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Comment Re:Incarceration rate (Score 1) 338

Haven't posted in a long long time but can't resist here. Mod anon parent up, someone.

Much of this thread seems to be shooting the messenger. Not saying that the Chinese government is any kind of example, but that doesn't change the fact that the US justice system, even to an outsider in a free country (sort of, viz Netherlands) seems incredibly flawed.

About 25% of prisoners in the world -- yes, including all your various friendly neighborhood totalitarian regimes -- are locked up in the US, while the US accounts for only about 5% of the world population. The issue became confused with all sorts of non-judicial interests as the prison system was privatized. And, from since way back when to the present day, prisoners are cheap labor (the proverbial license plates, obviously, but lots of army stuff too). The latter is true anywhere, of course, but perhaps the degree in which it artificially keeps prisons full will vary.

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AMD

Submission + - Does AMD's Wolfe Hiring Indicate A Smartphone Push (thinq.co.uk)

Blacklaw writes: AMD has announced that it has chosen Mike Wolfe to be the company's new chief information officer, possibly indicating the company's desire to join Intel in an assault on ARM. Wolfe, named as the CIO by interim chief executive Thomas Seifert today, comes to AMD from Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor — both companies heavily involved in the mobile and tablet markets, and both heavy users of intellectual property licensed from British low-power chip design giant ARM.
Canada

Feeling Upset? Look At Some Meat 155

Meshach writes "A study out of Canada claims that seeing meat actually calms a person down. From the article: 'Contrary to expectations, a McGill University researcher has discovered that seeing meat makes people significantly less aggressive. Frank Kachanoff, who studies evolution at the university’s department of psychology, had initially thought the presence of meat would provoke bloodlust, believing the response would have helped our primate ancestors hunt. But in fact, his research showed the reverse is true.'" I can see all the "Make Steak, Not War!" protest signs already.
Internet Explorer

Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit 244

Citing massive growth in their user base ("25 million users, 1000+ games, 12 billion player minutes per month, and 75 billion Steam client minutes per month"), Valve unveiled a revamped UI for Steam on Tuesday, opening the beta test to anyone who wants to try it out. There are many changes, and an increased focus on social features: "Right from within your own game Library, you can now track which of your friends plays each game or invite them to play one with you. Before you've even bought a game, knowing whether your friends play it is one of the most useful pieces of information to have. So on the store homepage, there's a new listing of what your friends have bought or played lately." Tracking games and achievements have both gotten simpler, and Valve has dropped the Internet Explorer rendering engine in favor of WebKit. An enterprising user also found files that may indicate the existence of an OS X Steam client.
Programming

Game Development In a Post-Agile World 149

An anonymous reader writes "Many games developers have been pursuing agile development, and we are now beginning to witness the debris and chaos it has caused. While there have been some successes, there have also been many casualties. As the industry at large is moving away from the phantasmagoria of Agile, Gwaredd Mountain, Technical Director at Climax Studios, looks at Post-Agile and what this might mean for the games industry."
Image

Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality? 735

e3m4n writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for a year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."
KDE

Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much? 542

jammag writes "The Linux desktop has seen major innovation of late, with KDE 4 launching new features, GNOME announcing a new desktop, and Ubuntu embarking on a redesign campaign. But Linux pundit Bruce Byfield asks, do average users really want any of these things? He points to instances of user backlash, and concludes 'Free software is still driven by developers working on what interests or concerns them. The problem is, the days when users of free software were also its developers are long gone, but the habits of those days remain. The result is that developers function far too much in isolation from their user base.' Byfield suggests that the answer could be more user testing."

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