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Google

Google Spends Money to Jump-Start Hybrid Car Development 352 352

slugo writes "Internet search giant Google (GOOG) hopes to speed the development of plug-in hybrid cars by giving away millions of dollars to people and companies that have what appear to be practical ways to get plug-in hybrid automobiles to market faster. 'While many people don't associate Google with energy, analysts say the fit isn't all that unnatural. Renewable energy, unlike coal or nuclear, will likely come from thousands or tens of thousands of different locations. Analysts have long said that one of the big challenges will be managing that flow into and out of the nation's electric grid, and that companies that manage the flow of information are well placed to handle that task.'"
Printer

+ - Linux DDK to encourage one driver for all printers

LiquidNitrogen writes: "Cacheyourcash points out the news on desktoplinux.com that quotes as following:
The Linux Foundation last week announced the free availability of the Linux Standard Base Driver Development Kit for print drivers. The DDK provides the tools and resources for printing manufacturers to easily support all Linux distributions with one driver package, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to support Linux, a foundation spokesperson said.
You can download the new DDK here"
The Internet

+ - Google Gets Political with Public Policy Blog->

Raver32 writes: "One sure sign of Google's growing importance in Washington is the fact that the Googleplex — Google's Mountain View, California campus — is becoming a popular stop on the campaign trail. Several candidates and potential candidates have stopped by to discuss technology policy. Now Google is throwing open the doors to the internal debates that have helped shape the company's public policy stances. On Monday morning, Andrew McLaughlin, Google's Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, announced the official launch of the company's "Public Policy Blog," and invited the public to join in the discussion by posting comments."
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PC Games (Games)

+ - Game Engines that Changed the Industry->

An anonymous reader writes: Game Almighty as posted a retrospective piece looking at some of the most important game engines in the history of gaming. Included is discussion about SCUMM, Source, Renderware, and other engines that have left a mark on the industry. Here's an excerpt from the SCUMM section: "Created by Ron Gilbert in 1987 while at Lucasarts (then Lucasfilm Games), the Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion was a hybrid game engine and programming language for adventure games. SCUMM allowed the creative minds at Lucasarts to design puzzles, locations, items, and branching dialogue sequences without having to directly modify the game's source code. Their endeavors turned out to be some of the most memorable adventure games of all time, including Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, the Monkey Island series, and Full Throttle."
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Wii

+ - Wii/GC Coding Contest 2007

Croakyvoice writes: DCEmu via its Wii-News and Gamecube Emulation Sites are proud to present the first Dual Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Gamecube Coding Competition. This Coding Competition will hopefully ignite a mass of interest for creating homebrew and emulators on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Gamecube. Total prizes on offer for coders total $500, the competition is over a 2 month time limit.
Security

AOL's Embarassing Password Woes 192 192

An anonymous reader writes "AOL.com users may think they have up to sixteen characters to use as a password, but they'd be wrong, thanks to this security artifact detailed by The Washington Post's Security Fix blog: "Well, it turns out that when someone signs up for an AOL.com account, the user appears to be allowed to enter up to a 16-character password. AOL's system, however, doesn't read past the first eight characters." This means that a user who uses "password123" or any other obvious eight-character password with random numbers on the end is in effect using just that lame eight-character password."
The Courts

+ - US makes Gattaca-like discrimination illegal

Soulshift writes: NewScientist reports that a law has been passed in the US that prevents companies from denying jobs or insurance to citizens based on the results of genetic tests. This purportedly addresses scenarios where corporations might employ people preferentially based on their genetic "fitness." From the article: "Clearly the House finally understood the incredible significance this has. The American public can now access genetic tests, feel safe about their genetic information not being misused and participate in research that involves genetic information."

The full text of the bill can be found here.

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