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World of Goo Dev Wants Big Publishers To Build Indie Teams
Posted by News Fetcher on November 11 '10 at 02:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's and-a-pony deptartment:
Ron Carmel, co-founder of game developer 2D Boy, which created the indie hit World of Goo, gave a speech at Montreal International Games Summit in which he encourages large game publishers to put more time and money into smaller, indie-like teams. Quoting GameSetWatch: "'We need a medium-sized design studio. Something that is larger than a typical indie, but has the same propensity for of talent density, focus, and risk-taking,' said Carmel, formerly an employee of major publisher Electronic Arts prior to going independent. Notably, a focus on profit must be eliminated from the equation. 'Creating this within a major developer doesn't present a problem,' said Carmel. With a budget of $1-$2 million dollars, 10 staffers could be hired to work on 'creatively ambitious and forward-thinking projects.' He likened it to the automobile industry, which alongside its mainstream consumer products works on concept cars — few of which enter production as regular models. The concept car is, said Carmel, 'a marketing expense to build your brand, and say, "Look at all the amazing things we're creating."' It also helps with recruitment. Said Carmel, 'there's no reason the larger game companies can't do that.' He also said that developers must move away from the notion that a team comprised primarily of programmers and artists can create a great work. Why do Valve's games have such amazing environments? Because, said Carmel, 'Valve has architects on staff.'"

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Australian State Govt. To Fund iPads For Doctors
Posted by News Fetcher on November 11 '10 at 01:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's nice-perk deptartment:
angry tapir writes "The current premier of the Australian state of Victoria, John Brumby, has promised every doctor in Victoria's public hospital system would be issued with an Apple iPad if his incumbent Labor Government was returned to power in the state's upcoming election."

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When DLC Goes Wrong
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 11:30 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's horse-armor deptartment:
kube00 writes "Poorly done downloadable content is one of a gamer's worst nightmares right now. Where a publisher stands to make some money, gamers get screwed. Whether it's the overpriced extra maps/costumes DLC, on-the-disc-at-launch DLC, or DLC that is nothing more than a remake of other content, no game is safe from bad DLC. That includes Modern Warfare 2, Bioshock 2, Uncharted 2 and a host of many other popular games. Is there a chance to fix this system?"

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Security App For the New German Personal ID Hacked
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 10:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's why-can't-I-be-you deptartment:
prefec2 writes "On Nov. 1st Germany started to issue new personal ID cards which include a security chip. In combination with a reading device and an application on a PC at home, secure transactions can be made. However, the required application can be compromised using DNS spoofing and a wrong SSL certificate (article in German)."

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US Army Develops Tooth Cleaning Gum
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 09:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's forget-the-brush deptartment:
pryoplasm writes "To help deal with some of the hygenine issues on the battlefield, the US Army worked on a gum to take the place of brushing your teeth. This might be eventually released and marketed to the public. While there are many gums out there that aren't so detrimental to your teeth, this one promises actually to help them out."

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UK Terror Chief Blocked From Boarding Aircraft
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 08:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's tonight-on-security-theater deptartment:
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Two days before toner cartridges threatened western civilization, Britain's Home Office minister Baroness Neville-Jones was en route to a Washington summit when she was found to have an over-sized aerosol can in her bag. While being questioned by airport security staff for transporting a container with more than 100ml of liquid, the Baroness seemingly took offense at being lectured on the importance of security procedure: 'Of course I know how important it is,' she said, 'I'm the Security Minister.' The Baroness is also former head of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and was traveling at the time to discuss the war on terror with US security chiefs. According to a Home Office spokesman, trained in the use of the passive voice, 'Liquids were inadvertently left in a bag. The item was removed and the Minister fully complied with subsequent checks.'"

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Research Inches Toward Processor-Specific Malware
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 05:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's acquiring-new-targets deptartment:
chicksdaddy writes "The Windows/Office/IE monoculture is disappearing faster than equatorial glaciers — Mac OS X and iOS, Linux and Android ... and whole new application ecosystems to go with each. That's bad news for malware authors and other bad guys, who count on 9.5 out of 10 systems running Windows and Microsoft applications to do their magic. What's the solution? Why, hardware specific hacks, of course! After all, the list of companies making CPUs is far smaller than, say, the list of companies making iPhone applications. Malware targeting one or more of those processors would work regardless of what OS or applications were installed. There's just one problem: its not easy to figure out what kind of CPU a device is running. But researchers at France's Ecole Superiore d'Informatique, Electronique, Automatique (ESIEA) are working on that problem. Threatpost.com reports on a research paper that lays out a strategy for fingerprinting processors by observing subtle differences in the way they perform complex floating point calculations. The method allows them to distinguish broad subsets of processor types by manufacturer, and researchers plan to refine their methods and release a tool that can make specific processor fingerprinting a snap."

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Red Hat Releases RHEL 6
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 04:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's new-kid-on-the-block deptartment:
alphadogg writes "Red Hat on Wednesday released version 6 of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. 'RHEL 6 is the culmination of 10 years of learning and partnering,' said Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president of products and technologies, in a webcast announcing the launch. Cormier positioned the OS both as a foundation for cloud deployments and a potential replacement for Windows Server. 'We want to drive Linux deeper into every single IT organization. It is a great product to erode the Microsoft Server ecosystem,' he said. Overall, RHEL 6 has more than 2,000 packages, and an 85 percent increase in the amount of code from the previous version, said Jim Totton, vice president of Red Hat's platform business unit. The company has added 1,800 features to the OS and resolved more than 14,000 bug issues."

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Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 03:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's what-took-so-long deptartment:
scharkalvin writes "Adafruit has announced a winner to their bounty for an open source driver for the MS Kinect.. From the article: 'We have verified that it works and have a screenshot from another member in the hacking community (thanks qdot!) who was also able to use the code. Congrats to Hector! He's running all this on a Linux laptop (his code works with OpenGL) and doesn't even have an Xbox!'" We talked about Adafruit's bounty yesterday.

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Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 03:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's elf-approved deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure — they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don't need electricity to power them? A group of scientists in Taiwan recently discovered that placing gold nanoparticles within the leaves of trees, causes them to give off a luminous reddish glow. The idea of using trees to replace street lights is an ingenious one – not only would it save on electricity costs and cut CO2 emissions, but it could also greatly reduce light pollution in major cities."

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NSA Says Its Secure Dev Methods Are Publicly Known
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 02:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's nothing-special deptartment:
Trailrunner7 writes "Despite its reputation for secrecy and technical expertise, the National Security Agency doesn't have a set of secret coding practices or testing methods that magically make their applications and systems bulletproof. In fact, one of the agency's top technical experts said that virtually all of the methods the NSA uses for development and information assurance are publicly known. 'Most of what we do in terms of app development and assurance is in the open literature now. Those things are known publicly now,' Neil Ziring, technical director of the NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, said in his keynote at the OWASP AppSec conference in Washington Wednesday. 'It used to be that we had some methods and practices that weren't well-known, but over time that's changed as industry has focused more on application security.'"

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Nintendo Seeks To Trademarks "It's On Like Donkey Kong"
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 01:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's language-pitfall deptartment:
eldavojohn writes "Nintendo has requested a trademark on the phrase 'It's on like Donkey Kong.' The phrase has been used in everything from rap to television in modern culture. From the article: 'The makers of the classic video-game franchise have filed a request with the US Patent and Trademark office to trademark the pop-culture phrase, "It's on like Donkey Kong." Nintendo claims that the catchphrase "is an old, popular Nintendo phrase that has a number of possible interpretations depending on how it's used."'"

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Engineers Propose Lily Pad-Like Floating Cities
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 12:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's city-of-frogs deptartment:
Zothecula writes "The idea of going offshore to satisfy our renewable energy needs isn't new, but the grand vision of Japan's Shimizu Corporation goes way beyond harnessing green energy at sea for use in cities on Terra firma - it takes the whole city along for the ride. The company, along with the Super Collaborative Graduate School and Nomura Securities, is researching the technical issues involved in constructing its Green Float concept - a self-sufficient, carbon-negative floating city that would reside in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean."

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Amazon Patents Bad Gift Protection
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 12:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-more-fruitcake deptartment:
theodp writes "Thanks to the inventors at Amazon.com, you needn't fear Aunt Martha any longer. On Tuesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos received a patent for a bad gift defense system that intercepts gifts you don't want and instead sends you something that you actually do want. For example, Amazon explains that its 'System and Method for Converting Gifts' would allow you to set up a rule like 'Convert all gifts from Aunt Mildred,' which would automatically convert any online gift orders from your well-meaning-but-tasteless Auntie into a gift certificate. Other examples of how the system might be used: You could convert bad gifts to something off your wish list; block specific products ('Not another XYZ comic strip calendar'); or ensure that any clothing gifts match your exact size ('Check clothes sizes first')."

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Blender 3D 2.49
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 11:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it deptartment:
terrywallwork writes "A while back I received an email from the people at Packt publishing telling me of a new book they had just put out, and since any email the mentions the possibility of being able to read new Blender books instantly gets my attention, I clicked the link and was presented with a web page detailing a book called Blender 3D 2.49 - Architecture, Buildings and Scenery. This was confusing as I remember having reviewed a book with almost the same title and identical cover picture. So I went to my reviews and checked and sure enough I found a review with the same book cover and almost the same title. So I deleted the email and just put it down to an automated email snafu. Unfortunately I should not have been so quick with the delete button as it turned out to be an updated version of the previous book they put out." Read on to see what Terry thinks of this book.

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Targeted Attacks Focus On Economic Cyberterrorism
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 10:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's serious-gold-farmers deptartment:
Orome1 writes "When it comes to dangerous Web threats, the only constant is change and gone are the days of predictable attack vectors. Instead, modern blended threats such as Aurora, Stuxnet, and Zeus infiltrate organizations through a variety of coordinated tactics, usually a combination of two or more. Phishing, compromised websites, and social networking are carefully coordinated to steal confidential data, because in the world of cybercrime, content equals cash. And, as a new Websense report illustrates, the latest tactics have now moved to a political and nationalistic stage. Cybercriminals and their blended attacks are having a field day taking advantage of security gaps left open by legacy technologies like firewalls, anti-virus, and simple URL blockers."

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Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 10:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's battle-of-the-billions deptartment:
dkd903 writes "A kind of war has been going on recently between Facebook and Google over a contact export issue. First, Google blocked Facebook access to the Gmail contacts API. To this, Facebook responded back with a new method to get Gmail contacts of a user (the download contacts option). And now Google has slapped back again at Facebook and asks users indirectly to file a data protectionism complaint against Facebook. When a Facebook user clicks on the Download Your Contacts button on the 'Facebook import contact via Gmail' page, the user is then redirected to a new page on Google's server, which looks something like this..." Can I just say that watching this is absolutely hysterical?

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Digital Archaeology Show Reveals 'Lost' Web Sites
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 10:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's find-the-buried-treasure deptartment:
Stoobalou writes "The world's first ever 'archaeological dig' of the internet is set to begin this week in London's über-trendy Shoreditch. The exhibition, entitled Digital Archaeology, kicks off today to mark the 20th anniversary of the first stirrings of the world wide web. According to its organisers, valuable evidence from the interweb's early days is at risk of being lost forever. Digital Archaeology is an attempt to kick-start a wider attempt to archive the web in Britain's first 'digital archive'."

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Critics Call For Probe Into Google Government Ties
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 10:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's begin-the-probing deptartment:
bonch writes "The National Legal and Policy Center has written to the House Oversight Committee to investigate alleged ties between Google and the Obama administration, specifically with regards to the closure of an FTC probe into Google's Wi-Fi privacy breach, when the company admitted to having collected users' unencrypted information over the course of three years. The NLPC compares Google's relationship with the administration to that of Halliburton and cites the timing of a $30,000-a-head Democratic fundraiser at Google CEO Marissa Meyer's home less than a week before the FTC ended its inquiry, where Obama made a personal appearance, as well as the fact that US deputy chief technology officer Andrew McLaughlin is a former Google employee. The NLPC further alleges that the FTC is tougher on other companies, issuing fines to Twitter and Sears for their privacy violations while letting Google off the hook after the company promised to improve its privacy practices."

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Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '10 at 09:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's battle-of-the-billions deptartment:
dkd903 writes "A kind of war has been going on recently between Facebook and Google over a contacts export issue. First, Google blocked Facebook access to the GMail contacts API. To this, Facebook responded back with a new method to get GMail contacts of an user (the download contacts option). And now Google has slapped back again at Facebook and asks users indirectly to file a data protectionism complaint against Facebook. Now when a Facebook user clicks on the Download Your Contacts button on the Facebook import contact via GMail page, the user is then redirected to a new page on Google's server, which looks something like this..." Can I just say that watching his is absolutely hysterical?

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