* Posts by Eguro

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

Eguro

So Google has to act, in order to retain their trademark under US law (although demanding that the meaning and usage of the word, comply with their desired definition is idiotic)

The language council simply wants to post the list of new (interesting?) words that have been tossed around. Rather than spend time and budget on a silly fight with Google, they simply scratch the word and go "meh, the word will survive not being on our list"

And the fact that this is news-worthy means that the word will already be getting a lot more attention than it probably would have otherwise.

Language council wins by TKO.

They've also claimed victory:

"If Google knew how language works, they would've known that they don't get to define the language, and the word will spread as a result of this debate. The word wins, not Google" (taken from: http://www.svt.se/kultur/amne/sprakradet-stoppar-ogooglebar-1 )

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Google extends trademarks-in-ads policy to whole world

Eguro

I thought the central point was, that whilst it might be illegal to advertise using the trademarks of others, it is not illegal for the vehicle for such ads (in this case Google).

But yeah, I'm also totally for this being the death of Google - which sadly it wont be :)

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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Stop

Re: 9 out of 10 Llamas refused to comment

Though I have merely been an advisor to a friend playing it (as I have a boycott on EA) I have noticed quite a few things about the game that really shouldn't be accepted, even disregarding the server stability issues (which I haven't seen and my friend hasn't complained about either).

As you yourself mention the routing for anything basically doesn't exist. Shortest route to whatever thing you're doing that's available. People get new jobs, new homes, new children, new partners every single day because of this. I hardly understand why emergency vehicles even have sirens, it's not like they appear to have a function other than auditory. Most problems (that don't relate to the game's apparent lack of depth) seem related to the routing issues (all the more reason for you to be looking forward to the improvements).

There are some basic city building tools that are missing - and which could provide a useful tool in sorting out the inevitable traffic jams at the entrance to your city. One-Way-Streets is one thing that should, I think, be in the game.

But I wont be surprised if it becomes available as part of a "Transportation Heaven" DLC. Now with all new one-way-streets, intersections that use turn-arrows to alleviate pressure on the busiest roads, and the all new - never seen before - busses that wont go around in a circle to pick up passengers from the same bus stop 10 times in a row!

It'll be an amazing DLC! And for only £15 - I mean that's not even close to a night out!

I can see the appeal of the game - it can be fun. But on reflection I think it's more fun in a Angry Birds kind of way, rather than a Sim City kind of way.

It's more about beating the challenges that the game set (as in how do I make traffic work with this horrific system), than about making a city that's plausible or desirable.

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Eguro

Re: Message and beancounters

Well - it being silly wont stop them though. I mean it is EA. (but you are quite right)

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Seems Apple - even when winning - are quite good at irritating and displeasing Judges.

One of these days it'll bite them in the behind with a vengeance, surely

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Ex-ICO: Draft EU privacy rules will turn every citizen 'into a liar'

Eguro

Re: Problems in the 3rd-party chain

Surely the cascading would only apply to the data being held by the "IT website".

Thus the data that the leccy supplier has attained from said website is to be deleted, but any other dealings you have with the supplier will have their own set of data, so to speak.

I mean, that's how I interpret the intent - the feasibility of this actually being done I shall refrain from commenting on.

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Eguro

Re: A paperwork delight

If it becomes too hard/expensive to store all this data on users and to keep it somewhat confined, then maybe the problem isn't these rules, but that you are storing too much information?

If you can't keep track of the information you're colleccting, then what good is it and why then collect it?

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TSA to pull backscatter perv scanners from US airports

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Paris Hilton

So...

Where can I get it on the action of getting $2.7m for failing to fulfill a contract?

I get that they have spent a lot of money trying to fulfill the contract, but if they haven't, why are they paid anything?

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Meh

EEhmm..

If I steal from a shop (or anywhere else), does that mean that it's now no longer illegal to steal from me?

Even if I get caught and get punished.

Just wondering, cause that's what a lot of the previous comments seem to imply.

(And now, bring the downvotes. There goes my up/down ratio)

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Senator pushes data cap and ISP monitoring legislation

Eguro

Re: Dangerous plan...

Surely this is already monitored, otherwise ISPs couldn't actually enforce their caps.

We just need an easy way for consumers to access that data. A simple page offered by the ISP which shows data spent/left for the last/coming XX days.

Of course you could argue that you need 3rd party people to fairly monitor your usage, but then you'd have the ISP/consumer and the 3rd party disagreeing, which could just as well be simply the ISP and the consumer disagreeing.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Eguro

My take on the thing

Clearly this planet has long held life.

Their first probe was nuclear powered and landed on our tiny planet long ago. Sadly it spun out of control shortly before impact, and - because of it's massive size (coming from a planet 5 times bigger than ours) - wiped out the dinosaurs (and much of everything else).

Now we've become that planet that they never visit, because they feel a bit guilty about the whole world-wide-destruction they caused. A bit like that friend you have, where you once broke a vase, and now feel a bit guilty everytime you go to visit.

Official Message to Aliens:

It's okay! We don't mind you killing the dinosaurs, they were taking up our lebensraum! Come visit - and bring space-babes

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Operation Hunt the Hunter: Anonymous targets 'revenge porn' man

Eguro

Re: Good

Oh - forgot to add that I'm fairly sure the use mentioned in the article counts as one where the depicted person can reasonably feel "put on display, exploited, or violated".

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Angel

Re: Good

I'm sorry to see the horrible state of the UK legal system.

I am, it seems, lucky to be an inhabitant of Denmark then.

Your reply prompted me to actually look up the law, and I found the rules - not for the UK so you are quite possibly right there.

In DK it is not stated to be illegal to upload pictures without consent, however it is defined as 'electronic handling of person-information' ("elektronisk behandling af personoplysninger").

As it stands there have been cases to deal with grey area.

There is a distinction drawn between situation and portrait pictures.

Situation: a concert, children playing, a zoo - those kinds of things. Essentially pictures where the purpose it to convey a certain situation.

Portait: This is the opposite. The pictures meant to portray a person or persons.

Now obviously one could argue that pornographic photos are portraying a situation rather than a person.

However it is stated that: 'The decisive criteria is, that the depicted person cannot reasonably feel put on display, exploited, or violated, e.g., for marketing or other commercial purpose. The pictures must thus be harmless' ("Det afgørende kriterium er, at den afbildede ikke med rimelighed må kunne føle sig udstillet, udnyttet eller krænket, f.eks. i markedsførings eller andet kommercielt øjemed. Billederne skal således være harmløse.")

Source: http://www.datatilsynet.dk/borger/internettet/billeder-paa-internettet/

Note: Datatilsynet is a government authority in charge the "persondatalov" (personal data law)

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Eguro

Re: Good

Well I'm fairly sure that publishing photographs of (almost) any nature of a person without permission is in fact against the law.

Whilst there might be exception to the rule, something ala the press or authorities, I'm quite sure this is not one such case.

The partners who uploaded these photographs are also unlikely to have the right to publish these pictures, as most of these picture I imagine come with a "your eyes only" deal attached, and if not explicitly, then I'm fairly certain anyone would say that unless explicitly stated as "Also feel free to share these nudies with your friends or whoever", such pictures are implicitly private.

Furthermore not taking down pictures after being contacted about the issue, is also not permitted.

I therefore sincerely doubt that the "only possible illegal area would be if he linked to the wrong account".

As for the stupidity or not of sharing such photos with partners, I think you would be surprised. It might be some spicy up of the bedroom, or it might stem from having to travel a lot, but I think there are more people doing it than you'd think - but thankfully also more people not being dicks about it after a relationship ends, than you'd think :)

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

Eguro

Re: Oh dear

@Tom

Thank you for the wonderful reply - one upped. (I assume the #4 and #6 was directed at me? I really just made up those steps to disable it)

It's seems from this thread alone, that there is a mixed bag type situation.

On one hand they seem up front about it all, and try to respect people.

On the other, signing up = tracking, and possibly in other ways.

Well I shall hold off on it for now.

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Meh

Oh dear

I really hope this is from people who either allow or hasn't turned off (but have been asked about) some version of

"To ensure a great user experience, and to continually improve upon this experience, you can choose to send anonymous data to Microsoft." yata yata yata...

But I'd hardly be surprised if it's on by default, and turning it off is something along the lines of:

- Open Control Panel

- Click User Options

- Click Experience Management

- Slide Management Slider to Custom

- Open Microsoft Feedback Service Center

- Click User Experience Improvement Customizer

- Untick box marked "Really helpful feature that only bad people would turn off"

Of course the above is simply me venting hot air, as I've yet to try Win8 at all.

Take it a sign of my trust in corporations if you like.

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New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

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Data

I like your data - it comforts me.

However I would like to have some sort of source with it.

I'll even say please!

Please!

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

Eguro

Re: And regarding the "Revelation" rant...

While I agree with you on most points, I wouldn't put it past some people to deem the US as the Beast, and what the school is doing as an attempt to force the children into worshipping said beast. (of course that'd be a strange mix of Christianity and non-patriotism, which from what I can tell is quite rare.

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Eguro

Re: OTT

Indeed...

If it's essentially a necklace thing, what's to stop me from... say... taking it off? Unless it's more of a collar design.

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

Eguro

Re: Not to nit-pick but ..

Indeed...

I'm running 1920*1080 as well - have to zoom to 80% to see it.

Granted I had to zoom to 60 or 50 before to see it...

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

Eguro

Re: Another solution

I see your points. And yes - thousands of new companies would probably happen.

Oh well, thinking caps on - the optimist in me still believes the consumers can be raised to action.

The pessimist just wants to submit already - he's quite lazy.

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Eguro

Another solution

One way to try and work around this problem would be to make a brand for products.

Say a "UK Sticker" (UKS).

Business would carry on as usual, however corporations with revenue higher than a certain point - say 1,000,000 annually (to be assessed) - would then have the option of opening up their books and being checked by the HMRC. If they are found to not be shipping taxes - although it's legal - to a foreign affiliate (or in other ways dodge tax payment) they'd be allowed to place the UKS on their products or web-site or similar.

For business with a smaller revenue, who might get shafted cause consumers think they are dodging taxes, there would be a regular sticker that could be used to indicate that the company does not qualify for applying for the UKS.

Consumers would then be able to make an informed choice as to whether they wish to do business with corps paying taxes in the UK, or whether to simply not care about it.

Granted there are sure to be kinks to even out, but it's an idea.

And as for paying for it. Let us assume that consumers actually will care about taxes being dodged, and will want to look for the UKS, this would mean more corps paying taxes, meaning more money for the gov - and hopefully that'll create more income than the cost of implementing the UKS.

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British car parks start reading number plates

Eguro
Meh

Trust them untill

Well I guess they should get a chance - but I really hope there's some clear information about them specifically not using the information for other purposes than parking and the handling of fees with regards to that.

Of course "parking" might include "tailoring your parking experience, regardless of where you park. This will make your parking experience more enjoyable and relevant to you specifically" [READ: Advertisements, advertisements everywhere]

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Google finds MORE slurped Street View data down under

Eguro
Trollface

Re: @toadwarrior

Well of course!

Don't you see how well and voluntarily they are deleting this? It's amazing how trustworthy Google is with data.

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

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Alien

Re: @Nuke

While I have the utmost respect for the laws of thermodynamics, there is one thing that I would point to, that might make it at least slightly plausible that a sufficiently advanced civilization could find a way to circumvent that law.

I would point to the universe itself. Whenever someone debates this topic, someone usually mentions the oddity of something coming from nothing - be it the universe coming from nothing, or some deity [who created the universe] coming from nothing.

There might be a perfectly good explanation to the universe - that doesn't involve something from nothing - but it is also plausible that there is some process or other that allows something to arise from nothing. If such a process is possible, then it is surely exploitable with sufficiently advanced tech.

So yes, in order to respond on a heavily debated topic with no chance of a sure answer, I am referring to another heavily debated topic with no chance of a sure answer [both being restrained only by our current tech development]

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

Eguro
Angel

Re: I see no ad's

Obviously you've whitelisted a few of your favourite sites!? :)

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Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent battle v Apple

Eguro
WTF?

Thumbs down for pointing to a video that seemingly compares cameras.

I'll admit it was technically off-topic for the article, but hardly for the response itself.

Also thumbs up to the orgasmo-phone

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Eguro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk8G76nVSmM

This seems like a more legit comparison - although it is obviously - and not hiddenly so - done by Nokia-fans.

The difference isn't huge, but it's quite clear, especially when he's running.

I didn't spot a van in the windows of the building the were running near, but I think a nice touch would've been to flim into a mirror.

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US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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WTF?

Question!

I doubt that the Iphone 5 will be banned, so what happens in 20XX when the court decision comes in that the Iphone 5 did infringe on Samsung patents?

Will Apple have to pay whatever profit they made from the Iphone 5 to Samsung, or what?

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

Eguro

Re: Question!

Cheers!

Double-upvote, just cause I can :)

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Eguro

Question!

Do/Will the Winphones from Nokia provide Bing Maps or Nokias own maps?

I just tried Nokias maps, and they find the Apple Store in question easily - and located slightly to the correct side of the street (as in the indicator is almost directly in the middle of the street)

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

Eguro

Re: Baaaaaaaa

Could I get the source for that?

I wish to fling at a few of my friends!

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

Eguro

Re: What hard work?

I imagine he meant, that if Nokia were to make it widespread and get people to request it, then they would've probably had to spend some bit of money making that happen.

The technology might've been in use previously, but it's not something I've heard much about before, and most people probably wont hear much about it, simply because the Lumia happens to have it.

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

Eguro

In before

"Microsoft are just trying to devalue Nokia so they can buy it - this phone is gonna be crap because of it"

This does look to be pretty interesting news.

A release in Q4 will be ideal for christmas, but I fear it might get caught in some sort of Apple-storm.

I hope Nokia does well.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

Eguro

Re: Apple Schmapple

When I first got an Ipod - '06 I believe - I fiddled with Itunes for a bit. It was, at that time at least, very eager to convert all my music to a new format and put it on the Ipod.

It was also being generally annoying - again at the time - wanting to start @ boot and all sorts of stuff that I could not agree to.

2 after acquiring my Ipod, I found that Winamp had decent functionality for throwing Mp3s on my Ipod, and I've never looked back (technically, I've just looked back, but you know)

DISCLAIMER: My Ipod is old. This might not work with newer models, and also Itunes might not be horrifyingly annoying any more

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

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Re: No...?

Thank you kind sir! (have an upvote)

I should have of course mentioned my browser - but you figured that out all on your own :)

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Eguro
Paris Hilton

Eeeh

So this exploit existing, doesn't automatically mean that all Java is suddenly a void of horrid death, right?

I mean - the java at my banks webpage isn't all of sudden a Chinese torture device, right?

Furthermore, so long as plug-ins are only activated when I activate them, then all those ghastly sites I visit on how to bake the perfect sponge-cake wont be able to run evil java code, right?

If the answer to all of the above is: "Right!", then I should be fine...

So is it?

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Google screams into top Opera soprano gig - again

Eguro

I was just stating fact :o

I would've thought that the Opera fanatic would at least appreciate that I actually use Opera?

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Eguro

True

At least you can add other search engines.

In Opera Mini it adds 2 more presses for me. In Mobile it adds 4. (to switch from Google to whatever search engine I actually want to use)

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Sony pushes patent for interactive TV ads

Eguro

Well

It sure as hell beats those ads with the horrible horrible songs running through them.

I usually just ignore the ads, but some just have a horrid song playing - prompting me to mute the tv, prompting me to miss when the actual show starts again.

But when I sit down to watch tv - and not do something else whilst doing it (play games, talk to people, etc.) - then I usually like to not have to do anything; as in not have to play a game.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Go

Herbert Anchovy Presents

BLACKMAIL

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

Eguro

eeeh

I'm guessing there'll be some sort of Purchase agreement stamped onto the sheet-music-cover?

"By purchasing this, you agree that Beck Inc. will get 80% of any revenue you may generate using this sheet music in any way"

Or will that be inside the box - meaning that loads of people will get home, copy the sheet music for themselves, then return it to the store saying "I don't accept this agreement that was covertly placed in this product. I demand that you take it back"

If no such agreement is anywhere on the product, are we then free to assume that once bought, you are free to do with the product as you see fit - I.E make tons of money off of it, without paying anything to Beck?

So many questions I want answers to, and I only know one Beck song.

As for more tangible matters:

Beck fans will be either learning to play the songs themselves (unlikely), or wait for someone else to upload to youtube.

Non-Beck fans will be shuffling along as before.

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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

Eguro

Re: Agreed

While I agree that getting lost in a supermarket is done by none but the dimmest of wit, I would point out to you that if you are in fact lost, then going to "the frontend counter" and asking how to find your way, would seem either impossible or to have fixed the problem before needing to ask. Unless of course the person is lost, even at the front of the shop, with the exit probably in sight...

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Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

Eguro

Re: He's dead wrong...

According to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Surface_(tablet)

the Surface will feature a mini-HDMI and the Surface Pro will feature a Mini DisplayPort which should I guess) enable you to connect a 28 inch monitor to the device.

As for Firewire - I guess not. Seems Surface will rely on USB (3 on pro, 2 on regular)

That being said though - I don't see much standing in the way of "surface-like devices" arriving that do have firewire or other differences. Much like my laptop does not support Firewire, whilst yours do.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

Eguro

There is a point in this

If I take my ladder (first order of business would technically be to buy a ladder, but well) and start going around in my city, climbing above hedges and photographing gardens and houses in a systematic fashion, and then go home and upload it to "www.gardensnhomes.com" for all to see, then I am fairly certain that I've broken the law at some point.

Is this not similar - in relevant ways - to what Google/Apple is doing? If not, why not?

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Facebook changes data-use policy despite 87% poll opposition

Eguro
Stop

Re: Like... to be notified of further updates.....

Except that you'd be liking the page on which such decisions and votes are publicized, and not the result itself

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EU gives Google till July to offer fix for search dominance

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What Google has done!

If you're wondering what exactly this EU dude wants Google to work towards remedying, I suggest looking here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/21/joaquin_almunia_google_statement/

It's neatly linked in the article, put I do understand the desire to immediately post in the comments - so now it's neatly pointed out here as well :)

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Molyneux chisels away at social experiment

Eguro

Re: Wait a minute...

And of course all the money will have to be refunded, as it was received under false pretenses...

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Eguro

Re: Dear God you could have fun with this

I'm fairly certain the picture is from Hellraiser - as is mentioned below it.

The game seems to center simply around a black cube

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Facebook testing "announce important post" feature

Eguro

Hmm

I wonder which takes precedence, the "unsubscribe to posts from this user" or this "announcement" thing...

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