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Comment Re:TiVo? (Score 1) 108

Are you renting or leasing that TiVo from the cable co, or did you buy it outright?

If the latter, then you aren't paying a monthly fee for the box, you're paying for the piece of hardware which you own outright to be able to use the TiVo Service, which is a combination of a month by month license to use the proprietary part of the software, and the listings service (unfortunately not as good with the switch from Tribune Media Services/Gracenote to their new overlords Rovi), and some other "intellectual property" type stuff.

Do you have to pay anything for the cable card or is the first one "free"?

(and yes "the first one is free" *is* classic pusher technique)

Comment Re: since when has it been a business decision (Score 1) 293

> They are now used for mainly one purpose- for companies to market their full peacock feathers above & beyond the message. Which is text.

And like anything else, they are abused by people that want to abuse them. All the while quite a few of us are using it for work related activities.

I routinely copy from statistical software that will copy tables out in tabular format that I can share with colleagues -- I could put it into excel or PDF or convert it to a picture and attach, but in the end, I simply want to convey tabular results that are easy to read.

Quite often I will highlight a portion of someone's message when quoting it -- I try to only quote the relevant portions, but sometimes you might not want to repeat yourself.

That said, I disable all beacons and third party images. I don't allow my messages to respond back at all. These are aspects that should be removed -- my old boss gots angry occasionally that he couldn't see when I read my emails or would accuse me of not reading them. Nope. Not going to turn it on.

You can have all the things you hate without getting marketed to ...

Comment Re:Main Search Product (Score 1) 74

The removal of the word "news" will, hopefully, help draw a sharper line between Google's human-vetted Google News product, and its main search product.

Google's main product is advertising and user info (to better target advertising), not search.

Google's main product is our eyeballs, which they sell to the advertisers.

We don't pay anything to Google the way a new Chevy rolling off of the assembly line doesn't pay anything to General Motors. They get their money when someone buys the Chevy.

Comment I want browsers to be browsers... (Score 1) 113

...and search engines to be search engines, and both to know that neither is the other, and when I'm typing something on the screen I expect it to remain on that part of the screen and not jump somewhere else.

And I'd really like to be able to right-click on a link and have an "Open with..." option that offers my choice of all the browsers I have installed, and I'd like to be able to highlight and right click and be offered my choice of search engines.

Comment Re:Use it almost daily. (Score 2) 495

Yup. So do I.

I use the interfaces when I need to get multiple streams of audio INTO the machine or if I need fast / precise latency on the way out (a few of mine will do internal monitor mixing so I have no computer based delay while playing instruments)...but 99% of the time? I'm still plugged directly into the headphone port. Its convenient and it isn't plugged 10 feet away in a rack that I have to stand in front of.

I have a feeling most audio professionals still use this more often than not. If they move to bluetooth...there is no fucking way I can deal with the latency even when just doing simple mixes.

Comment Re: Archival grade (Score 1) 385

Orient was used a a verb long before orientate came along.

Frankly, orientate sounds like someone was trying to make themselves sound more educated and important than they were.

Sort of like what's happened to the language used by police departments at press conferences over the last 4 or 5 decades.

I've got no problem with the Los Angeles colloquial highway naming style, though. Some things should have regional flavor.

Comment Re:A funny story (Score 1, Insightful) 177

No, we're talking about the popular vote. 55% Hillary vs 43% Bernie. That's a 12 point gap, nothing the DNC did could possibly have shifted that many votes. It's time for Bernie supporters to get over their butt-hurt and act like grown ups.

The scheduling of the debates was designed to limit exposure to the public of all the Democratic candidates, thus denying them free publicity early on, leaving HRC with the then superior name recognition she already had.

Submission + - Getty Sued For $1 Billion For Selling Publicly Donated Photos

An anonymous reader writes: Online stock media library Getty Images is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from an American photographer for illegally selling copyright for thousands of photos. The Seattle-based company has been sued by documentary photographer Carol Highsmith for ‘gross misuse’, after it sold more than 18,000 of her photos despite having already donated them for public use. Highsmith’s photos which were sold via Getty Images had been available for free via the Library of Congress. Getty has now been accused of selling unauthorised licenses of the images, not crediting the author, and for also sending threatening warnings and fines to those who had used the pictures without paying for the falsely imposed copyright.

Submission + - US Government to Pay $2 Million for Automatic Hacking System (

An anonymous reader writes: At this year's DEF CON security conference, DARPA has organized a CTF match of AI systems that will attempt to hack opposing systems and automatically patch and protect their own network. The competition follows classic infosec CTF (Capture The Flag) game rules, but because we're talking about AI, it requires half the time and ten times more security vulnerabilities to fix/protect.

Three DARPA-funded teams qualified for the final round, and four self-funded teams. Each team that reached the final will receive $750,000, and the winner will receive $2 million. DEF CON organizers have invited the winning team to participate in the official DEF CON CTF the following day, marking the first ever CTF match that pits human hackers against AI systems.

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