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Comment Chromemco (Score 1) 615

My first 'hack' was helping write a program to format the floppy disks on Chromemco computers, as they did not provide one to the user. They made a lot of money for a while, selling you their pre-formatted 8" diskettes. I think they charged about 3 times the price of industry-standard blank media for theirs. Once the hack came out, they realized the game was up, and provided a formatter. Obviously, this was before DMCA, and sue-happy manufacturers. :>

Comment Facebook glitch was actually the police? (Score 1) 293

Found this on 'The Register' - The deadly shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile by a cop during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota on Wednesday just got murkier. Multiple sources have told The Register that police removed video footage of Castile's death from Facebook, potentially tampering with evidence. Castile, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter were pulled over by police in the Falcon Heights suburb of Minneapolis for a broken tail light. Using her cellphone and Facebook Live, Reynolds web-streamed footage of her dying boyfriend after he was shot by a police officer as he reached for his ID in his wallet. The video was mysteriously removed from her Facebook profile as it went viral across the internet. On Thursday, Facebook said a âoetechnical glitch" caused the recording to be pulled from its social network. However, Reynolds claimed officers seized her phone and took over her Facebook account to delete the evidence. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Comment Think about it.... (Score 1) 207

A quote from 'V for Vendetta", Cruelty and injustice...intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told...if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War. Terror. Disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense................

Submission + - AZ Maricopa County accuses Apple of being the "smartphone provider of ISIS" (cbs5az.com)

Kiralan writes: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery called out Apple on Wednesday, telling the tech giant that their smartphones are no longer welcome in his office. The county's top prosecutor declared a boycott on iPhones because of Apple's refusal to help law enforcement break into the iPhone of a San Bernardino terrorist. "If Apple wants to become the official smartphone provider of ISIS and the Sinola Cartel, they can do so, but there's going to be a consequence," Montgomery said in a new conference Wednesday morning. The boycott means Montgomery will no longer issue an iPhone to new employees. In addition, existing workers will not receive any upgrades or replacements phones.

Comment Disruptive Technologies (Score 1) 717

Guns may be the hot button, but it got the conversation started. These printers have been around for a while. The bigger picture is that anyone can get and use a 3-d printer, cost permitting (which will drop eventually), and 'print' pretty much anything that can be made from these types of plastics. In the future, will the 'copyright/trademark police' come after you for printing copies for profit, rather than pay the manufacturers prices, or 'making available' the files to do so?

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

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