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The Courts

+ - Jack Thompson: "I'm out to shut down Rockstar.

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SyncNine
SyncNine writes "Jack Thompson was recently interviewed on Nightline by Bill Weir, in which he can be heard stating that "I want to shut down Rockstar because they're run by a bunch of sociopaths and they're a one-company crime wave." Something of value to note is that Bill Weir does a solid job of not agreeing with or really responding to Thompson's comments regarding this.

It seems that Thompson's vigilante quest to destroy all violence and disrespect in video games is actually a one-man assault on Rockstar Games, specifically. As his intentions at this point are crystal clear, at some point you've got to wonder how long Rockstar will put up with this before finding a way to counter-sue for lost revenue, etc. Does anyone think he'll succeed? Is he trying to wear Rockstar down?"
Networking

+ - DirecTV HD DVR does Ethernet and ViiV

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Chris Blount
Chris Blount writes "DirecTV's HD DVR (HR20), thanks to a recent software upgrade, now has Ethernet capability. Along with that comes the ability to interface with ViiV computers allowing media (pictures and music) to be fed from the computer through the HD DVR. Users over at DBSTalk.Com have reported that this new feature will also work with Windows Media Player 11 and Twonky. More information can he found at http://www.dbstalk.com/ in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=72947."
Google

+ - Google Pagerank in 126 lines of Python

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GrumpySimon
GrumpySimon writes "Vincent Kräutler has reimplemented the Pagerank algorithm in 126 lines of Python following a post on the American Mathematical Society's webpage: How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack . It will be most interesting to see if or how Google reacts to this, and whether other people can build on this in their own search engines."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Gold Farmer Talks RMT

Submitted by amitlu
amitlu (904834) writes "The Escapist is featuring an interview with popular writer Julian Dibbell, who worked as a gold farmer in UO and later went to WoW-farming sweatshops in China to report for a book he's writing. Dibbell's got some pretty provocative opinions on RMT. From the article: "They're along the lines of, 'Hey, I worked my way up to level 60, and then daddy's little rich kid comes along and bought his way up to level 60, and that takes away the meaning of my achievement.' ... How does it take away the meaning of your achievement? ... Everyone knows that MMOGs are tests of your ability to sit on your ass in a chair for a week, or whatever it takes to get to level 60. If someone has the will to do that, or the time to do that, more power to them. If somebody has the commitment to the game to plunk down $800 or $1,000, that's a kind of crazed obsession, too. I'm perfectly willing to honor either way of measuring [that].""
Unix

+ - Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX command line efficiency — and break away from bad usage patterns in the process. This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, so you can learn exactly why these UNIX habits are worth picking up."

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