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+ - Trust us, it only works in Vista. No, really.

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palewook writes "Halo 2 and Shadowrun are being sold as Vista only programs. Recently, Razor 1911 released a patched Vista only program, that now works on Windows XP. Halo 2 and Shadowrun appear not to need the special function libraries of DirectX 10. Microsoft has claimed these programs could not be released for Windows XP because of the DirectX 10 function calls."
Censorship

+ - Supreme Court rules against free speech

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palewook
palewook writes "The Bong Hits 4 Jesus kid lost 5-4 in the Supreme Court decision. Chief Justice Roberts summary, "A principal may, consistent with the First Amendment, restrict student speech at a school event, when that speech is reasonably viewed as promoting illegal drug use." While Justice Breyer dissented and warned, "One concern is that, while the holding is theoretically limited to speech promoting the use of illegal drugs, it could in fact authorize further viewpoint-based restrictions.""
Software

+ - Presidental Populous or the Military Sims?

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palewook
palewook writes "Simulex and the US Department of Defense are attempting to reproduce reactions of 40+ country's populations. The project, Sentient World Simulation, examines political circumstances, military factors, economic conditions, social entropy, digital information, existing infrastructure, and projected infrastructure. DoD event feeds into the simulation allow Psychological Operations to predict reactions and test projections. Currently using a 100 human behavior model per 1 actual person ratio, SWS reduction plans are for a genuine one model-to-one person ratio level. Deriving each digital model from birth records, job titles, municipal licenses, public data, and available internet information. SWS intends creating your duplicate with similar stats, but avoiding recognizable real world names."
Media

+ - Microsoft is In UR BBC

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palewook
palewook writes "The Open Source Consortium wrote to the Office of Fair Trading requesting that it reconsider the decision granting Microsoft a two year proprietary window for enveloping BBC's internet TV services. How can Microsoft offer cash to open source agreements with one hand and crush it with the other hand, wait never mind."
The Internet

+ - AT&T : the new Death star 3.0

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palewook writes "First, Frontline detailed AT&T's co-operation with the NSA's domestic data logging program in Spying On The Home Front. Now, AT&T has decided to work on implementing a deep data packet inspection program of their own. After all, the NSA already logs AT&T network data to keep you safe, why not deploy technology to keep you safe from pirated content on AT&T's network. AT&T claims they will not violate user privacy or FCC directives. James W. Cicconi, an AT&T senior vice president, started working last week with the MPAA and the RIAA to develop anti-piracy technology. The old AT&T death star logo joke appears relevant again."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Arrest a Ninja.

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palewook writes "For all the people that ponder who wins in Pirates vs Ninjas, it's the police. Italian Police arrested a former Russian soldier, who had been robbing farmers in Northern Italy. Dressed in an all black suit, a black head bandana, wielding a bow, and carrying a knife tied to his leg; the ninja's luck ran out yesterday. Attempting to elude police using his escape prowess and a bicycle, police found the ninja bandit hiding in an abandoned farmhouse."
Security

+ - India plans tag & release humans.

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palewook writes "Swadhin Kshatriya, the State Housing Department Principal Secretary, approved a plan to begin tagging residents living in the slums of Mumbai, India with a Bio-ID. The biometric identification system is based on creating an individual's unique number from the image of their eyeball and thumb impression. The Indian state of Maharashtra has yet to reveal how many of the 4.5 million people living in affected area of Mumbai will be placed into the "identification process"."

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