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Comment Re:Gee, maybe U.S. shouldn't try to steal oil (Score 1) 969

And yet, as many of the comments attached to that article pointed out, the paragraph you quoted didn't appear in any of the original reporting but only in versions published on IndyMedia. No sourcing for it, no evidence for it, most likely to be nothing other than the usual Jew Hating you'll find all over IndyMedia.

Comment Re:That's cute (Score 1) 795

I love their games, even if the learning curve looks somewhat like a cliff...

It's important to realize though, that they're publishers and well as developers. Of the five games that are listed for 2010 release on their wikipedia page, only Victoria 2, and perhaps Magna Mundi are actually developed by Paradox themselves (I say perhaps for Magna, since there's nothing on their website, and I can't imagine it's going be released in 2010).

The games that they're best known for developing are the Europa Universalis series, Hearts of Iron series and games like Victoria and Crusader Kings that fit into the same universe. They're all grand strategy games with huge amounts of detail - and they've all got Mac ports as well!

Comment Re:Enhance (Score 1) 204

I doubt we are seeing anything new here. I assume they just use the accelerometers to determine how much they should crop away from the current sample, and then in the end stitch everything together.

It doesn't do anything like that - what you're talking about is a form of image stabilization where each frame is sharp, but the frames move slightly compared to the frame before and after since the camera is moving slightly.

This is about deblurring by working out how the camera moved while the picture was being taken and then reversing that effect back out, which isn't very simple at all.

Think about a picture of black circle on a white background. Then apply a directional blur to it. Now work out how to get from that blurred photo back to the original. By knowing how the camera moved while the picture was being taken you now know the direction of the blur, which makes the problem a lot simpler, but it's still pretty hard to try to get to the unblurred version while losing as little data from the picture as possible.

Submission Police Seize Computers from Gizmodo Editor-> 1

secretcurse writes: California police have served a search warrant and seized computers from Jason Chen, the Gizmodo Editor that unveiled the 4th generation iPhone to the world. Gawker media's COO has replied claiming that the warrant was served illegally due to Mr. Chen's status as a journalist. The plot thickens...
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Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 502

I think that after reading quite a few of the very anti-copyright posts above, I took an overly negative reading of your post - which reading it again is not the case.

On most levels I think that we pretty much agree with each other, we're just coming at it from slightly different points of view. However, I think that you're confusing copyrights with patents to an extent.

Copyright isn't meant to help creators at all, except in an incidental manner. The goal of copyright is to promote the progress of science, which consists of 1) causing works to be created and published that otherwise would not have been, and 2) having any restrictions on the public with regard to those works be as minimal and as short-lived as possible.

The above is the purpose of patents - to ensure the progress of science by ensuring that works are created and published such that they end up in the public domain after a period of time. This, as it turns out, is in many ways the opposite of what copyright was designed to achieve.

Copyright law as we think of it now, came into being in 1710 in England. At that point, it was intended to protect an author's 'natural right' to benefit from his works first, and for the work to be placed into the public domain second. This came into being as both a reaction to the monopolistic practices of the Publisher's Guild (the Stationers' Company) at the time, and as a response to the unregulated copying of texts at a time when printing was seen as a threat to monarchy.

When the Statue of Anne was passed in 1710, the right to have exclusive control over the publication of a work was moved from the Guild to the Author, and a limit was placed (initially 14 years plus 14 years) on how long that right would last. There was no mention of the limit existing for the good of the public - it would seem that the view was that after that exclusive right had expired, other people should be able to make money from it as well.

None the less, I think that we're mostly on the same wavelength here - especially when it comes to the point of view that copyright as it stands is in sore need of reform.


Open Source Linux Phone Goes On Sale 520

An anonymous reader writes "Sean Moss-Pultz has just announced on the OpenMoko mailing list that the Neo1973 is finally available for purchase. is now taking orders via credit card. OpenMoko intends to 'free your phone' through a hardware-independent and open source user interface backed by the Linux kernel. This device could very well stand as a competitor to the more expensive Apple iPhone, but at a fraction of the price and with no vendor lock-in. Although the devices in this release cycle (GTA01) are mainly intended for developers, the up-and-coming devices targeted to the consumer market (GTA02) will also feature WiFi capabilities, a 3D acceleration unit, and 256MB of on-board flash. Both units will use the MicroSD card interface for removable storage and have USB client / host capabilities. For a full feature list, check out or the OpenMoko Wiki."

Submission Wikipedia entry sparks war of words

coondoggie writes: "The City of Cornwall Ontario has come out swinging over postings in its Wikipedia entry saying a person or persons is out to make the city and its citizens look bad. The stink started last week when some one posted this: "Cornwall has not enjoyed a good environmental reputation due in large part to decades of heavily polluting industries. Although most of these industries have shut down or moved away, their legacy is a riverfront contaminated by mercury, soil contaminated by coal tar and byproducts, and most evidently, 'Big Ben'." Cornwall officials noticed that in the demographics section had this statement: "Many from the city's work force prefer to live in these communities over Cornwall; ironically including the mayor and a number of 'Team Cornwall' members (a group drawn from the business community, pledged to promote Cornwall)." 67"

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