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Capcom 'Saddened' By Game Plagiarism Controversy 163

Capcom's recent release of action platformer Maxsplosion for the iPhone caused indie developer Twisted Pixel to call Capcom out for copying the concept from their successful Xbox Live game 'Splosion Man. Twisted Pixel said they had no plans for legal action, since they were "too small to take on a company like Capcom." The indie studio had even pitched the game to Capcom for publishing at one point, but were declined. Now, Capcom has released a statement denying that Maxsplosion's development team had any knowledge of the meetings and saying, "MaXplosion was developed independently by Capcom Mobile. Nonetheless, we are saddened by this situation and hope to rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community."

Stallman Worried About Chrome OS 393

dkd903 noted that Stallman is speaking out about the risks of Chrome OS and giving up all your local data into the cloud, pushing people into "Careless Computing." Which is a much more urgent concern than something like calling it GNU/Chrome OS.

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail Screenshot-sm 347

aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."
The Media

Submission + - PBS Just Gave You...Everything (

D Ninja writes: In a recent blog post, Verne Gay points out that PBS has launched its own video portal featuring thousands of hours of television shows. This includes full seasons of Antiques Road Show, Frontline, and many others. From his post:

Unlike the commercial networks which, in most cases, simply put up certain episodes or certain programs, PBS will be putting up complete seasons of almost all programs. Ultimately, thousands of hours of PBS video will be included — extensive archives & back-catalog, content from PBS broadcast TV spanning all its genres, as well as from local PBS stations, feature-length films and documentaries, live events and performances, exclusive web-only content, and more.


Submission + - Student Faces 69 Felony Counts for Changing Grades (

introspekt.i writes: "A student at Tesoro High School is in big trouble. He is facing up to 69 felony counts for breaking into his school after hours, compromising school computers and changing his F's to A's. Along with his own, he also changed grades of twelve other students. If he were to be found guilty of every charge against him, he could face up to 38 years in prison."

Submission + - Indiana Jones and the Computer Generated Jungle (

esocid writes: Contrary to the recent review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls that claimed it "steered clear of CGI effects when possible," an interview with the visual effects supervisor for the film, Pablo Helman (who worked on Munich and War of the Worlds), claims otherwise. "[Speilberg] thought maybe we should just go back to the way we did things before, like matte paintings on glass and things like that...We entertained that idea for a little bit, but we realized we could serve the story better by using our digital tools." That decision ultimately led to a filmmaking innovation that brings the random reactions of a virtual world to the big screen, giving more control to ILM's computers than ever before. For example creating jungle scenes used footage from dirt roads in Hawaii mixed with a CGI jungle, "one with its own look, layout and laws of physics, that only exists inside the computers at ILM." Helman did chime in "We did not generate whips or hats," he said, cracking a smile. "Let me tell you that."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - SPAM: Southerners text and drive more than northerners

coondoggie writes: "Despite the obvious dangers (and in some states a law breaking activity), 30% of mobile phone users text while driving. And users in South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia are the states with the worst offenders. Based on a survey of about 5,000 US consumers done by mobile technology vendor Vlingo, 85% of respondents say they would not drive and text if were illegal, but 78% said the activity should be illegal. The study went on to say 85% of teens and young adults (ages 13-29) send text messages, and just over 50% of those ages 16-29 admit to driving while texting.The initial result flies in the face of other surveys that show most Americans favor banning texting while driving. [spam URL stripped]"
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Submission + - House passes bill to allow RIAA to sieze your home 1

WiglyWorm writes: "The House has passed H.R. 4279. This bill would allow the RIAA to seize any and all property used in the act of copyright infringment. Computers, iPods, even the house you were sitting in. They would be able to seize these assets even if you settle. Since the cost to fight the RIAA is almost always more than the cost to settle, this is a very dangerous bill.

Even though the bill is having a hard time getting out of committee in the Senate, now might be a good time to blow up your senators voice mail and in-box and remind them that this bill needs to fail."
The Internet

Submission + - 10,000 Servers at Facebook (

miller60 writes: "Facebook's Internet infrastructure now runs 10,000 servers, including 1,800 MySQL servers, the company revealed at the recent MySQL conference. Facebook runs those database servers with just two admins, and makes extensive use of Memcached. The massive growth at Facebook and other social media is one of the reasons IBM is introducing new iDataPlex servers optimized for cloud computing apps today at the Web 2.0 Conference."

Submission + - Microsoft loses 'Vista Capable' appeal (

jcatcw writes: Microsoft Corp.'s attempt to reverse a lower court's ruling in the ongoing "Vista Capable" lawsuit was denied by an appeals court on Monday. The decision means the case can resume. Lawyers for the plaintiffs served subpoenas on 29 companies and individuals in a hunt for more information about the Vista Capable program. Among the companies and people told to produce e-mails and other documents were retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart, computer makers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard Co., chip maker Intel Corp., and Jim Allchin, the former head of Windows development who resigned the day after Vista shipped in January 2007. Several of those companies filed objections to the subpoenas, calling the requests "harassing" and disruptive to their business.

Submission + - eBay ready to get rid of Skype (

J-Georg writes: eBay will consider selling off its Skype internet phone subsidiary at the end of this year if it fails to find ways to use the fast-growing service to support its core ecommerce business, reports story. In 2005 eBay paid $3.1bn for Skype, but wrote down the value of the business by $1.4bn last year after concluding it would not match earlier hopes.

Submission + - BMW engines absorb and burn ambient air pollution (

An anonymous reader writes: BMW has unveiled a new internal combustion engine design that not only produces near zero emissions, but also absorbs and burns ambient air pollutants. The ultra-clean engine debuts in the new mono-fuel Hydrogen 7 saloon and is on display at this week's World Congress meeting in Detroit. Based on the original BMW Hydrogen 7 bi-fuel version (petrol and hydrogen), the new mono-fuel vehicle's internal combustion engine is optimized to run solely on hydrogen and delivers the same performance, comfort, and safety as a regular production BMW 7 Series plus better mileage than its predecessor.

Submission + - Reasons not to filter Internet access at work

xs400 writes: I work at a company that has set up a web filter, and like the urban legend, they are turning the heat on the frog very slowly. Yesterday, it was gaming sites, a week later even the local news websites are blocked. Tomorrow Slashdot? Have you had this happen at work? What reasons would you give to get them to behave sensibly?

Submission + - Google releases Calendar-sync plugin for Outlook (

kungfu_larry writes: From the What's New page: Google Calendar Sync allows you to sync events between Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar. You'll be able to determine the direction of information flow, as well as the sync frequency. Staying on top of your Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar events has never been easier! Keep in mind that it's not possible to sync events on secondary calendars at this time. Google Calendar Sync will only sync events from your primary Google Calendar and your default Microsoft Outlook calendar.

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