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Comment He has a point... (Score 5, Insightful) 203

Over here in the UK, we had the mighty, the master, the supreme genius of John Peel. And boy, did he do something for music. He single-handedly launched the music careers of countless artists. There is a reason that Glastonbury, that most wonderful and muddy of places, renamed 'The New Bands Tent' to 'The John Peel Stage'. Who can you name on your local / national radio stations who actually does 'a show about music'? DJs today play songs, they don't engage with bands outside of carefully crafted commercial moments. Weird to say, really, but on this I pretty much wholesale agree with Jay Z.

Submission + - Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence (

nbannerman writes: Obama has done what many people had requested, in one of his final acts as President — commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning.

From the article on BBC News;

President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010.
The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group.
The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

Comment Are these roles time limited? (Score 5, Informative) 305

As per subject - are these workers doing this stuff full time, year in, year out? In the UK, even the Police who do this are limited to two years on a team that has a responsibility to view the kind of content we're talking about here. Is this the case in companies such as Microsoft? (Note - this was told to me by a copper a few years ago, so, pinch of salt, etc!)

Comment Re:Still wrong (Score 1) 60

So logically, he was what we'd call (here in the UK at least) an accessory? He is (and this is stretching the definition of theft a tad...) the getaway driver for a bank robber? The reason for asking being that being an accessory to a crime is still a crime, if you're facilitating without actually 'doing'.

Comment Re:Ignore Cisco (Score 1) 480

The demands of education are higher than business. Business is one station, one logon per day. Two tops if you include lunch breaks. My networks see nearly 5000 different logons PER hour. Just one of our academies has 40+ switches, 100+ Meru APs and 1000+ connected devices. Business is easy. Education - entirely different beast.

Comment Ignore Cisco (Score 2, Interesting) 480

Forget Cisco. Phone your local HP Gold Partner - get them to put you in touch with the local HP Business Team. They'll give you free courses and training, and that is the end of that. For 100 networked devices, HP kit will do the job. I don't get the obsession with Cisco - I'm running 8 networks on 10 sites that are all HP, serving nearly 10,000 students and 1200 staff, and we've never regretted bypassing Cisco altogether.
Role Playing (Games)

Why BioWare's Star Wars MMO May Already Be Too Late 328

Since the announcement of Star Wars: The Old Republic, many gamers have been hopeful that its high budget, respected development team and rich universe will be enough to provide a real challenge to the WoW juggernaut. An opinion piece at 1Up makes the case that BioWare's opportunity to do so may have already passed. Quoting: "While EA and BioWare Austin have the horsepower needed to at least draw even with World of Warcraft though, what we've seen so far has been worryingly conventional — even generic — given the millions being poured into development. Take the opening areas around Tython, which Mike Nelson describes in his most recent preview as being 'rudimentary,' owing to their somewhat generic, grind-driven quest design. Running around killing a set number of 'Flesh Raiders' in a relatively quiet village doesn't seem particularly epic, but that's the route BioWare Austin seems to be taking with the opening areas for the Jedi — what will surely be the most popular classes when The Old Republic is released. ... the real concern, though, is not so much in the quest design as in BioWare Austin's apparent willingness to play follow the leader. Whenever something becomes a big hit — be it a movie, game or book — there's always a mad scramble to replicate the formula; in World of Warcraft's case, that mad scramble has been going for six years now. "
Classic Games (Games)

Pac-Man's Ghost Behavior Algorithms 194

An anonymous reader writes "This article has a very interesting description of the algorithms behind the ghosts in Pac-Man. I had no idea about most of this information, but that's probably because it's difficult to study the ghosts when I die every 30 seconds. Quoting: 'The ghosts are always in one of three possible modes: Chase, Scatter, or Frightened. The "normal" mode with the ghosts pursuing Pac-Man is Chase, and this is the one that they spend most of their time in. While in Chase mode, all of the ghosts use Pac-Man's position as a factor in selecting their target tile, though it is more significant to some ghosts than others. In Scatter mode, each ghost has a fixed target tile, each of which is located just outside a different corner of the maze. This causes the four ghosts to disperse to the corners whenever they are in this mode. Frightened mode is unique because the ghosts do not have a specific target tile while in this mode. Instead, they pseudorandomly decide which turns to make at every intersection.'"

Man Served Restraining Order Via Facebook 29

schliz writes "An Australian man has been served a restraining order via Facebook, after unsuccessful attempts by police to reach him by phone and in person. The man was a 'prolific Facebook user' who had allegedly threatened, bullied and harassed a former partner online. He was served both interim and final intervention orders by Facebook, after a local magistrate upheld the interim order indefinitely."

UK Police Force Posts All Its Calls On Twitter 66

Stoobalou writes "One of the largest police forces in the UK is posting every incident reported to it today on Twitter. Greater Manchester Police began its 24-hour experiment this morning at 05:00 BST, tweeting all incident reports in the hope of highlighting the complexity of modern policing. 'Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up,' Chief Constable Peter Fahy said in a statement. 'However the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work they have to deal with.'"

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