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+ - Microsoft Punishes Gears of War Leakers ->

Submitted by sharkbiter
sharkbiter writes: Earlier today, following a number of video leaks from a wide-scale beta test of the upcoming Gears of War remake, the game testing company VMC said in a memo that Microsoft had both permanently banned the leakers from Xbox Live and temporarily disabled their consoles, rendering them useless. Said VMC: “Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges.
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+ - Cherry blossoms also bring out the yakuza->

Submitted by sharkbiter
sharkbiter writes: Yakuza are people too, and being Japanese, they have the same affinity for seasonal revelry as do any other citizen. But when they converge on public places for drinking and carousing, notes the subculture magazine Jitsuwa Bunka Taboo (June), a certain decorum is called for—but not necessarily followed.

Still, gang members might be advised by the local police to do whatever they can to “conceal their identity.”

“So rather than wearing flashy suits or jerseys, we’ll get our people to put on ordinary casual clothes like blue jeans and sweaters so as to look respectable,” relates a lieutenant from a gang based in northern Kanto. “At first we were thinking, ‘Dressed like this, nobody’s going to recognize us,’ but the more we drank, the rowdier we got, and eventually we’d break out in moody yakuza songs sung by the late Ken Takakura, like ‘Karajishi Botan’ or ‘Abashiri Bangaichi,’ which we’d sing ‘til tears ran down our cheeks.”

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Comment: Re:We need a way of keeping hams in practice (Score 1) 141

by sharkbiter (#49581355) Attached to: Ham Radio Fills Communication Gaps In Nepal Rescue Effort

http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301

I attempted to bring up this issue for discussion but it got turned down. The HR-1301 Bill addresses the rest of antennas that weren't covered by the prior bill which allows satellite dishes and OTA antennas to be erected in restrictive HOA lands.

Amateur Radio operators really need this bill in order to work with the HOA powers that be in order to work out a compromise concerning HF/VHF/UHF antenna restrictions.

Comment: Re:Still unsure about Wheeler. (Score 1) 86

"A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead."

The story of the "good Samaritan" is in reality a parable that shows a person who performs in exactly the opposite of his fellows and takes care of a victim of a mugging. Even going so far as to provide for a hospice to allow time to heal the victim's wounds.

In reality, the Samaritan of the time wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal ('without orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat and recycled as firelighters).

This then, is how the modern world works. A former lobbyist hired by the government...

Comment: Re:It likely is true (Score 1) 165

by sharkbiter (#49553683) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

He never did... anything that was... illegal...

[pauses]

Unless you count all the times he sold dope disguised as a nun. He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm! Hanging's too good for him. Burning's too good for him! He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!

+ - The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301->

Submitted by sharkbiter
sharkbiter writes: The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

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