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Comment: Re:Fuck this shit (Score 2, Interesting) 358

by Stick_Fig (#33619078) Attached to: IE9, FF4 Beta In Real-World Use Face-Off

The only thing that makes the web so attractive is the barrier to entry : free, nothing to install, immediate access to the average brains of millions. Just like TV. No thanks for dumbing it down to this. And now you wanna make it faster? Piss off. Go write real code that does something, not just another abstraction layer.

Fun fact: Programmers don't choose the platform. Users do.

Comment: For giggles, mostly (Score 2, Interesting) 177

by Stick_Fig (#30918966) Attached to: Newsday Gets 35 Subscriptions To Pay Web Site

I just subscribed to I'm Customer36. That's my username. I'm going to be blogging about my adventures with one of the worst ideas for a paywall ever.

Fun fact: Newsday doesn't ask for your credit card when you subscribe. They call you later. Must not have anticipated much demand.

The Media

+ - SPAM: The Printed Blog: Fatally flawed or just flawed?

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Stick_Fig writes "Today saw the demise of an interesting experiment, The Printed Blog. Since I'm a newspaper guy into crazy approaches (including once working at another Web-to-print experiment, Bluffton Today) and it launched at the same time I launched my own experimental news site, I've kept close tabs on it. Some have called its basic idea fatally flawed, while the creator, Joshua Karp, claims that he had no venture capital support. I feel that the idea didn't go far enough — while it was a great start, it just printed blogs and Flickr photos wholesale instead of focusing on the traditional newspaper functions of editing and packaging content. With more time, it might've gone that way, but sadly, it didn't. Was the idea of printing blog posts on dead trees just plain stupid, or can something be salvaged from Karp's experiment?"
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+ - Billboard's bad example: $100 a year for an e-mail->

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Stick_Fig writes "As part of a current trend towards charging for content online, Billboard Magazine has dropped an unbelievably bad idea onto the world in the form of a e-mail newsletter that costs $100 a year. This newsletter has been free for years and, until now, largely told you what was on the Web site. On my site, ShortFormBlog, I argue how this could have ramifications for big-media content at large."
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Comment: I thought the bar was amazing. (Score 0) 180

by Stick_Fig (#27599087) Attached to: Digg Backs Down On DiggBar

It combined all the things I really liked about social networking into a simple format. Its existence was confirmation to me that you could keep a site's identity going beyond the site. Plus, it was a brilliant reaction to Twitter. What a shame they're scaling it back.

But then again, I apparently have an unhealthy mancrush on Kevin Rose, because I posted as much on my blog a couple weeks ago.

Technology (Apple)

+ - Cisco VP Explains Lawsuit Against Apple

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Dekortage writes "The day after Apple announced its iPhone, Cisco sued over the name. Mark Chandler, Cisco's SVP and General Counsel, has posted an explanation of the suit on his blog: "For the last few weeks, we have been in serious discussions with Apple over how the two companies could work together and share the iPhone trademark. ...I was surprised and disappointed when Apple decided to go ahead and announce their new product with our trademarked name without reaching an agreement. It was essentially the equivalent of 'we're too busy.'" What did Cisco want? "[We] wanted an open approach. We hoped our products could interoperate in the future.""

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.