top Yahoo! Japan May Have Had 22 Million User IDs Stolen
Have you tried google.com/ncr ?
This will do a no country redirect and you will get google proper no matter where you are. about a year and a half ago
top HBO Says
Game of Thrones Piracy Is "a Compliment"
Here in Sweden, I pay a TV tax. This tax goes to paying for state owned TV channels. They broadcast Game of Thrones without commercials. There are no advertisers being hurt, and my TV tax goes to paying HBO for the syndication rights. The issue is I do not like seeing the subtitles that are burned in. I also like my show at the highest resolution with surround sound.
So is it piracy when I download it rather than watching it directly from syndication?
about a year and a half ago
top Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies
The country I am in now (Sweden) does not round the prices. They still use the obsolete öre (in physical form) in the prices. What they do is round it to the nearest krone. Some times you benefit if less than 50 öre and they round down, otherwise they round up.
top Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies
In other countries this is solved by laws demanding that all prices advertised to individuals (as opposed to companies) or where the target customer is clearly an individual include sales tax. So prices including the sales tax are conveniently set to nice round numbers.
Sweden just had an issue where including the tax in the price caused recently reduced taxes to not get passed to the customer.
Restaurants had a tax reduction from 25% to 12.5%. Since the tax was already included in the price, none of the restaurants reduced the prices and just pocketed the profit. If the price shown was pre-tax and the tax added in tally, the customer would have received the tax break.
The only ones that actually reduced their prices was the large food chains. Most likely because watch dog groups were making sure of this.
top Report Warns of Space Junk Reaching a Tipping Point
until somebody die from it. sorry, but it's been that way for centuries.
Nobody will take it seriously until an entertainment satellite gets taken out.
top Exciting Kinect Stuff Already Coming Out
How long it will be till TVs come with Kinects built in, and can't be turned off. It would be an advertiser's wetdream, and then the DHS could use it to monitor those who might be a "threat to national Security" (everyone).
One word: Tape.
top VLC Developer Takes a Stand Against DRM Enforcement
they can't install custom firmwares that remove the restriction.
You can install custom firmwares on the mac yourself however that prevent the region change counter from deducting.
top Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era
Here's a wonderful little piece of trivia about Solar Realms Elite:
The author of SRE, Amit Patel, went on to work at Google, and is one of two people credited with devising their "Don't Be Evil" motto.
and that he lost the source code to SRE due to a hard drive crash.
top Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct
Surprisingly, the Nintendo Wii began offering demos of Wiiware titles, and to a limited extent short time demos of Virtual console titles (such as through Super Smash Bros Brawl). The only companies that have something to worry about are the ones releasing horrible games where the demo causes people to test and not purchase the full version.
The movie industry offers demos in the form of Previews. Although comparing the two are like apple and oranges.
top Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google Voice
I have a Swedish and an Australian SIM card. Each of which cost less than US$ 10 and included a bunch of minutes and free or nearly-free (international!) texting and cheap and easy-to-get refills. Both of which "just work" every place I've tried to use them.
Except one. The US... where they want 10 times that much just for the SIM and they can't even guarantee that it'll work in both Florida and New Jersey!
When I went to Sweden, I found the first news paper stand I could find, bought a SIM card for US$10 and got US$15 in credit. Yes, they gave me 5 dollars more in credit. And the best part, my pre-pay Swedish SIM card worked Internationally, I tested in Japan and the US. The refill process is simple as getting a code printed receipt from a number of places, you text the code and you get refill confirmation. All your minutes are valid for a year upon refilling, including your previous minutes, even with the cheapest refill amount. They even offer campaigns such as free internet days, 3000 international SMSes if you refill with $25, and etc.
US carriers such as T-Mobile, offer Prepay, but the damn SIM only works in the US, will not register internationally, require a purchase of the SIM at double what I paid in Europe without credit on it, and expires in mere months.
top Smile! Urine Candid Camera!
I can say that I have made fake stickers for use in bathrooms. You know those hand blow dryers? I made a sticker that said.
1. Push Button.
2. Dispense Bacon.
Since the 3 wave bands in the depiction looked like that.
top Bits of Tassie Tiger Brought Back from Extinction
Then there was the Passenger Pigeon which didn't die due to loss of habitat, but rather over hunting as cheap meat. They were hunted to feed slaves in America. The meat itself wasn't savory, it was just cheap. Plus if you protect it and NOT offer a bounty on quantity, it can thrive.
So, um, they'd be hunted back to extinction as cheap meat again? In that case the mechanism that drove them to extinction is still present.