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Submitted by OopsIDied
OopsIDied (1764436) writes "After complaining to the ITC that Sony was infringing on some of its patents (http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/02/08/1320256/LG-Wants-PlayStation-3-Banned-From-US-Market), LG has had an injunction in Europe approved. This orders customs officers in the UK and the rest of England to confiscate PS3 systems being imported. In the Netherlands alone, over 10,000 PS3s have already been confiscated, and Sony is fighting to have the order repealed as the PS3 supply in Europe decreases."
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Comment: Re:Just what the corrupt MIA police dept needs (Score 1) 253

by d0nster (#34794924) Attached to: Honeywell To Sell Miami-Dade Police a Surveillance Drone

If the officer had stayed out of the doorway (as he should have been legally required to do) there wouldn't have been a problem. The big problem is that police are given such extraordinary protections under the law. Assault on a police officer should not really be any different than assault on any law abiding citizen. No malice and no real harm should not equal seven years in jail.

Comment: Selling Women short (Score 1) 122

by d0nster (#34475646) Attached to: The New Reality of Gaming

I disagree with the idea that people don't care about graphics, plot, etc. My wife started playing games with things like The Sims, but she has grown as a gamer and now plays things like Mass Effect, Fallout 3, and Starcraft 2. She loves the graphics almost as much as the story line. That's not to say casual games like Plants vs. Zombies aren't enjoyable, but for the longest time my wife believed the blockbuster games would be too hard to play and just watched me. The VATS system in Fallout 3 made it much easier for her, and has broken down her casual game barrier.

By the way, yes, my wife is awesome!

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 5, Informative) 500

by d0nster (#34094432) Attached to: 33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

According to their supporters list, the Document Foundation has backing from Canonical, Google, Novell, and Redhat, along with many smaller names. Novell already has their own version of Open Office, called go-oo, with some extra stuff added for MS Office compatibility, so they for certain have paid developers working on this. I imagine the other three have developers working on this as well. With these heavy hitters behind it, I imagine Libre Office will succeed and Open Office will be forgotten.

Comment: Countermeasure idea (Score 1) 851

by d0nster (#33837506) Attached to: College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

Could you have something to measure the draw on your battery? If you have your radio off, lights off, etc. the same every time you start your car, everything should be the same. Correct me if I'm wrong, but a device like that should draw something.

What I'm really wondering is what happens when that little extra draw is just enough to overtax your electrical system. Does the FBI have to pay for damaging your car? Similar note; if you are in a wreck and the device is damaged, does the FBI claim damages too? If their (presumable lithium) battery explodes or shocks a rescue worker, will the FBI just deny all knowledge and leave the car owner with all the responsibility?

I respect that law enforcement has a very tough job, but in this case, I'm not sure the end justifies the means.

Comment: Re:Because? (Score 1) 454

by d0nster (#33824566) Attached to: Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

No, it's like your doctor coming to your house unannounced and uninvited, kicking in your door, and charging you for a house call. Best Buy is refusing sell a PS3 unless people pay for the upgrade. You don't get to watch them. They've already unboxed it, lost a cable or two, and put the firmware version that was current at the time. Do they even guarantee it's still current when you buy it? If Sony releases a new firmware at 5pm, does anyone really expect a PS3 bought at Best Buy to be up to date at 5:30?

Comment: Re:Because? (Score 1) 454

by d0nster (#33824396) Attached to: Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

My dad had a 1990 Camaro, and I helped him change the spark plugs once. We spent about eight hours. The mechanics cringed and said it was at least a three to four hour job for them. This was not a job designed to be easy to do yourself.

On the other hand, PS3 firmware updates are meant to be done by 6-year-olds who can barely read but can press X. The hardest part is setting up wireless, and that's negated by putting the updates on disc.

A better comparison would be a dealer charging you extra to set your radio presets to the available local stations. It's trivially easy to do yourself, and if you ever go anywhere besides the town where you bought the car, you'll have to do it yourself anyway.

Comment: Re:Cut off vs. filtered (Score 1) 486

by d0nster (#33799626) Attached to: Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?
The problem is that some ISP will mistake your BitTorrent client downloading Sintel for a botnet and have the random ports for 30 of the 32 peers you can find blocked. Then, a new botnet will use a new zero day attack and masquerade as something users are guaranteed, such as iTunes radio. As soon as that is patched, some new game will use a different port that's blocked and tick off another customer. It will be a vicious cycle, because ISPs can't dictate what software you are allowed to use. Botnets and worms, however, have no legal purposes, and no sane law-abiding person would want to have their machine be a zombie on the internet.

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