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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - SPAM: Sony admits the PSP Go was overpriced; pirated

almehdaaol writes: During its initial release late last year, the Sony PSP Go hasn't exactly garnered the attention that Sony thought it would. Some blame piracy, while others have gawked at the portable's high price tag. In a recent interview, the vice president of PR for SCEA has admitted the company's challenges.
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Comment Re:Blacklisted (Score 2, Informative) 265

There seems to be a disconnect with "businesses" that make their living primarily off of a government license or special status. As we saw when they dissected the banking crisis, many "financial" businesses are quasi-governmental in nature and as such should have much less latitude to declare themselves "purely private" entities with freedom of choice.

Having said that, I do not believe that banks should have any latitude to deny service to anyone who is not causing a direct problem for the bank. (i.e. breaking laws that involve the bank, refusing info required to meet regulation, abusive to the staff, etc.) Most businesses operate this way - it's only when you get self-righteous employees involved that start to treat the business like they own the whole thing that you get nonsense like this. It is not the bank's place to discipline a business for conduct that is neither illegal nor causes problems for the bank.

Submission + - The USOMB is seeking public comments on copyright.

Photographer writes: "The USOMB is seeking public comments on copyright enforcement.

The Federal Government is currently undertaking a landmark effort to develop an intellectual property enforcement strategy building on the immense knowledge and expertise of the agencies charged with enforcing intellectual property rights. By committing to common goals, the Government will more effectively and efficiently combat intellectual property infringement. In this request for comments, the Government, through the office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (``IPEC''), invites public input and participation in shaping an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy.

You can go here for the summary or just send an email here: intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov"
The Internet

Submission + - Four type of Americans have no Internet (ibtimes.com)

markmark57 writes: The Federal Communications Commission announced plans to launch its National Broadband Plan next month, which will provide high-speed Internet connections to over 93 million Americans who currently don't use Internet.

In a survey conducted by the FCC in November last year, it found that only 78 percent of U.S. adults are Internet users and 65 percent are broadband adopters. Incredibly, six percent of Americans still use dial-up access and four percent have no broadband at home at all. The report showed the main reasons why some users are resistant to set up the Internet is because they lack the knowledge or financially unable. This can then be further divided into four profiles of those who are yet to adopt broadband, and in some cases, Internet.

The Internet

Submission + - WiMAX vs. HSPA+

adeelarshad82 writes: Current 3G networks which offer speeds of 1-2 megabit range are great for web surfing. However, given today’s multimedia craze, networks are shifting towards faster speeds. This is where WiMAX and HSPA+ come in. PCMag's Sascha Segan recently tested out Sprint's Xohm WiMax (aka 4G) and T Mobile's recently announced HSPA+ network to see which is faster. According to the test WiMax offered an average of 2.25 megabits down and 628 kilobits up, with peaks of 5.13 down and 1.17 up. Although Sprint pledges that their WiMAX delivers 3-6 megabits of downstream bandwidth, with peaks up to 10 megabits. On the other hand HSPA+ got average download speeds of 3.12 megabits/sec and 1.26 megabits/sec up, with peaks of 7.65 megabits/sec and 2.02. However, theoretically HSPA+ networks are suppose to have download speeds of 21 Mbps and upload speeds of 5.8 Mbps. While HSPA+ is clearly much faster than WiMax, one clear disadvantage HSPA+ has is its 5GB which is not a problem with the WiMax network.
Space

Submission + - Scientists want you to spot and track solar storms (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: It's not everyday you can get deeply involved in a space program by sitting at your computer. Space scientists at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich have started up a crowd sourcing project that lets anyone with a PC spot and track solar storms. The project, known as Solar Stormwatch uses real data from NASA's STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) satellites, which are currently in orbit around the Sun and provide researchers with constant details about activities on the Sun's surface.

Submission + - Foxconn iWonder Android tablet to sell for $100 (liliputing.com) 1

Xacid writes: "Looking to spend some quality time with Google Android, but don’t feel like plunking down the cash for a smartphone and then shelling out more money each month for a data plan? I already told you about one relatively affordable option this week: The Archos 5 Internet tablet which starts at just $250. But Taiwanese PC maker Foxconn has an Android-powered tablet that cuts that price in half twice."

Interesting competitor to the iPad. Definitely not a prize fighter, but certainly a viable option for those looking for a similar device on a budget.

More details on the gadget here:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/18/iwonder-why-the-logo-is-upside-down/
http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/02/iwonder-tablet.html

Comment Re:That would be all well and good (Score 3, Interesting) 461

Consumers squeeze corps, corps squeeze consumers - agreed

Corps have industry trade groups and lobbyists, consumers have (in the USA) representatives and senators.

When it comes down to it, people decide what's ok and what's not. Corps are not people, consumers are. (except when it comes to campaign financing)

Having minimum standards sucks from the supply side, but their absence is much more damaging on the demand side. To use your analogy - ways to make flights cheaper would include doing away with seatbelts and emergency exits (the seals are a maintenance issue). Nobody uses them anyway. Also, would you even notice if aircraft inspections were reduced? The average consumer wouldn't either.
The Military

Directed Energy Weapon Downs Ballistic Missile 297

A**masher writes "In a test off the Califoria coast late last night, Boeing's Airborne Laser successfully destroyed a sub-launched ballistic missile. 'This was the first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform,' reported the Missile Defense Agency. It should be noted that destroying a liquid-fueled ballistic missile is generally considered easier than killing a solid-fueled equivalent due to the relative fragility of the fueling and other systems."
Privacy

FBI Pushing For 2-Year Retention of Web Traffic Logs 256

suraj.sun writes to tell us that the FBI is pushing to have ISPs keep detailed records of what web sites customers have visited for up to two years. Claiming a desire to combat "child pornography and other serious crimes," the FBI and others are pressing for increased data retention, which they have been doing since as early as 2006. "If logs of Web sites visited began to be kept, they would be available only to local, state, and federal police with legal authorization such as a subpoena or search warrant. What remains unclear are the details of what the FBI is proposing. The possibilities include requiring an Internet provider to log the Internet protocol (IP) address of a Web site visited, or the domain name such as cnet.com, a host name such as news.cnet.com, or the actual URL such as http://reviews.cnet.com/Music/2001-6450_7-0.html. While the first three categories could be logged without doing deep packet inspection, the fourth category would require it. That could run up against opposition in Congress, which lambasted the concept in a series of hearings in 2008, causing the demise of a company, NebuAd, which pioneered it inside the United States."
Censorship

Mentioning Android Is a No-No In iPhone App Store 441

donberryman writes "Apple has told a software developer that its application cannot be included in the iPhone App Store if it mentions Google Android. The developer just wanted to mention that the app was a finalist in Google's Android Developer's Challenge." The developer complied with apparent good humor. Here is their blog post, which includes the text of the iPhone store's not-quite-rejection.
Music

Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum 528

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Despite having had some time to get their act together, Obama's Department of Justice has filed yet another brief defending the RIAA's outlandish statutory damages theory — that someone who downloaded an mp3 with a 99-cent retail value, causing a maximum possible damages of 35 cents, is liable for from $750 to $150,000 for each such file downloaded, in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum. The 25- page brief (PDF) continues the DOJ's practice of (a) ignoring the case law which holds that the Supreme Court's due process jurisprudence is applicable to statutory damages, (b) ignoring the law review articles to like effect, (c) ignoring the actual holding of the 1919 case they rely upon, (d) ignoring the fact that the RIAA failed to prove 'distribution' as defined by the Copyright Act, and (e) ignoring the actual wording and reasoning of the Supreme Court in its leading Gore and Campbell decisions. Jon Newton of p2pnet.net attributes the Justice Department's 'oversights' to the 'eye-popping number of people [in its employ] who worked for, and/or are directly connected with, Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music's RIAA.'"

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