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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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Re: Too big for its britches @h3

I disagree on the tyrant stance being good. Nintendo didn't shave away "bad" games, they shaved away most competition in favor of their own content. That's why some of the big publishers started creating shell companies (Konami had ULTRA and others) to sidestep on their "5 games per year" restriction for third-party games. Adding to that, the draconian Nintendo Censorship board, which seemed to have censorship standards based on "what can an 8 year old play?". One of the few weird exceptions would be Monster Party during that era.

Hell, for many years I gravitated more on Mac/PC gaming because the games were much better. It took the Playstation to finally break away from the heavy censorship era, though by then Nintendo had stopped being so heavy-handed on the censorship (only that can explain DOOM on the SNES.)

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Re: XBox 180

It is XBoned, as in 'boned' by Sony.

At least if the XBox 180 moniker sticks, it will finally make that 360 joke accurate.

- Why is the XBox1 called the XBox 180?

- Because when you see it, you do a 180 and walk away!

(Though the original joke would work if you're moonwalking away.)

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Re: Exception: the Ribbon

The Ribbon is only marginally useful in the OSX version ... mostly because the Office for Mac edition still has the menus and thus you can ignore the Ribbon (or use it for the few power features that actually show up there), and that the Ribbon doesn't waste as much screen real estate as its Windows counterpart.

At least you do agree that TIFKA Metro is a piece of shit that should be dragged to the woods and shot.

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Re: Its all about games

With these restrictions Microsoft was courting the game developers by reducing the developers two great hates. Piracy and second hand sales.

Piracy is understandable ... but that was far better covered with the PS3. Even here in Mexico, where piracy is widespread, the PS3 has been the one console where most games are acquired by actually buying them. The 360 is the one that's still chock full of pirated games.

And second hand sales is only a developer-side hate. As MS found out, gamers are far more pissed off at draconian attempts to kill second hand sales, and they're the ones who actually pay for games. Those who had wooed MS and made their games XBoned exclusive releases would have seen their games fare far worse than the usual second-hand-traded games they currently have. Game publishers will smell the blood and sometimes even remove the "exclusiveness" of certain games if they realize their "exclusive" platform is going down the drain. Remember Resident Evil Code Veronica?

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Re: Fuck them.

Even the most rabid of Sony shills - hi Barry! - couldn't possibly argue Xbox One's phonehome and limitations were about Microsoft's greed. ... sez the MS shill.

Ironically, EA are dropping their own retarded attempt at screwing the second-hand games market: Online Pass is being phased out. Yes, publishers probably had a hand on MS trying to pull off this, but for it to work it would have to be implemented on all platforms. Anyone who isn't stupid would know that DRMing the shit out of a console will send people fleeing to the competition unless they are also locked down. By the time MS went on to go full retarded offering their horrible games lockdown, Sony had already stated that the "NFC chip disc lockdown" FUD wasn't true and that there would be no secondhand games lockdown.

It would have been interesting though if the devs pushing for this DRM scheme were actually offering the X1 more exclusives. If it had gone through, those publishing houses would've had their exclusives crash & burn, as the thing would have not sold. Which is why I'm sad that MS did do a U-turn: all of those who pushed for this braindead, greedy scheme should have been punished by economic failure and bankruptcy. That would send a pretty strong message to anyone even trying to pull this off that its just not worth it.

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Re: The 360 cannot live like XP did

Yes, they could do that. But if the problem were that people aren't just buying the XBone, that might just piss those 360 owners enough to send 'em to the PS4. Hell, maybe even used PS3s just to give MS the finger!

PS2 games were still being released years after the PS3 came out, and it is pretty possible they were being released because the PS2 had a larger install base than the new gen consoles for quite some time.

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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Um...

While Nazi does mean "national socialism", it was in fact more like pirated Italian Fascism than actual socialism. In fact, their first targets were the Communists and the actual Socialists and Social-Democrats; the conservative oligarchs actually cheered for the Nazis because they would crush all attempts at socialism/communism. Of course, they were very, very wrong.

And well, I'd really doubt Kim Jong-un would worship the Third Reich, given that the Kim family fought the Axis powers in WW2. It would make as much sense as a Holocaust survivor worshipping Hitler: it would just not make sense, even by NORKS standards.

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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

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Dr Strangelove or ...

I usually think more of the Kubrick film.

The code is OPE!

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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@William Donelson

Nah, all their articles are like this ... against all big IT companies. Ever read Itanium articles here? They call it the Itanic.

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

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Oh man

McAfee really knows how to party :P and he gets to take potshots at his former product. It's kind of similar to Murdoch's trashing of MySpace, but way cooler!

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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

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Go

iKahn

So now his "plus offer" is reduced to a mere 2.5% advantage? Hopefully investors can remember how Icahn has shafted everyone else and kindly refuse his offer. He's also at a loss as his previous bluff was called.

It's pretty possible that Icahn will lose this battle. Good riddance!

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Dish abandons Sprint sprint, now in mad dash for Clearwire

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Huh?

Is this a mad dash for outdated technology? Sprint uses the dog-awful CDMA. Clearwire IIRC used the failed 4G contender WiMAX. Why would anyone want such things? Sure you'd get their spectrum, but then you'd have to invest into building up the infrastructure from the ground up, as both CDMA and WiMAX are dead in the water.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Re: Replace the "call" button on each floor with a keypad -

Heh. I've been at 3 buildings where this system is in use. Fair warning to y'all guys: each one of you riding on the elevator must key in the destination. The system will route you, but will only count one person. If you don't do that, it's pretty possible you'll get assigned to the one lift where there's only room for one more person, and the rest will have to wait. Or, you'll end up stopping at places where lots of people are waiting the lift.

At least there was a good feature in these: if the elevator gets actually overloaded, it will no longer stop anywhere but the actual destination of the people inside. W00t!

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Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

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Doubtful.

The real reason for African violence is ... Africans. We're talking about a continent where all the worst of the former imperialist cultures was absorbed, coupled with bad religion (some of it also thanks to European and Middle East "imports") and sick beliefs ("Muti", anyone?). See Rwanda, with the black-on-black racism culminating in the Rwandan Genocide. Somalia, which has been mostly lawless since the 90's. Sudan. Sierra Leone and the RUF bastards. Liberia. Zimbabwe, where racism targets whites these days.

Somehow, I don't think cellphones can add any more violence to the mix...

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Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

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Wrong tool.

Independently from the fact that using Facebook, especially with your real name, is going to be PRISM-read or NSA acquired anyway, as the info is going to be asked to FB directly... they're using the wrong tool.

If you want to be "safe", you only need to use HTTPS, and it's even an option on Facebook to make it so that your entire session always goes through HTTPS. No need to use "HTTPS Everywhere" or anything like it. Adding that kind of stuff actually makes you more vulnerable, as now your "secure" traffic is going through a third-party. One that probably has PRISM sitting right at the exit point.

Fake security is worse than no security at all!

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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@Don Jefe

Yes, the Weimar Republic and its fall is indeed an interesting case, which is why I get irked when Godwin's Law is overused to squash out discussion concerning related topics. It is usually dismissed without taking into account that the worst evil perpetrated by the Nazis was possible because they actually made all those things legal, and even had the Reichstag passing the laws that let them do what they did. Hell, the Enabling Act even had a Patriot Act-ish name to it, the "Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich". And it was extended twice as well.

Being able to vote in/out your representatives is useless if they keep on voting for extensions to these things. And even if someone campaigns on a platform promising to take down these things, there's absolutely no guarantee they will follow through their promises.

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Re: NSA Snoops on YOU @John P

Also, from what I can gather, the data Microsoft provided consists mainly of information regarding people's Microsoft accounts which, prior to Windows 8, were completely disconnected from one's OS.

Not necessarily. Windows XP had a "feature" where you could link your XP user to your MS/Passport/Live/whatever account. A lot of people did link their accounts, so extracting stuff from such PCs would give out as much info as the win8 linkage.

Oh, talking about old MS OS ... remember NSAKEY?

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Icahn scratching head over BEEELLLIONS needed for Dell deal

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Calling Icahn's bluff?

Looks like he didn't get either thing. Nice to see him actually losing one of his Scrapyard Investor schemes.

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

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Re: "When to say I quit..."

Ahh, ShelLuser, it seems you've met my dad. Breaking Rule 1 had the consequence of him going through a 2 year jobless period. It also cost me a full year of suspended studies, as the reserves dried out and there was no more money for college.

Though sometimes you have to break the rule, as I've unfortunately found out. When the old boss gets fired, the new boss starts harassing you and all the projects you're "managing" are being actively sabotaged by your boss, it's better just to pull the 'EJECT' lever and hope for the best. It's that, or have your reputation smeared by your employer's inept approach at project management.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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WTF?

Huh?

What's this, zombie rush? SCO went down years ago, how the hell can this lawsuit even happen?

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I told you I'd be back: Arnie set for another career revival

Daniel B.
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Terminator

Your foster parents are dead

I wonder if they're continuing after Salvation. There's a good chance we'll see him as the 'evil' Terminator this time!

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UHF

So, I'm not the only one that has seen UHF, it seems!

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

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PostgreSQL

Agreed with ShelLuser: they should use PostgreSQL as the main DBMS. Monty is part of why I disliked MySQL and eventually turned back to PostgreSQL ... he hated transactions and thus made MyISAM and the early MySQL releases transactionless. Also, referential integrity was missing because of that.

And well, MariaDB is headed by Monty. Using the transactional stuff requires InnoDB which is owned by ... Oracle. Oops!

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Critical Java SE update due Tuesday fixes 40 flaws

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Guessing....

Oracle must've sat over Java for quite some time, and neglected to fix this stuff. It took a public outing of "DUDE FIX THIS NOW" for them to finally act on it.

That said, client-side Java is still useful. I wouldn't kill it.

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Backend coding

"but strugglerd with do anything practical and productive like coding a website that actually looked good."

Put those kind of guys into backend development. Get the Web-aware dudes to build the frontend, and voila! Stable backend, good-looking website.

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Facebook killing off Sponsored Results in search pages

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Questions

It is one of the few things that is actually useful, and they're axing it? They had already ruined it somewhat in that they made it a Pages-only feature; we used to dole out these for a lot of stuff. But it seems FB doesn't like this feature.

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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

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Not quite.

I used to think that when they launched it. But now that I need to expand my storage options, even USB3 is starting to look reeeal slow.

Also, TBolt gives me the option of adding up more Ethernet ports, so I can get extra interfaces on my MBP. So maybe I'll end up buying stuff like this dock, or maybe just the big JBOD array and laying ZFS on top of that.

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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True

Indeed, x86 should've died long ago. Though this tests might have had some "special sauce" tweaking so that the Intel chips would show up as better, given the "ABI Research provided no details on the content and construction of their benchmarks" part.

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

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@Stephen Channell

Oh, I've always known that ... I used the first Word versions on Mac, years before the Windows counterpart was ported. Though to be fair, sometime around 6.0 I think MS decided to backport the Windoze version back to the Mac. So the Mac version ended up having an ugly UI instead of the neat Mac-native one it had before.

These days, it does seem to fit with OSX, and it has the added benefit of actually keeping the menus they excised on the Windows version.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Re: keen.

Food is not a gas tank refill and nobody is so time-challenged that they can't spend 20-30 minutes a day to prepare proper meals for themselves.

Food is a gas tank refill, as far as our body's concerned. Taste is all about us searching for the best energy-packed food, usually. As for the time-challenged, this is a good option for some types who have jobs where 30 minutes is all you have for eating. Technically, this might be healthier than eating at McD's. Though I'd agree that I'd use it more for emergency rations than everyday eating!

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Cellphone remote detonation

The problem with these devices is that theoretically someone might think ahead and fit the device with the infamous dead man's switch ... that is, activate on call or on signal loss/disconnection. Oopsie, cops just blew up everyone with their jammer/killswitch!

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Daniel B.
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TSA

Heh. That happened to my dad; he had his luggage arrive at the other end in a similar fashion. By the way, the note also said something along the lines of "You had a non-compliant lock, so we had to break it open and it is all your fault. TSA won't pay up anything if you are missing stuff."

So not only do they break open your stuff, they basically give anyone else a free pass to steal your stuff!

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US Supremes: Human genes can't be patented

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Re: Monsanto?

Sadly, I think their patents are still legal. Because SCOTUS ruled against human DNA patents.

Though it could be used as a base to void non-human, naturally ocurring DNA. Maybe.

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Desperate Venezuelans wiped clean of bog roll

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Re: Supply me?

I'd actually call it iPapel. Mostly because if the i is pronounced in English, and "Papel" in Spanish, it sounds like "hay papel" (there's [toilet] paper).

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: webOS had the wrong name

Most of the Palm stuff standed out by itself because of PalmOS. Even as late as 2006, the Treo was one of the most wanted smartphones out there, IIRC it could even do video chat. Suddenly Palm decided to spin off the OS division, and all development stagnated.

Then the fugly WinMo came in to fill the gap, and suddenly the Palm 'smartphones' turned into a me-too something running WinMo. They faded into obscurity, and by the time webOS came out, they had been lost in the sea of clunky WinMo "smart"phones.

The same thing is happening right now with Nokia... see how they lost their majority smartphone share overnight after the Elopocalypse...

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Re: webOS had the wrong name

WinMo killed Palm. Anything that MS touches turns to crap.

That said, yes the name for that OS was not only confusing, it was hilarious in Spanish. Why? Because 'webos' sounds like 'Huevos' which basically means 'bollocks'. Oh the innuendo!

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Re: HP

It seems so. They ended up killing:

  • DEC's Alpha
  • Tandem
  • PA-RISC (which was their own creation) to jump into the Itanic FAIL boat
  • Palm, all of it, including webOS

They sure know how to let good stuff die...

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Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

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There's a point...

Now if said computers are doing something safety-critical there is a problem but:

1) Windows is not certified for that by the EULA

Maybe security researchers & honeypots should simply send the kill switch to these botnets. Anyone stupid enough to use Windows for real-time things or actual mission-critical stuff shouldn't be doing so in the first place, and even MS can claim its a violation of the EULA. In most of these cases, only the botnet zombie client is removed.

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STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: So

The real scandal here is the DoJ presenting a known DRAFT email as one which was actually sent. I believe if it was a witness who made that statement they would be hauled up on PERJURY charges.

Except it is Apple, and only Apple that claims that the DoJ mail was a draft. It might be that both emails were sent, or that the second one is forged, in which case it would be the Apple lawyers who end up hauled on perjury!

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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Re: How is the Other Blair (or is it "Lord" Blair) doing these days, btw?

Um... actually Orwell basically put into 1984 the experience of what happened with the USSR and Spain; the former having the "socialist revolution" perverted into a totalitarian state, Spain turning into a fascist state (which unfortunately remained as such for far longer than it should've had). He was actually made an unperson overnight in Spain, and had to flee the country thanks to Franco.

Basically, he used 1984 to warn people about what could happen with "the revolution". Unfortunately, some governments seem to use it as a guideline instead...

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Oh yes, the SSC

It would have been awesome. But politics killed it by lack of funding, and IIRC parts of it have been even sold out. It's currently one of the largest abandoned constructions of the modern world.

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So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

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Re: Win 8.1 - It's not a shot in the arm

More like a shot in both feet and legs. Repeatedly, if you add up their EPIC FAIL strategy with the I Spy Xbox1.

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Re: +1 avoiding an upgrade

I'd avoid the HDD swap route anyway for another reason: if I buy a new PC/laptop with Win8, I'm adding to the Win8 stats, which I definitely DON'T want to do!

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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That word, it doesn't mean the same things in certain countries

In the US, there's "statutory rape" which strangely covers consensual sex where one of the participants is under the age of consent. So there's a devalued use of the word. In Mexico, we call that "estupro" and thus the actual concept of rape isn't devalued.

And yes, up until recently, in most countries there was no such thing as marital rape. Interestingly, while laws have been fixed on these cases, female-on-male and female-on-female rapes are rarely prosecuted (or even considered as crimes); males trying to press rape charges on females will usually be laughed out of the police station. Sad but true.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Well done Sony.

They had to do it. With both the rootkit fiasco and the OtherOS controversy, they managed to piss off a lot of people, and when they dismissed the latter group, the PS3 got cracked in a matter of months. Up until then, they could proudly say that the PS3 couldn't run pirated games and thus was pirate-proof. Oh, and then they had the PSN hacked as well. Back then, it seemed they didn't get the message, as OtherOS never came back. But it seems they did, to some amount.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has been trying to replicate Apple's "the customer does as we tell him" attitude and it shows. They've managed to piss off far more people than Sony ever did: while OtherOS users were a very vocal minority, the demographics annoyed by game sharing bans is far larger. It's even dumber as they can't even hide behind the anti-piracy all-justifying flag that Sony had with OtherOS. MSFT is all about banning legally purchased games from being passed down or resold. Hopefully, they'll stand their ground and have the XBone crash & burn. A massive fail needs to be put as a warning to others...

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: XBox - is a Licence fee

Add to it that the XBox had already pimped gamers for far too long with charging for online play (that's sooooo 1996), it seems that they finally have put the final nail in the XBox coffin.

And with Windows 8 being the massive boat of FAIL, this means they're really going down this time!

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Oh man...

This is stupid. So helping uncover a crime lands a worse sentence than the crime itself? CFAA needs to be fixed...

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

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Re: Apple WWDC on Monday

El Reg has been unofficially banned ever since the Jagwyre presentation. That explains the lack of WWDC invites...

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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Obama, Ben Franklin called.

"Those who would trade essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither."

Sadly, Obama is the lesser of two evils.

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Re: I don't call this "making choices as a society"

The other idiot would ha ve also done the same, the difference would be that he wouldn't even try to justify his actions!

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