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Comment Re:They use webmail for confidential data? (Score 1) 130

Not that I disagree, but in their defense, they are journalists... Considering that their career path is direct dissemination of information, I highly doubt any of the info was to sensitive, excepting personal and account information. Now, if we were talking about DoD contractors discussing top-secret projects on, say, Google Wave, that would be a major issue.

Comment iScrabble? (Score 1) 531

Hmmm... let me think about this for a second... iPad - $600 4 iPhones (no contract) - $1600 Scrabble Board Game from Parker Bros. - $15 ... or, if you're one of those folks that absolutely has to go digital: Scrabble Flash game from - Free Something tells me that the only people willing to pay $2200 for a game of Scrabble will be Mac Fankids and other forms of idiot.

Comment Re:Except of "exclusive titles". (Score 1) 254

I'm all for open platforms, but you can't force these companies to use them if they don't want to.

Actually, you can, especially when said exclusion creates an unfair advantage in the market in question. Ever heard of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act? That said, there happens to be a mile-wide difference between being able to bring an anti-trust suit to court and actually doing it.

Comment Re:But hey... (Score 1) 409

- I saw no other posters at the convention. The poster could have been wildly inappropriate.

From Global Voices Online:

A medium size poster, in English, promoting the 2nd ONI volume “Access Controlled” book was removed by the Internet Governance Forum security forces, because of a phrase on it saying:

The first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building firewalls at key Internet gateways; China's famous “Great Firewall of China” is one of the first national Internet filtering systems.

Just thought I'd clarify.

Comment Re:Customer Service : My Screen is Broken (Score 1) 439

I wonder what would happen if you the advertising IPs in your hosts file? Conceivably you'd be bricking the box (while breaking the ToS you signed up to, too, no doubt).

You bring up an interesting point about which I've always wondered; how is it legal for a company to change the ToS, and still claim that a customer "signed" it? Are all contracts "update-able" in the same manner? What language would I have to use when writing a contract to reflect that property?

I tried that with my work contract once by adding a couple of zeros to the end of the salary field... Unfortunately my paychecks have yet to reflect the change...

Comment Re:barrage of ads; been to the theater lately? (Score 1) 156

  • Ability to buy my tickets online, so that I don't have to wait in line or worry about getting in to a new release.
  • Ability to reserve specific seats when purchasing my tickets, so I don't have to get to the show early for good seats.
  • No extra charge for buying tickets online. Running an online shopping cart should be cheaper than paying a ticket salesperson, so there is no justification for extra fees.
  • No ads. No more than 3 trailers.

Do I sound picky? Perhaps. I have a nice TV at home, and renting movies is very cheap. It is up to the theater to give me a reason to not just stay home.

Sooo, let me get this straight...

  • you want the movie theaters to hire a Webmaster, purchase, set up, and maintain webservers, infrastructure, credit card authentication services, etc. at their own cost and not charge you at all for the privilege
  • you feel that, because you are too lazy to go stand in line for new release tickets, you should, for some reason, be given preference over the movie fanboys/girls standing in line (sometimes for days on end)
  • you think that a high-school kid working a movie ticket counter is more expensive than the aforementioned technology and the personnel required to support it (not to mention the ongoing power and bandwidth costs)
  • you don't think that movies in theaters should have commercials, only a limited number of trailers... can't say I disagree with that one...

Yea, dude, I'd say that's pretty picky... P.S. you can't rent new releases...

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