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Comment: Things I AM worried about (Score 0) 416

by johofnovi (#44522459) Attached to: How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?
Top five things I am worried about: 1. Will my employer let me go or reduce me to the "new" 30 hour work week. 2. Is my health insurance premium going to go through the roof. 3. Is gasoline going to climb above $5 usd again. 4. Will Detroit's bankruptcy affect me. (I live in the evil suburbs.) 5. Will there be traffic on the way home today. Things I am not worried about: That's a pretty long list, but Methane bombs are definitely in there somewhere. Seriously, we can all come up with things that are way more important in the REAL world to worry about.

Comment: Gun Control = DRM (Score 5, Insightful) 1165

by johofnovi (#40315679) Attached to: Blocking Gun Laws With Patents
In terms most /. readers can understand, Gun control has very similar problems to DRM. It solves a minute percentage of the problem, affects almost none of the people it was intended to (criminals/pirates) and serves only to inconvenience the law abiding citizen. Passing gun control legislation has a nice "feel good" factor, ie "Do it for the children!", but in fact does squat to actually diminish any gun related crime at all. I give you the infamous "Crime Bill" passed in the 90's as exhibit A.

Comment: Re:Phew... (Score 0) 760

by johofnovi (#37983682) Attached to: World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario
I am convinced there is climate change. I am not convinced it is man made. I agree it is prudent to do something just in case it is man made with one caveat. I think it is idiotic to destroy our economy in an attempt to reverse or stop climate change when China and India aren't on board. Get them to control their emissions to at least where we are now before you start enacting a bunch of environmental restrictions that will undoubtedly hurt the US economy.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the uncrossing-wires dept.
On Wednesday we discussed news of an impressive-looking mod for StarCraft II that transformed the game into a WoW lookalike, which quickly drew a copyright infringement warning from Activision Blizzard. The company has now released an official statement green-lighting the mod for continued development. "'It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor,' Blizzard said in a statement. 'As always, we actively encourage development of custom maps and mods for StarCraft II, as we've done with our strategy games in the past.' Blizzard went on the say that it's looking forward to seeing development of the mod continue, and that it has invited Winzen to the company's campus to meet the game's development team."
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Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-going-to-need-a-bigger-sidewalk dept.
As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."
Cellphones

John Carmack Not Enthused About Android Marketplace 163

Posted by Soulskill
from the hit-with-a-fragmentation-grenade dept.
An anonymous reader writes "During an in-depth and informative interview, Doom creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack opines on iOS game development, the economics of mobile development vs. console development, why mobile games lend themselves to more risk-taking and greater creativity, and finally, why he's not too keen on the Android Marketplace as a money-making machine. '...I'm honestly still a little scared of the support burden and the effort that it's going to take for our products, which are very graphics-intensive.'"
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Medieval Copy Protection 226

Posted by samzenpus
from the thou-shall-write-your-own-book dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In medieval times a 'book curse' was often included on the inside cover or on the last leaf of a manuscripts, warning away anyone who might do the book some harm. Here's a particularly pretty one from Yale's Beinecke MS 214: 'In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. In the one thousand two hundred twenty-ninth year from the incarnation of our Lord, Peter, of all monks the least significant, gave this book to the [Benedictine monastery of the] most blessed martyr, St. Quentin. If anyone should steal it, let him know that on the Day of Judgment the most sainted martyr himself will be the accuser against him before the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.'"
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Prince Says Internet Is Over 450

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-was-fun-while-it-lasted dept.
the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"
PC Games (Games)

EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM 266

Posted by Soulskill
from the preach-it-brother dept.
Command & Conquer 4's DRM hasn't garnered Electronic Arts as much bad press and fan outrage as Ubisoft's scheme, despite being very similar. Nevertheless, it's been causing problems and frustrations for some users, including EA.com's own editor-in-chief, Jeff Green. An anonymous reader points this out: "Green wrote on his Twitter account late last week: 'Booted twice — and progress lost — on my single-player C&C4 game because my DSL connection blinked. DRM fail. We need new solutions.' He continued later, 'Well. I've tried to be open-minded. But my 'net connection is finicky — and the constant disruption of my C&C4 SP game makes this unplayable. The story is fun, the gameplay is interesting and different at least — but if you suffer from shaky/unreliable DSL — you've been warned.'"

Comment: Apple really doesn't have a choice (Score -1, Offtopic) 103

by johofnovi (#29925967) Attached to: Metadata In Arizona Public Records Can't Be Withheld
They are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Look at recent outcry's over the Pepsi "pick up chicks" app or the "shaken baby" app. They may be tasteless but Apple let them through their "closed" system and caught hell for it. As a company they are really left with little choice but to somewhat sensor the material to mitigate lawsuits from "offended persons". If those apps made the grade, I shudder to think what drivel didn't. I don't like it, but I understand it.

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