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Violent Videogames and the Law - Federal Edition

posted Saturday Mar 24, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Violent Videogames and the Law - Federal Edition

I predicted on F5 Live - Episode 245 that we had heard the last of violent videogame legislation for a while after the cost of the California loss. It turns out that I could not have been more wrong.

This week, two US Congressmen, Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Representative Joe Baca (D-CA), have proposed a bill that would require all videogames not rated "EC", or Early Childhood, to carry a label warning,

WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.

There are a few things I feel I need to point out. First, Rep. Joe Baca is from California. I would have thought that their pitiful loss in the Supreme Court and the extreme cost to the already financially strapped state would have taught them a lesson; apparently not. Second, does his name not sound hilariously similar to Chewbacca? Lastly, and most importantly, Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster is rated "E" for Everyone.

How do the Representatives justify the bill and what are its chances in Congress? Hit the break to find out.

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Pakistan Backs Down on Internet Censorship

posted Saturday Mar 24, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Pakistan Backs Down on Internet Censorship

We reported last week about Pakistan's Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Internet filter for the country and McAfee's decision to not participate. Since McAfee wasn't the only company to have reservations about this idea and so far no company who is capable of accomplishing Pakistan's goal has had any interest in participating, Pakistan seems to have backed down.

Of course, we know that the Pakistani government isn't going to admin what they were doing was wrong and that they had made a mistake. Instead, they have spun the story and taken the coward's way out - blaming someone.

Who's going to take the fall for this one? Hit the break to find out.

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Apple's New iPad Heats Up Conversation in More Than One Way

posted Thursday Mar 22, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's New iPad Heats Up Conversation in More Than One Way

Within the first three days of sales, Apple was able to break their own record with the new new iPad, selling 3 million of the devices. Analysts assumed Apple would only move approximately 500,000 to 1 million units and regardless of their mistake to make the new tablet easy to find on launch day in other retailers like Best Buy, they were still able to triple the projected number, which is an impressive feat in itself.

However (and there's always a however with an Apple report), I believe they have been a little too scared about Amazon's Kindle Fire and how well Amazon might actually do with their little tablet that could. Apple could be so scared, in fact, that they might even be taking a page out of the competitor's book as this week, we learned that this new version of the new iPad may be a little too hot to handle.

We have the burning scoop after the break.

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Walmart Asks Customers to Bring in Their DVDs to Make Them Digital

posted Sunday Mar 18, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Walmart Asks Customers to Bring in Their DVDs to Make Them Digital

We have another disc-to-digital story for you this week but I promise it's not like Sony selling CDs online, or the tried-but-failed Zediva or, our favorite new broadcast streaming service, Aereo.

This week, Walmart has announced that it believes DVDs are still relevant and that it will give customers a chance to further enhance their DVD viewing experience. How? For just $2, you can bring in your DVD to Walmart and you will get a copy on Walmart.com's cloud service, which is running on the UltraViolet software. That will get you the standard definition version but for high-def you will need to shell out $5.

For more on this project and why it's perfect for Walmart, click the break.

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Spontaneously Combustible Pig Farms Cause Scientists to Scratch Their Heads

posted Sunday Mar 18, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spontaneously Combustible Pig Farms Cause Scientists to Scratch Their Heads

This story is so strange that I'll just jump right into it. Pig farms are exploding. I put it in bold so you wouldn't have to have a double-take to make sure you read it right. In the Midwest, manure pits are filled with a new foam that is simply dynamite!

Since 2009, a total of six farms have actually blown up because of methane that is being held underneath a foam that sits on top of manure pits in these pig farms. 1 in 4 farms in the Midwest's affected area contain this foam. However, there is not one thing anybody can do, as scientists and farmers alike have no clue as to what this foam even is.

More on the insanity after the break.

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Pimps, Hide Your Phones and Hide Your Tablets Because The FBI is Siezing Everything Out Here

posted Sunday Mar 18, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Pimps, Hide Your Phones and Hide Your Tablets Because The FBI is Siezing Everything Out Here

The FBI are apparently baffled by new technology. In this case, they cannot seem to figure out how to get past the lock screen on an Android smartphone. Why would the FBI be outsmarted by a small piece of protection software and why can't they just ask one of their CSI buddies? Great questions!

The FBI has taken possession of a phone from Dante Dears. Dante is a convicted felon and founder of a San Diego gang named "Pimpin' Hoes Daily." (No, that's not a typo there and it's probably the only time I can use those words, in any order, on this publication.) When Dears was released from prison in January of 2009, reports have it that he went back to his old hood, probably near the playgrounds where he spent most of his younger days, and realigned himself with the same homies that put him in the slammer in the first place. So, the FBI was granted a search warrant to get a hold of his phone. However, on March 9, FBI agent Jonathon Cupina writes to the US District Court saying that their Regional Computer Forensics Lab team could not figure out the lock pattern on the phone after trying "multiple times" to get into it.

Now, they are ordering Google to get involved and get this thing unlocked. What is happening here? We have the details after the break.

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