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Comment: Re:Lesson goes unlearned (Score 1) 50

by westlake (#48686197) Attached to: Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

Playstation owners should demand their money back, NOW! And the rest of you dummies have to stop enabling this practice of requiring a network connection to play a damn game!

The console has long since become more of an Internet-enabled home media center than a single purpose video game player --- and most of the video games these days have a online multiplayer component.

Comment: Re:Sauce for the goose (Score 1) 144

by Zocalo (#48685961) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"
I actually didn't say whether it was a civil or criminal case, but that's actually moot since almost all of the "sauce for the goose" cases on whose petard people are proposing hoisting Sony were also civil cases. Those are often the ones where the studios factored into their damages claims the number of times a track was downloaded *from* the plaintiff via Kazaa, eMule, BitTorrent or whatever, and then applied an insane multiplier to arrive at their "punitive damages" figures. Using Google Play doesn't change things. Sure, the singer's studio could issue a take down under the DMCA, but where's the fun and profit in that, when Sony is *also* infringing copyright by distributing the track without a valid license - exactly the same setup that many of the plaintiffs in those civil cases brought by the studios were sued for?

Legal issues aside it's all going to be moot anyway. Sony won't want a DMCA takedown interfering with the money the film is currently making them, and they definitely won't want to face an embarrassing copyright infringement case. If all had gone to plan, Sony would have paid the artist's studio some money - most likely either a lump sum or a figure derived from ticket sales - they'd have taken their cut and paid her the rest, and that's almost certainly still the way things will go. So, some studio execs (maybe lawyers, maybe not) will almost certainly have a chat in the next few days, a number will be thrashed out, some money will change hands, and that will be the end of the matter.

Comment: Re:Sauce for the goose (Score 5, Interesting) 144

by Zocalo (#48684503) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"
Why limit to just the legal downloads when the **AA's lawyers certainly don't? Remember, according to the *AAs, it's also a crime to *facilitate* theft, so by making available the movie that includes the copyrighted track surely they should also be liable for all the several million torrented copies, plus all the legitmate pay-per-view downloads from Google etc. too?

While I suspect this is probaby just a case of office incompetence and someone forgetting an action that will probably be quickly cleaned up with a check in the post, I dearly hope this does end up going to court. Watching Sony's lawyers try and get themselves off the hook without setting precedents that anyone else being sued for infringing copyright can use would be priceless.

Comment: Re:Erm (Score 3, Informative) 42

by Zocalo (#48684457) Attached to: Finn Linked To Lizard Squad Christmas Attack
The two are not mutually exclusive, especially if the effect of the security flaw is compounded by multiple connections, for instance being able to use the exploit to turn a child process into a zombie and another child to be spawned until resources are exhausted. There's two security flaws there; the ability for a remote client to zombify the children and not having a cap on the maximum number of children in the config.

Comment: Re:Rubbish (Score 1) 326

by westlake (#48677277) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

I doubt it's going to change anything, because customers are too used to computers not working. That is the real damage that 30 years of Microsoft dominance have done to the world.

The truth of it is that significant outages are rare considering the size of the Microsoft ecosystem.

The geek posts his rant to Slashdot in the hope that his story will make the front page before service is restored.

Comment: Re:They're assholes. (Score 1) 326

by westlake (#48675883) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Why do these systems need network access to play a game bought on a disk? That is the bigger question, sure I can understand only supporting multiplayer through a centralized service, my issue is with the activation and phone home crap.

Consoles have long since ceased to be video game players alone.

That is why Xbox Live Status posts a breakdown by services and apps.

It is perfectly possible for activation and content management services to be up while multiplayer gaming is down.

That way the scope of these little disasters would be limited.

The geek needs to remember that he pays a high price for these attacks.

"The Lizard Squad" is a perfect fit for the popular stereotype of the eternally-adolescent-and-irresponsible geek, aka the malicious practical joker, the hacker. Each hack chips away at the geek's credibility and political effectiveness where he needs it the most.

Comment: Slow down, cowboy. (Score 3, Insightful) 37

by westlake (#48672837) Attached to: 300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision

OK, early fish could see in colors. And clearly modern birds (and their dino ancestors) can see in color

The mineralized rods and cones in this fossil fish are the first to be found in any vertebrate fossil. The argument for color vision in dinosaurs is more or less based on the theory that if a sexually attractive feather-like structure was colored, a dino must have seen it in color.

+ - 300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision ->

Submitted by westlake
westlake (615356) writes "Nature is reporting the discovery of mineralized rods and cones in a 300 million year old fossil fish found in Kansas. The soft tissues of the eye and brain decay rapidly after death, within 64 days and 11 days, respectively, and are almost never preserved in the fossil record — making this is the first discovery of fossil rods and cones in general and the first evidence for color vision in a fossilized vertebrate eye."
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Comment: Pierre de Coubertin (Score 1) 232

by westlake (#48671419) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Get rid of the sports that cannot measure the success of the competitors using the Olympic motto: higher, faster, stronger. That means no figure skating, no synchronized swimming, and, especially, no more rhythmic gymnastics. Essentially, nothing that requires assigning a number to a performance via a panel of judges.

The motto was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin on the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894."These three words represent a programme of moral beauty. The aesthetics of sport are intangible."

I take that as an explicit rejection of the notion that the human element can be taken out of the equation.

That "higher, faster, stronger" implies an aesthetically pleasing and moral achievement, not merely something which can be captured and understood by examining the clock and camera alone.

Coubertin would go on to say that "The most important thing is not to win but to take part!"

Olympic symbols

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 358

by westlake (#48670793) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

the prevailing opinion remains, that any speech should be allowed and countered only with one's own speech.

That is simply not true.

Free Speech in the states has never been interpreted as a right to libel. To shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

The roots of free speech in American law lie deep in the desire for open and civilized debate over public affairs without fear of governmental interference and reprisals. But there can be no debate if the other side is free to shout you down, take control of the mike, drive you off the stage, threaten your life, your family.

Comment: Re:It's so important.. (Score 1) 358

by malkavian (#48669407) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

It's not people finding him tasteless that caused this.. It's the guy who wrote it turning himself into the cops under the law that's there to protect from cyber bullying and trolling.. Sounds like he did it to protect himself from equally (or more) tasteless and irresponsible trolling.. All silliness that's got out of hand..

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.