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Man Fined $1.5 Million For Leaked Mario Game 287

An anonymous reader writes "A Queensland man will have to pay Nintendo $1.5 million in damages after illegally copying and uploading one of its recent games to the internet ahead of its release, the gaming giant says. Nintendo said the loss was caused when James Burt made New Super Mario Bros Wii available for illegal download a week ahead of its official Australian release in November of last year. Nintendo applied for and was granted a search order by the Federal Court, forcing Burt to disclose the whereabouts of all his computers, disks and electronic storage devices in November. He was also ordered to allow access, including passwords, to his social networking sites, email accounts and websites."

Comment Re:Anyone have words about the browsing (Score 1) 283

You've obviously missed the point - the iPhone INTERFACE is what prevents proper multitasking. The Pre's implementation is genius - its abundantly clear what program you are using at the moment, and how many programs are open. Switching between them is trivial - the key to "multiple tasks."

Even with the iPhone, where if it's jailbroken the multitasking capability is accessible (and I'd imagine ALL slashdot readers who own an iPhone indeed have jailbroken it), there is no feel of true multitasking. All you get is "background processes" - you do not ever feel that you can do multiple tasks.

There's only a few hours left, but if Apple was smart, they'd release OS 3.0 with multitasking similar to the Pre's. This would probably convince at least half of those eyeing the Pre to keep their iPhone. But one can only dream...

Comment Re:Making more attractive.... (Score 1) 160

You've obviously missed the point. When customers buy these, they know what they are getting themselves into! If you've noticed, Dell will not try to sell you ubuntu. They "agree" to sell it to you. Adding more value to their ubuntu offering means they are accommodating people who are willing to experiment, and give them a full package including all the basics. Aunt Mildred will not be buying this computer. Experimenter Joe will be. He will understand that he needs "ubuntu compatible" when it comes to outgrowing routine tasks. But experimenter Joe expects that whatever was included in the box works right out of the box, including that dvd drive that should play dvds....

Submission + - RIAA slaps 500 students w/ steep settlements.

MrSmileyJr writes: "A recent article on MSnbc reports, " Music piracy crackdown nets college kids, At least 500 students nationwide have paid settlements to avoid being sued."
The article describes how the RIAA requried a settlement of $3000 to avoid a lawsuit. A bit steep for downloading less than 400 songs.... I wonder how many of these lawsuits would have been dismissed without settlement, considering the regular reports on slashdot that the RIAA is fighting a losing battle...."

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