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Comment Most unfortunate. (Score 1) 187

It does the Wiimote's job, only better. The problem is that it's being marketed toward the PC, where it won't sell because developers won't support it. The only games it'll work well on are low-budget titles or console ports where you can control the entire game with just the remote. The worst part is that once this (decent) product gets patented, we won't see the technology again for 10 years after its initial failure.

Submission + - Jonathan Schwartz on Microsoft and Patents

sparkz writes: "Scott McNealy was incredibly outspoken, though Jonathan Schwartz is getting better at it. His blog post yesterday is entitled "Free Advice for the Litigious...":

So what's my view on this interview in Fortune — in which one of Sun's business partners claims the open source community is trampling their patent portfolio? You would be wise to listen to the customers you're threatening to sue — they can leave you, especially if you give them motivation. Remember, they wouldn't be motivated unless your products were somehow missing the mark.

Submission + - Bush approved "Domestic Wiretaps" over Obj

spikedvodka writes: NPR is reporting That President Bush overrode the objections of Justice Department officials when it re-authorized the domestic WireTapping.

Comey eventually went to the White House, accompanied by Solicitor General Ted Olsen. The two sides could not agree about the domestic-surveillance program. The rules required the attorney general to sign off on it at regular intervals, but Comey would not. So the next morning, the White House authorized the program without the Justice Department. Comey drafted a resignation letter.
"I couldn't stay if the administration was going to engage in conduct that the Department of Justice has said had no legal basis," Comey said.

Submission + - UK Committee Recommends Copyright Extension

Snootch writes: The BBC is reporting that the House of Commons Cultural Committee has recommended an extension of copyright on sound recordings. Until now, the copyright on a sound recording has lasted only fifty years after the initial date of recording. The BPI has been conducting a public-relations offensive, with the usual lines about the "rights of the artists", for a while now — including an infamous newspaper petition "signed" by dead artists.

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