Weekend tech reading: CA online impersonation law now effective

By on January 2, 2011, 1:44 PM
Analysis: California's online impersonation law, effective January 1 One thing that reached new heights of both stupidity and tragedy in 2010 was the trend of online impersonation. If you're shaking your USB-enabled cane and shouting "there oughta be a law" in between pre-NYE shots of Metamucil, then you're in luck. As of January 1, 2011, California's first online impersonation law SB 1411 goes into effect, making malicious digital impersonation a misdemeanor that comes with fines up to $1000 and/or up to a year in jail. ZDNet

Constant net connection no longer required for Ubisoft games It looks like DRM checks on games such as Assassin's Creed 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction have been changed for the better. The controversial DRM system was launched earlier this year with Settlers 7, and required players to be permanently connected to the internet in order to play. Now the games will no longer pause instantly if a connection is lost, but... PCGamer

Hotmail users report blank inboxes The ring of the new year has come with an unpleasant surprise for some users of Microsoft's Hotmail service. According to multiple postings on Microsoft's official support forum for Windows Live, a number of users are reporting that their entire Hotmail accounts have been completely deleted without warning. PCMag

Pro-WikiLeaks hackers attack Zimbabwe government websites Hacktivists have struck a blow against the regime in Zimbabwe by attacking a number of government websites. The cyber-assault appears to have been in support of newspapers who published secret cables in the ongoing WikiLeaks saga, to the annoyance of the-powers-that-be in the country. Naked Security

Judge warns of 'Orwellian state' in warrantless GPS tracking case Police in Delaware may soon be unable to use global positioning systems (GPS) to keep tabs on a suspect unless they have a court-signed warrant, thanks to a recent ruling by a superior court judge who cited famed author George Orwell in her decision. The Raw Story

Duke Nukem Forever pre-order accepted Pre-order can be available through Amazon and GameStop. At the pre-order page of Amazon, the game's release day is supposed to fall on May 31st. That's to say, the game will be just five months away from us. EXPreview




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Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

My Hotmail accounts been acting funny these past few days. I had a feeling it was something like this.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Interesting and poignant collection of articles - especially to start the New Year. Unlawful digital impersonation, Wiki-leaks (again), Hotmail issues (can't believe Hotmail is still around), bad DRM finally gone, illegal GPS tracking and even vaporware Duke Nukem news.

I'm definitely waiting for Duke Nukem release and reviews before I buy. Considering all the years in development, turmoil amongst the various developers along with high expectations, and from what I've read in previews in a couple of gaming magazines, it looks suspect at best.

ramonsterns said:

Shame, had I read this a day earlier, I would've bought Settlers 7 from STEAM. Oh well, their loss.

princeton princeton said:

I love the duke nukem prices. The PC version costs less than the console one. This should be the case with every effing game.

OneArmedScissor said:

Hotmail used to delete all your emails if you didn't sign in for X amount of days and you had to "restore" your account. It was never exactly the safest place to keep anything you wanted to hold onto. Your old one from the 90s can sure make a nice junk mail address, though. :p

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Your article snippet says May 31st, but does not specify year...

princeton princeton said:

gwailo247 said:

Your article snippet says May 31st, but does not specify year...

It says we could have it in 5 months. I think dora the explorer could do that math.

Guest said:

does dora understand irony??

princeton princeton said:

Guest said:

does dora understand irony??

The whole Duke Nukem Never thing is over. FYI people stopped finding the jokes funny back in 2004. It's 2011 now if you haven't noticed.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The whole Duke Nukem Never thing is over. FYI people stopped finding the jokes funny back in 2004. It's 2011 now if you haven't noticed.

Was there a poll?

I'm always amazed at people's ability to make absolute sweeping statements that encompass the whole human race.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nobody can dis Nukem with quotes like, "My boot, your face, the perfect couple".

tonylukac said:

Didn't think you had it in you, Techspot. Great bunch of articles.

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