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Comment: Re:If I recall.. (Score 4, Informative) 88

by henrym (#41202203) Attached to: DARPA's 'Phoenix' Program To Bring Satellites Back From the Dead

They did repair several satellites that their upper stages failed to ignite, and were stranded in low earth orbit (~300 miles). This article is mostly talking about refurbishing satellites in geosynchronous orbit which is about 23,600 miles up. That's WAY above the ability of any current manned spacecraft any nation has at the moment.

Comment: Re:Fun! (Score 1) 114

by henrym (#40446441) Attached to: New iPhone Prototypes Have Integrated NFC chips and Antenna

Under IOS 6, you no longer have to enter your password to update apps that are already on your phone. An attack vector? Perhaps, but at least you still have to initiate the download yourself..there isn't any automatic updating feature. I'm personally glad to see's not like the average user really has any idea what the update will do other than "bug fixes".

Comment: Re:That can't be right. (Score 1) 299

by henrym (#37493416) Attached to: FCC Finalizes US Net Neutrality Rules

You have some errors with your capitalization. FTFY.

The catch is the going rate for a judge to decide things "your way".

The way "we" want things decided
The law is saying that Torrent , HyperCast, Tor and whatever CAN NOT BE BLOCKED at the service level.

The way ISPs want things decided
any service not specifically stated to be unblockable (streaming media and VOIP) can and should be blocked if it causes the TOP TEN PERCENT USERS to increase or stay the same in useage.


ASCAP Seeks Licensing Fees For Guitar Hero Arcade 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the understanding-is-too-much-effort dept.
Self Bias Resistor writes "According to a post on the Arcade-Museum forums, ASCAP is demanding an annual $800 licensing fee from at least one operator of a Guitar Hero Arcade machine, citing ASCAP licensing regulations regarding jukeboxes. An ASCAP representative allegedly told the operator that she viewed the Guitar Hero machine as a jukebox of sorts. The operator told ASCAP to contact Raw Thrills, the company that sells the arcade units. The case is ongoing and GamePolitics is currently seeking clarification of the story from ASCAP."

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-or-less dept.
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

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