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Submission + - Netflix likes open source (netflix.com)

Art3x writes: Netflix's VP of Systems and E-commerce Engineering, Kevin McEntee, just blogged his appreciation for open-source software and open standards. 'At Netflix we jumped on for the ride a long time ago and we have benefited enormously from the virtuous cycles of actively evolving open source projects,' he writes, and he says that Netflix not only uses but has contributed back to projects such as Hudson, Hadoop, Hive, Honu, Apache, Tomcat, Ant, Ivy, Cassandra, and HBase. Instantly streamed in a bunch of comments asking why there's no player for Linux.
Idle

Submission + - New Clothing Line Reminds TSA of the 4th Amendment (aolnews.com)

Hugh Pickens writes: "AOL News reports that there's a line of underclothes that offer a friendly reminder of the Fourth Amendment called 4th Amendment Wear. Metallic ink printed on shirts spells out the privacy rights stated in the amendment and is designed to appear in TSA scanners. The 4th Amendment Wear line also includes non-metallic options, including underpants for both adults and children. Should a passenger be stripped down, instead of the full amendment, they'll receive a more direct message: "Read the 4th Amendment Perverts." "If you're getting that close to kids' underwear, you have license to say something a little tongue-in-cheek," says creator Tim Geoghegan."
United States

Submission + - Paypal account frozen for making Wikileak donation (rathergather.com) 3

kaptink writes: Reddit user 'hellokevin11' blogs:

"I go to log into my business account, and it's locked. The girl on the phone told me it's because my account handles a large amount of money (it's a biz account), I recently sent a lot of money ($4000) overseas, and I also sent money to wikileaks. My account is being investigated for illegal activities and I have to account for what the money was used for. They want invoices and such."

I've been blacklisted as well. "This account has been permanently locked. All information associated with this account has been blocked from the PayPal system and cannot be registered with another account."

Submission + - Could the Wikileaks scandal boost Bitcoin? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Could the Wikileaks scandal and in particular the refusal of payment services such as PayPal to broker money boost the profile of Bitcoin, the decentralised peer-to-peer currency that nobody can control? PC World thinks so. FTA: "There's no single point of weakness. Nobody can stop the Bitcoin system or censor it, short of turning off the entire Internet. If Wikileaks had requested Bitcoins then they would have received their donations without a second thought"
Cellphones

Is 'Quadroid' the New 'Wintel'? 150

CWmike writes "'Wintel' is the term that for years defined Windows-based computers running Intel chips. Now a similar expression is emerging for smartphones: 'Quadroid,' a term that refers to the Qualcomm chips used inside smartphones running the Android mobile operating system. The term, recently coined in a report by the PRTM consultancy, could catch on, largely because Qualcomm provides 77% of the chips in phones running Google's Android, which is expected to take the No. 2 slot in 2010. And the Quadroid alliance is expected to grow. Like Wintel has for PCs, Quadroid could push down profit margins for smartphone manufacturers, some analysts say. That might seem like a good thing to consumers, but may not be so good for many phone makers."

Comment Re:Problems with Verifiable Voting (Score 1) 236

You always depend on a 3rd party to verify it. The entity responsible for the counting can be dishonest even with paper ballots.

Sure, they can count every vote for #3 as a vote for #2. But the system must then be designed to count the votes incorrectly. This is easy to verify later (take one of each ballot type, feed the votes into the system, see if it is counted properly).

Or they could just not give a shit, and ignore the counted votes, and using some arbitrary number instead. Because if you are not trusting the system to count the votes correctly, why would you trust a person to write down the totals to the proper candidate?

Comment Re:Problems with Verifiable Voting (Score 3, Interesting) 236

You do know that TED Talks consist of people going in front of other people and cameras, and talking, right? So perhaps the substance is indeed in the video.

The guy actually presents a very simple way to verify your vote was correctly registered, without ever revealing who you voted for. The secret is to remove the candidate names (by shredding that part of the ballot), scanning your vote into the system, and taking home the receipt, which contains no names. Only the system knows which is which. You can later use your receipt's code to see if it registered your vote properly (because it will match your receipt), but there is no way to know which candidate actually received that vote. It actually solves the problem of verification without compromising privacy.

Comment Re:When will Apple learn... (Score 3, Insightful) 298

Actually, no, the Wii SDK is the cheapest of the three. And they even support flash, so you can even start your game without the SDK. The need of having an actual company is just a way of saying "you have to take this seriously"; not a big deal if you really want to make a career of it. Most people who complain about the need to have a company actually have no idea on what goes into making a game. Nobody wants to play your tetris clone that you derived from a tutorial on gamedev.net.

Comment Re:Who is this for, really? (Score 1) 185

I own a Wii, but not a PS3 (because I'm cheap). The difference is not just in the graphics, which are much, much better on the PS3.

The Wii is not that bad; check out Monster Hunter Tri. It is just that Nintendo does not incentives to focus on graphics before gameplay.

It's also that the PS3 includes a hard drive which allows for a lot of downloadable content!

The Wii can do that too. Officially, through SD cards (you can keep all your wiiware games and unused saves on the card), and unofficially through USB loaders and NAND emulators. The later voids the warranty, of course, and there is a high chance of bricking or damaging the Wii if you don't know what to do. Still, I have all my Wii games backed up to an external HDD where I play them, and they load almost twice as fast than from the disc. I only use the disc drive once for each new game I buy. Nintendo should really release an official backup loading channel, makes life so much more convenient.

Wiimote also has rumble and audio (yes, it's 2-way); do the Sony remotes provide this?

Well, at least the PS3 controllers can jiggle virtual boobs.

My biggest complaint about the Wiimote (besides it's imprecision) is the wire between Wiimote and numchuck -- it's shorter than the distance between my hands. I would have preferred 2 separate wireless devices rather than 1 device with a tether to another device; it's just awkward.

There are plenty of wireless nunchuks in the market. I myself don't have a problem with it, I don't tend to keep my arms up and apart while playing, and don't like the idea of having to charge the nunchuks in addition to the wiimotes.

Comment Re:Probrem! (Score 3, Informative) 696

To be more precise, Colbert always says they are the same show, split in two half-an-hour segments. Jon Stewart is the executive producer of The Colbert Report. While Stewart's character is actually Jon Stewart, Colbert's character is Colbert (with a silent "t"), the opposite of the artist, and almost all of his lines are full of sarcasm. If you agree with Colbert (silent "t") the joke is on you.

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