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Comment Re:Ok. Who is the victim ? (Score 1) 254

I'm guessing Nintendo "represents" these very same game manufacturers because Nintendo licenses the right to produce software for the platform. Thus, as a result, Nintendo controls who can write software for this platform, and makes money from the manufacturers as a result - thus the manufacturers are "lucky" to get anything at all, since Nintendo makes the rules (sound familiar? hint: app store).

It's important to note that Nintendo does produce games of their own as well.

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Submission + - Feds & Hollywood Seize Domains of Movie Pirate 1

adeelarshad82 writes: The federal government and Hollywood teamed up to seize domain names of seven sites that allegedly trafficked in copyrighted movies without due payment. The so-called "Operation in Our Sites" sting targeted TVShack.net, Movies-links.tv, Filespump.com, Now-movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, PirateCity.org, zml.com, NinjaVideo.net, and NinjaThis.net. The operation was run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in conjunction with several Hollywood studios. Unlike past anti-piracy efforts, the sites did not actually offer the movies for download, but instead streamed the movies and TV shows against ads. Previously, movie crackdowns had concentrated on sites that distributed movie files, most recently using the BitTorrent protocol.

Submission + - Haiku Releases Second Alpha of BeOS Re-Creation (haiku-os.org)

NiteMair writes: The Haiku project announces their R1 / Alpha 2 release of the open source operating system inspired by BeOS. This new release highlights basic WiFi support (currently WEP while WPA/WPA2 is still missing) and a native WebKit-based browser called WebPositive. It also improves performance and stability across the board since the previous alpha release due to many optimizations, bugfixes, and enhancements. Haiku offers an interesting desktop platform for users who want a responsive and easy system to use, it's worth a glance if you haven't checked it out yet.

Submission + - Steve Jobs believes Theora codec violates patents (fsfe.org) 3

EMB Numbers writes: From: Steve Jobs
To: Hugo Roy
Subject: Re:Open letter to Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash
Date 30/04/2010 15:21:17

All video codecs are covered by patents. A patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora and other “open source” codecs now. Unfortunately, just because something is open source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others patents. An open standard is different from being royalty free or open source.

Sent from my iPad

Comment Re:BEOS (Score 1) 271

Most of the BeOS peolpe have moved on... several ended up back at Palm, some at Apple, but many ended up at Google working on Android, etc.

BeOS is history... these days it's much better to just use Haiku if you want an open source BeOS.

Comment Re:No (Score 2, Informative) 271

Which is why they're still trading in after hours (for as much as $5.94/share last I checked)... and the deal won't even be finalized until July 31st.

Even then, there's already a class action lawsuit being setup to investigate the "speedy" sale and Palm's fiduciary duty to its shareholders:

http://www.zlk.com/palm.html

I wouldn't be so certain this is a finalized deal quite yet...

Comment Tried it, wasn't too disappointing (Score 2, Informative) 151

I tried it... after seeing a lot of naked "boy" chests (clearly a lot of high school or college kids showing off their "six pack") it finally stopped on a guy that looked reasonable to chat with.

Chatted with him for about 10-15 mins, just exchanging some random questions and info. Wasn't too bad, except he was from China and his english wasn't so great :)

Overall, definitely has potential for some random social interaction if you have nothing better to do.

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