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  • Jan 06, 2012 @ 07:21am

    You're welcome, for pumping up your IE6 counts. My company just recently allowed an upgrade out of IE6, because of a ton of legacy databases that it needed to support. We are also crusing along on Windows XP.

  • Jul 27, 2011 @ 07:10am


    By their illustration, did they just appropriate Google's intellectual property without licensing it? Someone's in for a red light!

    Also, I like how the traffic lights are to the left, while all other Google/AV icons are to the right. Don't want to get jumbled in with everyone else's information; this is important to know this arbitrary status.

  • Dec 07, 2010 @ 06:33pm


    People are asking to cover it because the screaming coverage does not take time to explain Assange's arrest. There is a perception by many that (1) he was arrested for espionage/treason/whatever, (2) he's being taken into custody so that "charges" related to Wikileaks are to follow, or (3) he's being picked up on the sexual assault, much like the use of mail fraud laws because it is supposedly easier to prosecute on.

    I can't imagine the volume of the cable news screaming when he gets a slap-on-the-wrist sentence at most and walks free at least.

  • May 21, 2010 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    incumbent politicians often use the run up time to elections to spread their faces all over the media by having pointless signing events...

    Yes, they do. And if it is not newsworthy, then it should not be reported. Since the paper deemed it newsworthy, part of its newsworthiness is who is in attendance, which could have an impact on how a voter may cast a ballot.

    Photoshopping out the person could be advantageous to an opposing candidate who is too lazy to do public events. It also reports an alternate reality.

    That said, cropping out people has been a time-honored media tradition. That has its own set of ethical dilemmas. That is why PR flacks always tell you to stand in the middle of a posed picture, to minimize the chance of being lopped off the end.

    Methinks there would be different treatment of the photo if the candidate purchased ad space in their birdcage liner--er, newspaper.

  • Mar 09, 2010 @ 08:31am

    So, by that logic, anyone could leave a comment on the article, and he and his newspaper would be liable for the content if they didn't take it down soon enough.

    He's right, though. He should push forward on getting his newspaper's website closed. Then, we don't have to hear his rantings, and he can wallow in obscurity.

  • Oct 23, 2009 @ 08:59pm

    Also News 12

    Cablevision's News 12 operation -- a mosaic of local news organizations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut -- have a closed website. In order to access News 12 online, I have to enter my cable bill information or pay a fee.

    It's mantra is that it is exclusive to cable TV (and only on Cablevision in areas it has a presence) and not available on satellite or phone-company TV. In the process, they have locked content down on their website, in an attempt to make the cable service more valuable.

  • Aug 03, 2009 @ 01:47pm


    That was nice of Mike to "protect" her name at least on this site. Commenters take care of that :)

    Seriously, she will have a much harder time finding a job, and she had better change her name/get married before she tries to get a master's degree! Then again, her transcripts will probably have a note (is that legal?) about her lawsuit.

    Hope she sued for enough money for a shovel, too!

  • Aug 03, 2009 @ 01:39pm

    Not necessarily troubling

    It wouldn't be so troubling if you could buy insurance against being fined. Who would underwrite something like that, however, if your business model is based on spamming people?

  • Jul 31, 2009 @ 01:29pm

    Re: Re:

    Incrementing by $1,000 wouldn't even keep pace with inflation.

  • Jun 12, 2009 @ 04:34pm

    Hopefully for the student's sake the metadata is clean or also corrupted. And, you can only do this once, then they're on to you.