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+ - Jack Thompson in GTA IV?

Submitted by gzerphey
gzerphey (1006177) writes "Jack Thompson has decided that a representation of a 2nd amendment lawyer in GTA IV is him. He has declared that if the representation is not removed he will block the release of the game.

Excerpt from GamePolitics:

The showcasing play of the game to Game Informer revealed that the first killing mission of the "hero" of the game, Niko, is to kill a certain lawyer. When Niko comes into this lawyer's office, having used subterfuge to do so, Niko pulls a gun on the lawyer who says, "that the firm supports the second amendment and that 'Guns don't kill people. Video games do.'"

You have until five o'clock P.M. this Friday... to inform me that you are going to delete the above references and any other references that could reasonably be construed to be references to me in Grand Theft Auto IV and any other video games that are pending release...
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The Almighty Buck

+ - DMCA means you cannot delete files on your own PC->

Submitted by
DragonHawk
DragonHawk writes "According to Wired, John Stottlemire found a way to print duplicate coupons from Coupons.com by deleting some files and registry entires on his PC. Now he's being sued for a DMCA violation. He says, "All I did was erase files or registry keys." Says a lawyer: "It may cover this. I think it does give companies a lot of leverage and a lot of power." So now the copyright cartels are saying that not only can we not copy things on our computers, but we cannot delete things on our computers. Time to buy stock in Seagate."
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Programming

+ - Open Source software being mandated or prohibited?

Submitted by Glomek
Glomek (853289) writes "A recent Dilbert comic has the Pointy Haired Boss telling Dilbert that he must use Open Source software for for everything because "It's free."

Usually what's funny about Dilbert is that it's so true. However, this particular comic doesn't match any of my experiences. Indeed, I don't recall ever hearing of a PHB mandating the use of Open Source, while I've heard many stories of PHBs prohibiting it. So I'm curious...

Has your management ever mandated the use of Open Source software? Has your management ever prohibited the use of Open Source software?"
The Internet

+ - Get arrested for using free wifi at the library

Submitted by
edmicman
edmicman writes "Tech news outlets are reporting a story from Alaska where a man's laptop was confiscated after he was caught playing online games using the library's free WiFi connection:

Brian Tanner was sitting in his Acura Integra recently outside the Palmer Library playing online games when a Palmer police pulled up behind him. The officer asked him what he was doing. Tanner, 21, was using the library's wireless Internet connection. He was told that his activity constituted theft of services and was told to leave. The next day, Sunday, police spotted him there again.
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Sci-Fi

+ - US Patent office considers patenting Warp Drive

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Think that Warp drive is just a figment of Star Trek imagination? Think again. A patent application is now before the USPTO to patent Warp drive.
The Worsley-Twist warp drive does not depend upon traditional emissions of matter to create thrust. Rather, the drive creates a change in the curvature of the space-time continuum — thus allowing travel by warping space-time."

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