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Submission + - World of Starcraft Mod Gets C&D from Blizzard (

eldavojohn writes: If you've been following the team who created World of Starcraft (an amazing mod of Starcraft to be more like World of Warcraft), their youtube video of what they've done so far has already resulted in a cease and desist from Activision/Blizzard. Evidently when you are given tools to make custom mods to games you should be careful about making something too good. The author of the mod is hopeful that it's just a trademark problem with the name of his mod but few details are out.

Submission + - Iran repeatedly offering aid in BP Oil Disaster (

An anonymous reader writes: Iran offers to assist with Oil Spill, mysteriously kept out of mainstream media...they offered help almost a month ago and then recently renewed this offer. I would think, that with the repetitive failures of BP and the private sector to clean this up, that the US govt would at least be receptive to listen to Iran, what gives?

Comment Re:VM? (Score 1) 422

If the malware is in BIOS, it will probably not be network capable to send collected keystrokes. Drivers and networking is just too complex to do that. I'm also not sure where it would store them to survive a boot (on some hard disk sectors?).
AFAIK some antivirus programs do check the BIOS, but I guess smart malware may circumvent that.

Comment Re:terrible advice (Score 1) 422

If you regularly have to create a LiveCD, and you're the kind of person who is susceptible to malware attack, then:

  1) You're not going to do it, and
  2) You're likely going to get owned during the LiveCD creation chain..

It kinda seems like all the value of using a LiveCD disappears as soon as you start trying to update it.. which is why I was bothering to object to suggesting to people that they use a LiveCD, as they necessarily contain software that is not patched up-to-date.

None of this is new BTW, it's just that a pundit has stumbled into this old discussion.

Comment Re:Moon/asteroid mining opportunity :-) (Score 1) 456

I think that Man is not stuck on earth forever. There are still huge reserves of metals and other rare elements which we will need to have when moving to other planets but maybe its better to wait until technology gets better and more efficient. Next decades will be focused on resources more than ever. This will of course cause drop in standard of living as you have written. Stuff won't be as cheap. There won't be today's cheap (and abused) labour from china because china is done with focusing on exports and will start to develop itself with all the dollars it accumulated (and is now buying loads of commodities with them).

Comment You answered your own question... (Score 1) 313

"Why would the solution to something that is not easily enforceable be to make it legal? "

You answered it yourself - it's not easily enforceable.

What the RIAA/MPAA is trying to do is to get the governments and police forces of the world to enforce something which can't be enforced. The amount of money which could be sunk in this black hole if they achieve it is unthinkable.

The real problem is that the RIAA has spent the last ten years with their hands over their ears going "LALALALALALALA, we're not listening". Listening to customers is usually seen as good business practice, but they're not doing it.

The world has changed, people don't listen to CDs any more, they listen to mp3, and they want the singles, not a CD with one decent track and a load of filler.

Apple listened and their iTunes business is doing very well thank you very much.

The other elephant in the 'enforcement' room is that DVD sales are booming year on year almost in line with the drop in CD sales. Maybe the public is buying DVDs instead of CDs...? Nah, it couldn't possibly be market forces at work. We'd better spend billions of tax $$$ on law enforcement to protect the buggy-whip makers, just in case...

Comment Re:So it's a fnacy nmae (Score 1) 1345

I remember very little of my multiplication tables and even less of my division tables. This is despite the fact that I work with numbers and statistics on a daily basis. Calculators are the standard in business and you are expected to understand what you are doing on them. Memorization of tables does nothing for your understanding. It's just a highly simple case of pattern memorization.
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Submission + - Canada Net Neutrality Hearings Open With Conflict

An anonymous reader writes: Canada's telecommunications regulator begins net neutrality hearings today with witnesses from consumer groups, creator interests, technology companies, and ISPs. The CBC offers a preview, while Michael Geist catches the large Canadian ISPs with conflicting claims. For example, Shaw Communications will argue for traffic shaping, yet CEO Jim Shaw told the Commission a couple of months ago that "we can only tell you how many bits are coming in or out. We don't know what kind of bit it is. It could be anything from an e-mail to a porno. We don't know that. We spend no time trying to figure out what bits are going to your house. We just don't know."

Submission + - 3 Years in Jail for Web Protest and Encrypted Mail (

twitter writes: "From the happy-independence-day-dept

Democracy Now has a scary interview with Andrew Stephanian. Andrew spent three years in jail for organizing animal rights protests on line. Five months of his incarceration were in a controversial new US prison system called a "Communications Management Unit" of CMU.

this war on dissent ... the evidence against him was essentially that he was associating with a website, didn't operate the website. [FBI wiretaps showed his decision and urging of others not to violate] civil injunctions that were imposed on certain demonstrations. ... the government alleges [encrypted email is] evidence of his criminal intent.

the journey that Andrew Stepanian has gone through is a frightening example of ... this incredible attempt by the government to envelop political activists, criminalize dissent, convict them and then send them to special housing units based on a political agenda.

Andrew's other dangerous activities include six years of feeding homeless people and rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I don't think limited software options were the main problem when state police labled dissidents, "terrorists" two years ago. The oppression of dissidence is systematic. It's time to get rid of these obnoxious and illegal surveillance systems and the cowardly laws that foist them on us."

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