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Submission + - PS3 Jailbreak now legal in Spain (nicagamerz.com)

deek writes: Spanish gamer site NicaGamerz.com have reported that it's now legal to sell the PS3 Jailbreak modchip in Spain (Google translation). According to the article, one reason for the legal ruling is because Sony removed the ability to run GNU/Linux on the console. One can only wonder if Sony will soon rush out a firmware update that will re-enable the OtherOS feature, and appeal the court decision. Oh the irony of that thought ...

The legal ruling was made on the 13th December (Google translation). There are only 5 days to appeal, starting from that date.

The Internet

Submission + - Does the internet change how we think? (smh.com.au)

deek writes: The internet may be reshaping how our minds work. Author Nicholas Carr talks about how the internet is influencing our thought processes and what the possible consequences of that are. "The ability to scan and browse is as important as the ability to read deeply and think attentively. What's disturbing is that skimming is becoming our dominant mode of thought.".

The lack of ability to concentrate on single tasks. The urge to browse information for no apparent reason. Are these the result of using the internet? Is this something we need to consciously work to avoid?

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