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Comment Re:News? (Score 1) 314

You raise a good point, of course- I suppose it depends on how they're obtaining the data and if it's being tracked from within the USA (since I imagine they're (IDEALLY) only tracking transactions between the USA and other nations, rather than (sadly, likely) transactions between completely separate nations with no US party involved.

If I've misunderstood and they're tracking, say, transactions between the UK and Germany, then yes, everything about this is illegal and they should feel bad.

Comment Re:News? (Score 1) 314

For once I actually sort of agree here. This one's something they SHOULD be monitoring and can legally do so since it's international. If it comes out later that they monitor non-international usage as well... hm. Well, then we've got a problem. For now though this is just business as usual.

Not to say I really like it or approve. I'm still upset about the whole metadata thing to be honest.

Comment Re:Theres the winning strategy (Score 1) 86

You're right regarding backward compatibility- but at least having the OPTION is nice. Sure the 3DS can't play GBA games, but it still does DS games just fine. Likewise did the GBA happily play GB games... the Wii played Gamecube, and the Wii U played Wii. I don't need to be able to plug NES carts into the Wii U, but at least continuing to support the previous gen is nice. One less thing for me to hook into the TV.

As a man with a broken PS2, the main thing holding me back from buying one of the cheap new models of PS3 is that lack of backwards compatibility. It's disappointing, but what can you do.

Comment Re:Dying handhelds (Score 1) 86

Nintendo's already sort of bridging the gap- it's a fascinating strategy really. They've got a console that works on a TV, but can also be played using only its own controller with built in screen. In addition to that, they're working on improving integration with their current handheld, the 2/3DS for games such as the upcoming Smash Bros, allowing multiplayer between the handheld and console versions. Personally I'm still torn on whether or not to get both!

It's a bit risky- they're not the most powerful console on its own, and tablets/phones have hurt the traditional handheld gaming market, but the 3DS has been doing very well lately with a lot of really great games (I haven't really put Animal Crossing: New Leaf down since I got it.) It will be very interesting to see where they go from here.

Comment Re:Hey look at us, we are still relevant! (Score 1) 394

All depends on how you look at it. Their goal and what we SAY their goal is are two different things.

They want to convert us to Sharia- which has less freedoms, which is basically the summed up version the American people were given, that they want to restrict/remove our freedoms. It's not wrong, it's just not specific enough.

Their stated goal has not been achieved- but our freedoms HAVE been impacted, so while they're not winning, the American people are still losing. Still... thought of them ever achieving their TRUE goal would be terrifying. Thank god it's never gotten that bad.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 139

Yes, I agree with that entirely- hence my suggestion that this is a "fold", meaning that it's not worth fighting. My reaction would not have been unlike what the original writer's was- especially when faced with a legal threat.

But this points to a larger issue with society that's been argued on Slashdot n+1 times as is, and I can add little new to that conversation. Suffice to say it worries me tremendously that societies exist in which one can be silenced by spurious or outright invalid legal threats.

Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Informative) 139

The man who sent the email in question was no lawyer, since his later threats allude to having a lawyer start sending form letters and what not.

As far as I can tell he doesn't have a case, but I'm quite far from being an international IP attorney, and between knowing when to hold and when to fold... well, a simple character name is definitely a fold, when you get into the costs of this sort of thing.

Not to say it doesn't piss me right off. This person created the name before the bad-spelling-person ever filed for a trademark. I'd say "That's like Disney suing someone named Mickey before they even created him", but... I worry Disney could have gotten away with that.

Submission + - Apes Capable of 'Mental Time Travel' (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: A single cue—the taste of a madeleine, a small cake, dipped in lime tea—was all Marcel Proust needed to be transported down memory lane. He had what scientists term an autobiographical memory of the events, a type of memory that many researchers consider unique to humans. Now, a new study argues that at least two species of great apes, chimpanzees and orangutans, have a similar ability; in zoo experiments, the animals drew on 3-year-old memories to solve a problem. Their findings are the first report of such a long-lasting memory in nonhuman animals. The work supports the idea that autobiographical memory may have evolved as a problem-solving aid, but researchers caution that the type of memory system the apes used remains an open question.

Submission + - The Growing Need for Bible Summaries

An anonymous reader writes: While it may cause some to drop in a dead faint at the suggestion — the fact is that Bible Summary books are in growing demand. The reason is quite simple; the time-pressure that has been brought about as more and more people struggle between working to pay bills that they cannot afford, and trying to leave some leisure time and time for Bible study — If you are a committed Christian that is!
The Bible Brief is one such example by James Paris, of a Bible Summary Book that is an easy read and yet gives an overall view of all 66 books of the Bible. Definitely not a theological work by any means, but ideal when a quick overview is all that’s needed.

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