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Comment Good new for Steam (Score 1) 543

This could be a huge boon for the PC Game industry. And no, I'm not talking about Piracy. But, without used games to bring the cost down, gamers like myself will shift more of their funds to heavily discounted digital download titles on the PC, which is something I've yet to see matched on the console side.

Comment Google vs. Cable TV (Score 0) 267

Why is it that people love the services provided by Google at no cost, due to advertising, but also find no qualms with the advertising encountered on cable television, a service which we directly pay for? I don't have cable, but everyone I know does, and I'm always curious why they have no complaint with essentially paying twice to watch the latest CSI. Once out of pocket, and once via advertisements.

Comment Pirating hurts Gamers. (Score -1, Flamebait) 224

When will people realize, when you decline to purchase a game due to restrictive DRM, opting instead to pirate it, you are hurting other gamers. Your decision to pirate the game, rather than not play it at all, contributes to the justification for these companies to come up with even more intrusive DRM, to combat the "rampant" piracy of their titles. As long as piracy occurs on any title, those studios will blame sales shortfalls on piracy. Not the ever decreasing length, or quality, of the their games. Not the decision to kill dedicated servers, cap player limits, or release slapped together console-ports. Not the required third-party multiplayer platforms (GFWL, Gamespy, etc.). They see things in one context: If there be pirates, there be demand, we just need more DRM.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Internet 92

MMBK writes "Our friends at JESS3 have unveiled The Ex-Blocker. It's a Firefox and Chrome plugin that erases all name and likeness of your ex from the Internet, even if they become a meme, or the president. You'll no longer have to threaten to delete your Facebook account or concoct an elaborate e-hoax to assuage the reality-shattering complications that are born from break-ups. Simply construct an Internet that omits bad vibes all together."

Noisebridge Attempts to Teach Science To Juggalos 198

Working on the assumption that the Insane Clown Posse's song Miracles was indeed a tribute to the wonder of nature and not the cleverest troll ever, some folks from the hackerspace Noisebridge decided to try and educate ICP fans. Surprisingly, most of the fans seemed to enjoy the science lesson, but representatives of the band didn't seem to think it was funny.

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

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