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DOJ Seizes Online Poker Site Domains
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 12:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's know-when-to-fold-em department:
An anonymous reader writes "Federal authorities have seized Internet domain names used by three major poker companies. The indictment charges eleven defendants (PDF), including the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses, according to Federal authorities in New York. The United States also filed a civil money laundering and in rem forfeiture complaint against the poker companies, their assets, and the assets of several payment processors for the poker companies."

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Portal 2 Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 12:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's i'm-making-a-note-here department:
itwbennett writes "Portal 2 is breaking some new ground – at least the PlayStation 3 version is. 'Portal 2 marks the first time that Valve's social gaming network (and digital distribution system), Steam, will appear on consoles,' writes blogger Peter Smith. What this means is that once you link your Playstation Network [PSN] and Steam accounts 'you'll be able to keep tabs on what your Steam friends are up to from within a game of Portal 2 on the PS3,' says Smith. And, you'll be able to play Portal 2 with friends playing on PC or Mac. 'I can think of at least one other example of cross-platform gaming (Shadowrun supported both PC and Xbox players in the same game servers),' says Smith, 'but it's still very rare.'"
This afternoon Valve launched a countdown to Portal 2 which can be accelerated by playing any of a group of indie games.

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OpenOffice.org To Be Given Back To the Community
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 12:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's that's-what-it's-all-about department:
An anonymous reader writes "Oracle has stated they will give back the OpenOffice.org productivity suite to the community. Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, said the company intends upon 'working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office.' Because there was a 'breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications,' the company believes the OpenOffice.org project would be 'best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis.'"

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Students Build Life-Sized Trojan Horse For Class Project
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 12:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's if-we-built-a-wooden-badger department:
A good old-fashioned Iliad diorama just wasn't big enough for a group of Chicago area students. They decided to build a life-sized Trojan Horse for their class project instead. From the article: "As Newsradio 780s Mike Krauser reports, their teacher couldn’t believe it. 'It was a surprise and it was a big surprise,' said teacher Bob Pomykala. The students wouldn’t tell Pomykala what they were up to. 'They said they had a great idea, but they wouldn’t tell me what it was,' he said. What they did was build a giant Trojan Horse, which, according to Greek mythology was used to sneak soldiers into the city of Troy for a triumphant battle. They built it in senior Sergio Aguilar’s yard, and then moved it right in front of Marengo Community High School.

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Book Review: Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 11:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department:
vellorean writes "I have been reading Linux
Shell Scripting Cookbook
by Sarath Lakshman, published by Packt,
for a while. While most people I know learn shell scripts themselves,
I was looking to refresh my concepts a little as well as have a
reference lying around on the table for fast access."
Read below for the rest of vellorean's review. Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook
author Sarath Lakshman
pages 360
publisher Packt Publishing
rating 9
reviewer Kumar Appaiah
ISBN 1849513767
summary A book for beginners and intermediates, which introduces shell scripting and proceeds to provide several practical real-world recipes of useful shell scripts

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Solar Breakthrough Could Provide Power Without Solar Cells
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 10:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's bright-ideas department:
An anonymous reader tips a University of Michigan news release about the creation of what's being called an "optical battery" that could lead to the use of solar power without traditional solar cells (abstract). Quoting:
"Light has electric and magnetic components. Until now, scientists thought the effects of the magnetic field were so weak that they could be ignored. What Rand and his colleagues found is that at the right intensity, when light is traveling through a material that does not conduct electricity, the light field can generate magnetic effects that are 100 million times stronger than previously expected. Under these circumstances, the magnetic effects develop strength equivalent to a strong electric effect. 'This could lead to a new kind of solar cell without semiconductors and without absorption to produce charge separation,' Rand said. 'In solar cells, the light goes into a material, gets absorbed and creates heat. Here, we expect to have a very low heat load. Instead of the light being absorbed, energy is stored in the magnetic moment. Intense magnetization can be induced by intense light and then it is ultimately capable of providing a capacitive power source.'"

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Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 09:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's framing-the-narrative department:
CWmike writes "Mozilla and Opera are mocking browser rival Microsoft's use of the term 'native HTML5' to describe Internet Explorer 9 and the in-development IE10 as an oxymoron, an attempt to hijack an open standard and a marketing ploy. On Tuesday, Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, the executive who runs the IE group, used the term several times during a keynote at MIX, the company's annual Web developers conference, and in an accompanying post on the IE blog. Hachamovitch claimed in his keynote that, 'The only native experience of the Web of HTML5 today is on Windows 7 with IE9.' Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, replied mockingly in Bugzilla: 'I'm pretty sure Firefox 5 has "complete native HTML5" support. We should resolve this as fixed and be sure to let the world know we beat Microsoft to shipping *complete* native HTML5.'"

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Skype For Android Can Leak Data To Malicious Apps
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 09:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's we-know-what-you're-really-doing-with-skype department:
An anonymous reader writes "It appears that Skype account information on an Android phone remains readable by all in a standard installation, at least for certain versions of Skype out in the wild. That allows another potentially malicious app to know everything about you that Skype knows (contacts, history of whatever you've chatted about or who you called, phone numbers, personal information). Skype is said to be working to fix for what appears to be a simple file permissions issue. This sheds some more light on how much private information everybody gives away for free by just owning a phone with half a wrong chmod."

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Crowdsourcing the Censors: A Contest
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 08:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's people-love-to-vote department:
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton is back with an article about how sites with huge amounts of user-generated content struggle to deal with abuse complaints, and could benefit from a crowd-sourced policing system similar to Slashdot's meta-moderation. He writes
"In The Net Delusion, Evgeny Morozov cites examples of online mobs that filed phony abuse complaints in order to shut down pro-democracy Facebook groups and YouTube videos criticizing the Saudi royal family. I've got an idea for an algorithm that would help solve the problem, and I'm offering $100 (or a donation to a charity of your choice) for the best suggested improvement, or alternative, or criticism of the idea proposed in this article."
Hit the link below to read the rest of his thoughts.

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Who Killed Spotify?
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 07:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's video-turns-out-to-be-a-serial-killer department:
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that ad-supported music service Spotify is bringing strict limits to its service, allowing users ten hours listening time per month and a lifetime total of five plays per track. Rory Cellan-Jones discusses how much their hand was forced by the labels, and how much it was down to their own desire to move more than the current 15% of users to their paid subscriptions. The overwhelming reaction from users seems to be straightforward disappointment at the loss of a service which managed to bridge the commercial radio business model and modern listening habits. As the first response to the announcement said: 'So long Spotify. It was nice knowing you. Guess I'll go back to pirating music again then.'"

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GIMP 2.7.2 Released — Another Step Toward 2.8
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 07:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's slowly-but-surely department:
An anonymous reader writes "The developers of GIMP have finally released a new development version on the way to GIMP 2.8. GIMP 2.7.2 includes a huge bunch of changes — but it is not intended for production use. 'The new release comprises layer groups (which were introduced after 2.7.1), an almost done text-on-canvas feature, the all-new brush engine and of course the new single window mode.'"

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All Languages Linked To Common Source
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 07:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's mitochondrial-chomsky department:
Old Wolf writes "A New Zealand evolutionary psychologist, Quentin Atkinson, has created a scientific sensation by claiming to have discovered the mother of all mother tongues. 'Dr Atkinson took 504 languages and plotted the number of phonemes in each (corrected for recent population growth, when significant) against the distance between the place where the language is spoken and 2,500 putative points of origin, scattered across the world (abstract). The relationship that emerges suggests the actual point of origin is in central or southern Africa, and that all modern languages do, indeed, have a common root."
Reader NotSanguine points out another study which challenges the idea that the brain is more important to the structure of language than cultural evolution.

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Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 07:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's music-makers department:
kfogel writes "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever: a beautifully packaged flexidisc record where the invitation itself is the record player. The song was written by Mike, is performed by Karen and Mike together, and FTW is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

The person who designed the invitations — a friend of the couple's — has blogged about it."


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E-Book Sales Have Tripled In the Last Year
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 06:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's now-we-only-kill-trees-out-of-spite department:
destinyland writes "The Association of American Publishers revealed today that e-book sales have tripled in the last year. Sixteen publishers reported that in February e-book sales totaled more than $90.3 million, a 202.3% increase over e-book sales in February of 2010. Meanwhile, sales of adult hardcover books have dropped 43%, while mass-market paperback sales dropped 41.5% (earning just $46.2 million and $29.3 million, respectively). The book publishing association acknowledged that readers have 'made e-books permanent additions to their lifestyle,' arguing that publishers 'are constantly redefining the timeless concept of "books"' and identifying new audiences they can serve through emerging technologies. 'It's nice to see that book publishers are aware of the changes rocking their industry,' notes one e-book blog, 'and that they're approaching it with a sense of history.'"

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Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 05:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's then-just-build-a-new-one department:
angry tapir writes "The creator of hypertext has criticized the design of the World Wide Web, saying that Tim Berners-Lee's creation is 'completely wrong,' and that Windows, Macintosh and Linux have 'exactly the same' approach to computing. Ted Nelson, founder of first hypertext project, Project Xanadu, went on to say, 'It is a strange, distorted, peculiar and difficult limited system... the browser is built around invisible links — you can see something to click on but you’ve got nowhere else to go.'"

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Computer Factories Are the Energy Hogs
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 05:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's fewer-drills-more-glue department:
coondoggie writes "The main idea behind saving energy in the high-tech world has been to buy newer, more energy efficient devices, but researchers say that may be the wrong way to look at the issue, since as much as 70% of the energy a typical laptop will consume during its life span is used in manufacturing the computer (abstract). More energy would be conserved by reducing power used in the manufacturing of computers, rather than reducing only the amount of energy required to operate them, say researchers from Arizona State University and Rochester Institute of Technology."

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Maqetta: Open Source HTML5 Editor From IBM
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 04:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's so-there-would-be-these-images department:
PybusJ writes "IBM has released an online HTML5 editing tool called Maqetta, hosted by the Dojo Foundation. eWeek calls it an open source answer to Flash and Silverlight. That remains to be seen, but it does look interesting."

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Game Developer Group Warns Against Amazon Appstore
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 03:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's money-vs-control department:
The International Game Developers Association has posted a warning to the game development community about the Amazon Appstore's distribution terms, detailing several unfavorable situations possible under the rules and saying, "Amazon has little incentive not to use a developer's content as a weapon with which to capture marketshare from competing app stores."
"Amazon does not need the terms it has established for itself in order to give away a free app every day. Nor does it need the powers it has granted itself to execute a wide variety of price promotions. Other digital games platforms, such as Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam, manage to run effective promotions very frequently without employing these terms. Amazon may further argue that its success depends on the success of its development partners, and therefore, that it would never abuse the terms of its distribution agreement. Given that Amazon can (and currently does) function perfectly well without these terms in other markets, it is unclear why game developers should take a leap of faith on Amazon’s behalf. Such leaps are rarely rewarded once a retailer achieves dominance."

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1Gbps Fiber Optic Network For Rural Britain
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's saves-on-petrol department:
cylonlover writes "Economies of scale mean that densely populated cities have generally been the ones to benefit from the roll out of superfast broadband networks, while those in rural areas have missed out. Following Google's recent announcement that it will build and test 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in selected cities with between 50,000 and 500,000 residents in the US, starting with Kansas City, Kansas, Fujitsu has unveiled plans to create a similar superfast FTTH broadband network for five million homes and businesses in rural Britain to bridge the digital divide between city and country."

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New Nintendo HD Console Rumors Abound
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '11 at 12:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's control-it-with-your-brain department:
pcgfx805 writes "Game Informer has reportedly received word from 'multiple sources' that a new HD console from Nintendo will be debuting at this year's E3. They report on conflicting information regarding the power of the console compared to the other current-gen consoles, but go on to speculate that 'Either way it will offer competitive specifications.'"
This year's E3 is scheduled for June 7-9.

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