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  • Amateur Artist Wants To Ban All Sales Of Old Baltimore Ravens Game Films Over Logo Copyright

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 17 Dec, 2009 @ 11:51am

    I was always curious why the Ravens had a different logo for the first few years. I guess this explains it.

    By the way, for anyone interested in actually seeing the past and current logos for the Ravens (I know I was surprised it wan't in the Sun's story), here is a link:
    http://www.chriscreamer.com/team.php?id=153

  • No, Sending Spam Text Messages Is Not The Same As Hacking Someone's Phone

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 16 Dec, 2009 @ 08:10am

    Re: Good

    While I don't disagree with your take on the situation, I should point out that it's probably not possible to simply "block the number."

    I have Verizon and asked about that a few years ago but I was told it wasn't possible. I had a someone who was calling my phone repeatedly and leaving voicemails, but wouldn't take the hint when I never called back. Since I couldn't block their number, my eventual solution was to answer the phone and then immediately end the call so there was no way for them to leave a voicemail. Eventually, they did get the hint.

  • Always Sunny In Giving People A Reason To Buy: Sitcom Produces Gag Product Featured On Show

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 16 Dec, 2009 @ 07:54am

    Re:

    Too bad for him that he called you, when he should have been calling the Patent Office. If he had patented it, he could have prevented anyone else from doing something similar ever again - or at least let them do it for a few years and then take all their profits.

    I guess Eddie Murphy just doesn't understand how business works.

  • Always Sunny In Giving People A Reason To Buy: Sitcom Produces Gag Product Featured On Show

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 16 Dec, 2009 @ 07:47am

    Re: Re: Lawyerings

    I think Dee can and should do Charlie work.

  • Get Ready For Plastic Memory

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 16 Dec, 2009 @ 07:34am

    Re: Lots of uses.

    My first thought was smaller, cheaper flash drives made of just plastic, but wouldn't the USB connector still need to be metal?

    I agree the possibilities are almost limitless.

  • Apple Trying To Patent Anti-Tamper Tape

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 11 Dec, 2009 @ 04:52pm

    Re:

    At first glance, I also thought this was absolutely ridiculous. I've seen plenty of devices that have these anti-tampering stickers, but then I figured what's different about this:

    "...some adhesive tape that could be placed inside devices"

    It all makes sense! Apple wants to put the sticker inside the device so you don't even know if you're about to void the warranty. At least with every one of these stickers I've ever seen, it's been on the outside, so I knew what I was getting myself into. In fact, I've read about people who are able to take the stickers off and put them back on perfectly without leaving any evidence.

    I'm not sure exactly how Apple would get the sticker inside (maybe close one side and pry up the open side a little bit, in order to stick it the closed side), but that's pretty smart. I have to admit that if a device has one of those stickers on the outside, I'm much less inclined to open it up and tinker with it (don't get me wrong - I don't mean the sticker will stop me), but if I don't see one on there, I have no reason not to take a look inside.

    To me, there are only two reasons to do this:
    1. They feel safer putting it on the inside because then it's virtually impossible to take it off without leaving evidence; or
    2. They just want to be dicks and catch people who otherwise wouldn't have opened it if they had seen a sticker.

    If it's #1, which is more likely, it doesn't really add up to me. I have no data to back this up, but I feel like the type of consumer who is savvy enough to get the outside sticker off without leaving evidence is the same type of consumer who isn't going to screw up anything that would cause the need for repair. Of course, they are savvy enough to hack it, probably in order to make it perform better, but shouldn't they be allowed to do what they want if they purchased it?

  • Advertising As Content: Newspaper Raising Newsstand Prices For Thanksgiving Papers With Black Friday Ads

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 30 Nov, 2009 @ 07:04am

    Some people here need to get a clue. The newspaper business is absolutely dying, but this happened to be a GREAT idea.

    I'm not a big newspaper person, but I got in the habit a few years back of grabbing the Sunday paper every weekend - mostly for the ads, comics, and other extra content. I never buy a paper during the week. I was so surprised when I walked in to Quick Chek to get a coffee and something to eat early Thursday and saw that the Star Ledger was the $2 Sunday edition. Yes, I bought it for the ads, and many others were doing the same. I didn't have a chance this year to really check out the sales online and I didn't feel like searching for them when I had to leave for Thanksgiving dinner a few hours later.

    Call me crazy, but I'm happy to pay for ads when I know it's content I'm interested in. Mike has pointed this out before and provided excellent examples, so I'm surprised so many here laugh at the concept.

    For the record, I ended up getting a microwave for $24 at Target and a couple newer Xbox games for almost half price at a couple different stores. I still haven't seen any of those items posted on my favorite deals site. I'd say the $2 paper was worth it.

  • NJ Gubernatorial Candidate Using Monty Python Video Without Authorization In Campaign Commercial

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 02 Nov, 2009 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Re:

    Yes, you anonymous cowards are both correct (whoops, almost said "right") and that's why you need to vote for Chris Daggett instead.


    Corzine might not be the best Governor for us, but Christie is definitely not the answer. That would be moving in the wrong direction.

  • Netflix Claims Americans Don't Want Standalone Streaming Movie Service

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 27 Oct, 2009 @ 06:50am

    Re:

    They have lots of HD content already. You're right they don't use Flash. They use Silverlight (at least they do on the Xbox360, which makes sense because it an Silverlight both belong to MS), which is very capable of streaming HD and does. How does Flash even come into the conversation?

  • ES&S Sues Former Workers Over Taking Buggy, Vulnerability-Filled Code

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 09 Sep, 2009 @ 06:46am

    Not Surprised

    I think the main thing to realize is that whether it's buggy code or not, it's still complete code and it just can't be all bad. I'm sure there are pieces of it that work well and are quite valuable, so why not use it and build on top of it?

    However, even if they consider it "complete" and use it as is, then why shouldn't they? If ES&S can use it as is, why couldn't a competitor? More importantly, if these guys are taking code and trade secrets from their former employee, do you really think they would let integrity stand in the way of profit? Keep in mind that they did come from this shady company in the first place.

  • ES&S Sues Former Workers Over Taking Buggy, Vulnerability-Filled Code

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 09 Sep, 2009 @ 06:44am

    I think the main thing to realize is that whether it's buggy code or not, it's still complete code and it just can't be all bad. I'm sure there are pieces of it that work well and are quite valuable, so why not use it and build on top of it?

    However, even if they consider it "complete" and use it as is, then why shouldn't they? If ES&S can use it as is, why couldn't a competitor? More importantly, if these guys are taking code and trade secrets from their former employee, do you really think they would let integrity stand in the way of profit? Keep in mind that they did come from this shady company in the first place.

  • NY Post Reporter Admits That It's Company Policy Not To Credit Blogs Or Other Sources

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 04 Sep, 2009 @ 02:38pm

    I'm surprised nobody else pointed it out, but the most appalling thing to me is the part in the "apology" where Mr. Ginsberg finishes with "Looking forward to ?amplifying? more of your good work in the future."

    He basically tells her that he's going to continue stealing and reprinting her work as his own. That guy's got balls!

    Apparently it doesn't matter, though, because Miss Heather replies to him with "Thank you? I think" followed by a wink emoticon.

    I interpret that as her being in awe of Mr. Ginsberg and basically implying that it's OK, simply because he signed up for her blog and replied in the comments, therefore acknowledging her existence.

    Maybe it's just me, but I really think she comes across as a wide-eyed fan with her reply. It's too bad because she has every right to flip out on thiat parasite.

  • Music Publishers Now Suing Lyrics Sites And Their Execs

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 26 Aug, 2009 @ 12:48pm

    Re: people are lazy

    I also wrote down the lyrics to many songs but not because I wanted to. It was because I had no alternative. I'd much rather find them and print them out.

  • Music Publishers Now Suing Lyrics Sites And Their Execs

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 26 Aug, 2009 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Re:

    Add me to this list.

  • Recording Industry Helps Rapper/Single Mom Get A PhD, Though It Tried To Weasel Out

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2009 @ 01:55pm

    Re:

    Why do so many people keep repeating this line? It's mildly amusing, but:

    1. It's not original. You clearly skipped all previous comments.
    2. It's not feasible. How are you going to pay all your bills? Are you going to continue taking classes and working part time to support yourself? Are you going to work full-time and take classes at night?

  • Recording Industry Helps Rapper/Single Mom Get A PhD, Though It Tried To Weasel Out

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2009 @ 01:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It's all about the contract

    You do if you're a struggling artist trying to break into the industry. Usually, there is no second option. It's either sign and deal with getting screwed or stay unknown (and possibly broke).

  • Yet Another Question Of Fair Use With A Picture Of Obama

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 07 Aug, 2009 @ 02:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Work.. who needs work?

    Yeah, but it's the photographer who's upset. She didn't step into politics.

  • Why Should You Need A Special License To Run An Arcade?

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 07 Aug, 2009 @ 06:17am

    Re: Murder Death Kill

    Excellent "Demolition Man" reference, Mr. Anonymous.

  • Why Should You Need A Special License To Run An Arcade?

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 07 Aug, 2009 @ 06:08am

    Re: Sarcasm

    I'm surprised you needed a note to tell you it was sarcasm... especially on this site.

  • Why Should You Need A Special License To Run An Arcade?

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    Mike Harris ( profile ), 07 Aug, 2009 @ 06:04am

    Re: Columbine Training Grounds

    I know you're joking but there is, of course, a ring of truth to it. If violence is really the concern, then I'm surprised they would allow any video arcades whatsoever.

    This really is a little bizarre.