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BioShock 2's First DLC Already On Disc 466

An anonymous reader writes with this quote from 1Up: "Trouble is brewing in Rapture. The recently released Sinclair Solutions multiplayer pack for BioShock 2 is facing upset players over the revelation that the content is already on the disc, and the $5 premium is an unlock code. It started when users on the 2K Forums noticed that the content is incredibly small: 24KB on the PC, 103KB on the PlayStation 3, and 108KB on the Xbox 360. 2K Games responded with a post explaining that the decision was made in order to keep the player base intact, without splitting it between the haves and have-nots."

Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April 100

You can buy and sell actor or movie "stock" for virtual cash on the website Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX). Starting in April the company plans on letting you turn those movie performance predictions into real dollars. HSX filed with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for approval as an active trading site in November 2008 and has just entered the final phase of regulatory review. Richard Jaycobs, president of HSX's parent company, said, "The number of people who visit movie theaters each year and form opinions about a film's success is in the tens of millions. We believe that's the reason the public response to this product has been very positive."

Comment Raw H.264 playback still broken? (Score 1) 419

If they still haven't fixed playback of raw H.264 files (without any transport stream or other wrapper), then I'm going to have to continue to stick with 0.8.6. This has been broken for a ridiculously long time now and no one but me seems to have complained about it. I love VLC, but it hasn't decoded "everything under the sun" in quite some time. I last checked the 0.9.9 versions on both Windows and linux, and both failed to play any of a set of H.264 reference videos. H.264 is pretty standard now, and the inability to play back .264 files is a fairly serious defect.

Comment Where's the problem? (Score 1) 987

I'm not really sure I understand where your sense of panic or loss is coming from. You seem to think that suppliers of original content are about to become extinct based solely on the results of Googling your own book.

People who are pirating your book are not reading your book. People who are reading your book are not pirating it. Any engineer who seriously wants to learn about whatever's in your "Data Compression Textbook" is going to buy it and expense it to their company. They are absolutely not going to get on TPB and grab the torrent. I don't really get what you're worrying about here.

It's the same thing with everything else that is pirated. The people who are downloading pirated movies, music, books, or whatever are not the ones who would ever have paid for them if the pirated versions were unavailable -- it either costs too much or is of insufficient interest to that segment of the population to warrant the cost. The revenue you are losing to this channel is negligible. But it may serve as advertisement. If college students are downloading your book to learn about whatever unique data compression techniques you offer that aren't already freely available via standards documents or course materials, they may decide that they like your writing style and presentation (or not) and drive future sales when they actually have a career and money to spend on such things.

Apparently, you've never discovered new music or groups through downloading albums. That's the only way I find new groups that I like these days. And when I find something new that I like, I go out and buy it. If I don't, it gets deleted.

Comment Re:First impression: not cool (Score 1) 1733

1) This is relatively old news which you could just as easily Google yourself.
2) I would have thought that the simple fact that they found exactly such an e-mail account and hacked it would constitute sufficient proof of its existence.
3) The whole point was that she was deliberately trying to avoid leaving any public records or documented proof, although she clearly did so in a horribly inept way.
4) but since you asked...

Here's the relevant bit from that article:
While Ms. Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a "personal device" like a BlackBerry "would be confidential and not subject to subpoena."

Ms. Palin and aides use their private e-mail addresses for state business. A campaign spokesman said the governor copied e-mail messages to her state account "when there was significant state business."

On Feb. 7, Frank Bailey, a high-level aide, wrote to Ms. Palin's state e-mail address to discuss appointments. Another aide fired back: "Frank, this is not the governorâ(TM)s personal account."

Mr. Bailey responded: "Whoops~!"

Submission + - Scientists create embryonic stem cells from skin (

Nerdposeur writes: Scientists from Kyoto University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have independently a method for giving adult human skin cells the characteristics of embryonic stem cells. According to the New Scientist story,

Both teams used viruses to insert four genes comprising the transcription factors into skin cells, and demonstrated that brain, heart and other tissues could be created from cells created this way.
From the NPR story:

If the work holds true to its promise, it would largely bypass ethical issues that have dogged research on human embryonic stem cells. It could also allow scientists to tailor the cells to specific individuals, eliminating the possibility of rejection.
Could this put some of the ethical questions around stem cell research to rest?


Submission + - Thomas guilty of infringement

hymie! writes: " Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties."

Submission + - RIAA gets first victory in court

Azar writes: After testimony wrapped up earlier today a verdict was handed down. Jammie Thomas, 30, from Minnesota had damages of $220,000 levied against her today. In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused Jammie Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. The jury ordered Thomas to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs in all. During the three-day trial, the record companies presented evidence they said showed the copyrighted songs were offered by a Kazaa user under the name "tereastarr." Their witnesses, including officials from an Internet provider and a security firm, testified that the Internet address used by "tereastarr" belonged to Thomas.

Submission + - EFF vs. AT&T: Wiretapping Lawsuit (

Sammy Sausage Head writes: AT&T Must Face Justice for Illegal Spying

NSA Surveillance Comes Under Fire Today in Appeals Court Battle

San Francisco — In a packed San Francisco courtroom today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow AT&T customers to continue to fight against illegal spying on their telephone and Internet communications.

EFF is representing the plaintiffs in Hepting v. AT&T, a class-action lawsuit brought by AT&T customers accusing the giant telco of violating their rights by illegally assisting the National Security Agency in domestic surveillance. The U.S. government is fighting to get the class-action lawsuit thrown out of court, contending that the litigation jeopardizes state secrets.


Submission + - Gamma Ray Anomaly Could Test String Theory (

exploder writes: String theory is notorious for its lack of testable predictions. But if the MAGIC gamma-ray telescope team's interpretation is correct, then a delay in the arrival of higher-energy gamma rays could point to a breakdown of relativity theory. A type of "quantum lensing effect" is postulated to cause the delay, which is approximateley four minutes over a half-billion year journey.

Submission + - Comics artist Mike Wieringo deceased

lbalbalba writes: Mike Wieringo, a well known comic books artist who's career includes work for renowned publishers such as Marvel and DC Comics, providing the drawings for well-known comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Superman, and the Fantastic Four, suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday August 12th, passing away at the age of 44 [1963-2007].

Submission + - Bush Orders No Cruel Treatment of Terror Suspects (

ArcherB writes: President Bush signed an executive order Friday prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.

Read the whole executive order HERE.

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