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Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment Re:Michigan is fucked (Score 1) 717

I couldn't understand how she was re-elected. It just reestablishes my belief that the vast majority of people vote party line, and don't really care who is running for their respective party. I know there may be a few people who could be swayed, but in general, I find the philosophy of both parties to be pretty incompatible. I question anyone's sanity who can switch back and forth on a whim.

I couldn't understand how she was re-elected. It just reestablishes my belief that the vast majority of people vote party line, and don't really care who is running for their respective party. I know there may be a few people who could be swayed, but in general, I find the philosophy of both parties to be pretty incompatible. I question anyone's sanity who can switch back and forth on a whim.

Pretty incompatible? Both parties (R and D) gather money from the same corporate entities (that the government regulates) and set the rules of that legislation. The incompatibilities are window dressing for the most part. We are currently experiencing a (numbers for relative ordinal influence, higher being better) Financial Sector (+2) Military Sector (+1) government where before perhaps it was a Military Sector (+2) Financial Sector (+1).

Their bread is buttered by the same people, with a bunch of steadily willfully more ignorant proles to be kept in the dark by sports match-ups and mass media. Oh, and the entertaining fallacy that war is good for the economy. That one pays dividends for years.

Many NeoCons were actually communists and lobby for high regulatory measures and police state law enforcement. Many NeoLiberals are actually communists, and even hold dual party membership as socialists, and value the protective umbrella of high regulatory measures and police state law enforcement.

Comment Re:RTFS?? (Score 1) 904

Protectionist steel tariffs was an early one.

The Old Right (Buchanan et. al.) had been very critical of him throughout his presidency.

Rush was also critical, but he was an unapologetic supporter of the war and mouthpiece for his buddy Cheney. Rush's show allowed a reasonable amount of dissenting opinion from his guest hosts. Neal Boortz became a Libertari-neocon.

Comment Re:You must've been under a rock then (Score 1) 904

It fell into the previous (AC) posters Orwellian Memory Hole. You did risk it and you got it. In Republican circles you got it especially if you were a Libertarian or Paleo-conservative Republican, and you usually got it from someone who supported Rudolph Giuliani or John McCain.

If you were a liberal you got it if you didn't make sure you were in good with the Israel lobby, but were certainly admired for hating Bush on principle without criticism, because they were on the other "team".

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...

Indeed the Bushbots are still on the whole You Hate America if you don't (unquestioningly) Support The (actions of our interventionist foreign policy)Troops tripe.

Comment Re:Too many ads (Score 1) 197

Oh, and why exactly are libertarians delusional idiots, exactly? And are you asserting that all of them are? How about classical liberals and liberal democrats? How about parecon supporters? Noam Chomsky folks, and (for a complete non-sequitur) the whole of the bloody Irish and Catholics while we're at it?

As a mostly libertarian delusional idiot, I support the right of all to make a total ass of themselves in public fora, such as this, and my own right to assert that you suck.

(Kiss Me I'm Irish)

Comment Re:I've heard enough about the RIAA (Score 1) 197

Some people tend to call what walks and quacks like a duck, a duck; this because (perhaps wrongly) they assume based on their experience (or sur-experiences from reading of RIAA tactics) that they (RIAA) indeed typically engage in "creative" ways of manipulating public opinion as a matter of course.

For me, I (or I would hope that I) don't tend to play the shill card immediately, I just try to counter the argument.

Comment Re:Hold the phones! (Score 1) 141

Ok, well, all of you who think stealing is ok please give me your addresses so I can rob your houses. I mean, since it is ok for you to steal from others it should be ok for others to steal from you and since it is wrong for those you stole from to seek damages or prosecution then I have nothing to fear in stealing from you. Right?

Only if you promise to make a perfect copy of said items so that I still have my stuff, I don't mind. If you develop this replicator technology be sure to patent it so appropriate outrage and ridicule can be engaged in at your expense.

Comment Re:Don't take freedom for granted (Score 1) 521

As opposed to being reamed by Republicans for the millions of other things that wouldn't stick? Politics may be about compromise, but it should not be this level of compromise.

My Admiration for Obama deflated greatly after the decision relating to Telecom Immunity, it is one of the reasons I didn't vote for him.

I think he'll be a consensus building leader though, I'm hopeful of that anyway.

Comment Re:Don't take freedom for granted (Score 1) 521

Republicans like Ron Paul are strongly against such behavior. The fully corporatized Democrats and Republicans alike are Just as guilty of the things you assert are Republican.

The Mike Gravels and Dennis Kuciniches of your favored party are few and far between, but respectably hostile to such things.

The Ideological basis of Classical Liberalism, which is what the "good" Republicans subscribe to, is quite opposed to a large spying intervening government.

Most modern Neo-Liberals/Democrats I have the pleasure to listen to have a very ad-hoc/inconsistent feeling about government wiretapping and other sorts of police-state tactics used by government. If some "good"(protect the children/minority/[fill in your blank]) comes of it then they seem to be fine with all sorts of interventionist and police-state action. "Good" in this case seems to be when a Democrat is running or providing "Oversight" to the abusive action, "Evil" when a Republican does the same.

Branches of government are full of rent-seeking opportunists with both R's and D's before their names, it is disingenuous of you to assert that it is wholly worthy to blame Republicans alone for this disgusting and wholly unconservative President and Administration.

Nixon was not a true conservative either. Kissinger was a proto-neocon. And Hillary Clinton worked on one of Nixons election campaigns, before she became a Democrat, there you go.

Steve Jobs Hates Buttons 713

ElvaWSJ writes "While many technology companies load their products up with buttons, Steve Jobs treats them as blemishes that add complexity and hinder their clean aesthetics. The iPhone is Steve Jobs's attempt to crack a juicy new market for Apple Inc. But it's also part of a decades-long campaign by Mr. Jobs against a much broader target: buttons. The new Apple cellphone famously does without the keypads that adorn its rivals. Instead, it offers a touch-sensing screen for making phone calls and tapping out emails. The resulting look is one of the sparest ever for Apple, a company known for minimalist gadgets. "
Wireless (Apple)

Submission + - AirPort Update to 802.11n for free?

Frank writes: The AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001 description says 'family members can enjoy a robust wireless network offering up to five times the performance and up to twice the range of networks created with the earlier 802.11g standard.' Has anyone confirmed that 802.11n is enabled in this update?
Movies

Submission + - Movie piracy no big deal to most Americans

ScottSCY writes: MSNBC.com is reporting that Solutions Research Group recently conducted a phone survey in which only 40% of Americans believe illegally downloading movies to be a 'very serious offense', compared to 59% who think parking in a fire lane is a worse offense. Contrast this with 78% who said shoplifting a DVD from a store is a serious offense.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft patents BlueJ

Yremogtnom writes: "From Michael Kölling's Blog: "This is my attempt at catchy headline writing. But the truth isn't far off. It really should have said: Microsoft applies for patent for core BlueJ functionality. And that's really true. After blatantly copying BlueJ (without reference or attribution), Microsoft have now filed for patent for the functionality they knowingly copied from us. Why? To sue us out of the market? To make us pay? Who knows. Sad fact is that this could destroy BlueJ."

If you don't know, BlueJ is an Interactive Environment for teaching Java."
Google

Submission + - Adieu to Google Answers

philippic writes: According to the Official Google Blog, Google has scrapped Google Answers. They say, "Google is a company fueled by innovation, which to us means trying lots of new things all the time — and sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a product. Later this week, we will stop accepting new questions in Google Answers, the very first project we worked on here."

Yahoo! Answers still seems to be going strong, I wonder why Google canned theirs?

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