn't think of that, let us work through it'"

Desired quote from Apple on issues: "Oh crap, we didn't think of that, let us work through it'

Actual response from Apple on issues:

"Your business model is wrong.

-Sent from my iPad"

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New auto-crowd tech writes better articles than pro writers TRUE

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FAIL

Lazy

Lazy would be posting a link to say "type it into Google," but not doing it yourself and realizing there's a flood of stuff on the guy, but very few actual pictures. Not to mention verifying they're of the correct guy, especially when he goes by "Niki":

http://hci.stanford.edu/courses/cs547/speaker.php?date=2011-02-04

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NASA hails 'amazing' exoplanetary system

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Coat

Geocentric much?

"In one generation we have gone from extraterrestrial planets being a mainstay of science fiction"

I'm quite frankly surprised at the short-sightedness of some to think that planetary formation is soley unique to our solar system. That extrasolar planets were ever considered science fiction is saddening. (Yes, a bit of correction for using "extraterrestrial planets" since we've known of "extraterrestrial" planets such as Mars for a long while now...."extrasolar" please)

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Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4

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In Response

As for Opera, at least FF4 displays the pages correctly, even if a handful of crap-code sites (yes, MS Hotmail) don't work 100%.

I think FF has a great model of heavily testing their releases and isn't willing to throw a beta/buggy build out in the wild posing as a release build. Too many software people do this just to make deadlines or even simply to make it to market before a competitor.

/mine's the one with a UML diagram in the pocket

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Hack spies 'iPad 2' at mag launch

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Coat

Prototypes

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if this prototype spotted was 9 months old. Once Apple decided they wanted to incorporate FaceTime into the iPad, they'd have to build a prototype with a front-facing camera to test it. Perhaps since it may be an early prototype, it would explain the lack of other more-recent features....

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Crocodile keyboard becomes top Android app

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Jobs Horns

Ah, there's now a keyboard for that

Ah Apple, thy closedness has doomed yet another highly useful app to the devil, bringing it lucritive success in the arms of Android.

/see the icon

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Republican reps push for mandatory gun ownership

Ammaross Danan
Pirate

The Problem

First, the analogy is wrong in the fact that gun ownership is a one-off purchase vs medical insurance which is an ongoing commitment.

Secondly, the problem isn't so much people don't want healthcare. They do. It's the fact that some people (like my wife) who are young, in excellect health, visit the doctor only once or twice a year for a wellness exam, still have to pay $250/mo. for "insurance." And that wonderful insurance requires the usual $50/visit copay, and only covers 75% (sometimes 90% depending, but sometimes 50% or less depending too) of whatever services rendered. If you get into decent plans that don't cost you 50% of a visit out-of-pocket, you're looking at $400+/mo. And to mandate everyone fork over such fees, especially when some young (no longer on parent's plan) blokes only earn $6-10/hr, would utterly destroy their ability to be self-sufficient. So no, the problem isn't the healthcare, it's the incumbant cost of the insurance, in addition to the out-of-pocket costs of actually having to use it.

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Murdoch & Co unveil iPad news rag The Daily

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Coat

Incomplete Quote?

"...we are always going to say what we think is right for this country. We believe in free ideas, we believe in free people"

Should continue with:

"...and we're always going to dictate what you can put on your iPad. You'll read the news we want you to read. You'll listen to the music we think you should listen to. We'll prevent you from doing things we don't want you to do. We'll also cut out the competition from being able to provide you with the same things, since we already have a "built-in" function for it. Oh, and they'll have to pay us 30% anyway if we do allow them in."

Free ideas? Sure. Free people? Not a chance.

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Apple clips publishers' wings

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FAIL

Missed the important part of the quote...

"let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store." - NYT

Which is obviously stating that if you purchased content outside of the App Store (think of your eBooks with Kindle) you won't be able to access them on your iDevice. Likely, there will be some way to tag in-app content that was purchased through the App Store, but since I don't develope for iOS, I can't fathom what that would be.

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