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Comment Re:I would love it as (Score 1) 312

Given the existence of a usb port, what is stopping students from sharing single textbooks?

DRM of course! There is no way that hardware copyprotection can be broken.

DRM is the herald of a multitude of new business innovations! All hail the mighty Consumer Restriction Application Protection.

Books

Samsung Papyrus E-Book Reader, Coming Soon 145

kanewm writes with a snippet from Portable-Ebook-Reader.NET: "Samsung's new, highly portable e-book reader, dubbed 'Papyrus,' will be available in Korea in June 2009 and in the UK and North America sometime later (likely within several months)." As the site notes, though, this lacks some features of the Kindle, the obvious choice for comparison in the American market.
Spam

Opting Out Increases Spam? 481

J. L. Tympanum writes "I used to ignore spam but recently I have been using the opt-out feature. Now I get more spam than ever, especially of the Nigerian scam (and related) types. The latter has gone from almost none to several a day. Was I a fool for opting out? Is my email address being harvested when I opt out? Has anybody had similar experience?"
Role Playing (Games)

A Look At the Final Fantasy XIII Demo, Early Analysis 103

A demo for the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan this week, and people have had a chance to try it out and report back. In fact, video footage of the demo in its entirety was streamed and then posted on YouTube shortly after finding its way into customers' hands. Eurogamer got a chance to give the demo a test-drive, and they had this to say: "The characters are likeable — Lightning for her mysteriousness, the members of NORA for their banter and camaraderie — the setting is compelling, and the whole thing is as sumptuous visually as you'd expect of a next-generation Square-Enix title. The plot's the only thing that I couldn't get a definite feel for from the demo, beyond the basic set-up of an oppressive regime, a resistance fighting against it and a character with mysterious powers brought to aid them in a twist of fate. But forty minutes with Final Fantasy XIII have left me with nothing but anticipation for what else it has in store."

Comment Re:law enforcement back door (Score 2, Interesting) 685

People are claiming this is a analysis of PIFTS.exe. I have no way to verify that this really is the norton PIFTS.exe so keep that in mind.

Changes security settings of Internet Explorer: This system alteration could seriously affect safety surfing the World Wide Web.

medium

Performs File Modification and Destruction: The executable modifies and destructs files which are not temporary.

high

Performs Registry Activities: The executable reads and modifies register values. It also creates and monitors register keys.

low

Programming

Submission + - Benchmarking CSS Selectors

Kickboy writes: These days in the JavaScript world, everything is about accessing and manipulating the DOM (Document Object Model). The most powerful tool available to modern JS developers are CSS Selectors. Today, every popular JavaScript Library and modern browser has it's own implimentation of accessing elements on a page using advanced CSS3 selectors, but which is most efficient? With that question in mind, I have developed an advanced CSS Selector benchmarking tool. This tool uses the latest versions of all the popular JavaScript Libraries; including jQuery, ProtoType, mooTools, Dojo, and YUI. Users who run a test on this site can submit their results to be included in the website's overall stats. By tracking the different results for libraries on many different browsers and computer configurations, we can produce an accurate map of the most efficient JavaScript Libraries and Browsers. Try the test yourself...

Comment Re:Simpsons? (Score 2, Funny) 293

I'm pretty sure the goggles tag is a reference to the simpsons. I'm wondering if that episode is famous enough to warrant a meme or if its just because it was the one they showed last night.

The googles, they do nothing! = 239,000 results.
The goggles do nothing = 325,000 results.

I think that it qualifies to be called a internet meme.

Comment Re:I enjoy at least 1 Belkin product (Score 2, Interesting) 137

When I got mine, I thought the LCD would be useless, but it turns out to be the best part in practice.

Same thing here.

When I broke my G15 I figured I might as well satisfy my do-it-myself itch it and build a detachable miniature lcd display with some basic winamp/media controls.

Just being able to see my mail inbox count or the last lines from PuTTy (perfect during long scripts) while having a fullscreen app running is wonderful.

Comment Re:This Just In (Score 1) 767

If the general public were half as smart as we give them credit for the world would have never seen Napoleian, Cesar (well actually the Romans solved that problem on their own), Castro, Hugo Chavez and more.

The others are fair enough, but what's dog food got to do with it?

Dog food? Didnt his whispering work?

Media

Submission + - FCC Gives Five Days Notice for Media Hearing (crosscut.com) 2

NewsCloud writes: "FCC chairman Kevin Martin moved forward his plan for public hearings on media consolidation rules as reported by Slashdot earlier by granting just five days notice for the hearing in Seattle tonight. Prior to serving as FCC chair, Martin was Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney 2000 and the Bush-Cheney recount team in Florida."
Announcements

Submission + - Digital mutiny: 2,000 page iraq leak (wikileaks.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like them wikileaks guys are finally putting something out there.

from the site:

This spectacular 2,000 page US military leak consists of the names, group structure and equipment registers of all units in Iraq with US army equipment . It exposes secretive document exploitation centers, detainee operations, elements of the State Department, Air Force, Navy and Marines units, the Iraqi police and coalition forces from Poland, Denmark, Ukraine, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania, Armenia, Kazakhstan and El Salvador. The material represents nearly the entire order of battle for US forces in Iraq and is the first public revelation of many of the military units described. Among other matters it shows that the United States has violated the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Programming

Submission + - Establishing user identity on free sites.

RPalkovic writes: "I'm in a bit of a predicament. I am an administrator of a smallish online game with free registration. We're running into a problem where users are violating the terms of service by creating and using multiple accounts, but since we do not collect any personal information, nor would we have a way to verify it if we did, we're running into problems enforcing the "one account per user" section of the terms of service.

We've tried tracking IP addresses and letting people know that if they are caught sharing in game transactions with anyone they've shared an IP address with will result in termination of their account. We've also given them a list of anyone who've they've shared an IP address with.

The problem with this method is that several of our players play in internet cafes, or at school, and we've even run into people who live in different countries who end up sharing an IP address because they use the same proxy server.

We tossed around the idea of changing the terms of service to limit players to one account per computer, but that would impact single computer households and would require the installation of an ActiveX control (or similar) to gather an NIC's mac address or somehow generate a unique hash based on the hardware configuration.

We also tossed around the idea of only allowing registration via Major ISP's or pay for e-mail providers, but that hampers those that ONLY play at an internet cafe or school network, as they may not have a non-free e-mail address.

Our main goal is to keep the site free, with a secondary goal of preventing any single user from having more than one account.

Have any other SlashDotters found a creative way to prevent users from having more than one account to an online service without charging a fee for registration, or being forced to verify user identity?"

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