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Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

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Wrong comparison

If Microsoft were selling actual windows, you know, those square thingies you have in your house or flat, then you would have a case against Microsoft.

I could make an OS and call it Bagel; but unlike 'bagel store', I would actually have a shot at trademarking that. Just look at "BlackBerry" as an example of trademarking a generic word for something that isn't quite the thing referred to by the word.

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Microsoft spends $7.5m on IP addresses

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2604 /24s

according to my calculations, that would be about 2604 class C subnets.

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BlackBerry users get free remote wipe, backup and location

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Missing the point, dude?

"iPhone has done this for how long?"

Dunno, but BlackBerry has been doing this for longer. In fact, it has always been one of its key features. The catch was that it was only available if you had a BES, but it is now being rolled out for free.

Oh wait, there was that other "family BES" thingy that also had Remote Wipe a couple of years ago. It seems that BB Protect is simply extending on this!

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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@Lomax

... and Plutonium can't fly by itself, can it?

It's all explained, right there, in page 2 I believe. It also explaines why the ugly stuff was able to "fly" from Chernobyl; I don't see flying graphite outside Fukushima No. 1, do you?

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Hadron Collider 'could act as telephone for talking to the past'

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Ansible?

The one thing that could greatly benefit from this is interplanetary communications. Want to send data to/from Mars? Send the message *back in time* for the exact amount of time it takes for the message to reach Mars. It will be instant communication!

Of course, someone listening in between would then have the awkward situation of hearing transmissions that have not been transmitted yet... mind-boggling paradox theories result!

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Make streaming a felony: Obama

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FAIL

At least the COICA crap bill came out from a couple of very dumb representatives. This turd is coming out of the White House!

I live in a country where selling pirated stuff now means that the Policia Federal will crack down with assaut rifles upon you and basically treat you as a terrorist. Looks like the US is following our Third-World methods...

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Disney torpedoes Yellow Submarine

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Remake?

I thought True Grit was YAFCM (Yet Another F**king Cowboy Movie) which was also some kind of Oscar-baiting movie. Haven't seen it.

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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

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About a week

Not sure about the number of days, but IIRC it was about a week or less; that is assuming they can keep the flow of coolant so that the core is maintained underwater, and that the core is actually cooling down.

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Goatse

You know they've screwed up when the Goatse logo looks much better than the "official" logo!

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Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

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Didn't read the article?

Lewis is basically stating what I've already known for days. Most people don't seem to know about the containment chamber or even think that the Fukushima reactors are still running! From an unbiased POV, the reactors have proven that even being 40 years old and lacking the CANDU or Pebble-bed levels of safety, the protection features are still good enough to actually avoid another Chernobyl!

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Japanese nuke meltdown may be underway

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Containment chamber intact

The containment chamber's intact, and radiation levels have gone down. As long as the containment chamber is intact, there won't be any severe contamination outside; the lack of containment chambers in Chernobyl was what made that one go so ugly.

So it isn't quite the end of the world...

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

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Re: not always

Oh, looks like physicists have read "Thrice upon a time" ...

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iPhone and BlackBerry brought down in hacker competition

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So...

Adding the WebKit browser to the BB OS actually made it *less* secure?

Geeze, looks like RIM is trading security for "shiny!" now. :(

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Sprint eyes T-Mobile acquisition

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Shit tech

Probably Sprint is eyeing on getting rid of their shit tech and switch to the GSM branch like the rest of the world. Then again, they do have Nextel...

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How languages can live together without killing each other

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It is mostly political...

The real reason behind those languages being still in use is because of political reasons. Spanish is called Spanish (Español) everywhere *except* in Spain. Also, only Castellans will call themselves Spaniards (Españoles) as well; Asturians are Asturians, Gallegos are Gallegos (and oh dear, the jokes on the "Gallego idiot" are infinite!); Catalans are Catalans and Basques are Basques. Those with their own languages use them as a differentiator stating "we ain't Spaniards!".

I still remember one friend searching info on the Barcelona University and got slammed with that university's Catalan-only website. Ow!

That said, it does seem to be the same case for Welsh, anyone remember those super-duper-long towns which were named that way just to fuck with English-speaking people?

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IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare

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Re: Bad neighbourhoods

"Incidentally, the bad guys seem to be very adept at getting blocks of IPv4 in /24, /23 or even /22 chunks. Once they have destroyed the reputation of these blocks (often permanently) they move on. I wonder how much of the IPv4 address space is currently widely blacklisted?"

They FUBAR'd the netblock where I have my main SMTP server. Some lists let me whitelist my addy, but SORBS has a jackass reputation for netblocking without any whitelisting option. Jackasses!

I would presume that under IPv6 it will simply be a matter of blocking whole /64 blocks to prevent the zillion IP roulette o' spamming servers. Whitelisting would help for those who actually run respectable servers...

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New 'supercritical' generators to boost nuclear output by 50%

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NIMBY nimbnuts

They probably hear anything called "critical" and crap themselves anyway. Chernobyl screwed up the nuclear power plant's reputation; ordinary people don't know that nobody is building RBMK reactors anymore, not even Russia.

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Spaniards bemoan 'joke' speed limit cut

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Crappy cars?

If your car is doing 55 mph @ 3000 rpm you NEED TO CHANGE GEARS!

I remember that retarded speed limit. I used to live in the US back then, and wondered why the hell did the US have such a slow-ass speed limit. Given US distances, it meant that most trips were a multi-day affair.

110 km/h is the standard speed limit in Mexico, but cops will only go after you if you go over 120 km/h.

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Libya's internet goes dark as upheaval spreads

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Request timed out ... Request timed out ... No route to host ...

Twitterati of the world: Unless you've got some real nice sat links, your Twitter-fueled revolutions will be disrupted by:

enable

config t

int serial0

shutdown

Shows how fragile the Twitter/Facebook "people power" tools really are. Ad-hoc networks could be raised, but it would require at least one exit point to be successful. Oh well, it's probably time to whip out the medium-wave radio transmitters...

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Europe confirms raids on ebook publishers

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FUD correction

Not fanbois, but merely pointing out that the "walled garden" on Kindle devices is FUD. By the way, it is the Apple fanbois who usually claim that Kindle also has a "walled garden".

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Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

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Smart Cover!

Look, it's revolutionary! Oh wait ... BBs have done that for quite some time. In fact it's called a "Holster" state and the BB OS supports that as well.

Yay for "innovation"!

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IDC: Everything but Unix on the rise

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For practical reasons, yes.

Probably could use POSIX as an umbrella term for all Unix and Unix-like systems. The Unix separation mainly comes from:

- UNIX being reserved for "genetic UNIX", those commercial systems are based on SysV.

- The BSDites, that have weird things in their rc.d/init.d files and use the fugly /dev/ttyXX everyone else stopped using since the Unix98 PTY spec came out

- The "Unix-like" OSen, of which Linux is the most known. Some purists insist to call this GNU/Linux, and the same purists will go up in flames if anyone were to call Linux "Unix".

In reality, the GNU OS was never finished. Linus built a kernel and put the GNU tools over that, thus the GNU/Linux controversy began as GNU thinks that Linus Torvalds only built the kernel and thus didn't really make a full OS from scratch. Meh.

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Kinect connect rate outstrips Sony PS3 Move

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Who Cares?

They'll BOTH be in the trash bin by next December. Or stored in the "forgotten" stuff next to the Dance Dance Revolution pad, the Lifeline diadem and the Karaoke microphone. Probably joined by the Guitar Hero controller by then...

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Spammers exploit Internationalized Domain Names to punt penis pills

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Probably making it easier

It is easier to shitlist email when it has wonky characters. The aforementioned rule on banning Korean encoding can be simply extended to "anything not ISO-8859-1 or UTF8" which works for anyone using Latin alphabets. Most penis pill spam is targeted at the US, and they don't need to support any of the non-Latin character sets. :)

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PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid

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@Daniel Palmer

"I just hate whingers... if you wanted to run Linux you should have bought a PC."

... Aaand you have branded youself as either computer-illiterate or you're simply missing the point. PCs don't have PPC arch, much less a CellBE processor. That's the point behing OtherOS; your PS3 has much more processing power than your *current* PC because of this!

PSJailbreak and the dubious piracy stuff wouldn't have been able to work at all if the hacker community hadn't been pissed off enough to make them crack the PS3 just to get Linux running again.

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Patent row gets Playstation 3s banned from Europe

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Troll-a-licious!

I still wonder why so many trolls await any PS3 news to bash on those miffed by OtherOS removal. Still insisting on the "get a PC" argument? Sad to see that even IT-savvy people can't understand the difference between PPC, x86 and the PPC-based CellBE arch.

IBM axed their CellBE server roadmap, those of us who want CellBE hardware just can't get it outside of the PS3. Some of us even play games as well!

PD: It's "lose", not "loose". ;)

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German data regulators move to tighten IP address laws

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Oh the irony!

The post-WW2 Germany has been very picky about user privacy; even more after the German Reunification as their former DDR brethren had to suffer the Stasi for much, much longer than the Nazi regime. I remember watching a documentary on privacy issues back in 1998, where they showed a pic of one guy who had been caught by an ANPR-ish speed camera speeding ... but the pic only showed him and not his passenger (it was his wife).

Looks like they haven't given in to the Facebook/Google data grab. Good for them!

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Godson: China shuns US silicon with faux x86 superchip

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Link pls

Dude, you gotta pass on that link. I've got a couple of projects that would benefit from that kind of stuff! :D

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Killzone 3

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Some of us do care :(

I've been stuck with 3.15 for almost a year by now. I want to get the new games, but - just can't play 'em ... :(

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Apple 'outstrips' all brands at box office

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Former Apple user

I grew up with the fruity computers. Alas, that was in the Jobs-free era, when you could tinker a bit with the OS and the Resource Kits with ResEdit, and they actually had an edge over their PC brethren (and a lot of other PCs that didn't run the MS-flavored OS). I did find it ridiculous that some movies like The Net would show UNIX running on Macs, but back then they were actually cutting edge.

I now keep myself away from Macs, thanks to the Jobsian cult, the fact that the hardware is now the same crap in generic PCs (but shiny!) and finally, that a good chunk of the Mac userbase is now full of aggressive fanbois. No quantity of marketing will change my mind, even if I used to like the Mac platform!

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Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

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You'll pry my Java out of my cold, dead hands...

The only true competitor to Java is .NET, which is worse. I'm sick and tired of mscorsvc.exe eating away 1Gb+ of my RAM.

Asking users to uninstall Java is bordering in the Jobsian fetish of uninstalling Flash.

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The renagade frameworks...

I think that the problems with Spring/Hibernate stem from the fight between the official EJB spec and the renegade Spring/Hibernate "spec". The latter one breaks compliant J2EE containers! Even when Sun capitulated and added the wacky Hibernate thingies into the EJB spec, the weird frameworks prevailed. We had one coder do his stuff using Spring/Hibernate and the result was unusable in our QA WebLogic Server ... there was no way we would pass that turd all the way into production.

Mind you, the Entity Beans used up to J2EE 1.4 were pretty bad on their own, but Session Beans with their Container-managed transactions were really good.

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Five Reasons to be cheerful about Nokia-Microsoft

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Also

I don't see any Blackberry questions there, but that could be because RIM also has its own forums.

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RoboCop statue fundraiser hits $50k

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DVD movies?

I think the "DVD Movies" are actually the miniseries "Robocop: Prime Directives" which consisted of 4 episodes. Yes, they were good enough for me to overlook the dating blunder in the graveyard scenes.

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Sony threatens to ban PS3 jailbreakers from network

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Arch FAIL

The PS3 has a CellBE PPC processor, the PC does not. That's the reason anyone computer literate enough wants to use the PS3, especially now that IBM has wound down the CellBE servers. It would probably be a moot point if we actually had the chance to buy CellBE-powered PCs, but sadly the x86 crapware is still king in the PC market.

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Same for Sony defenders

These Sony PS3-related articles seem to have attracted a good bunch of "defenders" ever since Sony decided to kill OtherOS. Any self-respecting CompSci professional would never be caught saying such bullshit as "buy a PC you retard!" or equating Linux with Piracy, especially given how the OtherOS hypervisor worked.

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I have been hit by this

I'm stuck at 3.15, and I haven't been able to play Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare because it requires the 3.21 FW. I didn't give a flying fudge about RSX, the grunt power of the PS3 is the CellBE processor. Even with the low amount of memory, I could do interesting stuff with the CellBE ... and still can, but at the price of being locked out of PSN and being unable to play any game released after May 1, 2010.

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Watchdog turns a blind eye to Danish fu*king

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It is moderated

The thread is moderated all right, but the Moderatrix doesn't give a fuck if you fucking swear in your fucking post.

You've actually got to be really nasty/offensive for your comment to get deleted, not just spray a load of swearing in your post. However, it helps if you want to get FoTW!

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Sex offenders will get a review – after 15 years

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Bicycle-shaggers, @Jord

You seem to forget that the Sex Offender Registry includes a lot of things, not only paedo/rape. El Reg has a couple of innocent cases where the "sex offender" was reported as such for ... screwing a bike.

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Oracle and Java: Mobile dev FAIL dooms Ellison's future

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Still there, yes...

I can attest that even in the recent past (2008), COBOL was pretty much alive in the bank's mainframe. In fact, the CICS stuff is still being maintained and getting added functionality.

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One third of Russians say Sun revolves round Earth

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Joke

Wot? No Russian Reversal jokes?

In Russia, Sun revolves YOU!!!

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After Black Friday, Nokia acts to halt share slide

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Shareholder revolt

Of course the shares would go down! Anyone with any kind of hindsight would know that the ones who have gone into such deals with Microsoft have suffered a silent death. However, I don't think that selling Nokia stock is the real solution.

Shareholders should be voting to fire Elop and reinstate someone more Finnish; someone who would kill this retarded Microsoft deal. Save Nokia before it's too late!

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Protection of Freedoms Bill is released

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Section 44

Isn't that the one used to harass photographers? Nice!

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America spared Top Gear Mexican quips

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Wrong country

In fact, most Mexicans in the US do know English, or at least a bit. Having the US so close means that English creeps a lot into daily language. Hell, a lot of Mexicans *in Mexico* know English as well.

Those who come from South American countries are the ones that will usually be English-impaired, but even they will actually learn English at some point.

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No new strings for Guitar Hero

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The circle of game life

So, it went the way of the Dance Dance Revolution, Pump It Up, Dance Freaks, and the Karaoke thingy that came before GH. No surprise there ... the games are usually fads, and while they do have a good run, they will eventually be set aside after some time. Pimping out the brand with a zillion releases doesn't help any franchise, either: Street Fighter 2 and Duke Nukem 3D can attest to that. (By the time Street Fighter 3 came out, everyone was playing King of Fighters...)

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Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic

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Blackberry!

Blackberries have a "password storage app" for storing passwords (duuuuuh), and it has a "generate random password" feature. I've been using it lately for site passwords I don't really trust. I used to have a generic password for non-critical sites, but that one was cracked by the Gawker bust. So now I've changed passwords, and any site that looks like it might have the Gawker "security" model will have a random generated password.

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Kid spanks a grand on Xbox using Mum's bank card

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Sony actually does this better.

The PSN service is not only free (unless you want the "plus" service), it has the option of using pre-paid cards instead of giving them full access to your credit/debit card. Using that route means that you won't have your CC tied in such a way that you might get charged without your knowledge.

Oh, and PSN child accounts have explicit locks which allow the parent to lock down how much the kid can spend. But then it could be the case that the account for said kid was made as an adult ... probably for that retarded reason that kid accounts have some features locked out. In PSN's case, under-18ers can't post to Facebook, and in some cases nobody under 13 can even *make* a fricking account.

So it does seem to be a FAIL on MS side as well, especially if they have the same retarded nerfing of under-18 and under-13 accounts.

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Sony tweets 'secret' key at heart of PS3 jailbreak case

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Not meh

There are quite a bit of PPC users, and PS3 isn't just PPC but it also has the CellBE processor, the only one with such a thing. Thanks to IBM's axing of the Cell Blades, the only way to get 'em now is by buying a PS3!

OtherOS users would never ever need to crack the ps3 for pirated games; those in the industry actually think that Sony's move was stuipd because the pirates themselves had considered the PS3 too hard to crack, and thanks to OtherOS the hackers didn't care about hacking the thing.

In fact, the hackers stopped short of enabling piracy precisely because they weren't interested in that. It was the pirate community the one that went and used the opened doors to enable the "copy game to HDD, run from HDD" thingy. But they would still be unable to do so if the hackers hadn't cracked the thing, and the crack wouldn't have happened if OtherOS hadn't been disabled in the first place!

It may be a small % of PS3 users, but it is the kind of people that actually have the knowledge to crack the thing. Bad move!

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

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Midget barrier

This was an unfortunate accident, partly caused by human stupidity... but 1m barriers are stupidly low. This seems to stray into the McDonalds hot coffe suit, mostly because the suing party actually was right: serving 3rd-degree burning coffe is stupid.

I'm 1.75m and I've seen roofs with stupid 1m barriers, and even a couple of pedestrian overpasses with 1m railings. Needless to say, crossing on those is a terrifying experience given the fact that quakes are common over here. I'd be scared shitless by any railing below 1.40!

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Midget barrier

This was an unfortunate accident, partly caused by human stupidity... but 1m barriers are stupidly low. This seems to stray into the McDonalds hot coffe suit, mostly because the suing party actually was right: serving 3rd-degree burning coffe is stupid.

I'm 1.75m and I've seen roofs with stupid 1m barriers, and even a couple of pedestrian overpasses with 1m railings. Needless to say, crossing on those is a terrifying experience given the fact that quakes are common over here. I'd be scared shitless by any railing below 1.40m!

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