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  • Nintendo Plans For The Future By Pretending All Of Our Smart Phones Aren't Great Handheld Gaming Devices

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 06 Feb, 2015 @ 03:00pm

    Not Only Would they Make Money but Could Market Their Consoles As Well

    I read an article on this topic earlier today and it made the good point that not only would releasing their old games on smartphones be a good moneymaker, it would also get people interested in their current generation of consoles and games in effect acting as a marketing tool as well as a moneymaker. Imagine someone playing the old Mario, Metroid or Zelda games getting excited by them and wanting to play the newer versions that aren't available on smartphones. Nintendo is being really really stupid with this.

    Nintendo’s Mobile Game Plans Are Literally the Opposite of a Good Idea - The Mary Sue - 2015-02-06

  • The NSA Leaks Put Our 'Methods' At Risk, But Bragging About Monitoring Al Qaeda Emails Doesn't?

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 06 Aug, 2013 @ 02:52pm


    I really don't like clicking on blind links (tinyurl,, etc.). They can be dangerous.

    Here is the full URL for those that feel the same.

    This is Your Brain on Terrorism - LibertyMcG - 2013-07-23

  • Is The Bigger Concern NSA Getting Phone Records, PRISM Or Just Everything?

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 10 Jun, 2013 @ 08:03pm

    Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere

    I posted a link to this story on a forum and someone responded with this link,

  • Universal Music Demands $42,000 From Danish Mayors For Gangnam Style Parody

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 31 May, 2013 @ 10:31am

    It's not the first Gangnam Style Parody they've gone after.

    I've submitted this here but I don't know if Techdirt has had a chance to see it yet, but a very popular Gangnam Style parody by CaptainSparklez was taken down by Universsal. He is still working on getting that resolved but unfortunately YouTube's processes are making things difficult.

    YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2013-05-19 - Minecraft Style News, Super Sweet T-Shirts and Stuff
    The update on Minecraft Style starts at about 2:40.

    Here are his earlier videos on the subject which give some background.

    YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2012-12-08 - So... What Happened To Minecraft Style?

    YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2012-12-16 - Minecraft Style Status Update And Stuff

    YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2013-01-10 - And, Minecraft Style is Down... Again

    Here is a link to his original video, although it isn't accessible at the moment.

    YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2012-10-00 - "Minecraft Style" - A Parody of PSY's Gangnam Style (Music Video)

    Here is a reupload of it on another channel.

    YouTube - BlockoutServer - 2012-12-09 - Minecraft Style - A Parody of PSY's Gangnam Style (Music Video) (Reupload)

  • Stop & Frisk Accomplishments: Barely Any Illegal Weapons Recovered, But Tons Of Weed Smokers Jailed

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 30 May, 2013 @ 10:19am

    Re: Worse, the pot busts are largely SYNTHETIC!

    That's absolutely ridiculous.

  • This Is My Pencil. This Is My Pencil Pretending To Be A Gun. One Is For Writing. One Is For Mandatory Suspensions.

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 09 May, 2013 @ 11:01am


    I guess you missed this story then:
    Washington State Allows Third Parties To Brand Youthful Offenders For Life At The Low, Low Price Of Only 69? A Record

  • National Institute For Mental Health Abandons DSM Just As American Psychiatric Association Prepares Massive Update

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 06 May, 2013 @ 02:03pm

    A couple of good articles from The Verge; first one goes into some detail on DSM criticisms.

    The Verge - 2013-04-19 - Controversial update to 'bible' of psychiatry fuels debate over foundations of mental health - One book raises big questions

    The Verge - 2013-05-03 - Federal institute for mental health abandons controversial 'bible' of psychiatry

  • When You Sign Away Your Copyright To A Publisher, What If They Hold You Hostage Over It?

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 12 Apr, 2013 @ 09:14am

    Oops, guess I was logged out when I submitted that.

    Thanks for the story update Gary,

    And here's an update from Phil Foglio,

  • DailyDirt: Genetic Discoveries And The Internet

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 26 Mar, 2013 @ 05:05pm

    A somewhat related article about genes and patents.

    Cornell University
    Weill Cornell Medical College
    March 25, 2013
    You Don't "Own" Your Own Genes
    Researchers Raise Alarm about Loss of Individual "Genomic Liberty" Due to Gene Patents That May Impact the Era of Personalized Medicine

  • Maxis Insider: EA Lying About Needing Servers For Single Player SimCity

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 13 Mar, 2013 @ 11:54am

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun (RPS) Source Article

    Please update your article with a link to the source article from Rock, Paper, Shotgun (RPS).

    Maxis Insider Tells RPS: SimCity Servers Not Necessary


  • Iran's New Jet Can Fly (In Photoshop, At Least)!

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 20 Feb, 2013 @ 02:33pm


    Yup, saw that and submitted it here.

    GEMA is really sickening.

  • AT&T Can Foist Its Data Plans On You, Whether You Use It Or Not

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 05 Feb, 2013 @ 09:42am

    Re: Standard Practice

    Yup, unfortunately standard practice in this case means standard practice for the industry in the US. I don't know about all US carriers but I know the two biggest ones, AT&T and Verizon, force you to have a data plan with a smartphone even if you don't use data at all or only use data via WiFi.

  • Photography Advocate/Journalist Acquitted After Arrest Over Filming Police; Intends To Sue Back

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 09 Nov, 2012 @ 10:15am

    While the conduct of the police is deplorable in this situation what I find even worse is the baloney the Prosecution tried to get the jury to swallow.

    From Miller's blog, Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC), at

    "A real journalist, he [the prosecutor] explained, was supposed to follow police orders without a second thought. A real journalist would never back talk to police. A real journalist would never question a direct police order as to why he was not allowed to stand on a public sidewalk."

    Thankfully the defense was able to shred that argument to shreds. What the prosecution was describing is what you see in dictatorships and other such countries, not what is supposed to be a free democracy.

  • University Sues Student For Graduating Too Fast

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 06 Jul, 2012 @ 11:54pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    DogBreath, I hope the instructor got reamed for that note.

  • Dear Google: People Like You Because You're Not A Walled Garden; Please Don't Put Up Garden Walls

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 03 May, 2012 @ 02:53pm

    Re: Reddit does this too

    So does YouTube, but it only requires a YouTube account not a Google+ account.

  • iPhone Data Debunks Recording Industry's Report On How French Three Strikes Law Increased Sales

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 01 Feb, 2012 @ 06:23pm

    Re: lame phone

    Um, neither study was done by Apple.

  • Breaking: GoDaddy Drops SOPA Support

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 23 Dec, 2011 @ 02:22pm

    Don't stop boycotting GoDaddy just yet. The Techdirt Article may need an update.

    Gizmodo - 2011-12-23 - Brave GoDaddy CEO Says He?s Neither For Nor Against SOPA

    Quote: "Adelman said GoDaddy would be willing to resume its support of SOPA if there were a "consensus" among "internet leadership," but wouldn't tell me what such a consensus would even resemble."

  • Free Justin Bieber: Do We Really Want Congress To Make Bieber A Felon?

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 19 Oct, 2011 @ 11:45pm

    Re: sounds like good leverage for a record label...

    Sadly such a scenario would not surprise me at all.

  • Mojang's Trademark Application Rejected: Too Many 'Scrolls' For The USPTO

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 14 Oct, 2011 @ 05:12pm


    Bethesda/Zenimax apparently disagrees. Mojang has offered to give up the trademark request and even change the name to "Scrolls: some subtitle" but Bethesda doesn't want them using the word "Scrolls" at all and are continuing with the suit.

  • Mojang's Trademark Application Rejected: Too Many 'Scrolls' For The USPTO

    Dennis S. ( profile ), 14 Oct, 2011 @ 05:05pm

    Re: Bethesda doesn't want them to use the word "Scrolls" at all, TM or No TM.

    That should be "...change the name to "Scrolls: some subtitle"..."

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