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Comment Forget legality, instead think stupidity (Score 1) 297

Nintendo is stupid to do this. Those videos (I don't watch them or care to) are advertising for the games. People see them and go hey I want to check this game out.

If you start taking away the incentive to make those videos which advertise your game to people who might not really have liked the game but then saw the video and decided to buy it they will simply stop making those videos.

So Nintendo you don't get the ad revenue either way but you do get the additional sales of the game that might have been missed.

Comment Do like other apps do. Force sign up on website. (Score 1) 724

All MS needs to do is like Next Issue. You download the apps for free but you have to sign up on the website and there is not way to purchase in-app the subscription. There a ton of Apps on the store that are for Users of the service and do not have the option to buy the service in-app. If you don't have a subscription then you only get basic functionality. Sign in and boom there you go, but you have sign up for the service via another website.

Comment Re:Google's motivation (Score 1) 219

Google does this because the average user does not care. I think this is problem and lots of technology smart people also view it as a problem. But Google is not implementing those privacy polices without an understanding of the needs of business and consumers. Their privacy polices are not that much different than the other file storage and sharing sites. (

So the fervor is mostly about the fact that it is Google. And Google has a lot of access to our information via their very inclusive systems.

What we need to be more concerned about is an overall set of standards that reflect a way for people to get the best experience without providing too much personal information that will be used outside our control.


Submission + - Why I love Netflix and why I hate Netflix (

triceice writes: I think it is time that Netflix started to really fight back against the collusion and monopolistic behavior of the MPAA and the other MAFAA members. I think that if done well, a good PR campaign could engender a huge swell of support from the Internet community in general and your subscribers specifically. Communicate, communicate, and communicate some more. Spend less on the stupid and annoying "Signup and get a free 14 day trial" ads and spend more to target your current subscribers to mobilize them to be an advocate for your company. Think about this... We are legion!!! 23 Million advocates for change. 23 Million Subscribers. 23 Million people pressing the MPAA and major studios for change. SOPA was rejected by less than 8 million. Think about what you could do if you got a third of the subscribers to press back and allow Netflix to get reasonable treatment from the content providers?

Submission + - Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 6 (

redletterdave writes: "Adobe finally unveiled Creative Suite 6 (CS6) on Monday, which is the sixth version of the company's collection of software tools for artists, editors and designers. In addition to the features added to Adobe's 17 different products, the company also introduced the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is the digital hub that allows users to use its tools through a new subscription service. A one-year commitment to the Creative Cloud costs $49 a month, but users can also pay $79 per month for month-to-month access to Adobe CS6, which will be officially released in mid-May."
The Internet

Submission + - DARPA building test bed for virtual satellite clusters (

coondoggie writes: "Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will next month detail what technology they need to build a cluster of 4 wirelessly-interconnected satellites for a 6-month demonstration mission to launch in early to in mid-2015. The testbed is yet another component of DAPRA's ambitious F6 program is intended to ultimately deploy what DARPA calls "fractionated modules" or individual small satellites that can act together as a traditional large spacecraft. In such an environment, each module would support a unique capability, such as command and control, data handling, guidance, navigation and payload."
America Online

Submission + - Facebook Purchases 650 AOL Patents from MS (

eldavojohn writes: Not two weeks after Microsoft purchased 925 patents and patent applications plus licenses to AOL's portfolio for $1 billion, Facebook has now acquired 650 of said patents and patent applications for $550 million to which Microsoft retains a license. So was Microsoft's $450 million worth it? According to their press release: 'Upon closing of this transaction with Facebook, Microsoft will retain ownership of approximately 275 AOL patents and applications; a license to the approximately 650 AOL patents and applications that will now be owned by Facebook; and a license to approximately 300 patents that AOL did not sell in its auction.' Will the patent-go-round continue or has Facebook loaded up for a good old-fashion Mexican standoff?

Submission + - 20th IOCCC source code released (

An anonymous reader writes: This year the 20th International Obfuscated C Code Contest had the speed trigger pressed as the source code has been published in only two months versus almost four years of the 19th contest.
The judges have a veredict: the Best of Show entry comes from Don Yang with a program containing more programs.
Some other entries winning this year are a text raytracer (used this year in IOCCC logo), a MOD player, a X11-based dual player tank shooter and a bouncing ball (Amiga-style) with ANSI escape sequences.
Remember that every IOCCC entry has a limit of 4 kilobytes, so indeed every one is pretty impresive.


Submission + - 7 Programming Myths ( 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers up seven myths of modern programming practices, noting that while programming tools have gotten sharper, software development remains rife with misconceptions on productivity, code efficiency, offshoring, and more. 'Even among people as logical and rational as software developers, you should never underestimate the power of myth. Some programmers will believe what they choose to believe against all better judgment,' McAllister wrties. 'The real shame is that, in many cases, our elders pointed out our errors years ago, if only we would pay attention. Here are just a few examples of modern-day programming myths, many of which are actually new takes on age-old fallacies.'"

Submission + - You, Too, Should Decide If Your Boss Is Getting Paid Too Much (

Cara_Latham writes: "Last week, Citigroup shareholders – including potentially thousands of employees — rejected a board-approved compensation package for chief executive Vikram S. Pandit which boosted his pay to $14.9 million from $1 the previous year. Some 55 percent of votes went against the package.

Citigroup instantly became the biggest bank to have suffered a no vote on executive compensation. Its shareholders are also suing the bank’s directors for their 2011 compensation on the basis that it was not justified."

The Courts

Submission + - Chinese Court To Mediate iPad Trademark Standoff (

hypnosec writes: A Chinese court has got involved with a dispute between Apple and the Chinese company that is claiming Apple is using the iPad trademark, without permission. Guangdong High Court, based in Southern China, is hoping to settle the dispute, said Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview Electronics Co. According to Ma, a settlement is likely to be reached out of court, as "the Guangdong High Court is helping to arrange it". China is known to staunchly protect its trademarks and intellectual property, but it won't want to cause disruption to the production of Apple products in China. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens are employed by Apple, in the assembly of iPhones and iPads.

Submission + - Hurt Locker Makers Are Suing Their Fans Again (

hypnosec writes: The company behind the 'explosive' movie Hurt Locker, Voltage Pictures, has announced its intention to sue another 2,514 suspected pirates for allegedly illegally sharing the movie online via torrents. This isn't the first time Voltage has taken to the court room to target people that wanted to watch the Oscar winning movie. Soon after it gained the coveted award back in 2010, Voltage announced the intention to sue thousands of claimed file sharers. The number ended up reaching a staggering 24,583 individuals. While it is unknown how many of those settled or opted to take the matter to court, the suit was finally closed in December last year. Voltage is hoping with its latest filing that it will be able to force ISPs to hand over the account details of the consumers it claims illegally shared the movie. Each person charged with downloading the Hurt Locker will be offered a settlement deal of $3,000. For downloading just one movie, each individual could be charged the equivalent of £1,865.

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