Trillian_1138 writes: "I've been a/. reader (mostly a lurker) for over ten years. Next December, I will be undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and I'm asking for your help. I'm using a Kickstarter-style fundraiser, were there are rewards for various donor levels. Rewards include sex toys, trans-positive porn, artwork from comics like Subnormality and The Devil's Panties, and more. Particularly geeky, I recently went to 3DEA in New York City to have my penis scanned by lasers (relatively SFW link) so that I can offer custom-molded candles, chocolates, and dildos as a reward. I know my goal, $10,000, is ambitious, but every little bit helps. Help spread the word, and thanks!"
Trillian_1138 writes: "Many/. readers have undoubtedly been following the development of Bioshock, particularly with the release of the game for Windows and XBox 360 in the US earlier this week. However, 2K Games recently revealed that the game not only requires an Internet connection during PC installation (disappointing, but not shocking) but during uninstallation. That is, if the game does not 'deauthorize' with 2K servers, the SecuROM DRM system in place will prevent the game from being installed on more than two total computers without 'officially' uninstalling the game from at least one of them. From the Kotaku article, a 2K rep has said the game only needs to be connected to the Internet to install and uninstall, not to play."
Trillian_1138 writes: "CSPAN, a network in the United States dedicated to airing governmental proceedings, has adopted a Creative Commons style license for all its content. This follows the network claiming Speaker of the House Pelosi's use of C-Span videos on her site violated their copyright . Specifically, "C-SPAN is introducing a liberalized copyright policy for current, future, and past coverage of any official events sponsored by Congress and any federal agency — about half of all programming offered on the C-SPAN television networks — which will allow non-commercial copying, sharing, and posting of C-SPAN video on the Internet, with attribution." The press release should be on the C-SPAN website here but, as of this submission, the link is not functional. The question remains whether videos of governmental proceedings should be public domain by default or whether the attribution requirement is reasonable in the face of easy video copying and distribution."