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Comment Re:US (Score 1) 302

They already do that some. Many of the EU firmware builds are kinder on letting you access/charge without excessive need for a driver. Not all, but some. Also, the US products is already reinventing the wheel in the first place specifically to block 3rd party products. Many connectors/chargers use the same standard, only with a different plug. *All* of the USB standard plugs that won't charge off a random USB plug with working +5V/GND are intentionally not doing so - you have to intentionally break it's capability to do so by verifying the charger.

Comment I could easily see that being the case (Score 1) 314

I travel way less then I used to. I can do a lot of what I used to have to travel for from home. "The commute" is also a mysterious phenomena that the US, who will collectively bitch at having to walk thirty seconds to a minute more because there wasn't a closer parking space, somehow put up with putting up with being in the hour range. It may be that it's starting to dawn on people that you know what, 1/8-1/16th of my waking time isn't worth a 10-20% pay raise. People may be starting to weigh their options and realizing having a 30" TV instead of a 50" one may not be such a bad deal if it comes with a side order of actually having enough time to watch it.

Submission + - Alleged Russian spam-lord hauled into US court (theregister.co.uk)

Pigskin-Referee writes: A Russian who allegedly at one time ran a network of compromised machines responsible for a third of global spam appeared in federal court in Wisconsin on Friday to deny the charges.

Oleg Y Nikolaenko, 23, a resident of Moscow, faces charges that he forged email spam messages in violation of the US CAN-SPAM Act, following his arrest in Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel last month.

Prosecutors allege that the Russian was responsible for pumping out a staggering 10 billion spam messages per day, touting penis pills and counterfeit goods using the infamous Mega-D botnet network.

Nikolaenko entered a not guilty plea. He was denied bail after prosecutors successfully arguing he presented a flight risk if released.

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Rupert Murdoch Publishes North Korean Flash Games 186

eldavojohn writes "You might recall back in June when it was noted that North Korea was developing and exporting flash games. Now, the isolated nation state is apparently home to some game developers that are being published by a subsidiary of News Corp. (The games include Big Lebowski Bowling and Men In Black). Nosotek Joint Venture Company is treading on thin ice in the eyes of a few academics and specialists that claim the Fox News owner is 'working against US policy.' Concerns grow over the potential influx of cash, creating better programmers that are then leveraged into cyberwarfare capabilities. Nosotek said that 'training them to do games can't bring any harm.' The company asserts its innocence, though details on how much of the games were developed in North Korea are sparse. While one of the poorest nations in the world could clearly use the money, it remains to be seen if hardliner opponents like the United States will treat Nosotek (and parent company News Corp.) as if they're fostering the development of computer programmers inside the DPRK. The United Nations only stipulates that cash exchanged with companies in the DPRK cannot go to companies and businesses associated with military weaponry or the arms trade. Would you feel differently about Big Lebowski Bowling if you knew it was created in North Korea?"

Comment Re:Not in Afghanistan... (Score 1) 299

It would probably make more sense for breaking up crowds/riots domestically (similar situations to where a water cannon, pepper spray, etc might be used). A tinfoil hat/bodysuit would indeed block it though (or any other metallic cover such as conductive fabric paint) so a prepared protester wouldn't have to work that terribly hard to counter it.

Comment Re:still early days (Score 1) 428

Admittedly, there is a possibility that some of the older demographic may decide that perhaps it would be kind of handy assuming it's really simple and pretty cheap. The ones used to paying for all media. But lets face it, the 20-30 crowd is debating about if *TV* is worth it. Paying for a newspaper seems like a quaint habit you saw your grandpa do once and you might go with if you need the local classifieds in hardcopy and the net version was missing or annoying.

Comment Re:I hear ya.... (Score 1) 262

One ghetto solution (which I've used) is to just wire it into a broken/old keyboard. The common ground often used on classic controllers (as opposed to the gridded polling on a keyboard) can get in the way but with a little creativity and a little "meh, so the rest of it doesn't work right" can get by that since there's usually only like 5-6 (or 10-12 with two) and you can usually map which keys represent them in the emu. Just follow the tracks, find sufficient keys that won't mess with each other (remember that things like "left and right at the same time" can't actually happen), solder in, tape down, solder to connector, done.

Comment Re:Double blind study (Score 1) 298

Or, rather then checking yourself, remove all shielding and have someone without knowledge evaluate them returning their eval in writing naming only which aspen and what condition. If you want to do another round, replace shielding and wait. If you think it matters to the aspen who knows, I can't help. This would still be kind of weak, but at least eliminate one huge bias and can be done with only one wise-to-aspen accomplice.

Comment Re:IAATM (It's Always About The Money) (Score 1) 425

This was sort of my take on it. However, it wouldn't cut back on scalping seeing as I could now resell to someone else, transfer it to them and there you go. So it's not really about if you need a paper stub or not, the paper stub is nothing but a password anyhow and could easily be on your cell or in your brain or a piece of paper you wrote it on.

For the record, I've been to four concert type events last year and only at one of those did the original payed up asses end up in the seats. All others, one or more people ended up unable to go and were replaced (sometimes at cost, sometimes for free) with other friends or acquaintances. So.. Yeah, paying for paper tickets were on the whole worth it saving more then I would have otherwise lost.

Comment Re:Wrong Agency (Score 1) 486

The spooky thing here is the "Or can they?" factor. Certainly no way obvious of course and no way anyone else figured out, but then they had a good head start here. Oh the other hand, when you have $5 wrenches (as they do), they're probably more at an advantage with unbreakable crypto, seeing as us smalltimers will have a hard time using that strategy.

Comment Re:Has anyone considered... (Score 1) 185

I'm in the same situation and agree. That's sort of the point - there should (you'd imagine) be a market for mid level games. I often play quick and mindless stuff because I'm pretty sure one of the kids will yell at me about something within 10 mins. Devoting time to a large and highly complex game is out of the question now, but it wasn't then and I didn't lose my brain completely either. Portal was a good example of a midlevel game to me. I had to devote slightly more attention and learn slightly more, scraping slightly more attention points together but not so much so that it was impossible to play. And solo with no penalties if I should happen to have to hit pause, shove the laptop to the side of the couch and go put a bandaid on the latest booboo and make more coolaid.

Comment Re:Companies don't know (Score 1) 251

This is often true in large corporations, but many smaller companies devote much more time to figuring out who is best for what and who is so bad that they shouldn't be there. This is what's known as "management" which is also a skill. The problem is that there aren't that many skilled managers because it's really hard and it only gets harder in middle and upper management (i.e. figuring out who would be good at figuring out who should do what). There are good managers, but they usually got rich and now run small/medium companies more for laughs.

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