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Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs 409

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-perhaps-in-some-senses dept.
Sasayaki writes "South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson claims, in an interview with Good Game, that gamers were more of a threat to his family than biker gangs. This is the man who has been the biggest opponent to Australia receiving an R18+ rating for video games and who has the power to veto any such law introducing it."
The Internet

Backlash Builds Against US Copyright Blacklist 292

Posted by kdawson
from the not-so-black-and-white dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The release last week of the US copyright blacklist is beginning to generate a backlash in countries around the world. Reports from Canada, Europe, and Asia all note that the US claims are very suspect and that the report is little more than an attempt to bully dozens of countries into following the US DMCA model."
Science

Nuclear Testing Helps Identify Fake Vintage Whiskey 366

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the nuclear-booze-coozie dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Industry experts claim the market for vintage whiskey has been flooded with fakes that purport to be several hundred years old but instead contain worthless spirit made just a few years ago. Now researchers at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit have developed a method that can pinpoint the date a whiskey was made by detecting traces of radioactive particles created by nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. '"It is easy to tell if whiskey is fake as if it has been produced since the middle of the twentieth century, it has a very distinctive signature," says Dr. Tom Higham, deputy director of the facility. Nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s saw levels of carbon-14 in the atmosphere rise around the world so the amount of isotope absorbed by living organisms since this time has been artificially elevated. Whiskey extracted from antique bottles is sent to the laboratory where scientists burn the liquid and bombard the resulting gas with electrically charged particles so they can measure the carbon-14 in the sample. In one recent case, a bottle of 1856 Macallan Rare Reserve was withdrawn from auction at Christies, where it was expected to sell for up to £20,000, after the scientists found it had actually been produced in 1950. "So far there have probably been more fakes among the samples we've tested than real examples of old whiskey," says Higham.'"

Comment: Re:I've got a better idea (Score 1) 585

by Apostata (#26642459) Attached to: Please No, Not a Blade Runner Sequel

Not only that, but the Mr. Blue, Mr. Orange, etc. shtick is lifted directly from "The Taking of Pelham 123".

Treating "originality" as a sacred goal is a one-way ticket to getting nothing accomplished. This isn't to say that we should be openly plagiarizing, but that a narrow-minded focus on originality itself will only lead to frustration.

Comment: Re:Nope. Never. (Score 1) 395

by Apostata (#26615143) Attached to: Daemon

Since when is second-person narrative (in and of itself) necessary to make a book "more of a literary novelty than a good novel"?

So, I guess writers like Italo Clavino ("If On A Winter's Night A Traveller"), Jay McInnery ("Bright Lights, Big City"), and Günter Grass ("Cat and Mouse") just wrote "novelties" then?

Comment: Re:Self-Driven Fear-Mongering Recession. (Score 1) 688

by Apostata (#26372999) Attached to: The Recession

I've seen some of this with suppliers I work with: hiring freeze, no overtime allowed, etc.. Is it "prudent"? Yes, but - particularly for companies who trade (or whose parent companies trade) on the stock market - there's been incredible pressure to appear "fiscally responsible", which in some ways is another way of saying "risk averse".

It really depends on the industry.

Comment: A poor review (Score 1) 713

by Apostata (#26178149) Attached to: Trick or Treatment

The author of the review makes it hard for me to take him, the book, or his review seriously for the following reasons:

- he is incapable of using an apostrophe.

- independent of the book's context, he uses language which displays an existing bias (or, perhaps "hatred" is a better word) against the subject matter ("EBM shows that homeopathy and other bogus cures are of no value").

- the intent of the review (I can't speak of the book as I haven't read it) seems to be nothing more than "all alternative medicine and their practitioners are dirty cheats. All of them".

- the comparison to the current economic crisis which bookends the review is rather thin and clumsy.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.

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