jitterman writes: "The ongoing kerfuffle over Apple devices allegedly tracking their users' locations has taken yet another turn. It all started on April 20th, when tech bloggers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden reported their discovery that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS4 were supposedly maintaining a stealth file of locations that the devices had traveled to – with their users. Apple responded on April 27th, stating that the devices were simply anonymously contributing to a database of local Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers, that helped to triangulate the phones' location faster than GPS alone. Now, however, a just-discovered patent application filed by Apple in 2009 has some people doubting that claim."
jitterman writes: I purchased "Metro 2033" for Windows yesterday. After thinking about downloading it from a disreputable source, I decided, "No, I want PC gaming to thrive." So, I went to my local retailer, put down $49.95 plus tax, came home, and installed... Steam. Right off the disc. Which then began the download process to install the game on my machine. Now, there were.sid files on the disc, but I couldn't determine if there was a way for Steam to use them to "restore" the game to my system.
I have no issue with Steam itself, but if I had wanted to buy the game this way, I would have done that in the first place. If I had know that THIS was how a supposed DVD of this title was going to work, my choice between "purchase/pirate" might have been different. As it is, I did find a nice Razor1911 copy of the game to actually use should I ever have to reinstall from scratch. Yes, I still had to download the iso, but at least now I *have* it. I suppose the upside is that I did support PC gaming with my money.
Comments? Criticisms (both of me and/or of the Steam situation)? Similar anecdotes?
jitterman writes: "From Ubuntu.com today:It was discovered that there were multiple NULL-pointer function dereferences in the Linux kernel terminal handling code. A local attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary code as root, or crash the system, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2008-2812)"
jitterman writes: Reuters columnist Bernd Debusmann makes his case for the legalization of marijuana in the US. He provides anecdotal insight, such as "Hollywood, conscious of a mass audience that does inhale, has produced a slew of new 'stoner' movies this year. The pot-smoking protagonists include an investment banker and a medical student (Harold & Kumar), a psychiatrist (The Wackness), and a process server (Pineapple Express)."
He also provides a statistic I find promising: "Since 1937, the year marijuana was outlawed, its use in the United States has gone up by 4,000 percent..." Why is this promising? Well, perhaps if we outlaw Linux on the desktop...