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Comment Re:Exodus, anyone? (Score 1) 529

So you wanted to delete your account, and you did, but it's presumptuous to assume that Facebook is nothing more than banal games from people you barely know.

Being able to see who is attending what events is a really great feature –I often go to events that I wouldn't have known about if not for Facebook. Even more major events like birthdays where I might get a text message about it, having the event sit there in my Facebook until I RSVP is awesome.

Facebook Groups are excellent because if you're involved in some kind of organisation (dance school, protest marches etc), using a Facebook Group means you can help out with co-ordination, have somewhere to link relevant videos and so.

Sure, I don't care about most status updates, but I really enjoy seeing the photos of friends currently overseas and so on. At least for me, Facebook is actually a really useful social tool.

Comment Re:It's not stealing. (Score 1) 438

You just made a statement about morality, and then back it up by talking about how you're breaking the law when you're speeding.

Granted, sometimes the law and morality line up (rape is bad!), but sometimes they don't (a 16 year old girl taking a naked photo of herself and sending it to her boyfriend is producing child porn!). There can be no underlying assumption that illegal = immoral.

Comment Missing the point (Score 1) 762

I think most people here are missing the point about why there are so many pirates.

As a non-jail broken iPhone owner, I'd say 80% of the apps I get on the iTunes store are free. Sure I've paid a few bucks here and there for things I'll use a lot, but given I'm going to get bored of whatever game it is in 2-seconds flat, I can't even justify the few dollars. In this case, I wouldn't buy the game that is used in this example.

But make it free, and now there's no reason NOT to download it.

Quickies

Submission + - A Cockroach Can Live without Its Head

Ant writes: "This Scientific American article says cockroaches are claimed that they can live without their heads. It turns out that this is right. Headless roaches are capable of living for weeks. To understand why cockroaches — and many other insects — can survive decapitation, it helps to understand why humans cannot... Seen on Boing Boing."
Media

Submission + - Internet Radio to be killed by the RIAA

Anonymous Coward writes: "Just got this in the mail from Tim Westergren, Pandora's CEO: "I'm writing today to ask for your help. We've had a disastrous turn of events recently for internet radio: Following an intensive lobbying effort on the part of the RIAA, an arbitration committee in Washington DC has just dramatically increased the fees internet radio sites must pay to the record labels — tripling fees and adding enormous retroactive payments! Left unchanged by Congress, this will kill all internet radio sites, including Pandora. Tomorrow afternoon there is an important U.S. Senate hearing on the future of internet radio."

This issue has started to get blog coverage: http://gigaom.com/2007/03/05/webcaster-royalty-rat es-go-up/ and http://www.rossdawsonblog.com/weblog/archives/2007 /03/the_vast_potent.html

If you live in the US, please contact your local Congressman now!

Please note that I have no Pandora affiliation except as a very happy user."
Security

Submission + - Hackers Selling IDs Online for $14

narramissic writes: "According to the Internet Security Threat Report (PDF download), released Monday by Symantec, identity thieves are offering a person's credit-card number, date of birth and other sensitive information on the cheap. 'U.S.-based credit cards with a card verification number were available for between $1 to $6, while an identity — including a U.S. bank account, credit card, date of birth and government-issued identification number — was available for between $14 to $18,' the report said."

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