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Comment: Re:Will modular cellphones be one of the flops... (Score 2) 33

Just like modular laptops did? That didn't seem to have gone anywhere.

You mean like the laptop I have that I swapped out the RAM the hard drive and others where I swapped out optical drives or wifi cards? laptops are modular just not easy like desktop.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 230

by lister king of smeg (#47561201) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Why do some people hate SecuROM with a vengeance despite being such a mild copy protection scheme but then turn around and praise Steam and other DRM schemes which affect the games much more (unable to copy/resell/regift, phone home for permission to install, etc)?

Because SecuROM is much more invasive than you describe, because it stay on infecting your computer after you uninstall the program that it is attached to, after you "uninstall" SecuROM" it leaves portions of itself the reinstall itself behind your back, It locks is registry keys so that even as administrator you cant remove them. It will reject valid discs as being illegitamate copies. It will stop the games from running on vista and newer OS's if the network is experiencing congestion. It will refuse to start games if you have various common programming tools installed on your system. And will refuse to run with certain brands of optical drive.

While steam lets me run game s on or offline, backs up my saves and synces them between my computers, lets me have multiple copies installed at once, You can uninstall it without issue. It does not care if I have a hex editor merely installed on my system.

SecuROM views you as a hostile party and treats your computer like it is their property not yours.
Steam veiws you as a customers and tries to help you where it can in hopes of you spending more money with them.

I have had issues with SecuROM and its ilk interfering with legitament usage
I have never noticed effects of DRM on Steam except where I have actually benefited from it "saves synced, etc,"

Comment: Re:in fairness... (Score 1) 397

I fail to see how that article supports that claim. In fact, it shows that Apple is putting forth considerable effort to reduce child labor, and punish suppliers that get caught using it.

correction apple publicly makes effort to reduce child labor after they were caught using it for years, if they had not been called on the carpet as it were would they have ever tried to reduce it?

+ - Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "FOIA request turns up 9 years of records, including plaintext credit card numbers

In May 2014, Cyrus Farivar reported on his efforts to learn what the feds know about me whenever I enter and exit the country. In particular, he wanted my Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise ships whenever travel is booked.


One Ars editor tries to FOIA travel documents on himself.
But instead of providing what he had requested, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) turned over only basic information about my travel going back to 1994. So he appealed—and without explanation, the government recently turned over the actual PNRs I had requested the first time.
The 76 new pages of data, covering 2005 through 2013, show that CBP retains massive amounts of data on us when we travel internationally. His own PNRs include not just every mailing address, e-mail, and phone number I've ever used; some of them also contain:

The IP address that I used to buy the ticket
His credit card number (in full)
The language he used
Notes on his phone calls to airlines, even for something as minor as a seat change
The breadth of long-term data retention illustrates yet another way that the federal government enforces its post-September 11 "collect it all" mentality."

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+ - Domain Registry Of America Suspended By ICANN->

Submitted by EpicMaxGuy
EpicMaxGuy (3713451) writes "ICANN has suspended Domain Registry of America aka Brandon Gray Internet Services aka NameJuice. The registrar is forbidden from registering any new domain names or accepting any inbound transfers until 17 October 2014.

The announcement was posted on the ICANN website earlier this evening and will probably be welcomed in many circles."

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Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 474

I invite you to consider what would happen if we make them legal. The government would tax them to an absurd level, a black market would still exist (look at tax-free cigarettes and their role in criminal revenue),

so like the untaxed cigarettes people would simply drive out to the nearest Indian reservation to buy a months supply?

Comment: Re:Need a EULA for video (Score 1) 67

The networks want to be paid every time a consumer watches a program, live, recorded, restreamed, or whatever. I am surprised that they do not insert a screen before every show reading something along the lines of 'I agree not to redirect the following content.' If the user does not agree with that, they are instructed to stop the program at that point.

Well if the show is being piped into my dvr and I only watch it latter then the eula would not apply as i "agreed" to it after I had recorded it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 382

Well, that's the problem with Death Stars, they're not exactly the most "accurate" of instruments. If you want to nuke Washington, you have to wipe out the planet.

Hey, I don't say that it ain't worth it!

maybe he could just graze the surface of the planet firing tangentially to the earth?

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. - John Keats