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Comment Protecting the press (Score 1) 452

When discussing rights held by the press, there is additional reason to allow them to remain silent. Upholding the ability for the press to protect their sources has a compelling state interest, in that empowering them to investigate criminal activity is in the public interest. Once you start compelling the press to divulge their sources, people stop talking to them.

Comment Re:Douglas Engelbart (Score 3) 86

Woz didn't invent anything? Well, since I can't stab you through the internet, I'll post something from the Wikipedia entry.

        US Patent No. 4,136,359 — "Microcomputer for use with video display"[34] — for which he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
        US Patent No. 4,210,959 — "Controller for magnetic disc, recorder, or the like"[35]
        US Patent No. 4,217,604 — "Apparatus for digitally controlling PAL color display"[36]
        US Patent No. 4,278,972 — "Digitally-controlled color signal generation means for use with display"[37]

Submission + - The return of Car Combat: Pixelbionic kickstarts MotorGun

Zaphod-AVA writes: The company created to rejuvenate the car combat genre has just put up the Kickstarter for it's game MotorGun.

Kickstarter has been successful at helping developers bring new versions of classic games and licenses to the modern era. With the the creators of Interstate 76 and Twisted Metal on MotorGun's advisory board, PixelBionic's game might be just what the fans have been looking for. Does post-apocalyptic car combat get your pulse racing? You can help.


Submission + - The return of Autoduel (joystiq.com)

Zaphod-AVA writes: Pixelbionic is assembling the car combat dream team to bring back Autoduel. Zack Norman (creator of Interstate 76) has joined their advisory board.

From their press release:

Pixelbionic was founded to create spirited games such as Autoduel that are ignored by publishers, leaving the door open to independent developers supported by fans of the genre. Autoduel development funding will be crowdsourced, with a Kickstarter campaign launching soon.

"Our mission is to assemble a team of car combat visionaries to deliver the game fans want to not only play but also help create," said Pixelbionic co-founder and President Mike Arkin. "Autoduel pairs the vision of the best talent in the industry with the enthusiasm and support of gamers, a combination we are confident will set the bar for what can be achieved in a new PC vehicular combat game."

Submission + - Adobe pulls Flash update support from Ninite.

Zaphod-AVA writes: Adobe has asked Ninite to stop providing updates for Flash Player.

Keeping Flash up to date is critical in maintaining a secure desktop. By removing Ninite's ability to support Flash, they are making desktops less secure, and perpetuating the malware industry's abuse of Adobe's product. Let's make Adobe aware that we want more good options for maintaining the security on the systems we support.

Adobe Security Issue Report Form


Comment It happens when you don't know the end. (Score 1) 219

I find that songs that are stuck in my head are ones that have a repetitive section, but I don't know the end of the song. To get a song unstuck, I sing a song that I know from start to finish (out loud if possible, in my head if not) and then distract myself.

For me the most successful song for this purpose is the Muppet Show Theme.

Comment Re:Who cares? Anyone like Office anymore? (Score 1) 464

Man, putting things in folders inside of filing cabinets is such a pain in the ass. Why can't we just spread them all over the room in piles?

The home ribbon displays more than 40 buttons, and if the average person uses *maybe* a dozen of those. Why do you want buttons on the screen all the time that you never use?

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