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Submission + - Valve Steam for Linux Beta Survey (

hawkeyeMI writes: "Valve has moved one step closer to releasing Steam for Linux, and they want beta testers that have a lot of experience with Linux. Knowing Slashdot, many of you probably fit the bill. So, if you'd like to try to get into the beta, go fill out the survey! You will need a Steam account to do so."

Submission + - OCZ Technology: From SSDs to Layoffs ( 8

An anonymous reader writes: Once upon a time between 2004-2006, OCZ was a well-known manufacturer of high-end memory components and power supply units that sold under the motto "Founded by Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts". During the peak economy in 2007, OCZ Technology CEO Ryan Petersen proved his devotion to enthusiasts by purchasing PC Power & Cooling (May 2007), swiftly followed by elite system-builder Hypersonic PC (October 2007). Through the years that followed, OCZ's brand name would successfully sell NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, overclocker heatsinks, premium thermal pastes, hardcore gaming peripherals, and even a mind-controlled Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA). On March 2008, OCZ Technology revealed the industry's first consumer Solid State Drive — the apex of their dedication towards high-performance computer hardware enthusiasts. The future looked so very bright, until stock value became the mission. As of 26 October 2012, many of the great minds behind OCZ's enthusiast movement were without work.

Submission + - Neal Stephenson Talks REAMDE With Lawyers (

An anonymous reader writes: From Cory Doctorow over at Boing-Boing:

'Here's a video from a recent U Washington Law School panel discussion with Neal Stephenson regarding his video-game crime-thriller REAMDE. The law school assembled cyber lawyers, security experts from the computer science department, and Stephenson himself, and discussed the real-world implications for the sorts of business, technology, security and crime described in the (excellent) book.'

Comment Re:I think that's all college students (Score 1) 823

This is a great answer, glad it's modded up, but why funny? Anyway, I second this, it's about what I was going to say.

You just need some time and experience. The fact that you're even asking and thinking about it is a good sign.

A good friend of mine also has a theory about male technological hierarchical sorting, and that there's this sort of 'dick-measuring-contest' when a bunch of men meet up where they each sort out their place in the pecking order and their particular skills relative to each others', a self-organization. Could be some of that going on too.

Comment Re:Still not technically illegal... (Score 1) 1160

Not judging the specific "Free Speech Zones" you speak about, but in general I think the government can regulate, within limits, the manner, place and time of speech.

Otherwise I could go to your street at 3 AM and express my political views with a megaphone. Or I could put an outdoor in front of a public playground, featuring a woman having sex with a goat.

Well, this is a good point. So, can that apply to the Internet as a 'place'?

Comment Re:Balance (Score 2) 1160

I would say that falsely yelling 'Fire' in a crowded room (I know, the canonical example of limitations to the First Amendment) is not equivalent to provoking rage. In one case, you are (falsely) advising people of a dangerous situation, and they are acting to self-preserve. They are more or less doing what rational, responsible people should do in trying to get out. In the case of provoking rage or provoking someone to commit a crime strictly with words (not, say, a gun to the head), that person would have to decide how they are going to respond to your words. If they respond in an illegal way, IMO, that is their responsibility and not yours. I understand this opinion may not mesh with case law in the USA.

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