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18-10-2009, 18:50:03

D&D Handbook Distribution Lawsuit Settled For $125,000

D&D Handbook Distribution Lawsuit Settled For $125,000The Installer writes "Wizards of the Coast is in the process of settling its claim against several individuals for illegal distribution of its newest copyrighted handbook. 'In one of three lawsuits brought by Wizards of ...
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18-10-2009, 16:50:03

MIT Researchers Develop Autonomous Indoor Robocopter

MIT Researchers Develop Autonomous Indoor RobocopterAn anonymous reader writes "Researchers at MIT's Robust Robotics Group have developed a robotic helicopter capable of autonomously flying inside buildings or other GPS-denied environments. It has an on-board camera and a laser ...
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18-10-2009, 14:50:05

Firefox Disables Microsoft .NET Addon

Firefox Disables Microsoft .NET AddonZosX writes "Around 11:45 PM Friday night, I was prompted by Firefox that it had disabled the addons that Microsoft has been including with .NET — specifically, the .NET Framework Assistant and the Windows Presentation Foundation. The p...
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18-10-2009, 12:50:04

Maldives Government Holds Undersea Cabinet Meeting

Maldives Government Holds Undersea Cabinet MeetingHugh Pickens writes "The president of the Maldives and 11 ministers, decked out in scuba gear, held a cabinet meeting 4m underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation. While officials s...
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18-10-2009, 08:50:02

The US's Reverse Brain Drain

The US's Reverse Brain DrainWe may have to rethink the assumption that Silicon Valley is the hotbed of innovation in which all the world's best and brightest want to work and live. TechCrunch has a piece by an invited expert on the reverse brain drain already evident and growing...
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18-10-2009, 06:50:03

Facial Bones Grown From Fat-Derived Stem Cells

Facial Bones Grown From Fat-Derived Stem CellsTheClockworkSoul sends in an article up at Scientific American, from which we quote: "Stem cells so far have been used to mend tissues ranging from damaged hearts to collapsed tracheas. Now the multifaceted cells have proved successf...
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18-10-2009, 00:50:04

Giant Ribbon Discovered At Edge of Solar System

Giant Ribbon Discovered At Edge of Solar Systembeadwindow writes "NASA's IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) spacecraft has made the first all-sky maps of the heliosphere and the results have taken researchers by surprise. The maps are bisected by a bright, winding ribbon of u...
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17-10-2009, 22:50:03

MS's "Lifeblogging" Camera Enters Mass Production

MS's "Lifeblogging" Camera Enters Mass Productionholy_calamity writes "Remember Microsoft's camera to be slung around the necks of people with Alzheimer's to help them recall where they'd been? A version of this device will now be mass-produced by a UK firm, Vicon, which obtaine...
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17-10-2009, 20:50:03

Arrested IBM Exec Goes MIA On the Web

Arrested IBM Exec Goes MIA On the Webtheodp writes "Among those charged in the largest hedge-fund insider trading case in US history was IBM Sr. VP Robert W. Moffat, the heir apparent to IBM CEO Sam Palmisano and the guy behind Big Blue's 'workforce rebalancing' and the sale of ...
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17-10-2009, 18:50:05

The Changing Face of the Console Wars

The Changing Face of the Console WarsAn article at Gamasutra explores the decisions by Microsoft and Sony to launch significant hardware additions — their respective, upcoming motion-control schemes — in the middle of a console cycle, rather than waiting until the ne...
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17-10-2009, 16:50:03

Democrats, Minority Groups Question Net Neutrality Push

Democrats, Minority Groups Question Net Neutrality Pushuuddlrlrab writes "A group of 72 Democratic lawmakers is the latest to question the US Federal Communications Commission's move to create new net neutrality regulations. Democrats, including US President Barack Obama, have g...
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17-10-2009, 14:50:03

California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power RestrictionsHugh Pickens writes "The Los Angeles Times reports that California regulators are poised to pass the nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions just as they did with refrigerators, air conditioners an...
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17-10-2009, 12:50:02

German Team Wins 2009 Solar Decathlon

German Team Wins 2009 Solar DecathlonAn anonymous reader writes "Our team recently competed in the 2009 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a 2-year competition that challenges university students from 20 US and international teams to design, build, a...
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17-10-2009, 08:50:03

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Attempts To Bridge Casual/Hardcore Divide

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Attempts To Bridge Casual/Hardcore DivideWhen Nintendo returns to its roots next month by releasing a new, 2-D, side-scrolling Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii, it's trying to do more than simply hop on the retro bandwagon many publishers have ridden ...
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17-10-2009, 06:50:02

Canadian Copyright Lobby Fights Anti-Spyware Legislation

Canadian Copyright Lobby Fights Anti-Spyware LegislationAn anonymous reader writes "New Canadian anti-spam and anti-spyware legislation is scheduled for a key vote on Monday. Michael Geist reports that the copyright lobby has been pushing to remove parts of the bill that would t...
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17-10-2009, 04:50:02

Scientists Write Memories Directly Into Fly Brains

Scientists Write Memories Directly Into Fly BrainsTheClockworkSoul writes "Researchers at the University of Oxford have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories. The researchers said that in flies, ...
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17-10-2009, 02:50:01

Open Source Effort To Codify America's "Operating System" Online

Open Source Effort To Codify America's "Operating System" OnlineRubinstien writes "O'Reilly Radar is reporting on an effort to produce Law.gov, 'America's Operating System, Open Source.' The group Public.Resource.Org seeks to 'create a solid business plan, technical specs, and e...
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17-10-2009, 00:50:03

Apple's Grand Central Dispatch Ported To FreeBSD

Apple's Grand Central Dispatch Ported To FreeBSDbonch writes "Apple's Grand Central Dispatch, which was recently open sourced, has been ported to FreeBSD and is planned to be included by default in FreeBSD 8.1. Also known as libdispatch, the API allows the use of function-based ...
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16-10-2009, 22:50:02

Sneaky Microsoft Add-on Put Firefox Users At Risk

Sneaky Microsoft Add-on Put Firefox Users At RiskCWmike writes to mention that the "Windows Presentation Foundation" plugin that Microsoft slipped into Firefox last February apparently left the popular browser open to attack. This was among the many things recently addressed in ...
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16-10-2009, 20:50:03

Lockheed Snags $31 Million To Reinvent the Internet, Microsoft To Help

Lockheed Snags $31 Million To Reinvent the Internet, Microsoft To HelpDARPA has awarded a $31 million contract to megacorp Lockheed Martin which will, with some assistance from Microsoft, attempt to reinvent the Internet and make it more military-friendly. "The main thrust of th...
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16-10-2009, 18:50:05

Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carriers

Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carrierscarusoj writes 'The way traffic moves over the Internet has changed radically in the last five years. Arbor Networks next week will present the results of a two-year a study, drawing on more than 256 exabytes of Internet traffic...
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16-10-2009, 16:50:07

Texas Teen Arrested Under New Online Harassment Law

Texas Teen Arrested Under New Online Harassment LawSpaceGhost sends in a story from San Antonio, TX: "Police have arrested a 16-year-old girl on charges of harassment under a new Texas law that took effect September 1, 2009. H.B. 2003 says a person commits a third degree felony ...
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16-10-2009, 14:50:04

The Sad State of the Mobile Web

The Sad State of the Mobile Websnydeq writes "Despite being the much better development platform for today's smartphones, open Web standards still face an uphill battle on mobile devices, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes, noting that here, as on the desktop, the main hur...
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16-10-2009, 12:50:03

Dev Discusses Upcoming Spy-MMO, The Agency

Dev Discusses Upcoming Spy-MMO, The AgencyKheldon writes "The MMO Gamer recently sat down with Lorien Gremore, lead producer on SOE's upcoming spy-shooter MMO, The Agency. They discussed various aspects of its development, such as the 'stickiness' of session-based games, strikin...
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16-10-2009, 08:50:03

Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card Counters

Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card CountersAn anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Yahoo Tech outlining a system currently being researched: "Card counting is perfectly legal — all a counter does is attempt to keep track of whether the cards remai...
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16-10-2009, 06:50:02

Australian Student Balloon Rises 100,000 Feet, With a Digital Camera

Australian Student Balloon Rises 100,000 Feet, With a Digital Camerahype7 writes "An Australian student at Deakin University had a fascinating idea for a final project — to send a balloon up 100,000ft (~30,000 metres) into the stratosphere with a digital camera attached. T...
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16-10-2009, 02:50:05

Cisco, Motorola, and Other Companies Take Aim At Net Neutrality Rules

Cisco, Motorola, and Other Companies Take Aim At Net Neutrality Rulesangry tapir writes "FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last month that he would seek to develop formal rules prohibiting Internet service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and ap...
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16-10-2009, 00:50:02

Scientists Discover How DNA Is Folded Within the Nucleus

Scientists Discover How DNA Is Folded Within the Nucleusmikael writes "Sciencedaily.com is reporting that scientists have discovered how DNA is folded within the nucleus of a cell such that active genes remain accessible without becoming tangled. The first observation is that ge...
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15-10-2009, 22:50:02

China Strangles Tor Ahead of National Day

China Strangles Tor Ahead of National DayTechReviewAl writes "Technology Review reports that the Chinese government has for the first time targeted the Tor anonymity network. In the run up to in China's National Day celebrations, the government started targeting the sites used t...
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15-10-2009, 20:50:03

Scientists Use Quake 2 To Study the Brains of Mice

Scientists Use Quake 2 To Study the Brains of MiceAn anonymous reader writes "In this week's issue of Nature, scientists from Princeton University trained mice to navigate around a virtual environment using a setup that resembles a combination of a giant trackball and a mini-iMa...
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15-10-2009, 18:50:05

Doubts Raised About Legal Soundness of GPL2

Doubts Raised About Legal Soundness of GPL2svonkie writes "Two prominent IP lawyers have warned that the all-pervasive General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) is legally unsound. They claim GPLv3 and AGPLv3 are much better suited for the realities of modern open source software...
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15-10-2009, 16:50:03

UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban LaptopsSockatume writes "Cinema chain Cineworld now has a policy banning anyone from carrying a laptop into a theatre, even if it is not used. The management claims that this is an anti-piracy move on the advice of the Federation Against C...
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15-10-2009, 14:50:03

Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCs

Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCsruphus13 writes "In a recent talk at the Churchill Club, Michael Dell addressed several topics, including the fact that Windows 7 is poised to take advantage of the upgrade cycle. Dell has always been a strong MS OEM ally and it ...
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15-10-2009, 12:50:02

Improving the PlayStation Store

Improving the PlayStation StoreThis opinion piece takes stock of Sony's PlayStation Store, examining its flaws and the areas Sony needs to improve as their gaming systems come to rely upon it more and more. The problems and suggested solutions involve everything from UI elements...
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15-10-2009, 10:50:07

Free-To-Play Switch Going Well For D&D Online

Free-To-Play Switch Going Well For D&D Onlinebabboo65 writes "Dungeons and Dragons Online is enjoying a second life in terms of player count and buzz, all thanks to its new business strategy: giving the game away. Turbine is making their MMO as accessible as possible, and th...
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15-10-2009, 08:50:02

Wi-Fi Patent Victory Earns CSIRO $200 Million

Wi-Fi Patent Victory Earns CSIRO $200 Millionbennyboy64 writes "iTnews reports the patent battle between Australia's CSIRO and 14 of the world's largest technology companies has gained the research organization $200 million from out of court settlements. CSIRO executive director...
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15-10-2009, 04:50:02

Researchers Discover "Magnetic Current"

Researchers Discover "Magnetic Current"fsouto writes "Researchers have discovered a magnetic equivalent to electricity. From the article, 'The phenomenon, dubbed "magnetricity," could be used in magnetic storage or in computing. Magnetic monopoles were first predicted to exist o...
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15-10-2009, 02:50:01

1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In Finland

1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In FinlandAn anonymous reader writes "Starting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Finland is the world's first country ...
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15-10-2009, 00:50:02

Comparing Performance and Power Use For Vista vs. Windows 7 WIth Clarksfield Chip

Comparing Performance and Power Use For Vista vs. Windows 7 WIth Clarksfield Chipcrazipper writes "Back when Intel launched its Core i5/i7 'Lynnfield' CPUs, Tom's Hardware ran some tests in Windows 7 versus Vista to gauge the benefits of the core parking and ideal core optimizat...
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14-10-2009, 22:50:02

3D Fingerprinting — Touchless, More Accurate, and Faster

3D Fingerprinting — Touchless, More Accurate, and Fasterkkleiner writes "For all the glory it gets, the fingerprint has evolved very little in the last 60 years. They’re still two dimensional. The US department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Justi...
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14-10-2009, 20:50:03

First Look At Acer's 3D Laptop

First Look At Acer's 3D LaptopBarence writes "Acer today revealed the world’s first 3D laptop, the Acer Aspire 5738PG, which will launch alongside Windows 7 on October 22. It uses a combination of software and specially coated glass on the 15.4in screen, along with a stand...
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14-10-2009, 18:50:02

How Nokia Learned To Love Openness

How Nokia Learned To Love OpennessChiefMonkeyGrinder writes "Once Sebastian Nyström laid out the logic of moving to open source, there was very little resistance within Nokia to doing so. I think that's significant; it means that, just as the GNU GPL has been tested in various c...
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14-10-2009, 16:50:01

Next Nintendo Handheld To Be Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra Chipset

Next Nintendo Handheld To Be Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra ChipsetVigile writes "When you sell over 100 million handheld gaming systems, everyone wants to be involved in your success; just ask Nintendo. As a company with many different obstacles in its path, NVIDIA could definitely ...
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14-10-2009, 14:50:02

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Deathmvip tips the latest in a long line of premature announcements of the demise of email. "The Wall Street Journal article Why Email No Longer Rules is making the rounds online. Fast Company provided a fast response, highlighting th...
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14-10-2009, 12:50:02

In the UK, a Few Tweets Restore Freedom of Speech

In the UK, a Few Tweets Restore Freedom of SpeechSeveral readers wrote to us about the situation in the UK that saw the Guardian newspaper forbidden by a judge from reporting a question in UK parliament. The press's freedom to do so has been fought for since at least 1688 and fu...
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14-10-2009, 10:50:02

Modern Games and Technology Challenging ESRB's Effectiveness

Modern Games and Technology Challenging ESRB's EffectivenessThe Entertainment Software Rating Board has been around for 15 years now, overcoming an ineffective start and a host of controversial events to become a fairly well-respected ratings agency. However, as this article at ...
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14-10-2009, 08:50:03

Explaining Corporate Culture Through "The Office"

Explaining Corporate Culture Through "The Office"Writing in the ribbonfarm.com blog, Venkatesh Rao uses The Office to explain and illustrate a theory of management he calls the Gervais Principle (after the TV series's creator). Taking off from Hugh MacLeod's cartoon laying out a...
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14-10-2009, 06:50:01

Google To Send Detailed Info About Hacked Web Sites

Google To Send Detailed Info About Hacked Web Sitesalphadogg writes "In an effort to promote the 'general health of the Web,' Google will send Webmasters snippets of malicious code in the hopes of getting infected Web sites cleaned up faster. The new information will appear as p...
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14-10-2009, 04:50:02

Washington Post Says Use Linux To Avoid Bank Fraud

Washington Post Says Use Linux To Avoid Bank Fraudchristian.einfeldt writes "Washington Post Security Fix columnist Brian Krebs recommends that banking customers consider using a Linux LiveCD, rather than Microsoft Windows, to access their on-line banking. He tells a story of tw...
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14-10-2009, 02:50:02

EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator Hobbyists

EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator HobbyistsPonca City, We love you writes "The EFF has warned Texas Instruments not to pursue legal threats against calculator hobbyists who perform modifications to the company's programmable graphing calculators. TI's calculators perform a '...
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