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@Synpax No, Swartz downloaded published articles from a database available to anyone at MIT. He did create a script to do it faster and more efficiently, though, and secreted a laptop in a closet. But he didn't break into any system.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Did the mathematician who hacked OKCupid violate federal computer laws?
@cddirks Hmm. Spotify in its "extreme" music quality setting streams at 320 kbit/s, which is not CD quality. I subscribe to Spotify but there are no videos, no liner notes, none of the stuff I cover in this piece. Can you point me to them? As a music fan I'd like to have all this functionality.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How to win the music streaming wars
@DayvidJannFigler I don't think you can allege that a pre-emptive lawsuit implies a guilty conscience. I think it's simply a legal strategy. I'm not sure it gives any advantage though. I don't think you can know who would win. Courts and judges and juries are fickle.
3 months, 1 week ago on The GoldieBlox playbook: Imitate Youtube and Samsung
@Oletros It's the emails among the founders that show they knew a lot of copyrighted material was being uploaded to the site, and that Steve Chen himself talked about giving the appearance of policing it when the reality was quite different. Also Chen's email that chastised his fellow founder for uploading copyrighted material. They weren't innocent babes in the woods. They knew what they were doing (and it worked).
@karensd Joe Benjamin hustled off a quick response via email and in the way I wouldn't include "ums" and "huhs" in a quote I didn't think it would be fair to insert sics and leave poor grammar or punctuation. It was a judgment call and I admit I could be wrong. But I would rather err on the side of giving someone the benefit of the doubt then poke fun at typos, etc. I'm certainly guilty of making plenty of them (my Twitterfeed, for instance).
4 months ago on Startup snake oil: Scamming early stage entrepreneurs
@kevin2kelly Half the story? I disagree. While I didn't put a dollar figure on how much it would have cost SpiderLabs in man hours to investigate me, it's likely it would have been tens of thousands, if not more than $100K. But more telling is the technique that worked was a simple phish. Although spooky and unsettling (from my pov) the rest was largely unnecessary--and a phish scam of the kind they pulled off would have cost almost nothing. It simply required code writing, an ability to crack passwords, and other know how. Now, if the story were something like "The Cost to Breach Your Privacy," you would be right. But it wasn't.
4 months, 1 week ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling
@DJSLKL Doh! Thanks. Will fix.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling
@MichaelPlaterII Integration doesn't sound like a trivial challenge. I'm not sure I see the byproduct of Facebook doing it successfully either--I'm speaking as a user, of course. Better targeting ads has been the holy grail for eons. Hasn't been cracked yet, has it?
5 months ago on 7 ways Twitter could make money (beyond cozying up to TV networks)
@markrogo I wouldn't like to see an ad every 10 to 15 tweets. Twitter has a much narrower landscape than Facebook does, so ads stick out more. And I doubt Miley C and her celeb cronies would blink at paying $10K a year. Nevertheless, if you're interested in publishing a guest post with us exploring your own ideas on Twitter, feel free to email me.
@RyanStenson Yep, talked to salesmen about it. They're quite talkative. We were marveling at how much you can feel like you're inside an online web experience. Lots of electronics stores in NYC have this anti-theft design. J&R, for ex. It's the all-in-one, everything under one roof, and instant gratification of getting what you want that, to me, feels online (except you don't have to wait for shipping). That doesn't mean Herman Schreiber built the store with that in mind.
6 months ago on B&H Photo’s superstore is really an online retailer
@msilverman Ha ha. That's dead on. Sometimes I just want to watch what I want to watch without having to set out on an expedition to find it.
6 months, 1 week ago on Screwing cable TV one show at a time
@seyitaylor I know. It broke my heart.
6 months, 1 week ago on How to manipulate children for fun and profit
@Graham Lawlor I imagine it's because LP has found it hard to monetize these online offerings. Books are high margin--like printed newspapers (with ads) are. Sell fewer and you'll eventually run into trouble.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Traveling the lonely planet: the end of guide book publishing
@ProducerMatthew @Penenberg True. Kind of reminds me of the leverage that film distributers have. If your theater wants a blockbuster it has to run a lot of movies few will buy tix to see. In some ways it increases the variety of movies available in cinemas. In others it harms theater operators, who would only want movies that will generate the biggest audiences.
7 months ago on Why Time Warner Cable is like a newspaper
@ProducerMatthew @Penenberg I wish they'd let us check off channels we'd like to pay for like you order sushi in some restaurants (with a pencil on a paper form). Pay for what we want and skip the rest.
@antnisP @Penenberg It was a wink to Schumpeter's "creative destruction." Was having fun with language and I like how "its entire business is in the midst of creatively destructing" sounds. Guess I missed, huh?
@ProducerMatthew Well, I did call CBS "the highest rated television broadcast network" in the lede. I wouldn't expect many TWC subscribers to cut the cord just because they lose CBS programming until football season. Do you?
@bk22 Point taken on the HD audio being higher than CD resolution. Do you think it'd be better quality than vinyl? (Serious question.) Also, in your opinion, is there any difference between Spotify, MOG, and Pandora when it comes to audio quality? Because whether you're talking about 256, 320, AAC, or my comparing bitrates across compression schemes, what truly matters is the sound.
7 months, 1 week ago on How Apple could destroy Spotify, MOG, Pandora, and the rest
@fry_dave @bob1010 Well, 10 bucks a month is $120 a year. Personally I'd rather spend $25 a year. Maybe you have more disposable income than I do.
@bob1010 Actually I think I can. I've tried a side-by-side comparisons with iTunes vs. MOG on my home system. But you may be right if you just played a song for me and asked which it is.