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IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-idea dept.
aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."
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Indian Police Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers 130

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-your-status dept.
New Delhi police have a new weapon in the battle against bad drivers, Facebook. Two months ago the police created a Facebook page that allowed people to inform on others breaking traffic laws, and upload pictures of the violations. The page has more than 17,000 fans, and 3,000 pictures currently. From the article: "The online rap sheet was impressive. There are photos of people on motorcycles without helmets, cars stopped in crosswalks, drivers on cellphones, drivers in the middle of illegal turns and improperly parked vehicles. Using the pictures, the Delhi Traffic Police have issued 665 tickets, using the license plate numbers shown in the photos to track vehicle owners, said the city’s joint commissioner of traffic, Satyendra Garg."

+ - Crytek thinks demos will soon be extinct->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Pretty sure there won't be a Crysis 2 demo, unless it's an EA premium one.

News story:

"The CEO of indie studio Crytek has defended EA's divisive 'premium downloadable content' strategy, while also predicting the extinction of free game demos.

In an interview with Develop, Crytek's co-founder Cevat Yerli said he wasn't sure that a demo of Crysis 2 was going to be released. He also said demos are "a luxury" that becomes "prohibitively expensive" for game studios to make.

He said: "A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don't have in other industries such as film. Because we've had this free luxury for so long, now there are plans to change this people are complaining about it. The reality is that we might not see any free game demos in the long term."

Crysis 2 publisher EA was recently the subject of much controversy for plans to release premium demos "for $10 or $15" before a game's final release.

That strategy was coarsely criticised across message boards, forums and social networks, yet Yerli believes it has many benefits.""

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+ - Why Blu-ray and DLC don’t see eye to eye in ->

Submitted by BanjoTed
BanjoTed (1748316) writes "Are you enjoying Dragon Age: Origins Awakening on PS3 in America? Well in Europe we're not. Sony has told MCV that the cost of producing Blu-ray SKUs is the reason behind why many of the boxed expansion packs that get released on Xbox 360 and PC only get a PSN release on PS3 on this side of the Atlantic. A number of games — including Dragon Age, Borderlands and Fallout 3 — have seen their post-release DLC get bundled onto disc and sold at retail on Microsoft's machines, but the exact reason behind their failure to do the same on PS3 has until now been a bit of a mystery. The truth? It all boils down to the cost of producing Blu-ray discs."
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Comment: Re:Copyright and Plagarism (Score 1) 94

by Demonix (#30325730) Attached to: Copyright and the Games Industry

Well that depends. Is this game going to have a demo? If I'm interested in the game and it does, the demo will give me a good idea whether or not I would enjoy more of the game. If not and I'm interested, I just might look for a pirate version to evaluate your game, then buy it if I find the game worth it.

I mean, its not like I can buy a game, find I dont like it, then return it for a refund, can I? Oh no! That would promote piracy!

I have many games that sit collecting dust because they weren't worth the CDs they were stamped on. I'm tired of being burned.

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+ - Bioshock PC is defective by design 4

Submitted by ringbarer
ringbarer (545020) writes "Kotaku reports that the long-awaited spiritual successor to System Shock has a few shocks for any PC gamers who want to buy it. Customers are discovering that the 'SecuROM' anti-copying technology will only permit them to install the game twice, after which the DVD becomes nothing more than an expensive coaster. As PC Gamers are renowned for rebuilding and reinstalling their machines on a regular basis, it is clear that this will only hurt legitimate players."
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+ - Economic censorship blocks adult-rated games->

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death metal black metal writes "Sometime this year you might be putting a disc labeled Manhunt 2 into your Wii or PlayStation 2, but it won't be the game the creators originally intended.

The developer, Rockstar Games, was forced to slam on the brakes when the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, gave Manhunt 2 a rating of Adults Only, or AO.

Neither Sony nor Nintendo allow AO-rated titles to be released on their hardware, and most major retailers refuse to stock the games. As a result, creators whose games get an adult rating usually trim back the content or decline to release the product.

http://www.wired.com/gaming/gamingreviews/news/200 7/08/esrb"

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