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Comment: It's the Parents, Stupid! (Score 1) 1073

by kartan (#29597225) Attached to: Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year
This initiative has nothing to do with kids spending more time in school, and everything to do with keeping them out of their homes where their ineffective parents let them play video games all day. The problem is, it's not a politically viable stance to say "America's parents suck at parenting, and need to read a book or 2 on child development."

Instead, Obama says "More time in school". But make no mistake, it's just a sugar-coated way of saying what he's really thinking, which is "Less time at home."

Comment: Re:Abysmal builds (Score 1) 150

by kartan (#28404055) Attached to: <em>America's Army 3</em> Has Rough Launch, Development Team Canned

As a member of the beta team , I can tell you everyone was pretty damn concerned about the state of the game so close to its release.

I tried to withhold my judgement until they released into open beta...

Sounds like you carry some of the blame too then. The job of the beta testers is to alert the dev team about potential problems!

Comment: Re:They got a refund (Score 0, Troll) 1002

by kartan (#26307455) Attached to: Overzealous AirTran Boots 9 Passengers Off
Out of curiosity, what has been the ethnicity of the majority of airplane hijackers in the US over the past 40 years or so?

Claiming that all Muslims are a threat simply because they're Muslim is only slightly more ignorant than claiming that Muslims aren't an increased risk in this situation.

Like it or not, proper police work requires racial profiling. It requires profiling of all sorts. Until 19 white people fly planes into buildings, and another 19 Chinese people do the same, your argument is flawed.
The Courts

RIAA Accused of Extortion & Conspiracy 373

Posted by Zonk
from the this-is-new-oh-in-court dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The defendant in a Tampa, Florida, case, UMG v. Del Cid, has filed counterclaims accusing the RIAA record labels of conspiracy and extortion. The counterclaims (pdf) are for Trespass, Computer Fraud and Abuse (18 USC 1030), Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices (Fla. Stat. 501.201), Civil Extortion (CA Penal Code 519 & 523), and Civil Conspiracy involving (a) use of private investigators without license in violation of Fla. Stat. Chapter 493; (b) unauthorized access to a protected computer system, in interstate commerce, for the purpose of obtaining information in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030 (a)(2)(C); (c) extortion in violation of Ca. Penal Code 519 and 523; and (d) knowingly collecting an unlawful consumer debt, and using abus[ive] means to do so, in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692a et seq. and Fla. Stat. 559.72 et seq."
Communications

iPhone To Allow 3rd-Party Development 215

Posted by kdawson
from the let-us-at-it dept.
Anarchysoft writes "In an exciting shift from previous statements, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed at the D Conference that 3rd-party development will be supported on the iPhone. Questions remain as to whether the opening of the platform, slated for later this year, will be through Dashboard-like widgets or a separate SDK."
Biotech

Controlling Computers With the Brain 253

Posted by kdawson
from the telepathic-smileys dept.
Killam0n takes note of a story in CNN Money on progress in controlling computers via brainwaves. From an aspirin-sized implant a quadriplegic is now using to play computer games, the article extrapolates out to a near future in which we will all be wearing headband computers and IM'ing one another as if telepathically. "Two years ago, a quadriplegic man started playing video games using his brain as a controller. That may just sound like fun and games for the unfortunate, but really, it spells the beginning of a radical change in how we interact with computers — and business will never be the same. Someday, keyboards and computer mice will be remembered only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All work — emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches — will be performed by mind control."

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