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Australian AvP Ban Reversed 71

Earlier this month, we discussed news that Sega's new Aliens vs. Predator video game had been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it. After a scathing response from the developer saying they wouldn't censor the game, and later news that the classification scheme may be updated to include an R18+ rating, it now seems that the Classification Board has seen fit to give the game a green light after all. Sega's Darren Macbeth told Kotaku, "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

Comment They already have green card holder's fingerprints (Score 1) 248

They already took all my fingerprints (all 10) twice before doing the background check and giving me my green card. I wasn't thrilled about it, but eh, I suppose I can't entirely blame them for it.

How is taking the damn things again every time I enter the country going to help anything or anyone?

Editorial

Submission + - Burning Man 2007 wrapup (merlins.org)

marcmerlin writes: "If you've been curious about the yearly Burning Man Festival, why the man burned twice this year, or enjoy blinky lights, fire, and other eye candy, you can look at my 2007 Burning Man report, and also at my index of the last 6 burning man reports. The firework show and burn of the Oil Derrick from Crude Awakening was particularly impressive this year."
Businesses

Submission + - Comcast and logic don't mix: disconnected

marcmerlin writes: If comcast decides that you are using too much data on your cable modem, they will disconnect you. Of course, they do not say what too much is, that's for you to guess.
Now, they do actually attempt to give you a chance to fix your overusage by warning you once, except in my case, they warned me half way through the month, and then shut me down for the good the next month due to the traffic that had gone out before they warned me. They warned me in a way that they were unable to measure the drastic traffic decrease after I fixed the problem, and they had to shut me down anyway. Their support people actually acknowledged that in my case there was indeed nothing I could have done, but they also said there was nothing they could do either due to the way their system works.
Until they fix their warning system to match logging cycles, or honor the one month grace period they promised me, and then pretended they never had, I can see how they're going to get many other people shut down that way.
If comcast is actually meaning to give their customers a chance to fix a usage over an arbitrary limit they won't disclose, they have some serious fixing to do, starting by not putting their customers in the criminal/DMCA pile that their regular support folks are not even allowed to help.

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