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+ - Verizon Tips Its Hand On 4G Network Launch Plans->

Submitted by cgriffin21
cgriffin21 (1880716) writes "Verizon plans to launch its 4G LTE network in 38 major U.S. metropolitan areas by year's end, in an ambitious rollout that will also drape high-speed mobile broadband coverage over 60 airports. In a keynote address Thursday at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference, Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, outlined the cities in the initial launch wave, which include: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles."
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+ - Duke Nukem demo bundled up with Borderlands->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray (1747900) writes "Lucky gamers may have gotten their hands on a playable Duke Nukem Forever at various expos – but they’re not the only ones getting a sneak peek at the oft-delayed shooter. Publisher 2K Games have confirmed that gamers who pick up a copy of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition will also get an “early look” at the demo for DNF."
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Comment: Re:Thanks buddy (Score 1) 214

by vincanis (#30377968) Attached to: Pirates as a Marketplace

And why I, a legitimate customer, can't play Dragon Age if my net connection is down, because the game checks if I'm really entitled to start that savegame with DLC content in it.

I have occasional issues with the game finding the authorization for my DLC as well. Of course, as soon as I log out, there's no remaining issue, and the DLC works perfectly. Give that a try when next you have internet issues. (In case it matters, I have the physical collector's edition, with both DLC packs, CE content, plus preorder bonus items.)

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+ - War Between Thompson Reuters and Zotero Escalates

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vincanis
vincanis writes "Looks like the legal battle between Thompson Reuters (makers of EndNote) and George Mason University (Hosts and developers of the Zotero reference manager project at http://www.zotero.org/ ) is heating up. Last year, Thompson Reuters initiated a lawsuit over Zotero's beta feature allowing interpretation and use of EndNote citation styles, often provided by journals to assist authors in formatting their submissions.

The latest escalation? I'll let this email I just received do the talking for me.

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Dear Zotero Development Community Members,

First off, please allow me to apologize for clogging your inbox with this unsolicited message, but I hope you'll understand that the severity of the situation requires me to contact you. In its ongoing litigation with George Mason University, Thomson Reuters has demanded that the university produce contact information (name, email, and username) associated with all two hundred eighty-six Zotero SVN/Trac accounts.

We can think of no use Thomson Reuters's counsel would have for this information other than to intimidate and harass you, and we made every effort to avoid turning over this information until compelled. We have requested that the contact information be placed under protective order, which in principle means that only the lawyers involved should have access to the information. Nonetheless, we feel it is our obligation to notify you that we are being forced to release this data. Please note that you are in no way required or requested to keep this disclosure confidential. If you are contacted by Thomson Reuters or their attorneys in connection with this lawsuit, please do let us know.

We deeply apologize for this encroachment on your privacy, and we sincerely hope that it does not dissuade you from remaining active members of the Zotero development community.

Best regards,

Sean Takats
Zotero Co-Director
Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
sean@takats.org | http://chnm.gmu.edu/ | 703 993 9271"

Comment: Not as bad as Phorm for one simple reason (Score 4, Insightful) 219

by vincanis (#27149635) Attached to: Google To Monitor Surfing Habits For Ad-Serving

While potentially problematic, this behavior by Google does not rise to the level of Phorm for two simple reasons. First, rather than sitting with your ISP and tracking your browsing regardless of site, this technique will only apply to the (admittedly large) number of sites containing Google ads. Second, the release of a browser opt-out plugin is far beyond anything which would have been allowed for Phorm.

The remaining question for users is: Has someone yet developed a plugin to block google ads entirely? And if not, how long will it take now?

Comment: Re:Steam Objector (Score 1) 159

by vincanis (#27137673) Attached to: The Age of Steam

I'll gladly agree with your "degrees of DRM" comparison. While I'd love to be able to both avoid DRM and play the titles I want to play (while supporting the developers financially), this works out to be impossible in practice. Personally, I've reached a compromise: Anything requiring online activation (especially with install limits) for physical media is right out. I'll accept online activation for downloaded games, as I necessarily had an active internet connection to acquire the game. Beyond that, I'll cut a game some slack if it seems especially compelling.

One such game was the new X3 game. I purchased it (boxed) in spite of the DRM for three reasons.

1) The developers promised to remove the DRM in a future patch.
2) The developers have made and kept identical promises on the prior titles.
3) The developers were providing assistance to those for whom the physical DRM failed (by providing an online activation version of the EXE, but that's better than nothing)

While I'd love to see DRM go away altogether, especially in single player games, I'll accept the gradual shift to less restrictive DRM for now.

Comment: Steam Objector (Score 2, Interesting) 159

by vincanis (#27134695) Attached to: The Age of Steam

As with Lord Ender, my complaints with steam derive from the online activation component on retail titles. Half-Life 2 was the first and last Steam title I ever purchased. While I can appreciate Valve's frustration at the HL2 code thefts, I still have an encrypted, unplayable DVD of Half-Life 2 sitting on my office shelf. While I can see the utility of Steam, I simply haven't recovered from this insult.

That being said, I have no qualms about a one-time authentication process for games purchased online, or when CLEARLY disclosed on the box and in the game description before purchased. However, throwing an activation routine on a disk-based retail game without prior full disclosure is simply unacceptable.

I'm a huge fan of digital distribution. I just wish that I had never purchased the retail edition of HL2 (still have the shirt) so that I could give Steam one more chance in good conscience.

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