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Submission + - 3D Space Epic Game Released on Linux (

An anonymous reader writes: Salvation Prophecy has space ship dog-fights, planetary battles, alien planets to explore, and a command room to order new colonies, space stations, and military attacks. The linux port is solid, and supports full screen, a variety of input devices (keyboard-mouse, joystick, gamepad), and plays really smooth on any reasonably modern mid-level video card.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot:How to protect a text document 6

Jason1729 writes: I have been ordered by judge to release a large amount of material in "electronic format". Typically it's only available as paper copies which are sold on copy protected paper. Illegal copying of this material has become rampant and a group of lawyers obtained the court order by claiming it would be easier for them to access the material on a computer screen rather than hard copy. It is fairly clear they intend to print and share the single copy rather than paying for certified copies.

I'm looking for a technological solution that will allow me to distribute the documents (with word processing formatting in tact), in "electronic format", complying with the letter of the court order, but also make it impossible or as difficult as possible to print the documents or share the electronic version.

I'd rather not get into a discussion on the morality of copyright as the cost to produce the material was far greater than the single copy price and had I known I'd be facing this court order, I'd have refused to create it to begin with. Total demand is around 5 copies and getting 20% of that means losing a lot of money.

Submission + - article critical of Microsoft pulled from (

darkeye writes: An article titled 'Sell Microsoft NOW! Game Over — Ballmer Loses' ( by Adam Hartung has been pulled from The article is still available via the Google WebCache here:
  . While Microsoft is clearly on the decline, it seems it still has for enough reaching hands to sensor content on a major publication like Forbes.

Submission + - Read rights contracts carefully! (

Grayhand writes: A young video maker found out the hard way that signing a contract for his videos could have lifetime repercussions. A contract with Machinima forced him to abandon video making for life. Be warned it's becoming the standard for contracts.

Submission + - How corruption is strangling US Innovation ( 1

hype7 writes: "The Harvard Business Review is running a very interesting piece on how money in politics is having a deleterious effect on US innovation. From the article:

if you were in any doubt how deep inside the political system the system of contributions have allowed incumbents to insert their hands, take a look at what happened when the Republican Study Committee released a paper pointing out some of the problems with current copyright regime. The debate was stifled within 24 hours. And just for good measure, Rep Marsha Blackburn, whose district abuts Nashville and who received more money from the music industry than any other Republican congressional candidate, apparently had the author of the study, Derek Khanna, fired. Sure, debate around policy is important, but it's clearly not as important as raising campaign funds.


Input Devices

Submission + - Razer Mouse Crippled Without Online Activation

jones_supa writes: At forums, nickname channelx99 tells a story about a frustrating obstacle when he begun to use a Razer Naga mouse. A software is required to enable the full functionality of the mouse. The user was greeted by a login screen which couldn't be bypassed, and even worse, the account creation didn't work at the time. It turned out that the Razor activation server was down. As result, channelx99 was left out in the cold, and he wraps up 'Nowhere on the box does it say anything about needing an internet connection to "activate" a mouse. If the servers go down in the future, anyone who buys this mouse is out of luck.'

Submission + - Heavy metal band does not support label's decision to prosecute pirates (

hessian writes: "“It has come to my attention that Century Media is suing fans over illegal downloads of (among others) our latest album ‘Dystopia’. I felt it was important to clarify that we had no knowledge of this motion and were, sadly, not asked permission.

  We all know the music industry is changing. We have been adapting to this model by embracing legal streaming services such as Spotify and by bringing our music to places we have never played before by touring our proverbial asses off.

  As much as we respect that the labels are having a harder time selling music, we feel this is a misguided effort and want to make sure our fans know we would have not given our consent would we have been asked.”"


Submission + - BT Blocks Disabled Rights Site? ( 2

judgecorp writes: "BT has blocked access to the Black Triangle disabled rights website according to activists. BT has confirmed there is a problem, but won't give any details on why it is not available to any BT subscribers. Black Triangle is campaigning against Atos Healthcare which is applying government rules on entitlement to disability benefits — and which has previously shut down critical websites and forums."

Submission + - Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week ( 2

hypnosec writes: Several of Ubisoft's biggest titles won't be playable as of next week thanks to a server move by the publisher and the restrictive DRM that was used in their development. This isn't just multiplayer either. Because Ubisoft thought it would be a smart plan to use always on DRM for even the single player portion of games like Assassin's Creed, even the single player portion of that title won't be playable during the server move. Some of the other games affected by this move will be Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7. The Mac games that will be broken during this period are Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction and The Settlers. This move was announced this week as part of a community letter, with Ubisoft describing how the data servers for many of the publisher's online services would be migrated from third party facilities to a new location starting on the 7th February. The publisher didn't reveal how long the transfer would take.

Submission + - Tableau Software Getting Bad Reax Over Wikileaks (

An anonymous reader writes: Although it's been linked elsewhere on Slashdot, it's worth taking a look at Tableau Software's page on its decision to remove an analysis of Wikileaks directly because of the request of Joe Lieberman that companies have no truck with Wikileaks. The negative response from its users is overwhelming. Tableau has apparently even deleted a prior blog entry which had praised the very same Wikileaks analysis it's now taken down. This would clearly seem to be one of those unanticipated "snowball" responses which will bring massive bad publicity in ensuing days. But so far, company representatives are adamant that they have committed no offense against free speech.

Submission + - shutting down

snakeplissken writes: It seems goodoldgames are/have shut down. I just went there and read the simple close down notice. They are going to allow folk to re-download already purchased games but in their words: "we've decided that simply cannot remain in its current form."

Submission + - Horrific "Amnesia" gets Windows/Mac/Linux release (

Yosho writes: Indie developer Frictional Games, who previously developed the Penumbra series, has released their latest masterpiece, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It's a first-person horror/adventure game that has been getting great reviews, and the best part is that they've released a native Linux version. Time to support gaming on Linux!

Submission + - How to Get Tough With Your Tech Vendor ( 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Robert Scheier offers in-depth advice on how IT can get the most from its procurement budget — and avoid getting fleeced by its tech vendors. 'Despite the shaky economic recovery, consultants say it's still mostly a buyer's market, with vendors competing for your IT dollar. Use the uncertain economy — and the knowledge that vendors need your dollars — to drive smart deals based on a clear-eyed knowledge of your real needs,' Scheier writes, adding that knowing how sales reps are compensated, rejecting pricey maintenance plans, and negotiating with senior executives are key, as is a keen understanding of the kinds of dirty vendor tricks that can be pulled in any negotiation. 'You may be looking for a better deal because of the tough economy — but so are the vendors who are trying to preserve income and even grow despite the tough times. Many will play hardball as well, and a few will go beyond tough negotiations to underhanded techniques.'"

Submission + - IE worldwide marketshare drops below 50% ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: For the second weekend in a row the combined marketshare of all Internet Explorer versions around the world dropped below 50%

Submission + - 5 Million Domains Serving Malware via NS (

An anonymous reader writes: A compromised widget provided by Network Solutions was serving malware on otherwise legitimate websites. But, as bad as this discovery was, it was bound to be overshadowed a couple of days later by another revelation: the widget is automatically included on every "parked" domain by Network Solutions! A quick search on Google and Yahoo! revealed that there are around 500,000 and 5,000,000 domains affected and serving malware, respectively. A manual check of some 200 parked domains on the list showed that all of them were provided with the malware-serving widget.

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