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Comment: Re:Too Late (Score 1) 175 175

by zenetik (#42657217) Attached to: PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy

After over ten years of destroying businesses and hurting people while hiding behind a blank gray wall of "policy", Paypal are kidding themselves if they think that they can ever recover the goodwill that they've burned.

Well said! But PayPal also has some stiff competition from better services with vastly superior reputations such as Dwolla, Stripe, Amazon payments, Google Checkout, Square, etc.

Comment: Re:Universal service. (Score 2) 601 601

by zenetik (#41137621) Attached to: Would You Pay an Internet Broadband Tax?
If taxpayer money is going to fund broadband, then the taxpayers should *own* the broadband infrastructure it created and lease that back to the broadband providers. I'd be willing to pay a tax on broadband if it chipped at the anti-consumer/anti-innovation broadband monopolies that exist now and put ownership in the hands of those who use it. As it is, I already pay a high price for sub-par broadband access from a company that has openly abused its monopoly because I don't have any other options. It kills me that U.S. providers brag about "lightning fast" speeds (which is about 93,000 miles per second) that are actually "up to" XX mbps (they don't guarantee high speeds, just bill for them), while providers in Japan and South Korea offer substantially faster speeds at substantially lower prices.

Comment: My personal observations... (Score 2, Informative) 961 961

by zenetik (#37530642) Attached to: Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating
I was down there on Day 2 photographing demonstrators and police. This was Sunday, so the NYPD was able to block off Wall Street, the bull, areas near banks, etc. so disruptions by the demonstrators were minimal. An Anon told me they had been forced away from Battery Park and into Zuccotti Park the night before, but there didn't seem to be much tension between demonstrators and police at the time and some of the police seemed friendly with demonstrators. Demonstrators have made it clear time and time again that they are also fighting on behalf of NYPD officers. From reports I've read through Twitter and elsewhere, some NYPD officers have shown at least some support for demonstrators but the "white shirt" commanding officers are the ones who usually instigate trouble. I can't verify this directly, but in many of the photos and videos I've seen of arrests and attacks on demonstrators, "white shirts" appear to have been directly involved. The now-infamous pepper spraying of penned in female demonstrators was done by a white shirt officer who also appears to have sprayed some of his officers as well. I'm planning to head back to Zuccotti Park this week to get more photos, so I'll have a better idea of how much things have changed in the past week or so.

Comment: Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (Score 0, Troll) 984 984

by darkpixel2k (#31641910) Attached to: Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

"Gay names"

You just lost the war dude. Now shut up, crawl back into your cave the the rest of your hate filled, foul mouthed crew.


Right--because when I say 'Gay names', I'm talking in super-secret code that really means 'I hate men who like other men'.

I was raised back when, 'gay' meant you thought something was lame (because my parents were raised to think 'gay' meant 'happy'), and 'fag' was a cigarette.

So let me re-write my post for retards like you:
Using gay lame names like mebi instead of mega.

Happy now? Or should I say gay now?

Comment: It's more than an issue of bribery... (Score 1) 773 773

by zenetik (#30118234) Attached to: Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

I know bribery is accepted practice in the US but here in the EU it is still frowned upon.

Resorting to bribery would signal that Google competitors have given up on competing by creating a better product and instead have to resort to simply paying users to make the switch. It's like being asked to drop your supermodel girlfriend for a bag lady in exchange for a suitcase full of cash.


Anonymous Browsing On Android Phones Using Tor 109 109

Posted by Soulskill
from the privacy-on-the-move dept.
ruphus13 writes "Privacy is becoming a scarce commodity, especially with geo-aware phones. Now, Android phone users can browse anonymously using Tor — a capability, until now, limited to the desktop. From the post: 'We have successfully ported the native C Tor app to Android and built an Android application bundle that installs, runs and provides the glue needed to make it useful to end users. Secure, anonymous access to the web via Tor on Android is now a reality,' writes Guardian Project team member Nathan Freitas. The Tor release uses toolchain wrapper scripts to run Tor without requiring root access."

Comment: Re:Lol wut? (Score 4, Insightful) 280 280

by zenetik (#28995599) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Joins HTML 5 Standard Efforts
In the past, I would have agreed but now I'm not so sure. Microsoft may still hold the largest chunk of the OS pie, but I think it has lost considerable credibility with consumers. Failing to play by the rules has worked for Microsoft in the past, but I don't think that is going to work much longer. I think consumers are growing tired of spending money on inferior software and this discontentment will probably extend to Internet Explorer if it can't play by the rules. HTML 5 is supposed to eliminate competing standards so that everything can work off the same set of rules. For a developer, this is a godsend. No more developing standards compliant code and then having to write bad code in order to appease Internet Explorer. I expect we'll see a developer backlash against browsers that aren't compatible with the standards and this will translate to either Microsoft playing by the rules or watching its browser market share plummet.

Comment: Re:No better than the rest (Score 1) 56 56

by zenetik (#28352479) Attached to: A.P. To Distribute Nonprofits' Investigative Journalism
That's fair. I would hope that all news organizations are viewed with some level of skepticism because there is always the risk of bias -- whether from non-profit donors, advertisers, or editors with an agenda. I apologize my comment came off as an attack against you. Wasn't my intention. The bias comment wasn't directed at you at all and I wasn't trying to generalize. I was just pointing out that the organization I worked for had been criticized for bias based on nothing more than the political leanings of the donors and that the accusations were baseless -- in my experience with that particular organization. My point was that it is possible for a non-profit journalism organization to be unbiased, regardless of its source of funding.

Comment: Re:No better than the rest (Score 1) 56 56

by zenetik (#28336731) Attached to: A.P. To Distribute Nonprofits' Investigative Journalism

Lets all take a cue from Woodward and Bernstein, who all these J school grads aspire to emulate - follow the money. These groups are being funded by people with agendas, just like the media they purport to study/critique.

It's a legitimate concern, but one that can't be used with a broad stroke like you just did. Take ProPublica, for instance. It's funded by left-leaning Herbert and Marion Sandler yet headed by former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger -- and it's staffed with award-winning journalists from major news organizations across the country who have already proven their objectivity and professionalism. The suggestion that the journalists that make up ProPublica could somehow be swayed by the donors is silly. There's nothing really the donors could hold over any of their heads; they could just as easily return to the for-profit news organizations most of them came from and I can't imagine any of them would compromise their journalistic integrity for a job they don't need. I was one of the first batch of reporter interns for Publica, so I speak from my own experience. No one outside of the newsroom was allowed to know what we were investigating (something that drove my friends and roommates nuts with curiosity), and my understanding is that the donors didn't even know what investigations were underway until they read them in the newspaper or saw them on TV with everyone else. But, people who are convinced an organization is biased will also find "evidence" of that bias when the facts don't match their preconceived notions of truth.


The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die 275 275

Posted by Soulskill
from the involuntary-renting dept.
An anonymous reader writes "If you purchase music or movies online, what happens if the vendor goes out of business? Will you have trouble accessing your content? The question came up recently after HDGiants — provider of high-quality audio and video downloads — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A consumer says his content became locked inside his PC. Walmart customers suffered a similar fate last year when the retailer shut down its DRM servers (a decision they reversed after many complaints). And if Vudu dies? Your content may be locked in a proprietary box forever. Time to start buying discs again?"

Ballmer Threatens To Pull Out of the US 1142 1142

Posted by Soulskill
from the tax-schmax dept.
theodp writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is threatening to move Microsoft employees offshore if Congress enacts President Obama's plans to curb tax avoidance by US corporations. 'It makes US jobs more expensive,' complained billionaire Ballmer. 'We're better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the US as opposed to keeping them inside the US.' According to 2006 reports, Microsoft transferred $16 billion in assets to secretive Dublin subsidiaries to shave billions off its US tax bill. 'Corporate tax is part of the overall advantage of doing business in Ireland,' acknowledged Ballmer in 2005. 'It would be disingenuous to say otherwise.'"

Comment: Re:Secret reason for this change! (Score 2, Insightful) 575 575

by zenetik (#27043941) Attached to: Uproar Over Netflix's New Instant Viewer
Even if that's the case, Netflix is punishing the people who are willingly paying for legal content. This is the kind of abuse that makes it understandable for people to throw their hands up in exasperation and say "hey, I tried to hand my money over for legal content but they took advantage of me. Piracy is so much easier to deal with."

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