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China

China's Parallel Online Universe 173

An anonymous reader writes "China is increasingly operating an online parallel universe where social media clones 'mimic the functions of the most popular, internationally recognized social media applications, such as Facebook and Twitter. The replicas, however, come with a major catch: they systematically comply with the Chinese Communist Party’s strict censorship requirements.' They are satisfying the growing demand of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens for social media tools, reducing incentives for them to circumvent the 'Great Firewall,' Freedom House warns. Testing by researchers found that a search for the names of seven prominent Chinese lawyers, activists, and journalists on Sina Weibo returned no results, only an Orwellian notice that 'According to related laws and policy, some of the results are not shown here.'"

Comment Re:DRM rocks! (Score 1) 434

Let's face it, there's no shortage of places that have some, part or all of your personal information these days; Steam is just one of many.

People or companies doing stupid or restrictive things en mass does not somehow make it right.

Purchasing a single-player game and having to tether it to a registration system is idiotic for the reason in the main article here. This continuing push to centralize all data in these private hubs is starting to show the flaws.

Robotics

Hobby Inspired Electric Multicopter Makes Manned Flight 104

garymortimer writes "A German team has managed to fly its super-sized hobby inspired platform with a man on-board! A one-hour flight would cost something near to 6 Euro for electricity. In addition, the device holds few parts that could wear out, making maintenance intervals and cost low and far between. The control firmware can be integrated with a sophisticated integrated GPS system or obstacle detection. As such, automated flight for predetermined points on a 3D map is possible."
Science

Researchers Say Dark Winters Led To Bigger Human Brains 167

Brad1138 writes "Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists have said. from the article: 'The scientists measured the eye sockets and brain volumes of 55 skulls from 12 populations across the world, and plotted the results against latitude. Lead author Eiluned Pearce told BBC News: "We found a positive relationship between absolute latitude and both eye socket size and cranial capacity."'"

Comment Move along, sexists writer. (Score 1) 948

FTFA

We’ve all lived the nightmare. A new developer shows up at work, and you try to be welcoming, but he1 can’t seem to get up to speed; the questions he asks reveal basic ignorance; and his work, when it finally emerges, is so kludgey that it ultimately must be rewritten from scratch by more competent people. And yet his interviewers—and/or the HR department, if your company has been infested by that bureaucratic parasite—swear that they only hire above-average/A-level/top-1% people. ....

1 - Yes, I am being deliberately sexist here, because in my experience those women who write code are consistently good at it.

I know it's socially cool to be anti-male, but come on.

Comment Missing the reason, I think (Score 2) 136

Purely conjecture, but I believe it's less to do with "checking off a feature" and more to do with the following:
- Save time & money on content generation, since people who play multiplayer will use the same map over and over.
- Form of DRM / Piracy Protection, if there is 'server validation' then there's an indirect 'purchase validation'

Personally, I don't buy a game for multiplayer unless it's split screen, and those are few and far between. I'd play an older game like Goldeneye 64 with 3 buds long before playing any shooter over xbox live.

Science

Researchers Boast First Programmable Nanoprocessor 38

schliz writes "Harvard University researchers have assembled nanowires into tiny 'logic tiles' that can perform adder, subtractor, multiplexer, demultiplexer and clocked D-latch functions. While the 960-square-micrometre chips are not currently as dense as 32nm CMOS technology, the researchers say future versions could be up to 100 times more efficient than current electronics, and could yield low-power, application-specific 'nanocontrollers' for use in tiny embedded systems and biomedical devices."

Comment Re:anime may be a bad sample subject (Score 1) 199

Which largely amounts to nothing. The number of fansub viewers so wildly outweighs the number of buyers it's ridiculous and shows keep getting distributed no matter what.

Really? Source? That's almost shocking to hear, as my experiences have been so drastically different. I'd be interested to see that survey or study. Additionally, it would go pretty counter to the article above as well.

Comment Re:Sad Keanu Is Nostalgic (Score 1) 640

Why is this trash marked "Informative". It's clear that the parent has no idea who "Mr. Reeves" is.

This man gives most of his money to Charity / the staff that helps during the movie shoots / or to other actors. He's given 90%~ of his salary so that another actor could join the set that he felt 'fit the role' on more than one occasion. He lives like a real person (takes the bus, eats at local shops)..

He is one of the very few actors that actually does it because he loves it.

Comment Re:Piracy..? (Score 1) 378

Yup, I could really care less about the games.

I'm confused, so you do care and are interested in piracy? Or do you mean "I couldn't care less".

To the GP, game publishers only look at / care about the piracy angle. Even if no one admitted that they wanted to pirate, these companies have a vested interest in keeping the game system 'locked down' and will see any openness on it as a threat.

Comment Greedy (Score 5, Interesting) 199

Live is a portal that provides the following:
- Targeted Advertising, which makes Microsoft money
- Media purchasing avenue (Games, Videos, Add-ons, etc), which makes Microsoft money
- Multiplayer functionality around games which make Microsoft Money
- Subscription Fee, which makes Microsoft money

Only cost that has no/little return is from people who play multilayer constantly and somehow avoids seeing any of the advertisements.

This is really just a profit grab. I can't really blame them since they don't have to compete with anyone for their existing install base, but it does irk me.

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