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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

dakohli Be careful, this may have unintended consequences (749 comments)

With the current situation concerning Privacy Law, being that it is becoming quite complex, what we need is a "Data Extradition Treaty"

If your Courts want some Data which is related to an ongoing investigation, you trundle over the Country that is holding it, and ask for permission to get it.

As long as the local Court has some sort of leverage over a company, they can make that company do their dirty work. The second they lose that leverage, they will have to do it themselves. The thing that the US Gov has to remember is how this could backfire. ITAR guidlines were designed to prevent the spread of military technology, then it was used to give US firms an advantage in foreign sales. Well, that has backfired now, as ITAR un-encumbered weapon systems are growing in popularity. Recently, Canada, a notable ally of the US encouraged the use of non-US systems in order to reduce risk and delays. This DATA situation seems likely to cause similar issues.

In the end, Countries won't really care about complying with US law, especially if the DATA concerned is personal data belonging to that Country's citizens. I see lots of stove-pipe systems cropping up in order to remove the likelihood of having a data-leak to the US justice system.

My 2 cents

about 2 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

dakohli Re:I won't upgrade. (681 comments)

They care because their profits are tied into the upgrade cycle.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

dakohli Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (145 comments)

I can confirm, my work e-mail has been bursting with requests to renew email that I don't read anyways!

I work for the Canadian Government in IT, and hidden url's are stripped out of emails, so when these "partner" email request come in, asking for me to consent to receiving marketing, info and other types of email, I can't. Even if I wanted to. But it turns out that this is a great way to reset the emails I'm getting.

I love it, and not really sure why there is so much hate out there for the legislation. There was certainly a lot of hate for the SPAM people were getting. There are websites that I had to register onto just to see what they were selling . And the sponsored link that took me there, just told me that the item I was looking for was no longer for sale there! But I digress. I'm tired of companies sending me crap emails just because I had a tenuous relationship with them. I understand that this law may stick in the craw of some legitimate businesses, but hey, they can always ask me to opt in.

Now, if we can just get them to stop trying to get me to "like" them on Facebook.

about 3 months ago

Canadian Court Tries to Dampen Copyright Trolls In P2P Lawsuits

dakohli Re:Improper purposes (:-)) (60 comments)

Well stated, from Voltage's point of view

But of course, behaving like a "good-faith plaintiff" does not fit in with the revenue model. The whole original plan was to try and scare people into settling without going into a courtroom. Because, as soon as you get in the courtroom, there are Judges and sometimes Juries who you can never completely control. Costs also increase. So, you pick a test case you think you can win, prosecute the shit out of that one, even though you know you'll never get any real money, the judgement is the prise. Keep it really high, so that when you get your next batch of infringers you can threaten them with complete destruction. That way, more people will be inclined to settle without you every having to go back in the Courtroom again.

Of course, the Canadian rules have broken this model. Now, they have to pay for the list of names. They will have to pay to bring someone in to actually sue to make the point, and determine how the Canadian Courts are actually going to award damages. With a max infringement level of $5000, this is going to be close. Even if they are awarded some court costs, there will be few big payoff days. I suspect they are hoping that one of the secret treaties (TPP maybe) will force the Canadians to change the rules and come back to a more US style of play, and actions like this will be more placeholders to "prove" that litigation like this is truly important.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

dakohli So it has come to this (2219 comments)

I like Slashdot. I have learned to live with its silly foibles, even when things don't work perfect they work well.

I suppose I am a bit of traditionalist. I hate change for changes sake, I don't really like it unless it is to make things better. Today I got a bit of a look at the beta site. Wow. It appears to embody all of the recent "flat" style that Apple, Microsoft and even Android is gravitating towards.

Why? I don't know. In MS Office, I hardly know what a button is anymore just be looking at it quickly. I have to decide on where to click, and often I have to hunt for the buttons. I don't really like it. It doesn't bring anything real to the table.

I'm not looking for karma, I don't really care, but it won't really matter because /. will change, and if I don't like the changes I'll just stop going there. It's a shame, because I really liked the discussions that took place. Sometimes, I even got the news before it appeared on other sites I frequent.

The bottom line for me is, if the conversation stops, and the futue looks like a whitewashed, pastel coloured world I won't bother. It's not worth it to get upset, I'll just look for something else to pass my time.

The site belongs to Dice. They can do what they will with it. If they screw it up, well, not many of us from the looks of it will be back to say "I told you so"

That's it. My 2 cents. Good luck Slashdot, I'll miss you for a while,

about 7 months ago

Tweets and Threats: Gangs Find New Home On the Net

dakohli Re: That's nice, but... (144 comments)

Lying is a crime now?

Just ask Martha Stewart.

about 8 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

dakohli Re:Strange choices (312 comments)

Former Naval Officer here,

The Officer of the Watch (or Officer of the Deck for the USN) must indeed know their rules of the road, even when manuevering around other warships!

They are the bread and butter of the Seaman Officer.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

dakohli Re:If they hadn't locked it down... (293 comments)

It seems as well that Microsoft wanted the locked-down environment to prevent Windows RT from having viruses,

I don't think so.

Microsoft, ultimately wanted to duplicate Apple's App Store Environment. They were hoping the lower price point would bring in the users, which would spur development of the Applications for it, which would of course induce more to join the ecosystem. Once Microsoft realized the value of the entire system, they were willing to try and duplicate it.

Of course, the hardware was there, but the Apps and the OS itself fell short, and they were not able to complete the task at hand. In order for them to have a chance at success here, they need more time. Time that just may not be available.

about 10 months ago

Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

dakohli Re:Pretty common support forums policies (326 comments)

The real problem is a lack of real information so people can only guess. It's hard for manufacturers to deal with this kind of situation because they don't want to say anything until they are sure.

Hammer, meet Nail!

This is the issue exactly! Apple is not the only company that likes to hold information closely. I once had an ISP that would pretend that they did not have outages, and liked to blame their customers. I spent several hours trying to debug my girlfriend's network connection only to find out that they had a 6 hour outage that they only admitted to after the fact.

about a year ago

Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

dakohli WII has been a nice second console (277 comments)

I have a WII, didn't see the need to upgrade to the WII-U. I also have a XBox, had a PS3 but only because I wanted to watch BlueRays. Is it me, or has Nintendo just lagged a bit in terms of graphics? They revolutionized the controllers with the WII, but now I really feel the others have caught up. I do not know if the Nintendo catalog will be enough to keep people with the platform just to play those games. Time will tell.

about a year ago

French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

dakohli Re:Short term money saving. (183 comments)

They already switched to OpenOffice, I've used both and while there are some differences, if you know one, you can use the other without too many problems.

Most folks don't even use more than a small percentage of the features of a word processor anyways. I have friends who work with lawyers who say Word is no good for them, and that they have to use WordPerfect for their legal documents.

I agree that formats are very important. This organization is large enough to be able to mandate the formats they will use. But a quick check of LibreOffice Writer ( shows it can handle the fol formats: odt, ott, sxw, stw, fodt, uot, doxc(MS Word 2007/2010 XML) , doc, xml(ms Word 2003 and Doc Book), html, rtf, txt, and docx (OpenOffice XML Text)

It appears that they won't have many problems accepting any common format.

I work in a very large organization. We use MS Office, and we provide training for many of our staff in Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook. If we were to swtich, it would involve creating new lesson plans, but the savings in licensing would more than pay for that.

about a year ago

Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents, Says ITC

dakohli Re: not again (274 comments)

CISCO has IOS which of course Apple has licenced

Well, there's the ipaq, which someone else pointed out.


The announcement of the iMac in 1998


The iPAQ Desktop Personal Computer in its various incarnations was a Legacy-free PC produced by the Compaq Computer Corporation around the year 2000

about a year ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

dakohli Re:digital? (205 comments)

Morse Code was predigital. It was on and off keyed using an unmodulated carrier designed to be sent my human operators. There are variations between the length of the elements, the space between the elements, the space between letters and words. This is more a language than code, experienced operators did not hear letters, they heard words. Speeds up to and past 60 wpm were not unheard of. And there were no machines up until recently that could compete with the accuracy of a human operator.

about a year ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

dakohli Re:digital? (205 comments)

Morse code does not necessarily a binary system. If sent by a machine, I could buy that, but it was designed to be sent by humans using a key. Later a two paddle bug was often used to speed up the code. One paddle sent a stream of dits, and the other keyed the dahs. you could vary the speed of the dits using a dial, but you varied the dahs using the paddle itself. Good operators would shorten the dahs, and use the fastest dits they could manage. So, you might use a dit from 40 wpm, but a dah from 45 wpm. The end result was code that was fairly easy to decode by a human operator, but difficult to decode by a machine. The best machines that I saw had an accuracy of about 85%, which was not good enough.

Later electronic bugs had two paddles that shaped both the dits and the dahs, but because the operator varied the space in between the elements you ended up with the same issues

A digital replacement for morse code was the Baudot Code

.This used machine generated and read code. Early systems used a punch tape as storage medium.

I was a trained and certified Wireless Station Operator, when I first qualified I could send and receive 20> wpm using a stick (pencil) and hand key

about a year ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

dakohli Re: Another industry killed by the Internet (205 comments)

Indeed, I was trained as a wireless operator after high school. I certified in morse code, sending and receiving 20wpm. There was some effort in sending the telegram, but even calculating how much it was going to cost. A good operator could save the sender money by combining words and using shorthand expressions.

When I was unable to attend either of my brother's weddings, I sent telegrams to congradulate them. Aside from the cost, they represent a level of effort which email or a telephone call just cannot emulate.

about a year ago

Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

dakohli Re:What does Spain need with submarines? (326 comments)

Serious question.

Easy answer, any country that wishes to maintain a balanced Naval Fleet requires submarines. These vessels, if not completely accounted for make an excellent "Fleet in being". During the Falklands, just the possibility of Argentine subs meant the Royal Navy had to commit significant ASW forces to the campaign. Spain and Canada nearly came to blows during the "Turbot War"In the event that that conflict had gone "hot" you can bet Spanish Submarines would have played a pivotal role.

From the Wikipedia article:

The Spanish Navy deployed the patrol boat P-74 Atalaya to protect them. The Spanish Navy also prepared a surface task group with frigates and tankers, but Spain eventually decided against sending it. Negotiations ceased on March 25, and the following day, Canadian ships cut the nets of the Spanish trawler Pescamero Uno. The Spanish Navy responded by deploying a second patrol boat. Canadian warships and patrol planes in the vicinity were authorized by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to fire on Spanish vessels that exposed their guns.

about a year ago

Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

dakohli Re:Nothing wrong with the Trades (368 comments)

I look down on them because of their widespread bad business practices: the majority of the time you can expect price gouging and poor workmanship. They'd be better off working for Microsoft with that attitude.


I'm sorry that you have experienced the worst side of the human experience. It has certainly not been mine. Yes, I have encountered the occasional scammer, but by and large the tradesmen I have had direct contact with have been honest. I have heard people complain about the $50/hr plumber or mechanic, so they hire the $20/hr guy who comes in and does a crappy job, then they end up paying a competent worker the 50 bucks an hour anyways to make it right.

If you hire someone who takes you to the cleaners, you have a right to be upset, but if you failed to get references, and do your research, you have to accept some of the blame as well

about a year ago

Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

dakohli Nothing wrong with the Trades (368 comments)

There is nothing wrong with becoming a Tradesman. Plumber, Electrician, Welder or Mechanic, etc

Just as we need Engineers, Nurses and Lawyers (I can't believe I'm including Lawyers!), we need the folks that keep our machines running. Just as not everyone has the money, or the aptitude to become a Doctor, I know many people who do not have the abilities to become a carpenter or metal worker.

I don't much care for the way some look down on the tradesmen that keep things running. Where I live there is a shortage of plumbers and electricians. Out west there is a shortage of carpenters. As a resul the ones that do exist command high wages, and are busy with lots of work. All this without the debilitating school loans that many University Graduates have.

From my perspective, it sounds like good advice

about a year ago

Real World Stats Show Chromebooks Are Struggling

dakohli Re:You are not limited by the OS (250 comments)

I'm running XFCE on Ubuntu on mine. The only reason I left chromeOS running was to handle netflix. Otherwise I have to really agree with most folks that the chromebooks are just too limiting. Running Linux, with an 8 hr battery life is nice. I can sit back and get some work done.

As far as android/win8 or iOS, I do not even want to consider one of these without a touchscreen.

about a year ago

ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

dakohli Re:, but I've learned to adapt. (863 comments)

But I suppose it's OK when Ubuntu does it because you haven't paid for it?

Dangerous line of argument there.

Actually, it wasn't OK. That is why Mate and Cinnamon exist now. At least with Linux there is still some choice

about a year ago



New Most Wanted Cyber Criminal Named - Creator of "Loverspy"

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about 10 months ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "The FBI has named Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara to its Cyber's Most Wanted List

His crime was to create a Mal-Ware package called Loverspy which he sold on his website for $89. This Mal-Ware allowed someone to monitor their spouse (or other target's) online activities. It captured passwords, emails, and could activate a webcam.

With recent relavations in the Press concerning NSA antics, I thought the Government might be able to use talent such as Carlos'. I guess they really don't want the competition."

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First Google Glass Ban arrives

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "

A Seattle bar has issued a preemptive ban of Google Glass to preserve the privacy of its tipplers. The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle announced plans to suppress the futuristic devices on its Facebook page this week, and didn't mince words. "The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses," the bar wrote. "And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators."

Apparently, It is a self described Dive Bar and they already do ban recording and pictures. I'm pretty sure this will come as no surprise, even Steve Mann has had issues with acceptance by the general public.

Do you think this technology will become so mainstream that people will give up trying to protect their privacy?"

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Canadian Newspaper charging $150 license fee to publish excerpts

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "Michael Geist, Canada's tireless Digital Rights Crusader has pointed out an interesting development at a major Canadian Newspaper Website:

If you try to highlight the text to cut and paste it, you are presented with a pop-up request to purchase a licence if you plan to post the article to a website, intranet or a blog. The fee would be $150.

He points out that even if you are highlighting a 3rd party quote inside an article a pop-up asking if you want a license will appear. I have tried highlighting Associated Press, or Canadian Press articles and this does not appear. But try it on any of the Post's articles or commentary it will. Even if it happens to be a 3rd party quote.

The Copyright service provider is iCopyright. This appears to be a US company, and as Mr Geist points out it might be contrary to Canadian Copyright Law's fair use provisions.

Many Canadian Newspaper sites are moving to pay to view models, The Globe and Mail and Sun Papers included. Since it is harder to make money publishing the news, is this the way of the future? I hope not."

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Cheap iPhone rumours

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "So, we all love to love/hate Apple. Forbes reports that Brian White (Topeka Capital Analyst) has predicted that Apple will launch a cheaper iPhone sometime this year. He further goes on to say that the price point will be $300.

As a former Apple iPhone 3gs user, and now an Android fan I think this is fantastic, if true. Apple may now be getting ready to compete with manufacturers of less than premium phones. In the Android jungle, what will around 300 bucks get you? hmmm, HSPA+ (no 4G), 2G Ram, 8G Storage and a quad 1.5 Ghz processor, oh, and a 4.7" screen. Should Apple succeed, and I think they can. Just think what an extra $300 should get you for the full fledged Apple product. Even though some are pretty sceptical, this kind of heads up competition could easily accelerate the development of future phones. Now, be civil.....Discuss"

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Canadian Government scrapping Internet Predators Act

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "The Conservative Goverment of Canada is scrapping the controversial bill C-30 They will instead make "modest" changes to the existing Warrantless Wiretap bill. This bill was widely panned by Privacy Critics and members of the opposition. Another victory for online privacy!"
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Royal Canadian Air Force sees more sims in the future of Fighter Pilot Training

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "Currently, Canadian Fighter Pilots spend about 20% of their "stick" time in Simulators. RCAF General Blondin states that this will rise to 50/50 in the future. The article goes on to state that the US Army is moving in this direction, although the US Air Force is a little more skeptical. Aircraft are expensive to fly, and if the fidelity of a simulator is good enough then perhaps real pilots will spend even less time actually in the air. Slashdotters, do you think that this will actually make recruiting pilots more difficult, or is it a sign of the things to come beyond Military Aviation?"
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Costly Phone Bill a Mistake

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about 2 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "As reported in the Sun:

"A French woman spent hours on the phone last month with telecom customer service reps, trying to convince them her $15-quadrillion phone bill was a mistake.

Solenne San Jose, from Pessac, in the Bordeaux region of France, terminated her contract with Bouygues Telecom in September, reports the French newspaper Sud Ouest. When she got her bill on Sept. 28 with the cancellation fee, she said she "almost had a heart attack."

She was told 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros — which is about $15 quadrillion, or nearly 6,000 times more than her country's GDP — would automatically be withdrawn from her account.

"It was so many zeroes I couldn't even figure out how much it was," she told the newspaper.

Eventually, Bouygues admitted the amount was a mistake, but not before many frustrating hours of San Jose pleading and arguing with customer service reps on the phone.

"When I explained it was a mistake, they'd say it was all automatically calculated and withdrawals would begin shortly," she said. "The first time I called, I spent at least 45 minutes on the phone with one operator. He replied, 'It's automatic. There's nothing I can do.'"

One operator told her she could pay in instalments — 11,721 million million of them.

"How many thousands of generations would it take to pay this bill?" she said.

Finally, they admitted the error. Her actual bill? $149."

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Phone App Assists Missing Child Case

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about 3 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes ""A ground-breaking smart-phone app designed to help locate missing children received an unexpected test run when three-year-old Kienan Hebert was abducted from his Sparwood home, the Missing Children’s Society of Canada says."

The App was Poynt, available for both iPhone and Android. In Canada this was a highly publicized case which saw the missing child dropped off at his home after several days, and then today the suspect being brought into custody.

Not long ago we heard about cell-phone equipped children taking pictures of people who tried luring them into cars, and now we have full fledged applications that are capable of reaching millions at very short notice. This has the potential to take Amber Alerts to the next significant level.

As smart/super phones rise in popularity, I think that more and more apps will be available for society and the potential for good is awesome. Of course the flip side is that we also have the potential to become Big Brother's partner in crime.

So, what do slash-dotters think?"

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Predicting the future

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "We like making predictions. In fact, some publications such as Popular Science have columns devoted to future technology. However, there are lists upon lists of stuff that never was developed. Sometimes, an idea was over taken by events, and the requirement/desire evaporated because the conditions that made something make sense actually disappeared.

I think in the near term, new technology will not greatly change the way we live. I predict as data storage continues to get ever more economical, we will be able to store with great fidelity anything we wish, be it a picture, a sound or a raw experience. Transferring this data will also become trivial. I think everything will be connected, you'll be able to take your camera, take a picture, and that picture will be available to you instantly on any other device whether it be a picture frame, computer or communications device.

Our devices will converge, we have multi-purpose devices now, cell phones that take pictures, play music and other media, but the future will extend this even further. Cell-phones that will also be virtual wallets, hold our keys and our proof of identity. Our mobile numbers are almost synonymous with our names now.

Peter F Hamilton, in his Night's Dawn Trilogy describes "nanonics", implants which augment the owner's brain power and allow fast communication on a vast distributed network, as well and Genetic Engineering on such a vast scale that it is trivial to manipulate our DNA in order to make us much more suitable for living in zero-g/high-g environments.

So, slashdotters, what do you think the future holds, and how will our lives change as a result? Will we end up in a dysfunctional world that is slowly deteriorating despite our technological prowess? Perhaps we will be in a decidly green world of supportable communities living basic simple lives. Did Star Trek get it right, or will we be stuck within reach of Earth?"

Felony to read your spouse's email

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "Michigan resident Leon Walker, has been charged with a felonly

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a Michigan resident could face five years in prison for reading his wife’s e-mail. 33 year old computer technician Leon Walker had been snooping through wife Clara Walker’s Gmail account after finding her password written in a book next to their shared laptop, and by doing so discovered that she had been having an affair with an ex-husband. In response, Clara filed for divorce and had her now ex-husband arrested.

Of course, there are all sorts of extenuating circumstances, enough perhaps to interest Mr. Springer! One of the sites that is reporting also has a poll on whether or not it is acceptable to read your spouse's email. As of 630 CST the vote is only 17% in favor of keeping this type of activity illegal. I know that there has been a huge debate on whether or now work email should be accessable to your company, and even if you should be able to read your kids email. Where does the limit of privacy sit?"
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If the FCC regulated the internet

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "Slate magazine has published an interesting "what if" type of article: "The Federal Communications Commission recently issued new rules regulating the Internet—even though it doesn't appear to have such powers. A federal court gangster-slapped the commission last year, accusing it of regulatory overreach for attempting to dictate Internet policy to service providers. These new regulations got me to thinking of where we would be today if the FCC had regulated the Internet from the get-go. " Indeed, it could have stifled innovation, and delayed the emergence of new technology and the commercial environment that we all enjoy so much today. Could the internet survive without the USA?

Could it have played out like this? Does it matter now? Can the genie be put back into the bottle? What do you think?"

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Bell Canada fined for violating donotcall list

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "So here's the scoop: Bell Canada is given a five year contract to administer the Canadian Do Not Call Registry. Violations can net fines of $1500 for each instance. So what do they do? They call the numbers that have been entrusted to them. And then? They get caught and fined: $CDN 1.3 Million

So, let's start the rants about how we hate telemarketers calling us during supper."

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Duke Nukem Forever

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "So, I was just in Best Buy (Canada) and saw the Duke Nukem Forever pre-order cards!

The Game is due out in the new year:

"All great things take time... a lot of time," laughs Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "After a hiatus from the video game world, Duke Nukem is back and better than ever. The return of the King from the glory days of shooters will satisfy our patient, die-hard fans, as well as a new generation of bubble gum-chewing, flat top and shades-wearing bad-asses. Make no mistake about it — Duke Nukem Forever is a testament to the era of when shooters were bodacious and fun."

So Slashers, what do you think? Does this game have even a small chance of living up to expectations? Or, will Duke, just fade into oblivion?"

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Lineage II so addictive, Hawaii Man Sues!

dakohli dakohli writes  |  about 4 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "So, this guy claims that Lineage II is so addictive, that he played it for 20000 hrs over 5 years. That is over 10 hours per day. Earlier this month, charges of misrepresentation/deceit, unfair and deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress and punitive damages were dismissed, but charges of defamation, negligence, gross negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress still remain. I guess the age of personal responsibility continues to elude us."
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And Now for the other side of the News:

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "And now, for a brilliant piece of journalism. The story of SciFi writer Dr Peter Watts was detailed recently in /. albeit from mostly his point of view. Now, the AP has had their say, mostly from the Border Patrol's viewpoint. There is no mention of the aftermath, how he was turned loose without even a jacket last week in the cold. All it really says that he left his car, got belligerent and had to be subdued. It accuses him of choking a border guard. No mention of the efforts to get him representation.

Now, I have passed through this particular entry/exit point, and I have to wonder why the US guards were looking at a car entering Canada. Usually you only encounter Canadian guards when you enter Canada, and US guards when you enter the States. I think it entirely appropriate that I might ask why I was being searched by US guards when I was leave the States for Canada.

Of course, each side will posture and present the case is the best possible light for themselves, don't you think that perhaps though a International Journalistic Organization should present a more balanced view and let the public make up their own opinions?

Just asking........"

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New ways to steal music

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "Lee Gomes from talks about mp3 being replaced by loss-less formats such as FLAC. According to him this is "a more sophisticated way of stealing music". He also calls "file sharing" a euphemism for Music Piracy. I must wonder if this guy is working for the Industry. I think the headline is quite sensationalist. I guess his whole argument is that mp3's were bad enough, now we can get a better format that will keep the quality of the original. He implies that the only reason you might want these formats is to Pirate the music. About the only thing he gets right, is the fact that cheaper Hard Drives and faster networks are driving the adoption of the new formats. I find it troubling that some tech writers seems to miss the point and go for the sensational news. The bottom line is the industry is not keeping up with the technology. As it has been pointed out so many times on Slashdot a change is brewing for the entertainment industry. If I am going to continue to pay for music, I don't want crippled DRM encumbered formats. I want to be able to play the music the way I want to listen to it, I want it in a portable format, and I want the quality."
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Facebook faces the Canadian Privacy Commish

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dakohli (1442929) writes "Canwest's Sarah Schmidt writes that Facebook has until monday to find a way to fix its "serious privacy gaps."
And if the Canadian Privacy Commissioner isn't happy with the Web Company's response, then she has two weeks to push it to the Canadian Federal Court in Ottawa.
"A spokeswoman for the commission said it's premature to say whether the feud will end up in court. This would be an international first for Facebook, which has grown to more than 200 million users since its launch in 2004."
So, what does all this mean? Do young people even care about their privacy these days? Do they need protecting?
I find the implications far reaching, who knows how their personal pictures, information might be used/exploited down the line."

Microsoft sues Vancouver family over Click Fraud

dakohli dakohli writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dakohli writes "Microsoft is suing two family based businesses who allegedly committed click fraud in order to wear down their competitors advertising budgets and raise the profile of thei own search results: Microsoft claims they are out 1.5 Million but are suing for $750K. No word on criminal charges yet."


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