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Comment But will they listen? (Score 1) 945

Sadly, it has been my experience that the kind of people that are easily swayed by their favorite entertainers are usually not the kind of people that would be willing to listen to ANY opposing arguments. I have tried to explain the situation to people using all sorts of different analogies but all they hear is "BIG GOVERNMENT IS TAKING OUR INTARWEBS!".

What I don't get is why so many big businesses (not necessarily "internet companies" like Amazon and Google) have remained silent on the issue. You know that massive B2B e-commerce system that connects you to your suppliers and your customers? It uses the internet. Ever think about how the new FCC regulations will affect you?

Comment Re:for a real class act (Score 2, Interesting) 359

I once asked someone about this and how to get around it. Their answer was to take the number of years required in the technology, add 2 and let that be your "years of experience". This will get you past HR and (hopefully) in front of a hiring manager. If the manager points out that your 8 years of Ruby on Rails experience seems unlikely, tell him what you did. If the manager doesn't laugh then you do NOT want to work for him/her.

Role Playing (Games)

Fallout: New Vegas Coming This Fall, Trailer Released 100

Bethesda announced today that Fallout: New Vegas is scheduled for release sometime this fall, and they released a trailer as well. Details are scant yet on the official site, but they had this to say: "Experience all the sights and sounds of fabulous New Vegas, brought to you by Vault-Tec, America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation. Explore the treacherous wastes of the Great Southwest from the safety and comfort of your very own vault: Meet new people, confront terrifying creatures, and arm yourself with the latest high-tech weaponry as you make a name for yourself on a thrilling new journey across the Mojave wasteland. A word of warning, however — while Vault-Tec engineers have prepared for every contingency,* in Vegas, fortunes can change in an instant. Enjoy your stay. (* Should not be construed as a legally-binding claim.)"

Comment Another thought... (Score 1) 535

What the hell made Mr. Spiegel of XTS software think that posting this story was a good idea?

If you were one of his customers, how would you feel knowing that the product that you just bought was developed not by the best developers but developers that knew how to play this game? Personally, I would feel more comfortable deploying software if I knew that the developers weren't spending most of their time marketing themselves internally.

Anyone else feel this way?

Comment Re:the cat (Score 2, Insightful) 437

I agree. To be honest, I was considering buying one a few weeks ago. I understand the issue from the Amazon side, but I would not feel comfortable spending that much money on a device with such strict digital ties to the manufacturer.

The problem that I see is that Amazon has tipped their hand - they not only have the ability to remove content remotely but they also have the will to do it.

Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple grants DRM-free distribution to all labels

SexCaptain writes: AppleInsider gives details of a letter circulated by Apple to all producers of content for the iTunes Store, announcing that from May onwards they can sell their music at higher quality and free of DRM. Hopefully this opens the doors for labels like Netwerk, and although its unclear exactly what Apple means by 'higher quality', and there is no mention of price changes, this is a big step in the right direction.

"Many of you have reached out to iTunes to find out how you can make your songs available higher quality and DRM-free," Apple wrote in the communication. "Starting next month, iTunes will begin offering higher-quality, DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to all customers."

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