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California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys 756

Posted by timothy
from the when-self-righteousness-attacks dept.
WrongSizeGlass writes "The L.A. Times is reporting that Santa Clara County officials have voted to ban toys and other promotions that restaurants offer with high-calorie children's meals. 'This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys' to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. 'This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.' Supervisor Donald Gage, who voted against the measure, said, 'If you can't control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers.' The vote was 3 - 2 in favor of the ban."
Australia

Anti-Gamer South Australian Attorney General Quits 104

Posted by timothy
from the usually-the-car-holds-more-clowns dept.
dogbolter writes "South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, infamous for the banning of R18+ rated games and the censoring of political comment in Australia, has quit. The recent South Australian election provided a massive swing against Atkinson's governing labor party. As a direct result of the South Australian election result, he is standing down. Hopefully someone with half a clue will assume the vacant post and overturn the decision to ban adult oriented computer games."
Cellphones

+ - I phone or Android

Submitted by howman
howman (170527) writes "I have avoided getting a cell phone for the last four years after returning from Japan. I am now faced with the fact that phones are close enough to what I want but I am left with the question, "Android or iPhone?" Not being a fanboy of Apple, I wonder if I will regret not getting an iPhone. Does the community see it as a fad that will end in tears? Will Android catch up with it's application offerings? Will I have more fun writing applications for one or the other, and getting my apps out there? What good and bad real experience has the community had with both platforms. Please don't just bash the other camp."

Comment: Formatting (Score 2, Insightful) 408

by howman (#27626035) Attached to: What the Pirate Bay Verdict Could Mean For Google
What TPB did and Google does not, is format the search results in a way that makes it easy to get exactly what you want. If you use the well known filetype:torrent on Google to search something all you get is the standard high page rank hits first. This with no peer or seed numbers, comments or screen captures,so it is a crap shoot as to actually getting a good file. I guess they will hide behind the term vague search results, or, 'we only provide the links and nothing more'. Now if the comments and seed info were decentralized... well that would be...

Comment: WoW Gold (Score 1) 424

by howman (#27555989) Attached to: Game Developers On Gold Selling
When I was still gaming on a regular basis, I came up with the idea that in WoW a simple solution would be the following. Most if not all Gold sellers are using lvl 1 characters, and, most if not all use the words or combination of words, Gold, 1000, $xx.xx and some web address in their shout outs. By combining these variables with the current ability of people in game to tag players as spamming, it would be fairly easy to turn a character into a killable target if it passes a certain spam score. Let's say three spam tags and at least 2 key words. It then becomes a game to kill the Gold sellers.
The other thing would be to make it impossible for any character on a trial account, or under a certain minimum level from entering any city.
When Gold sellers have to pay $15 a month to create characters who have to be played up to level 10 before they can get into a city and keep getting killed the second they shout out, it becomes more of a cost then a benefit.
Oh, and to all you mages out there, and I am one, stop porting lvl 1 characters to cities.

Comment: What to say? (Score 1) 86

by howman (#27488269) Attached to: Microsoft Warns of Copycat Conficker Worm
You would think that Microsoft researchers would spend more time patching Windows rather than saying idiotic things like 'It is possible that these miscreants somehow collaborate or at least are aware of each other's "products."'.
Considering Conficker has been all over the news and the maker of Neeris would have to be working in a cave beside Osama not to have seen anything about it, I dare say it is more than freakin' likely they know of each others products.
Now if only Microsoft knew as much about Windows as these guys do, we might actually get updates that that were more valuable.

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