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Submission + - Nintendo 3DS EULA, Privacy and Ownership Concerns (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Nintendo has taken a page from Sony's playbook it appears. The Free Software Foundation recently examined the EULA and privacy policy Nintendo attaches to the 3DS and it's far more draconian than previous agreements for Nintendo handhelds. It states that Nintendo may collect personally identifiable information in order to prevent potentially illegal or offensive activities. Also, the EULA goes to say "By accepting this Agreement or using a Nintendo 3DS System or the Nintendo 3DS Service, you also grant to Nintendo a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from...your User Content in whole or in part..." Imagine Microsoft or Adobe attempting to claim they owned all of the materials anyone created or edited using their software, or Bic asserting it had legal rights to any missive composed using one of its various pens. That's what Nintendo is doing here, in a genuinely jaw-dropping example of hubris."

Submission + - Huge jump in Amazon deforestation (mongabay.com) 1

rhettb writes: New data from the Brazilian government shows an area of Amazon rainforest 10 times the size of Manhattan was cleared in the past 2 months, an increase of more than 400% over last year. A proposed weakening of the country's forest code is blamed. Farmers and ranchers believe they will be granted amnesty for illegal logging.

Submission + - Hackers breach Sony's password reset system (itnews.com.au)

aztec1430 writes: Here we go again...

Sony's PlayStation Network is under fire again, with a new security breach hitting the beleaguered company.

Just days after the network was resurrected following a massive data breach, there is mounting evidence that hackers have circumvented protections put in place via a password reset page.


Submission + - Baidu Sued for Aiding Chinese Censorship (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Several pro-democracy Chinese-Americans from New York are suing Baidu for aiding the PRC in censoring their writings, in violation of the US Constitution and New York civil rights laws. Baidu ADRs trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Why is it that China blocks American companies like Facebook and twitter from doing business in China, and yet the US allows companies to trash the rights of Americans while enjoying the benefit of the US market? Does this seem fair to you?

Submission + - AppleTV-based Webserver? (macminivault.com)

Wyvere writes: The folks over at Mac Mini Vault jailbroke an Apple TV, stuck lighttpd on it, and connected it up to the internet in the name of fun hacking. "This project was a fun way to see how far we could take the A4 powered Apple TV. The Apple TV is running iOS 4.2.2 (obviously jailbroken) with lighttpd for a web server." — they say. That is rather nice but can it survive a slashdotting? Attack, my minions!

Submission + - RIAA-Backed Warrantless Search Bill (arstechnica.com)

lordvramir writes: If you run a CD or DVD duplication company and you're based in California, you may soon be subject to warrantless searches in order to "fight piracy." California Senate Bill 550, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has slowly begun making its way through the state legislature as a way to cut down on counterfeit discs, but critics worry that it may open the door to Fourth Amendment violations.

Submission + - DOSBox or DOS box?

An anonymous reader writes: Are DOS game emulators like the highly-respectable DOSBox good enough now, or is there still no substitute for the real thing?

Like a lot of /.ers I'm getting older and simplifying, which means tossing out old junk. Which means The Closet full of DOS era crap. And I'm hesitating — should I put aside things like the ISA SoundBlaster with gameport? Am I trashing things that some fellow geek somewhere /truly/ needs to preserve the old games? Or can I now truck all this stuff down to recycling without a twinge of guilt?

(Younger folk who didn't play DOOM at 320x200 should really resist commenting this time. Let the Mods keep them off our lawn.)

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