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Comment gWorld... (Score 1) 154

The piecemeal "lab" releases that were functional but only 75-85% complete were okay 10 years ago. Anymore, they just give the appearance of not really giving a crap. Overlay that with an Apple-esque approach to usability and terms of use and it just becomes gWorld over and over again.

Comment Rule questionable. Obedience mandatory. (Score 2) 532

At least one study has shown that it isn't out of the question that electronic devices can have an impact on cockpit GPS systems. Inherently this is really only vital for landings.

But the rule isn't really the problem. The problem is cheating.

Day in and day out we all abide by questionable rules not because we agree with them, but because we are civilized human beings. Flaunting rules which could, even in the most remote chance, endanger not just your life but the lives of everyone around you is bad. Forget politics, forget gender, forget class, forget intelligence. If you aren't going to abide by the rules, then don't play the game.

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Submission + - PlayStation 3 Woes: #1 Gaming Story of 2006

hammersuit writes: "GameDaily just announced their pick for the #1 biggest video game news story of 2006, and it's the overall bad press surrounding PlayStation 3. 'It has to be said that 2006 is the year the previously invincible Sony looked downright mindless.' A harsh assessment follows, but it concludes with 'Things are slowly turning, especially with the release of Gran Turismo HD Concept as a free PS3 download. We just hope the trend continues so the #1 news story next year is "the great Sony turnaround," not "Sony's continuing downward spiral."'"

OneDOJ to Offer National Criminal Database to Law Enforcement 184

Degrees writes "The Washington Post is reporting that the Justice Department is building a massive database, known as 'OneDOJ'. The system allows state and local police officers around the country to search millions of case files from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies. The system already holds approximately 1 million case records and is projected to triple in size over the next three years. The files include investigative reports, criminal-history information, details of offenses, and the names, addresses and other information of criminal suspects or targets. From the article: 'Civil-liberties and privacy advocates say the scale and contents of such a database raise immediate privacy and civil rights concerns, in part because tens of thousands of local police officers could gain access to personal details about people who have not been arrested or charged with crimes. The little-noticed program has been coming together over the past year and a half. It already is in use in pilot projects with local police in Seattle, San Diego and a handful of other areas, officials said.'"

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.