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Submission + - Is Sony trying to reform? (

onyxruby writes: Sony has had more than it's share of scandals and been rightly vilified by the public for a series of anti-consumer policies. A company that starts to treat their customers as the enemy tends to enter a death spiral (Circuit City etc). Sony has been having financial trouble for some time and needs to turn things around.

Sony appears to be making a sincere and earnest attempt to do exactly this with the latest PS4. The Verge covers how Sony has made the PS4 and crafted policies explicitly to make the PS4 consumer friendly to the public. They make the case that the PS4 will be superior in nearly every way by not requiring an Internet connection, not restricting used games, supporting indie developers and selling for $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.

Comment Re:how 'bout some gun control... (Score 2) 1706

The shooter was reported to be wearing body armour so you would need to make a head shot in a smoke filled and very crowded theatre. So assuming you are even able to identify the shooter in the theatre trying to get that head shot with the panicked patrons running around would be difficult to say the least. What's more likely to happen is that everyone with a gun would have started firing at anyone else brandishing a weapon and the body count would be much higher and the gunman would most likely still have survived.

Comment I just want to scream (Score 1) 306

In a letter to the committee, Sony said it has added automated software monitoring and enhanced data security and encryption to its systems in the wake of the recent security breaches.

After reading the above I just wanted to scream! All of those things should have been setup to begin with not added after a breach. What they should be doing now is firing all of their admins and hiring some who actually know what they are doing rather than people they found wandering around the local Walmart.

Comment Re:who to blame? (Score 1) 306

The Sony executives can't have things both ways. They are quick to put themselves forward as the reason for the companies successes so conversly they must also take the blame for the failures. While they weren't the ones who setup the servers they are the ones who hold the overall responsibility for safeguarding our personnal information.

Comment Re:Just wondering (Score 1) 288

As my Sony equipment has been dying I've been replacing it with non-Sony stuff. I've avoided their music arm ever since the whole root kit debacle and I absolutely refuse to buy the PS3 even though I really, really want to play Slam Bolt Scrappers. I really can't envision a situation where I would buy a Sony product again.

Comment Re:Open source vs proprietary (Score 1) 792

Yes but Mussolini didn't make the trains run on time, he just convinced people that they were. The Italian people knew the trains weren't running on time because they were the ones who were sitting around waiting for them but they still accepted him and to this day the falicy is still quoted. Now the train service did improve remarkebly after the first world war but all of that happened before Mussolini came to power but he still claimed it was thanks to him.

Basically people will believe what the government tells them even when they know it isn't true. Maybe believe is the wrong word but they will accept what they are told even in the face of the obvious.

AmigaOS Twenty-Five Years of Check-Ins Visualized 82

the_arrow writes "As a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Amiga computer, Hyperion Entertainment has made a video using the Gource CVS visualization software showing a time-compressed version of 25 years of Amiga development, from the early days of AmigaOS 1.0 to the present. Personal commentary added by one of the current core full-time AmigaOS developers, Hans-Joerg Frieden (a.k.a. 'Rogue')."

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."

Submission + - Woman Sues Google Because of Bad Directions (

bravo_2_0 writes: Rosenberg, a Los Angeles, California, native, is suing Google because Google Maps issued directions that told her to walk down a rural highway. She started walking down the highway--which had no sidewalk or pedestrian paths--and was struck by a car. She is suing Google (GOOG) for her medical expenses ($100,000), as well as punitive damages. She is also suing the driver who struck her, Patrick Harwood of Park City, Utah.

According to Rosenberg's complaint filing: "As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google's careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle, causing her to suffer sever permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries, including pain and suffering."

Data Storage

Best Format For OS X and Linux HDD? 253

dogmatixpsych writes "I work in a neuroimaging laboratory. We mainly use OS X but we have computers running Linux and we have colleagues using Linux. Some of the work we do with Magnetic Resonance Images produces files that are upwards of 80GB. Due to HIPAA constraints, IT differences between departments, and the size of files we create, storage on local and portable media is the best option for transporting images between laboratories. What disk file system do Slashdot readers recommend for our external HDDs so that we can readily read and write to them using OS X and Linux? My default is to use HFS+ without journaling but I'm looking to see if there are better suggestions that are reliable, fast, and allow read/write access in OS X and Linux."

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