'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Mockery
If you read the "statement of claims", you'll find that some of the assertions are just ludicrous. An example: maskedtruther is named as John Doe #22, and is being sued for a million dollars for posting the following statement "A lot of police today were originally criminals." While this may be a stereotype, it certainly is not equivalent to maskedtruther stating that "Joseph is a criminal." Yet this is exactly what this court document asserts!
P.S. - If you examine the numbering of "John Does", you'll find that both sweeteventhorizon and ecofrog1 are listed as John Doe #12 - guess some lawyer can't count, either.
Avatar Soars Into $1-Billion Territory
I wear glasses, and these new 3-D glasses are like the big Terminator-like "Solar Shield" sunglasses wrap around and over regular glasses. They are not uncomfortable, and no longer have the colour distortion of the red/green ones of yore. Also, Cameron was very careful to have the majority of the 3-D effects go deeper into the screen as opposed to "jumping out" of the screen at you (as is the case for most 3-D slasher flicks).
Microsoft Ordered To Pay $290M, Stop Selling Word
Are you serious? What kind of small company actually designs "...software...which they showed to Microsoft..." and doesn't expect
a) the ideas to be stolen by Microsoft.
b) be bought out by Microsoft.
c) be "corporate cannibalized" by Microsoft.
d) ALL OF THE ABOVE!
The Last GM Big-Block V-8 Rolls Off the Line
I guess everyone who missed out on buying a vehicle with this engine will be slapping themselves in the head after their next purchase and saying...
I COULD HAVE HAD A V8!!!
(Sorry, it had to be said eventually ;)
Secret Copyright Treaty Timeline Shows Global DMCA
You may recall the
funny little article from "The Onion"
that discussed Google's new opt out feature that allowed paranoid users to remove any traces of their online presence. The three strikes law for DMCA violations would simply add you to this list without going to all the troubles of signing up.
New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board
When they filmed their marionette sex scene for "Team America", Trey Parker and Matt Stone put in some crazy shit - literally. (And this was prior to the "Two Girls One Cup" phenomena :) They knew that the censors would not allow it, but they never intended them to allow it. They realized that the censors feel the need to remove something from these cutting edge films in order to sleep well at night.
Similarly, software designers could put some crazy stuff in (i.e. the airport scenario from "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2", or "hot coffee" from GTA: San Andreas), and then submit the software for review, while they could automatically have the "censored" version ready for production or even shrink wrapped.
"Accidental" Download Sending 22-Year-Old Man To Prison
My brother worked at a local mom & pop computer store here in Canada. He was asked to repair a PC for a family acquaintance. The "gentleman's" computer was acting up because he had tried installing a freeware (or malware) utility to create hidden partitions. My brother found all kinds of kiddie porn, all young males, some even the same age of his own son (who was 8 years old) and younger. He reported to the police, they confiscated the computer, and charged him to the fullest extent of Canada's child pornography law at the time (around 1999).
Despite the judge ruling that he could no longer possess any computers in his home, he actually studied computer science in jail, paid for by the Canadian taxpayer. My brother was harassed by some people in our small community who did not realize what kind of depraved photos and videos he found - and he was not allowed to tell anyone by police order. He claims that he would not report such finds again to the authorities.
And the pervert?
Out of jail after just a year (long enough to get his training finished) and has moved out West, making big bucks in IT. Now he has the knowledge to hide his child porn himself thanks to the Canadian penal system!
Ubuntu Reaching Out To 16,000 Anime Lovers
Sorry, but I don't see how squeezing Tux into a skimpy bikini is going to attract these manga fans. (although the tight swimsuit will bulge out his eyes to the right size ;)
US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s
It says right in the summary above that they are purchasing old style (non-slim) PS3's.
eBay For Millionaires
I looked through all the listings and I couldn't find one with any bids at all so I'm kind of wondering if the site is real or not.
I can't find anything to prove that it's parody but that doesn't mean it isn't.
Anybody got $2M in assets to find out if it's real? ;-)
As of 8am EST, there has been two auction items bid upon. (a 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 for $450K U.S, and a 2071 ct Diamond & Gold Backgammon Set for $500K). I suppose if these sales go through, there only has to be a small percentage kept by the web site to make a profit, and not in fact a parody site.
Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?
I use the same, just adding the first few letters of the webpage title or program to my passphrase (which is itself fairly strong) and alternate upper/lower case for these added letters.
Intel's New E-Reader For the Visually Impaired
In Canada, the Federal government pays two-thirds of the cost of assistive medical devices, so the companies who manufacture and sell these items automatically triple the prices.
New Hack Gives You ROOT on DROID Cellphones
pky666 writes "always just a matter of time for these linux based appliances to be hacked..."
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Franhofer Improving Electric Car Battery Tech
pky666 (1675924) writes "The Franhofer Institute in Germany has been working on improvements to a redox flow battery. When such a battery runs low on power in an electric car, you could pull up to a service station and have the discharged electolytic fluid pumped from the car and replaced with charged fluid. Then the station could recharge the electrolytic fluid, on-site, by solar power, or other green tech."
I just hope they get to perfect this tech before Haliburton drops a bomb on their ass!"
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Battery Breakthrough for Electric Cars
pky666 (1675924) writes "Not really my scoop, but I hope as many people read about this before Halliburton buys them up."
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