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Comment: Re:Fair usage and licensing? (Score 1) 318

by ostermei (#22940898) Attached to: Creative Vista Driver Modder Speaks Out

[...] even though overclocking is always done through software (bios).
It's been quite some time since I've done any sort of overclocking, but the last time I did (around the time of the Celeron 300A (woohoo! 150% overclocking FTW!), if I recall correctly) I remember having to use DIP switches and jumpers to set it up. I seem to recall having dabbled a bit later on down the line with some BIOS-based overclocking, which was ridiculously easier than fiddling with the switches and all, but I just wanted to point out that overclocking isn't necessarily ALWAYS done through software.
Privacy

+ - Do Not Call Registry gets wake-up call-> 2

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "If you signed up for the federal or your state's Do Not Call Registry a few years ago, you might want to thing about refreshing it. Pennsylvanians this week got a wake up call, so to speak from the state's Attorney General Tom Corbett who kicked off a public awareness campaign designed to remind people what many have forgotten or never knew — that the 2002 law set registrations to expire after five years. That is of course unless you want to start hearing from those telemarketers as you sit down to dinner. Corbett said about 2 million people signed up in the immediate aftermath of the law taking effect and those who do not act by Sept. 15 will have their numbers dropped from the registry on Nov. 1. The Pennsylvania action is a reminder that the National Do Not Call Registry has a five year life span as well. The Federal Trade Commission is set to being a nation campaign in Spring 2008 to remind all US citizens to refresh their federal Do Not Call Registry standing. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18066"
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Sci-Fi

+ - Mayor of San Diego Hates Comicon Attendees->

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Lisa Fary
Lisa Fary writes "As we all know, 2007's Comicon International in San Diego ended this past weekend. Comicon is probably San Diego's largest, 4-day revenue generator, but that didn't stop the Mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, from stating "We've put up the superheroes and now we're on to the people with actual talent." on the Cantore in the Morning show on 91X, the Monday morning AFTER the convention ended (presumably, when he thought that any of those pesky comics and sci-fi geeks were safely out of earshot). It's actually a pretty crappy thing to say about any group that brings such large amounts of hotel, restaurant, parking, transportation and retail revenue in to the city Can you imagine if something similar were said regarding almost any other group?"
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Privacy

Airships to Patrol Venezuela's Skies 451

Posted by Zonk
from the shadowrun-is-now dept.
bprime writes "The BBC reports that officials in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, have bought three airship UAVs to keep tabs on the local populace. From the article: 'The 15 metre (49 foot) long air ships are emblazoned with government slogans. Written in bright red are the words, We watch over you for your security.' They're not exactly black helicopters, but how long do you think until we see similar measures in high-crime American cities?"
Music

Major Broadcasters Hit With $12M Payola Fine 222

Posted by kdawson
from the pay-for-play-no-no dept.
Gr8Apes writes with a just-breaking AP story reporting that the FCC is wrapping up a settlement in which four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists. The finish line is near after a 3-year investigation. An indie promoter is quoted: "It's absolutely the most historic agreement that the independent community has had with radio. Without a doubt, nothing else comes close."
Announcements

+ - RFID Passports Cloned Without Opening the Package

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Jeremy
Jeremy writes "Using some simple deduction, a security consultant discovered how to clone a passport as it's being mailed to its recipient, without ever opening the package. These are the kinds of things that people need to understand are possible now that our governments are trying to use wireless technology (inherantly insecure) for security."

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