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This is unbelievable. I contacted WNYC (the NYC public radio station) this morning because the program I've used for years to listen to their streams (Flip4Mac) stopped working. They asked me to call them with the details, and when I did, the nice man I spoke to said he'd talk to their digital team and get the situation fixed.

Well, I just got an email in response. Apparently it wasn't a bug—they intentionally disabled support for that plug-in, because it's "pirating". (Their word.) You see, this program lets me pause the stream and then restart it again from where I left off, rewind, fast-forward, etc.—you know, like a TiVo. That, apparently, is piracy.

(Piracy. Of public radio. Supported by pledge dollars. Which I dutifully pledged every year! The irony here is making my hair hurt.)

They're apparently unaware of the 1984 Sony v. Universal decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that time-shifting is fair use and definitely not piracy.

The funny thing is, I upped my yearly contribution to them substantially last year, so I contacted their fancy high-contributor "producer circle" office with my problem, expecting it was a misconfiguration that would be dealt with quickly. Instead, I got an email telling me that I was a pirate. They helpfully suggested that, in the future, if I get interrupted while listening to the live stream via one of their blessed non-piratey methods, instead of pausing, I might come back hours later once they've posted audio archives and search out what I'd missed.

How about this instead: I listen to one of the other stations on the Internet that don't think I'm a pirate? I'm sure one of them will be happy to take my money.

+Jeff Jarvis: One for your "ways old media is screwing themselves" file.
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Before BioShock 1 and BioShock 2 an important event took place in Rapture. “In the lowest parts of the city, a small group of splicers have something planned that will change the course of Andrew Ryan...
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Heard this on NPR. My kids were fascinated.
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Word.
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I kinda want it to pass. Maybe with just the amendment and not the original bill.
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http://boingboing.net/2012/01/26/toronto-teens-send-lego-minifi.html

Also, Boingboing? Your +1 snippets always include /ads/ and nothing about the article. Seriously? WTF?
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I'm a big fan of Ascension, the iOS app that replicates the real-life deck-building card game of the same name. But when it comes to more self-contained
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Shouldn't be too very spoilery, but you might wanna skip it anyway:


Ned: naive, which is just sad. Sansa has spent most of her time as an empty-headed weather vane. Arya's been doing mostly okay, tho she seems to (dis)trust the wrong people. Robb: idiot. Bran: doing /mostly/ okay. Rickon: kinda annoying. Jon Snow: made some bone-headed mistakes, but he's fine. Catelyn: Reactionary. I've read the wiki summary of Feast for Crows and know what she does, and that's what drove this post - I'm annoyed with her now.

Robert: a fool. fine, no biggie. Renly: Moron. Stannis: Stick-up-ass pig-headed, but hasn't totally screwed up yet.
Balon: Asshole. Asha: Takes after Balon. Theon: Somebody kick him in the head until he stops twitching.

Tywin: OMGasshole. Blind and with an entire /tree/ up his ass. Cersei: Monster. I really have no better word for it. Death is too good for her. "To the pain" might cover about 3%. Joffrey: Only better than Cersei because he does it out of boring malice rather than scheming intent. Mostly. Jaime: Slavish devotion induces stupidity. I don't like the semi-sudden turn when sent away from Harrenhal, but at least he's heading in the right direction. Tyrion: One of the few characters that is neither hateful nor annoying. He's actually a good person, at heart. He just has a major birth defect that causes him problems. I'm thinking of that "Lannister" thing.

Viserys: Got less than was coming to him. Quick, res him and let's do it again! Dany: s'okay. Gets a little bitchy once in a while, but I can't say I blame her under the circumstances. And at least she sometimes wonders if she went too far. well, occasionally. rarely. Would be nice if she'd get the scepter-shaped stick out of her butt tho.

Lysa: Oy. Delusional, leading to psychosis. Shoulda taken that walk a LOT sooner. Also, tyvm for starting a huge war and killing hundreds of thousands of people. Edmure: Idiot.

Sandor: coulda done better. coulda done worse. s'fine.
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I keep spoiling myself by reading plot summaries on wikipedia.
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We've heard past examples of hard drives and disk drives being programmed to play music, but this version of club hit
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posted that earlier too. Made me think of the SNL skit.
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We loved the book, and now Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is coming to the big screen courtesy of producer Tim Burton. I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to seeing this when it hits theaters...
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it makes me want to watch all of Timur Bekmambetov's movies again -- though I never did see The Arena which looks like something straight out of the Chicks in Chainmail anthologies. And I have it on good authority that The Irony of Fate 2 is well worth skipping.
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Via +Tim Bruhn.


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I eventually found SEC Rule 501, Regulation D, paragraph 6. An “accredited investor” is “a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million.”
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Are there any rapids in the meat blood river? This could spawn a whole new sport -- or reality TV show.
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Web developer. Server farmer. Geek Factotum. Aretic.
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Wrote a social network in a weekend. Wrote an evite clone because I got annoyed at their ads. Been programming since age 6.
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    CS, 1995 - 1998
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