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Comment: Re:Simple solution for these cases (Score 1) 357

by Matthaeus (#33264134) Attached to: Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad

If I remember correctly, Hormel (the makers of SPAM) actually did this with regards to the appropriation of their trademark to refer to unsolicited commercial email. They basically said, "Look, we'd rather you not use our trademark in a negative light, but we don't want to be dicks about it so we're granting permission anyway."

Comment: Re:So why allow your music to be in the game? (Score 1) 140

by Matthaeus (#26990763) Attached to: Music Industry Conflicted On <em>Guitar Hero</em>, <em>Rock Band</em>

I like the way you think. It would be great if they could offer the song files in the same way that Rifftrax does. Even better would be, you pay $1 for the click track and put your CD of the song in and the game rips it for you.

However, the game data is more than just the click track. Each song is split into several tracks so that the game can realistically model the sound when a player misses a note. CDs and tracks from iTunes aren't separated into bass, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals, drums and backup tracks.

You can still play a guitar hero type game with a one-track song, but a lot of the verisimilitude is missing the moment you miss a note and don't receive audio feedback.

In order to get the multi-track version of a song, you either need to get it from the original producer or cover it yourself. For indie bands and in-house stuff, this isn't much of a problem. For mainstream songs, you need to cut a deal with the song owner, i.e. the label.

Math

+ - Simple solution to Minimal Enclosing Circle

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An anonymous reader writes "Prof. Felix Friedman developed a simple and elegant solution for Minimal Enclosing Circle (finding the smallest circle enclosing a set of points.) Friedman's algorithm is O(n), can work 'on-line' (before all points are known,) and can be extended to higher dimensions. Because he teaches at a little-known state university in eastern Pennsylvania, he doesn't seem to be getting the recognition that comes with such a major advance in a problem well-studied for 150 years."
Toys

+ - Credit Card Fraud at Retailers

Submitted by Anonymously Mad
Anonymously Mad (666) writes "My fiance's debit card was stolen from her car and used at a EBgames where an employee bypassed whatever is needed to avoid putting in a PIN (which is not written on anything *DUH*). They attempted to use a credit card first for the purchase, but the fraud protection kicked in at the $700 charge (She has never purchased a Video Game in her life, I do the buying). When I spoke to the Manager, he said "The guy had ID", stating he remembered the transaction; my fiance is most indeed female and looks like one (long hair, lipstick and all). The manager is either in on it, doing generic lying to cover up an employee who did it, or lying to cover a stupid mistake. EBgames/Gamestop corporate's response is that they will cooperate with any investigation police bring to them, whenever that will be seeing as how it was $700 across county lines in a large city with other crime problems. The issue is: The employee was a willing participant in credit card fraud. People make, I would guess thousands of dollars of purchases with EBgames/Gamestop daily using credit cards and now at least on person at a location to whom you would hand your card is committing fraud with cards like that. The question is: Should the brick and mortar locations be held to the same expectation of fraud protection as their cyberspace counterparts? Clearly, there is a physical hole in the security policy as corporate has no oversight for employee malfeasance."
Encryption

+ - Sealand For Sale

Submitted by coaxial
coaxial (28297) writes "Everyone's favorite digital haven and nation of questionable legitimacy, Sealand is up for sale. (Link in Spanish only.) Technically you're not buying the countyr, but rather "custodianship" of the platform and all property within the "country". All of which can be yours for the low low price of 750 million euros."
Upgrades

+ - Fonality releases Trixbox 2.0

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William S. Audette
William S. Audette writes "Fonality®, a leader in open source, Asterisk®-based IP telephony systems, today released trixbox® 2.0, a free, easy to use, open source telephony and application platform. [editor note: Formerly Asterisk @ Home] The new version, available for immediate download, can be installed in less than 15 minutes, supports multiple languages and provides increased reliability and stability, flexible user customization, and support for a wide-range of hardware vendors. The software also allows the community to upgrade individual deployment components versus having to reinstall from scratch with each upgrade. trixbox.org will also be hosting its first ever training Webinar entitled "Building An Open Source IP-PBX With trixbox 2.0" on January 30, 2007. Full Article: http://voipspeak.net/index.php?option=com_content& task=view&id=108&Itemid=2 http://www.fonality.com/ http://www.trixbox.org/ Webinar http://www.trixbox.org/modules/smartsection/item.p hp?itemid=40"

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