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Submission + - Amazon reveals "Prime Air", their plans for 30-minute deliveries by drone (

Z80xxc! writes: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed during a CBS 60 Minutes interview that the company is working on a service called "Prime Air" to deliver packages by autonomous octocopter drones within 30 minutes of hitting the "buy" button. The plan still requires more testing and FAA approval, but Bezos predicts it'll be available to the public in the next 4-5 years. With a lot of backlash against drones, and some towns even offering bounties to shoot them down, will this technology ever take off, or is this just another one of Amazon's eccentric CEO's fantastical flight ideas ?

Submission + - No Dedicated Server Support in Modern Warfare 2 (

An anonymous reader writes: Infinity Ward's community representative Robert Bowling stated in an interview with Bash and Slash that Infiinity Ward has removed support for dedicated servers and user generated modifications. In dedicated server's place will be, a new platform Infinity Ward will be testing that provides the same matchmaking service console users are accustomed too to PC users. The outcry has been tremendous so far from PC users on the IW forums, Twitter, Digg, and other mediums.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Valve engineers weed out bad 'lying' game servers ( 1

billlava writes: "Tired of Team Fortress 2 servers that lie in order to attract players, engineers at Valve (creators of the Half Life franchise) have come up with a way to weed out servers that give false information about the number of players online, or custom server options.

After kicking around some proposals, we came up with a simple system built around the theory that player time on a server is a useful metric for how happy the player is with that server. It's game rules agnostic, and we can measure it on our steam backend entirely from steam client data, so servers can't interfere with it. We already had this data for all the TF2 servers in the world, allowing us to try several different scoring formulas out before settling on this simple one that successfully identified good & bad servers...

Of course, this only works with their games running on Steam."


Submission + - AdSense Users Asked to Update Their Privacy Policy (

Netzer writes: CircleID has a post by Dhaval Doshi mentioning that he received an email from Google AdSense asking publishers to change their websites' privacy policy in preparation for Google's new interest-based advertising. According to Google, 'Interest-based advertising enables advertisers to reach users based on their interests (e.g. 'sports enthusiasts'), and allows them to show ads based on a user's previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser websites.' In order to do this, Google requires to place a cookie in the computer of the user and Google AdSense now requires publishers to change their website's privacy policy accordingly.
The Courts

Submission + - Argument About Streaming to be Streamed (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "You may recall that in an RIAA case, SONY BMG Music v. Tenenbaum, the district court ruled that an oral argument about the constitutionality of statutory damages could be streamed, and the RIAA has been fighting that with a petition for 'mandamus or prohibition' in the appeals court, which is opposed by the press. Interestingly, it now turns out that the appeals court's oral argument about the streaming will itself be recorded and then streamed. It is hard to imagine how a court which routinely streams its own oral arguments can rule that it is somehow inappropriate for similar oral arguments in the district court to be streamed as well."

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