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Comment: My $.02 (Score 1, Informative) 386

by cstream_chris (#42727613) Attached to: Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums
As part of the closed beta, just want to report I've had no issues at all, logging in to play the game. Granted, I didn't attempt on launch day, but it's been pretty decent. I was more upset with the limited playtime (limited to 1 hr) and inability to save anything. Also, a lot of the full game functionality is disable. Anyway, don't think it's right what EA is doing in terms of banning users posting negative reviews, but I suppose it's their site and they have every right to do as they please. Unfortunately for folks, this means fans of the game have to suck it up and deal with the EA BS, but at least they've finally released a new version of the game after years. Cheers.

+ - FTC proposes Do Not Track List for the Web->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Federal Trade Commission proposed allowing consumers to opt out of having their online activities tracked on Wednesday as part of the agency's preliminary report on consumer privacy. FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz said he would prefer for the makers of popular web browsers to come up with an setting on their own that would allow consumers to opt out of having their browsing and search habits tracked."
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+ - Google to translate European Patents 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Internet search company Google Inc on Tuesday said it has signed a deal with the European Patent Office (EPO) to use the company’s technology to translate patents into 29 European languages that will pave the way for a simplified European patent system. Google’s deal, which comes after years of infighting, is expected to make it easier for inventors and scientists from across the continent to access information on patents with the EPO that has 38 member countries."

+ - US Might Classify WikiLeaks As "Terrorism"->

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike (242293) writes "Possible Republican presidential candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum says the founder of the WikiLeaks website should be prosecuted as a terrorist for posting classified national security documents. This poses a very serious concern for those who have donated to WikiLeaks if it indeed becomes classified as "a terrorist organization". By default those who have donated to the popular website would then be considered supporters of terrorism. This is of course not to mention that in the Terrorist Prevention Act of 2004 the federal government currently defines terrorism as "a group of 2 or more people who commit 2 or more acts of violence". Although the WikiLeaks organization has not committed any act of violence, the current definition of "terrorism" does not seem to deter those who seek to silence the website under that specific moniker."
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+ - AT&T goes after copper wire thieves->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Copper thieves targeting Atlanta are now being targeted themselves by AT&T which is now offering $3,000 for information leading to their arrest. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that in one recent three day stretch, nearly 7,000 customers and two schools lost land line phone service. The FBI has said in the past that the rising theft of the metal is threatening the critical infrastructure by targeting electrical substations, cellular towers, telephone land lines, railroads, water wells, construction sites, and vacant homes for lucrative profits."
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First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"

Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life 207

Posted by samzenpus
from the yes-you-read-that-right dept.
Have you ever been so drunk that you passed out and your dog ate your toe? I haven't either, but luckily for Michigander Jerry Douthett, he has. It turns out Jerry has type 2 diabetes and a wound on his toe had becoming dangerously infected. After a night of drinking Jerry passed out in his chair and the family dog Kiko decided to do a little doggy doctoring. From the article: "'The toe was gone,' said Douthett. 'He ate it. I mean, he must have eaten it, because we couldn't find it anywhere else in the house. I look down, there's blood all over, and my toe is gone.' [Douthett's wife] Rosee, 40, rushed her husband to the hospital where she's a gerontology nurse — Spectrum Health's Blodgett Campus. Kiko had gnawed to a point below the nail-line. When tests revealed an infection to the bone, doctors amputated what was left of the toe."

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