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Comment I want a phone (Score 1) 322

How about I just want a phone that works? Unfortunately, it has come to the point where I need to be an IT geek to maintain my phone. What's next? Will I need to apt-get to get the latest release of my phone's firmware? It's a phone, fer crissakes, not the comm to my starship's bridge.
Australia

New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board 277

An anonymous reader writes "Australia refused to give Rebellion's new Aliens Vs. Predator game a rating, effectively banning it in the country. Rebellion says it won't be submitting an edited version for another round of classifications, however. (As Valve did with Left 4 Dead 2.) They said, 'We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.'"
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
Image

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
Google

Submission + - Google Voice rejected for its dialer functionality

whoop writes: "From TechCrunch, "In a letter to the FCC today, Google disclosed previously unpublished information about Appleâ(TM)s rejection of their Google Voice application... 'Apple representatives informed Google that the Google Voice application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone'""

Submission + - Recession hits porn industry (economist.com) 2

AliasMarlowe writes: "The unthinkable has actually happened. The porn industry, which was been untouched by several previous recessions, has been severely hit by the current recession. The Economist, ever watchful of important trends, includes the porn industry among the sectors its reporters monitor and analyze. They consider the 50-80% cuts in porn production to be a critical difference between the present recession and other, lesser recessions, with work for "actors" being greatly reduced, pay per performance being cut back. The industry spokespersons, of course, also blame the internet for supplying cheap plentiful porn which had already caused hardship; the economic slowdown was merely an additional hit. "The industry will shrink and stay shrunken" said one performer. Hard times or flaccid times?"

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