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Submission + - It's the End of (XP) Support as we Know It (

X!0mbarg writes: We've all heard about the inevitability of it, but M$ has started sending out Downloaded Notifications of its End Of Support for Windows XP as part of Automatic Updates. Has anyone else seen these pop up on their XP systems? I certainly did.

(Apologies in advance for my poor code-fu here.)

Many links abound for reference here:
  • and the Google-it-for-you reference:

Anyone else see this as an attempt to scare users into upgrades directly from the desktop?

Yes, we all knew this day would be upon us, but surely we didn't see M$ being so downright aggressive, did we?

Ultimately, what is everyone's opinion on this effort and its' ultimate affect to their usage of the admittedly antiquated OS?

I for one, will still be chugging along on a few systems until the system finally just Dies on me.

Any theories on actual support and afterlife cycle predictions? Anyone still patching together their Win98 systems? Win3.11? What duties have they been relegated to and why? What plans does everyone have in the Upgrade department? Are you waiting for anything specific from M$ before taking the Win8.1 plunge, or planning on holding onto your Win7 systems 'till they pry the code from its cold, dead drive?

Submission + - Nintendo Nixes Swapnote due to Intentional Abuse (

X!0mbarg writes: Quoted from Nintendo Directly:

Thank you for your support.

Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material. Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop the SpotPass feature of Swapnote because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.

Nintendo always wants to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service. We feel it is important on this occasion to take this action.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.

Nintendo will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our Parental Control features, which allow parents to manage their children’s experience on our systems. For more information, please click here.

Service stop date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 7 p.m. PT

Service being stopped: Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote – Sending and receiving notes using SpotPass

Affected regions: All regions where the service was offered

Special Notes services are also stopped

Although I'm not a frequent submitter of stories, I did happen upon something that might be of interest to the /. community as a whole, and thought I'd share it here.

After getting off shift yesterday and firing up Pokemon Y on my 3DS while waiting for my ride, I notice a new message has popped up (See quote above)

It would seem that having a little program that can be used in a wide open way has been making some little ones cry, and their parents see red. All of this appears to be linked to the addition of being able to send photos that was added in April 2012. The service itself was launched in North America in January of that same year.

I guess it's one thing to send off crudely drawn notes of people with naughty language, but quite a different thing to send a 3D pic of actual people.

I have one of these systems, but have never used that feature myself, so I doubt I'll miss it, but surely others use it a lot more than they will likely admit.

Does anyone else have a 3DS, and use Swapnote? Have you (or anyone you know) been subjected to unwanted offensive material? What did you do about it?

What are the overall opinions of this move among the SlashDot community? Is it just blind censorship? Overreaction? Deliberate sabotage of what could otherwise be a "safe" introduction to social media in a closed digital environment?

Will they ever bring the service back, and what changes would have to be made to allow it? Will it even be usable?

The link provided below is word-for-word what showed up in the 3DS message and taken directly from Nintendo.


Submission + - Looks like the The Pirate Bay has been Sunk! (

X!0mbarg writes: Not long ago, there was a story posted here, on SlashDot itself, that mentioned a batch of ISPs being raided, and an assortment of BitTorrent sites going down. Within minutes, an internet favourite, The Pirate Bay seems to have disappeared. Over at a Story pops up covering just such a noteworthy event.
"Rumors are flying after the Pirate Bay's website took a dive on Monday just as news broke of a raid by Swedish police on its hosting company PRQ – but the group says the two facts are not related.

"Dear internet. We have not been raided. We are not shutting down. We like turtles, waffles and you," the group said on its Facebook page. "Sorry for not fulfilling your pirate needs tonight. It's ok if you cheat on us with another site, just once. We know that you still love us, deep down in your cursed pirate heart."

There is, however, something more suspicious here:

Where's the Original SlashDot story that covered the Raid and Fall of the Torrent Sites? It also seems to have disappeared from the Stories list in the last few moments.

Are these two events linked in some way? Has SlashDot been censored somehow? Was the story Too Hot for SlashDot?

Let's all watch and see what happens next!

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