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Valve Boss Expects Apple To Challenge Game Consoles 197

Speaking at a panel during the WTIA TechNW conference, Valve CEO Gabe Newell had some interesting things to say about his expectations for the console business. Quoting: "The living room is the domain of the consoles, and its ability to exist independently from the other platforms is gone, Newell said. Newell expects Apple to disrupt the living room platform with a new product that will challenge consoles, although he doesn't have any particular knowledge of that new product. 'I suspect Apple will launch a living room product that redefines people's expectations really strongly and the notion of a separate console platform will disappear,' he said. Newell reiterated his concerns about a closed model being the 'wrong philosophical approach' but one that people will emulate because of the success of Apple and Xbox Live."

Comment Re:More too this story methinks (Score 1) 597

"This is exactly my point; how is this not being deliberately truculent"

There is nothing wrong with refusing to identify oneself unless doing so is illegal. In this case, refusing to identify oneself is not illegal. The job of the police is not to combat random truculence, but to prevent crime/arrest those people who commit crimes.

"short of just letting this guy get off scot free, is there anything that the police could legally have done?"

You only get off scot free if you've done something wrong. He did nothing wrong. He therefore did not get away with anything.

Not only is there nothing the police legally could have done, there is nothing the police legally should have done. Apart, that is, from nothing. Which is what they should have done.

Comment Re:Obstruction of justice (Score 1) 597

Nonesense, did you even read what you linked to?

In proceedings against any person for the offence of failing to produce a licence [F35 and its counterpart] it shall be a defence for him to show that--
within seven days after the production of his licence [F35 and its counterpart] was required he produced [F36 them] in person at a police station that was specified by him at the time [F37 their] production was required

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - English Policenauts translation patch released (

Snatcher writes: "The fan translation project finally came to an end and Policenauts is playable in English. As a spiritual sequence to Snatcher, you play the part of Jonathan Ingram in the space colony Beyond Coast. Finally English the English speaking audience can enjoy this Hideo Kojima jewel that was only released in Japan."

Submission + - Microsoft expands Office antipiracy 'nagging' (

CWmike writes: "Microsoft has announced it will expand to the U.S., the U.K. and 11 other countries an antipiracy program for Office that will identify pirated copies of the suite and nag users with on-screen messages. The expansion follows a pilot program Microsoft launched in four countries in April 2008, and then extended to an additional 24. This is the first time, however, that Microsoft has asked U.S. users to install a notifications component that pesters users if it determines the copy of Office is illegitimate. Microsoft said the download of the notification component was "voluntary" and added that it started to push the software to users today. Because the program is launching over the course of several months, not everyone will see it immediately."
The Internet

Submission + - Pirate Bay Vows a Fight to the End (

adeelarshad82 writes: A day after a Swedish court successfully ordered an Internet service provider to take down the torrent-tracking Web site, Pirate Bay returned, and vowed to fight any efforts to remove it from the Internet. The organization wrote a blog post saying that even though many may have fallen to IFPI and all the odious apparatus of MPAA, but they will not flag or fail. The Swedish court ordered Black Internet ISP to remove the Pirate Bay, it went down for about three hours until it was re-located and put live again outside the U.S.

Submission + - Sony Unveils Daily Edition E-Book With 3G Wireless (

adeelarshad82 writes: Sony unveiled the newest version of its eBook Reader, the Daily Edition, which will have built-in free wireless capability via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network. The new Reader, introduced during an event at the main branch of the New York Public Library, will hit SonyStyle stores and in December and will retail for $399. The Daily Edition will feature a seven-inch touchscreen, and a high contrast ratio with 16 levels of grayscale; you can read in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Submission + - Making Sense of Revision-control Systems

ChelleChelle writes: During the past half-decade there has been an explosion of creativity in revision-control software, complicating the task of determining which tool to use to track and manage the complexity of a project as it evolves. Today leaders of teams are faced with a bewildering array of choices ranging from Subversion to the more popular Git and Mercurial. It is important to keep in mind that whether distributed or centralized, all revision-control systems come with a complicated set of tradeoffs. Each tool emphasizes a distinct approach to working and collaboration, which in turn influences how the team works. So how exactly do you go about finding the best match between tool and team? This article sets out to answer this question.

Submission + - FCC declares Net Neutrality will be enforced

Unequivocal writes: "FCC's Chairman Genachowski told Congress today that the "Federal Communications Commission plans to keep the Internet free of increased user fees based on heavy Web traffic and slow downloads. Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman, told The Hill that his agency will support "net neutrality" and go after anyone who violates its tenets. "One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles," Genachowski said when asked what he could do in his position to keep the Internet fair, free and open to all Americans. The statement by Genachowski comes as the commission remains locked in litigation with Comcast. The cable provider is appealing a court decision by challenging the FCC's authority to penalize the company for limiting Web traffic to its consumers."

It looks like the good guys win, unless the appeals court rules against the FCC.."

Submission + - UK ISPs Angry With Proposed New File Sharing Laws

mindbrane writes: Once in a while a sidebar will throw a lot of light on a difficult problem. The BBC has a short piece on British ISPs anger over proposed new laws governing file sharing in the UK. Proposed new laws would include cutting repeat offenders off from the Internet. Response suggests such tactics would fail. "UK ISP Talk Talk said the recommendations were likely to "breach fundamental rights" and would not work. ...Virgin said that "persuasion not coercion" was key in the fight to crack down on the estimated six million file-sharers in the UK. ...TalkTalk's director of regulation Andrew Heaney told the BBC News the ISP was as keen as anyone to clamp down on illegal file-sharers. ..."This is best done by making sure there are legal alternatives and educating people, writing letters to alleged file-sharers and, if necessary, taking them to court."" Another interesting bit suggested "internet service providers (ISPs) are obliged to take action against repeat infringers and suggests that the cost of tracking down persistent pirates be shared 50:50 between ISPs and rights holders.", and, seconded by right holders... "The proposal has been welcomed by the BPI, which represents the recorded music industry in Britain." I fear an unholy alliance is in the making.

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