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Comment the MSFT music model (Score 1) 319

You don't lose the music -- Microsoft knows full well their DRM is cracked. Their DRM is purely for show and to appease the music labels. And for that matter so is Itunes if you use a record through sound card sort of software. So the MSFT model is MUCH better because it is ACTUALLY as much music as I care to record for a monthly fee.

Comment Re:America, (Score 4, Interesting) 1656

Having set up the streaming watching at a university, I can tell you that had the best quality stream by a mile. Of course they probably had significantly better demand. I ended up having to use 3g cards on laptops because the internal network collapsed. And we have dark fiber...60000 users trying to stream at their desks is a bad thing.

Comment Re:Share your connections? (Score 1) 451

Don't forget to use this defense when the RIAA comes knocking. *kidding* I actually don't understand why condos aren't doing this or why there isn't a company selling something like this. In most cities, there are plenty of multi-family homes in which are begging for someone to run wifi and charge less than what teh cable company is charging.

Comment hidden benefit of 4 tens (Score 1) 1055

I've been working 4 10s for seven years, and I can pick which day of the week I'm off. Sometimes I'll put a friday and monday back to back for a 4 day weekend. As a result I get to save my vacation and sick days for when I want to use them, instead of when I have to. 3 years in a row I've ended up cashing in a week of vacation time every year.

Comment Re:No need (Score 1) 393

I hear you brother in small government, but to have someone with that much common sense and technology experience in cabinet meetings makes every decision that much better. I guarantee you there are plenty of areas of government that can be optimized with better tech. I go to 10 meetings a week (because my life sucks) where I don't think I need to be there, but I end up making suggestions about ways to use technology that make this project or that project MUCH better. Bill Joy will do the same. He won't make technology decisions, he'll be advising others how they can use technology they may not be aware of.

Submission + - Can Palm Regain Its Developer Edge? (

snydeq writes: "Palm CEO Ed Colligan recently trumped up the upcoming Palm OS, Nova, as a next-generation, Web-based marvel, but the real reason Nova will likely be irrelevant before it hits the ground is that Palm has "lost focus on one of the most important contributors to its early success: the independent developer community," Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes. Colligan and company have offered little insight into its Linux-based Nova. Not a peep from the Palm developer forum, either. "Meanwhile, Apple and Google are basing their systems around existing, well-understood technologies, including WebKit and the new SquirrelFish JavaScript engine. A common Web platform that spans the desktop and handheld devices is beginning to emerge — where is Palm?""
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Submission + - EA says no Madden 09 on PC (

fishdan writes: "Wired is reporting that EA will not release Madden '09 to PC. EA has an exclusive license with the NFL to be the sole producer of video games through 2009. Although there are other "football" games out there such as Midway's Blitz: The League, Madden is still VERY popular. As a current online PC player, at any give time there are 60 people online looking to play PC games, and at peak times well over 300.

You have to wonder what the NFL thinks about this. Will they open up bidding in 2010? And what about the gamers? What is the real future of games on the PC? Is this going to motivate anyone to buy a console? Or will MSFT start selling a XBox360 emulator, and make this all moot."


AT&T Invents Surveillance Programming Language 119

An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has long been associated with advances in the programming arts as well as communications. They've recently brought those disciplines together to create a powerful datamining language called Hancock. Hancock is a C variant developed to mine gigabytes of the company's telephone and internet records for surveillance purposes. 'The manual for the language includes a Hello World variant that shows you how to write a program that will parse logs of IP addresses and record them into permanent hashes. The program for parsing millions of records as they flow into permanent data farms sounds oddly close to the data mining the NSA performed after 9/11 to find targets for its warrantless spying on American citizens calls and emails."

Submission + - I am the bad boss!! what now?!?

Anonymous writes: I'm an IT manager since almost 2 years now and out of no-where (maybe arrogance), I decided to do a 360 feedback (using one of those websites). Employees were able to answer anonymously and, now I'm sure, didn't hold on anything on their mind. Turned out I'm not very good; pretty much very bad. As suggested, I'm one of those managers who got promoted due to "technical prowess" in my previous position. And in all honesty, although I like the job (well, before I did...), I didn't sign up for this (people who hates you and goes bad mouthing about you — not that they're not right, just that I don't want to be known like that). What should I do now? You guys saw anyone in that same position (maybe you?) and actually turned it over and became a good boss?

Submission + - How do you handle Spambot Attacks?

Amazing Quantum Man writes: "I'm a member of a site devoted to nitpicking tv shows and movies (Site link not posted as it is currently under spambot attack, and doesn't need a slashdotting to go along with it). It has always had an open posting policy — no registration required, you ould use any name you wanted, etc...

This policy (instituted way back in 1998) led to some quite fun, freewheeling threads on various boards.

Recently, we have come under spambot attack, with spambots posting links to gambling and porn sites on every single discussion board on the site. The admins have been trying to block IPs, but it's useless against a botnet.

As a defense, it looks like the site is going to require registration, and disable anonymous posting. Many regulars, while they understand the need, are concerned that the freewheeling character of the site will be lost.

Let me continue by saying that I'm not a site admin, merely a member there. Also, if it helps, the site in question is running Discus.

Has anyone here been in a similar situation? How did you handle it? What did it do to the "culture" of your site?"

Submission + - Chris Anderson Interview

endychavez writes: "This interview with Chris Anderson, Editor of Wired and author of The Long Tail, applies the economic transformation described in the book's title to a wide swath of industries, far beyond books and CDs. Everything from beer to automobiles are covered in this piece.

From Chris Anderson: "When Anheuser Busch created a division called Long Tail Libations to do microbrews, I realized that people were finding resonance in very traditional industries I had not anticipated. I've spoken to companies involved in heavy machinery, shoes, coffee, agricultural goods, consumer packaged goods. The long-tail concept makes perfect sense to them, so I've been on a serious learning curve about subjects like agricultural machinery, just so I can map the phenomenon to their businesses.""

Domain Resale Market Is Phisher Heaven 120

Krishna Dagli writes "Finish security firm F-Secure has discovered that alongside the sale of such innocuous domains as comes the resale of domains that obviously belong to banks or other financial institutions., for example, is reselling domains like, and 'Why would anybody want to buy these domains unless they are the bank themselves — or a phishing scammer?,' F-Secure asks."

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