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+ - Mafia Wars CEO Boasts About Scamming People->

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Anonymous Coward writes: "Here's the transcript of the speech CEO, Mark Pincus, gave to some other developers at a mixer: "I knew that i wanted to control my destiny, so I knew I needed revenues, right, fucking, now. Like I needed revenues now. So I funded the company myself but I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this zwinky toolbar which was like, I dont know, I downloaded it once and couldn't get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business. So control your destiny. So that was a big lesson, controlling your business. So by the time we raised money we were profitable."

Apparently it's the only way to make a living these days, scam everyone else."

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+ - Origin of Species to be given for free, with FUD-> 1

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PhrostyMcByte writes: "November 24th will mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the pivotal work that helped bring the theory of evolution through natural selection into popularity. Around this same time, Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron is spearheading a plan to pass out 50,000 free copies at universities around the country. The catch? Each copy will be altered to include creationist propaganda and FUD targeting evolution and Darwin himself."
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Comment: Update failed (Score 1) 1231

by Budha_man_99 (#29969946) Attached to: Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
I tried to update from 9.4 to 9.10 but after 5 hours the update stopped responding, in fact the whole PC froze. I had to hard boot the PC, and the update was not complete the entire install was hosed. Luckily this was just a test system and I didn't lose any thing important, but if it was my main system I would have been rather upset. I have gotten into the habit of backing up all of my personal files to a removable drive when I do these upgrades just in case

Frog Species Discovered Living In Elephant Dung 56

Posted by samzenpus
from the I've-lived-in-worse-places dept.
rhettb writes "Three different species of frogs have been discovered living in the dung of the Asian elephant in southeastern Sri Lanka. The discovery — the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings — has widespread conservation implications both for frogs and Asian elephants, which are in decline. Apparently the frogs feed on the many invertebrates present in elephant dung."

+ - Gmail insecure?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Evidently there is a large hole in security at google. Gmail accounts that have similar names will copy each other on messages sent to one address. I have an address that goes and someone else has and I constantly recieve this other users messages. After making multiple attempts to contact google via the web based support submission system, nothing has changed with the accounts activities. Maybe this is isolated to my account and maybe not. In either case it represents a huge potential problem with the way gmail handles itself.
The Almighty Buck

+ - The Great Eyeglasses Scam

Submitted by NiteBird
NiteBird writes: Is poor distance vision (myopia) really not genetic after all? Are eye doctors getting us hooked on ever stronger prescription glasses and contact lenses? Don Rehm of the International Myopia Prevention Association thinks so. Online journalist Fintan Dunne interviews Don, and explains how too much close focusing (e.g. reading and computer work) gives you myopia in the first place, and how glasses prescribed for myopia make your vision worse in the second place, but also, how you can turn the laws of optics to your advantage and use reading glasses (the kind you can buy at the pharmacy) to help you keep or possibly restore your clear distant vision!

+ - DMCA Creator Admits Failure, Blames RIAA

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An anonymous reader writes: DMCA architect Bruce Lehman has admitted that "our Clinton administration policies didn't work out very well" and "our attempts at copyright control have not been successful". Speaking at conference in Montreal (video at 11:00), Lehman lay much of the blame at the feet of the recording industry for their failure to adapt to the online marketplace in the mid-1990s.
The Media

+ - CO2, greenhouse effect not causing global warming?

Submitted by dazl
dazl writes: UK's Channel 4 "The Great Global Warming Swindle" documentary convincingly makes a number of points, including, CO2 increase is the effect, and not the cause, of temperature increase (and 800 years later at that). They claim data shows that what drives climate change is sun activity. After watching this the award-winning Gore piece has little credibility left. Video at google and youtube.

+ - Google screws over Owner of popular OSS project

Submitted by buhatkj
buhatkj writes: The guy who runs the popular OSS 3d engine project Irrlicht just got banned from Google AdSense, after an accusation of click fraud!
From the Blog Post:

"Maybe you've noticed, for the last few days some google ads appeared on this blog, but they have disappeared now again. That's because I just got banned from google adsense for life time (as it seems), although I didn't do anything wrong."

Not only that, but they are witholding monies already earned by his ads prior to the accusation.

"In that mail, they did not even tell me any information about their problem with my ads, only "invalid clicks or page impressions". No IP adresses, no channel ID, no website, no time or date, no amount of clicks, nothing. No way for me to find out what was wrong. There was the possibility to contradict, and I tried to explain some possible causes like the sudden increased amount of traffic, but they ignored me. The interesting thing: They now even won't pay out the money I already earned before the occurance of their 'invalid clicks' assert. "

Check out the full story HERE

+ - Linus fires latest shot in GNOME Wars

Submitted by HellFeuer
HellFeuer writes: Linus speaks out against GNOME again. When challenged to use GNOME for a month, he submitted patches to the GNOME project to prove his criticism is *constructive*, saying "The code is actually _cleaner_ after my patches, and the end result is more capable. We'll see what happens". However, he still didn't commit to actually using GNOME.
Where do you stand on Linus vs GNOME?

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.