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Law Student Web Forum: Free Speech Gone too Far? 264

The Xoxo Reader writes "Today's Washington Post carries a front-page article on the internet message board AutoAdmit (a.k.a. Xoxohth), which proclaims itself the "most prestigious law school discussion board in the world." The message board has recently come under fire for emphasizing a free speech policy that allows its users to discuss, criticize, and attack other law students and lawyers by name. Is this an example of free speech and anonymity gone too far, or is internet trolling just a necessary side effect of a policy that otherwise promotes insightful discussion of the legal community?"

Submission + - Reuters guidelines on Photoshop use...

pointbeing writes: Interesting article on the use of Photoshop in news articles here.

"Photoshop is a highly sophisticated image manipulation programme. We use only a tiny part of its potential capability to format our pictures, crop and size them and balance the tone and colour.

Materially altering a picture in Photoshop or any other image editing software will lead to dismissal.

THE RULES ARE: No additions or deletions to the subject matter of the original image. (thus changing the original content and journalistic integrity of an image)

No excessive lightening, darkening or blurring of the image. (thus misleading the viewer by disguising certain elements of an image)

No excessive colour manipulation. (thus dramatically changing the original lighting conditions of an image)

Submission + - DRM Free music

mgv writes: "Whilst EMI thinks hesitantly about DRM free downloads, Amie Street delivers. What sets Amie Street apart is its pricing model. Downloads start as free, but increase as they become more popular. (Maximum price is 98 cents). All music is mp3 format at 192 kbps, which is about the same quality as iTunes 128 kbps AAC format. Seriously worth a look if you would consider buying music knowing that the money is going to the artists, and not the RIAA. Oh, and they are currently offering some free credit whilst they are upgrading the site..."

Submission + - Insect murder scenes may help solve human murders

Matthew Sparkes writes: "A German photographer has found a way of getting the bugs killed by his car into a scanning electron microscope, revealing the wreckage of their tiny bodies in incredible detail. He found his driving speed was critical — between 70 and 90 km/h (42 and 54 mph) was perfect. Below that and nothing died, above it and all that was left was amorphous splatter. The work may be of use in criminal forensics, as bugs have provided useful evidence of a criminal's location in the past. But you're more likely to see the images again in an upcoming advertising campaign."

China Puts Hold on Net Cafe Construction This Year 26

With government concerns about online gaming growing steadily in China, Beijing has put in place a ban on the opening of new internet cafes for the rest of the year. GigaGamez reports on the country's move, which is largely seen as a response to some high-profile deaths from unhealthily dedicated gamers. From the article: "Honestly [this] shouldn't be that big of a deal if you consider that the Chinese government has already estimated that 113,000 Internet cafes already exist. Add this to the already bizarre limitation of World of Warcraft play time and you have some very unhappy gamers." Update: 03/08 14:52 GMT by Z : GamePolitics has the word that virtual currencies are also to be restricted, in an effort to ensure that the yuan is kept secure.
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Submission + - Mob rule overruns Reddit

netbuzz writes: "Here's one to consider the next time Slashdot readers get all huffy about the work of Slashdot's editors. Over at Reddit this morning we are seeing the problem with "meritocracy" social-bookmarking sites, writ large. Sometimes the wisdom of crowds turns into an unruly mob, witness the fact that 14 of the top 15 items on that site are about "impeachment." 0"

Journal Journal: Adobe edits the development cycle Adobe learns that sometimes the old dog can learn a new trick or two. With a determined leader at the controls (VP Dave Story), the Photoshop team embraces the incremental development model, discarding the traditional waterfall method. The result, so they say, is that neither time nor features were sacrificed, while quality -- in the form of lower bug counts -- increased. For dinosaurs like me, who remember program sizes measured

Submission + - Everything you need to know about IPv6

Butterspoon writes: "Ars Technica is running an excellent article entitled "Everything you need to know about IPv6", which should be regarded as essential reading for anyone who is overly comfortable with their IPv4 addresses. From the artice:

As of January 1, 2007, 2.4 billion of those [IPv4 addresses] were in (some kind of) use. 1.3 billion were still available and about 170 million new addresses are given out each year. So at this rate, 7.5 years from now, we'll be clean out of IP addresses; faster if the number of addresses used per year goes up.
Are you ready for IPv6?"

Submission + - EALA: Spielberg Project on Wii

hammersuit writes: "GameDaily XL has an excerpt from an interview they did with EALA VP and GM Neil Young in which he discusses in more detail the Steven Spielberg projects and how they're moving along. It was revealed that two of the three projects are already in development, with one of those being produced exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. More details in the article, but it seems Spielberg may be just the latest megafan of the Wii."

Australian Students Can Get Office at 95% Off Retail 246

tora201 writes "Microsoft Australia is offering university students in that country Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for just $75 Australian dollars, a 95% discount off the usual retail price. Alternatively students can buy a one year renewable license at just $25, or download a trial version that can be later activated. Eligibility is determined through a valid Australian university e-mail address with payment made via credit card."

Submission + - Did Adobe yank the photoshop brush patch?

raasdnil writes: "The Q Blog gives a story about a possible pull of the CS3 brush cursor patch. Briefly Photoshop TV, Episode 71 "Things To-Do" talks about a Photoshop CS3 brush patch being available for "private download". Attempting to get this patch in Adobe results in dead ends. After searching, you used to be able to find mention of it on Jack Nack's blog, but now it has been deleted and you can't find mention of it anywhere. I wonder if pulling the patch has anything to do with the $900 million predicted sales that Macworld reported would happen with CS3 being released?"

Nielson Results Reveal Consoles on the Rise 20

eldavojohn writes "Nielson ratings are in and the results are that gaming is continuing its steady trend upward. A study released Monday entitled 'The State of the Console,' describes America as an increasingly game-centric country. 'Nielsen Media Research found that 41.1 percent of households with televisions in the U.S. now have gaming consoles. That number represents an 18.5 percent increase since 2004, according the research firm, who used a sample of 12,000 TV-viewing households for its report.'"

Comment Re:Pilot's seat? (Score 2, Insightful) 141

I'm with you on this one, interactivity to me suggests a 2-way process.

Books and films don't change depending on your own actions. Games, it could be argued, do - at least to a certain extent. I think it's perfectly possible to create a game which is only just interactive, in the sense that no matter what you do, the same things happen.

Which basically means to me that the best way to create a truly interactive game is to have multiple branching storylines and good AI. Not many games have managed that yet... perhaps that's the next step.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.