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What they're saying is that somebody amassed a lot of coins on a single account but wasn't able to transfer them out. Just $1000 worth. The coins are there, and the transactions can be rolled back. Mostly.

I hope that is the case - if they can't fix this then it's a huge blow to a very interesting experiment.

Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission Startcraft II Announced

Bellum Aeternus writes: From Blizzard's website: "StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

"Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through, the company's world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game."

Trailers are available as well.

Submission Copycat McCain Hack Backfires

Francsico Eduardo writes: "After hearing about the immaculate hack of John McCain's MySpace page, an unfortunate soul repeated the prank, using MySpace's comment feature. A few days later, he was visited by a Sheriff and two FBI agents wielding a search warrant. Aside from being charged with "unlawful entry to the Senator's official web site", they've seized his boxes, and even "items which contain or refer to protest movements or anti-government activities or organizations...". Details of version of the prank at the bottom of the page."

Submission McCain MySpace hacker raided by FBI

Shatter36 writes: "Following on from the clever hack of John McCain's MySpace page on Wednesday, a slashdot subscriber decided to do a follow up, tricking the page maintainers into displaying an embarrassing comment on McCain's page for 18 hours. Not that exciting, except that today he was raided by the FBI and had all of his computer equipment seized, even though he didn't actually "hack" anything! — all the images that appeared in the comment were hosted on his website. He's posted a short account of the afternoon's events on his website (probably NSFW — he sounds a little upset). This is just ridiculous. I am lost for words, though I guess one should never underestimate the stupidity of politicians..."
United States

Submission Congressman: colleges are nests of piracy

Prescott writes: Hollywood's congressman, Rep. Howard Berman of California, has announced that his subcomittee will be accelerating its hearings on piracy at American colleges. More troubling, he is getting ready to go after what he is calling the 'hypocrisy' of American colleges and Universities. 'Unfortunately, many schools have turned a blind eye to piracy,' Berman said. 'I don't doubt that there are legitimate issues that universities must grapple with, including privacy and cost concerns. However, when a university such as Purdue tells the AP that it rarely even notifies students accused by the RIAA because it is too much trouble to track down alleged offenders — such inaction is unacceptable.'

Submission EU agrees renewable energy target

cuby writes: "The EU has agreed to cut 20% of CO2 emissions until 2020, based on the emissions of the year 1990. If an agreement with other countries (US,China...) is reached, they can rise the cut to 30%. Moreover, they agreed that, in the same year, 20% of all energy must have its origin in renewable sources (nuclear doesn't count). Some countries like France and Poland will have to do heavy work, but other ones like Portugal have established stricter targets. In this country until 2010, 40% of the energy will come from renewable sources. Pretty daily statistics with current production here (in Portuguese)."

Submission big ram laptops? (beyond 4gb)

Fubari writes: Anybody know when laptops over 4gb might be coming out? Some of the devtools I want to run are just obscene ram-pigs. On the desktop I'm using now (win2003), it sucks up 1.6gb just to boot. By the time I log in and start doing work, it is stretching 2gb.

Move that to vista, add a vm-ware session or two, and I'm worried I'll be pushing 4gb.

I'm torn between buying a 4gb-max laptop now, or some mini-desktop that can fit in a set of luggage wheels. A friend of mine suggested something like this, but my first choice would be something designed to be portable.

Submission The Best P2P Network Nowadays?

rigamarole writes: "Well, I've been using Limewire for most of my mp3 downloads for the past while. At first I was very satisfied with it after switching from Ares, because my download times were significantly faster. Recently though, I've been getting a lot of results like, "Stephen Spielberg gets a hilarious prank call!" and other such nonsense. Note that I get a lot of search results like this on both audio and video-specific searches. I'm sick of Limewire now, and I'm wondering what people in the know are using for their downloads nowadays. I should note that I've had some satisfactory results from using isoHunt for movie downloads, but I have no idea how good of a music source it is...and I prefer the classic KaZaA/Ares/Limewire layout anyhow. Thoughts?"
Data Storage

Submission Simple P2P transparent FS replicator for Linux?

mrcgran writes: "I have a group of different Linux boxes (two desktops at home and work, a laptop and a PDA) and I would like to replicate a file system among them with no hassle at all, so that my working set is the same no matter where I am. The perfect solution would be one in which, for each box, I run a background replicator process and point it to some local block device. For each local write access in this device, the replicator asynchronously commands the peers in the group to mirror the action on their own local devices over ssh, stunnel or other secure protocol. Replicators can be added and removed from this group at any time. I might even have two replicators running on the same machine pointing to two different local block devices (RAID1-like). There is no need to replicate at block level, indeed replicating at file level would simplify me resizing the block devices in the future.

I wasn't able to find an open-source solution for the problem above. Pratima, for instance, is asynchronous but it seems to be client-server and difficult to setup in a dynamic group, similarly to DRBD. Lustre is not truly P2P but depends on a master node managing meta operations. Other fail-tolerant file systems are even more difficult to set up. What replication service do you use? Does anyone know of any which might be as useful and hassle-free as the perfect solution above?"

Submission Digg scam: The Beginning of the End?

jacobelcarbonero writes: "It seems that Digg is running into some problems. One of their top users were bribed in order to post about a virtual telephone company called JetNumbers Inc; the people at Digg found out and banned the user then unbanned the user after he apologized. This story was blown up by Jason Calacanis then Cnet did a follow-up and now the NY Times. It must be important if these figures and sites discuss it, right? You decide. ine.html?_r=2&ex=157680000&en=5be01427601027c6&ei= 5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg&oref=slogin&oref=slo gin"

Journal Journal: AMD readies second-generation quad-core Opteron

AMD will release the second-generation quad-core Opteron, 'Shanghai' early in 2008. Shanghai is enhanced version of its recently demo'd 'Barcelona' quad-core Opteron processor family. "AMD reckons DDR 2 will do the job for the foreseeable future - out into early 2009, on the basis of the roadmap. Just as current Opteron 1xxx, 2xxx and 8xxx CPUs use DDR 2, so too will Barcelona and 'Budapest', the future quad-core

The 10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time 404

Ant writes "An article at the Radar lists the ten most dangerous toys of all time, those treasured playthings that drew blood, chewed digits, took out eyes, and, in one case, actually irradiated. To keep things interesting, the editors excluded BB guns, slingshots, throwing stars, and anything else actually intended to inflict harm." My favorite: 'Feed Me!' begged the packaging for 1996's Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kid. And much like the carnivorous Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors, the adorable lineup of Cabbage Patch snack-dolls appeared at first to be harmless. They merely wanted a nibble--a carrot perhaps, or maybe some yummy pudding. They would stop chewing when snack time was done -- they promised. Then they chomped your child's finger off."

Google Releases Customized IE 7 198

narramissic writes "Google has released a customized version of Internet Explorer 7 that uses Google as the default search engine and provides users with the Google Toolbar and a Google homepage they can personalize. Perhaps not exactly what Microsoft intended when they released the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, which allows developers to customize IE."

Submission Vista not compatible with SQL Server

kiran_n writes: Fortune's Owen Thomas has an article on Vista not being compatible with SQL Server. One more reason for slower adoption of Vista?
"But now Microsoft has a problem. Vista, its long-awaited update to the Windows operating system, can't run the current version of SQL Server. The company is working on a SQL upgrade that is compatible with Vista — called SQL Server 2005 Express Service Pack 2 — but it's in beta and can be licensed only for testing purposes. Microsoft hasn't set a release date for the new SQL program."

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.