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Submission + - Need dating advice? Call Netflix (

Registered Coward v2 writes: Netflix takes a different tack on customer service. Call center reps are encouraged to be themselves and have fun; even it includes pretending to be a starship captain (I winder if he answers ... questions ... with ... this ... cadence) or offering dating advice.

Submission + - Get off my lawn (

Registered Coward v2 writes: Identifying a nerd was easier years ago — calculator on the belt and a box of Hollerith cards. Part computer program, part note card, and part bookmark, they were a readily available source of nerd badges at any campus. As with many tech icons, they have drifted into oblivion.

So what do you do if:

you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find — error message! — that some of your old files are incompatible.

and the files you have are valuable historical data needed for current research? How about finding a USB compatible Hollerith card reader?

Submission + - Mavericks Pricing - Free

Registered Coward v2 writes: Apple just announced price of OS X- Free to all users. Started with a jab at MS' $199 Win 8 pricing. Amazing move by Apple and it is available today.

Submission + - Supreme Court to hear First Sale Doctrine case (

Registered Coward v2 writes: SCOTUS is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, imported to the US and then sold. The case involves a foreign student who imported textbooks from Asia and the resold them in the US to help fund his education. He was sued by the publisher, lost and was ordered to pay $600k in damages. Now SCOTUS gets to weigh in on the issue.

Submission + - iPads as overhead projectors (

Registered Coward v2 writes: A University of Michigan professor has combined iPads with a set of software tools to create an effective replacement for projected Powerpoint, clickers, and the like to allow students to interact and annotate the lecture notes on iPads, iPhones, and computers. As he puts it, he has used these tools to create " show your slides + ask questions of students (multiple-choice, true-false, rearrange lists, image-based and free response — take THAT clickers!) and display the results in real-time + collect and answer student questions + have access to analytical data on student participation + DRAW ON THE SLIDES LIKE WITH AN OVERHEAD!"

Even better — a roller equipped overhead.

Submission + - Apple Time Capsules Dying (

Registered Coward v2 writes: Reports are surfacing of dying power supplies in Apple's Time Capsule drives, leaving users with vey nicely designed 9and expensive) paper weights. The problem appears to be failure of the internal power supply, making it impossible to power up the device. One website logged 260 reports of dead Apple Time capsules since going live last weekend. Apple has not yet responded to reports of this problem.

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