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Comment: Re:hmm .... (Score 1) 776

by b0rsuk (#27661375) Attached to: Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?
I'm trying to get into barefoot running* and the technique barefoot enthusiasts recommend is as follows:
  • keep your torso in vertical line, don't lean forward
  • your butt should be in the same vertical line as torso (it shouldn't stick out)
  • bend your knees
  • you should land on the front of your foot (not toes, though)
  • any pain on impact is a sign that your movement is not fluid enough. Pain is important because it indicates that your feet aren't landing correctly. You're not supposed to raise your feet very high (there's no point, rising them high only means the impact will be harder). Try to adapt your pace until you feel little to no impact.

Long story short, of course it's going to hurt if you run barefoot using the same technique you use while wearing shoes. The idea is that shoes block the pain, not the impact. For more info about technique, google for barefoot +technique

I run using this technique, and so far I'm fine. Presently I use light tennis shoes (with flat, thin soles - I figured out it's closest I can realistically get to running barefoot in areas where broken glass is not uncommon). I'd love to try something like Vivo Barefoot or Nike Free (minimalistic shoes designed to come as close as possible to running barefoot while keeping the social benefits of not being kicked out of restaurant), but they're generally not available in my size (EU 48). I've just ordered the biggest Vivo Barefoot (finally in stock) to try them out.

Comment: Re:Hmm, no... (Score 1) 776

by b0rsuk (#27659943) Attached to: Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?
True, it's not nice to run into broken glass or just dog crap. That's why there's new breed of minimalistic shoes. They're designed to look like shoes (which is important for social reasons, like not getting kicked out restaurant or workplace) but don't limit your feet the way traditional shoes do. Additionally wearing *some kind* of shoes is important for hygiene and aforementioned avoidance of injuries. The important thing: soles need to be very thin and flexible, and there should be lots of room for toes.. Some examples: Vivo Barefoot serries, with kevlar soles Nike Free serries Vibram Fivefingers (Danger: look awkward)

Comment: Wrong summary. Try reading the article next time. (Score 5, Insightful) 976

by b0rsuk (#24065511) Attached to: Stallman Attacks Gates, Microsoft, & Charity Foundation
From the article: "To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers."
PC Games (Games)

+ - IGN Leaks Bioshock, Sends threatening letters->

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An anonymous reader writes "IGN Entertainment(a subsidiary of News Corp) accidentally allowed pre-order customers of their service direct2drive preload, activate and thus play copies of the hotly anticipate PC-game Bioshock(due out today) this past Sunday. Because D2D isn't encrypted, anyone who had preloaded it basically had the game sitting on their harddrive, waiting for their activation keys and for the activation servers to go live. When they did, word spread, and people started buying D2D copies of bioshock to get activation keys(viewable from your purchase window or sent to you via e-mail).

Upon realizing their mistake, they cut off the preload downloads. The file was set to restrict to their download client only and could not be downloaded because it reported itself as 15EB. Anyone who went to this site(google cache, 2nd result on google for "direct2drive bioshock preload") Sunday evening and began downloading the preload, was awoken this morning by a rather pleasant e-mail. Searching for that download was disabled around the same time(you can no longer find that particular one via fileplanet search).

That letter was sent to people who *paid* for their copy of the game, mind you, and whose only crime was attempting to preload it. I can personally assure you that an activation attempt was not required to recieve one, as I recieved one, and all I did was attempt to preload the thing.

Some kotaku users paint this as a bit of an exploit in "l33t" hackerdom, in one case characterizing it as breaking into a store to grab your preordered and already paid-for copy. In actuality all you had to do was go to fileplanet, click search, and type in bioshock(or go to google and type bioshock direct2drive preload). The "security" was not linking to it off your order page, and the "exploit" was using their own site's search or google. The result was the preload(which had been reported on, to keep D2D even with steam). Alternatively you could get there by someone sending you a fileplanet link.

Is my understanding of this flawed, or is IGN asserting copyrights they don't possess, and attempting to enforce a TOS/contract that would be violated by using their service via a rather unpleasant e-mail?"

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+ - When IP Protection Incites Consumer Rage

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "How many industries of late have managed to generate such genuine consumer hatred over the last several years? says Richard Menta about the record industry. He was refering to that industry's aggressive activities to control its content in the digital age and he makes a solid argument that these efforts, including oppressive DRM tactics and legal actions, have alienated the consumer to the point where it is a key contributor to decreasing CD revenues. This quarter alone EMI saw a 20% drop in CD sales, while Warners 3rd quarter loss widened. The article lays out 17 events including the Sony rootkit scandal and the payola scandal that have tarnished the industry's public image and undermined its credibility with the average record buyer."

+ - One Laptop Per Child to add filtering?

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notdanielp writes "According to a Reuters blurb One Laptop Per Child is considering adding filters to their laptops Nigerian complaints of students accessing pornography on their free laptops. "Efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials," NAN said. A representative of the One Laptop Per Child aid group was quoted as saying that the computers, part of a pilot scheme, would now be fitted with filters.Is content filtering counter to the egalitarian spirit of the OLPC initiative? Is there a place for a proxy server in a streamlined design like the OLPC appliance?"

+ - University of Kansas strict copyright infringement 1

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NewmanKU writes "Eric Bangeman at Ars Technica writes that the University of Kansas has adopted a new strict copyright infringement policy for the students on the residential network that are sharing copyrighted files. The university's ResNet website states that, "Violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is against the law. If you are caught downloading copyrighted material, you will lose your ResNet privileges forever. No second notices, no excuses, no refunds. One violation and your ResNet internet access is gone for as long as you reside on campus." According to a KU spokesperson, KU has recieved 345 notices in the past year from organizations and businesses regarding complaints about copyrighted material downloading."

+ - Harrassment online for the uninitiated->

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Brendan Kehoe
Brendan Kehoe writes "Customer service has reached a new low: if you complain enough on your blog about lost luggage and poor customer service, adolescent employees in the company you describe will decide to show you who's boss — by trying to harrass you with "anonymous" subscriptions to gay dating services. It might work unless you happen to be a prominent blogger in Ireland who is also technically savvy and can read an IP address. The company even served him with papers to remove his blog posts — putting free speech at the fore and keeping the odds firmly in favor of the friend and not the foe."
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+ - DVD group proposes copy ban->

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An anonymous reader writes "The DVD Copy Control Association will vote today on an amendment to its bylaws that would explicitly forbid OEMs from selling systems that make copies of movies, even for secure internal storage on a hard disk or archival."
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The Internet

+ - Internet Radio's Day of Silence->

Submitted by ozydingo
ozydingo (922211) writes "Protesting higher rates internet radio stations will have to pay as a result of the RIAA-backed MusicFirst Coalition's "performance" rate proposal, SaveNetRadio is declaring Tuesday, June 26 the Internet Radio Day of Silence. Popular internet radio sites such as Pandora and Rhapsody would have to pay "well more than 1,000% of revenues" if the rates hold, and "roughly 50% of revenues for large webcasters like Yahoo! LAUNCHcast (and probably many terrestrial station streamers), 150% to 300% of revenues for small webcasters like AccuRadio, Radioio, and Digitally Imported""
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+ - Kids can't hug anymore->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "VIENNA, Virginia (AP) — A show of affection almost landed a teenage boy in detention.

Hugging was 13-year-old Hal Beaulieu's crime when he sat next to his girlfriend at lunch a few months ago and put his arm around her shoulder. He was let off with a warning, but the cost of a repeat offense could be detention.

A rule against physical contact at Kilmer Middle School, about 10 miles west of Washington, is so strict that students can be sent to the principal's office for hugging, holding hands or even high-fiving.

"I think hugging is a good thing," said Hal, a seventh-grader. "I put my arm around her. It was like for 15 seconds. I didn't think it would be a big deal."

Unlike some schools, which ban fighting or inappropriate touching, Kilmer Middle School bans all touching.

But that doesn't seem necessary to Hal and his parents. They've sent a letter asking the county school board to review the rule.

But at a school of 1,100 students that was meant to accommodate 850, school officials think touching can turn into a big deal. They've seen pokes lead to fights, gang signs in the form of handshakes and girls who are uncomfortable being hugged but embarrassed to say anything.

"You get into shades of gray," Kilmer Principal Deborah Hernandez said. "The kids say, 'If he can high-five, then I can do this.' "

Hernandez said the no-touching rule is meant to ensure that students are comfortable and that crowded hallways and lunchrooms stay safe. She said school officials are allowed to use their judgment in enforcing the rule. Typically, only repeat offenders are reprimanded."

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+ - Bush names anti-open source lobbyist as counselor->

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Citizen Pain
Citizen Pain writes "President Bush today appointed as his counselor a man who received $820,000 from Microsoft to lobby during negotiations over its antitrust settlement as well as to oppose the use, especially within the government, of "open source" systems such as Linux. Enron also paid him $700,000 in 2001 alone to lobby on the "California energy crisis" and thwart efforts to re-regulate the Western electricity market through price controls."
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+ - Creative works killed by copyright laws->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Did you ever think you would live in a world where there would be illegal knowledge and culture? Where powerful corporations could dictate what music you could listen to or what books you could read? Where those same unaccountable corporations could dictate what kind of art could be produced in the first place? It might surprise you to learn that you are already living in such a world. With only some exceptions, everything on this site violates copyright laws. However, if you do look at it, you just might ask yourself why this should be, and you may wonder how our individual rights have been jeopardized, and may be jeopardized further with the invocation of even more draconian Intellectual Monopoly (property) laws. A day after Michael Geist talks about Dealing with Unlawful Content, now the question is how do you deal with Unlawful Content that shouldn't be unlawful?"
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+ - AT&T to Block Content For RIAA/MPAA

Submitted by Nom du Keyboard
Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Several sources are reporting an agreement between AT&T and the RIAA/MPAA alliance to block copyrighted material on their network. And as has been pointed out, AT&T has a lot of network, meaning most packets traverse a piece of it at some point. Money quote: "As AT&T has begun selling pay-television services, the company has realized that its interests are more closely aligned with Hollywood." Nice to know that their interests aren't aligned with their paying customers any longer."

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