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Call of Duty: Black Ops the Most Pirated Game of the Year 5

Torrentfreak reports that after calculating download frequency for pirated copies of popular video games, Call of Duty: Black Ops has won the dubious honor of being the most pirated game of 2010. The PC version of the game was torrented roughly 4,270,000 times, and the Xbox 360 version was downloaded an additional 930,000 times. (The most pirated Wii game was Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Dante's Inferno somehow managed to accrue the most downloads of Xbox 360 games.) Fortunately for Activision, the game has still made over $1 billion in sales, and its 20,000,000+ players have racked up over 600,000,000 man-hours of play time since the game's launch in early November.

Comment The Power of Money (Score 1) 191

People who get paid to do something very often do more of it than people who don't. In one way or another this applies to all kinds of things from housing construction and soldiering to bookkeeping and practicing medicine. People who are paid to develop software full-time will show up 40 hours a week or more to work on their assignments. People who aren't paid have to find a way to pay their bills first. This probably has something to do with the prodigious output of companies like, say, Microsoft. For instance.

Submission + - Google error causes invasion of Costa Rica (

joleonard1 writes: After checking the border between his country and Costa Rica on Google Maps, a Nicaraguan military commander sent his troops into Costa Rican territory to tear down flags and replace them with Nicaraguan ones. "The troops set up camp and took down the Costa Rican flag, replacing it with a Nicaraguan one."
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How Do You Manage the Information In Your Life? 366

An anonymous reader writes "How do you manage the multitude of information sources in your lives? How do you keep track of the electronics or programming projects you're working on, or the collection of photos you took from your last holiday, or the notes and reading you're doing to learn a new language? Do you have a personal wiki, a blog, or maybe a series of tablet based notes, or voice recordings? Or is it pen and paper, and a blank book for each different hobby? I'm a student, and like most of you, have a few different interests to keep track of (as well as work). But I realise I also have a little OCD, and struggle a bit to keep on top of information (whether hobbies or personal life) in a way that I feel I have complete control over. So how do you all do it?"

Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge 257

skwilcox writes "From Wikipedia: 'The Loebner Prize is an annual competition in artificial intelligence that awards prizes to the chatterbot considered by the judges to be the most human-like. The format of the competition is that of a standard Turing test. A human judge poses text questions to a computer program and a human being via computer. Based upon the answers, the judge must decide which is which.' My chatbot, Suzette, won this year's Loebner and even confused a judge into voting for her over a human (or should I say he confused himself). Here is the blow-by-blow of this weird event." Read on below for the rest; this sounds like it would have been a fun competition to watch.

Comment 'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Moc (Score 1) 594

The cop is under no more of an obligation to suffer insult or provocation than you or I. Laws against battery help define legal limits to interpersonal behavior. In a civilized society if you want your rights (and your person) to be respected you generally have to respect the rights of others. Blowing bubbles isn't the crime of the century but she was standing close and facing him. FWIW, when people complain about behavior like this from cops in western countries like Canada and such, I wonder how they would feel if they had police contact in most of the rest of the world.

Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."

Comment Re:still dont see (Score 1) 134

Do you actually think that driving down the street with a parabolic mic and recording people’s conversations is a legitimate thing to do? And does the claim that you’re doing it as part of a “population density study” somehow justify it? As opposed to doing it, say, for the purpose of collecting personal information? Most people don’t know how vulnerable they are when they use computers, the internet, Wi-Fi and so on. I’m old fashioned, I know, but I don’t think that means that exploiting their vulnerability is justified. You may be more sophisticated when it comes to using computers than most but there are still a great many people who are more sophisticated than you when it comes to law, finance, real estate and lots of other stuff. I bet you don’t enjoy it when they pull a fast one on you. I am not going to form a conclusion about this yet but, I think that the technicians working on Google’s behalf were probably aware of what they were receiving with their antennas, what was being recorded on their hard drives and what they were downloading to Google’s servers when they were done. If Google’s defense is something like “we made a mistake” and you buy that, well, what can I say but 'more power to you'.

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