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Comment: Re:Why not... (Score 2) 526

by bobdinkel (#37869656) Attached to: Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

Anyone that has ever owned an iPod or iPhone knows for sure that everything he said is a blatant lie.

I don't know this DJRumpy character, but the claims he made didn't sound all that crazy to me

No, the connectors that interface with the PC are standard USB or Firewire. This is FUD.

That's the physical connector on one side, but I'm pretty sure thing is proprietary. I don't agree with this claim.

Any MP3, AAC, AIFF, or WAV will work with an iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.

This is true.

You are NOT required to use iTunes either. There are a multitude of alternatives (http://www.sourceforge.net).

This claim is a bit ambiguous because I'm not sure if he means the management software or the music store. Regardless, you certainly don't have to use either. You can't rip your own CDs or buy MP3s from Amazon or whatever. And there are alternatives for the management software, but none of them work as smoothly as iTunes. I agree with this claim.

Even if you choose to use iTunes, it can be set to use MP3 if you don't like AAC.

Yup. Totally true.

So three out of his four claims are valid. That's a pretty good fact to bullshit ratio for the internet.

Comment: Re:Microsoft (Score 2) 661

by bobdinkel (#37409084) Attached to: Windows 8 Won't Support Plug-Ins; the End of Flash?
I consume HTML5 video almost daily. Support for HTML5 video in recent browsers is solid. I work for an organization that produces several national and international publications and we publish HTML5 video content daily. Numerous news sites are publishing HTML 5 video. If you want to serve video to iOS devices (and most of us do), you're going to use HTML5. It's here. Really the one problem that I don't see resolved with HTML5 is DRM. Arguably that isn't a problem. But I have a hard time imagining Hulu or Netflix rolling out an HTML5 UI anytime soon.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 225

by bobdinkel (#37277660) Attached to: Another Unreleased iPhone Lost by Employee In a Bar

If you make your living developing web apps for mobile devices, you should care a great deal about a new iPhone. And not because of any of the device's inherent qualities. But because people will be in fact lining up to buy it. It's like the stock market in a sense. A stock is worth a lot because people think it's worth a lot. The iPhone is a big deal because people think it's a big deal.

And people only like Harry Potter because it's secret? Really? Super compelling argument.

Comment: Re:I think Google is being reactionary here (Score 2, Insightful) 272

by bobdinkel (#30962234) Attached to: Google To End Support For IE6

It may seem reactionary, but I suspect the debate about whether to end support for IE6 has been going on for quite some time.

I would be very interested to know what percentage of Google Docs users are still using IE6. I would also be very interested in knowing how much it costs Google to support IE6 (the recent attacks notwithstanding). The development costs of supporting IE6 in any sort of web application are not insignificant. I suspect the percentage of the development budget that Google uses to support IE6 is disproportionate to the percentage of IE6 users.

Dropping IE6 is inevitable. Sure it leaves some people behind, but I'll bet the benefits of doing so significantly outweigh the drawbacks.

Comment: Re:Let it die. (Score 1) 554

by bobdinkel (#28928287) Attached to: The Music Industry's Crisis Writ Large

It seems as though no one is making a distinction between being anti-business and anti-corporation. Personally, I feel that the corporation as a legal entity is indeed a malignancy. But I certainly wouldn't regard myself as anti-business or anti-capitalist. Far from it.

And I've always hated that maxim. It's perniciously simplistic. It's just a pithy way for conservatives to call liberals dumb. It it no way addresses how drastically the terms "conservative" and "liberal" have changed over time.

But just like you I've yet to see a system that I'd rather live under.

Comment: Re:Knowing Government "Intelligence"... (Score 1) 589

by bobdinkel (#28055987) Attached to: FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time

I think you've done a great job of articulating your point (although I disagree with your use of the term "by definition"). I certainly share your frustration with our legal system. Having laws that are generally ignored (or of which we are wholly ignorant) engenders a lack of respect for the law.

But what would the "right" legal system look like? I honestly don't know. That's something that I've never heard satisfactorily explained. Could you offer some details?

Clearly something is broken. How would you fix it?

Comment: Re:Google Lawyer Alexander Macgillivray's Blog (Score 1) 328

by bobdinkel (#27503085) Attached to: Google CEO Warns Newspapers Not To Anger Readers

I'd say Macgillivray is right

He makes a pretty common argument that Google News actually helps every news service as opposed to the AP's claims of hurting them (maybe even stealing from them).

I work for a struggling national newspaper. It isn't the New York Times, but you've certainly heard of it. And for our editorial staff, getting one of our stories picked up by Google news is about the best thing that can happen. We love it.

Comment: Re:"commercial UNIX" (Score 4, Insightful) 699

by bobdinkel (#27447447) Attached to: IBM About To Buy Sun For $7 Billion

At first I thought this was just a troll. But then it dawned on me that you might actually hold these opinions. Wow.

So I wanted to add my two cents.

I'm a Mac user and I find the implication that I've chosen a Mac in order to be cool or because of peer pressure plainly insulting. I don't think the OS is great, but for my needs I think it's the least bad of the major desktop OSes.

  • I can do the things I want to do.
  • I don't have to mess with the OS if I don't want to.
  • I want my peripherals work with minimal effort.

Using those statements as a guide, OS X was the clear winner. By a long shot. Of course that evaluation is subjective--what you want to do and what I want to do are likely rather different.

Frankly, I don't give a shit whether someone know what OS I use. It isn't a part of my identity and it isn't part of an image I wish to project. It's just a preference. Lighten the fuck up.

iPod Update to Address Volume-Level Concerns 264

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the still-listening-to-their-customers dept.
aardwolf64 writes "In an apparent response to the hearing loss lawsuit against Apple, the company has released an update to the iPod nano and 5th generation iPod that allows the user to set the maximum volume level. Parents can even set a lock code that prevents the volume from going above a certain amount." Apple also has instructions at their site on how to implement the changes

Diebold Threatens Wary Voting Clerk 632

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the stuff-to-read dept.
An anonymous reader writes "From the Salt Lake Tribune: a wary county clerk called in BlackBoxVoting.org to test the integrity of Diebold voting fraud machines, part of a recent $27 million statewide purchase (to make sure that only the "Right" candidates win). Diebold goon says machines are now jinxed and it may cost up to $40,000 to fly in a company witch-doctor to make sure there were no warranty violations. Since EVERY SINGLE VOTER who uses these machines is a potential hacker looking to alter election results, why is Diebold so concerned? "

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