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Fife Wikileaks Hactivists Arrested in UK

Police have arrested five people over their alleged roles in an online campaign to support WikiLeaks.

Five males – aged 15, 16, 19, 20 and 26 – were arrested under the Computer Misuse Act in raids across the country at 7am this morning, with the suspects held in local police stations for further questioning.

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Sony determines that having autism is “cheating”

Jennifer Zdenek, the mother of an 11-year-old boy who lives with autism, is outraged at Microsoft Xbox Live for labeling her son a “cheater” and taking away everything he’s earned online.

She says her son, Julias Jackson, is so good at playing X-Box games, Xbox LIVE thought he cheated.

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And for those who like bloatware, there’s a new version of KDE.

Comments

  1. #1 Annick
    January 28, 2011

    Uh… that would be Microsoft, not Sony.

  2. #2 Dave v.
    January 28, 2011

    According to the article, the boy was banned because his account was (apparently) used to cheat after he admittedly gave his login info to another player to get some special armor.

    Microsoft made statements that they had not banned the account because he was “too good”, but because there was a pattern of game achievements that were not technically possible in offline play — unless the software had been tinkered with. That’s the basis of the cheating charge.

    I’m no fan of Microsoft, but based on the info provided they appear to be acting reasonably given the prevalence of cheating in online games.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    January 28, 2011

    I always wonder about people who do things on Wii Mario Kart that are not possible. I figure they work for the company.

  4. #4 Marion Delgado
    January 28, 2011

    RE: KDE, I agree, but before Ubuntu’s growth spurt, I think it was a minority opinion (somehow Kubuntu’s not kept up).

    I wonder if there isn’t some convergence. I always avoided KDE because it seemed to make you load too many libraries (gnome is bad enough). But how different are they now?

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    January 28, 2011

    The last overview I read is the most recent issue of Linux Journal (on desktops). KDE fills more memory before you’ve run your first app, but gnome isn’t a lot better. Interestingly, Xfce is the same as gnome.

    I’m thinking of running my laptop with a simple windows manager and nothing more.

  6. #6 John Swindle
    January 29, 2011

    If there still are any who haven’t heard, a fork of KDE3, called “Trinity” is available for Ubuntu and a few others. It works well for me. I keep hoping that KDE4 will develop into something I can use, but I have yet to see a version of it that I can live with. Trinity is available here:
    http://trinity.pearsoncomputing.net/

  7. #7 The Science Pundit
    January 29, 2011

    What does Barney Fife have to do with any of this?

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    January 29, 2011

    He plays the flute.

  9. #9 Ray Ingles
    January 31, 2011

    Greg, Annick wasn’t kidding. Microsoft puts out the XBox and runs the XBox Live network service.

    There are plenty of reasons to dislike Sony (which offers the Playstation and the Playstation Network), but this story isn’t one of them.