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Comment: Re:They need a legit homebrew option (Score 4, Informative) 258

by spathi-wa (#32663330) Attached to: New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

... truth is that a large part of any console's cost is recovered by content, and without that cash innovation will die and/or consoles will become more expensive. Nintendo always owns a part of the Wii - they paid for it...

Not true, not in this case. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has never sold Wii consoles at a loss, not at launch and not now.

e.g. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6157690.html

Comment: Re:A pirated game is not always a lost sale. (Score 1) 316

The GP is talking about actual piracy of GBA games, i.e. bootleg cartridges manufactured by unauthorized/unlicensed agencies, sold at rates lower than retail, of which the copyright owners get nothing. This is the real piracy which anyone would support laws against. Unlicensed distribution that involves no gains to the distributor i.e. most p2p and 'warez', are copyright infringement, not piracy.

Both are illegal but they are not the same thing. It may be said that actual piracy could have a direct correlation to lost sales without the logical fallacies of equating illegal uploads/downloads with lost sales.

Wikipedia

Aussie Tech-Focused Wiki Launched 155

Posted by timothy
from the history-is-written-by-the-koala dept.
daria42 writes "Wikipedia's great for some things — like looking up the in-depth history of 4chan, for example — but not great for others, such as finding out the micro-history of the technology sector in certain countries. That's why Australian technology publication Delimiter has launched a public wiki site purely focused on the Australian technology sector — its personalities, issues, companies, and events. Already the site has better coverage of some areas than Wikipedia, leading to the question of whether more such small wikis should be created for certain verticals."
Hardware

MIT Developing Self-Assembling Computer Chips 65

Posted by samzenpus
from the so-easy-it-builds-itself dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on have released research detailing how molecules in chips can self-assemble, potentially reducing manufacturing costs. The researchers have developed a technique in which polymers automatically fall into place to create an integrated circuit."
Image

Crazy Firewall Log Activity — What Does It Mean? 344 Screenshot-sm

Posted by kdawson
from the mainly-on-the-plane dept.
arkowitz writes "I happened to have access to five days worth of firewall logs from a US state government agency. I wrote a parser to grab unique IPs out, and sent several million of them to a company called Quova, who gave me back full location info on every 40th one. I then used Green Phosphor's Glasshouse visualization tool to have a look at the count of inbound packets, grouped by country of origin and hour. And it's freaking crazy looking. So I made the video of it and I'm asking the Slashdot community: What the heck is going on?"

Comment: Re:Want this in my car! (Score 3, Informative) 314

by spathi-wa (#30834734) Attached to: Sound Generator Lethal From 10 Meters

Have you read the page you just quoted? Below the table appears:

The Uniform Vehicle Code states:

Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic ...

Note that this law refers to the "normal" speed of traffic, not the "legal" speed of traffic. The 60 MPH driver in a 55 MPH zone where everybody else is going 65 MPH must move right. Contrast Alaska's rule, 13 AAC 002.50, allowing vehicles driving at the speed limit to use the left lane, and Colorado rev. stat. 42-4-1103, prohibiting blocking the "normal and reasonable" movement of traffic.

Emphasis is mine. It's almost as if the author of that page is responding directly to your GP post...

Games

+ - Pirated Copies of 'Splatterhouse' Hit the Net->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Say you came into possession of a game six months before its release. Would you play it? Sure, most would. You'd probably tell your friends and maybe even blog about it. But given the no-tolerance attitude towards leaks who in their right mind would try to publically sell copies to the world at large? If the game is Namco's Splatterhouse, it seems that one person would.

WorthPlaying writes, "He did not say if the version of Splatterhouse purportedly up for sale was the version developed by the now-defunct Bottlerocket or the version that was retooled by Namco Bandai's Afro Samurai team after it brought the project in-house in February 2009. To prove that he was in possession of a copy of the game, dulledblade also posted a number of screenshots from the unreleased title; each one showed an image of the game and bore a post-it note with his name.""

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Oh, look! (Score 1) 888

by spathi-wa (#30562026) Attached to: TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

I find it quite logical... sending 200000 soldiers to war, and if 5000 die, that is indeed a "minimal" casualty rate.
Deaths resulting from terrorism, are all unacceptable, where 10 people dying is a large number and anything more than 100 can be termed a huge number of deaths, simply because the lowest "acceptable" level of casualty in terrorist attacks is zero.

Comment: Organic only means carbon based and nothing more (Score 1) 141

by spathi-wa (#30485236) Attached to: Did Chandrayaan Find Organic Matter On the Moon?

The logic jump from there being possible organic matter on the moon, to the near-assumption that this organic matter is life-based or life-supporting was apparently made by the writer of the original article http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_indian-scientists-detect-signs-of-life-on-moon_1322785

While a lay person such as the reporter may claim ignorance of the difference between "carbon-based matter" and "carbon-based matter that supports or has come from live organisms", I am truly surprised at just how many non-humorous posts we have here on /. about life in space/on the moon/new intelligences etc.

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