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Nintendo’s Draconian Stance Against System Modification

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Nintendo is one of the most creative and innovative video game companies in the world, but their stance against modifications of their products is nothing short of Draconian. In short, Nintendo says there is no legitimate purpose for game copying devices, emulators, and modification (mod) chips or other devices that enable homebrew applications. Sony and Microsoft have similar stances, but are a little more discreet in expressing their disdain for such devices, though no less aggressive in filing lawsuits against large-scale distributors of such devices.

Nintendo’s own legal information FAQ states, “Mod chips circumvent the security embedded into Nintendo’s products. To install the mod chips into a Nintendo hardware system, it is necessary to dismantle the product and, in some instances, remove components.” Nintendo automatically equates using mod chips with circumventing security of NINTENDO’S products. This is an interesting view considering most of us believe that once we buy a product it is now OUR product and not the manufacturer’s. Can you imagine a car manufacturer asserting similar claims? Ford could claim that changing out the computer chip in your car circumvents the security on FORD’S product. However, most of us believe that once you pay for a vehicle it is yours to alter in most any way you choose. Nintendo claims exceptions for video game consoles that few other companies would dare claim. Nintendo claims that even though you bought the product, it still belongs to Nintendo and that altering it, no matter the reason, somehow damages Nintendo. They want the very act of altering the device to be illegal even without proof of criminal use of the modified product.

Just because a game system modification enables illegal activity does not mean it will be used for the purpose. Using the car metaphor from earlier, just because I could modify my Ford vehicle to greatly exceed the speed limit does not mean I will blow through a school zone doing 88 mph. Just because I modify my Nintendo game system does not mean I will use it to illegally copy and/or distribute games.

In almost any area outside of the video games industry, making a modification to your property would not be illegal, even if that modification could enable the performance of an illegal act. Nintendo acknowledges only one use for these devices, and that is the illegal copying and distribution of video games. This view discounts the numerous legitimate uses for modification devices. For instance, many people use their Nintendo handhelds to read classic literature. This requires the use of devices Nintendo claims are only used for piracy.

Making it illegal to modify a product you paid for is absurd. Unfortunately, if Nintendo has its way, you will pay for a device and not legally be allowed to use it for anything for which Nintendo does not approve.

Designer Boutiques In Greenwich Connecticut

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Greenwich, CT is a wonderful place to buy unique clothes. The boutiques and shops in Greenwich offer designer label accessories and apparel which keep costumers current, looking great, and coming back. A smart, fashionable wardrobe full of quality designer items is only an afternoon of shopping away in Greenwich.

Upscale Shopping on Greenwich Avenue

The Carlisle Showroom on Greenwich Avenue offers a luxurious shopping experience for designer clothing in Greenwich. The showroom offers an unparalleled shopping experience by private appointment only. Women are given the undivided attention and expertise of a trained Wardrobe Consultant. A custom-created personal wardrobe of cohesive, style coordinated pieces is created for each woman; taking lifestyle, silhouette and individuality under consideration. The showroom offers in-house alterations and will deliver purchases their client’s door.

Also among the many boutiques offering designer clothing in Greenwich, on Greenwich Avenue, are 25 Park and Anne Fontaine Paris. Rugby houses the latest collections from designer Ralph Lauren for both men and women. Anne Fontaine brings to the United States the most beautiful of French inspiration in each season’s clothing story.

Designer Consignment and More Unique Boutiques

Those looking to buy unique clothes for less-than-designer prices will be pleased with the array of consignment boutiques in Greenwich. There is no need to sacrifice quality or label for price. Designer clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses are available in like-new condition from shops like Consigned Design by Ellen in Village Square. Entering Consigned Designs is not unlike any designer boutique. The store is arranged for the comfort of the customer and is fully loaded with only the best quality consignment items. New items arrive everyday and there is always a 50% off rack for the savvy shopper to browse.

Being able to find and buy unique clothes is not a problem in Greenwich with shops like Interactive Custom Clothes Company on Milbank Avenue, which will do just what the name suggests. They exist to provide custom clothing to customers. Chillybear, on Greenwich Avenue, is known for unique t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts. The shop utilizes silk-screening, embroidery and heat transfers. Children’s and teen boutiques in Greenwich include Hopscotch, on Cherry Street; F X W Inc, on Greenwich Avenue; and Little Lacey’s Children’s Wear, on Stonehenge Drive.

Greenwich is home to prime designer shopping for any budget or taste. The boutiques are unique, and as such, are able to provide discerning shoppers with clothes to fit their lifestyle needs and personal tastes.

Have some advice when doing Forex trading

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Many people want to enter Foreign Exchange market as that involves lot of money to be exchanged. There are many kinds of major trading centers that are existing in developed countries from UK, Japan, and US etc. when you trade in Forex trading, and then there is no set venue for same. This kind of Forex trading can be done 24 hours in a day, and that can be done every day from Monday to Sunday.

There are some major Forex trading centres and one main reason is that these countries do not have any pegged or fixed currency rates. Here comes the role of central bank that is responsible for maintaining good reserves for foreign exchange. All this is done to stabilize economy of any country. Any of these local exchanges are done in order to make sure that adequate flow of reserves is made with same. Inflation rates could be lowered down with the help of stable foreign investment. With fixed currency rates, inflation rates could be easily lowered down and demand for foreign products could be stimulated more and more. For longer period of time, this kind of things must be very difficult to maintain.

One of the major things while you get in to Forex trading involves getting hold of right broker. Before you take in to plunge of getting in Forex trading, you need to find a Forex broker who could enter forex trading every day. This trick would help you in finding the trickiest of the trade holder. You must read all the reviews and go through all of the terms and conditions attached with the same broker. Many of these choice depends on your trading preference and available investment capitals.

You need to master the basic things in Forex trading before you jump in to it. You must read up all articles and join forums in order to gain more information. You can also make many online as well as offline friends who could help you with same. You need to keep your eyes and ears open. Correct Information is very necessary in this time. You must stay in touch with the floating market as it will help you generate income in healthy way. You must analyze the trading news and your judgments should be dependent on many factors not just the news you are getting. When you enter in to Forex trading market, you need to plan with only one marketing strategy that you should follow. You must make a clear and concise plan. Price action strategy is one of the proven strategies that you need to follow if you need more profit flowing in your account. There is no single strategy that will promise you to give you complete success but at least some percentage of success could be gained with following any of these strategies.

Fabric ‘Wrap’ To Complete Olympic Stadium

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Worldwide Olympic Partner’ Dow Chemical Company have been confirmed as the supplier of the fabric ‘wrap’ that will complete the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Planners had been intended the Olympic Stadium to be fitted with a wrap that would encircle the stadium. Last year however, in an effort to cut costs to the taxpayer by up to 7 million, Olympic officials decided to scrap this flamboyant final touch.

Earlier this month though, Michigan-based Dow have announced that they will be funding and producing the wrap, which will consist of 336 panels, each 25m high by 2.5m wide. The panels will be made in Seattle from a mixture of polyester and polyethylene, unlike previous proposals that had elected for either hemp or a continuous video screen. Next year, the wrap will be installed around the stadium’s exterior and will feature Dow branding until the beginning of the Games, with the International Olympic Committee insisting that venues be free from advertising upon their commencement.

Dow have expressed their intentions to conform to guidelines on sustainability and green technology. As a result, the wrap’ will include such elements as UV-curable inks – which produce fewer emissions than their solvent-based cousins – and special resins made by Dow’s Performance Plastics Division. It is claimed that such measures will allow the final product to be up to 30% lighter than conventional materials. Following the Games, Dow intend to recycle the equipment used to hang the wrap. They are also seeking an alternative use for the wrap once it has served its purpose of decorating the Olympic centre point.

This announcement comes at an interesting time for Dow. Last month, fresh rallies were staged in Bhopal, India, by survivors of 1984’s gas catastrophe, in which a pesticide plant owned by United Carbide India suffered a fatal leak, resulting in thousands of deaths and over half a million injuries. Many of the victims of this disaster believe they were never suitably compensated for their injuries. In 1999, Dow took over United Carbide, as a consequence of which they are now seen as liable for resolving the aftermath of the disaster.

The announcement of Dow’s plans to provide the wrap for the Olympic Stadium has already provoked controversy.

During their long history, Dow were also known for producing napalm and the notorious Agent Orange that was used in the Vietnam War. Dow’s UK managing director, Keith Wiggins, has expressed a desire for the company to be judged on its future developments rather than its chequered past.

The London 2012 organisers are understandably excited that the stadium will finally be completed in spite of financial cutbacks. Nevertheless, it is hard to predict the how Dow will ultimately be perceived as a consequence of this undertaking. With angry voices making themselves heard regarding the Bhopal disaster, as well as others questioning how sustainable the wrap will be, it will be interesting to see whether Dow’s wish to assume a new, clean-cut image will be granted.

Opera’s State Of The Mobile Web Report: Majority Of Indonesian Opera Mini users migrate to Android

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Opera, which is one of the leading providers of web browsers in the world, yesterday (24/7) through the official website has just released its latest infographic reports relating to one of its products namely Opera Mini which states, increasing the number of Opera Mini browser users in Indonesia are turning to the Android platform in mid-May 2012 to May 2013. This report shows the number of Android smartphone users in Indonesia are using the Opera Mini browser on the device.

At least that’s the conclusion of a report released by the Opera releases infographic “State of the Mobile Web Report”. In the report, there are some brief conclusions that can indicate the condition and situation of smartphone users in Indonesia in the use of web browsers – especially in the Opera Mobile web browsing on Android smartphone devices.

In the report mentions, after the number of smartphone users continues to rise in Indonesia, Opera Mini has recorded a growth of 182% of all smartphone platforms. Specifically for the Android platform, it turns out Opera Mini managed to increase the number of users up to 46% of the total increase of 189% over the past year.

Opera Mini in the report claims of the various options available browsers – especially on the Android platform, Opera Mini remains an option for some users with varied reasons. Many users assume the Opera Mini browser has been very familiar to many users of the service and the availability of data compression feature that is known to provide a faster cruising needs. In addition, Opera Mini is also recorded growth of data consumption on Android users who access the Opera Mini also grow up to 218%, this figure is much higher than the consumption data from other platforms.

Another conclusion is no less interesting is the report released by Opera Software stated, of the total amount of consumption data obtained, as many as 36% of consumption data obtained from access to a variety of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so forth, followed by sites such as e-commerce, media, and a variety of other websites that charge a percentage amount of the consumption data. Facebook specifically for social media, as much as 68% of users managed to “donate” the number of page views on the Opera Mini browser on their Android devices.

Compact and simple system that brought the Android platform turned out to have a role on the growth of Opera Mini users on the Google’s platform. It is believed by the release of Opera The report also stated that Android users in Indonesia using the Opera Mini browser surfing 83% more than users running Opera Mini on other smartphone devices.

Of the report may actually be concluded, that there is only reporting an increase in migration of users of Opera Mini for the Android platform that can be a concern, but also the condition of the mobile web users in Indonesia was enough to get special attention from the internet industry abroad. Of this report is also expected to become a benchmark for the industry in the internet world that Indonesia is arguably one of the market is important for the development of the internet industry in the whole world.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium – Enjoy the Excitement

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Often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise. A haven of natural beauty and sunny island charm, it is the ideal destination for leisure and relaxation. The tropical island maybe famous for sapphires, tea and beautiful beaches, but if the country had one passion, it would be cricket. The Sri Lankan cricket team is one of the highest ranked cricket teams of today, and the nation has spared no expense developing local cricketing infrastructure.

The Pallekele International Stadium was officially opened in November 2009, but the first international match played here was between Sri Lanka and the West Indies, which took place nearly a year later. The grounds also served as one of the official venues for the cricket World Cup played during the early months of 2011. The Pallekele International Stadium is located in Kandy and was renamed the Muttiah Muralitharan International Stadium in honour of the legendary Sri Lankan bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan. It is a pleasant half hour drive from the city centre. During the drive one passes by the famed man-made Kandy lake that marks the centre of the city, before moving onto winding hill roads.

The scenic drive includes crossing a bridge spanning the mighty Mahaweli River, and a long, canopied stretch past the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, before turning into the plush Kandy Industrial Park. The stadium is hailed as one of the most beautiful cricketing venues in the world, with majestic mountains forming the stadiums backdrop. The crisp mountain air along with the temperate Kandy weather makes it the ideal place to relax and enjoy a good game of cricket.

There is more to Sri Lanka Tourism than beaches and nature parks. The island is full of little gems, and rewards tourists who go off the beaten track. Enjoy a day of Sports in Sri Lanka whilst the atmosphere inside the stadium crackles with tension and energy. Local bands ensure that there is never a dull moment for the spectators, even during a lull in the game. For more information on the sights and attractions of the island nation, visit Truly Sri Lanka. The website holds a wealth of information for the curious traveller.

Laser Treatment Ensures Permanent Solution For Toenail Fungus.

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There is a proper place for everything in life, including fungus. If it tries to inhabit your toe nail then it is simply invading into your privacy and it needs to be thrown out. However, toenail fungus can be difficult to deal with and may simply refuse to leave your nails. It can be an irritating experience and may also dent the aesthetics of your foot. Traditional treatment may not yield effective results as far as fungal infection is concerned which makes laser treatment a potent option.
The origin of the fungus

You can trace the origin of fungi in the books of evolution and even surprise yourself to discover that it may be prehistoric! However, the exact reason for fungus appearing in your nails may be difficult to determine. Although, many people attribute it to hygiene ad dampness but there may be various other reasons. Determining the cause of fungal infection will prove helpful in preventing future outbreak. A doctor will examine your nails and help you to get rid of the fungus.

Get it examined

Toenail fungus can bother you continuously and beyond a point you should definitely seek medical advice. A doctor will perform certain tests and also take a few tissue samples to get insights into the nature of the fungal infection. Depending on the severity of the infection he will suggest you treatments. There are various traditional treatments available for toenail fungus but Laser treatment has proved to be one of the most effective.

The power of laser

Laser treatment has proved to be a boon for toenail fungus treatment. It is a non-invasive treatment which attacks the fungus at the root level. A concentrated ray of laser beam is directed to your nails which burns up the fungal tissues and eliminates them from the core. It is a very fast and safe process which nullifies the chances of a recurrence. You will hardly take any time to recuperate from the laser treatment and will be back to your normal life in no time at all.

is being accepted across medical centers as one of the most promising treatment for nail fungus. It is free from side effects and helps you to get the shine back in your nails. So, go ahead and show the door to that ugly fungus!

Top 5 Up And Coming Hard Rockmetal Concert Tickets

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Heard the hype on myspace about Paramore? What about people on Twitter twittering about Enter Shikari? Here we discover the Top 5 up and coming hard rock/metal acts whose concert tickets will sell fast as the social media buzz increases.

1. Enter Shikari – The St. Albans band play music that’s been coined, ‘post-hardcore’. That’s some pretty hard rock. Their debut album, ‘Take to the Skies’ reached number 4 in the UK album chart and Common Dreads, their second long player got to number 16 in June 2009. Fresh from their triumphant Reading and Leeds festivals gigs, Enter Shikari concert tickets will shift faster than the time it takes to explain to someone what ‘post-hardcore’ means!

2. Paramore – Nominated for a Grammy despite only forming in 2004, Paramore will arrive for their UK tour on the back of some well-earned grafting on the American live circuit. With a stye described as anything from ’emo’ to ‘pop punk’ and ‘hard alternative rock’, tickets for their UK concerts will trade quickly as Paramore will only be in the UK for six gigs. Book your tickets now to avoid missing out.

3. Porcupine Tree – I know, I know, they’ve been around since 1987 so to call them up and coming is a stretch to say the least. What’s a Top 5 list without some contentious debate? Still, after a long career in the shadows, Porcupine Tree will be touring the UK with their latest album, ‘The Incident’ in December. Concert Tickets for Porcupine Tree shift quickly as fans flock to hear their unique live shows which feature instruments not typically associated with hard rock like banjos and mellotrons.

4. The Answer – Haven’t heard of them? Don’t worry, you soon will have. The Northern Irish hard and blues-rock outfit embark upon a twelve gig UK tour in support of their Everyday Demons album. Having toured the States opening for AC/DC, tickets for their UK shows will be snapped up quickly by fans like Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, one of their growing number of supporters.

5. Rockstar Taste of Chaos – Ok, not a band per se but a collection of up and coming metal bands whose energetic shows have got fans of the genre talking (and buying up any available tickets). The line up for this year’s tour includes Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Every Time I Die and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Get involved with the cutting edge of metal/hard rock and support these new and emerging acts buy booking your tickets today!

OCD Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Exposure Response Prevention

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What CBT & ERP is and How They Are Used in Today’s Health Field to Treat OCD

CBT and ERP are two different treatment options available to treat OCD. CBT is short for cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy is a talking therapy that aims to solve problems by focusing on identifying the thoughts, emotions and habits that lead to a person repeating the same pattern that leads to the problem.

ERP is short for exposure and response prevention. This is a treatment method that has the subject confronting their fears. It also identifies the thinking process and emotional patterns used that leads to the subject repeating a habit. It then attempts to get the person to respond differently to the way he or she used to respond by refraining from the previous behavior.

Both therapy methods are used to treat OCD. It all begins with cognitive behavior therapy. The therapist will talk to the patient. The focus will not be on the events of the past but rather more on the current problems. The goal here is to learn about the patient and even develop a relationship with the patient.

Trust is very important to the treatment process as patients need to have confidence and feel comfortable about the treatment process. After some trust has been established, the therapist will give the patient advice on how to think as well as suggestions on how to deal with their OCD.

An example is helping patients understand that they can make their own choices. Rather than submit to OCD, they can strengthen their ability to make a decision with beliefs such as “I washed my hands because of my anxiety.” This allows patients to see that they have options rather than succumbing to the thought process of something like “I have to wash my hands.”

The next step is the exposure and responsive prevention therapy. The patient will have to face their OCD over and over again. For example, if the patient has the compulsion to wash his hands repeatedly, he should just go ahead and do it. Over time, the patient will have to refrain from repeating the habit while being in the state of anxiety.

This process repeats so that the patient practices how to refrain from the compulsive habit. What this does is that it gives the patient confidence and practice in withholding from the habit. With the therapist’s help, the patient will be able to get rid of the anxiety that causes him to going through with the compulsive action.

So that is an overview on how cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and responsive prevention are used to treat OCD today. These two treatment options are proving to be effective and the success rate is quite high. These two treatments work best when they are used together. The exposure and responsive prevention therapy in particular really helps solidify positive habits and get rid of the anxiety that causes the obsessive and compulsive behavior.

Use Indoor Spaces to Inspire an Outdoor Living Area You’ll Love

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When choosing patio furniture to fill your outdoor spaces, it’s important to gravitate toward styles and materials that closely match your preferences and personality. Living with your choice is easier when you love what you have. Choose patio furniture that you will want to spend time using, not just when friends drop by for a visit, but every day and for no special reason at all.

When faced with the wide variety of patio furniture options, choosing the most suitable style can be as painless as looking to your indoor spaces for inspiration. Do you love your indoor furniture? Does it capture your sense of style? Do you enjoy coming home to the comforts of your sofa or lounge chair? You can easily reproduce that indoor success in your outdoor living areas by choosing patio furniture that has the same inviting qualities that you love about your indoor furniture. Ask yourself what you enjoy most about your indoor furnishings. Is it the comfort, the elegant design, the natural materials? Once you determine what characteristics you love most about your indoor furnishings, you can begin to reduce the number of patio furniture possibilities and zero in on the most suitable choices for your home.

For example, if you love the graceful and romantic style of your indoor furnishings, you should consider metal patio furniture. Wrought iron and aluminum furnishings are commonly adorned with intricate designs and curvaceously flowing lines that create an air of sophistication. If, alternatively, you love that your indoor furnishings are wonderfully comfortable, then resin wicker patio furniture is probably the best option. Resin wicker furniture not only comes with thick, plush cushions, it is incredibly easy furniture to care for, and it is beautiful enough to use inside. Other patio furniture choices are available, too, including traditional wood and environmentally friendly recycled plastic furniture. Each has its own set of unique qualities that can help you determine whether it is the right choice for you.

Far too often, homeowners choose a style of patio furniture that is the complete opposite of what they would choose for their indoor spaces because they feel that outdoor spaces should look like outdoor spaces, quite different from what they’ve accomplished inside. Unfortunately, patio furniture that is not in harmony with your personality and sense of style quickly loses its appeal. Homeowners who have this experience usually find themselves searching for new patio furniture before long.

Whatever your personal style, you can design an outdoor living area that is just as inviting and satisfying as your indoor spaces. Paying attention to what works for you indoors will provide you with the information you need to choose the right patio furniture and bring the same qualities outside to your deck or patio.

Trey Collier is owner of BackyardCity.com – Where North America shops for Outdoor Living essentials, including high quality Patio Furniture for home and business.