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12-06-2009, 14:50:02

Why Natal Is a Big Deal

Why Natal Is a Big DealKikizo has an editorial piece evaluating the Xbox 360's upcoming motion-control scheme, Project Natal, and discussing why it's a bigger step forward for interactive gaming than many people think. Quoting: "[Natal] accurately perceives players in 3D space, ...
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12-06-2009, 12:50:02

BT Wants Cash For iPlayer, Video Bandwidth

BT Wants Cash For iPlayer, Video Bandwidtheldavojohn writes "British Telecom is asking for more money for the bandwidth that iPlayer and video streaming sites eat up. The BBC's Tech Editor is claiming that 'Now Britain's biggest internet service provider is making it clear that,...
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12-06-2009, 08:50:05

UK Gang Caught After $750K Online Music Fraud Scam

UK Gang Caught After $750K Online Music Fraud ScamLSDelirious writes "10 individuals in the UK have been arrested in connection with an online fraud gang, whereby the group created several songs, had the songs uploaded to iTunes and Amazon, then used thousands of stolen credit c...
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12-06-2009, 04:50:02

Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?

Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?An anonymous reader writes "The answer is No. In space, nobody can hear you scream. However, it might go supernova in the near future, if it hasn't already. I wanna see that, even if it would permanently disfigure Orion. Ka freaking bam!"Read more of thi...
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12-06-2009, 02:50:01

Judge OK's MediaSentry Evidence, Limits Defendant's Expert

Judge OK's MediaSentry Evidence, Limits Defendant's ExpertNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset, the judge has denied the defendant's motion to suppress the MediaSentry evidence for illegality, h...
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12-06-2009, 00:50:03

BIND 10 Development Now Fully Underway

BIND 10 Development Now Fully Underwaydarthcamaro writes "A decade after work first began on version 9 of BIND, the widely deployed open source DNS (define) server, work is now fully underway on its successor, BIND 10. '"One of the goals for BIND 10 is to allow people to customi...
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11-06-2009, 22:50:10

US Switch To DTV Countdown Begins

US Switch To DTV Countdown Beginss31523 writes "In February lawmakers postponed the switch from analog to digital TV. Now, the new June 12th deadline is upon us with no sign of another delay. CNET is reporting that the President himself has stated, '... I want to be clear: there...
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11-06-2009, 20:50:04

Saving Unix Heritage, One Kernel At a Time

Saving Unix Heritage, One Kernel At a Timecoondoggie writes "In this its 40th year of operating system life, some Unix stalwarts are trying to resurrect its past. That is, they are taking on the unenviable and difficult job of restoring to their former glory old Unix software ar...
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11-06-2009, 18:50:03

Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?CNet is running a story inspired by comments from Ubisoft's Ben Mattes about how the Wii affects game development. When asked why there was no Wii version of Prince of Persia, Mattes said, "The reality is that from a technica...
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11-06-2009, 16:50:05

Chinese Govt Spyware Puts Computers At Risk

Chinese Govt Spyware Puts Computers At RiskIhmhi writes "China's mandatory 'Green Dam Youth Escort' web filter software apparently has a series of severe flaws. In addition to not working on Linux or MacOS, traffic between the software and its servers is unencrypted." I'm sure i...
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11-06-2009, 14:50:03

Supreme Court Declines Case Over Techs' Right To Search Your PC

Supreme Court Declines Case Over Techs' Right To Search Your PCAn anonymous reader writes "A few years back, a guy was arrested for possessing child pornography after techs at Circuit City found child porn on his computer, while they were installing a DVD player. The guy insiste...
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11-06-2009, 12:50:03

Using Mobile Phones To Write Messages In Air

Using Mobile Phones To Write Messages In AirAnonymous writes "Engineering students at Duke University have taken advantage of the accelerometers in emerging cell phones to create an application that permits users to write short notes in the air with their phone, and have that no...
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11-06-2009, 10:50:02

DOJ Turns Up the Heat On Google's Book Deal

DOJ Turns Up the Heat On Google's Book Dealnarramissic writes "It appears that after its initial review of a deal that would settle a lawsuit publishers and authors filed against Google over the latter's book search engine, the DOJ is leaning toward challenging the proposed sett...
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11-06-2009, 08:50:02

Why Isn't the US Government Funding Research?

Why Isn't the US Government Funding Research?thesandbender writes "The recent post about GM opening its own battery research facility led me to wonder why the US government is pouring billions into buying companies instead of heavily funding useful research. You can give $10 bil...
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11-06-2009, 06:50:03

Why Isn't the US Government Funding Research?

Why Isn't the US Government Funding Research?thesandbender writes "The recent post about GM opening it's own battery research facility led me to wonder why the US government is pouring billions into buying companies instead of heavily funding useful research. You can give $10 bi...
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11-06-2009, 02:50:03

$33 Million In Poker Winnings Seized By US Govt

$33 Million In Poker Winnings Seized By US GovtAn anonymous reader writes "A New York Times story reports that, 'Opening a new front in the government's battle against Internet gambling, federal prosecutors have asked four American banks to freeze tens of millions of dollars in ...
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11-06-2009, 00:50:04

How To Manage Hundreds of Thousands of Documents?

How To Manage Hundreds of Thousands of Documents?ajmcello78 writes "We're a mid-sized aerospace company with over a hundred thousand documents stored out on our Samba servers that also need to be accessed from our satellite offices. We have a VPN set up for the remote sites and ...
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10-06-2009, 22:50:03

For Airplane Safety, Trying To Keep Birds From Planes

For Airplane Safety, Trying To Keep Birds From PlanesThe Narrative Fallacy writes "Every year pilots in the US report more than 5,000 bird strikes, which cause at least $400 million in damage to commercial and military aircraft. Now safety hearings are beginning on the crash of ...
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10-06-2009, 20:50:04

French Three-Strikes Law Ruled Unconstitutional

French Three-Strikes Law Ruled UnconstitutionalAn anonymous reader was one of several to write with this news: "The French 'Conseil Constitutionnel' just ruled that the recently voted 'Hadopi' law, which enforces a 'three strikes and you're out' system, is actually unconstitutio...
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10-06-2009, 18:50:03

First Acoustic Black Hole Created

First Acoustic Black Hole CreatedKentuckyFC writes "One of the many curious properties of Bose Einstein Condensates (BECs) is that the flow of sound through them is governed by the same equations that describe how light is bent by a gravitational field. Now, a group of Israeli p...
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10-06-2009, 16:50:04

Comedy Central Confirms 26 New Futurama Episodes

Comedy Central Confirms 26 New Futurama Episodese9th was one of several readers to write with an update to the Futurama rumors we discussed earlier this week: "TVWeek reports that 20th Century Fox Television and Comedy Central have officially confirmed a deal for 26 new episodes...
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10-06-2009, 14:50:02

One-Tweet Wonders

One-Tweet Wonderstheodp writes "TIME has seen-the-future-and-it-is-Twitter. Slate, on the other hand, is more fascinated with the phenomenon of orphaned tweets, the messages left by people who sign up for Twitter, post once, then never return (not unlike one-blog-post wonders). ...
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10-06-2009, 12:50:04

DIY 18-ft.-High Robotic Exoskeleton

DIY 18-ft.-High Robotic ExoskeletonHacx sends along a piece from PopSci that begins "Carlos Owens had handled all kinds of machines as an army mechanic, but he always dreamed of using those skills for one project: his own 'mecha,' a giant metal robot that could mirror the moveme...
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10-06-2009, 08:50:03

Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFS

Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFSRoskolnikov writes "Apple has apparently decided that ZFS isn't really ready for prime time. We've been discussing Apple/ZFS rumors, denials, and sightings for some years now. Currently a search on Apple's site for ZFS yields only two hit...
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10-06-2009, 06:50:02

How Do IT Guys Get Respect and Not Become BOFHs?

How Do IT Guys Get  Respect and Not Become BOFHs?An anonymous reader writes "I work for a small software company (around 60 people) as the sole IT guy. It's my first time in a position like this and after about 1.5 years I'm starting to get a bit burned out. I try to be friendly...
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10-06-2009, 04:50:02

Microsoft Sets Record With Monster Patch Tuesday

Microsoft Sets Record With Monster Patch TuesdayCWmike writes "Microsoft today issued 10 security updates that patched a record 31 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Excel, Word, Windows Search and other programs, including 18 bugs marked 'critical.' Of the 10 bullet...
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10-06-2009, 02:50:03

Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequelsbrumgrunt writes "Should we be worried? As Pixar, with Up, once more proves itself to be home to some of the most original and daring blockbusters on the planet, the news that its next three films are likely to be sequels — with the ...
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10-06-2009, 00:50:02

How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make?

How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make?simoniker writes "Over at Gamasutra, a new feature article discusses how much money free-to-play MMO games make, with specific real-world stats from game developers willing to discuss how they make money with microtransaction-based PC gam...
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09-06-2009, 22:50:09

Ray Ozzie Calls Google Wave "Anti-Web"

Ray Ozzie Calls Google Wave "Anti-Web"TropicalCoder writes "Ray Ozzie says that Google Wave is 'anti-Web,' by which he seems to mean that it is too complex for its own good. In the video he complains about its complexity in relation to Microsoft's Live Mesh: 'If you have somethi...
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Slashdot
09-06-2009, 20:50:06

Comcast Intercepts and Redirects Port 53 Traffic

Comcast Intercepts and Redirects Port 53 TrafficAn anonymous reader writes "An interesting (and profane) writeup of one frustrated user's discovery that Comcast is actually intercepting DNS requests bound for non-Comcast DNS servers and redirecting them to their own servers. I h...
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09-06-2009, 18:50:02

Direct-To-Consumer Genetics Testing Makes a Splash in Boston

Direct-To-Consumer Genetics Testing Makes a Splash in Bostoneldavojohn writes "MIT's Technology Review has the scoop on the first annual Consumer Genetics Show starting today in Boston and it looks like the rage these days is genetic testing sans the middle-man physician. And it...
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09-06-2009, 16:50:03

Novell Ponders "Open-Source Apps Store"

Novell Ponders "Open-Source Apps Store"Barence writes "Novell plans to bring the wealth of open-source software to everyday users through an 'open-source apps store.' 'I would compare what's happening on netbooks with what's happening to the smartphone,' Holger Dyroff, vice pres...
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09-06-2009, 14:50:03

Pleo Robot Dinosaur Back From Extinction

Pleo Robot Dinosaur Back From Extinctionrobotsrule sends in a follow-up to our earlier discussion of the bankruptcy of Ugobe, maker of the Pleo robotic dinosaur: "Jetta Company Limited, based in China and Hong Kong, the company that manufactured the Pleo baby robot dinosaur for ...
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09-06-2009, 12:50:02

Futurama Rumored To Return On Comedy Central

Futurama Rumored To Return On Comedy Centralavajcovec points out a brief note on Collider.com that Comedy Central has ordered 13 new episodes of Futurama. Quoting: "Though still technically a rumor at this point, word is that 'Futurama' production offices have already opened and...
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09-06-2009, 10:50:02

Paris Hosts the Second Hacker Space Festival

Paris Hosts the Second Hacker Space Festivalzoobab writes "Hackers from all over Europe will meet at the end of the month (27-30 June) at the second Hacker Space Festival in Paris. The four-day schedule includes conferences and workshops on: Metasploit, HostileWRT, FPGA for begi...
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09-06-2009, 06:50:02

Mozilla To Launch "Build Your Own Browser"

Mozilla To Launch "Build Your Own Browser"angry tapir sends in a piece from Down Under which begins "Mozilla is readying a program that will allow companies to build their own customized browsers based on the next version of Firefox, which will be out in a few weeks. ... Through...
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09-06-2009, 04:50:02

Computers Key To Air France Crash

Computers Key To Air France CrashMichael_Curator writes "It's no secret that commercial airplanes are heavily computerized, but as the mystery of Air France Flight 447 unfolds, we need to come to grips with the fact that in many cases, airline pilots' hands are tied when it come...
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09-06-2009, 02:50:02

iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy

iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade PolicyAll is not sweetness and light in the wake of the Apple WWDC kickoff announcements, especially concerning the evolution of the iPhone. Reader Hugh Pickens writes: "AT&T will offer the new iPhone 3G S when it debuts later this mo...
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09-06-2009, 00:50:02

Inflatable Tower Could Climb To the Edge of Space

Inflatable Tower Could Climb To the Edge of SpaceMonkeyClicker writes with mention of a proposal that could see an inflatable tower helping to carry people to the edge of space without the need for rocket propulsion. This would function in place of previous space elevator desig...
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08-06-2009, 22:50:02

Most Blogs Now Abandoned

Most Blogs Now AbandonedThe Narrative Fallacy writes "Douglas Quenqua reports in the NY Times that according to a 2008 survey only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days meaning that "95 percent of blogs being essentiall...
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08-06-2009, 20:50:04

Epix Provides "Free" HD Studio Content via TV and Internet

Epix Provides "Free" HD Studio Content via TV and InternetIt looks as though the movie studios are at least trying to learn from past failures and other's success with the upcoming launch of Epix (beta starts today), an HD television channel and accompanying online 720p service....
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08-06-2009, 18:50:04

11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics.

11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics.Gotenosente writes "11-Year-Old Moshe Kai Cavalin has graduated from East Los Angeles Community College with a degree in astrophysics. "At a time when his peers are finishing 6th grade, this only child of a Taiwanese mother and a...
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08-06-2009, 16:50:02

Software Bug Adds 5k Votes to Election

Software Bug Adds 5k Votes to Electioneldavojohn writes "You may be able to argue that a five thousand vote error is a small price to pay for a national election but these errors are certainly inadmissible on a much smaller scale. According to the Rapid City Journal a software g...
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08-06-2009, 14:50:03

Chinese Government To Mandate PC Censorware

Chinese Government To Mandate PC CensorwareAn anonymous reader writes "The Chinese government has sponsored the development of a censorware package called 'Green Dam Youth Escort'; basically a PC-resident IP blocker that gets regular updates of banned sites from a central govern...
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08-06-2009, 12:50:03

7-inch Android Netbook From GNB

7-inch Android Netbook From GNBAn anonymous reader writes "Netbooknews.com has scored a video of a 7-inch Google Android netbook from a company called GNB during Computex. The device is powered by a Freescale iMX31 CPU. The design might not be to everyone's taste, but it could t...
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