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+ - Diablo 3 Servers Hacked 1

Submitted by Hyppy
Hyppy (74366) writes "Hundreds (thousands) of users have reportedly been hacked simultaneously this weekend, less than a week after Diablo 3 was released. Dozens of threads on the official Diablo 3 forums created over the past 48 hours have been censored by Blizzard customer service officials. Interestingly enough, many players have Blizzard's SecurID-styled Authenticator on their accounts, bringing into question both Blizzard's security and that of the Authenticators."
Graphics

+ - "Tube" Blender-animated film launches Kickstarter-> 2

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TheSilentNumber
TheSilentNumber writes "Bassam Kurdali's free culture 3D animation, "Tube" is nearing the final stages of production. After directing the first of the Blender Institutes "Open Movie Projects", Elephants Dream, Bassam wanted to prove that free software like Blender and PiTiVi are usable for independent filmmakers and that producing free cultural works can be a sustainable living too. The team has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project and if the goal is met then we should see the final release in 7 months!"
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Science

+ - We Come From Earth Bearing Life

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "About 65 million years ago, Earth was struck by an asteroid some 10 km in diameter with a mass of well over a trillion tonnes that created megatsunamis, global wildfires ignited by giant clouds of superheated ash and, the mass extinction of land-based life on Earth. Now astrobiologists have begun to study a less well known consequence: the ejection of billions of tons of life-bearing rocks and water into space that has made its way not just to other planets but other solar systems as well. Calculations by Tetsuya Hara and his collegues at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan show that a surprisingly large amount of life-bearing material ended up not on the Moon and Mars, as might be expected, but the Jovian moon Europa and the Saturnian moon Enceladus also received tons of life-bearing rock from earth. Even more amazingly calculations suggest that most Earth ejecta ended up in interstellar space and some has probably already arrived at Earth-like exoplanets orbiting other stars. Hara estimates that about a thousand Earth-rocks from this event would have made the trip to Gliese 581, a red dwarf some 20 light years away that is thought to have a super-Earth orbiting at the edge of the habitable zone, taking about a million years to reach its destination. Of course, nobody knows if microbes can survive that kind of journey or even the shorter trips to Europa and Enceladus. But Hara says that if microbes can survive that kind of journey, they ought to flourish on a super-Earth in the habitable zone (PDF). "If we consider the possibility that the fragmented ejecta (smaller than 1cm) are accreted to comets and other icy bodies, then buried fertile material could make the interstellar journey throughout the Galaxy," writes Hara. "Under these circumstances fragments could continue the interstellar journey and Earth origin meteorites could be transferred to Gl 581 system. If we take it is viable, we should consider the panspermia theories more seriously.""
Firefox

+ - Mozilla and Google Sign New Agreement for Default ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It appears that Google is not going to cut relationship with Mozilla. From the official blog post — We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google. This new agreement extends our long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional years."
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+ - Good Useful Free Software 3

Submitted by Jeng
Jeng (926980) writes "I'm planning on sending flash drives to friends and family as stocking stuffers. Rather than just send a blank drive I'm looking for what good useful free software that I can load on it. From system utilities and encryption software to fun little games."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft alleged anticompetitive practices agains->

Submitted by andydread
andydread (758754) writes "We discussed the accusation against Microsoft by Barnes and Noble about their patent attacks on Android. The details are out on the extent that Microsoft has gone to make open source undesirable in the marketplace. Barnes and Noble says that this is not just about Android. According to B&N Its about all open source in general and they have filed a detailed complaint (PDF) with the ITC spelling out what they call "extortive practices" on the part of Microsoft against open source. Now we have a list of the actual patents in question and B&N explaining how each one of these patents are invalid."
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Chrome

+ - Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Op-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Firefox 7 was released a couple days ago, and now the latest Web browser perfromance numbers are in. This article is the same series that ran benchmarks on Mac OS X Lion last month. This time around the new Mozilla release is going against Chrome 14 and Opera 11.51 in 40+ different tests on Windows 7. Testing comes from every category of Web browsing perfromance I can think of: startup time, page load time, JS, CSS, DOM, HTML5, Flash, hardware acceleration, WebGL, Java, Silverlight, reliable page loads, memory usage/management, and standards confromance. The article also has a little feature on the Futuremark Peacekeeper browser benchmark. An open beta of the next revision has just been made public. This new version adds HTML5, video codecs, and WebGL tests to the benchmark. It's also designed to run on any browser/OS/device combination — e.g. Windows desktop, iPad, Droid 2, MacBook, Linux flavors, etc. Another great read, a must for Web browser fanatics!"
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Facebook

+ - SPAM: Google+ Sees 778% Increase in US Traffic on Launch

Submitted by Theoneed
Theoneed (2463110) writes "We have seen a number of statistics in the last few days on how well Google+ is doing since it’s official launch out of the so-called “field trial”. Today we got numbers from Hitwise, a digital marketing intelligence company, and they show just how successful the Google+ launch was. On Tuesday, the new social network opened its doors to the public, allowing anyone to create an account over the age of 17, instead of requiring an invite to join like they had for the first 3 months.

According to Hitwise, on Tuesday, Google+ had over 2.5 million unique visitors from the United States. This compares to an average of just 321,000 United States visits per day since launching into the field trial back in late June, representing a 778% increase in traffic. Beside just the fact that anyone can now join the social network, the large blue arrow Google placed on its search page, pointing to the Google+ link, certainly has helped push the social network to new users. In fact, Hitwise estimates that 59% of all traffic on Tuesday to Google+ came because of the blue arrow promotion."

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Android

+ - BlackBerry to See Android Apps in 2012->

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tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes "According to three sources who are “familiar with the plan”, claims that RIM plans on releasing BlackBerry powered smart-phones that are capable of running Android apps as soon as 2012. This comes as a result of RIM’s latest struggle to keep pace with Android and iOS powered smart-phones in the OS market share race. I guess if you can’t beat them, join them!"
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+ - Alexandrescu, Meyers and Sutter: C++ versus D->

Submitted by LifeForm42
LifeForm42 (991756) writes "Fascinating discussion among C++ titans Herb Sutter, Scott Meyers and Andrei Alexandrescu (D co-designer). Great conversations about modern C++ versus D and fresh perspectives on native devlelopers and the imperfect (well, human) language design process.

What do Herb and Scott think of D? How is D better than C++? Is it? These aren't really the interesting questions, as you'll see...

Three titans. One place. Watch this."

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Comment: Damn, this feels like Slashdot (Score 5, Insightful) 209

by JustTech (#37090058) Attached to: Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released
What's with all the slashdot users recently, going fucking stupid about version numbering? Who cares what the versions are called: 3.10, 3.11.30 3.A03930. As long as the software works and the users (developers and end users alike) are able to interact with the software, what's the big issue?

Counting in octal is just like counting in decimal--if you don't use your thumbs. -- Tom Lehrer

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