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Comment Re:$52/yr is a lot for a subscription (Score 1) 579

They still have a print magazine, and it's only $19.99 a year AND comes with a "free digital subscription". So I'm not sure why their charging over 2x for a digital-only subscription. Reminds me of something a newly-minted marketing major would attempt..."psychological marketing of only $1 / week!"

There are ads in the print magazine, a lot of them. It's essentially subsidized.

As for specific digital pricing, from what's been written it sounds like a lot of that comes from the need to have monthly pricing, as not everyone wants to buy a year at a time.

Comment Re:Ah, Microsoft (Score 3, Insightful) 502

As I see it, when the AI uprising finally occurs and they cull the human race, they may want to keep a few of us around to do the few things robots can't do. In which case saying please and thank you to the nice lady in my phone has to put me higher on the list than telling my phone to fuck off, right?

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 2) 106

Doesn't this prove by example that there is no last mile scarcity on Verizon's wireless network?

Eh, yes and no. If Go90 can truly clog up Verizon's bandwidth, they'll be making so much money that network expansion costs are little to be concerned about.

The physical issues with congestion are real, and while Verizon can solve them, they want to be paid more (i.e. profit more) if they're going to have to spend more.

Comment Re: Farewell to the soulskill and samzenpus (Score 2) 581

And now poor Timmy is working his fingers bloody posting stories day and night! But at least we now have Unicode support...

Serious question, but how many full time editors does it really take to run Slashdot? You have to manage the Firehose and prepare stories, but since those are largely editing and posting works submitted by others, it doesn't seem like there's a lot of day-to-day writing as a Slashdot editor.

The only real hardship here is that Slashdot has tended to post news over an 18 hour window or so. But what's to say that this stuff isn't prepared in advance and on a timer?

Having multiple editors is great for getting different opinions and covering various time zones for breaking news. But otherwise? I don't see how this couldn't be done with two people.

Comment Re:Any VGA? (Score 1) 158

Ah, modern laptops. They are thinner than ever, and they do all that the old ones could, provided you pack with them a HDMI-VGA dongle, a USB-Ethernet dongle, an external CD/DVD reader and an external hard disk for storage.

VGA ports are massive compared to the thickness of any modern laptop. Even before VGA was pulled, laptop manufacturers had already switched to proprietary "mini VGA" form factors, and this still was roughly as large as a full size HDMI port.

There is no good solution to the VGA problem other than killing it. Sources and displays are all digital and have been for ages; projectors have supported DVI/HDMI for some period of time now and should be wired up that way.

Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 4, Insightful) 442

Agreed. TFS opens up with the headline "debt collectors," but there's a massive difference between private debts and public debts. And even then there's still a huge difference between debts like taxes, and punitive debts like fines.

If you can't pay your court fines, then you're supposed to be in jail in the first place. That you're essentially racking up more fines by being on lam (and causing the government to expend resources to catch you) doesn't seem all that problematic to me.

Comment Re:Awesome, but... (Score 1) 117

But while this (unrealistic) fine in the tens of billions of dollars is big headlines for these AGs, maybe before they tear a ligament patting themselves on the back, they could also do some (less glamorous but more impactful) work against these mom and pop scam outfits?

They do. The problem with a fly-by-night operation is that it's a fly-by-night operation. Scammers aren't running legitimate, fixed businesses, and that makes them hard to shutdown.

What you hear about in the news now and then are the dumb ones. But the smart ones are behind enough VoIP gateways, call centers, and off-shore accounts that you can never trace them to the true individuals running the operation; they'll just shuffle the deck now and then. It's every Internet problem of an attacker going through many proxies combined with the real-world problem of shell companies and jurisdiction.

Comment Re:Probably not terror at all. (Score 3, Interesting) 60

I'd be willing to bet that all of those fiber cuts were caused by would-be copper thieves who didn't know how to tell the difference between the two. Copper wire theft is happening fairly frequently in the Bay Area, thanks in no small part to growing poverty rates.

Two years ago you'd be correct. But now? Copper is down 24% in the last year alone; it's currently only $2/pound.

When copper was $3+ (and especially at $4), yes, copper theft was an issue. However now that prices are down copper theft has dropped off significantly. Which is not to say that it has gone away entirely, but when copper is this cheap, stealing it and fencing it is an increasingly poor use of time at a whole $2 per pound. So I would be surprised if that was the issue; there are better ways to make money at these prices.

Comment Re:Good time to be an Android developer! (Score 1) 215

I wonder how much stuff this is going to break?

That's my first thought as well. OpenJDK is almost identical to Oracle Java as far as I know (it's even the reference implementation for Java starting with 7), so what are the real implications of this? And just what exactly is Google "giving up" by moving to OpenJDK?

Comment Re:Yes... please. (Score 1) 30

It would be nice to see the smartphone gaming market move away from Candy Crush like stuff back to games that are actually playable without having to buy large amounts of some in game currency. I would pay for levels and expansions... real content. Having to pay just for a chance at moving on... sorry, got better things to do.

For what it's worth, Apple is trying to do just this. They have an entire curated collection called Pay Once & Play, which promotes games with no IAPs,

However there's only so much they can do, since taking away IAPs entirely would be suicidal. Any transition needs to be undertaken willingly by game publishers.

Comment Re:What about suing the Electric Power Company too (Score 3, Informative) 166

is the Electric Company also just as liable to tens of millions in damages for clearly supplying power to both the alleged perp and to the Cox internet connection utility?

I know this is meant to be rhetorical/alarmist, but the answer is no.

The DMCA - specifically, the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act - deals with communications, not power. There is nothing on the books about electric companies being responsible for infringement.

Comment Re:Why is Cox fined? (Score 1) 166

The jury also held that Cox had contributed the infringement, probably by "materially contributing" to the infringement.

The issue is that this is all pretty cut & dry under the DMCA. BMG filed DMCA complaints against Cox, and Cox didn't take what the court found to be "expeditious" efforts to resolve the infringement.

As an ISP, Cox only gets safe harbor protection if they're reasonably handling complaints. As the court records show, they were essentially doing nothing even to stop the more egregious of repeat offenders. Without safe harbor to protect them, they're essentially aiding the offenders, hence the guilty verdict and fine.

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