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Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 — Gaming On Six Panels
Posted by News Fetcher on March 31 '10 at 03:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's for-the-truly-dedicated deptartment:
MojoKid writes "AMD's 6-output Radeon has been seen in action at a number of events, but today the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition is being officially launched. HotHardware paired the card up with six 22" Dell LCD panels in a 3x2 configuration — with a max resolution of 5760x2160 — and ran it through a number of popular titles including Dirt 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Crysis. For specialized, high-end graphics cards like this, the market potential may be relatively small. If, however, the idea of multi-monitor gaming is appealing to you and you've got the means to score one of these cards (along with multiple displays), you won't be disappointed." Reader Vigile adds a different analysis of the card's six-monitor gaming: "PC Perspective found FPS games were basically unplayable because of the bezel through the middle of their vision while RTS and racing games like StarCraft 2 and DiRT 2 were spectacular."

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NZ Draft Bill Rules Out Software Patents
Posted by News Fetcher on March 31 '10 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's plus-it's-beautiful-there deptartment:
Korgan writes "In what must be a first in the face of ACTA and US trade negotiations pressure, a Parliamentary select committee has released a draft bill that explicitly declares that software will no longer be patentable in New Zealand. FTA: 'Open source software champions have been influential in excluding software from the scope of patents in the new Patents Bill. Clause 15 of the draft Bill, as reported back from the Commerce Select Committee, lists a number of classes of invention which should not be patentable and includes the sub-clause "a computer program is not a patentable invention."'"

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Heroes of Newerth Open Beta About To Start
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 11:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's getting-closer deptartment:
You may recall last summer when we discussed Heroes of Newerth, a title from S2 Games that's based on the popular Defense of the Ancients mod from Warcraft III. We passed out some closed beta keys, and there seemed to be a ton of interest, in part due to the fact that they have a Linux client. Well, if any of you missed it or want to see how the game has progressed since then, now is your chance — the open beta begins tonight (March 31). There's a countdown on the sign-up page that shows when you can register.

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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 10:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's leisure-suit-larry-ellison deptartment:
rubycodez writes "Oracle, having acquired Sun Microsystems, including its Unix, will no longer give away free Solaris licenses. Oracle also states that some features of its Oracle Solaris will not appear in OpenSolaris, which means OpenSolaris may start to die."

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Gonorrhea As the Next Superbug
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 07:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's lord-have-mrsa deptartment:
WrongSizeGlass writes "Reuters is reporting that Gonorrhea risks becoming a superbug: 'The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea risks becoming a drug-resistant "superbug" if doctors do not devise new ways of treating it, a leading sexual health expert said.'"

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New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 04:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's making-a-list-checking-it-twice deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "The Hollywood Reporter reports that more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders have been sued in the past few weeks in Washington DC federal court for copyright infringement and another lawsuit targeting 30,000 more torrent downloaders on five more films is forthcoming in what could be a test run that opens up the floodgates to massive litigation against the millions of individuals who use BitTorrent to download movies. The US Copyright Group, a company owned by intellectual property lawyers, is using a new proprietary technology by German-based Guardaley IT that allows for real-time monitoring of movie downloads on torrents. According to Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer at the firm, the program captures IP addresses based on the time stamp that a download has occurred and then checks against a spreadsheet to make sure the downloading content is the copyright protected film and not a misnamed film or trailer. 'We're creating a revenue stream and monetizing the equivalent of an alternative distribution channel,' says Jeffrey Weaver, another lawyer at the firm."

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OpenNMS Celebrates 10 Years
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 03:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's aged-in-oak-barrels deptartment:
mjhuot writes "Quite often is it claimed that pure open source projects can't survive, much less grow and create robust code. One counter example of this is OpenNMS, the world's first enterprise-grade network management application platform developed under the open source model. Registered on 30 March 2000 as project 4141 on Sourceforge, today the gang threw a little party, with members virtually attending from around the world. With the right business savvy and a great community, it is possible to both remain 100% free and open source while creating enough value to make a good living at it."

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James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 03:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's summon-the-council-of-wise-men deptartment:
mosb1000 writes "Climate scientist James Lovelock claims it may be necessary to put democracy on hold to prevent a global climate catastrophe. He goes on to say that the best remedies may be adaptation techniques such as building building sea defenses." Lovelock is famously the creator of the Gaia hypothesis.

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Hacker Will Try To Restore Linux Support On PS3
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 02:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's gauntlet-thrown deptartment:
Many readers have been sending in news of the impending PS3 firmware update that will remove the ability to install other operating systems on the console. (We discussed it here on Sunday.) Over the past few days, legions of PS3 owners have been voicing their anger at Sony's decision, upset that they'll be forced to either lose their custom install or forgo use of the PlayStation Network and be unable to play certain games and movies. Now, hacker George Hotz, known for his iPhone jailbreaks and his PS3 hack earlier this year, has vowed to fight back and restore Linux support on the PS3. He said, "The PlayStation 3 is the only product I know that loses features throughout its lifecycle. Software PS2 emulation, SACD playback, and OtherOS support are all just software switches you can flip. It's unbelievable you would go and flip one, not just on new boxes you are shipping, but on tens of millions already in the field."

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Adobe Flash Now Officially a Part of Google Chrome
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 02:15 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's flash-in-the-pan deptartment:
MacGene noted that Google has announced plans to include Flash with Chrome. This step will make Chrome easier for Mom & Pop to use, but comes with a host of issues that have been discussed here before. I expect them to announce Silverlight Thursday.

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MS Issues Emergency IE Security Update
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 01:15 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's press-the-panic-button deptartment:
WrongSizeGlass writes "CNet is reporting that Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for 10 IE security holes. "The cumulative update, which Microsoft announced on Monday, resolves nine privately reported flaws and one that was publicly disclosed." "Software affected by the cumulative update addressing all the IE vulnerabilities includes Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008, Vista, and Windows 7.""

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Novell Wins vs SCO
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 12:45 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's now-wait-a-minute deptartment:
Aim Here writes "According to Novell's website, and the Salt Lake Tribune, the jury in the SCO vs Novell trial has returned a verdict: Novell owns the Unix copyrights. This also means that SCO's case against IBM must surely collapse too, and likely the now bankrupt SCO group itself. It's taken 7 years, but the US court system has eventually done the right thing..." No doubt this is the last we will ever hear of any of this.

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NASA Summoned to Fix Prius Problems
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 12:00 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's tang-is-not-always-the-answer deptartment:
coondoggie writes "If you want to solve a major engineering mystery, why not bring in some of the world's best engineers? The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today said it was doing just that by bringing in NASA engineers with expertise in areas such as computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and software integrity to help tackle the issue of unintended vehicle acceleration in Toyotas. The NHTSA review of the electronic throttle control systems in Toyotas is to be completed by late summer." We're really in trouble when NASA has no choice but to call Bruce Willis.

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Magnetism Can Sway Man's Moral Compass
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 11:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's so-can-hot-chicks deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "Discovery News reports that scientists have identified a region of the brain which appears to control morality and discovered that a powerful magnetic field can scramble the moral center of the brain, impairing volunteers' notion of right and wrong. 'You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior,' says Liane Young, a scientist at MIT and co-author of the article. 'To be able to apply (a magnetic field) to a specific brain region and change people's moral judgments is really astonishing.' Young and her colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging to locate an area of the brain just above and behind the right ear known as the right temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ), which other studies had previously related to moral judgments. Volunteers were exposed to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for 25 minutes before reading stories involving morally questionable characters, and being asked to judge their actions. The researchers found that when the RTPJ was disrupted volunteers were more likely to judge actions solely on the basis of whether they caused harm — not whether they were morally wrong in themselves. The scientists didn't permanently remove the subjects' moral sensibilities and on the scientists' seven point scale, the difference was about one point, averaging out to about a 15 percent change, 'but it's still striking to see such a change in such high level behavior as moral decision-making.' Young points out that the study was correlation; their work only links the RTJP, morality and magnetic fields, but doesn't definitively prove that one causes another."

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Computer Vision Tech Grabs Humans In Real-Time 3D
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 10:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's my-soul-is-in-there deptartment:
Tinkle writes "Toshiba's R&D Labs in Cambridge, UK have developed a system capable of real-time 3D modeling of the human face and body — using a simple set of three different colored lights. Simple it may be, but the results are impressive. Commercial applications for computer vision technology look set to be huge — according professor Roberto Cipolla. On the horizon: cheap and easy digitized everyday objects for ecommerce, plus gesture-based interfaces — a la Natal — and in-car safety systems. Ultimately even driver-less cars. 'This is going to be the decade of computer vision,' predicts Cipolla."

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Multi-touch Tech Firms Seeks iPad Sales Injunction
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's good-luck-with-that deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Taiwan-based Elan Microelectronics just filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple is infringing on its patents and violating the Tariff Act, and is seeking a ban on imports of the iPad as well as an order to stop selling the mobile device along with iPhones, iPods and Macs. The move was taken as a 'continuation of our efforts to enforce our patent rights against Apple's ongoing infringement,' the company said." Considering many iPad pre-orders have tracking #s already, I suspect it might be a little late.

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Is Mimas Hiding Pac-Man?
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's nature-is-a-strange-thing deptartment:
cremeglace writes "Shaped into the likes of the Death Star of Star Wars fame by the giant crater Herschel, 396-kilometer-diameter Mimas was expected to have its warmest surface temperatures on the equator, where it was early afternoon. Instead, it was warmest in the morning (all of 92 K), giving rise in the science team's temperature-calibrated color scheme to a very large Pac-Man."

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Company Invents Electronic Underpants
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 08:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's batteries-not-included deptartment:
theodp writes "SIMsystem have created the world's first electric underpants that let you know that you've got issues by texting. Incontinence issues, to be more precise. The new-and-improved skivvies come equipped with a sensor strip that alerts caregivers to wetness via text message. From the technology summary: 'The SIMbox, when fitted into the individual resident's stretchpants (SIMpants), transmits sensor readings from the SIMstrip in the SIMpad® over a wireless network to the SIMserver. The SIMsystemManager software running on the SIMserver then detects key information about continence events and determines when to alert care staff about an event requiring attention.' So, who's going to start an open source project?"

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Will Australia Follow China's Google Ban?
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 08:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's we-come-from-a-land-down-under deptartment:
gadgetopia writes "A news report in Forbes says that China has blocked Google with its great firewall, now the world waits to see if Australia's Minister for Censorship, Senator Stephen Conroy, will do the same following his outrageous attacks on Google."

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How To Build Roads To Control How Fast You Drive
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '10 at 07:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's how-about-ramps deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "They're the holy grail of transportation engineering: streets and highways specifically designed to encourage automobilists to drive less quickly, reducing the rates of passenger fatalities and generally encouraging a safer urban environment. And now new research shows that, if built right, they just might work. A new study out of the University of Connecticut suggests that minor reductions in vehicle speed are possible through changes in the street environment. Through the use of roadside parking, tighter building setbacks, and more commercial land uses, road designers can make drivers subconsciously drive more slowly." All of that is gonna work a lot better than my strategy of placing car sized holes covered with twigs and branches randomly every half mile or so down the interstates.

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