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Submission + - "Star Trek Gamers" Blacklisted By Bethesda

sandus writes: The largest Trek game fansite StarTrek-Gamers.com was officially blacklisted by Bethesda Softworks not long ago. To discover the reasoning behind this decision the Fallout news site NMA has conducted an in-depth interview with StarTrek-Gamers' webmaster, Victor. From the interview:

NMA: Star Trek Gamers has been officially blacklisted by Bethesda. Why, do you feel, did Bethesda do this?

Victor: They did it for several reasons. One of them being that one or two other major fansites haven't officially come out in public on their front page and panned Legacy, only the STG did.
Sony

Submission + - Sony says 'no' to porn on Blu-ray Disc

reversible physicist writes: "From an article in Infoworld:

The choice of which high-definition disc format to use was "kind of made for us, so everything we are replicating right now is in the HD DVD format," said Robby D, a director at popular adult film maker Digital Playground Inc. "As far as I understand, Sony has said to the replicators that if you replicate adult, you'll lose your license."

Many believe that Sony's Betamax video tape format, while technologically superior to VHS, died because the adult movie industry was barred from using Betamax, noted Jake Richter, an analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "Is Sony doomed to repeat one of the mistakes of the past? It seems like that may be the case," he wrote in a report."
Education

Submission + - ISP offers students cash for open source code

An anonymous reader writes: In a world dominated by ISPs straight from the "could-not-care-less" Slashdot department, this article provides a refreshing view of the future of ISPs.

From the article: "As an incentive to get students to push the code boundaries of open source software, a British software network is offering cash for fresh code, reports Welsh IT News Online."

My question to Slashdot is: what other ISPs provide these sort of interesting incentives?
The Internet

MySpace to Offer Spyware for Parents 282

mrspin writes "Following continuing pressure from politicians (and parts of the media), MySpace is planning to offer parents the chance to download software which will monitor aspects of their children's activities on the social networking site. From a business point of view, the move appears to be a highly risky one. The young users of social networking sites are notorious for their lack of loyalty — and history suggests that a change like this could tempt many to abandon MySpace for the 'next cool thing'."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Penalized for being a Good Consumer

I *just* got off of the phone with two member of Chase Credit Card's finest, a customer service care representative, and an Account supervisor by the name of 'Jason'.

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