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New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again 258 258

Nintendo has tried to block homebrew during firmware updates in the past, often unsuccessfully. Now, as it rolls out version 4.3 of the Wii System Menu, stopping homebrew modifications once again seems to be its primary goal. From Nintendo's support site: "Because unauthorized channels or firmware may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 4.3 will check for and automatically remove such unauthorized files." Since it's hard to bill that as an upgrade, they vaguely add, "In addition, there are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance."

Comment Re:Politial speech influenced 6 yrs old chid. (Score 2, Informative) 368 368

You are confusing two kinds of lines.

Most American grocery store lines are due to restricted "checkout bandwidth." The Soviet grocery store lines were due to limited availability of goods. In the US you place the goods in your cart and wait to check out. In the USSR (at the time) you waited in line to get the goods themselves.

Sometimes you see the other kind of line in the US as well: for example, people stand for hours in long lines in the wee hours of Black Friday to buy a discounted TV. This is caused by the scarcity of these TVs. In the USSR the problem was the scarcity ("deficit") of essential goods (food, soap, toilet paper), and people had to stand in long lines to get them.

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