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Comment Re:Class action suit? (Score 1) 548

You just have to accept that Comcast's local monopoly is perhaps not the most pressing issue for your city.

That's probably what we have to fix. Before it probably wasn't even close to being a pressing issue. Nobody gave a shit who provided internet service as long as they had access. Now we've got problems left and right. The ACTA simply still existing and in consideration is one such disaster waiting to happen, if it hasn't already. Another bill passed giving the government and other interested parties the _unrestricted_ ability to completely take down sites based on copyright issues. Emphasis on unrestricted. Taking action against illegal and clearly defined sites I'm fine with, but the powers given are so unrestricted you'd think the smart law makers were baked the day that bill passed because they've given up on the shit hole our system has become. I learned that when laws are passed that allow one party to forcefully comply with certain procedures they are so tightly restricted that it only affects the cases the law was actually brought up for (illegal sharing and profiteering). Even the hint of a copyright violation and your site can go down, or blocked by the ISP. I don't want to play the slippery slope card because most of the time it's an incorrect assumption, but the clear lack of well defined and restricted boundaries hint at more problems down the road.

Here's the problem that should be more pressing: our connection to the internet is coming dangerously close to being choked and restricted by those in power (aka people with money). Second part of that problem is that most people currently have _one_ choice when it comes to getting that connection. In my area, I've got Comcast. Oh, and another shady person couple blocks down offering to set up a special internet package, but it turns out their connection was Comcast as well. Whatever they were doing, that's not what I would consider an "alternative" to the monopoly we've got here.

How do we fix this? Let's start by getting more people to understand that this is a problem they cannot stand idly by watch unfold.

Comment Re:Flash *video* comes to iPhone (Score 2, Informative) 182

I can think of one use, but it's not something that's common (yet). Sound Manager 2 makes use of Flash and when done right it can be used to add sound to the UI. It's not done right, if at all usually, but sounds that represent interactions with the UI can do wonders for the user experience and intuitiveness.

Comment Horrible Analogy (Take 2) (Score 1) 346

The title includes "Take 2" because it seems that my words offended someone and were forcibly removed from the conversation. Hopefully that was only because of my foul language and not due to foul play by somebody else. I really wanted to see replies to my comment but that can't happen when it outright gets deleted without so much of a notice, can it? I made my post last night, and basically archived it on my blog at the same time last night so thankfully I can repost it (with the expletives edited out).

Consumer Watchdog really dropped the ball on this one. The analogy in their (potentially creepy) advertisement fails on a level that hurts their cause. Supposedly, Google is handing out ice cream and requesting full body scans in return? What Google provides isn’t akin to [expletive] buying ice cream, those [expletive] [expletive] seem to feel like just because they can make an analogy it’s correct.

Warning: logic up ahead!

Ice cream cannot be compared to the search capabilities and other apps Google provides. Unless you are in the business of dealing with ice cream (whether selling, re-selling, or providing them to a game show so they can dump it on a contestant’s head) ice cream will never be a vital component. What Google provides are search, analytic, and collaboration tools (among others) that are the lifeblood for some companies (who provide support) and the backbone of others (even the U.S. government).

By comparing that to ice cream they make themselves look like silly little [expletive]. I apologize for my rudeness but this pisses me off.

I completely understand and agree that tracking is invasive by nature. I want you to understand that I’m not simply backing Google because I’m in love with them or getting paid off; IANAL, but the manner in which this advert portrays Google is unfair and will not hold up should it be presented to a court.

I personally don’t think that a “Don’t Track Me” list will work. How many people have heard, been witness to, or a victim of unsolicited phone calls after putting themselves on a “Do Not Call” list? I’m not going to argue much about that, though. My real beef is with the advert.

Comment Horrible analogy (Score 1) 346

Google is handing out ice cream and requesting full body scans in return? What Google provides isn't akin to fucking buying ice cream, those stupid S.O.B.s seem to feel like just because they can make an analogy it's correct.

Warning: logic up ahead!

Ice cream cannot be compared to the search capabilities and other apps Google provides. Unless you are in the business of dealing with ice cream (whether selling, re-selling, or providing them to a game show so they can dump it on a contestant's head) ice cream will never be a vital component. What Google provides are search, analytic, and collaboration tools (among others) that are the lifeblood for some companies (who provide support) and the backbone of others (even the U.S. government).

By comparing that to ice cream they make themselves look like silly little shits. I apologize for my rudeness but this pisses me off.

I completely understand and agree that tracking is invasive by nature. I want you to understand that I'm not simply backing Google because I'm in love with them or getting paid off; IANAL, but the manner in which this advert portrays Google is unfair and will not hold up should it be presented to a court.

I personally don't think that a "Don't Track Me" list will work. How many people have heard, been witness to, or a victim of unsolicited phone calls after putting themselves on a "Do Not Call" list? I'm not going to argue much about that, though. My real beef is with the advert.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PlayStation Plus (Sucks)

pjfontillas writes: Usually when I get an email from Sony with the subject "Here's your PlayStation Store update" I quickly skim through it and move on. This one made me do a double-take, actual reading, and finally clicking through to learn more about it. PlayStation Plus is a service designed to make Sony more money. PlayStation Plus promo

Let's be honest, that's all it ever would be. However, the last part of the PlayStation Plus description, if possible, swiftly kicked me in the balls when I wasn't paying attention: "All free games and add-ons are yours to keep and use the entire time you are a PlayStation®Plus subscriber. All this, and much more." Much more? Sweet! UGH. Wait, what? The free stuff you give me can only be used while I'm a subscriber? So it's not really free? More like... on loan or something? I know you want my money, and I might be willing to give it to you, but don't tell me something is free when it really isn't. Sony Exec: Free? Are you kidding me? Hahahahaha!!!!

God was willing to set aside a few moments of his/her/its eternally busy/hectic/non-existant (whatever floats your boat, or sinks it, whatever...) schedule to comment on that last article stating that "I don’t understand why this is news? Sony clearly spelled this out when they first announced the service. Here’s another news flash: When your phone contract expires, your phone will not have the ability to make/receive calls."

Thank you for your input, God. But seriously, why are you, of all people/things, unable to understand human nature? You made us, right? RIGHT?

You're comparing apples to oranges, and you really seem to dislike apples. When paying for a phone subscription you know what you're getting, and they never tell you that what you're getting is actually free, because... they're not lying to you (at least not completely). Sony is telling you that with PlayStation Plus you're getting something for free when, at first glance is "free", it's actually not.

This PlayStation Plus subscription really reeks, because if successful who knows what else they'll eventually throw into the pot and label "VIP access only"? Free online play? Let's hope not.

Feel free to talk to God (who is apparently a geek) about this, on geek.com or here on /. I'm sure God will see it regardless.
Supercomputing

Submission + - starbridgesystems foreclosure (starbridgesystems.com) 1

wfleming writes: "Sadly, I learned that starbridgesystems is foreclosing 26 Aug 2010. Such a cool technology: polymorphic hardware (think about that a while software engineers), inherent parallelism, a cool graphical language with independent hardware definitions that resolve data path width at runtime (6,9,32,54,154 bits, whatever you need!) I hate to see this go. I ha(TM)ve been there onsite during my undergrad work, touched it, done work with it; I "want to do more! Anyone interested in buying a supercomputer company? These guys cut a *full* human X, Y chromosome smith-waterman comparison down to a mere 5 days!"

Submission + - SPAM: Apple's new patent,for the animated unlock screen

crystalelf writes: In the fast-changing world of smart phone design, is obviously that the most valuable thing that a company can own is a patent for a

specific feature they've invented. No matter how seemingly trivial the design feature is, a company like Apple will seek patent

protection in order to maintain the uniqueness of their product.

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