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Comment Re:Does it really matter (Score 1) 868

Yea I'm surprised this topic got through... tags of Obvious, notnews, and flamebait come to mind.

This may have been a minor story after someone shoved a camera in the West Virginia women's face who said, "I'm not votin' for no Damn Who-Sain, I've had enough of Who-Sain, and I will never vote for a negro man." (all spelling mistakes intentional) The sad thing is this is a measurably significant portion of America. If you want a higher percentage of American's to be educated on science, the trick isn't in schools or programs but in forced chemical sterilization. CHLORINATE THE GENE POOL!
Windows

Submission + - Major Vista performance patches made official

Brentwood writes: It only took them 6 months, but Ars reports that Microsoft has officially released the long-awaited performance and compatability updates that have been quietly tested the last few weeks. According to Ars, the updates fix some major flaws with Vista, including the notorious slow copy bug. Hibernation fixes and big updates for nVidia cards are included, too. They won't hit Windows Update for another week, but you can grab them from Microsoft directly: the compatibility and reliability update, the performance and reliability update.
Announcements

Submission + - SystemAddict: Taxed to Death (gamedaily.com)

njkid1 writes: "The saying goes, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." However, we may stand on the threshold of a new twist on the old line... we could someday see death BECAUSE of taxes. Thousands will fall in a virtual genocide, empires will crumble and continents will vanish. Why such a big alarm? As CNET News reported, Congress and the IRS finally caught on that the trade of virtual items for real-world money remains unregulated. In August, Congress will issue a report regarding the possible taxation of virtual goods. No one knows what the report will say, but taxing real-life money on virtual items, whether the owner has the intention of selling them or not, could spell doom for massively-multiplayer online (MMO) games."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Full Steam Ahead for Id?

Dr. Eggman writes: Wispers abound at next-gen of a deal between Id and Valve to publish material over Steam. More high quality titles are on the way from THQ, such as Supreme Commander. This combined with existing titles such as Civ IV, Lost Planet, Company of Heroes, and even FPS Prey, do you think we might see Id games appearing soon too? Long time Id distributer, Activiion has also joined Steam. With Quakecon already underway, perhaps we won't have to wait long to know.
The Courts

Submission + - Germans reject file-sharing paranoia (arstechnica.com)

athloi writes: "German prosecutors have begun denying requests to force ISPs to identify the subscribers behind IP addresses, saying that the alleged file-sharing was a "petty offense." According to German-language Heise Online, the court said that the labels did not explain how a "criminally relevant damage" could have arisen from the alleged file-sharing. Unlike the US legal system, German law has no provision allowing for civil proceedings to obtain ISP subscriber info.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070802-file -sharing-is-a-petty-offense-say-german-prosecutors .html"

Businesses

Submission + - Australian court rules eBay auctions as binding

Ellis D. Tripp writes: "An Australian court has ruled that an eBay seller cannot back out of an auction sale once it is successfully completed. The court has ordered a seller to hand over a vintage airplane to an eBayer who bid just over the reserve price of $128,000, despite a subsequent non-eBay offer of over $200,000. More details here:

http://www.comcast.net/news/technology/index.jsp?c at=TECHNOLOGY&fn=/2007/08/03/730424.html"
Security

Submission + - Hardware-secured USB-HDs secure? Well... no. (spritesmods.com)

Sprite_tm writes: "In this review, two hard disk enclosures with integrated encryption, which is said to securely store your data away from prying eyes, are reviewed: one which uses password-based authentication, the other using fingerprint recognition. Are they as secure as the manufacturers want us to believe, or are they as much snake-oil as some other products? Let's just say it might not be a good idea to uninstall TrueCrypt yet..."
Google

Submission + - Google shows cell phone prototype to vendors

taoman1 writes: Google Inc. has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications, according to a story published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

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