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Comment: Not just Amazon, Apple too. (Score 3, Informative) 90

by welshsocialist (#41652315) Attached to: Amazon Kindle eBook Users To Get Refunds After Settlement

It appears that Apple is also involved with this settlement. Here's the email I just got:

Benefits from an Attorney General E-books Settlement Fund

Para una notificación en Español, llamar o visitar nuestro website.

[Settlement ID Number]

Records indicate that you are eligible for a payment from Settlements reached by the State Attorneys General with electronic book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. The Settlements resolve an antitrust lawsuit about the price of electronic books. Apple Inc. (“Apple”) has not been sued in this case. It is assisting in providing this notice as a service to its customers.

What the Settlements Provide

The Settlements create a $69 million fund for payments to consumers who purchased qualifying electronic books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012. If the Court approves the Settlements, eligible consumers like you will receive credits to your iTunes account. The credit can be used on any purchases of electronic books. The amount of your payment has been determined based on the qualifying electronic book purchases identified by Apple in your iTunes account.

How to Receive your Benefit

Because you are pre-qualified, you do not need to do anything at this time to receive your credit. If the Court approves the Settlements, you will receive another email letting you know how to activate your credit. Once you activate the credit, it will be applied to your account by Apple. (If you bought electronic books from more than one retailer, you may receive notices with different instructions about whether you will receive a credit or need to file a Claim Form for that retailer. You will have a separate claim for each retailer and you should follow the specific instructions from each one.)

You also have the option to receive a check instead of your credit. You can request a check by calling 1-866-621-4153, or going to the Settlement website listed below, and clicking on the Check Request Option link. Be sure to reference the Settlement ID number found at the top of this email. The Settlement website is:

www.EBookAGSettlements.com

Your Other Rights

You can choose to exclude yourself from the Settlements and keep your right to sue on your own. If you exclude yourself, you can't receive any benefits from the Settlements. If you don't exclude yourself, you can submit objections about the Settlements.

Your written Exclusion Form or objections must be postmarked by December 12, 2012. Please visit the Settlement website for detailed information on how to submit a valid Exclusion Form or objection.

A separate lawsuit against two other publishers and Apple continues and is set for a trial in 2013. Apple denies the allegations in that lawsuit. Your rights in the separate suit are not affected by any action you take in regards to these Settlements.

The Court will hold a hearing on February 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. to consider whether to approve the Settlements. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing.

For more detailed information:
Call 1-866-621-4153 or Visit www.EBookAGSettlements.com

Comment: Re:Not a problem (Score 1) 650

by welshsocialist (#33432302) Attached to: Just Where Is The Lincoln Memorial, Anyhow?

The Lincoln Memorial is that big building pictured on the penny.

Since 2008 Lincoln Memorial is no longer on the penny. It was replaced last year with four designs that commemorated Lincoln's life. This year the design changed again, showing the depiction of a shield. For details, see the US Mint.

Comment: Re:I don't need (Score 1) 909

by welshsocialist (#31935592) Attached to: Steve Jobs Recommends Android For Fans of Porn

They also censor artists who criticize Walmart.

This is correct. In the late 1990's Sheryl Crow had a song with the lyric Watch out sister/Watch out brother/Watch our children as they kill each other/with a gun they bought at the Wal-Mart discount stores. It was banned and to this day the album isn't available in stores (or online). It is available on their download site here. Go figure. For details on the controversy, see here.

As for the story at hand. I've learned to mostly avoid the App Store and the entire iTunes store. It isn't worth it anymore.

Comment: Re:Hold the Phone, or even better Read the Article (Score 1) 450

by welshsocialist (#30649984) Attached to: INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

....or even better, Real the Documents!

You can find Reagan's 1983 Executive Order on the subject here. In my reading of the text, it puts INTERPOL under the rules of the International Organizations Immunities Act in all areas except for customs duties and tax. Obama's Executive Order (which is here) appears to put INTERPOL under the remaining rules that Reagan didn't do. If one wants to blame Obama for giving INTERPOL unlimited immunity, then Reagan should be blamed as well since he put the organization under this Act to begin with.

Comment: Re:No, actually the original IS copyrightd... sort (Score 1) 447

by welshsocialist (#30519900) Attached to: Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope

It isn't just the UBS 4 (and NA 27) that is copyrighted. The most current edition of the Majority Text by Maurice A. Robinson is, but he gives it away (see here). The only PD Greek texts I know of would probably be the Scrivener edition of the Textus Receptus and the Westcott & Hort text as both were completed in 1881. Its sad it is like this, but what can you do?

Comment: Re:But (Score 1) 423

by welshsocialist (#29803151) Attached to: Verizon's Challenge To the iPhone Confirmed

I really agree with this post. When I was shopping for a replacement for my Creative NOMAD II in 2004-05, I was amazed by how much Apple's competitors were trying to out iPod the iPod. The worst of these was Creative. Their Zen Micro line was a dead ringer for the iPod, interface wise. This seems to still be the case all of these years later. In short, if these companies want to get folks out of the iWorld, they need to step up their game and not try to out iPhone the iPhone. Only time will tell if this happens.

Comment: Re:Presidents (Score 1) 155

by welshsocialist (#26940187) Attached to: Bands Bypass iTunes With iPhone Apps

On the other hand "Peaches" charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #29. However "Lump" never charted on the Hot 100. The song however peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.

As for me, I remember the Presidents from back in the day - mainly for "Peaches". I got the debut used last year and really like it as well. Overall I prefer the Presidents to what passes for music now.

Comment: Re:Obviously a vast Left wing conspiracy (Score 1) 785

by welshsocialist (#26298961) Attached to: Microsoft Zunes Committing Mass Suicide

Hello all,

Obama owns an iPod; see the Chicago Sun-Times.

As for your other point, I agree with you about this being something the Zune doesn't need. Two years ago, I saw the Zune and wasn't that impressed. As someone who has used various iPods and Creative's NOMAD, I'm not gloating. This could have happened to any device out there. To me this is just another MS goof in the worst way. Didn't they learn anything from Y2K?

Amiga

AmigaOS 4 415

Posted by kdawson
Second five-eighth writes "The Amiga is alive and sort of well (you can get the OS, but not the hardware), and Ars Technica has a review of the final version of AmigaOS 4. New features include limited memory protection, 3D display drivers, an improved suite of applications (the bounty for porting Mozilla to AmigaOS has yet to be claimed), and much better 680x0 emulation. Perhaps most telling, the reviewer was able to move his daily writing workflow from Windows XP to AmigaOS 4.0: 'Not only was it possible to do this, but having done so I feel no urge to switch back. It is nice to not have any distractions when working — there is no waiting for the system to swap out when switching between major applications, no constant reminders for updates or to download new virus definitions and even if the worst happens and the system locks up, it takes only seven seconds to reboot and get back to a functional desktop.'"
Wireless (Apple)

Apple Charges For 802.11n, Blames Accounting Law 471

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-release-early-or-often dept.
If you have a Core 2 Duo Macintosh, the built-in WLAN card is capable of networking using (draft 2) 802.11n. This capability can be unlocked via an update Apple distributes with the new AirPort Extreme Base Station. Or, they will sell it to you for $4.99. Why don't they give it away for free, say with Software Update? Because of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (which was passed in the wake of the Enron scandal). iLounge quotes an Apple representative: "It's about accounting. Because of the Act, the company believes that if it sells a product, then later adds a feature to that product, it can be held liable for improper accounting if it recognizes revenue from the product at the time of sale, given that it hasn't finished delivering the product at that point."
Privacy

+ - Tom from MySpace is Phishing 148,000,000 Friends!

Submitted by
SkyDude
SkyDude writes "From Wired Blogs: If we spent our time reporting every scam, phishing attack and other security hack that hit MySpace we wouldn't have time for anything else, but this one is funny. Someone apparently hacked MySpace's "Tom" account (the default friend for all new members) to send out a link to a phishing scam. Not news really until you consider that the Tom account has roughly 148,059,490 friends. What we'd like to know is how much money a phishing attack against MySpace can really generate — do they ask the marks to steal their parent's credit cards or something? [via Digg]
http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/01/the_morn ing_reb_9.html"

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