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Comment: Re:Save the Franchise? (Score 1) 603

by Spudtrooper (#24584037) Attached to: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews
The midichlorians make perfect sense if you think about what happens to Vader. As a whole-body person, he was supreme. The Emperor turned him to the Dark Side because of his power with the Force. Then Obi-Wan laid the smack down on Mustafar, reducing his body mass (and, thus, his midichlorian count) by 50%. After that, Vader was a mechanical wretch, the Emperor's little whipping boy unable to live up to his full potential. That's why the Emperor wanted Luke. He wasn't stunted like Vader was. He had the potential to be far more powerful than Vader. Vader is a truly tragic character. He turned to the Dark Side due to the promise of power, then he lost it all. Also, Dooku and/or Palpatine arranged for his mother to be kidnapped and tortured by the sandpeople. Anakin's fall was set up right away from his introduction. The prequels aren't as ham-fisted as people like to make out. But Jar Jar still sucks.

+ - DRM Scorecard: Hackers 1000, Industry Zero 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "InfoWeek blogger Alex Wolfe put together a scorecard which makes the obvious but interesting point that, when you list every major DRM technology implemented to "protect" music and video, they've all been cracked. This includes Apple's FairPlay, Microsoft's Windows Media DRM, the old-style Content Scrambling System (CSS) used on early DVDs and the new AACS for high-definition DVDs. And of course there was the Sony Rootkit disaster of 2005. Can anyone think of a DRM technology which hasn't been cracked, and of course this begs the obvious question: Why doesn't the industry just give up and go DRM-free?"
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Babies starved while parents game->

Submitted by AccioBrain
AccioBrain (1121585) writes "A Reno couple has pleaded guilty to child neglect after their two children, both under the age of two, were found starving. Prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria said,

"They had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games."
An online version of the RPG Dungeons & Dragons was cited as the couple's main distraction. This comes just a few weeks after the AMA decided to review its classification of gaming addiction as a mental disorder."

Link to Original Source
The Courts

+ - RIAA Accused of Extortion & Conspiracy

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The defendant in a Tampa, Florida, case, UMG v. Del Cid, has filed counterclaims accusing the RIAA record labels of conspiracy and extortion. The counterclaims (pdf) are for Trespass, Computer Fraud and Abuse (18 USC 1030), Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices (Fla. Stat. 501.201), Civil Extortion (CA Penal Code 519 & 523), and Civil Conspiracy involving (a) use of private investigators without license in violation of Fla. Stat. Chapter 493; (b) unauthorized access to a protected computer system, in interstate commerce, for the purpose of obtaining information in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030 (a)(2)(C); (c) extortion in violation of Ca. Penal Code 519 and 523; and (d) knowingly collecting an unlawful consumer debt, and using abus[ive] means to do so, in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692a et seq. and Fla. Stat. 559.72 et seq."

+ - Tux Takes His Place On Racecar

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car. Driver, Stephan Gregoire, and team owner, Tom Chastain, applied the ceremonial first decal yesterday to the distinctive two-tone blue, 225 mph Indy racer that Gregoire will pilot for this year's 91st running of the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race on May 27, 2007."
Wireless Networking

+ - New wireless chips boost transfer rate to 80Gbps

Submitted by toiletduck2
toiletduck2 (1088805) writes "A group of CSIRO scientists have developed the world's best 200GHz millimetre-wave (mm-wave) chips that double wireless data transfer rates to 80 gigabits per second, while being more cost and power efficient than current wireless chips.

From the article: "Where current mm-wave chips base their architecture on frequencies from the first harmonic of a wave, the new chips tune into its fourth harmonic. This allows for a four-fold increase in frequency without the need for oscillators that may otherwise complicate the core architecture."

+ - Do you clean your teeth?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new Swedish study has shown there to be a very strong correlation between the loosening of teeth and the risk of disease. Even smoking is less significant."

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