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Submission + - Turbulenz HTML5 games engine goes Open Source

JoeKilner writes: The Turbulenz HTML5 games engine has been released as open source under the MIT license. The engine is a full 3D engine written in TypeScript and using WebGL. To see what the engine is capable off, check out this video of a full 3D FPS running in the browser using the Turbulenz engine and Quake4 assets.

You can see some of the games already developed with the engine at Turbulenz.com. Note — to try the games without registering hit the big blue "Play as Guest" button! Also, IE doesn't have WebGL support yet, so to play without a plugin try Chrome or FIrefox.

Comment Three options (Score 1) 351

You have three options:

1) Get working in the games industry and hold on to the idea. Once you are an established team member and have honed your skills you might get a chance to take your idea and run with it. Be prepared to wait a long long time with no guarantee of success.

2) Start your own company. The game will probably have to be unambitious technically to get it out the door. If you are lucky and it succeeds you might get a chance to make the game you really wanted to make as a sequel.

3) Become a pig-headed self-obsessed git with no inter-personal skills, technical knowledge, artistic sensibilities or management skills. Develop your fawning and butt-kissing techniques to a high level. You are then in the perfect position to take on a project lead role in a games company from where you can marshal a group of highly-skilled but lowly paid workers to do your every insane bidding.

I'd go for option 3. As a side benefit you get good parties, chicks and drugs.



Submission + - Stephen Hawking Goes ZeroG in NASA's Vomit Comet

NewsCloud writes: "The trip Slashdot described last month is complete. MSNBC reports that Cosmologist Stephen Hawking has experienced zero gravity: "Zero Gravity co-founder and chief executive officer Peter Diamandis, signaled with his fingers that the world-famous physicist went weightless eight times." Before the flight, Hawking said, "I have been wheelchair-bound for almost four decades, and the chance to float free in zero-G will be wonderful,". The article describes special precautions were taken to ensure his well-being. I thought it might kill him but I'm inspired by his accomplishment."

Submission + - Microsoft profits on Vista sales

gnuman99 writes: Microsoft seems to be doing better than analysts expected. In the first quarter of 2007, Microsoft earned almost $5 billion. Higher than expected.

Microsoft Corp. said late Thursday its fiscal third-quarter profit rose 65%, as the company benefitted from initial sales of heavily-marketed new products including its Vista operating system. The world's biggest software maker said it earned a record-high $4.93 billion, or 50 cents a share, in the period ended March 31, compared to $2.98 billion, or 29 cents a share, during the period a year earlier. Meanwhile revenue rose to $14.4 billion from $10.9 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected Microsoft to earn 46 cents a share, on revenue of $13.89 billion.

Maybe the anoyance factor cited before is not indicative whether people actually buy Vista?

Submission + - Linux Sugar Spreads Computer Literacy to Children

IdaAshley writes: The OS for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a port of the Linux kernel but with a unique interface called Sugar. In this article, learn about the Sugar human interface, and how to virtualize, use, and develop for Sugar. OLPC is targeted towards children around the world, with the missions to develop a low-cost laptop (USD100) with a novel user interface and applications that allow children to experiment with tools for expression and learning.

Submission + - MIT admissions dean resigns amid faked credentials

jas_public writes: USA Today reports that Dean Marilee Jones, a prominent crusader against the pressure on students to build their resumes for elite colleges, resigned Thursday as dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after acknowledging she had misrepresented her own academic credentials.

Jones, dean since 1997, issued a statement saying she had misrepresented her credentials when she first came to work at MIT 28 years ago and "did not have the courage to correct my resume when I applied for my current job or at any time since."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Kodak Challenges HP Printer Sales Model

Radon360 writes: Kodak has decided to attempt to buck the trend set by HP by offering low cost printers and exorbitantly priced ink cartridges. According to this WSJ review, three of their new printers start at $149, with ink cartridges costing $9.99 for a black cartridge and $14.99 for a five color cartridge. To counter, HP has announced a release of lower-priced cartridges, though with less ink and they are still more expensive than Kodak's. It will be a matter of time to see whether Kodak can upset the practice of ink cartridge extortion.

Linux Kernel 2.6.21 Released 296

diegocgteleline.es writes "Linus Torvalds has released Linux 2.6.21 after months of development. This release improves the virtualization with VMI, a paravirtualization interface that will be used by Vmware. KVM does get initial paravirtualization support along with live migration and host suspend/resume support. 2.6.21 also gets a tickless idle loop mechanism called 'Dynticks', built in top of 'clockevents', another feature that unifies the timer handling and brings true high-resolution timers. Other features are: bigger kernel parameter-line, support for the PA SEMI PWRficient CPU and for the Cell-based 'celleb' Toshiba architecture, NFS IPv6 support, IPv4 IPv6 IPSEC tunneling, UFS2 write, kprobes for PPC32, kexec and oprofile for ARM, public key encryption for ecryptfs, Fcrypt and Camilla cipher algorithms, NAT port randomization, audit lockdown mode, some new drivers and many other small improvements."

Feed Humanizing Elder Care May Extend Patients' Lives (sciencedaily.com)

An intensive comparative study of two nursing home units using contrasting approaches to dementia care for elders with severely disturbed behaviors finds that "humanizing" approaches to dementia care may not only extend quality of life for patients, but also their length of life.

Feed US Army considering Mobile WiMax for military use (engadget.com)

Filed under: Wireless

Fresh from showing off its Mobile WiMax wares at the recent 3GSM conference, Samsung's now providing some of its gear to the U.S. Army, who's apparently considering the speedy wireless technology for possible military use. Unsurprisingly, neither party is spilling a whole lot of details on the arrangement, with Samsung only saying that the Army's Communications Electronics Research & Development Engineering Center (or CERDEC) will spend several months evaluating the equipment, measuring the performance of both mobile users and mobile base stations in a military environment, among other undisclosed things. What is fairly clear is how eagerly Samsung will be anticipating the results, as Korea's Hankook newspaper speculates that a deal with the U.S. military could be worth as much as $3 billion for the company.

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Submission + - Law student facing expulsion over online joke

The Xoxo Reader writes: "AutoAdmit/Xoxohth, the popular law student message board which has previously been criticized for its free speech policy, is in the news again. In the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting, an anonymous poster started a thread titled "Just decided not to do a murder-suicide copycat at Hastings Law". Although most posters assumed it was a joke in the "anything goes" spirit of the board, UC Hastings officials decided the risk was serious enough to evacuate the school. The poster later came forward voluntarily and identified himself as a law student at UC Berkeley. Berkeley's dean is now recommending that the student be expelled. As more and more people adopt online personalities in internet communities and virtual worlds, will there always be some issues that can never be free of real-life implications?"

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