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+ - Google allows porn on Blogger after backlash->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "In a reversal, Google says that porn will continue to be allowed on its Blogger site.
Google said it has received a big backlash after deciding earlier in the week that bloggers will no longer be able to "publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity." The ban was to have taken place on March 23.

Instead, Google said that the company would simply double down on its crackdown of bloggers who use their sites to sell porn.
In July, Google stopped porn from appearing in its online ads that appear on Blogger. And in 2013, Google decided to remove blogs from its Blogger network that contained advertisements for online porn sites.
"We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities," wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google's social product support manager, in a post on Google product forums. "So rather than implement this change, we've decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.""

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Comment: Re:MS can't give up decades old practice (Score 5, Informative) 127

Here are the steps to have infinite grace period with Windows 7 -- no 3rd party tools required!

press F8 at startup
Repair Computer
System Recovery Options: Keyboard: US
(you will see: Windows found on Drive ?:)
Command Prompt

The contents of: win7_reset.bat

reg load HKLM\MY_SYSTEM "\Windows\System32\config\system"
reg delete HKLM\MY_SYSTEM\WPA /f
reg unload HKLM\MY_SYSTEM

And on reboot,

Command Prompt
Right-click, Run as administrator

Contents of: win7_reg.bat

slmgr /upk
slmgr /cpky
REM Default keys for Window s7
REM Home Premium
REM slmgr /ipk RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
REM Professional
slmgr /ipk HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
REM Ultimate

Comment: Re:MAKE SOMETHING NEW! (Score 4, Interesting) 158

by UnknownSoldier (#49150449) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

Absolutely agree! How Rock Band jumped the shark ...

1. In Rock Band 1 you could slow the practice speed down to 50% speed. In Rock Band 3 some idiot designer raised this to 70%!? WTF? I'm trying to _learn_ the song. Allow me to slow this down to _25%_ for some of those songs.

2. Give me an option to show me the notes in _actual_ music notation so I can **learn to read music**. I _want_ to see the notes in Treble Cleff and/or Bass Clef.

Color-coding the music was brilliant. Teachers even used it to _actually_ teach students!

3. For the love of god use a _standard_ USB connection.

Stop locking me into your shitty proprietary vendor lock-in peripherals. If I buy a guitar, drums, or keyboard it should work across ALL games and ALL platforms: Xbox360, Xbone, PS3, PS4.

4. Stop the bullshit "No Export" option. WTF can't I export it from Rock Band 2 and import it into Rock Band 3 if I own *both* ??


5. Provide the band's famous song(s) not their shitty unknown songs of bands we love.

Why can't we buy Journey's "Any Way You Want It"?? We're stuck with the crappy: "Don't Stop Believing"

And now we can't even buy that??


Greed ruined the music games.

+ - The Programmers That Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A look inside the #NoEstimates movement, which wants to rid the software world of time estimates for projects. Programmers argue that estimates are wrong too often and a waste of time. Other stakeholders believe they need those estimates to plan and to keep programmers accountable. Is there a middle ground?

Software project estimates are too often wrong, and the more time we throw at making them, the more we steal from the real work of building software. Also: Managers have a habit of treating developers’ back-of-the-envelope estimates as contractual deadlines, then freaking out when they’re missed. And wait, there’s more: Developers, terrified by that prospect, put more and more energy into obsessive trips down estimation rabbit-holes. Estimation becomes a form of “yak-shaving”—a ritual enacted to put off actual work.


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+ - Facebook's Colonies->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "That the internet is the most powerful tool humanity has ever created is old hat. I'm sure I could find the same thing written somewhere in a 1995 issue of Wired. And over those last 20 years, that knowledge has come with a simple imperative: we must increase access, close the digital divide, lest entire populations of people—who are likely already disadvantaged, as access trickles down with economic and geopolitical privilege—be left behind.

Facebook this week released a major report on global internet access, as part of the company's campaign, which aims to bring cheap internet to new markets in partnership with seven mobile companies. Facebook says 1.39 billion people used its product in December 2014, and it's natural for the company to try to corral the other four-fifths of the planet.

But aside from ideals and growth markets, the report highlights a tension inherent to the question of access: When Facebook sets sail to disconnected markets, what version of the internet will it bring?"

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+ - Intel to rebrand Atom chips along lines of Core processors->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "Intel has announced that going forward it will use style of branding for its Atom chips that is similar to its branding for Core chips. Atom CPUs will have the X3, X5 and X7 designations, much like with the Core i3, i5 and i7 brands. An Atom X3 will deliver good performance, X5 will be better and X7 will be the best, an Intel spokeswoman said."
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+ - Europol and security vendors disrupt massive Ramnit botnet->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "European law enforcement agencies have seized command-and-control servers used by Ramnit, a malware program that steals online banking credentials, FTP passwords, session cookies and personal files from victims. Ramnit started out in 2010 as a computer worm capable of infecting EXE, DLL, HTM, and HTML files. However, over time it evolved into an information-stealing Trojan that's distributed in a variety of ways."
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+ - ISIS is planning a free speech protest on Twitter tomorrow-> 2

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill (3863175) writes "Facing a wave of account suspensions on Twitter, ISIS's famously organized social media presence is preparing a "worldwide day of action" to protest what many of their supporters view as a violation of their free speech. Earlier this week, A U.S. Justice Department senior official said earlier this week that he would consider bringing criminal charges against anyone who spreads ISIS propaganda on social media."
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+ - Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike has an interesting post about the state of GPG-encrypted communications. After using GPG for much of its lifetime, he says he now dreads getting a GPG-encrypted email in his inbox. "Instead of developing opinionated software with a simple interface, GPG was written to be as powerful and flexible as possible. It’s up to the user whether the underlying cipher is SERPENT or IDEA or TwoFish. The GnuPG man page is over sixteen thousand words long; for comparison, the novel Fahrenheit 451 is only 40k words. Worse, it turns out that nobody else found all this stuff to be fascinating. Even though GPG has been around for almost 20 years, there are only ~50,000 keys in the “strong set,” and less than 4 million keys have ever been published to the SKS keyserver pool ever. By today’s standards, that’s a shockingly small user base for a month of activity, much less 20 years." Marlinspike concludes, "I think of GPG as a glorious experiment that has run its course. ... GPG isn't the thing that’s going to take us to ubiquitous end to end encryption, and if it were, it’d be kind of a shame to finally get there with 1990’s cryptography.""
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Comment: Re:Nintendo is next.... (Score 1) 151

by UnknownSoldier (#49123691) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

> Nintendo still made money. They made back all the R&D and some.

Yup. I shipped 2 Wii games. The Wii was _literally_ a Gamecube twice as fast. They didn't even fix _any_ of the GPU bugs!

Going forward I don't know understand what Nintendo is going to do, but bumping old hardware and focusing on making fun games seemed to worked extremely well for them in the past.

+ - Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Switching Away From Silicon For 7nm ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Intel has begun talking about its plans for future CPU architectures. The company is already working on a 10nm manufacturing process, and expects the first such chips to be ready by early 2017. Beyond that, things are getting difficult. Intel says it will need to move away from silicon when it develops a 7nm process. "The most likely replacement for silicon is a III-V semiconductor such as indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs), though Intel hasn't provided any specific details yet." Even the current 14nm chips they're making ran into unexpected difficulties. "While Intel didn't provide any specifics, we strongly suspect that we're looking at the arrival of transistors based on III-V semiconductors. III-V semiconductors have higher electron mobility than silicon, which means that they can be fashioned into smaller and faster (as in higher switching speed) transistors.""
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Comment: Re:Nintendo is next.... (Score 3, Insightful) 151

by UnknownSoldier (#49115333) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

I wouldn't be so quick to write Nintendo off just yet.

If we look at the 1998 .. 2010 year data from this console profit table

While everyone else was losing money HARD (especially Microsoft), Nintendo was laughing all the way to the bank.


Nintendo doesn't have to worry about the short term for quite a while.

+ - New Technology Adds Motion to Still Images->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Japanese researchers from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. developed a a unique lighting technology that adds motion to still images and 3D objects.

Nippon's technology adds a layer of gray-scale motion pattern to a static color picture using a projector. Since the color pattern of the picture does not move, the resulting pattern is an incorrect pattern containing many inconsistencies. However, it appears to be a correct colorful movie to human observers creating a visual illusion which you can watch in a video released by Nippon.

The technology is said to be aimed at advertisement, art, entertainment and potentially other uses as well."

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Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.