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46 posts • joined 13 Jul 2007

WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

Gritzwally Philbin

Re: @ Andrew Orlowski

FYI, just as a technical note, Comcast quietly dropped the bandwidth limits about the time they started rolling out their dual-channel wireless routers and expanding the xfinitywifi network. Unbeknownst to most who lease one of these new devices, they are now subsidizing Comcast's wireless network through their electric bills.

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

Gritzwally Philbin

SeaMonkey, my good man..SeaMonkey.

It's got WAY more control. Seriously, I gave it a try after Camino finally bit it and have never looked back.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

Gritzwally Philbin

Re: Big earner

@PhilW.. Hmm. American sci-fi is good?

Really? Stick around long enough at it all looks the same. Guys with blazing lasers, hot babes in tight spandex, flaming rockets and a handful of rinse and repeat storylines involving lost explorers, brave adventurers or alien visitors with a hidden, sinister agenda.

And then there's Dr. Who.. you've got living plastic shop dummies, deadly Christmas trees, Spitfires in outer space, flying sharks, Toclafane, werewolves and the Royals, Weeping Angels.. New New New New New New New New New New York, Cassandra (now THAT was a real stab at the vanity of cosmetic surgery seekers!) Witches.. it is at least COMPLETELY and utterly off its tits and way more interesting.

(I won't even get into Red Dwarf which rates as some of the funniest comedy - the third and fourth seasons esp. so - I've seen..)

The hard sci-fi like Star Trek (Of which the only ones worth a shit were ToS, ST:TNG and DS9) just has run it's ground for lack of *unique* ideas because it has to stay 'serious'.. It's also pure boredom at this point so it falls back on the explosions, spandex and all the other shit that makes the 16 Y.O. boys go 'schwing!!'

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Gritzwally Philbin

Re: The science behind Doctor Who?

When was Dr. Who ever NOT a kids show?

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Gritzwally Philbin
FAIL

Re: Insight.

As someone that's had a perfectly useable *vile* YahooGroup (four actually, with well over 2,000 members on my mailing lists) for the last - oh, 9 years.. you 'web 2.0' folks are missing the point: YahooGroups are a LISTSERV.

That's - Web 1.0 - for those of you with the inability to parse meaning in more than 140 characters.

It's not supposed to look good, it is supposed to work and be a platform for the archiving of USER-created content. Who needs that managerial light and functionally thin, bland white 'facebook-wannabe' bollocks?

Oh wait, that'd be the Short-attention span theater, ADD-afflicted 'look at MEEEEEEEE!!' twenty/thirty-something crowd.

Either way, I don't hold out hope that Yahoo isn't going to make a hash of it, they've got such a screaming inferiority complex about their service and pathetically play the 'keeping up with the facebook' crowd, they've lost sight that Groups don't NEED to be 'updated', when the bulk of the members *most* Groups have use their mail apps for access.

You want to know what's vile? Google Groups and the pathetic attempt at Groups that facebook put up. Boring white pages with banner photos. Cookie-cutter internet.

At least with Yahoo, the Groups could be set up so that interacting with them wasn't an invite to be cyber-stalked by advertisers across the interwebs. Well, it wasn't.. until this latest 'neo' coat-hanger abortion attempt.

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

Gritzwally Philbin

Boo! Hisss! BOOO!!

I've been asking FOR YEARS for the ability AS AM AMERICAN, to pay for a TV license and get access to the iPlayer.

I don't watch American TV, if frankly, blows balls... sweaty, sticky, yeasty, man-balls.

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Groundbreaking Camino browser digs grave, jumps in

Gritzwally Philbin
Unhappy

Re: Gutted

Aye, am hearing that. Alas, I too was disappointed at the final call for Camino, but it was becoming obvious that it was on it's last legs about the time youtube stopped working for me. Hated that too, as it was faster to bring up pages on the various forms I inhabit than any other browser - still is, but if I want to stick to a handful of sites it still works well on - nope - too limited.

Have found that Seamonkey works good enough, OmniWeb started getting crash-prone on the Flash-enabled portals. Just don't care for Chrome enough to keep it and of course Safari on Snow Leopard is a huge bag of 'meh!'.. Adios Camino.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Gritzwally Philbin
Facepalm

Re: The risk it to kill the paying hobbyst market

"This way thy could get rid of most pirated copies.."

Are you serious? Look at the patcher for CS5, it intercepts the activation from Adobe and also puts a white-list of ports on a modified hosts file that prevents the app from calling home yet *somehow* manages to get a valid key.

What witchcraft that is, I know not.

It may take a while for the code-head pirates to work it out, but they will. They ALWAYS do. This 'cloud' shift will only alienate users that can't pony up money every month..

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Gritzwally Philbin
FAIL

Re: Somebody PLEASE!!!!

Yes, and isn't it interesting that Adobe has such little respect for the numerous professional CS users that they shiv them in this fashion. God forbid someone makes art pay and Adobe doesn't get it's cut.

The arrogance of this is breathtaking. What raging cocks.

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

Gritzwally Philbin
Pint

Re: The problem with that philosophy is

I don't have a twitter or facebook account and have yet to have it be an issue let alone even be asked about it. I suppose my standard answer would be 'I don't waste my valuable time or energy on such trivialities, I have too much to do.." and let any prospective employer work out that. If they won't hire based on that, then they're idiots and as such, one wouldn't want to work there in the first place.

Choices are always available, just that some are less onerous than others.

(Heck, I don't even have a cell phone - a iPhone, yes, but it's got no phone service.. Go figure)

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Gritzwally Philbin

Re: Camera watching me, watching them...

How about a teeny round mirror right in front of the camera lens so they can watch themselves - or better yet, make the initial setup and ID using photos of someone out of a National Geographic, or a tabloid pic of a celebrity!

Oh, if the thing updates across a cloud, you *could' use someone else's face and possibly end up with their suggestions, no? Endless ways to fuck with it..

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

Gritzwally Philbin
Pint

Re: Yoinks!

Getting off of facebook...

Remember, when you go for the kill of your account and start to remove the posts you've made, plan on doing it over a few weeks. Just quitting facebook doesn't get your information out and just abandoning it could see it used for anything. Give it time and go down your wall and pull off all your posts, then as you empty that queue, their servers will dig down and start to pull up older posts. Eventually, you'll get to posts you've made on *other* people's pages - and THAT is the stuff that keeps you perpetually in their system.

Get all of that deleted so when you log in you will have NO posts on your wall/timeline page.

At that point, start to 'unfriend' people. Do this dead last, as if you do it first, you'll not be able to delete posts you've made on their pages and you'll be stuck in facebook's system.

You know that you've done it correctly, if when you login after a month or so, FB is showing you random names of people that you do not know.

Took me six weeks to get all my data OFF of facebook.

Good luck.

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Microsoft patents spy-TV to check you've paid for content

Gritzwally Philbin
FAIL

Naughty Cinema Anyone?

Well could be as interesting to implement as the TSA scanners that see too much..

Seriously, the idea that a camera will be looking back at a user and only seeing a face (yeaaaaah, right!) is as honest as that line "I won't cum in your mouth, darling,.. really.." All it needs is one halfway decent hack and it's a peeping Tom's paradise.

This one will NEVER fly except perhaps with a certain.. ummm shall we say.. 'exhibitionistic' crowd.

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Protestors target Google over that video

Gritzwally Philbin

Re: FFS sake

Even better, read the history of the Islamic countries at the time of the Crusades, the Inquisitions and the Puritans..

This notion that the Moslem world 'suffered' at the hands of the Crusaders ignores that Islam's had a fairly unbroken trail of spilled blood - from the time of the Prophet right on through to today. Does anyone here believe there was a time that the Sunni and Shia ever got along? I haven't been able to find it - that schism was 100% political and they've been fighting over it since Day1.. But we don't *know* of the internal history of the countries and cultures and their own politics, so we can automatically assume the worst about the actions that came from the Crusaders..

I'm tired of this historical 'what about the past.." rubbish. Guess what.. It's PAST.

Let's deal with the here and now.

Grow up and quit trying to blame your 'parents' (the past) for the 'bad things' that seem to hold you down. Islam's got a problem and saying it's beyond ridicule or being criticized is a cowards way of not dealing with the flaws inherent in cultures that hide behind religious mantles.

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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

Gritzwally Philbin
Pint

The Great Escape

Got my info off of FB well over a year ago. Goodness they didn't make it easy!

Had to start by shutting down all my friends, so nothing new could be added, then changing all my personal info to question marks.

Let that sit for a few days so those changes could be floated across all their servers. Got back in and started deleting posts. Two pages worth a day, with three of four days between for the system to again, make the changes across their servers, and to give it time to pull up everything it could find.

The best thing about that wall is that it is designed to show you all your comments on your page and the pages of those you've added ad friends as well. As you dig down and delete newer posts, it starts to scour through your friends' lists to find anything you've added and bring them up.

The trick was to just *wait* and let the data - my data - come to me.

Once I got to the point where I was deleting my comments on other people's pages, I knew I was close.

It's those comments you make on *other* people's pages that keeps you in their system.

Once I got everything, I logged out and waited a week to be certain. Sure enough it brought up a few more of the earliest posts I'd made to someone I hadn't even heard from in 4 years. Done.

Once every post was cleared out, I then deleted all my friends (you have to do this last, or you won't be able to get at and remove the posts you've left on their pages) and waited.

Two weeks later, I log in and it is showing me random names of people it *thinks* I might know, not one I actually do.

BINGO! I'm now completely OUT of the system, and maintain the account in my name solely to check on the status of my 'ghost-writer' account, which I use to comment on various sites with.

Have fun shilling my info to whomever you can, Mr. Zukerberg.

Deb.

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Facebook changes data-use policy despite 87% poll opposition

Gritzwally Philbin
Happy

Re: Good luck with that

In all honesty, I did *just* that, in 2008, and somehow the security locks were set in perpetuity through one of the many layout changes: I couldn't open my account and make it public if I wanted to. I've thought about getting in touch with FB to get that straightened out.. but in hindsight maybe not.

Cool.

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Adobe can't penetrate punters' tight wallets: Users holding out for CS6

Gritzwally Philbin
Devil

Re: I'm really happy with The Gimp

Also very happy with using GIMP - for the price, it's unbeatable and I find it's got better color management - I get much warmer skin tones - which is very good for the fakes..

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America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable

Gritzwally Philbin

There's Lots Worse Than Comcast..

Huh.. I've been at the same apartment for twenty years, and jumped on cable internet in 1999 on a freebie promotional install from MediaOne.. the service was RoadRunner at that time.. which was all of 384k download and crash-a-rama - though that was the LANCity modems which were absolute crap. Then it was sold to AT&T broadband internet.. which crashed ALL the time, and that was due to AT&T being idiots. When Comcast snapped up ATTBI they invested heavily in the 'e-coast' and new cable everywhere, I ended up one telephone pole downstream from a node - WOOSH! - took me three years to get them to come out and set my connection straight, the upstream signal was literally shouting down my modem and I'd often lose sync.

They missed *completely* the fact that we'd been without teevee service for YEARS, and though we were paying for their unlisted 'basic metered', which was 6 bucks a month, (and netted us the 15 dollar multi-service discount, keeping the cable cheaper than it would be otherwise) we didn't actually have a telly in the house and therefore no signal splitters. Once we got that squared away (the cable guy going, "It's okay, you don't need to hide it, I don't care if you have a TV.." and me saying "No honestly, we don't have one.." Weird.) everything has been hunky-dory.

I've not had a single problem with Comcast, they keep trying to get me to take TV, though the last time they called, I managed to get a LOWER speed service, I'm now at the 6.2Mbit package they don't like to let anyone know about. It was that or jump on the FairPoint DSL, that is 3Mb down, for 1/3 the cost, also that the phone company building is four blocks away means that the copper outside my window is *unsplit* from the source. You just got to know how to approach Comcast. Be hardnosed. When you've options and don't subscribe to the TV or phone from them, they're pushovers.

Deb. (aka 'Gritz')

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Google Maps to dish out disaster alerts

Gritzwally Philbin
WTF?

Ah! The crisislanding.appspot page. Yeah, know it well.

How is this news?

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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

Gritzwally Philbin
Pint

Who Has the Power Here?

You can always vote with your wallets next time Hollywood - or whomever - wants your business, and just *refuse* to spend your hard-earned.

Let them know why you won't buy as well.

It is entirely THAT simple. Who's up for a pint, down the corner pub instead?

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Apple after Steve Jobs is still Steve Jobs' Apple

Gritzwally Philbin
Gimp

Ping.. Pong.

Ping? God no. Couldn't get that crap out of iTunes fast enough.

Now can we make the 'cover flow' indexing Go Away?

(ahem! How about a fangurl getting an icon or two? Paris doesn't cut it.. Maybe Peaches Geldof instead?.. oh, wait.. on second thought.. Hrmmm..)

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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

Gritzwally Philbin

Rosetta..

PPC code ran on Intel CPU's with a translation framework called 'Rosetta', now gone in Lion - and probably the reason why I won't budge from Snow Leopard - that is, until some bright mind figures out a hack to get it working again.

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Google muzzles political dissidents with YouTube ID tweaks

Gritzwally Philbin

Stubbornly say NO..

The trick with youtube and Google+ is to NOT connect them to a Gmail account. Therein is where your identity is nailed like a butterfly on a collection board. I use Gmail as an online storage box for my digital art and no one has that address but me..

As fate would have it, I possess an ancient youtube cookie - several actually - gleaned from my living room computer, long-repurposed as a jukebox, which doesn't expire for another decade and believe me, I've backed them up and exported 'em across all the browsers I use.

Oh sure, youtube *wanted* me to connect my identity 'dots', months ago, so I don't understand the 'heads up' on that change now - seems a bit late - but I kept ignoring or closing the nag-pages and eventually it stopped and I'm on my merry with separate accounts *still*.

As far as the google network knows, I do not have a Gmail account.

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Google top brass (and Zuck) hit Google+ privacy button

Gritzwally Philbin
FAIL

Privacy's Irrelevant..

When the majority of posts are meaningless. Ermmm. so far, Google+ is working exactly the same as facebook.. in that I'm already blocking posts from friends that blather all day about *nothing*..

I really, REALLY do not care at all for Web 2.0.

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Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

Gritzwally Philbin

Put All Your Eggs in One Cloud?

And for those of us who've been without *need* or even want to go mobile, this 'cloud' offers what?

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Apple ships removal tool for Mac-menacing malware

Gritzwally Philbin

Pretty Much..

I've given Safari the heave-ho and ONLY use it for downloading .dmg update files from Apple when the Software Update throws a wobbler on me. Other than that, it's just been too cranky for my tastes and often acts surly and has a strange habit of indexing or writing *something* on my hard drives.. I mean it goes away when I quit the program and it's no harm done, but WTF?

99% of the time when I'm general surfing, I'll use Camino. I really like it, it's fast loading pages and has a nice feature set - it reminds me of the old Internet Explorer for Mac - and I *know* people laugh at this, but at one time, a very short time at that, it was one of the better Mac products MS made.

If I hit the adult sites, of course it's Firefox with the security add-ons running.

Chrome gives me the clammy sweats in general.

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Feds raid home of teen fingered in DDoS on Gene Simmons

Gritzwally Philbin
FAIL

Has-been Hell!

Hmmm. Just fired up my GNU client and did a search on Kiss songs.. Let's see JUST how popular Mr. Simmons' band is..

Yup, it's as I thought. Out of 260 results with the word 'Kiss' I got 27 that are of actual Kiss songs, and removing the duplicates in the list, gets me 19 - and of course, they're only the top-40 hits.

(Chris Brown featuring T-Pain and the song 'Kiss Kiss' comes up over 20 times alone)

I can see why he's so upset. Sucks to realize the only thing keeping one in the spotlight is the cheap coin of teevee celebrity status - 'cos from here where I'm looking in at it - it sure isn't his current songwriting output..

There isn't enough greasepaint OR spandex to help with that.

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Judge approves handover of BitTorrent IP addresses

Gritzwally Philbin
WTF?

Waste of Effort..

Good lord, they aren't going to get many names - that film was *horrible*!

I can't imagine many who'd waste their bandwidth on that rubbish other than spotty teenagers..

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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

Gritzwally Philbin
Grenade

Serfdom UK Style..

Could very well be so, Mr. Canadian..

Which is why I will probably never again travel to the UK.. the more I read about the laws there - granted, as an American, I should be one to talk about shitty law, but really..

Is this straight up classist, 'let's keep the serfs in their places' by restricting EVERYTHING they can or cannot do (and by the way, DO grovel at your Lordship's feet when he walks by) legal codes, or what?

Yuk. Texas is more free - and HALF the state is dry.

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Interwebs stunned by musical atrocity

Gritzwally Philbin
Paris Hilton

Why, oh why didn't I take the blue pill?

I'll see this and raise it one Muhammad Ali song.. yipes..

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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

Gritzwally Philbin
Pint

File Name?

Oh, Steve I could kiss you!.. and buy you a drink!!

I've been fighting with my mother-in-law's laptop for the last three weeks trying to suss this VERY issue out and I know scant little of Windows, being a Mac fangurl..

Yes, please, if you can give the filename.

Thanks!

Deb.

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Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with 'Magic Formula'

Gritzwally Philbin

Storage is the key..

TeeCee, many have pointed out that Yahoo often takes it's users for granted as it supposedly has 100 million. ANY calculations you'll see for it's expected growth in ad revenue is based on that golden number. Read through some of their advertising blogs. I do. Besides, I am really not worried about Google Groups getting streamlined into a web 2.0 upgrade anytime soon. The offerings are FAR too scant for building enormous databases under that service. I'll use it if I have to, but believe me, I'll be looking for other backups as well. 100MB of files and message storage space for everything in a Google Group? YGroups offer 100 gigabytes storage in Photos alone.

Regards,

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Gritzwally Philbin
Thumb Down

Obviously the YGroups Aren't Part of the Equation..

Though God knows why.

I'm seeing nothing but negative replies on the YahooGroups blog and the Groups' suggestion forum to their new 'facebook' web 2.0 upgrade.

When this shakes down AFTER the full roll out, (the initial release has been such an unmitigated shambles, it's painful to see, when you consider that there are groups going back 11 and 12 years that have lost their entire archives - the numbers of users asking to have their groups returned to the 'classic' mode so they can download and archive their data is heartbreaking in some cases.) and the YG team tasked to 'rebuild' the property hasn't addressed the message retrieval and viewing snafu, the stream of list owners and subscribers leaving for less 'facebook' like listservs is going to become a full on exodus.

It's NEVER been this bad, and some of the things Yahoo did to the E-groups in the past were pretty hair-raising.

Get thee to the YahooGroups blogs (when it's serving, it's been down intermittently most of the day) and read the countless complaints. Even the yahoogroups suggestion board is running about 98% in opposition.

Where Web 2.0, and the "Look at me!" Attention Deficit Disorder 'tweet' crowd meets the Web 1.0, topic-dominated world of listserv users is a spectacular clash of cultures.

I'm betting on the list owners with hundreds of thousands of subscribers being the mathematical monkey-wrench to McAfee's math, once they take their lists of eyeballs for advertisers and go to GoogleGroups.

I already have my GoogleGroup ready if the re-build isn't completely as functional as the original group offerings.. and it's NOT looking good so far.

Ermmm.

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DfT denies deliberately misleading on speed cam stats

Gritzwally Philbin

Cameras are *lazy*..

What's wrong with having real honest to goodness *humans* watching out for traffic lunacy near schools? It was a common enough sight in the town I grew up in through the 70's. They weren't even real police - just traffic minders that *volunteered* (that means FREE) to keep an eye on the roads near the school. Some even got the crossing guard jobs, though those ladies were a bit psycho and lived to make the lives of every 10 year old miserable..

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Apple ads to target your iTunes history

Gritzwally Philbin
Happy

Audion Lives!

Mike, there most certainly IS a version of Audion for OSX. Go to the Panic website and it's there on the 'Extras' page (there's a link for the serial number free as well so you can rip streams with it) and I have it on my MacPro running Leopard and it's on my husband's MacBook running Snow Leopard (you DO have to install Rosetta support for that though). The faces work as well, though if you CAN make heads or tails of the 'Taed' face, you'll be my hero. Forever. LOL!

FWIW, I also am running iTunes 4.6 on my MacPro, as it will allow a bulk renaming of album and artist by selecting the whole album and typing in the name once.. somewhere along the line iTunes lost this ability. I think it got tossed because most people connect to the internet when they put in their CD's so the CDDB works for that.

Thoroughly frustrating that this function seems lost, but oddly enough I have BOTH versions - 9.2 AND 4.6 on my systems (I have three) and there's only 1 preference file setting and it's universal. The libraries are different for each as I am in constant flux with adding and moving songs, 'cos I've got the machines tied to a home music 'jukebox' in my living room. It's an XPF install of Tiger on a Beige G3 with a Sonnet CPU upgrade and a bucket-load of fun stuff in.

http://debart.livejournal.com/4436.html

It's cool how the three cloned preferences I have all play on different hardware with the SAME settings - like you I have the Music Store shut off, I'm a vinyl junkie and rip my own CD's with Coaster 1.0 in OS 9 and do the mp3 encoding in iTunes 1.1 (384k, VBR highest quality)!

No spying on me.. though God only knows what good that would do anyone that wants to look - I'm a total saddo with naught much more than old country rips..

Deb. (aka Gritz..)

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Internet Heroes and Villains named by ISPs

Gritzwally Philbin

Cops 'n' Robbers..

"We want to change the focus away from music companies calling for people to be cut from the internet."

Well.. duh! Who'da thunk it.. the ISP's favoring keeping customers. Now there's a novel approach to business..

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Pirate Bay rejects law-breaking claims

Gritzwally Philbin
Pirate

Feh!

Torrents huh? Now what a quaint way to get video!

TPB could go tits up and it's passing wouldn't leave a ripple in the waters.

Oh, if the authorities only had an idea of how many computer savvy women and housewives share videos, music and software and more importantly.. where.

I think of it as Hell's Coffee Klatsch.

Sites like TPB are for the angry teenage fanbois. The real shit happens... well.. where few are actually looking.

Deb.

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Apple banishes Macs to old folks home

Gritzwally Philbin

Not if you still use it..

Obsolete is meaningless.. I'm running 10.3 on my beige G3 tower with a Sonnet card in. Full memory, 220 gigs of hard drives, a super-drive and dual boot to OS 9 to utilize the Perch card RCA input ports to rip my vinyl. Will even be trying to jam Tiger into it in a few weeks when I get the time, just to see if I can.

Can this klunker run video? No, but it's a wonderful home network music server. Can't complain about 10 year old hardware that's run flawlessly since I bought it - and won't.

Deb.

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UK.gov backs ISPs on charging content providers, throttling P2P

Gritzwally Philbin
Pirate

The Customer Is ALWAYS Right.

All this hue and cry.. and not one post mentioning the dreaded word: Boycott..

If these laws guarantee you crap service, start pulling out the poison pens and telling the lot, starting with the CEO's of these firms, just WHY you won't be coming back as a customer.

Then if they blow you off, CANEL the service, and if you've a cable teevee package, cancel that as well. As I'm an American, I'm not sure how your BBC teevee fee is paid, but if you mail your televisions to the Beeb HQ with letters saying they can keep the televisions - you've found something better to do with you time and money..

Get the picture?

Television is not a NEED.

Wireless Phones are not a NEED.

The internet is not a NEED.

This legislative crap happens because the government has rightly sussed out that you'll pay anything to keep these conveniences in your lives. Surprise the greasy lot of them and prove that odious notion of theirs wrong. Once the profit margins start to nosedive and the business taxes start to diminish - believe me, they'll snap to quickly enough.

After all, this is just *business*, and YOU have to be more cutthroat than the competition.

Are you -professional- consumers or not?

Deb.

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Russell T Davies bows out of Doctor Who

Gritzwally Philbin

Careful What You Wish For..

..You Could BE Stuck Watching American Teevee!!

AdamT - The 'unbelievable production standards being shown "over there"...

Where? You mean the Hollywood big-budget CGI that replaces what in drama used to be known as 'writing'?

Hollywood sci-fi productions are ALL big budget effects and little else.

Battlestar Galactica? Good lord, it was rubbish in the 70's and now it's a hoary melodrama with guns. Stargate? The only decent one was the movie. Stargate Atlantis? Unwatchable.

I think a LOT of guys that will take the piss out of Dr. Who just don't like that it isn't filled with Jeri Ryan-shaped and dressed sexy bimbos.

Science fiction CAN be about more than a perpetual hard-on, guys.

Who cares if the special effects are a bit pokey and sometimes the writing isn't what it could be. It wasn't written for 35 year old men living in the basements of their parents' homes. (How did that SNL skit w/ Shatner go.. "You! ...Have you ever kissed a girl?")

Come on, FFS, it's a CHILDREN'S show!

Quit whingeing. You could be stuck watching American programming 24/7. It is mindless, banal, pointless, and filled with adverts 18 minutes out of every hour.

You don't know how good you've got it.

Deb.

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Financial firm wags finger, warns youngsters to watch gadget spending

Gritzwally Philbin
Alien

The coolness of being Un-debt.

If people paid attention to the truth - that there is no more real middle-class - and that it has been replaced by a growing debtor-class - the whole issue of 'looking down' on others becomes somewhat of a fool's game. Now speaking for myself - I haven't two pennies to rub together, don't own a house, have no healthcare (I'm American), have no college or car loans to service - Christ - I don't even have a television anymore..

What I DO have is *solvency* - NO debt.

Imagine how fun it is for me to look at the others around me who dare 'look down' at me from the bottom of the holes they've dug themselves into.

I just smile, and walk on..

THAT alone, is the one thing that kids today (who are naturally cynical and rebellious - esp., to the things their parents cling to..) pick up on faster than most adults are comfortable to admit.

Can't tell you how many teenagers over the years I know that have become adults who now avoid credit (as I do) - all the kids need is someone who's cooler than their folks setting the correct example.

You just gotta be more avant-garde than the next guy, that's all.

Deb.

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Apple's Time Machine now works as advertised

Gritzwally Philbin

Rotational Devices!

>>snerk!<<

Backing up to an external drive using sort-by-date method to keep track of your files.. Who'd have thunk it... wait.. oh, you mean like I've been doing since the time I was running OS 8.6?

Ah yes, The Wheel.

..such a lovely way to get around. Glad Apple's finally discovered it!

;-P

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Comcast accuses FCC of impotence

Gritzwally Philbin

Hmmmm...

I've been on Comcast for *years* and just this past October, finally got a new computer capable of running torrents.

So far, I've seen NOTHING that indicates my service is limited. No problems seeding ANY file. I'm getting scary fast downloads and uploads on the few items I'm going after.

Now mind you, I stick to after midnight, since the stuff I want is usually available then (it's from Europe and I'm in New England), and I do throttle the torrent speed through the daytime/evening hours to a paltry 10k up and down - but that's as it's miserable getting my e-mail or surfing the 'net when I've got 500K downloading and 400K going up.

No problems at all with Comcast. In fact they've been a damn sight better than MediaOne or ATT Broadband Internet EVER was.

Also, it *could* be the fact that there's a fresh spankin' new Verizon FIOS line that's about hmmm.., let's see maybe 25 feet from the house?

And given that the cable teevee service I have is ONLY the (unadvertised) $14.65/monthly Basic Broadcast Tier - (who needs teevee at alll with torrents or sites like hulu available?) it would NOT hurt our viewing habits at all if I kicked the cable in the head and got FIOS.

It may very well be a matter of *where* you live WRT Comcast limiting service. If they can get away with it and not fear losing customers, they will.

Deb.

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IBM to shove ads onto DVDs

Gritzwally Philbin
Boffin

Go Straight for the Throat..

When one of these DVD's pops up an advert, you simply take down the name of the product and go straight to the advertiser. Usually a nicely phrased letter, saying that you are so disgusted with the advert interrupting your viewing pleasure - it made the experience of the show/movie so terrible, that you are never going to *consider* their product or company worthy of your business again.

A written letter on paper works best. Also, to make the point, you can mail them the offending DVD, since it's worth shite for the ad technology in it.

One thing I know, from being in the Nielsen Homescan Shopping and Nielsen Television surveys for years is that the advertisers DO pay VERY close attention to what works and what pisses people off. (A bigger group of whores you'll not find on the planet.) All the consumer has to do is demand certain things for their business patronage, and they'll get it.

Consumers have the upper hand over business, we just have to realize this and act accordingly.

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Court denies stay of internet radio execution

Gritzwally Philbin

Four Years Ago..

..when I wrote that the music industry needed the P2P enema it was getting - I'd have never believed these guys were such pain fetishists that they'd be giving themselves high colonics with firehoses!

Bwahahahaha!

Oh, my Goodness! Shut down the ONE bright spot for showcasing what good talent they DO actually manage to sign, and they're so whorishly dedicated to Mammon that they'd sacrifice it for the bottom line concerns of their major shareholders.

I hope EVERY webcaster goes off the air on Sunday - just throw the switches off and go to the beach.. or mountains.. and watch the labels 20% decrease in sales this year nosedive even faster!

I for one am not going to be buying new CDs from any band signed to a label that's RIAA affiliated. Gonna go yard sailing and hit the flea-markets.. Hey, I picked up three LP's today. Cost me all of a buck and a half. How much do you reckon the RIAA coffers grew from that purchase? About the right amount, I'd say.

Let web-radio go folks, and watch the music industry mutilate itself right into handicapped status.

It's gonna be the best show you've ever seen in your life. :-D

Hugs an' Kisses!

Deborah Terreson

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