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Comment: Re:I agree with Blizzard.... (Score 1) 385

by walnutmon (#33961290) Attached to: Blizzard Suing Creators of <em>StarCraft II</em> Hacks
the terminology "cheats" in this case is misleading, they are hacks people keep saying "well, why can't I cheat in single player", because there is no purpose of cheating on single player, other than to accumulate achievement points, which are reflected in a users online rating if you want to play with infinite money, make a map and give yourself infinite money, this is about altering game code in order to produce an unintended application result. the fact that people are getting caught is because the hacks are observable from the Blizzard servers, and it's not because they are monitoring the game runtime, it's because people are completing the game, and getting every achievement in 5 minutes please explain to me why that should be protected?

Comment: Re:World improves (Score 2, Insightful) 921

by walnutmon (#28881225) Attached to: UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food
Organic foods has become a marketing term, the benefits of locally grown organic foods are economic in nature, not health-wise. If they lack pesticides and potentially harmful hormones then that is an added benefit. I think if you compare organic milk to diet pepsi, you will find that there are benefits; or twinkies vs organic corn. However, the molecular structure of peppers, whether they are grown in a farm, or in an indoor "artificial" environment, should not change-at least not to the point that one is healthy and the other is not. However, if you get peppers from kentucky, and you live in maine, there is a lot of added cost (which can be subsidized by the government) that creates added cost that is transparent to the consumer. Also, there are other more dubious problems of having a completely centralized food source. I still would like to know what "organic frosted mini wheats" are, and why are they 2 dollars more than the normal ones...
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China Bans Shock Treatment For Internet Addiction 113

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-put-down-the-mouse dept.
angry tapir writes "China has banned the use of shock therapy to treat Internet addiction after its use at one hospital sparked nationwide controversy. The hospital drew wide media coverage in recent months after Internet users claiming to have received the treatment wrote in blogs and forums about being tied down and subjected to shocks for 30 minutes at a time."
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Iran Tries To Pacify Protesters With Lord of The Rings Marathon 419

Posted by samzenpus
from the chip-the-glasses-and-crack-the-plates-that's-what-Ahmadinejad-hates dept.
Iranian state television's Channel Two is playing a Lord of the Rings marathon in an attempt to keep people inside watching hobbits and not protesting in the streets. Normally, people in Tehran are treated to one or two Hollywood movies a week, but with recent events the government hopes that sitting through a nine-hour trilogy will take the fight out of most of the protesters. Perhaps this was not the best choice in films if you want your people not to believe that "even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
Censorship

+ - Shock Jocks Testing Limits of Free Speech

Submitted by
walnutmon
walnutmon writes "The New York based Opie and Anthony show has pushed the limits of even satalite radio this morning when a homeless guy, called by the pair "Homeless Charlie", began to rant about high profile women that he would like to... have relations with. He did this while Opie and Anthony pushed him to keep going, afterwords telling Charlie that he is welcome to come by and share his thoughts any time.

The story gained recognition, and became well known after it was linked on the Drudge Report. Check out the audio and judge for yourself.

Should action be taken against the shock jocks? Do you find this kind of talk offensive, or funny, or neither?"
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+ - This Land is My Land: Rich Stake Their Claim

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "What do you do with a $1 billion cigarette payday? If you're Brad Kelley, you go on a land shopping spree, buying hundreds of thousands of acres in Texas and another 60,0000 in Florida for your rhinos, pygmy hippos, gazelles, antelopes, wildebeests, impalas, and wart hogs. The WSJ reports that the rich are accumulating open spaces across the U.S., much as they have with vacation homes, automobiles and paintings in the past. Techies making the Top 100 Landowners List include Jeff Bezos (#27) and Tom Siebel (#66)."
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+ - Sony Gets Bad Press from Grusome Publicity Stunt

Submitted by walnutmon
walnutmon (988223) writes "Sony is suffering a backlash from a recent publicity stunt that seems to have been in bad taste.

In a time of increasing public sensitivity to video game violence, Sony has gone to the extreme by publishing pictures from a party featuring topless cocktail waitresses and, get this: a freshly decapitated goat.

From the article:

The corpse of the decapitated animal was the centerpiece of a party to celebrate the launch of the God Of War II game for the company's PlayStation 2 console.

Guests at the event were even invited to reach inside the goat's still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach.

Sickening images of the party have appeared in the company's official PlayStation magazine — but after being contacted by The Mail on Sunday, Sony issued an apology for the gruesome stunt and promised to recall the entire print run.

Sony has been no stranger to bad press in recent years, between a rootkit scandal and countless corporate mishaps, this latest debacle just begs the question: When are they going to learn that there is such thing as bad press?"

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