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Comment: it's how benigh programming gets carried out (Score 1) 417

by Imazalil (#48566235) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

The robot apocalypse will probably be something like streetcleaning robots running their programming to keep streets clean and seeing us humans as a source of trash and getting rid of us. Or drone delivery services deciding that the fastest way between point A & B is straight through a building instead of navigating around it.

Or some cummelative combination of all, if enough networked robots/things start talking and noticing that we humans are the source of all their trouble - dirtying up streets, causing traffic, etc etc - then they might decide that their job would be much easier without us.

Comment: Re:Only in America... (Score 1) 71

by Imazalil (#48566097) Attached to: Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge Rules Against Dismissal

Yes we ALL have pictures of the mightly Steve on our headboards. It's so big that I've been having a hard time making a spot for Tim Cook & Johny Ive's portraits.

The whole suit is about Apple overcharging for iPods, so yes, a basic requirement would be to have someone who was impacted by said supposed overcharging. I know that picture of Bill Gates or maybe Larry Page over your bed is really distracting, but does that not make sense? The judge did make the right call to allow someone else that was actually affected to step in so that the whole thing didn't have to start from beginning again.

Comment: Re: What? (Score 1) 71

by Imazalil (#48565987) Attached to: Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge Rules Against Dismissal

You obviously haven't tried to price out a Vertu phone back in the day, or even today. Even the more down-to-earth Cowon players were always more expensive than Apple (in my neck of the woods).

BTW, your no-name player was $1.56 per gig, Apple's 'most expensive ever' was $1.62 per gig.

Comment: Re:lol (Score 1) 250

by Imazalil (#48526571) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Ahh, you might not remember but Apple getting the MPAA blessing to sell digital music in the first place was a huge deal. I'm sure there were lots of restrictions put in place on MPAA's behalf. Apple was more than happy to jump to drm-free files when they could.

Even WinAmp can sync to an iPod these days, and has for a good long while now.

Comment: Re:Apple deleted my songs (Score 1) 250

by Imazalil (#48526521) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Yup. Instead of thinking "oh, the sync got messed up, let me check the files" it's "Apple selling music without paying out, gets worried about getting caught and going in to wipe out everyone's itunes library"? Really?

Oh, and no decent backup plan going? Yup, Apple's fault too. If only one could request to re-download their purchases a few times, I wonder if Apple will come up with a clever thing like that?

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