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+ - Google Fiber to Launch in Austin, Texas in December->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "WSJ blog reports on the third city to get fiber-optic high speed internet networks laid down by Google (Kansas City and Provo, UT were the first). The service averages 1 gigabit per second, about 100X the average US household speed, and costs $70-120 per month (depending on television). Google promotes the roll-outs by holding "rallies" in small neighborhoods. Suggested slogan — "Don't be Comcast"."
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+ - Court Rules Parents May Be Liable for What Their Kids Post on Facebook->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Parents can be held liable for what their kids post on Facebook, a Georgia appellate court ruled in a decision that lawyers said marked a legal precedent on the issue of parental responsibility over their children’s online activity.

The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that the parents of a seventh-grade student may be negligent for failing to get their son to delete a fake Facebook profile that allegedly defamed a female classmate."

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Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by Crashmarik (#48163775) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

I am no expert, but I believe it's because they are easy.

They are easy to pitch. You just use the comic book to explain the concept.

They are easy to script. Logic and reason fly out the window. You don't want mutants to be exterminated ? Declare war on the U.S. in their name.

The action scenes and big explosions are built in. Just take it straight from the storyboard aka comic book.

They have a built in market. Pre sold to the comic fans.

The people that go to them don't expect much and hence are rarely disappointed

Comment: Seeing his agency uses parallel construction (Score 2) 280

by Crashmarik (#48163423) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

To effectively violate the 4th amendment as it is. I have a great deal of trouble believing his concerns are legitimate and complete.

What's more the greatest problem with a full on surveillance state that can and does relentlessly bring the full weight of the state against people without the means to properly defend themselves is the number of false positives can easily exceed the number of actual criminals.That would be actual crimes, not the simple fact the complexity of our legal system renders most people guilty of something.

Comment: Re:Gamer Gate Why ? (Score 1) 160

by Crashmarik (#48163063) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

> Who the fuck cares
I don't, but the author's of the offensive articles really screwed up.

They took a demographic they considered male, teenage basement dwellers and wrote a couple of astonishingly offensive articles, on a website aimed at that demographic. Then they found out that 'gamer' != that demographic. It cuts right across all levels of society and all genders. So they managed to write something offensive to everyone. When the story broke out of bubble of that one website, sympathy for the authors was heavily muted by the fact that everyone who plays computer games, myself included, think they brought it upon themselves, because they can see plainly how offensive the articles were and how they articles are talking squarely about them, regardless of where they sit in society.

Not being the sort of person to take offense at random things on the internet, I really don't care, but it's still pretty obvious the authors screwed up and got a predictable response. Society has people who live on a broad distribution of extremism. If you uniformly offend people across the distribution, you're going to offend the sort of people who send death threats over the internet for fun.

Pretty much exactly my impression. The one thing you miss in this, is it will definitely be an upward move for the key victims. I have no doubt that Sarkesian has had employment offers and speaking engagements at a level she never had before this.

+ - Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "It's a story we've come to see quite often: a state trying to ban Tesla's direct sales model. It seems something sneaky just happened in Michigan where Tesla sales are about to be banned. Bill HB 5606 originally intended to offer added protection to franchised dealers and consumers from price gouging by carmakers, and was passed by the Michigan House in September without any anti-Tesla language. However, once it hit the Senate wording was changed that might imply the legality of a manufacturer-owned dealership was removed. The modified bill was passed unanimously by the Senate on October 2, and then sent back to the House that day where it passed with only a single dissenting vote. The bill was modified without any opportunity for public comment. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has less than a week to sign the bill into law. Of course, Tesla's already fighting this legislation. It's already been said that in the end, Tesla will win all of these situations and that time is being wasted."

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Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "With "GamerGate" and all the debates over who counts as a "gamer," it's easy to forget that games are created by people with a genuine love of the craft. Journalist Jon Brodkin sat down with Armin Ibrisagic, game designer & PR manager for Coffee Stain Studios, the Swedish studio that made Goat Simulator, to talk about why they built that game and how it turned into such a success. Brodkin also talked to Leszek Lisowski, founder of Wastelands Interactive, about the same topic. While these developers might debate with themselves (and others) over whether to develop games for hardcore gamers, or jump on the mobile "casual gaming" bandwagon, they'll ultimately in it because they love games — a small but crucial detail that seems too easy to forget these days."
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+ - FBI warns industry of Chinese cyber campaign->

Submitted by daten
daten (575013) writes "The FBI on Wednesday issued a private warning to industry that a group of highly skilled Chinese government hackers was in the midst of a long-running campaign to steal valuable data from U.S. companies and government agencies. “These state-sponsored hackers are exceedingly stealthy and agile by comparison with the People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398 ... whose activity was publicly disclosed and attributed by security researchers in February 2013,” said the FBI in its alert, which referred to a Chinese military hacker unit exposed in a widely publicized report by the security firm Mandiant."
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+ - HBO goes online and it doesn't want net neutrality, what will CBS do?->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "It seems to be the beginning of the end of the cable television in the US. Yesterday entertainment giant HBO announced they will start offering Internet subscription without requiring any cable subscription. Today CBS, yet another leading TV network, announced their move to the Internet. The most interesting aspect this ‘shift’ is net neutrality. With more TV networks moving to the web, how will it affect the net neutrality? Will they sign up deals with ISPs, similar to Netflix, and weaken net neutrality to dismiss competitors or will they become an ally and lobby for the net neutrality? HBO is owned by Time Warner, the cable company so it was not surprising when Time Warner CEO supported the idea of fast lane and 'paying' ISPs for content. Is it bad news for the internet that traditional cable companies are going online?"
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+ - Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice - and Why That's Important

Submitted by (3830033) writes "There has long been a clear hierarchy of intelligence in the psychology lab with monkeys are at the top, then rats, and finally mice at the bottom, "cute and fluffy but not all that bright." For at least a hundred years researchers have used rats in their psychology experiments, assuming that they were the smarter of the two lab rodents but now Rose Eveleth reports at The Atlantic that new research shows that that might not be true and that mice can perform decision-making tasks in the lab just as well as rats can. "Anything we could train a rat to do we could train a mouse to do as well," says Tony Zador. This finding is important because using mice in experiments instead of rats could open up all kinds of new research options. For one thing, scientists have been able to manipulate a mouse’s genome in really useful ways, silencing certain genes to figure out what role they play. There are mouse models for everything from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s. Being able to put those mice through the paces of a psychology experiment could help researchers connect diseases with the behaviors they impact.

So where did this idea that rats are smarter than mice come from, anyway? Zador says it’s a historical bias. “There was 100 years of practice in training rats. And basically when people tried to treat the mice in exactly the way they treated the rats, the rats seemed smarter," says Zador. In other words, "over the course of 100 years people had figured out how to train rats, and that mice aren’t rats.” You might think that mice and rats would be basically the same when it comes to these kinds of things, but Zador points out that mice and rats diverged somewhere between 12 and 24 million years ago. For comparison, humans and chimpanzees split somewhere between 5 and 7 million years ago. So it's no surprise that mice behave differently than rats, and that that difference impacts their training in the lab. "The mouse is uniquely placed at the interface between experimental access and behavioral complexity, making it an ideal model for the study of adaptive decision-making. Successful behavioral paradigms, however, rely on targeting designs to the idiosyncrasies of the mouse from the outset, rather than simply assuming that mice are little rats.""

Comment: Re:LOL Users are going to click obliviously (Score 1) 111

by Crashmarik (#48160129) Attached to: Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

Yes laziness
Apparently the SMBC site doesn't tag it's comics well enough for google to find them or put them anywhere near the top of it's rankings

Only so much effort that I am willing to make to point out the ridiculousness of this story. There are still corporate intraweb sites running on IE 6 because developers and users just didn't give a crap. Users of course are the ultimate culprits and will turn off security settings faster than you can say i can haz cheezburger. Enabling click to play isn't even a speedbump.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"