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Comment Re:Don't have a problem (Score 1) 255

But the bigger issue is that game studios, music companies and Hollywood still haven't seen the bigger picture.

That's a fascinating idea. Imagine if movie studios released their movies as a torrent but they were subtly edited improperly, such as having key scenes removed, or important plot points presented out of order. Someone who downloads and watches the movie either wouldn't understand the movie and have a dissatisfying experience, much like the people that illegally obtained the Batman game. Imagine watching The Matrix without the blue pill / red pill scene and Neo's subsequent removal from the Matrix. You'd be wondering later on how he got out of the Matrix. Or removing all scenes regarding the Oracle.

The studios could even film a second take of certain scenes with different dialog and plot points that mess up the move, then edit those in instead of the real scenes for the torrent.


Submission + - Entanglement Serves Up Addictive Pathbuilding (

AndrewGOO9 writes: Innovation lately seems to be more of a indie developer venture than what we've seen from bigger publisher and developers as of late and while the games may not serve to blow us all away visually, there is usually a level of polish combined with an addictive element to keep people coming back for more until it seemingly has taken over a small facet of their lives. Such is the case with Entanglement, an oddly addictive tile game from Gopherwood Studios. Starting from a stone at the center of a hexagonical board, players are given tiles to create a path, illustrated in red, that begins to traverse across the laid tiles around the game area. If at anytime you run into a wall, the game ends. In the meantime, players are challenged to create long, winding paths over elaborate distances to score as many points as possible before trapping themselves into a corner.

Submission + - Laser attacks on Aircraft on the rise (

EqualSlash writes: High power Laser pointers available for cheap are increasingly finding abuse as the ultimate long-distance weapons of pranksters and vandals. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says laser attacks aimed on planes have nearly doubled in the last year, leaping from 1,527 in 2009 to 2,836 in 2010. The highest number of incidents was reported at Los Angeles International Airport, which recorded 102 in 2010. Lasers pointed at cockpits can temporarily blind pilots, forcing them to give up control of an aircraft to their co-pilot or abort a take-off/landing. In March of 2008, unidentified individuals wielding four green laser pointers launched a coordinated attack on six incoming aeroplanes at Sydney Airport which resulted in a ban on all laser pointers in the state of New South Wales.

Submission + - RIAA Threatens ICANN with lawsuit (

think_nix writes: A letter from Victoria Sheckler, Deputy General Counsel the RIAA to ICANN threatens to sue ICANN over the future implementation of the .music gTLD if certain "measures" are not met by ICANN in compliance with the RIAA. The letter states and points out such concerns as 'Community Objections', 'Lack of Transparency' , and 'Malicious Conduct' the reasons of concern from the RIAA.

As noted above, we are concerned that a music themed gTLD will be used to enable wide scale copyright and trademark infringment

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Submission + - FSF Announces Support for WebM (

An anonymous reader writes: The Free Software Foundation has signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project. They write, 'Last week, Google announced that it plans to remove support for the H.264 video codec from its browsers, in favor of the WebM codec that they recently made free. Since then, there's been a lot of discussion about how this change will affect the Web going forward, as HTML5 standards like the video tag mature. We applaud Google for this change; it's a positive step for free software, its users, and everyone who uses the Web.' The FSF's PlayOgg campaign will be revamped to become PlayFreedom.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 537

Your example gives the impression that I don't like tabs on top and that's not the case. I do like it. I'm not advocating going back to tabs-below style. I am not arguing about the placement of the controls. Please re-read my original post with that in mind.

The problem I have is that tabs group UI elements and objects together. If I modify objects within a specific group then only those objects in the group should be affected. It's confusing to to go another group (in this case a tab) and see that others were affected. The rest of the GUI for the OS doesn't work this where tabs are used. Take a look at something like the Windows display properties window or Gnome Nautilus preferences window.

None of the following has anything to do with my argument. I think you're discussing a separate subject but to point out something anyway...

Does that mean that if I click "reload", all tabs should be reloaded? If I enter a new URL, should all tabs go there, since the URL bar is outside the tabs as well?

If I select a file on my computer and click the delete button, should it delete all files? If I select a bit of text in my word processor and choose italic, should it make all of the text in the document italic?

The answer to all of these is "no" because we select objects and perform actions. In the browser a tab is always active. Clicking reload affects the selected tab in the same way as clicking delete affects the selected file. Where a control is placed doesn't change that.

Comment Confused by Tabs on Top (Score 5, Insightful) 537

One thing that confuses me about tabs on top is that it implies that everything below the tab is associated with that tab. Ok, I get that part. I watched the video by Alex Faaborg and it makes sense.

But I therefore expect that if I rearrange any items below the tab, such as customizing the layout by adding or removing buttons or moving the home button to the right side, or resizing the size of the address bar versus the search bar, that those changes would be limited only to that tab and be sticky for that tab. That doesn't happen and visually it's confusing. All of those elements are grouped underneath the tab and when I switch tabs, the changes are there too. Huh? It's completely counter to what I was expecting and doesn't make sense. The only thing that changes from tab to tab is the text in the address bar.

I would think this would be very important due to the ability to save app tabs. I might want to save an app tab to a specific site and have the navigation toolbar customized a certain way just for that tab.

Note: I'm using beta8 and haven't upgraded yet so maybe this bug has been fixed.

Comment Re:I sure hope... (Score 1) 266

Some people call it "bloat", other people call it features that they asked for and find useful.

Then why not implement these features as add-ons? That way users can uninstall them, do choose the custom install options and not install them at all. The awesomebar would have been better implemented as a core add-on as would have these fancy tab management ideas.

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