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Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 2) 787

by njnnja (#47928467) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I'm sure the children^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsons of the ruling class are getting plenty of instruction in disciplines of military value. They will be able to buy weapons from more advanced nations with money obtained from oil sales and ransoms. It is only the ruled who will be kept ignorant so that they are easier to control. Therefore it is likely that they will last a great while, unless a greater military force (most likely external) finds it in its own best interest to overthrow them.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

by njnnja (#47889545) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I've never owned a Mac (iPhones yes, Mac no), so I can't say with 100% certainty, but I'm pretty sure the experience on one is vastly different from the other.

Part of that expectation comes from the fact that the operating system of the Mac is named "OS X" and the operating system on the phone/tablets is named "iOS". If they named the iPhone OS "OS X" there probably would be confusion.

+ - Celebrity nude pictures leaked due to apparent iCloud hack-> 1

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swinferno (1212408) writes "Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan.

It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence herself complained about the service in an interview with MTV.

Several media contacted Apple for more information but they have not commented on this yet."

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+ - Stars Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak

Submitted by PapayaSF
PapayaSF (721268) writes "Nude celebrities, bitcoins, and Apple: it's a story seemingly designed to stir up the entire internet. Scores of private photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have been leaked (allegedly from Apple's iCloud), and posted on 4chan in exchange for bitcoins. A list of 100+ names has appeared, but pictures have not yet appeared for many names on the list (including Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Kaley Cuoco). Victoria Justice claims the photos of her are fake. Twitter accounts are being shut down. The story is still developing, so grab your popcorn."

+ - XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller for 5 Months->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Tuesday is the official release date for the newest book from the geeky cartoonist behind XKCD — yet it's already become one of Amazon's best-selling books. Thanks to a hefty pre-order discount, one blogger notes that it's appeared on Amazon's list of hardcover best-sellers since the book was first announced in March, and this weekend it remains in the top 10. Randall Munroe recently announced personal appearances beginning this week throughout the U.S. (including Cambridge, New York, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area) — as well as a Google Hangout on Friday, September 12. Just two weeks ago he was also awarded the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story — and now many of his appearances are already sold out."
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Comment: Re:The drugs are terrible (Score 1) 200

by njnnja (#47680411) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

move up to lighter drugs (lighter side effects, even if less effective), and then into the heavy shit (methylphenedate, adderall, drug cocktails)

What are "lighter drugs"? Not trying to call you out; I appreciate the level of honesty in your post. But I thought that stimulants were lighter drugs, compared to, say, antidepressants or antipsychotics

Comment: Re:Hipsters. (Score 2) 98

by njnnja (#47677987) Attached to: Correcting Killer Architecture

Go back in time a little and enormous cultural variations can be found in architectural design

Perhaps that says more about the reduction in cultural variances than changes in architectural design. Huge commercial skyscrapers dominate the skyline of globalized commercial centers around the world because globalized commercial centers share the same culture.

Comment: Re:begs FFS (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by njnnja (#47668033) Attached to: Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Being against this particular transaction is not the same as being against the evolution of language. As far as I can tell, the new meaning of the phrase "begs the question" is the same as "raises the question," except with the additional nuance that the speaker/writer wants to sound like a person who is well read enough to have encountered the phrase in its original usage but, in fact, is not and has not. Being against that does not make one a grammar nazi or language Luddite.

Comment: Re:Not a barrier (Score 1) 183

by njnnja (#47664435) Attached to: Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

So you rarely find someone who says "I would pay $115 (but not $116) after shipping for a 500GB (but not 500 GiB) SSD."

Although the particular person at $115 is pretty rare, they are very important, since they are the marginal buyer at $115. The "rare" marginal buyer at 115, and the "rare" buyer at 116, and at 117, and at 118, etc.create the demand curve.

But there are likely to be discontinuities in the curve, especially at round numbers, so the number of marginal buyers of a 500gb drive from $250 down to $249 is probably a decent sized chunk, whereas the number of buyers from say $257 to $256 is probably not so significant.

+ - Hotel charges guests $500 for bad online reviews

Submitted by njnnja
njnnja (2833511) writes "In an incredibly misguided attempt to reduce the quantity of bad reviews (such as these), the Union Street Guest House, a hotel about 2 hours outside of New York City, had instituted a policy to charge groups such as wedding parties $500 for each bad review posted online. The policy has been removed from their webpage but the wayback machine has archived the policy.

If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us a deposit of any kind for guests to stay at USGH there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH placed on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding or event If you stay here to attend a wedding anywhere in the area and leave us a negative review on any internet site you agree to a $500. fine for each negative review.


Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 401

by njnnja (#47467041) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Yes clearly my recommendation is jurisdiction-limited. In most countries they would probably wonder why you are talking about a state attorney general in the first place, as I doubt it's a common title outside of the US. Of course, a customer service rep in plenty of countries would probably wonder why you are speaking in English to them in the first place.

But seriously even if I had the choice between a bureaucrat in a well-functioning regulatory body versus an aggressive American lawyer I would still pick the attorney general to best protect my interests.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2) 401

by njnnja (#47461197) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

The correct hard ball approach is: I am recording this call and forwarding to my state attorneys general

FTFY. Large companies generally aren't afraid of most government agencies, due to regulatory capture. But tell them that you might be in touch with the office of an ambitious politician with subpoena power and suddenly they become very helpful.

+ - Social Media Company Stock CYNK is Worth $5 Billion Despite No Revenue or Assets 1

Submitted by njnnja
njnnja (2833511) writes "In what might be considered a sign that there is another tech bubble, social media company CYNK stock has been on a tear lately, and in the course of about a month has increased in value about 25,000%, and now has a market cap of over $6 billion. However, the company appears to have no revenue, no assets, and only one employee."

+ - Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo's Streaming TV Service->

Submitted by bsharma
bsharma (577257) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices.

Launched a year ago in New York and then extended to 10 other U.S. cities, it allows customers to watch over-the-air TV programs on a smartphone, tablet, or computer for as little as $8 a month. Selections can be viewed live or recorded for later viewing."

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Time sharing: The use of many people by the computer.