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Comment: Free for tracks you buy from Amazon (Score 1) 222

by borkus (#35655126) Attached to: Amazon Releases Cloud-Based Music Service

A key thing with this service is that it's FREE for mp3s you buy from Amazon. From their help pages -

"All new Amazon MP3 purchases saved to Cloud Drive do not count against your storage quota."

So, if I buy mp3 files from Amazon, I have a free backup AND and I can play them across any Internet connection or from an Android phone. This puts Amazon's online music store on a more competitive footing against Apple. To date, Apple's advantage has been its integration of Store + Music Management + Portable Playback. For the growing number of Android owners, Amazon's store offers a comparable level of integration. I may even draw some iPod/iTunes users to Amazon.

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Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats 343

Posted by samzenpus
from the urban-opossum-blight dept.
__roo writes "In a bizarre case of life imitates the Simpsons, New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own."

Comment: Re:Why don't they build themselves a sewer system (Score 1) 413

by borkus (#31405226) Attached to: Disposable Toilet To Change the World

Actually, decent sewer systems are a lot more recent that that. Romans only had sewer systems in large cities. European royalty still died of cholera in the 19th century and the US had a cholera epidemic as late as 1910. So effective modern water treatment and sewerage has only been around since the early 20th century.

First hand, I own a 19th house in a medium sized city on the US east coast. Built on the edge of town in 1855, it had an outhouse until the early 1920s.

Comment: Re:He did it to himself. (Score 1) 289

by borkus (#31149024) Attached to: 'Iceman' Gets 13 Years For 2nd Hacking Offense

There are many fields where major lapses in professional ethics will kick you out of the profession for life.

A fiend of mine who's a cop once busted a guy driving a dump truck while under the influence. Not only did he have the DUI on his regular driving record, the conviction cost him his commercial driver's license PERMANENTLY. He can never drive any truck for a living ever again. It may sound harsh, but the driver was swerving while driving a vehicle that could level a house.

Likewise, there are criminal and even just negligent behavior that can cause lawyers, accountants and doctors to lose their license - flushing away years of experience and education.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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