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Comment: What is "play" (Score 1) 182

by ZipK (#49167523) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Kantar’s survey showed that nearly every iOS device user who listened to U2 in January 2015 – 95% – played at least one track from Songs Of Innocence.

What is "played?" Does it include all the users who didn't realize their iDevice had been unilaterally infected with Songs of Innocence, and who hit skip just as fast they can when U2's intrudes uninvited into a shuffle mix?

Comment: Re: They worked out an algorithm to define genre (Score 1) 56

by ZipK (#49161119) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

Metallica sound nothing like Bill Haley and the Comets.

Perhaps that's true of Bill Haley & His Comets' classic sides from the mid-50s, though one could argue that Metallica's late-70s rockabilly singles drew upon Haley's rock 'n' roll country roots. More to the point, you seem to have never heard Haley's 1981 reunion album with the original Comets lineup. Many say that it sparked the entire death metal genre of the mid-80s.

Comment: Only 8 processors? (Score 2) 220

by ZipK (#49160775) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

The new phones also include an octa-core processor...

The first blade grabs at the whisker, tugging it away from your face to protect it from the second blade.
Blade number two catches and digs into the stubble before it has the chance to snap back and injure you, pulling it farther out so that it is now ready for shearing.
Triple-Trac's third blade, a finely-honed bonded platinum instrument, cuts cleanly through the whisker at its base, leaving your face as smooth as a billiard ball.

The Triple Trac

Comment: Ancient America (Score 1) 388

by ZipK (#49151865) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

"Today (Feb.26) the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph."

I wonder if they realize that the entire government springs from a Constitution written in 1787.

Comment: Mistake or canny PR? (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by ZipK (#49151849) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

"We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities," wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google's social product support manager...

So did Google (a) not solicit user input that would have revealed the likelihood of a backlash, (b) not know (without even asking) there would be a backlash, or (c) know there would be a backlash that could drum up free publicity?

Comment: Re:back in the day... (Score 2) 102

And the CS department was in a very dumpy building right across from the Student Union building that was a notorious firetrap.` That was a couple of buildings ago. If I remember they remodeled their current building (the old EE building) in 2003.

The department has already outgrown the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which was dedicated in 2003. The department's previous home was the decrepit (but homey) Sieg Hall.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by ZipK (#49084657) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Visa and mastercard have issued an ultimatum of sorts to the merchants saying that this will only continue for magnetic stripe until the end of 2015, after which the merchant assumes liability for fraud.

Visa and Mastercard will be splitting the shift in liability between the bank issuing the credit card and the merchant accepting the card. If the bank hasn't issued a chipped card, the bank's will be on the hook for fraud; if the bank's issued a chipped card and the merchant hasn't upgraded their POS, the merchant will be on the hook.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.