German Government Wants Google To Pay For the Right To Link To News Sites
I think GP meant the other way around, like adblock, but for google search results. You can already do it in single searches, by adding -site:, but not automatically for every search afaik.
If I were google I'd simple remove their results altogether, and wave these proposals around the courtroom when the inevitable lawsuits come.
Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux
Well, games, of course! Windows Solitaire is so much better than the linux versions.
The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math
Yup, as it happens, 1999 was not just 'the year of napster' but the year the industry got slapped for price fixing. So the 8 billion there may very well have been caused by that. And even if it's not the only real cause, it's still highly inflated or plain wrong to attribute that 8 billion only to 'piracy'.
Woman Gets Revenge Courtesy of Google Images
Somehow that made me lose the game.
Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?
You know, every time this comes up, ISPs talking about charging content providers for use of bandwidth, I wonder what would happen if the content providers turned it around, and start talking about charging ISPs for delivering *their* content.
How much would Google suffer if Comcast users can't reach their servers anymore?
How much would Comcast suffer if their users can't reach Google anymore?
Not even talking about regulation, but this would seem like a dangerous game for all involved.
The Scalability of Linus
Perhaps on a related note, I was thinking that while Linus has obviously scaled vertically to his full extent, there is still plenty of room for him to scale horizontally.
Prince Says Internet Is Over
See you all on the next hype.
The Secret of Monkey Island Shows Evolution of PC Audio
ack, oh how we get old.
The Secret of Monkey Island Shows Evolution of PC Audio
Hehe, I remember the first reviews of EGA cards, 'PC graphics now look as good as those on Amiga and MSX!'.
Mpeg 7 To Include Per-Frame Content Identification
I suspect the next step is to try to get device makers not to support any format that does not have MPEG 7. And the one after that to prohibit any that do not, if that's still necessary.
How many physical dvd players nowadays do not enforce region codes?
FSF Response To Steve Jobs's Letter
It seems the current patent system encourages leeches and parasitic behaviour, which sucks life out of creativity and innovation, and suck you dry for money and blood, even when you have success.
One would almost think this system is written by lawyers.
Devs Finally Finding Success With Xbox Indie Games
i think he is referring to another game that is like geometry wars, but less good. I don't know for sure, we don't get the indy games over here (loved both geometry wars games though)
Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games
I'm assuming that 50 there is a typo; most second-hand games i've seen in stores are about 10% cheaper, which for me has always been the reason not to buy them (for only 10% more i have a shiny new one).
Apart from that, I think the vast majority of the money received by people selling their old games goes straight into new ones, so if the publishers 'defeat' second-hand sale, people who usually sell their games won't have as much to spend on new ones. People who usually buy used games might buy a few more new ones now, but less than they would second-hand. So the only thing the publishers are really taking here is second-hand markup by stores. And while that is quite a bit of money, I'm not convinced that that amount is worth screwing your real customers over.
But then again, service to customers has been lost down the drain of shareholders for quite some time now. As customers, we're the meat being sold, not the other way around.
Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Over R4 Mod Chip Piracy
True, and in this case it's not even a chip, just a game card where you can insert a memory card, and run your own stuff.
I have one, and it only contains one game; nethack-ds. I fail to see how that would be illegal.
Game Industry Vets On DRM
Then just see it as a 'service' for the people that do buy your game to not use digital restrictions. Those are your customers, not the ones downloading it. They probably wouldn't have bought it even if it was impossible to download anyway.
Hundreds of New TLDs Coming — Question Is When
To quote a speaker I saw on this topic; "The Internet is for (.)corn"
Gran Turismo 5 Delayed
There's casual and there's casual. If you want an arcade racer, sure your money is well wasted elsewhere. However if you want to have a more simulation-like experience on specific known tracks with cool cars, but are a casual gamer in the sense that you don't want to invest a few working weeks to unlock those, the original comment stands. I kind of have the same gripe with local multiplayer games (like on the wii) that make you unlock the multiplayer fun in singleplayer. Don't know how GT works in this sense (never played it), but if it does, that sucks for those kind of casual players. Sometimes there are unlock codes, but not always.
New Pi Computation Record Using a Desktop PC
I have just calculated a digit that's much further. It's 7, and it's somewhere around the 8 trillionth decimal. Give or take a few.
VC Defends Farmville, Touts Virtual Tractor Sales
that's not really a "growth" business plan.
My Prediction for 2010: First big public case of Social-Networking-App-Gone-Ponzi
*looks at irc window, idle since joining 9.5 hours ago*
*looks at source code editor*
*looks at year in calendar: 2009*
what was that big difference again?
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