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+ - Sony Hires SCO's Anti-Linux Lawyer in Attempt to Bully the Press

Submitted by ErikTheRed
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "In what can only be taken as a serious attempt to provoke maximum outrage in the hacking community, Sony has retained the services of David Boies — the lead attorney in SCO's failed attempts at destroying Linux through its legal actions against Novell and IBM — to engage in some rather pathetic and legally questionable (per UCLA law professor and Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh) attempts to get the media to stop talking about what is probably the largest corporate hack in history. What could possibly go wrong?"

+ - New compilation of banned Chinese search-terms reveals curiosities->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Canada’s Citizen Lab has compiled data from various research projects around the world in an attempt to create a manageable Github repository of government-banned Chinese keywords in internet search terms and which may appear in Chinese websites. Until now the study of such terms has proved problematic due to disparate research methods and publishing formats. A publicly available online spreadsheet which CCL have provided to demonstrate the project gives an interesting insight into the reactive and eccentric nature of the Great Blacklist of China, as far as outside research can deduce. Aside from the inevitable column listings of dissidents and references to government officials and the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989, search terms as basic as 'system' and 'human body' appear to be blocked."
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+ - Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Making A Comeback-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft Flight Simulator X from 2006 is still very popular among flight simulator aficionados, despite X-Plane offering a much more up-to-date product. In July of this year, Microsoft licensed the rights for the Flight Simulator franchise to Dovetail Games (responsible for Train Simulator). Dovetail is now releasing a "supersized" version of the classic — Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition features over 20 aircraft, 80 missions, 24,000 airports, and an updated multiplayer mode. It also comes with both Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack, with more goodies to come next year. Most interestingly, the company reiterated that it is "working on its own original titles based on Microsoft's flight technology"."
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+ - FreeNAS 9.3 hits release status->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here’s an early Christmas present for you all: FreeNAS 9.3!

This FreeNAS update is a significant evolutionary step from previous FreeNAS releases, featuring a simplified and reorganized Web User Interface, support for Microsoft ODX and Windows 2012 clustering, better VMWare integration, including VAAI support, a new and more secure update system with roll-back functionality, and hundreds of other technology enhancements. We’re quite proud of it and excited to make it publicly available."

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+ - A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two journals->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A scientific study by Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel, and Kim Jong Fun has been accepted by two journals. Of course, none of these fictional characters actually wrote the paper, titled "Fuzzy, Homogeneous Configurations." Rather, it's a nonsensical text, submitted by engineer Alex Smolyanitsky in an effort to expose a pair of scientific journals — the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic sans-loving Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology."
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+ - NetHack: Still The Greatest Game Ever Written

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "While everyone obsesses about frame rates and polygon counts, there's one game that hasn't changed visually since for decades. NetHack may look incredibly primitive today, but it's still arguably the best game of all time, with an unmatched level of depth, creativity and replayability. Linux Voice looks at this fascinating dungeon romp, explaining what makes it great, how to get started with it, and how to discover some of its secrets."

+ - Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier today, Comcast published a blog post to criticize the newly announced coalition opposing its merger with Time Warner Cable and to cheer about the FCC’s decision to restart the “shot clock” on that deal. But someone at Kabletown is probably getting a stern talking-to right now, after an accidental nugget of honesty made its way into that post. Comcast posted to their corporate blog today about the merger review process, reminding everyone why they think it will be so awesome and pointing to the pro-merger comments that have come in to the FCC. But they also left something else in. Near the end, the blog post reads, “Comcast and Time Warner Cable do not currently compete for customers anywhere in America. That means that if the proposed transaction goes through, consumers will not lose a choice of cable companies. Consumers will not lose a choice of broadband providers. And not a single market will see a reduction in competition. Those are simply the facts.” The first version of the blog post, which was also sent out in an e-mail blast, then continues: “We are still working with a vendor to analyze the FCC spreadsheet but in case it shows that there are any consumers in census blocks that may lose a broadband choice, want to make sure these sentences are more nuanced.” After that strange little note, the blog post carries on in praise of competition, saying, “There is a reason we want to provide our customers with better service, faster speeds, and a diverse choice of programming: we don’t want to lose them.”"

+ - Bogus Apps Found In Apple's Store

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Simon Phipps has done a little sleuthing after finding a slew of support requests for Apache OpenOffice coming from iOS users. Problem is, there is no version of OO for iOS. Phipps soon found that a fraudulent app was being offered on the Apple App Store website. In short order he found more such phony offerings. So, what does this say of Apple's vaunted vetting of App Store apps?"

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