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Submission + - French three-strikes law deemed unconstitutional

An anonymous reader writes: The French "Conseil Constitutionnel" just ruled that the recently voted "Hadopi" law, which enforces a "three strikes and you're out" system, is actually unconstitutional. They mainly make two points. 1) They argue that removing Internet acces is equivalent to hindering a person's freedom of speech, and as such can only be decided by appointed judges. This removes all punitive power from the administrative body supposed to enforce the three-strikes rule; all it can do now is warn you that "they're watching you". 2) When illegal filesharing is detected, users have to prove their innocence. This is obviously contrary to the constitutional principle of presumption of innocence. Article in french.

When Does Gore Get In the Way of Gameplay? 141

Wired is running a story inspired by the level of gore in the recent Wolverine game that wonders: how much is too much? It mentions a study we discussed in February which indicated that violence tended to interest gamers less than other characteristics. "... the longer you play a 'twitch' action game, the less you notice the cultural content — the gushing blood, the shrieks of agony. You're too busy focusing on the gameplay. I noticed this with Wolverine. For the first hour, I found the deranged bloodshed both shocking and exciting; it made me feel like I 'was' Logan, the grunting, killing-machine character from Marvel Comics' X-Men universe. But as I became more expert, the cultural shell of the game boiled away. In a sort of staring-into-the-cascading-numbers-of-the-Matrix way, I found myself looking past the visible aspects of the game and savoring the underlying, invisible mechanics of play. ... The game became pure physics and algorithms: Vectors, speed and collision detection. The gore had become mostly irrelevant."

Submission + - Europe to launch two space telescopes today

TorKlingberg writes: As the Hubble is being repaired, the European Space Agency is about to launch two new space telescopes in an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre at 15:12 CEST (09:12 EDT) today. Herschel is an infrared telescope with the largest mirror ever deployed in space at 3.5 m diameter. It can see further in the far-infrared than any previous mission and requires liquid helium to cool the instruments to under 2 Kelvin. The smaller Planck will study the cosmic microwave background over the entire sky.

Unlike Hubble there can be no repair missions as the telescopes are going to the L2 Lagrangian point 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from Earth in the opposite direction of the sun. The launch will be streamed live online.

Comment Re:Context? (Score 1) 343

Easy, they don't. The HADOPI authority harvests IPs from swarms, and the warnings are sent on the basis that your ip being there means you are a thief. Of course, as an added bonus, you cannot argue with them, unless you have installed a gov. spyware to 'secure your connection'. Oh wait, you still can't argue with them, you have to take it to courts, after your internets have been cut off. Actually, I'm not even sure you have any right to find out where or when your IP was sniffed. I, for one, heartily welcome the latest addition to our Great French Police State.

Submission + - How do next generations eponentially impact us?

Aldenissin writes: "How would the world be different if software companies decided to support and maintain actively used (and viable, not hopelessly insecure) software, instead of forcing an upgrade to something non-backwards compatible? Some that come to mind are Microsoft and possibly anti-virus vendors. Would the same theories apply to all companies, like for example auto-makers? Imagine if you could buy virtually the same car brand new you have now in 3-4 years, and/or be able to upgrade an older model to the same specifications. What would be the efficiency factor, if any?

If companies were shown hidden (existing?) incentives that allowed for a more "natural" capitalistic market, where would human civilization be now? Vista has obviously shaped the path of companies plans for software and hardware upgrades. Is it possible to estimate the time and resources, from end user, to IT, on up to CEOs that it costs everyone (even those that deal with you that hold back) for something like moving to Windows Vista? Even better, is it possible to calculate a total cost benefit ratio?

Could we as consumers begin to influence if company "x" is selling us "exponential value" and not just manufacturing externalized costs that we all will pay for in an effort to increase their sales? I understand that at the basics bigger sales=bigger economy, but does bigger economy=stronger economy? How have any failures of Vista literally affected our economy?"

Submission + - Do we need running shoes to run? (

prostoalex writes: "The Daily Mail takes a look at current research in the field of running and injuiries related to running, quoting a few interesting factoids: (1) the more expensive the running shoes, the greater the probability of getting an injury, (2) some of the planet's best and most intense runners run barefoot, (3) Stanford running team, having access to the top-notch modern shoes sent in for free by manufacturers, after a few rounds of trial and error still chose to train with no shoes at all."

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