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Comment: Re:A bit late (Score 1) 133

Exactly. I never understood why they bother to lock the phones in the first place. If you have a 2 year contract, they have your money already for that long. Locking the phone doesn't gain them anything. If you want to unlock your phone and go somewhere else, they just get free money out of you since now they don't have to provide you any service.
Privacy

Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade 535

Posted by samzenpus
from the this-is-your-brain-on-virtual-currency dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A story on Aljazeera tells how bitcoin is being used to pay for cocaine, marijuana and other drugs at various eBay style drug websites. From the article: 'Two US senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on an online narcotics market that accepts "virtual" currency. The "Dark Web," an anonymous and secretive online community that trades in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines among other drugs, has been operating unhindered for months.' Who said bitcoin is not used in the real world?"

Comment: Re:And the working is expected (Score 1) 231

by Shanrak (#34546874) Attached to: <em>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</em> Announced for November 2011
while variety is good, there is still a much better sense of atmosphere in a daggerfall city filled with actual living people rather than an imperial city with a handful of people and buildings. When I first played daggerfall, I was blown away by its size. I'd be willing to give up 100% unique citizens and variety for a better atmosphere.

Comment: DS player here... (Score 1) 305

by Shanrak (#34478318) Attached to: Gamers Abandoning DS, PSP In Favor of Smartphones
Yes there are some nifty games on the iphone, but I'd prefer a dedicated portable entertainment device (the touch fits the bill quite nicely as well), over using my smart phone since after a 4-5 hour flight, I'd rather still be able to make a phone call. Get those battery performances up and maybe I'll consider ditching my portable gaming device.

Comment: Re:One Word (Score 1) 303

by Shanrak (#34280952) Attached to: Wii 2 Unlikely For 2011, Maybe In 2012
More than one word: Not really. Sony is busy working on a slightly better version of what the Wii came out with years ago, and Microsoft's Kinect (although it has some pretty cool applications outside of gaming) is targeting a demographic that the Wii has pretty much saturated over the past few years. In the mean time, Nintendo has quietly brought out a 3D hand-held that does not require special glasses to play on.

The way I see it, Nintendo is just hedging their bets on being the first to heavily embrace the 3D market, I would not be surprised if the Wii 2 came out with 3D support at all, and once again, Sony and Microsoft will have to play catchup (assuming 3D takes off).
Open Source

Desktop Linux Is Dead 1348

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the oh-no-he-didn't dept.
digitaldc writes with this quote from PCWorld: "It kills me to say this: The dream of Linux as a major desktop OS is now pretty much dead. Despite phenomenal security and stability — and amazing strides in usability, performance, and compatibility — Linux simply isn't catching on with desktop users. And if there ever was a chance for desktop Linux to succeed, that ship has long since sunk. ... Ultimately, Linux is doomed on the desktop because of a critical lack of content. And that lack of content owes its existence to two key factors: the fragmentation of the Linux platform, and the fierce ideology of the open-source community at large."
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Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes 229 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the rodent-rain dept.
rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."

Comment: Re:No, not useful to me... (Score 3, Informative) 250

by Shanrak (#33636972) Attached to: Did Google Go Instant Just To Show More Ads?
the https page works too, or you can just disable it in the settings tab.

Most of the time when I accidentally go to the none https page, I find instant search annoying since I usually know what I'm searching for and I'm done typing before most of the page finishes spazzing out anyway.
Games

+ - Starcraft 2 sales numbers boost pc market->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So much for the death of PC gaming due to piracy. In just the last 4 days of July, 721,000 copies were sold in the US alone and a million copies world wide within the first 24 hours of release. While video game retail sales show a very slight decline versus last July, we have to consider the success of Starcraft 2 this month, which helped the PC games category to realize a 103 percent increase in dollars over last July,"
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