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Submission + - Ö Bluetooth Ring is One of the Tiniest Personal Computers You Will Ever See (

ErnieKey writes: There are smartphones, smartwatches, and now apparently smartrings. The Ö Bluetooth Ring features a 64x32 pixel screen and is able to display emails, tweets, texts and more. It can also display a clock, as well as graphics on the convenience of your finger. While the ring is not yet available for purchase, Arduboy plans on mass producing them and making them available soon.

Leak Shows US Lead Opponent of ACTA Transparency 164

An anonymous reader writes "Throughout the debate over ACTA transparency, the secret copyright treaty, many countries have taken public positions that they support release of the actual text, but that other countries do not. Since full transparency requires consensus of all the ACTA partners, the text simply can't be released until everyone is in agreement. A new leak from the Netherlands fingers who the chief opponents of transparency are: the United States, South Korea, Singapore, and Denmark lead the way, with Belgium, Germany, and Portugal not far behind as problem countries."
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Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit 244

Citing massive growth in their user base ("25 million users, 1000+ games, 12 billion player minutes per month, and 75 billion Steam client minutes per month"), Valve unveiled a revamped UI for Steam on Tuesday, opening the beta test to anyone who wants to try it out. There are many changes, and an increased focus on social features: "Right from within your own game Library, you can now track which of your friends plays each game or invite them to play one with you. Before you've even bought a game, knowing whether your friends play it is one of the most useful pieces of information to have. So on the store homepage, there's a new listing of what your friends have bought or played lately." Tracking games and achievements have both gotten simpler, and Valve has dropped the Internet Explorer rendering engine in favor of WebKit. An enterprising user also found files that may indicate the existence of an OS X Steam client.

The Grown-Up Video Game 152

Phaethon360 writes "Now, more than ever, we're seeing many Mature ratings (M+, 17+, 18) being distributed by various national media regulators. But that isn't the only indicator for a game's intended audience. It doesn't take a thousand swear words, scantily clad women or gratuitous violence to differentiate a ten-year-old's game from a twenty-year-old's. The spectrum of human emotions encompasses a wider palette than just revenge, fear, and loss, but the games that shy away from these are frequently mistaken as being for a younger audience. From the article: 'The human experience is one that is made up of great hardship, pain, loss, death, and a multitude of experiences seemingly designed to destroy a person. However, that same experience is also filled with joy, love, laughter, family and friends. ... These so-called “grown-up” games need not be relegated to the category of niche gaming. In fact, at times we find that these video games are capable of reaching mass popularity among the gaming community. It is here that we find one of our generation’s outlets for the expression of conflict.'"
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Submission + - Best Video Games of 2007 (

bronsonfive writes: " I think something most "respectable" publications get wrapped up in is making sure they stick to a generally acknowledged list of innovative releases — which is definitely something to be commended. But honestly, I don't always care how unique the battle system is in Mass Effect, or how many polygons Crysis is pushing. I put a lot more stock in how much pure fun I had throughout my gaming year. Yeah, innovation in gameplay and presentation is important. But if some piece of shit cell phone game kept my attention better than a new Warcraft or Zelda, then it deserves a mention. Right?"

Submission + - SPAM: Spacecraft shoots for the Sun

coondoggie writes: "The European Space Agency and NASA joint spacecraft Ulysses will this week fly by the Sun taking pictures of its North Pole and looking to address some major scientific mysteries. Launched in Oct. 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery, Ulysses has flown over the sun's poles three times before in 1994-95, 2000-01 and 2007. Each flyby revealed something interesting and mysterious, but this one may be most interesting of all. For example, previous flybys registered the temperature of the Sun's poles. In the previous solar cycle, the magnetic North Pole was about 80,000 degrees or 8% cooler than the south. Why should there be a difference? No one knows. [spam URL stripped]"
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Submission + - Microsoft's Silverlight & "Priority Boost&

terry0100 writes: We have noticed that Microsoft's "Silverlight" IE control boosts the priority of the hosting IE process to "Above Normal". This is probably done to enhance the graphical experience.

But we also noticed that you cannot modify it. The Silverlight control actively keeps the IE process at "Above Normal" in the operating systems scheduler. You can reduce the process priority, but the Silverlight control will simply boost the host IE process up again. This has killed several laptops by exhausting the battery because the user could not stop the IE process in question.

IMHO, I feel that this is a very poor design decision. Enforcing their idea of what priority the process should run at is borderline virus like behavior.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.