By Roblimo from Slashdot's no-man-is-an-island-but-these-guys-live-on-one department
On the Island of Tasmania
there is a Secret Lab
More accurately, it is a business called Secret
, run by co-founders Paris Buttfield-Addison and Jon Manning.
On their website they say, “Secret Lab is an indie game
developer and mobile app training studio based in Hobart, Australia.
We're responsible for some of the world's most popular mobile apps --
recently, we've worked on Meebo for iPhone, ABC Play School Art Maker
for iPad, ABC Good Game for iPhone and ABC Foodi for iPad. Secret Lab
also offers intensive training
workshops on iOS and Android development.” They recently
presented at OSCON
Portland, OR, where Timothy Lord and his camcorder caught up with
them there (as did Rachel
Roumeliotis of O'Reilly Media
camcorder). At just
over 30 minutes, this is the longest Slashdot video interview we've
ever run. It's worth the time, despite some rough sound patches, if
you are interested in mobile game development -- or even if you are just interested in seeing what kind of colorful
people do this sort of thing.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's win-some-lose-some department
crashcy sends word that a verdict has been handed down in the case of Bradley Manning. Quoting:"A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act. Private Manning had already confessed to being WikiLeaks’ source for a huge cache of government documents, which included videos of airstrikes in which civilians were killed, hundreds of thousands of front-line incident reports from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, dossiers on men being held without trial at the Guantánamo Bay prison, and about 250,000 diplomatic cables. But while Private Manning had pleaded guilty to a lesser version of the charges he was facing, which could expose him to up to 20 years in prison, the government decided to press forward with a trial on a more serious version of the charges, including 'aiding the enemy' and violations of the Espionage Act. Beyond the fate of Private Manning as an individual, the 'aiding the enemy' charge — unprecedented in a leak case — could have significant long-term ramifications for investigative journalism in the Internet era."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's spray-and-pray department
siliconbits writes "The debate about tagging has been going for nearly a decade. Slashdot has covered it a number of times.
But it seems that nobody has yet to come up with a foolproof solution to tagging. Even luminaries like Engadget, The Verge, Gizmodo and Slashdot all have different tagging schemes. Commontag, a venture launched in 2009 to tackle tagging, has proved to be all but a failure despite the backing of heavyweights like Freebase, Yahoo and Zemanta. Even Google gave up and purchased Freebase in July 2010. Somehow I remain convinced that a unified, semantically-based solution, using a mix of folksonomy and taxonomy, is the Graal of tagging. I'd like to hear from fellow Slashdotters as to how they tackle the issue of creating and maintaining a tagging solution, regardless of the platform and the technologies being used in the backend."
A good time to note: there may be no pretty
way to get at them, but finding stories with a particular tag on Slashdot is simple, at least one at a time: Just fill in a tag you'd like to explore after "slashdot.org/tag/", as in "slashdot.org/tag/bizarro
."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's couldn't-happen-here department
An anonymous reader writes "Having been targeted by malware in the past, anti-government protesters in Bahrain are now being hit hard by IP tracking attacks, according to a researcher. Bill Marczak, of Bahrain Watch and Citizen Lab, who is putting together a report on the attacks, said it appeared Bahrain officials had been masquerading as fake activists, sending obfuscated URLs to targets to learn their IP address. The next step is to take the IP address and the time of the click to the relevant ISP to find out who the user is. Then all sorts of things can happen. 'People who have clicked on these links have suffered various types of consequences ranging from having their houses raided and being charged for saying insulting things about the king on Twitter, or losing their jobs,' says Marczak. 'It looks like, from our investigation so far, in one case, the government did lock up the wrong person.'"Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's old-ways-is-best-ways department
An anonymous reader writes "When Google first announced Google Reader would be shut down, the news kick-started a very competitive race to create the best alternative. At least one service, however, did not welcome the change, and is now planning to close up shop next month: The Old Reader. In fact, if you navigate to the service's homepage now, you'll be greeted by this sad message: "Unfortunately we had to disable user registration at The Old Reader." In two weeks, the public site will be shut down and a private one, available to a select few (accounts will be migrated automatically), will take its place."
An update on the story says "We have received a number of proposals that we are discussing right now. Chances are high that public The Old Reader will live after all," so a reprieve may be possible.Read Replies (0)