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Comment Re:Either way.... (Score 4, Insightful) 290

As the budget situation now is significantly worse than 15 years ago, it seems unlikely that Civilian employees will be made whole after the fact. I love the republicans talking about 'where are the jobs' and then deciding to furlough close to 4 times the number of workers that were added in the latest jobs report over the sum of ~$7B. If the government is closed for a week, that's less than the interest on the National Debt.

The Active Duty military people will be forced to remain, even those that fulfill office type jobs, and will be unpaid until a resolution comes.

This is worse than rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. This is arguing deck chair arrangement theory.

Comment Re:KeyesLab app? (Score 1) 510

I would also like to point at the convoluted/cumbersume checkout function of the android market. If I could buy a pre-paid card with cash at a retail outlet like Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Lowes or any other major retailer like I can for apple, I would feel a lot better about buying that $1 fart app (not really but just go with me on this). The problem that I have to whip out my credit card and go through that hassle means I may as well just whip out my uTorrent and head over to the Pirate Bay. The problem lies in the ease of integration as well as the quality of apps, DRM and other factors. Further, there aren't many more closed systems than that of Apple, and some stats have their piracy rate very high as well too.

Comment Re:Alright! (Score 5, Insightful) 485

The problem however remains that the judge did not sanction the DA or AG who decided that this obvious abuse of the law was a good idea. This is easily rule 11 territory as any first year law student can tell you there is no privacy expectation in a public place. The fact remains is that this guy had to fight to get his rights vindicated and too often, fighting is too expensive.

Comment Double standard (Score 5, Insightful) 378

Oh you mean how apple buys up startups to produce their products or how the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad were really just incremental innovations of other services and products that people were already offering?! Yea, I agree. Apple is the greatest tech company, but lets be honest; they are more polisher than innovator.

For those of you who are new to the tubes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Nomad, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PressPlay, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_pc
Yes, Apple's products did improve upon all these ideas, but they weren't earth shattering. They just used Apple's "size and distribution channels to scale up the innovations" and bring it to the masses.

Comment Committed to their current strategy (Score 2, Funny) 148

About 15 years ago they made a long term investment to running their image into the ground so people would hate them so much that they would be willing to find the bugs for free. It's been working well for a long time, and at this point they have already written the check, why switch.

Microsoft sucks! I'll prove it, look at this random arbitrary glitch in the way they handle SMTP requests.

Thank you very much, fixed. Next!

Crazy like a fox (news anchor).
Idle

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel 228

If you have $765 burning a hole in your pocket, and a penchant for drinking alcohol out of a taxidermied animal, the good folks at BrewDog have just the drink for you. Their latest creation, called The End of History, is a 110 proof beer that comes packaged in a variety of small stuffed animals.

Submission + - Author drops copyright case against Scribd filter. (wired.com)

natehoy writes: Apparently, monitoring for copyright violations is not in itself a copyright violation, lawyers for Elaine Scott decided. As a result, they have dropped the lawsuit against Scribd, who was being simultaneously sued for allowing copies of Scott's work to be published, and retaining an unlicensed copy of the work in their filtering software to try and prevent future copyright violations.
Apple

Submission + - How the iPhone 4 Could Be Apple's Waterloo (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman questions whether Apple's return to blind arrogance over the iPhone 4 may in fact pose a greater threat than Android or Windows Phone 7. 'Apple has been here before. In the mid-1980s, the Mac was a cult product, despite several issues, and its aficionados lapped up whatever Apple dished them. But by the mid-1990s, Apple had gotten drunk on its own Kool-Aid, believing its customers would accept whatever it delivered. For a variety of reasons, Apple began producing shlocky products, epitomized by the Performa family. The Mac faithful became a dead-end cult, attracting no new members, and the company soon found itself at the edge of death by 1997.' And the issue goes deeper than just deleting Consumer Reports references in support forums and circling the wagons with a cone of silence. 'Not even a year ago, Apple pulled the same stunt — twice,' Gruman writes. First, by quietly fixing a flaw in the iPhone OS that had, for over a year, left business users Exchange data at risk, and then over iMac screen-flicker issues. 'What Apple needs to do is simple, even if it goes against company culture: Stop stonewalling. If Apple is lucky, it might be able to fix the problem by offering the $29 iPhone bumper enclosures to all customers at no charge. And if a recall is warranted, Apple should be proactive.' Otherwise, this time around, arrogance could prove a fatal flaw."
Networking

Submission + - IANA IPv4 Exhaustion Predicted in less than a Year (potaroo.net)

dw writes: IANA IPv4 exhaustion, which refers to the day in which ICANN distributes its last 5 large chucks of addresses to the regional registries, is now anticipated to occur within the next 12 months. Year to date, it has already distributed 10 of its 26 /8s, with 16 remaining, and there are signs depletion may be accelerating. Despite IANA exhaustion in about a year, most consumers should not notice immediate impacts, as each regional registry and each ISP will have their own dwindling pools of addresses to utilize. Appropriate or not, the press will likely find IANA exhaustion as a convenient Y2K-like date to doom and gloom about, which should have a much more direct impact on IPv6 (or alternative) implementations, as Executives decide that action is urgent.
Music

Submission + - Pink Floyd manager: don't stop file-sharing (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: The former manager of Pink Floyd has labelled attempts to clamp down on music file-sharing as a "waste of time". "Not only are they a waste of time, they make the law offensive. They are comparable to prohibition in the US in the 1920s," said Peter Jenner, who's now the emeritus president of the International Music Managers' Forum. "It's absurd to expect ordinary members of the public to think about what they're allowed to do [with CDs, digital downloads, etc]... and then ask themselves whether it's legal or not." The comments come as Britain's biggest ISP, BT, said it was confident that Britain's Digital Economy Act — which could result in file-sharers losing their internet connection — would be overturned in the courts, because it doesn't comply with European laws on privacy.
Apple

Submission + - Phantom Emails Plague iPhone 4 Users (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: iPhone 4 users have been reporting phantom emails appearing in their in boxes.

The mysterious mails, which appear with 'No Sender' in the from line and 'No subject' in the subject line are causing much annoyance as they cannot be read or deleted in the normal way.

Data Storage

Submission + - IBM botches IT storage repair, kills bank systems (itnews.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: IBM personnel were blamed by a major Singapore bank after they reportedly botched a "routine" repair job on a disk storage subsystem, resulting in a seven-hour systems outage. The outage was apparently triggered during a repair job on a component within the disk storage subsystem connected to the bank's mainframe. IBM decided to swap out the offending component at 3am but an "oudated procedure" used by the repairer "inadvertently triggered a malfunction in the multiple layers of systems redundancies". The outage led to a gushing apology from the bank's chief executive overnight.

Submission + - There's Nothing New in Windows 7 SP 1 (itworld.com) 1

itwbennett writes: If your business is like many, you've been waiting for Windows 7 SP1 before even thinking about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. But now it turns out that you really didn't need to do that, says blogger Steven Vaughan-Nichols. The reason: The Windows 7 SP1 beta 'is nothing more than a round-up of previous fixes already delivered through Windows Update.'

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