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Comment: Fourth time's the charm? (Score 1) 861

Yes, because as we all know Steam ended game piracy, iTunes ended music piracy, and Hulu ended TV show piracy.

Don't get me wrong, I think all those companies are doing great things and are being as competitive as they possibly can be but let's not forget the core of the problem is a big group of people who think they deserve products instantly ('It's in the theatre, why should I have to wait?') and for free.

Comment: Cable TV and internet can be unbundled (Score 1) 502

by hackiavelli (#32058302) Attached to: One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010

I didn't have any problems signing up for cable internet by itself. There wasn't even an installation fee.

I did eventually get cable TV several months later but ended up dropping it when I realized I was paying over $800 a year for something I hardly watched. There wasn't any problem with that either.

Comment: Ah, guilt by implied association (Score 3, Informative) 641

by hackiavelli (#31963834) Attached to: Climate Researchers Fight Back

"Sometimes scientific theories turn out wrong" is just as meaningless and empty a statement about global climate change as "sometimes scientific theories turn out to be right". I could say laypersons doubted heliocentrism, plate tectonics, and evolution too. Would that prove global warming is real?

Certainly, your list of "scientific theories" is dubious at best. Flat earth and phrenology aren't scientific ideas by any standard and cold fusion and N-rays were discredited less than a year after they were publicized.

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Son Sues Mother Over Facebook Posts 428

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-your-family-status dept.
Most kids hate having their parents join in on a discussion on Facebook, but one 16-year-old in Arkansas hates it so much he has filed suit against his mother, charging her with harassment. From the article: "An Arkadelphia mother is charged with harassment for making entries on her son's Facebook page. Denise New's 16-year-old son filed charges against her last month and requested a no-contact order after he claims she posted slanderous entries about him on the social networking site. New says she was just trying to monitor what he was posting." Seems like he could just unfriend her.

Comment: And it's still a horrible idea (Score 2, Interesting) 127

by hackiavelli (#31464122) Attached to: Final Decision Deferred On ".xxx" Domains
Putting aside the entire debate on what qualifies as adult material, you still have the fact that the undisputed pornographic websites aren't going to change TLDs unless forced to hence defeating the entire purpose. It would also lead to the somewhat embarrassing situation of big companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple having to buy .xxx domains to protect their trademarks.
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The Final Release of Apache HTTP Server 1.3 104

Posted by timothy
from the people-of-earth-you're-on-your-own dept.
Kyle Hamilton writes "The Apache Software Foundation and the Apache HTTP Server Project are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.42 of the Apache HTTP Server ('Apache'). This release is intended as the final release of version 1.3 of the Apache HTTP Server, which has reached end of life status There will be no more full releases of Apache HTTP Server 1.3. However, critical security updates may be made available."

Comment: Re:I used to buy DVDs (Score 1) 545

by hackiavelli (#29892423) Attached to: Film Studios May Block DVD Rentals For One Month

The store I bought it from looked at the open shrink wrap and said "Sorry". They wouldn't even let me exchange it because, according to the manager, they'd have to eat the cost of it.

That's a shoddy operation. Most retailers can get exchanges or credit from the manufacturer but even if this is a case where they couldn't they never should have let the customer take the loss. It's a good way to lose a customer for good (and for the measly wholesale cost of a DVD).

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