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Comment Re:What's not to like? (Score 1) 284

Although you have a point, I think it is safe to assume that if someone's house is broken into, he will report it. The same is true for most violent crimes.
I agree it is a bit more problematic for White-Collar and technological crimes, since many times the victim is unaware of being attacked. Although the uncaught criminal rate may be higher than in violent crimes, I still think most are caught. And sorry, no citation.

Actually you are wrong. Less than 50% of these cases are ever cleared.
Source: 2006,2007 FBI Unified Crime Report (google it)

Patents

RuneScape Developer Victorious Over Patent Troll 89

An anonymous reader writes "Gamasutra reports that a US District Court judge has dismissed the patent infringement lawsuit brought against RuneScape developer Jagex discussed previously on Slashdot. Judge David Folsom last week dismissed online chat company Paltalk's claims that Jagex infringed on Paltalk patents relating to online network communications. The judge's ruling only resolved Jagex's case. Microsoft settled with Paltalk for an undisclosed sum in 2009 after the online communication technology company sued over the patents in a $90 million claim. That settlement opened the door to Paltalk's claims against other game companies, including Blizzard, Turbine, SOE and NCSoft. Paltalk alleged in the Jagex-related suit that it had suffered 'tens of millions of dollars' in damages. Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said in a statement, 'It is exceedingly unfortunate that the US legal system can force a company with a sole presence in Cambridge, UK to incur a seven-digit expense and waste over a year of management time on a case with absolutely no merit,' and that Jagex 'will not hesitate to vigorously defend our position against any patent trolls who bring lawsuits against us in the future.'"
PC Games (Games)

Gaikai Ramping Up Open Beta 44

Gaikai, the cloud gaming service currently under development, has begun its open beta phase, sending out first 1,000 and then 10,000 invites to players who requested them. Dave Perry said in a blog post that they will continue sending out invites in batches of 10,000 until they pin down any outstanding server issues. His post also includes video of a player streaming Mass Effect 2 to a Linux system. "We are working with lots of publishers / retailers / media sites / electronics makers / telecom companies etc. We have at least 60 deals in the pipe at some stage. (You can imagine how nuts that is to manage.) ... Everyone will be getting invited in batches, and if you are too far from our servers, don't worry — you've actually helped, as you've shown us where we need to install more data centers. (We're effectively reverse-engineering the internet, letting the traffic show us where the best data center position would give access to the most people.)"

Comment Re:Why are phones special? (Score 1) 262

I call Bullshit. What "people" are you talking about? The people around here are concerned with
all proprietary and closed computers.

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As a matter of fact this was a popular topic around here a few years ago.
It turns out, there ARE people that want access to the computers in their car, they
believe they can do a better job, and that mods are a good thing. Smart phones are
the big fad these days, so you read about unlocking and rooting frequently.

Comment Re:Perhaps you should.. (Score -1, Troll) 472

Lazy? Why would I want to type html ever?

because having known how to since the 90's, it isn't such a big deal to type html tags, and it is what keeps a bunch of idiots pasting
a bunch of idiotic links all over the damn place in the comments. And this is news for nerds, we like doing shit like that.
If we wanted "normal people news" and features we wouldn't be here.

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