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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
PC Games (Games)

PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM 531

Posted by Soulskill
from the players-are-pirates-qed dept.
arcticstoat writes "Game developer Rockstar has revealed that the forthcoming PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV will feature the controversial SecuROM 7 DRM system. Unlike some of EA's recent titles, such as Spore and Mass Effect, GTA IV won't limit the number of times that you can install the game, although SecuROM will be impossible to remove without leaving 'some traces' on your PC. Anyone hoping to avoid SecuROM by downloading the game form Steam will also be disappointed, as Rockstar says that all versions of the game will feature SecuROM, including digital versions online. On the plus side, Rockstar says that it's 'working with SecuROM to post information on our support pages regarding how to remove these inactive traces of the program for users who wish to do so.' Has Rockstar gotten a better balance between draconian DRM and fair copy protection here?"
Music

+ - MTV publishes Illegal Downloads Chart->

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batje
batje writes "As with other substances, the Dutch stance against illegal downloads is not as strict as elsewhere, and the latest development is Dutch MTV daughter company TMF running a hit-list that includes illegally downloaded music, reports de Volkskrant (Google Translation). The record companies respond divided on the initiative of TMF. "In itself, we are happy with it", spokesman Wouter Rutten of the NVPI says. "It shows the diversity in music consumption. It also shows the results of a tolerant stance" "TMF and GfK have been experimenting with the "SuperChart" for five weeks, which also serves as a basis for a TV program. 'You can see that the list varies much quicker than the existing charts.', says Mr. Vogelsang from TMF. They did it again, those Dutchies. Which countries will follow? Sweden? Tuvalu?"
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Comment: No surprise here (Score 1) 671

by rudegeek (#21839138) Attached to: PC Mag Slams Cheap Wal-Mart Linux Desktop

I have quit reading computer-related magazines after Polish edition of Amiga Mag went down. When I sometimes browse a PC magazines on a display I wonder how anyone can even try to read it. It's filled with ads, has poorly written articles that reads like adverts, lame "Ten Things About Whatever" and interviews with people who are unintresting but have ties and a CEO business cards.

When I want to get some opinions on new hardware I'd rather to browse Internet, it's quicker and there's more different stories. When I want computer related news or reviews, there's /., Ars.

So, they gave poor rating to cheap Linux computer. No story here. I wouldn't expect them rate it any different. No Vista, no cash for publishers.

Movies

+ - Blockbuster to Stream Jackass2.5 Using Silverlight->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Limelight Networks announced that Blockbuster has exclusively selected Limelight Networks' rich media CDN and Microsoft Silverlight to provide the technical streaming capabilities for the first studio-backed feature streamed in its entirety — JACKASS 2.5. Available for free, courtesy of BLOCKBUSTER, at Jackassworld.com beginning Dec 19th through Dec 31st, `07, the US online distribution of JACKASS 2.5, an event made possible by the recent acquisition of Movielink by Blockbuster. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/17/blockbuster-to-offer-studio-backed-free-broadband-movie-jackass-25-using-limelight-networks-and-microsoft-silverlight/ )"
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Debian

Journal: I thought I saw a problem with Ubuntu

Journal by beachdog

The Ubuntu distribution is failing due to not enough high level maintainers.

The failures are amplified because it appears to me that Google has dropped human intervention in the indexing process for Ubuntu or Linux related queries.

And so the observation points right back to me, your typical anonymous user. What should I do, what can I do?

PC Games (Games)

+ - id unveils Rage at QuakeCon 2007->

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bigwophh
bigwophh writes "During closed-door briefings at QuakeCon this past weekend, id revealed some details regarding their upcoming game Rage. The game is in simultaneous development for the PC, PS3, Xbox360 and Macintosh, and uses the 'id tech 5' engine which employs a second generation version of id's Megatexture technology. As you'll see in the trailer and screenshots available at HotHardware, Rage will involve a combination of shooting and driving, and the visuals are nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, id hasn't given a solid release date, saying only that the game will ship "when it's done"."
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GUI

+ - Automatix Activly Dangerous to Ubuntu

Submitted by exeme
exeme (831902) writes "Ubuntu developer Matthew Garrett has recently analysed famed Ubuntu illegal software installer Automatix and found it to be actively dangerous to Ubuntu desktop systems. In a detailed report which only took Garrett a couple of hours he found many serious, show-stopper bugs and concluded that Ubuntu could not officially support Automatix in its current state. Garrett also goes on to say that simple Debian packages could provide all of the functionality of Automatix without any of the problems it exhibits."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - New way for singles to meet -- the digital zap->

Submitted by
Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "'Reuters Technology' reports about singles' mixers with a technological twist. " Before parties, guests register online and complete questionnaires. The answers are then transferred to digital memory devices — red, plastic squares slightly larger than a matchbox — that the guests wear like necklaces. During a party, people point their devices at one another to check how compatible they are. The devices flash red, yellow or green, depending on their level of compatibility. Green means go, and red? Stop. Web matchmaking has one main drawback — lack of personal contact. "There's no interaction anymore," said Duterte. "We're adding the human touch to a high-tech industry.""
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