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Comment Re:That's what you get for exploiting your citizen (Score 1) 376 376

Same here. What they don't tell you, however (at least in Michigan), is that those proceeds just offset what *would have* come from the general fund. In other words, the net gain for education is zero, and now your government has another $x to spend/waste from the general fund.


Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."

GameStop, Other Retailers Subpoenaed Over Credit Card Information Sharing 117 117

New York State's Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, has subpoenaed a number of online retailers, including GameStop, Barnes & Noble, Ticketmaster and Staples, over the way they pass information to marketing firms while processing transactions. MSNBC explains the scenario thus: "You're on the site of a well-known retailer and you make a purchase. As soon as you complete the transaction a pop-up window appears. It offers a discount on your next purchase. Click on the ad and you are automatically redirected to another company's site where you are signed up for a buying club, travel club or credit card protection service. The yearly cost is usually $100 to $145. Here's where things really get smarmy. Even though you did not give that second company any account information, they will bill the credit or debit card number you used to make the original purchase. You didn't have to provide your account number because the 'trusted' retailer gave it to them for a cut of the action." While there is no law preventing this sort of behavior, Cuomo hopes the investigation will pressure these companies to change their ways, or at least inform customers when their information might be shared.

Submission + - Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy

An anonymous reader writes: Is this just FUD, or would this really be successful? "The music industry opened up a new front in the war on online music piracy yesterday, threatening to sue internet service providers that allow customers to illegally share copyrighted tracks over their networks." http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/articl e2162919.ece

Submission + - NVIDIA and ATI Talk About MXM

jkwdoc writes: Two years ago, NVIDIA announced its MXM initiative for the mobile market. This new technology would allow for a modular GPU slot in all laptops, thus making servicing and upgrades much easier. But two years later, the consumer still can't go into a store and buy a graphics card to upgrade their laptop, and the entire mobile graphics market is a mess. [H] investigates and gets ATI and NVIDIA to talk about the problems. http://consumer.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTI2N iwxLCxoY29uc3VtZXI=

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