Unwise — Search History of Murder Methods
The existence of the book draft would provide defence against that sort of evidence. However, if someone you know is killed by a faulty nuclear fusion reactor while the elevator override button has been disabled, I think you might still get in trouble.
GOG.com Not Really Gone
I had never heard of the site until this hoax. Now I at least know about it. I would say it would be a positive outcome (more people coming than going).
Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities
Who cares if it can be pirated? It'll cost Intel very little to do this and the aim isn't to get lots of geeks paying $50, its to get average Joe at home to do it. They will still make money off this idea (so long as it isn't a huge PR disaster - selling crippled hardware...) with or without a patch.
How Cyber Spies Infiltrate Business Systems
I like your idea of calling non-cyberspies 'meatspies' from now on.
Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday
Wouldn't the result be (P-1)!=N ?
Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images
I love the mindset of the computing field, when a 'background image' is considered copying (not least on twitter, for which its a fairly standard thing).
At Issue In a Massachusetts Town, the Value of Two-Thirds
Exactly. Just because it doesn't have a decimal representation, doesn't mean it isn't a valid number...
... ahem... you insensitive clod!
Warner Brothers Hiring Undercover Anti-Pirates
That makes sense if someone is willing to pay $100 million for the first copy of the movie.
A more reasonable suggestion would be that once a movie starts to profit, they allow free copies to be distributed.
Even then, there is an issue of making an overall profit as some movies fail, and what the level of 'enough profit'.
I am completely against many of the claims and practises that the *AAs perform (download != sale, poor profits given to recording artists), but they release a product under a set of conditions. If you don't like those conditions, don't get the product. Eventually free market forces will allow the studios that make the best use of the Internet to profit and the rest will catch on. Yes they have a near-monopoly on the industry and they advertise particularly well, but people lived perfectly well before Avatar came out, so if you don't want to pay to see it, you don't have to see it right away. Wait until the movie is showed with advertising for free or don't even see it at all.
90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View
The general rule: Don't feed the trolls
How To Evade URL Filters With (Not-So) Fancy Math
It works fine for me (v3.5.8 on kubuntu)
Best Resource For Identifying Legit Applications?
He could also be using Debian and needs a note taking application
Major ISPs Help Fund BitTorrent User Tracking Research
You would find that the majority of the 'good' botnets rely on many computers doing low-bandwidth operations, so that the owner of the computer doesn't notice. If the speed of the Internet gets too slow, the owner could send the computer in to get fixed, and the IT guy would find and remove the problem files. If the owner never notices, its less likely this could happen.
There still exists viruses that do the 'high impact' thing, but they are less common now and don't last very long (for the previously mentioned reason).
Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity
Narus Develops Social Media Sleuth
You don't need to market to 'the masses' to make (substantial) money off a product. Law enforcement is a big enough market if you get good saturation and Google + other ad networks would be a massive market.
Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day
Air Cannon Ties Pirates In Knots
While at the same time ensuring that all on board the pirate ships are in fact pirates (no hostages, etc). Bad things happen when people become judge and jury themselves.
Stun them, call the authorities and then stay out of it.
StarCraft AI Competition Announced
Hardly infinite. Most games place a limit on how much resources the AI can use, which means they need to make good decisions using limited resources. I'm not sure if Starcraft has these limits (a cursory glance suggests so), but it doesn't have good control over the micro of the player, which is what makes the difference between good players and great players.
FBI Cracks "Largest Phishing Case Ever"
Don't forget the "it'll never happen to me" attitude that allows people to ignore the risks and do phishing anyway.
There will never be a short supply of people desperate enough to become phishers, just like house robberies are still an issue (despite, I am assuming, higher arrest rates).
Security / Privacy Advice?
One thing about security is that people always take shortcuts, and one of the main outcomes of this is that data gets lost when it should never have been copied in the first place.
A key example of this is when consultants take a copy of a database so that they can create a program to access the data. They don't need the data, they just need the schema. Get this into people's heads (think 'least necessary information' rather then 'easiest command') and it wouldn't matter how poorly your consultant handles your data, because they can't lose any of it.
StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010
Perhaps it is fine with you, but it assumes broadband everywhere and perfect connectivity.
In Australia, I have a fast speed, but its ADSL and, while better then it used to be, it isn't reliable.
So if my ADSL goes down after I organize to have everyone over to play Starcraft II, we can no longer play. Its a stupid decision from misguided management types who don't realise, as someone said above, that soon after the release, the DRM will be cracked and the LAN support added. If Blizzard aren't going to look after their fans, they won't get any respect from them, and many will pirate the game out of spite.
I am happy to give Blizzard my money, I buy the commercial games that I play, but this decision will hurt Blizzard.
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