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Comment: Re:Bad Ruling (Score 1) 433

by wubti (#43396173) Attached to: Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

So, does this mean if my Garmin GPS connects wirelessly to the cell network, that I am guilty under this law if I use it? What is the difference between turn by turn directions on my smart phone (not allowed by the ruling) vs a GPS device (Still allowed)? When is a device "an electronic wireless communications device" or not? And how will the average citizen know the difference?

Comment: "We wont track you off campus - Promise!" (Score 1) 412

by wubti (#42533391) Attached to: Texas High School Student Loses Lawsuit Challenging RFID Tracking Requirement

This reminds me of the school district who gave every student a laptop with a built-in camera that they could turn on remotely. They promised never to use it when students were off campus... Except they did:

This is just another step towards an Orwellian state (not that we are too far away).

Comment: Re:another point of view (Score 1) 555

by wubti (#41861135) Attached to: Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

It is not clear from reading the NYT article that it was pulled simply because the GOP said to pull it. The article points out that

“There were a lot of problems with the report from a real, legitimate economic analysis perspective,” said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for the Senate Finance Committee’s Republicans. “We relayed them to C.R.S. It was a good discussion. We have a good, constructive relationship with them. Then it was pulled.”

The GOP also argued that the report might not be entirely non-partisan:

"Senate Republican aides said they had protested both the tone of the report and its findings. Aides to Mr. McConnell presented a bill of particulars to the research service that included objections to the use of the term “Bush tax cuts” and the report’s reference to “tax cuts for the rich,” which Republicans contended was politically freighted."

Comment: My list (Score 1) 700

by wubti (#41635951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?
Asimov: foundation series. Heinlein : the moon is a harsh mistress. Or how to lead a revolution Rand: atlas shrugged. You may not agree with her philosophy, but it makes you think about the roles of people in your life. Neil Stephenson: any The Fish! Book... Alan cooper: The inmates are running the asylum These all have had a profound affect on my life... Good luck to you!

Comment: Look for group coverage a different way.. (Score 0) 1197

by wubti (#31235044) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
When I did this, I hooked up with a group like the National Association for the Self Employed. ( They were able to provide group coverage for individuals at discounted rates. This is because the average health of the self-employed is significantly better than in other groups. It has been more than 10 years since I did this with nase, but it was a very positive experience. You can look at other "Fraternal Orders" like Thrivent or other group insurers and see if they have a similar program for self-employed. This is not a specific endorsement of these groups over others. YMMV

Copyright and the Games Industry 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-super-mario-toilet-paper-is-probably-illegal dept.
A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."
Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

Posted by Soulskill
from the oh-hey-it's-real dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.

Comment: Yeah, we should count the TCO (Score 0, Troll) 691

by wubti (#28533795) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Using Microsoft Software
Microsoft is driving the planet to ruin with its wasteful high carbon footprint. All those employees driving and flying to work just for Micorosoft... While FOSS is typically done from the home office... no driving involved. You can include linux as part of your Company's "Green" initiative!

Comment: Wait... They said this before (Score 1) 80

by wubti (#28533709) Attached to: Sony Pondering Game/Phone Hybrid
I was there at the E3 where they announced the PsP, where it would have phone, GPS, Camera, movies and a game console.... uh.... We waited for years while none of this came to fruition, the games got crappier, the movie thing bombed (because you could watch a whole movie on a single charge).... Back then (what 2001, 2002), they could have been the leader. Now they are the retarded loser.... The iPhone has all of these AND the delivery channel... who cares what Sony does in this space? Not me.

Comment: Re:FF may be faster than IE.... (Score 1) 367

by wubti (#27953115) Attached to: The More Popular the Browser, the Slower It Is
I turn my computer off every night and then the next day the first load just takes too long. I am not sure what FF is doing all that time (and I admit I exaggerated a bit, its only 15 seconds, while chrome loads in 3). I have been using chrome now for 2 days, generally its pretty good... But of course the real reason for my rant is, I really just want FF to work. I dont want to have to learn another browser and I dont have time to figure out why FF is so slow loading.

Comment: FF may be faster than IE.... (Score 1) 367

by wubti (#27952291) Attached to: The More Popular the Browser, the Slower It Is
when it finally starts. I am able to start IE and Chrome and browse to the page in both in the time it takes FF to grace me with it's presence. Just yesterday FF was ejected as my default browser. It may have a faster javascript engine, but who cares if I have to wait 40 seconds for the dog to load.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn