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  • Doping bans doubled to four years
    By on January 15, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    Drug cheats in sport face a minimum four-year ban – up from two years – under new rules which came into effect from 1 January.


  • Italian Supreme Court Bans the ‘Microsoft Tax’
    By on October 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, “The focus of the Court’s reasoning is that the sale of a PC (more…)

  • Valve Apologizes For 12,000 Erroneous Anti-Cheating Bans
    By on July 28, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Earlier this week, there were reports that large numbers of Modern Warfare 2 players on Steam were getting erroneously banned by Valve’s Anti-Cheat software. While such claims are usually best taken with a grain of salt, the quantity and suddenness caused speculation that Valve’s software wasn’t operating correctly. A few days later, Valve president Gabe Newell sent out an email acknowledging that roughly 12,000 players had been inappropriately banned (more…)

  • Tiki Barber’s Wife Bans Him From Hospital Delivery Room
    By on May 29, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Tiki Barber’s decision to ‘hire’ a summer intern cost him a lot of embarrassing publicity last month. Now it has cost him much more than that: the chance to be on hand for the birth of his twin girls.


  • Microsoft bans 1 million Xbox Live players
    By on November 15, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Players who were caught modifying their consoles to play pirated games have been booted from the popular service.