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Comment Re:dur (Score 1) 330

The take your old x-box, put it in the to repair pile, get a repaired refurbished x-box, put it in a box and send it to you. What would you prefer, an x-box full of the mucus, semen, blood, and bacteria of the previous owner or an x-box that had been scrubbed down with alcohol? Imagine the lawsuits if one of the refurbished x-boxes sent caused the receiver to become ill.

Submission + - Poky Linux 3.0 Released

An anonymous reader writes: Poky is an embedded Linux build system, distribution and developer environment which builds upon OpenEmbedded technologies. Poky's focus is purely on building stable optimised GNOME Embedded type platforms (X11/Matchbox/GTK+) together with a streamlined system layer and cross development environment.

Submission + - RIAA Files for Bankruptcy; CEO Commits Suicide

mrs clear plastic writes: "Late Friday afternoon, the Recording Industry Association of America filed for bankrupcy protection at the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Manhattan. The numerous pending lawsuits by some defendants of the RIAA's previous campaign to bring litigation against file sharers were just one factor behind Friday's filing, RIAA's attorney, Mitch Wickenden, told reporters outside the bankruptcy courtroom. He did say, however, that a major contribution was the significent decline in sales of music CDROMs.

Sales have been declining for the past several years. The RIAA had claimed that it was due to the unauthorized copying of music on line. Arthur Rosenburg, president of the Independant Music File Sharing Collective, said that the RIAA was not keeping up with the times and had not adapted to the changing, peer based market for music.

On a personal note, during church services today, we were all asked to pray for the family of Mitch Bainwol, RIAA's prsident. His son, Jaims Bainwol, is a member of the choir in my church. Mitch was found dead Saturday morning, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning. He was discovered by his son in his car, with the engine running, in the garage with the door closed.

Former president Hilary Rosen, quickly appointed by the board to be interim president, expressed condolences to Bainwol's family on Saturday afternoon."
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Journal SPAM: The Road Map to Despotism 28

Despite spending an estimated $80 million, the government was unable to prove that Dr. Sami Al-Arian was a terrorist, yet he remains in prison and his sentence will likely be extended. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges warns that the abusive imprisonment of this nonviolent Palestinian dissenter does not bode well for the rest of us.


Hayabusa To Begin Long Journey Back to Earth 92

Sparky writes "Japan is planning to set the Hayabusa spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth next month after a delay of more than a year, but it's far from certain that it will get back safely. It was supposed to retrieve asteroid debris, but it's thought that a computer error prevented that from happening. A fuel leak means that its chemical thrusters are out of action, and the craft is relying on its weaker ion engines. The journey back will take 3 years, and the capsule will be on Earth in June 2010 — even if it is empty."

Submission + - Flawed stem cell data withdrawn

An anonymous reader writes: It is one of the best-known stem cell papers in the past five years, describing adult cells that seemed to hold the same promise as embryonic stem cells. That would sidestep the tricky ethical issues for many. Now, following a New Scientist investigation, some of the data contained within the papers is being questioned. Nice to see some proper nosey journalism.

'Losing For The Win' In Games 159

simoniker writes "Designer Ben Schneider (Empire Earth, EyeToy: AntiGrav, Titan Quest) has written a new article exploring the possibility of enticing your players through the power of defeat. From the piece: 'Some of the most memorable moments in games depend heavily on reversals to kick their dramatic arcs forward, from Planetfall to Fable to Beyond Good & Evil to Deus Ex. And yet, as an industry, we clearly have a lot to learn — and a lot to invent. So, then, how do you draw a clear line between player failure and dramatic reversal? It is a question well worth pondering.' In other words, if the game forces the player to get his ass kicked, can the player ever forgive it, or is it the key to some really interesting moments when used in a positive way?"

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.