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Submission + - Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games. (blogspot.com)

spidweb writes: One Indie developer has written a nuanced article on how software piracy affects him, approaching the issue from the opposite direction. He lists the ways in which the widespread piracy of PC games helps him. From the article, "You don't get everything you want in this world. You can get piles of cool stuff for free. Or you can be an honorable, ethical being. You don't get both. Most of the time. Because, when I'm being honest with myself, which happens sometimes, I have to admit that piracy is not an absolute evil. That I do get things out of it, even when I'm the one being ripped off." The article also tries to find a middle ground between the Piracy-Is-Always-Bad and Piracy-Is-Just-Fine sides of the argument that might enable single-player PC games to continue to exist.

Submission + - Study: Hackers Aren't Exploiting Software Bugs (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: In its annual report on data breaches, Verizon found in 2009, there was not a 'single confirmed intrusion that exploited a patchable vulnerability.' The finding has caused Verizon to question how businesses should approach patching: 'We've observed companies that were hell-bent on getting patch x deployed by week's end but hadn't even glanced at their log files in months,' the report said. 'This kind of balance isn't healthy. Therefore, we continue to maintain that patching strategies should focus on coverage and consistency rather than raw speed.'

Submission + - Science turns authoritarian (american.com)

Attila Dimedici writes: This story suggests that one of the reasons that people have less trust in sientific pronouncements is because science reporting has stopped being a nuetral "Science has discovered..." and become more "Science says we must...". They tracked the usage of the following phrases using Lexis Nexis over the last 30 years:: "science says we must," "science says we should," "science tells us we must," "science tells us we should," "science commands," "science requires," "science dictates," and "science compels."
What they discovered was that the phrase "science tells us we must..." has increased in usage dramatically over that time frame. That increase was dramatically greater than that of the other phrases they searched for. The authors suggest that this increased usage of science to tell us what behaviors we should pursue (as opposed to earlier science reporting merely saying that "such and such behavior has this negative consequence" and allowing people to decide what action to take themselves based on that information) has damaged the credibility of science in the minds of the general public. Read the article yourselves and decide what you think of their hypothesis. http://www.american.com/archive/2010/july/science-turns-authoritarian


Submission + - Video Games Invading Real Life (dontpaniconline.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Jesse Schell has been involved in the gaming industry for a while now and he has some interesting (read: worrying) ideas on where it's going.

"Right now gaming is a major part of technology, from one-minute races in an arcade to all consuming universes, like World of Warcraft. A lot of people put more time and effort into gaming than they ever would to their work or even social life. Jesse Schell argues that our obsession with gaming is spilling over into real life, making us easier to manipulate – and more willing to be manipulated."

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