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Submission + - Backwards Compatibility for Xbox One Launches Today but only 28% of Titles Boxed

SlappingOysters writes: What is old is new again today as backwards compatibility arrives on the Xbox One as part of a dashboard update. Finder has the full list of 104 launch games for the service, and has analysed the origins of these titles. The site has determined that of the 104 games, only 28% ever released in boxed form, and of the remaining downloadable Xbox Live games, 36% are remakes of titles from previous generations. The site has also identified 60 games that were on the marketing material for Xbox One backwards compatibility, but were not on the launch line-up.

Submission + - Supreme Court rejects appeal by Google over Street View data collection

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to throw out a class-action lawsuit against Google for sniffing Wi-Fi networks with its Street View cars. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks. Several class-action lawsuits were filed against Google shortly after the company acknowledged that its Street View cars were accessing email, Web-surfing history and other data on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. A Google spokesman said the company was disappointed that the Supreme Court had declined to hear the case.

Submission + - NOISE NOT WELCOME 1

David Muir Sharnoff writes: I reloaded /. today and it started playing an ad at me. Not cool. I like /. a lot but not enough to put up with unwanted audio.

Submission + - Really? UMB Now Requires Microsoft or Apple Products for online Banking?! (

An anonymous reader writes: Just logged into UMB and got a new updated Online Banking Agreement which included (new items in italcs):
E-sign Consent

In order to access your Account(s) through online banking, you must agree to the terms and conditions outlined in this Agreement (which includes this E-sign Consent). You consent to receive the Agreement electronically, including any update or amendment to the Agreement that we make from time to time, by clicking on the “I Agree” button below.

In order to review the Agreement in electronic form, you will need a personal computer, tablet or other electronic device and the ability to download and print. Your computer must have an operating system from Microsoft or Apple that is generally supported in the marketplace by the software developer, and a browser of your selection supported by your operating system that can successfully access and interact with normal online banking functionality, including the ability to transmit and receive financial information through encryption software typically used in the banking industry. We currently support recent versions of the following browsers: Internet Explorer®, Mozilla Firefox®, Google ChromeTM and Safari®... Failure to accept will prevent your future access to Online Banking

Submission + - Scientific American's silencing of a blogger (

Lasrick writes: This is pretty astonishing: Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D, the Urban Scientist blogger at Scientific American, has been mistreated twice: once by the blog editor at and now by SciAm itself. The blog editor asked Dr. Lee to contribute a blog post at Biology-Online, and when she declined (presumably for lack of monetary compensation), the blog editor asked her whether she was "an urban scientist or an urban whore." Wow. Then, SciAm deleted her blog post, in which she wrote about the incident. Very disappointing.

Submission + - Irony: iPhone 5S Users Reporting Blue Screen of Death (

MojoKid writes: It's been a long time since many have seen a dreaded "blue screen of death" (BSoD), but it's back and in the in the most unlikeliest of places. Oddly enough, some Apple iPhone 5S owners are reporting BSoD errors, though they're a little different from the ones you may remember seeing on Windows desktops. Rather than spit out an obscure error code with a generic description, some iPhone 5S devices are suddenly turning blue before automatically restarting. The Numbers app in Apple's iWork suite, a free program with new iPhones, seems to be the primary cause, though BSoD behavior has also been observed in other applications, according to complaints in Apple's support forum.

Submission + - Skype Bypasses Windows 8.1 Lock Screen 2

ChristW writes: From a blog entry on the Skype website, it is clear that "you can answer calls directly from your lock screen". So, if I lock my Windows PC and walk away, any passer by can answer my personal Skype calls.

Submission + - Why People Born After 1995 Can't Understand the Book '1984' (

sandbagger writes: If you're under 20, you've grown up with the internet and after the cold war. People who are older than that grew up in a world where there was privacy and 1984 was a cautionary tale about having cameras in your house recording everything. The writers of the humour magazine discuss the generation gap in this podcast.

Use the Force, Luke.