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Submission + - Gizmodo author faces huge criticism over article ( 2

RichM writes: A Gizmodo post by Alyssa Bereznak humiliating a world champion "Magic: The Gathering" player, who has earned $300k from his hobby, has seen a large amount of criticism across the net; including on Twitter and even other Gawker sites.
The ethical concerns over this post are also quite clear.

The Streisand Effect demonstrated, yet again.

Submission + - Is copyright stifling Hollywood? 2

freddienumber13 writes: An article about Hollywood continually using 19th century texts for movies on The Guardian's website finishes with a comment about how all of these books and stories being used time and again for movies are out of copyright. Is this something that the Hollywood mafia has overlooked? In their quest for elongating their franchise over old works, are they in fact condemning new work to being ignored because the prospect of using someone else's copyright is too expensive?

Submission + - Tableau Software Getting Bad Reax Over Wikileaks (

An anonymous reader writes: Although it's been linked elsewhere on Slashdot, it's worth taking a look at Tableau Software's page on its decision to remove an analysis of Wikileaks directly because of the request of Joe Lieberman that companies have no truck with Wikileaks. The negative response from its users is overwhelming. Tableau has apparently even deleted a prior blog entry which had praised the very same Wikileaks analysis it's now taken down. This would clearly seem to be one of those unanticipated "snowball" responses which will bring massive bad publicity in ensuing days. But so far, company representatives are adamant that they have committed no offense against free speech.

Submission + - shutting down

snakeplissken writes: It seems goodoldgames are/have shut down. I just went there and read the simple close down notice. They are going to allow folk to re-download already purchased games but in their words: "we've decided that simply cannot remain in its current form."

Submission + - Horrific "Amnesia" gets Windows/Mac/Linux release (

Yosho writes: Indie developer Frictional Games, who previously developed the Penumbra series, has released their latest masterpiece, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It's a first-person horror/adventure game that has been getting great reviews, and the best part is that they've released a native Linux version. Time to support gaming on Linux!

Submission + - How to Get Tough With Your Tech Vendor ( 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Robert Scheier offers in-depth advice on how IT can get the most from its procurement budget — and avoid getting fleeced by its tech vendors. 'Despite the shaky economic recovery, consultants say it's still mostly a buyer's market, with vendors competing for your IT dollar. Use the uncertain economy — and the knowledge that vendors need your dollars — to drive smart deals based on a clear-eyed knowledge of your real needs,' Scheier writes, adding that knowing how sales reps are compensated, rejecting pricey maintenance plans, and negotiating with senior executives are key, as is a keen understanding of the kinds of dirty vendor tricks that can be pulled in any negotiation. 'You may be looking for a better deal because of the tough economy — but so are the vendors who are trying to preserve income and even grow despite the tough times. Many will play hardball as well, and a few will go beyond tough negotiations to underhanded techniques.'"

Submission + - More Parents use Digital Grounding to Punish Teens 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Donna St. George writes in the Washington Post that the art of family discipline has begun to reflect our digital age, Not long ago teenagers lost their evenings out, maybe the keys to the family car — now parents seize cellphones, shut down Facebook pages, pull the plug on PlayStation. "It's a modern version of grounding," says Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist and author of "The Parents We Mean to Be." "It's like taking away a weekend or a couple of weekends. It's a deprivation of social connections in the same way." Experts point out that the word discipline actually means to teach and suggest it should be approached that way. Some go further, saying consequences should be related to the transgression: that taking away a cellphone makes sense for breaking rules about texting, but perhaps not for coming home late; in that case, the consequence might include curfew times. "The easiest thing to do is take away what your child values in hopes they'll correct their behavior to get it back, but that's going to feel like punishment, not like discipline," says Kenneth R. Ginsburg, author of "A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens." But in a report earlier this year from the Pew Institute, 62 percent of parents said they had taken away a cellphone as punishment. Parents "know how important and vital it is to their teens' existence," says the report's co-author Amanda Lenhart. "They were getting them where it hurt.""

Submission + - IE worldwide marketshare drops below 50% ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: For the second weekend in a row the combined marketshare of all Internet Explorer versions around the world dropped below 50%

Submission + - Tech's Dark Secret: It’s All About Age 2

theodp writes: Universities really should tell engineering students what to expect in the long term and how to manage their technical careers. But since they're not, Vivek Wadwha uses his TechCrunch bully pulpit to give students a heads-up about the road ahead. Citing ex-Microsoft CTO David Vaskevitch's belief that younger workers have more energy and are sometimes more creative, Wadwha warns that reports of ageism's death have been greatly exaggerated. While encouraging managers to consider the value of the experience older techies bring, Wadwha also offers some get-real advice to those whose hair is beginning to grey: 1) Move up the ladder into management, architecture, or design; switch to sales or product management; jump ship and become an entrepreneur. 2) If you're going to stay in programming, realize that the deck is stacked against you, so be prepared to earn less as you gain experience. 3) Keep your skills current — to be coding for a living when you're 50, you'll need to be able to out-code the new kids on the block. Wadwha's piece strikes a chord with 50-something Dave Winer, who calls the rampant ageism 'really f***ed up,' adding that, 'It's probably the reason why we keep going around in the same loops over and over, because we chuck our experience, wholesale, every ten years or so.' Well, Microsoft did struggle with problems that IBM solved in the '60s.

Submission + - 5 Million Domains Serving Malware via NS (

An anonymous reader writes: A compromised widget provided by Network Solutions was serving malware on otherwise legitimate websites. But, as bad as this discovery was, it was bound to be overshadowed a couple of days later by another revelation: the widget is automatically included on every "parked" domain by Network Solutions! A quick search on Google and Yahoo! revealed that there are around 500,000 and 5,000,000 domains affected and serving malware, respectively. A manual check of some 200 parked domains on the list showed that all of them were provided with the malware-serving widget.

Submission + - Google kills Wave (

mordejai writes: Google stated in it's official blog that they will not continue developing wave as a standalone product. It's sad because it had a lot of potential to improve communications, but Google never promoted it well, denying it a chance to replace email and other collaboration tools for many uses.

Submission + - No Kindle for university students ( 1

steak writes: The Justice department forced the kindle textbook test porgrams to shutdown because it supposedly violates the ADA.

"The Civil Rights Division informed the schools they were under investigation. In subsequent talks, the Justice Department demanded the universities stop distributing the Kindle; if blind students couldn't use the device, then nobody could."

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