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Comment: Hope this doesn't encourage a controller monopoly (Score 1) 105 105

One of the biggest problems that existed in previous-generation games on Steam was the monopoly Microsoft had on controller support. Most games that were console ports only natively supported the Xbox 360 controller, and would only display button prompts in the X360 format. I don't think it was necessarily an intended monopoly on MS's part - part of it was definitely that PS3 controllers need custom drivers to work properly on the PC and part of it was lazy developers who figured that supporting the X360 controller was "good enough". The only recent game I can think of with native support for Sony controllers is Axiom Verge, but that was originally on PS3/PS4/Vita.

Oculus Rift and VR support is a growing thing in the industry, and I'd hate to see developers continue the Xbox-only trend because the Rift ships with an Xbox controller.

Comment: Re:Good and Bad (Score 1, Interesting) 53 53

While I agree that a law is necessary to cement net neutrality in place, I think that it's actually better that the regulation started at the FCC level. The massive list of comments in favor of net neutrality is a warning to any member of Congress who would dare stand against net neutrality when the time to make legislation comes: if you stand against net neutrality, there are thousands of people who are going to do anything in their power to ensure you do not get re-elected, and no amount of corporate money is going to save you.

At the same time, I think that the FCC regulations will create a strong track record that shows net neutrality works and won't kill the big ISPs, thus removing that as a valid argument when the push for legislation arrives. When people see that net neutrality works (and makes their internet service better), it will be very difficult for the ISPs to make a case against no matter how much money they offer to donate. At the same time, the people in favor of neutrality can say, "The internet is a better place now that neutrality rules exist, and allowing the regulations to expand beyond Title II will only make things better."

+ - Uber's Rise in China May Be Counterfeit->

retroworks writes: Josh Horwitz' story in Quartz today reports both the apparent rapid success of Uber adaptation in China, and a queasy footnote for shareholders applauding the rapid growth. While China is a natural ride-sharing haven, it also has a tradition of gaming the western system.

"Accomplices can sit in their apartments, disable location settings, and specify a pickup not far from the actual location of driver’s vehicle, the report said. The driver then accepts the hail, and goes on a trip without a passenger. After the accomplice approves payment, the driver will – hopefully – pay back the fee and share a cut of the bonus. It’s not the most clever get-rich scheme on the planet. But for drivers, it’s better than waiting for a hail in a parking lot."

Uber's spokeswoman told the Quartz writer that the company has an on-the-ground team who investigate into these various type of fraud, then uses "deep analytics, and new tools developed by our Chinese engineers in our dedicated fraud team to combat against such fraud.” The Uber spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the nature of these tools.

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Comment: Re:What was the goal ? (Score 4, Interesting) 73 73

Kaspersky themselves said that the Duqu authors were probably using them as a "utility target" to gain more access to their main target, which is believed to be anyone involved in the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The people from Kaspersky posited the idea that Duqu has no value to the people who wrote it - likely because by the time they attacked Kaspersky, they had already infected the people they were really after and could safely throw it away. It could also be that they purposely attacked Kaspersky for two reasons: to gain information on their detection methods and find ways around them, but also to ensure that no one else gets infected (thus avoiding a possible scandal for a state actor behind the attacks if people unrelated to their targets get hit).

I'm with the camp that thinks Israel is behind it. It only makes sense, given their involvement with Stuxnet and their high level of interest in Iran's nuclear program, plus the connection with the Auschwitz liberation date.

Comment: Might be useful in the northeastern US (Score 3, Informative) 77 77

The northeastern United States has some of the worst potholes in the country, which are largely the result of heavy road wear from traffic combined with cold winters that either create or expand cracks in the pavement. The problem is that it gets so cold here in the winter that road crews are unable to apply asphalt to the road and have to use this "cold pack" stuff that serves as a temporary fix until it gets warm enough to spread asphalt. The "cold pack" is prone to erosion and often wears out multiple times during the winter.

I could see the road departments here using these sensors to figure out where the cold pack is eroding and fix it before it degrades completely.

Comment: Re:Technically, they are correct. (Score 4, Interesting) 165 165

This is true, but there would still be a huge contradiction in the law if the FISA courts ignore the Second Circuit. You'd have the FISA courts saying "Bulk surveillance is authorized under the USA Freedom Act for six months in the entire United States" versus the Second Circuit saying "Bulk surveillance is unconstitutional and any law authorizing it within the jurisdiction of the Second Circuit is void for that reason."

My guess is, if the FISA courts ignore the Second Circuit there will be a Supreme Court case on this, as tends to happen when you have conflicting authority at the appeals court level.

+ - How Industry Lobbyists Basically Wrote The TPP->

An anonymous reader writes: Watch has a full writeup showing how industry lobbyists influenced the TPP agreement, to the point that one is even openly celebrating that the USTR version copied his own text word for word.

“Hi Barbara – John sent through a link to the P4 agreement. I have taken a quick look at the rules of origin. Someone owes USTR a royalty payment – these are our rules. They will need some tweaking but will likely not need major surgery. This is a very pleasant surprise. I will study more closely over the weekend.”

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+ - U.S. Army website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army->

swinferno writes: The Syrian Electronic Army is taking credit for hacking the U.S. Army's public website.

On Monday afternoon, the site was disabled after it displayed messages including, "YOU'VE BEEN HACKED" and "YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING," according to NBC News.

The U.S. Army confirmed to CNN the web page had been compromised.

"Today an element of the service provider's content was compromised. After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily," spokesman Brig. Gen. Malcom B. Frost said in a statement.

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Comment: Bad Source (Score 1) 1 1

The source for this story is an editorial commentating on a Washington Post story from 6 days ago about the FCC telling AT&T it would have to accept their net neutrality rules and drop their right to sue if they want the DirecTV acquisition to go forward.

This is a link to the original Washington Post story.

Comment: How close are the ties? (Score 4, Interesting) 166 166

I wish the report would go into some detail about how close the ties that these workers have to terrorism were, even if they were anonymized. Were they members or former members of a terrorist group? Is one of their family members or close personal friends a terrorist? It's still a failure to find these people before hiring them, but there's a big difference between "We found that 73 people were former members of a group or groups classified as a terrorist organization" and "We found that 73 people had donated money to the wrong charity or have a distant relative that might be a member of a terrorist organization."

All the report says is that the 73 people were divided into 5 categories and that the TSA didn't have clearance for all 5 categories.

Comment: Re:The perfect chance to discredit electronic voti (Score 5, Funny) 71 71

Des Moines, Feb. 26, 2016 - Officials from the Federal Election Commission have descended upon the capitol today after a bank of Microsoft-supplied vote tracking machines declared Free Software Foundation President Richard M. Stallman to be the undisputed winner of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Stallman, who won a record-breaking 100% of the vote, told journalists that he welcomes the results even though he had not previously declared himself as a candidate for the presidency. Stallman has already issued a statement declaring that if he is elected, "2017 will truly be the Year of the Linux Desktop."

Federal officials have insisted that the voting machines were somehow hacked, potentially by terrorists associated with The SCO Group, a former Unix developer infamous for years of frivolous lawsuits over the ownership of Linux. One official, speaking on condition that his name would not be published, said that The SCO Group had left "footprints" in the code used to hack the machines. "It was the strangest calling card we've ever seen," the official said, "When we looked at the code, half of it was the words "PWNZORED BY SCO" over and over again. Given the patterns we've seen with ISIS and Al-Qaeda, we can assume this is a terrorist group taking responsibility for the attack."

Locals in Iowa, however, believe the results to be legitimate. Several residents told reporters that "The results can't be any more corrupt than they already were" and "At least we won't have to listen to all those conspiracy posts on Slashdot if Hilary loses."

A spokesperson from Microsoft declined to comment on this story, saying "Bill's absolutely livid right now. The machines were supposed to glitch and give him 100% of the vote.. I mean, ensure a fair and accurate balance in making sure every vote counts. Needless to say, we are looking into it."

Comment: What drives you to keep going? (Score 5, Interesting) 205 205

I've seen many a file-sharing site shutter its doors or become overly restrictive after even the merest hint of action by law enforcement officials, doing things like requiring logins to upload or download, sometimes even requiring people to sign in via social media (4Shared). The end result is that a lot of these places become borderline unusable.

Unlike a lot of those website operators, you have personally been dragged out of your home by law enforcement and had actions taken against MegaUpload by the United States government. It could be argued that you have more to fear as a "face" of file-sharing that the Department of Justice would want to make an example out of than pretty much any other file-sharing or torrent tracker operator out there (apart from maybe the Pirate Bay founders).

So my question is this: What drives you to keep going with Mega after having such things happen to you? What kind of mindset does it take to (metaphorically) keep spitting in the face of the United States government after having them raid your house by proxy?

+ - Science Says American Pharoah Won't Win the Triple Crown->

turkeydance writes: American Pharoah won the Derby. He won the Preakness. Now, he’ll have a shot at claiming the biggest title in racing (with the same jockey who rode Chrome, no less). But he will be competing against several horses that skipped earlier races—and dealing with the physiology and biochemistry involved in equine race recovery.
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