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Apple

+ - Does Patent Expose Apple Obfuscation?->

Submitted by jitterman
jitterman (987991) writes ""The ongoing kerfuffle over Apple devices allegedly tracking their users' locations has taken yet another turn. It all started on April 20th, when tech bloggers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden reported their discovery that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS4 were supposedly maintaining a stealth file of locations that the devices had traveled to – with their users. Apple responded on April 27th, stating that the devices were simply anonymously contributing to a database of local Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers, that helped to triangulate the phones' location faster than GPS alone. Now, however, a just-discovered patent application filed by Apple in 2009 has some people doubting that claim.""
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Games

+ - Steam on a retail DVD PC Game?

Submitted by jitterman
jitterman (987991) writes "I purchased "Metro 2033" for Windows yesterday. After thinking about downloading it from a disreputable source, I decided, "No, I want PC gaming to thrive." So, I went to my local retailer, put down $49.95 plus tax, came home, and installed... Steam. Right off the disc. Which then began the download process to install the game on my machine. Now, there were .sid files on the disc, but I couldn't determine if there was a way for Steam to use them to "restore" the game to my system.

I have no issue with Steam itself, but if I had wanted to buy the game this way, I would have done that in the first place. If I had know that THIS was how a supposed DVD of this title was going to work, my choice between "purchase/pirate" might have been different. As it is, I did find a nice Razor1911 copy of the game to actually use should I ever have to reinstall from scratch. Yes, I still had to download the iso, but at least now I *have* it. I suppose the upside is that I did support PC gaming with my money.

Comments? Criticisms (both of me and/or of the Steam situation)? Similar anecdotes?"
Space

+ - Dark matter detected in galactic collision

Submitted by jitterman
jitterman (987991) writes "Space telescopes have captured images of a mammoth collision between two galaxy clusters that have shed some light into the universe's mysterious dark matter, NASA said. The astronomers were able to differentiate between the two substances with a technique known as gravitational lensing in which dark matter appears in blue in the image while ordinary matter, which is mostly in the form of hot gas, looks pink."
Software

+ - Free-As-In-Beer Software Copyrights

Submitted by jitterman
jitterman (987991) writes "A federal appeals court has ruled that copyrights apply even for free software. In a dispute that concerns copyright infringement and breach of contract, the court stated that the plaintiff, who manages an open-source effort, has the right to sue on both fronts. It appears that the ruling applies to both "free-as-in-beer" and "free-as-in-speech" varieties of software (or perhaps implies that the court doesn't realize there is a difference?)."
United States

+ - Does Prohibition Work?

Submitted by jitterman
jitterman (987991) writes "Reuters columnist Bernd Debusmann makes his case for the legalization of marijuana in the US. He provides anecdotal insight, such as "Hollywood, conscious of a mass audience that does inhale, has produced a slew of new 'stoner' movies this year. The pot-smoking protagonists include an investment banker and a medical student (Harold & Kumar), a psychiatrist (The Wackness), and a process server (Pineapple Express)." He also provides a statistic I find promising: "Since 1937, the year marijuana was outlawed, its use in the United States has gone up by 4,000 percent..." Why is this promising? Well, perhaps if we outlaw Linux on the desktop..."

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