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Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"

Australian AvP Ban Reversed 71

Earlier this month, we discussed news that Sega's new Aliens vs. Predator video game had been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it. After a scathing response from the developer saying they wouldn't censor the game, and later news that the classification scheme may be updated to include an R18+ rating, it now seems that the Classification Board has seen fit to give the game a green light after all. Sega's Darren Macbeth told Kotaku, "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

Saboteur Launch Plagued By Problems With ATI Cards 230

An anonymous reader writes "So far, there are over 35 pages of people posting about why EA released Pandemic Studios' final game, Saboteur, to first the EU on December 4th and then, after knowing full well it did not work properly, to the Americas on December 8th. They have been promising to work on a patch that is apparently now in the QA stage of testing. It is not a small bug; rather, if you have an ATI video card and either Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the majority (90%) of users have the game crash after the title screen. Since the marketshare for ATI is nearly equal to that of Nvidia, and the ATI logo is adorning the front page of the Saboteur website, it seems like quite a large mistake to release the game in its current state."

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

Comment Help Eliminate Software Piracy (Score 0, Troll) 291

The whole argument about software piracy is driving the world crazy. If Microsoft are serious about the elimination of piracy of their licensed software here are a few pointers they might consider:

1) Demand that all governments institute extremely severe penalties for every instance of copyright or license violation. At least that will ensure that the subject gets taken more seriously. (I can't advocate the death penalty, but something close to it would help make a resounding statement.)

Also, show zero mercy, otherwise the message will not be strong enough! (PS: The RIAA and MPAA should take hint also to help educate the public that use of proprietary copyrighted material is a VERY serious matter. Eliminate any concept or form of "fair use" - there is no room for it in a DRM locked up world.) It is only reasonable to make the consumer aware that organizations that pursue such controls really do not want customers, they want prisoners. Prisoners have no rights! It is time to come out of the woods and into the clear!

2) Eliminate the bundling of Microsoft products from all computer sales.

Microsoft should insist that the consumer must obtain duly licensed software (operating system and applications) and must comply with well published and clearly presented licensing terms. The current practice of bundling MS Windows with laptops and desktop systems is a source of endless confusion for the consumer. Microsoft are the primary cause of end-user confusion.

The purchase of a bundled system requires the consumer (or user) to enter into a compulsory contract (EULA) with a third-party who is NOT involved in the purchase transaction between the purchaser and the supplier of the hardware (laptop or desktop system). This is a patently unjust business practice because the user is coerced into a contract with a company that interferes with the purchase transaction between buyer and seller. Separating out the purchase of an operating system would clearly separate the business and licensing transactions, and thus will create greater awareness of the responsibility to comply with licensing terms.

3) Governments should insist that under freedom of information conditions all consumers must be made aware of the alternatives they can choose from when faced with a need to select an operating system and application software. The consumer should be made aware of the existence of free software so that the consumer is not coerced into an unnecessary financial or legally oppressive relationship.

4) Microsoft should educate their users that the original license to use a product they supplied applies only to the originally supplied product. In other words, all modifications made to the operating system, or to application software, as a result of a maintenance process is a sub-license of the original license and can not be severed from the original license. Please help loyal Microsoft users to keep the consumer honest.

Too often IT people are approached by someone who received a second-hand computer from which the original purchaser had erased the MS Windows operating system, but left the activation key sticker on the machine, only to be asked to install some version (any version) of MS Windows because they do not have original installation media, and yet believe that the activation key sticker is a license to any version of Windows since they can not use the computer without an operating system installed.

Microsoft, please help us to eliminate these myths! Why should Microsoft's loyal supporters make themselves out to be the bad guys? Gentlemen, the confusion does not belong to those of us who respect licensing terms. Most open source software advocates are zealous to ensure that the terms of use of open source software are fully complied with. With the right leadership from Microsoft they can be just as zealous to help educate Microsoft's customers of the importance of compliance with Micrsoft's EULAs. After all, this would be only reasonable. Right?

- A Concerned Licensing Advocate


Submission + - When an Electric Car Dies, What Will Happen to the (

TheClockworkSoul writes: This year, President Obama laid out the goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, which raises a question: how the heck are we going to recycle millions of lithium ion batteries be recycled?

As part of the $2.4 billion in stimulus funds awarded last month to jump-start the manufacturing and deployment of a domestic crop of vehicle batteries, the U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $9.5 million to California-based recycling company Toxco Inc., the only company in the U.S. currently able to recycle all sizes and models of lithium-ion batteries, the kind used to power most of the new hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles entering the world market. With most of the world's lithium production centered in Bolivia, Chile and China, some say having a recycling infrastructure in place for vehicle batteries could help save the United States from trading "peak oil" for "peak lithium."

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - For Your Health, Froot Loops? ( 1

DesertNomad writes: William Neuman of the New York Times reports today on a new food-labeling campaign called Smart Choices, backed by most of the nation's largest food manufacturers, which is "designed to help shoppers easily identify smarter food and beverage choices." The green checkmark label that is starting to show up on store shelves will appear on hundreds of packages, including — to the surprise of many nutritionists — sugar-laden cereals like Cocoa Krispies and Froot Loops. Eileen T. Kennedy, president of the Smart Choices board and the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, said the program's criteria were based on government dietary guidelines and widely accepted nutritional standards.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - 3-D Gaming Terrain & Craft Robots! (

GameGeek Supreme writes: Untitled Page

If you're a geek you've probably sat at the table for some oldschool dice throwing, graph paper, a strong imagination and associated smell ;) In your geeky heart though, you always had a fantasy of actually seeing these richly detailed worlds from your mind, spilled out onto the table in the flesh! Well is something you should REALLY check out. They make 3-D gaming terrain that you print from home! They've even started to incorporate automated "robo cutting" (Craftrobo/Silhouette SD) into their latest terrain products as well, so like 90% of the work is done for you by a machine! Its like being your very own slave driving manufacturer but the staff are all robots!

From their press release:

WorldWorksGames announces the launch of their latest 3-D gaming terrain products TerrainlinX & Himmelveil. Based on WorldWorksGames TerrainlinX system first conceived in 2004, these two foundation releases promise to change the way terrain is used on the gaming table. Watch the video here:

Himmelveil Streets is: Elevated, "lift-out" multi-story roads and buildings for easy access to sublevels, foot & road bridges of any span, towers and city infrastructure of any height or configuration, removable "on-the-fly" walls and roofing, "Anti-Warp" wall designs, plug-in railings, city stairs, street ramp, over 23 unique street tiles in 1", 1.5" and No-Grid options, street lamps, custom configurable street signs. And in an industry first for this type of terrain, this product includes GSD cut path files for automated cutting (CraftRobo.Sillouette SD)! Visit the product page here for free samples and more information.

Himmelveil Sewers is: Multi-storied sewer exploration like you've never seen it before! Configure your sewer to any height or configuration, removable "on-the-fly" walls, Anti-Warp wall designs, plug-in railings, modular balconies which can skirt walls, 31 unique sewer floor tiles. The entire modular layout can co-exist beneath your street layout! And in an industry first for this type of terrain, this product includes GSD cut path files for automated cutting (CraftRobo.Sillouette SD)! Visit the product page here for samples and more information.

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