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Why am I not in the least bit surprised that the unspeakable cretin took the easy way out? If there really is a Hell, I hope it makes him pay more than anyone.

With that out of the way, I've heard a lot of commentary regarding Apple's licensing of the iPod to HP. Via the excellent daringfireball, I present to you the most coherent and thorough interpretation of this deal, and what it means to the major industry players.

Somebody in lj_biz linked to an MSNBC article containing an excerpt of a New York Times article about blogging in general. The article mentions LiveJournal a few times before the reporter interviews a 15-year old Blurty user. The first thing that came to mind was what a beautiful way this was of publicising a blatant violation of Blurty's Terms of Service. (Blurty routinely suspends users under 18 years of age.) All in all, highly amusing.

I was intrigued to read an article on ars_technica regarding Sony's future plans for the MiniDisc. When NetMD players first came out I was all set to replace my MZ-R55 with one of those, until I found out they were crippled by the lack of decent Mac compatibility and, more importantly, the utter lack of ability to transfer audio from MiniDisc to PC, at the speeds enjoyed by transfers going the other way. Hi-MD should remove the latter restriction, and (hope springs eternal) support the Macintosh; it might be too late for me, though, as I'd already prefer Griffin's iTalk now I have my iPod.

It's not technically news, but while I love my Mac and I love being a Mac user, no degree of love would tempt me to get a tattoo. (One or two images not safe for work.)

I ask you, who needs an external news aggregator when you have LiveJournal?

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Ha! YES YES YES! On the blurty thing. Another member of the Blurty Abuse team and I spent an hour searching for the user by location and based on the tiny bit of content that was revealed. we came up with nothing. Nada. I swear to god, I am SO going to find him when I wake up and suspend the crap out of him. I am on a mission.

If he has an EA account, I am going to be seriously disappointed. We don't suspend those for age violations.

Is that because the age restriction didn't exist until some time after Blurty came into being?

No, the age restriction has always been there, but the people who were doing the blurty thing back then didn't enforce the rule.s. When they stopped handing out EA accounts, they started enforcing the over 18 rule. They didn't think it was fair to go back and suspend all the underagers retroactively.

" Others are more like visual poems, featuring a quirky series of scanned pictures (monkeys and robots are popular)"


Monkeys and robots?

I ask you, who needs an external news aggregator when you have LiveJournal?
Because reading news on the computer can't compare to reading it from a newspaper itself. Give me the Times any day.

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