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Comment Re:There is plenty of proof (Score 2) 140

Actually... This article seems to suggest the Chinese aren't hacking to steal our secrets. I'd find it amusing if they were just repeatedly making silly half-hearted attempts at breaking into our systems just to throw us off the trail of the real problem: people who've lost faith in their country. Well, that and greed. Probably mostly greed. Still, not the TECHNO-warriors of China.... that does sound better.

Comment None? Seriously? (Score 1) 135

I think this poll needs to be tossed in favor of one with a little more clarity. Depending on who you ask in the same household, the answer will vary between none and twenty, because as many folks have pointed out the number is entirely dependent on what you're considering a loudspeaker. There's one EBS speaker near my house, that's the first thing I thought of when I read the poll, then I realized it doesn't specify and the number shot over twenty just in my bedroom, between two computers, TV, surround sound, phones, headphones, etc... I mean, do each of my Wii controllers count for this? A quick mental count of what's set up in the house puts the number closer to forty. Wait, why the hell do I have so many speakers?
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Submission + - Game Piracy Linked To Critic's Review Scores (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new study (paper) published at the annual ACM Foundations of Digital Games conference by researchers from Copenhagen Business School and the University of Waterloo explores the magnitude of game piracy on public BitTorrent trackers. The researchers tracked 173 new game releases over a three-month period and found that these were downloaded by 12.7 million unique peers. They further show that the number of downloads on BitTorrent can be predicted by the scores of game reviewers. Overall the current paper gives a seemingly robust overview of the state of game piracy on BitTorrent. Although the results may not be all that surprising, it’s certainly refreshing to see a decent report on BitTorrent statistics every now and then.

Comment Re:Not sure I see the point of this. (Score 1) 319

I wondered the same thing, and the only thing I came up with is that if the emails belong to high-level officials, we can go through their things on our own and dig up dirt while Anon looks for more holes. Yeah, I know, that's pretty thin. I think it's more plausible that it hasn't been as easy to dig up dirt as it used to be and they're releasing things like this so we don't forget about them.

Comment If you're looking for a distraction... (Score 1) 317

...you'll find it. I don't think the issue is the availability of gadgets that drivers will distract themselves with, I think it's drivers who look for something better to do while they're driving. It's easy to pin it on gadgets now because everyone has one and it's the go-to distraction, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who's witnessed the occasional morning driver with one hand holding a coffee and the wheel while the other holds the newspaper to the steering wheel. Now, as for how to address the issue, I'm at a loss. Without having a police officer in every passenger seat, I don't see any way to enforce any laws against distracted driving in general.

Comment Re:Deja Vue (Score 1) 391

Maybe not. I don't see a reference to the actual patent application here, but from what I can tell, the previous story was about the infrared signal and the camera that can be disabled by it, this appears to be a method of triggering whatever infrared emitter. Unless I'm misunderstanding, this isn't quite about the same thing, although there's no need for Slashdot to cover them both.

Comment No "firm reason" required! (Score 5, Interesting) 189

I like this line at the very end:

But she rejected arguments that the F.B.I. should focus only on investigations that begin with a firm reason for suspecting wrongdoing.

Is anyone else somewhat appalled that they don't need a "firm reason for suspecting wrongdoing" to waste time and money on an investigation? Add that to everything about this manual, and it kind of seems like the FBI is wasting enormous amounts of taxpayer money running around looking into random BS instead of focusing on serious issues. Even if we forget about the trampling of rights of innocent people here, and forget about them spending our money helping the MPAA/RIAA sue people, the mere fact that they are willing to investigate without a firm reason is bothersome from a "you-work-for-me-and-you're-wasting-time" perspective.

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