Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach
Our wonderful, conservative-activist Supreme Court just ruled today that any company may stick a line in their EULA stating that by using their product, you forfeit the right to sue, and must instead use a private arbiter of the corporation's choice.
Not true, actually. They ruled that customers that have signed a contract with a clause to that effect are bound to it. AFAIK, there is no settled case law saying that a shrinkwrap EULA is equivalent to a valid, signed contract.
Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?
Technically you DO need a TV license if you watching content in the UK - even if it's on a computer
From another page on the linked site:
You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch programmes on your computer after they have been shown on TV.
And another, specifically metioning streaming.
If you don’t watch or record television programmes, or you only stream TV programmes online after they’ve been broadcast – through on-demand services like YouTube, BBC iPlayer and 4oD – you don’t need to be covered by a
FTP Is 40 Years Old
Lots of people grousing about how awful FTP is. I bet not one of you will ever write a piece of software that is still hugely popular and under active development 40 years later.
Except, FTP isn't a piece of software. It's a Protocol. As far as I can tell from a cursory search, no particular FTP daemon is still in wide use that was written 40 years ago.
Enlisting Game Hackers Instead of Fighting Them
That being said, Just Cause 2 is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the Square Enix taint is already there, and you get half a game out of the box with the rest being released as an endless stream of DLC.
OK now I hate DLC as much as anybody, but I don't really see Just Cause 2 as an example of a "half game" without the DLC. Did you actually look at the list you linked? There are a few weird vehicles, a couple moderately updated guns (remember this is a single-player game), and.... not much else. It's not like you need to pay to unlock half the map.
I'm enjoying Just Cause 2, and I have not purchased and do not plan to purchase any DLC.
Interactive, Emotion-Detecting Robot Developed
Voice recognition software is now quite a capable means of entering information into a computer system.
You guffaw, but I entered this comment with voice recognition.
Dear aunt, let’s set so double the killer delete select all
Beware the Garden of Steven
ALL Apple development tools are free downloads. Not just a cut-down version; the complete development suite with everything in it; same as every other developer uses. You can develop and distribute/sell Mac apps with Apple's tools without giving Apple a cent, and that isn't changing.
I thought Xcode only worked on macs.
Did Apple start giving away free computers?
IBM Warns of China Closing the Supercomputer Gap
If they're worried about China advancing in computer technology, maybe they shouldn't build research labs there!
£32k a Day For Birmingham Council Website
I just took a look at their site, which I thought must be amazing for that kind of money, and I found this:
<meta name="ICBM" content="52.48002, -1.902805">
What exactly Birmingham City Council up to!? Perhaps the money is going someplace a bit more nefarious.
According to Google, that's Birmingham Town Hall!
Perhaps that's part of Capita's plan to ensure payment in full...
HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market
What I want to know is... why are hard drives stuck at 2TB? Did we reach some theoretical limit? Does the laws of physics start to fail at higher data densities? Don't get me wrong, I love my 2TB hard drive, but I want more!
This could be because the MBR partitioning method doesn't work for drives larger than 2TiB, and Hard Drive manufacturers are afraid of confusing consumers with the GUID Partition Table?
Toyota Accelerator Data Skewed Toward Elderly
Yes but the Woz case is possible bug in the cruise control software, not the accelerator.
Right, because Cruise Control Software is in no way related to acceleration, right?
Come on, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, we all know it's you behind the lame nickname !
(Great punchline to episode 18 though !)
I'm not sure if it's the same MuscleNerd or not, but the one I've seen on the 'tubes before predated The Big Bang Theory by several years. See, e.g., this thread on TiVo hacking.
Nintendo Developing DS Apps For School Systems
I'm not sure I see how this would help Nintendo. Doesn't every school-age kid already have a DS? It sure seems that way among all the kids I've seen lately...
Maybe if the school versions were remotely monitored? The teacher could use a DSi XL to view 93% more students!
19th-Century Photographer Captured 5,000 Snowflakes
I don't really think Snowflake Bentley has been "long forgotten", as the summary implies. Our homeschooled children just finished a unit study on him a few weeks ago (which doesn't prove anything of course except that he's still well known enough for there to be unit studies made available on him...).
In fact, a book about him, appropriately titled Snowflake Bentley won the Caldecott medal as recently as 1999!
Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons
I put on my robe and wizard hat.
Palm Pre Is Out, Time For Discussion
Pro-Tip: For mass market appeal, don't call your fans Pre-verts.
That's right, they prefer to be called Pre-vects!
Hmm... Too obscure?
RealPlayer Zero-Day Flaw Under Attack
"Alphanumeric keyboard" and "computer mouse"?
Looks like someone confused verbosity with redundancy
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