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Comment The only thing "protected" is profit (Score 5, Insightful) 81

If you didnt spend so much $ on putting security chips in your ink cartridges then maybe you could sell them for less $. Ink is a commodity, if someone wants to put generic ink in their machine, it should not be an intellectual property crime to do so, but since you sell the printers at a loss and make all of your $ on ink sales, maybe you need to rethink your business model. What's next people? Coffee machines that prevent you from using your own coffee that didn't come from the manufacturer of the coffee machine?

Comment Social Networking is Hard (Score 1) 365

Good luck with that MS, you don't exactly have a good track record with acquisitions, and this one just doesn't make any sense whatsoever, unless you are admitting you paid 26B for a self reported and highly flawed contact list. And your dreams of developing the next great social networking platform, if google can't do it, what makes you think you can? It's about right place right time, having the right everything...not things anyone would associate with MS

Comment A double agent (Score 1) 601

He is actually still working for the NSA, he is under cover "blowing the lid off" some fictive spy program, when in fact it's all a clever ruse cooked up to distract our enemies from what we are really doing.

Comment DST (Score 1) 646

The real problem is that we perpetuate customs, practices, and beliefs without examining them, without evaluating their continued benefit or worth. Even if some do figure out that the practices are no longer adding any value, they have such momentum, its impossible to stop them. DST is but one of many of those things that can be eliminated.
Science

Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus 125

nibbles2004 writes "An article in the Guardian newspaper shows how parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control ants they infect, ultimately leading the ant to its death. The fungus controls the ant's movements to a suitable leaf and causes the ant to grip onto the leaf's central stem, allowing the fungus to spore, which will allow more ants to become infected."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Killzone 3 Announced 58

Sony has officially taken the wraps off of Killzone 3, providing a ton of information about the third installment in the popular FPS franchise. The game will pick up where Killzone 2 left off, the levels will be much larger than in the past, and it will contain support for 3-D mode. Eurogamer has a detailed hands-on report about the game. Quoting: "Encounters have lost much of their predictability. More open design gives the AI more options, as well as freeing the player from the necessity of hide and peek. This means that it's now a much more viable option to get up close and personal with the Higs, unleashing the multi-stage and context-sensitive CQC kills with rifle butts and the trusty knife. ... For stage three of the hands-on we're introduced to perhaps the most exciting piece of new hardware — the jetpack. Initially only coming attached to a Helghan shock trooper, this insectoid assault platform is a four-winged, one-man affair, complete with a unlimited supply of ammunition for the attached large-calibre machine gun. Fighting them from the ground puts you in a precarious situation, putting you on the backfoot as you balance the necessity of looking upwards with the dangers of the sheer ice-cliffs around you. ... From the ground the pack will propel you upwards to around 15 feet, with the glide period afterward giving you the freedom to traverse sizable gaps. There's a booster, too — squirting you forward in short bursts if you're falling just short of an edge. Controls are light and agile, with the disconcerting verticality soon becoming second nature. "
Image

Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis" 368

It's one of the fastest-growing health issues that doctors now face: "Google-itis." Everyone from concerned mothers to businessmen on their lunch break are typing in symptoms and coming up with rare diseases or just plain wrong information. Many doctors are bringing computers into examination rooms now so they can search along with patients to alleviate their fears. "I'm not looking for a relationship where the patient accepts my word as the gospel truth," says Dr. James Valek. "I just feel the Internet brings so much misinformation to the (exam) room that we have to fight through all that before we can get to the problem at hand."
Government

California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys 756

WrongSizeGlass writes "The L.A. Times is reporting that Santa Clara County officials have voted to ban toys and other promotions that restaurants offer with high-calorie children's meals. 'This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys' to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. 'This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.' Supervisor Donald Gage, who voted against the measure, said, 'If you can't control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers.' The vote was 3 - 2 in favor of the ban."

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