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Comment: Re:What Is Right but Unpopular (Score 1) 245

by dBLiSS (#40158703) Attached to: Ask Candidate Jeremy Hansen About Direct Democracy in Vermont

Sure these particular examples could lead to short to gain over long term gain, but how is this different then when leaders make discussion that ARE popular for the same reasons. Like, getting re-elected. I fail to see how giving the people the power to make bad discussion is any worse then letting leaders do it.

Comment: Re:So they can own and track ALL your files? (Score 1, Redundant) 109

by dBLiSS (#39798105) Attached to: Google Set To Meld Google Drive With Chrome OS

It goes on to say.

"The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).”"

  stop with the trolling...

Comment: Re:Cheating (Score 1) 448

by dBLiSS (#35298638) Attached to: Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

I don't agree with the way Sony is doing it, but at least they are doing something. Some of the multiplayer games are completely unplayable as cheating is rampant. Something needs to be done as they're ruining the games for honest players.

I agree. They should be violating the rights of people who have done nothing illegal. They should knock down the doors of as many innocent people as possible so that you can PLAY your games without having to stay up at night crying because you lost a game to a cheater. I feel really bad for you. Your life is being destroyed because you can't play your games. boo-fuckin-hoo.

Operating Systems

Why OpenBSD's Release Process Works 310

Posted by timothy
from the those-slides-are-a-bit-dense dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Twelve years ago OpenBSD developers started engineering a release process that has resulted in quality software being delivered on a consistent 6 month schedule — 25 times in a row, exactly on the date promised, and with no critical bugs. This on-time delivery process is very different from how corporations manage their product releases and much more in tune with how volunteer driven communities are supposed to function. Theo de Raadt explains in this presentation how the OpenBSD release process is managed (video) and why it has been such a success."
Patents

Halliburton Applies For Patent-Trolling Patent 244

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the meta-evil dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Halliburton, the company many folks know as Dick Cheney's previous employer, has apparently taken an interest in methods of patent trolling. In fact, according to Techdirt, the company has applied for a patent on patent trolling. Specifically, it's applied for a patent on the process of finding a company that protected an invention via trade secret, figuring out what that secret is, patenting it ... and then suing the original company. Hopefully, the patent office rejects this patent, because I somehow doubt that Halliburton is trying to get the patent as a way to block others from patent trolling."
Hardware

Sanyo Invents 12X High-Speed Blu-ray Laser 194

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the twelve-is-way-more-than-eleven dept.
Lucas123 writes "Today Sanyo said it has created a new blue laser diode with the ability to transfer data up to 12 times as fast as previous technologies. The laser, which emits a 450 milliwatt beam — about double that of previous Blu-ray Disc systems — can read and write data on discs with up to four data layers, affording Blu-ray players the ability to store 100GB on a disc, or 8 hours of high-definition video."
Space

Spacecraft Buzzes By Mercury 62

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it's-time-to-buzz-the-planet dept.
Riding with Robots writes "The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER is making its second fly-by of the first planet today, skimming just 200 kilometers above the surface. The fly-by will reveal portions of the planet that have never been seen before, but the main purpose of the maneuver is to prepare for an orbital insertion in 2011. The mission site offers extensive information, along with the first pictures that are already arriving on Earth, with many more expected in the coming hours and days."
Censorship

Senate Votes To Empower Parents As Censors 418

Posted by kdawson
from the you-are-what-you-block dept.
unlametheweak recommends an Ars Technica report that the US Senate has unanimously passed a bill requiring the FCC to explore what "advanced blocking technologies" are available to parents to help filter out "indecent or objectionable programming." "...the law does focus on empowering parents to take control of new media technologies to deal with undesired content, rather than handing the job over to the government. It asks the FCC to focus the inquiry on blocking systems for a 'wide variety of distribution platforms,' including wireless and Internet, and an array of devices, including DVD players, set top boxes, and wireless applications."
PC Games (Games)

First Deus Ex 3 Details Emerge 157

Posted by Soulskill
from the coming-back-for-more dept.
Ostracus writes "Deus Ex 3, the third entry in the influential FPS/RPG series, was confirmed to be in development by Eidos Montreal nearly a year ago — and now the first solid details on the game have finally emerged. UK magazine PC Zone has a cover story on Deus Ex 3 for their 200th issue (which has reportedly just begun reaching subscribers), and CVG has relayed a number of interesting tidbits from the preview: '... this time around combat won't be influenced by stats, but will rely purely on your personal marksmanship skills. Instead stats will influence "a vast array of fully upgradeable and customisable weapons," and you'll be able to tailor your arsenal to your play style with mag upgrades, scopes and other add-ons. What's more, stealth will now rely on a cover system rather than shadows, and damage will be dealt with by a very Call of Duty-style auto-heal.'"

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