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+ - [meta] accidentally flagged 1

Submitted by TheSHAD0W
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "So I accidentally clicked the "flag" icon on a submission, which immediately disappeared. I don't see any obvious way to undo this... I'm not sure how many accidental flaggings there are, but offering a way to un-flag a comment would reduce the load on moderators. Perhaps instead of making the entry disappear entirely, instead obscure the text and leave it there, so a second click on the icon would perform an undo?"

+ - Apple requires credit card information for "free" security updates

Submitted by TheSHAD0W
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "Apple recently updated OS X to version 10.10, "Yosemite", and is no longer providing security updates for older versions. Yosemite is "free", but to upgrade you have to sign in to their App Store — and provide credit card information. With all the security breaches recently, is it smart to provide financial information for no good reason?

Google Play isn't above offering free stuff in exchange for credit card info either."

+ - Groupon infringes GNOME trademark, project seeks donations for legal battle 1

Submitted by Drinking Bleach
Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "Groupon has released a tablet-based point of sale system called Gnome, despite the well-known desktop environment's existence and trademark status. This is also not without Groupon's internal ignorance of the GNOME project; they were contacted about the infringement and flatly refused to change the name of their own product, in addition to filing many new patent applications for theirs.

The GNOME project is seeking donations to help them in a legal battle against these trademark applications, and to get Groupon to stop using their name. They are seeking at least $80,000 to challenge a first set of ten trademark applications from Groupon, out of 28 applications that have been filed."

+ - Cheap tablets: low RAM + SSD = acceptable? 1

Submitted by TheSHAD0W
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "This $99 tablet was mentioned in an earlier story, running Windows 8.1 on only 1GB of RAM. Is it usable? Will it last?

For $99 you can't expect much more than a toy, but I'm wondering how well it'd work for real-world use. 1GB is low, but you're swapping to a SSD, not a magnetic disk; if the swapping were intelligent enough, it might be workable. A friend wondered about "handling a bunch of tabs" in a browser; has anyone tried this?

Then there are longevity issues; doing a lot of swapping to a SSD will tend to kill its life span. Still, for $99, would you be okay with having to replace it after 3 years or so?"

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer 401

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-comcastic dept.
RevWaldo writes: The Verge and other sources report on how AOL's Ryan Block ultimately succeeded in cancelling his Comcast account over the phone, but not before the customer service representative pressed him for eight solid minutes (audio) to explain his reasoning for leaving "the number one provider of TV and internet service in the country" in a manner that would cause a character in Glengarry Glen Ross to blush. Comcast has now issued an apology.

+ - Voltage runs new art contest after ripping off submitters last year

Submitted by TheSHAD0W
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "Voltage Entertainment USA, a company that primarily produces content for Japan, is running their 2014 art contest. (For a giggle, contrast the international version of the contest with the Japanese version.) They are promising $5,000 and 500,000 yen top awards, respectively, for the winners, with $1,000 and 100,000 yen awards for 3 runner-ups each. This is despite not awarding the top prizes for last year's submissions."

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?