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Piracy

+ - Where can I buy ROMs? 1

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PktLoss
PktLoss writes "I'm interested in building an arcade machine, following the footsteps of Cmdr Taco amongst many others. Not being all that interested in piracy, I need to find somewhere to buy games. Starroms used to be the kind of thing I was looking for, though with an incredibly short catalog. The MAME people have a few available for free (non-commercial), but this isn't going to sate my needs.

There's an entire cottage industry supporting this goal. People are ready to sell me plans, kits, buttons, joy sticks, glass marquees, and entire machines. That's fantastic, but where can I get the games? I refuse to believe that this entire industry is built on piracy."
Network

+ - Why we don't need gigabit networks yet-> 2

Submitted by AmyVernon
AmyVernon (1832298) writes "Most computers today can't support gigabit connections and current Wi-Fi networks couldn't offer those speeds either. The first trial of Sonic.Net's gigabit network was a speed test on a generic laptop that showed off 420 Mbps down; the laptop couldn’t handle a full gig.

Plus, few applications need those speeds. It's hard to justify such a huge investment in a network that will have few subscribers and few applications that need it.

Of course, that can change, and then these networks will be vital. Story's a good analysis of where things stand and what has to change."

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Moon

+ - New Moon Mission Launched-> 1

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sighted
sighted writes "The twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral this morning. GRAIL-A is scheduled to reach the moon on New Year's Eve 2011, while GRAIL-B will arrive New Year's Day 2012. The two solar-powered spacecraft will fly in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field. Lunar explorers hope the mission will answer longstanding questions about the moon 'from crust to core.'"
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The Internet

+ - Ask Slashdot: Wikipedia's Frustrating Citations-> 6

Submitted by arisvega
arisvega (1414195) writes "Wikipedia is a great idea, really. Ideally, a healthy and neutral way to "ask the internet" for information. From a scientific point of view it is going very well; more than often I see students, staff and professors using it in all seriousness and professionalism as a starting point for a project, following the references, learning a lot, even ending up editing something themselves. Those are lucky; usually access behind paywalled refereed journal articles is covered by the institution they work at, and is transparent- but for others, or in the case one just ends up with an ISBN code reference, there really is not a simple way to get the information needed. Either you buy the book, or swarm your local library with a list (and with a hope they would have most items) and stay over for days. As if that was not enough, the www wikipedia references (which provide the only access to folk with no scientific journal or library access) are more than often circular or just plain wrong. So I ask you, Slashdot-prowling beings, a) how frequently do you need to look at the references because the article itself is not good enough, b) how do you treat paywalled / ISBN / bad / circular www references and c) do you believe that there will EVER be such a thing as a free, non-greed driven, public, electronic and global library that people can access ISBN books that "normally cost money to buy", on the same grounds that you do not buy books from libraries, but still have access to them? After all, this is the information age, right?"
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Sci-Fi

+ - HD transfer of Star Trek: TNG to arrive this year->

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psychonaut
psychonaut writes "Digital Bits have confirmed through sources at CBS Paramount that CBS are working on a high-definition transfer of Star Trek: The Next Generation. A four-episode Blu-Ray sampler disc is to be released later this year; the episodes featured will be the two-part pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", "Sins of the Father", and fan favourite "The Inner Light". On 2 September, LeVar Burton tweeted that he had stopped by CBS Paramount Television City to check the progress and was "mindblown" by the conversion. TrekCore has an article with further details and an analysis of some of the technical hurdles involved in remastering these episodes."
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Comment: I though streaming solved all this? (Score 1) 165

by mnslinky (#35138394) Attached to: LG Wants PlayStation 3 Banned From US Market

Does any of this really matter? Doesn't Netflix streaming solve most of this stuff? Hell, since their streaming service started having decent content, we haven't purchased a DVD. For those titles that aren't available to stream, they send us a DVD, but even that is likely to go away sooner than later.

+ - Minnesota couple posts web poll to decide abortion->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Minnesota couple puts the decision to abort a child up for a web poll.

From the article:
So it's official. I'm pregnant. And I'm not certain how I feel about it. Sure, Pete and I have been married for almost a decade now with no kids to show for it, but I’m not convinced that I want to change the status quo.

Dec. 9th is the last day we could legally get an abortion in our state. This vote will remain open until 2 days prior to allow for the procedure if decided."

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Games

+ - Newest Call of Duty Shatters 5-Day Sales Record->

Submitted by donniebaseball23
donniebaseball23 (1888144) writes "Many doubted Activision's capability to once again set a new entertainment record, but Call of Duty: Black Ops has done it, surpassing Modern Warfare 2's 5-day global sales total by $100 million. Black Ops posted sales of $650 million and also broke records on Microsoft's online service, Xbox Live, with over 2.6 million unique gamers playing the game on day one. “Call of Duty has become the first entertainment property in history to set five-day launch records for two consecutive years across all forms of entertainment,” said Robert Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard. Although the online focus has been on Xbox Live, Sony also said that Black Ops has been driving "unprecedented traffic" to its PlayStation Network."
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Businesses

+ - Why your boss should care about net neutrality->

Submitted by jfruhlinger
jfruhlinger (470035) writes "For most Slashdot readers, a call to preserve net neutrality is preaching to the choir. But those in the upper echelons of corporate life — who may be more likely to have influence over the course of events than you do — need to hear this pitch. And not just for ideological reasons, but because a non-neutral net will have financial ramifications for every business that uses the internet."
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