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Comment Re:Check your EULA... you probably can't sue (Score 3, Informative) 404

Our wonderful, conservative-activist Supreme Court just ruled today that any company may stick a line in their EULA stating that by using their product, you forfeit the right to sue, and must instead use a private arbiter of the corporation's choice.

Not true, actually. They ruled that customers that have signed a contract with a clause to that effect are bound to it. AFAIK, there is no settled case law saying that a shrinkwrap EULA is equivalent to a valid, signed contract.

Comment Re:No cable. Just Roku and my laptop (Score 2) 697

Technically you DO need a TV license if you watching content in the UK - even if it's on a computer

Not true.

From another page on the linked site:

You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch programmes on your computer after they have been shown on TV.

And another, specifically metioning streaming.

If you don’t watch or record television programmes, or you only stream TV programmes online after they’ve been broadcast – through on-demand services like YouTube, BBC iPlayer and 4oD – you don’t need to be covered by a TV Licence.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 3, Insightful) 253

Lots of people grousing about how awful FTP is. I bet not one of you will ever write a piece of software that is still hugely popular and under active development 40 years later.

Except, FTP isn't a piece of software. It's a Protocol. As far as I can tell from a cursory search, no particular FTP daemon is still in wide use that was written 40 years ago.

Comment Re:DRM is evil (Score 1) 118

That being said, Just Cause 2 is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the Square Enix taint is already there, and you get half a game out of the box with the rest being released as an endless stream of DLC.

OK now I hate DLC as much as anybody, but I don't really see Just Cause 2 as an example of a "half game" without the DLC. Did you actually look at the list you linked? There are a few weird vehicles, a couple moderately updated guns (remember this is a single-player game), and.... not much else. It's not like you need to pay to unlock half the map.

I'm enjoying Just Cause 2, and I have not purchased and do not plan to purchase any DLC.


Submission + - Mozilla Labs prototypes new UI (

MyCookie writes: Mozilla Labs released a new UI for Firefox 4 Beta 9 and up. Dubbed Home Dash it provides a new experience that goes beyond shuffling a few toolbars and buttons around. Still needs some work, but if it steadily goes in the right direction it may provide something that we didn't know we needed.

Comment Re:Don't Worry! (Score 1) 580

ALL Apple development tools are free downloads. Not just a cut-down version; the complete development suite with everything in it; same as every other developer uses. You can develop and distribute/sell Mac apps with Apple's tools without giving Apple a cent, and that isn't changing.

Wait, what?

I thought Xcode only worked on macs.

Did Apple start giving away free computers?

Comment Re:I just took a look at their site (Score 2, Funny) 150

I just took a look at their site, which I thought must be amazing for that kind of money, and I found this: <meta name="ICBM" content="52.48002, -1.902805"> What exactly Birmingham City Council up to!? Perhaps the money is going someplace a bit more nefarious.

According to Google, that's Birmingham Town Hall!

Perhaps that's part of Capita's plan to ensure payment in full...

Comment Re:2+ TB Hard Drives (Score 1) 952

What I want to know is... why are hard drives stuck at 2TB? Did we reach some theoretical limit? Does the laws of physics start to fail at higher data densities? Don't get me wrong, I love my 2TB hard drive, but I want more!

This could be because the MBR partitioning method doesn't work for drives larger than 2TiB, and Hard Drive manufacturers are afraid of confusing consumers with the GUID Partition Table?

Comment Re:MuscleNerd? (Score 2, Interesting) 624

Come on, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, we all know it's you behind the lame nickname !

(Great punchline to episode 18 though !)

I'm not sure if it's the same MuscleNerd or not, but the one I've seen on the 'tubes before predated The Big Bang Theory by several years. See, e.g., this thread on TiVo hacking.

Comment "Long Forgotten"? (Score 1) 80

I don't really think Snowflake Bentley has been "long forgotten", as the summary implies. Our homeschooled children just finished a unit study on him a few weeks ago (which doesn't prove anything of course except that he's still well known enough for there to be unit studies made available on him...).

In fact, a book about him, appropriately titled Snowflake Bentley won the Caldecott medal as recently as 1999!

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