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Piracy

+ - A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It->

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Kethinov
Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and as them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation."
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Android

+ - Why Microsoft Shouldn't Copy Apple's iOS Walled Garden->

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Kethinov
Kethinov writes "Will the computers of the future be tools for freedom or for censorship? An insightful Ars Technica editorial examines this question in depth, concluding that Apple's walled garden approach to iOS is fundamentally flawed and thus Microsoft should reconsider their plans to apply the same model to WinRT. The authors are careful to present a nuanced analysis that adequately weighs the competing interests of security, convenience, and user freedom, ultimately concluding that Mac OS X and Android offer better models because while their walled gardens are on by default, they offer supported mechanisms to opt-out if desired, thereby offering users the same security and convenience benefits without sacrificing user freedom in the process."
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+ - Opinionated Tech Blogger Claims Node.js is Cancer->

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Kethinov
Kethinov writes "While doing some quick learning about Node.js recently, I noticed that the third result of the Google search query for 'node.js' was this scathing rant by opinionated tech blogger Ted Dziuba. Among the arguments in his harshly worded article are that Node's claim to have a non-blocking I/O model is a lie and that it disobeys the UNIX way, concluding that Node's poor quality puts even 'Rasmus Lerdorf to shame.' Since I've been intrigued by what Node.js has to offer lately, I'll put it to Slashdot. Do Ted's arguments have merit?"
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+ - Adobe Acquires Nitobi (PhoneGap)->

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Kethinov
Kethinov writes "Adobe has entered into an Acquisition Agreement with Nitobi, the creators of PhoneGap. According to Nitobi, 'this acquisition will allow Nitobi to focus solely on PhoneGap and work with Adobe to offer developers more efficient, expressive design and development across devices with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.'"
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Firefox

+ - The enterprise is wrong, not Mozilla->

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Kethinov
Kethinov writes "Ars Technica has an insightful editorial criticizing enterprise IT backlash against Mozilla's new update policy. From the article: 'Now that Mozilla has released Firefox 5, version 4, just three months old, is no longer supported. Enterprise customers aren't very pleased with this decision, and are claiming it makes their testing burden impossible. We're not convinced: we think Mozilla's decision is the right one for the Web itself.'"
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First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - Ars Technica review slams Duke Nukem Forever-> 1

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Kethinov
Kethinov writes "Ars Technica writes one of their most negative reviews of a game in a long time referring to Duke Nukem Forever as "barely playable" and "one of the worst games from a major studio in quite some time. The jokes border on hateful. The graphics are a blurry mess. The shooting is unsatisfying." Their verdict? Skip this one."
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Sci-Fi

+ - BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled->

Submitted by Kethinov
Kethinov (636034) writes "The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in the future, it could save many other similar niche genre shows from the same fate down the road."
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Music

+ - NIN Releases Garageband Sources For 3 New Tracks

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Kethinov writes "Nine Inch Nails has once again released the sources in Garageband format for three of their tracks from their new album Year Zero. Like the previous times before, the full source for 'Capital G', 'Me, I'm Not', and 'My Violent Heart' can be downloaded here in Garageband and other formats. You can download user created remixes here. Trent Reznor claims that he plans to release the entire album this way."
Sci-Fi

+ - Stargate SG-1 to be Canceled

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Kethinov writes "Multichannel is reporting that Sci Fi's Stargate SG-1 will end with season 10. Quoth the article, "People close to the production of Stargate SG-1 said Sci Fi Channel canceled the series on the eve of its 200th episode, which aired last Friday night, making the show the first cable scripted series to reach such a milestone.""

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