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Comment: Re:yea but (Score 4, Informative) 574

by _xeno_ (#48626057) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

The OP has it wrong. The theaters would be liable.

Remember the shooting that occurred at a screening of Batman: the Dark Knight? Well, some families of victims are suing the theater and the case is still ongoing. Because there's a chance that the theater may be found liable of not having "enough security" for a random shooting, and because it can be argued that the theaters in this case were "warned ahead of time of a potential attack," they could potentially be found liable should anything happen.

Keep in mind that Sony is only pulling the release after the five largest theater chains refused to show it. And the reason they refused to show it is because they could potentially be liable should anything happen anywhere in any of their theaters. Given the poor reviews the movie is getting they presumably decided that it just wasn't worth any risk as they're probably not going to make much anything off showing it anyway.

+ - Woman game developer may have never "fled her home"-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Previously unknown indie game developer Brianna Wu made international news, including on the green, after claiming on October 11 that threats from the Gamergate movement had forced her to flee her home. As one report briefly mentioned, at that time Wu was on a planned trip to New York where she was scheduled to speak at Comic-Con. Later news interviews placed Wu at her home as they reported that she had fled from it, raising the question of whether she had ever been forced to flee her home at all.

As has come to be usual for any news on this subject, Medium administrators deleted an article that had provided additional evidence that Wu's secret media interview location was in fact her own home from which she had never fled."

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Comment: Re:HashTags suck (Score 1) 162

by _xeno_ (#48568219) Attached to: An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

It could still be a hyperlink. Clicking on the hyperlink would automatically list recent twits using the given tag. Just like on Slashdot.

Which is exactly how they work on Twitter and Facebook?

Putting # signs in the middle of sentences just make it less readable and has no benefit.

Which is why a lot of people stick the hashtags at the end of what they post and not in the middle. The fact that some people "misuse" them (although you can debate that) doesn't mean that they aren't fundamentally different from hyperlinks or they don't serve a useful purpose. They're effectively the <meta name="keywords"> tag in a medium that doesn't accept full HTML.

Underline, or special color is a much better idea.

So basically you're only complaining about the presentation of the hashtag?

Comment: Re:HashTags suck (Score 1) 162

by _xeno_ (#48567289) Attached to: An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

You don't understand the point of hashtags. The concept isn't to link to other tags, the concept is to make your post discoverable by other people. They're hashtags, after all, they tag a post as being related to some concept.

They're just like the tags underneath the Slashdot articles that no one pays attention to, like pleasestop and ohnoitsbennett. They're "reverse hyperlinks" if you will, designed not to send you to other pages, but to get you there from other pages.

Comment: Re:Not surprising at all. (Score 1) 250

by _xeno_ (#48531917) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Moreover it isn't deleting the files as is obvious from just looking at iTunes itself.

Oh, no, I'm pretty sure the OP is trolling and that if he checked within iTunes he'd see he still has all his Ramones music. But my guess is that he's backing up from Windows/Mac OS X to Linux or something like that so anything special Mac OS X does for Time Machine wouldn't work, and that he does have an rsync log showing a bunch of files being deleted. It just should also show a bunch of new files with strangely similar names being added at the same time.

Comment: Re:Not surprising at all. (Score 3, Interesting) 250

by _xeno_ (#48528215) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

I'll bet if you do constantly rsync your iTunes music directory you will see deleted files. Because if you have iTunes set to "manage music" it will rename files according to some scheme that seems to randomly change over time. (Or because you changed some metadata like the song's name.) So it's entirely possible that a whole bunch of files were "deleted" - because iTunes moved them to a different location, and as far as I know, rsync doesn't have the ability to track files being moved around. (And a bit of Googling suggests this is in fact the case and offers some workarounds.)

Comment: Re:I knew it! (Score 2) 250

by _xeno_ (#48527759) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Neither have I. I've never had it delete a song. What I have seen it do (multiple fucking times) is refuse to sync new music over to an iPhone. It'll get as far as "waiting for items to copy" and then just sit there for as long as you're willing to wait, not copying a thing. Googling (and bitching about it on Facebook) reveals I am nowhere near alone in experiencing this problem.

Comment: Re:I knew it! (Score 2, Interesting) 250

by _xeno_ (#48526485) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Did iTunes do it or did the OS she was running do it?

Because as far as I know, unless the thumbdrive was an iPod itself, iTunes isn't capable of formatting it.

I'm guessing that you did something like create a thumbdrive using NTFS or whatever Mac OS X's file system is (HFS?) and then tried to use it on the opposite OS, which balked, and offered to reformat the drive into a filesystem it understood, which your niece just hit "OK" for.

Because iTunes may be a piece of shit (as far as I can tell, when iTunes Match released, Apple intentional broke syncing so it's no longer possible to sync music from iTunes), but I've never heard it do that. (I really should clarify that last one since you can get it to sync, but it easily breaks such that it will stop adding new music to an iPod/iPhone until you factory reset it and copy everything over again. At which point it will break again, so every time you get a new album outside of iTunes, you're in for another "factory reset and copy everything over again" loop. Which sounds like what this lawsuit is about, actually. Oh, and based on the last time this happened, it will then copy things over wrong so that metadata for songs refers to the wrong songs and some songs don't copy completely. I'm not arguing that iTunes isn't a completely broken piece of shit - it is - just that I've never seen it format thumbdrives.)

Comment: Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (Score 2) 92

by _xeno_ (#48515035) Attached to: Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

It looks like you need a Steam account to watch. You can view the list of public broadcasts, but attempting to watch them (even on the supported browsers) brings me to a login page. No idea if it works in just a browser if you have a Steam account.

Oh, and if you're at work, visiting that page also verified other reports that people were using it to stream porn. So visit it at your own risk.

Comment: Re:Unexpected technical issues (Score 1) 171

by _xeno_ (#48479755) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

It was sleazy, it was wrong, it was something that we should not tolerate from any gaming company, but it was part of the deal for a review copy up front and every respectable gaming review outlet turned them down. Yeah, you read that right.

So, none of them?

Honestly asking. I haven't bothered reading any video game specific site in years, primarily because video game sites seemed to either be the corporate "blatantly in bed with the publishers" type (IGN) or "shitty blog not worth anyone's time" type (Kotaku). I'm curious if any gaming review outlet actually turned down the offer and insisted on reviewing a release copy.

Comment: Re:She thought she was the customer (Score 1) 189

by _xeno_ (#48452225) Attached to: Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

Which would explain how Zoosk got her postal code. Your Facebook name and profile picture are (by default at least) entirely public. Anyone going to your Facebook page can see them. They're available through Facebook's Graph API without any form of authentication.

Your postal code, on the other hand, is not. In fact, Facebook doesn't even record that type of information. Your "current location" is basically freeform. (Technically it's a "page" for a given city. But I think you can enter anything you want in there.)

Facebook's ads API, on the other hand, allows you to target by postal code...

Comment: Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (Score 2) 171

by _xeno_ (#48436113) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

The Windows kernel version has almost never matched the marketing versions:

Windows 95: 4.0
Windows 98: 4.10
Windows ME: 4.90
Windows 2000: 5.0
Windows XP: 5.1
Windows Vista: 6.0
Windows 7: 6.1
Windows 8: 6.2
Windows 8.1: 6.3

(Note: Starting with Windows 2000, the versions are NT versions, Windows 95/98/ME are actually numbered based on the DOS Windows (as in Windows 3.1).)

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention, with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequilla. -- Mitch Ratcliffe