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The Airfoil Speakers Touch Situation

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 22:42 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Regarding today’s aforelinked tale from Rogue Amoeba regarding the four-month-long process to get a minor bug-fix update to Airfoil Speakers Touch published on the App Store, several readers who insist upon defending Apple in this matter have pointed me to Jeff LaMarche’s response. LaMarche writes:

I’m going to risk the ire of the maddening crowd once more, but I think somebody needs to come to Apple’s defense this time. I love a good mob scene as much as the next guy, and I keep my pitchfork nice and sharp just in case the need should arise. But… the picture that Rogue Amoeba has painted in their farewell post doesn’t look quite so black and white to me. Certainly, Apple could have handled many things about the situation better, but so could have Rogue Amoeba. Let’s strip it down to the basics.

  1. Airfoil Speakers Touch included pictures of Apple products;
  2. These were images owned by Apple;
  3. The iPhone SDK Agreement specifically prohibits the use of images, icons, and logos owned by Apple in iPhone applications;
  4. The first rejection clearly and unambiguously stated why the app was being rejected and how it could be fixed.

There is much that is wrong with LaMarche’s synopsis.

Point 1 is simply wrong; the Airfoil Speakers Touch iPhone app does not contain any of these images. It contains no pictures of Apple computers. It contains no icons of Apple applications. It displays these images after they are sent across the network by Airfoil for Mac. Airfoil for Mac reads these images using public official Mac OS X APIs. I.e. Airfoil Speakers Touch can only show a picture of the Mac it is connected to because the image is sent from the Mac it is connected to.

Read the rest… Apple will have to fix this process…

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Do music artists fare better in a world with illegal file-sharing?

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 15:21 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


This is the graph the record industry doesn’t want you to see.

It shows the fate of the three main pillars of music industry revenue – recorded music, live music, and PRS revenues (royalties collected on behalf of artists when their music is played in public) over the last 5 years.


Why live revenues have grown so stridently is beyond the scope of this article, but our data – compiled from a PRS for Music report and the BPI – make two things clear: one, that the growth in live revenue shows no signs of slowing and two, that live is by far and away the most lucrative section of industry revenue for artists themselves, because they retain such a big percentage of the money from ticket sales.


It’s interesting too that, overall, industry revenues have grown in the period – though admittedly not by much – which arguably adds strength to the notion that, when the BPI releases its annual report claiming how much ‘the music industry’ has suffered from the growth in illegal file-sharing, what it perhaps should be saying is how much the record labels have suffered.

For other people in the industry, not least artists, the future arguably holds more promise.

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U.S. Adviser to Kurds Stands to Reap Oil Profits

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 12:20 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia, Robber Barons


Peter W. Galbraith, an influential former American ambassador, is a powerful voice on Iraq who helped shape the views of policy makers like Joseph R. Biden Jr. and John Kerry. In the summer of 2005, he was also an adviser to the Kurdish regional government as Iraq wrote its Constitution — tough and sensitive talks not least because of issues like how Iraq would divide its vast oil wealth.

Now Mr. Galbraith, 58, son of the renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith, stands to earn perhaps a hundred million or more dollars as a result of his closeness to the Kurds, his relations with a Norwegian oil company and constitutional provisions he helped the Kurds extract.

In the constitutional negotiations, he helped the Kurds ram through provisions that gave their region — rather than the central Baghdad government — sole authority over many of their internal affairs, including clauses that he maintains will give the Kurds virtually complete control over all new oil finds on their territory.

Mr. Galbraith, widely viewed in Washington as a smart and bold foreign policy expert, has always described himself as an unpaid adviser to the Kurds, although he has spoken in general terms about having business interests in Kurdistan, as the north of Iraq is known.

So it came as a shock to many last month when a group of Norwegian investigative journalists at the newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv began publishing documents linking Mr. Galbraith to a specific Norwegian oil company with major contracts in Iraq.


Some officials say that his financial ties could raise serious questions about the integrity of the constitutional negotiations themselves. “The idea that an oil company was participating in the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution leaves me speechless,” said Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi, a principal drafter of the law that governed Iraq after the United States ceded control to an Iraqi government on June 28, 2004.

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Fox apologizes to Jon Stewart

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 12:11 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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  1. ROFLMAO! Thanks for the link!

Hotmail imposes tracking cookies for logout

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 11:07 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft, Privacy, Security


Hotmail users are now unable to log out of their account if the browser they are using does not accept third party cookies.

The move by Microsoft raises security concerns, particularly as PCs on corporate networks and in cybercafes and libraries are often set to reject cookies.

Maybe Microsoft should read its own downloadable white paper which clearly states: “Working from a public browser may pose a serious security risk if users fail to logout. It is essential for an SSL VPN to provide time outs that terminate the remote access session due to inactivity, and/or force re-authentication after a pre-defined time period thus minimizing the window of opportunity for hijacking or taking over an abandoned session.”

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  1. “Close all browser windows to log out.” Won’t work on OS X. Not sure it it will work on those restricted browser only versions of XP that populates hotel lobbies, etc.

  2. Only if you set them to delete all cookies on browser exit. You may now guess the default value for that setting.

iPhone or Droid

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 10:57 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Cartoon



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NuFormer’s 3-D Building Projections

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 7:33 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


From Netherlands-based design firm, NuFormer Digital Media, comes a new way of projecting three-dimensional images onto a building exterior. Custom-designed to fit any building façade and scale up to any size, the video mapped objects are made visible by a set of powerful projectors. Without physically constructing new architecture or permanently altering the streetscape, NuFormer hardware/software technology enables users to transform an outdoor public space into a virtual yet live experience

Projection on Buildings from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.

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Verizon: How Much Do You Charge Now?

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 7:16 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


“David, I read your posts about how the cell carriers are eating up our airtime with those 15-second ‘To page this person, press 5′ instructions, but I think Verizon has a bigger scam going on: charging for bogus data downloads.

“Virtually every bill I get has a couple of erroneous data charges at $1.99 each—yet we download no data.

“Here’s how it works. They configure the phones to have multiple easily hit keystrokes to launch ‘Get it now’ or ‘Mobile Web’—usually a single key like an arrow key. Often we have no idea what key we hit, but up pops one of these screens. The instant you call the function, they charge you the data fee. We cancel these unintended requests as fast as we can hit the End key, but it doesn’t matter; they’ve told me that ANY data–even one kilobyte–is billed as 1MB. The damage is done.

“Imagine: if my one account has 1 to 3 bogus $1.99 charges per month for data that I don’t download, how much are they making from their 87 million other customers? Not a bad scheme. All by simply writing your billing algorithm to bill a full MB when even a few bits have moved.”

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  1. I used to have the same problem with Pannon Mobile, then changed my phone to a carrier independent one where there is no quicklaunch for the WAP, and voilá… I save 2-3 euros each month.

  2. reminds me of office space.

  3. False! If you accidently hit the UP key to access the mobile web, as long as you don’t go past the home page, you will not be charged. The home page does take a few seconds to load, and of course it is very easy to change the shortcut keys on your phone. Also Get It Now is where you download games, obviously it doesn’t take just one keystroke to download a game. Verizon will also block these features for you if still “accidently” download stuff. All this guy needs to do is call.