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Comment: Re:Books vs Apps (Score 1) 88

by Farmer Tim (#46608385) Attached to: Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

The difference is "price fixing” (a specific legal term) only applies when multiple vendors collude to set a price and effectively stifle competition. In the case of a sole vendor there is no competition, so they can legally set whatever price they want; this isn’t “price fixing”.

+ - Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture->

Submitted by Actually, I do RTFA
Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Comment: Re:Mavericks upgrade (Score 1) 241

by Farmer Tim (#46361083) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Two suggestions: run the 10.6.8 combo update (that should overwrite the existing App Store installation), or do a clean install on an external hard drive, download the Mavericks installer from the App Store while booted from that, then copy the “Install OS X Mavericks” application from the Applications folder to your internal hard drive before it installs (I did this with a supported Mac to grab the installer to hack onto an unsupported MacPro 1,1). Of course, the latter option takes as long as reinstalling the OS and requires an external hard drive, so you might as well just spend the hour and a bit and reinstall the’s not difficult, and it leaves all your installed software intact (and if that doesn’t solve the problem you can be pretty sure it’s misconfigured third party software, such as Little Snitch).

While I’m not a fan of the App Store and would prefer the option of a direct download, it works well for the vast majority of users, and it does a better job of keeping them up to date than the previous Software Update mechanism. It’s a pest in corner cases, though.

Comment: Re:Amazing! (Score 1) 74

by Farmer Tim (#46321955) Attached to: Confirmed: Earth's Oldest Rock In Australia

The ABC is probably more at fault, they're supposed to have a dedicated science unit so it gets that kind of thing right.

Of course, one could take the view that it's obvious that not every single rock on Earth has been dated, therefore the only people who really need the word "known" in the headline are pedants or the immensely thick.

+ - Slashdot Starting Move To Beta Site-> 1

Submitted by MightyMartian
MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to Slashdot's blog, great progress is being made in the redesign. According to a notice on the Slashdot front page:

"MOVIN’ ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

According to many posters who are posting off topic, there seems little appetite for the upcoming changes."

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