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Apple

+ - SPAM: The state of Mac gaming part 3 of 4

Submitted by twickline
twickline (1203168) writes "Last week we asked developers to reconsider the idea of creating games for simultaneous release on both PC and Mac platforms. However we cannot control what others do we can only ask. So lets concede for the moment that things will continue as they are now very few games coming out on both systems at the same time and Mac getting ports of popular PC games much later than their original release. Whats an avid Mac gamer to do?"
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Intel

+ - Intel Recommends Upgrading To An Older PC-> 2

Submitted by juventasone
juventasone (517959) writes "Future Shop, the Canadian division of Best Buy, has partnered with Intel to bring you Rate My PC. After a scan of your existing PC, it will recommend to buy a new one--even if it's far worse that what you have. In the case of one of my home PCs with a Core 2 Quad processor, Radeon HD video, a 24" display, and Windows 7, it recommended a PC with a Core 2 Duo processor, integrated video, a 20.1" display, and Windows Vista."
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The Internet

+ - SPAM: Is 4chan the Future of Human Consciousness?

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Author Jason Louv argues in all seriousness that 4Chan is "our best preview of where human consciousness is going," calling them a "freebased version of mankind's new drug of choice..." The image board's creative turmoil "show us the chaos at the edge of human perception, where the mind has consumed so much information through artificially enhanced sensory inputs that it begins to break down and cannibalize itself," and in that sense 4Chan users are "the Magellans of media desensitization." If the internet will change the human experience, then 4Chan represents "a new frontier...the most interesting angle we have on the evolution of human consciousness." Or, to put it another way, "It is the car crash that cannot be looked away from. Ever.""
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Privacy

+ - Facebook Masks Worse Privacy With New Interface 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook launched new privacy settings this week. Cosmetically, this means that the settings are explained more clearly and are marginally easier to manage. Unfortunately, some of the most significant changes actually make preserving privacy harder for its users: profile elements that could previously be restricted to "Only Friends" are now designated as irrevocably publicly available: "Publicly available information includes your name, profile picture, gender, current city, networks, friend list, and Pages" (http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=927). Where you could previously preserve the privacy of this information and remain publicly searchable only by name, Facebook now forces you to either give up this information (including your current city!) to anyone with a Facebook account, or to restrict your search visibility — which of course limits the usefulness of the site far beyond how not publicly sharing your profile picture would. That Facebook made this change while simultaneously rolling out major changes to the privacy settings interface seems disingenuous."
Science

+ - American Geophysical Union Climate Science Q&A->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The American Geophysical Union has coordinated scientists from literally around the world to staff a Climate Science Q&A email address for journalists 24x7 during the Copenhagen Negotiations. If you ever wanted to give Slashdotters a chance to assemble and pose questions to climate science's best and brightest, this is a great opportunity — perhaps for an Ask Slashdot session or something. Contact organizers@agu.emailcenterpro.com with questions or to pursue a specific Q&A session."
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Science

+ - Dark Matter Found (Maybe).->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes " ScienceNOW reports a rumor making the rounds on the physics blogosphere: the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS), a small array of particle detectors lurking in the Soudan mine in Minnesota, has uncovered direct evidence of dark matter. This is the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to hold galaxies together, making the discovery — if it is confirmed — potentially one of the most important of all time. But given the same team's previously published negative results and the relatively modest increase in the size of their data set, experts think a true signal is unlikely. We will find out in ten days, when the results are published in Nature."
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Microsoft finally open sources Windows 7 tool

Submitted by Krystalo
Krystalo (1580077) writes "Ars Technica reports:

Microsoft has open sourced the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT) by releasing it under the GPLv2 license. The code is now available on CodePlex, Microsoft's Open Source software project hosting repository, over at wudt.codeplex.com. The actual installer for the tool is now again available for download at the Microsoft Store (2.59MB). Last month, the company pulled the tool after GPL violation claims, started an investigation, and then took responsibility for the violation."
Games

+ - "Universal Jigsaw Puzzle" Hits Stores in Japan->

Submitted by Riktov
Riktov (632) writes "I came across this at Tokyo toy store last week, and it's one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Jigazo Puzzle is a jigsaw puzzle, but you can make anything with it. It has just 300 pieces which are all just varying shades of a single color, though a few have gradations across the piece; i.e., each piece is a generic pixel. Out of the box, you can make Mona Lisa, JFK, etc, arranging it according to symbols printed on the reverse side. But here's the amazing thing: take a photo (for example, of yourself) with a cell-phone, e-mail it to the company, and they will send you back a pattern that will recreate that photo. This article is in Japanese, but as they say, a few pictures are worth a million words. And 300 pixels are worth an infinite number of pictures."
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+ - How to be the world's greatest ISP-> 3

Submitted by Raindeer
Raindeer (104129) writes "We're not always aware of it here in the USA, but there are many ISPs out there in the world who do things quite differently than what we're used to. Some of these ISPs ideas are even really good. Ars surveys the global ISP landscape and paints a picture of what a dream ISP might look like.

So what would it take to craft a truly "cool" ISP, one that attracted legions of adoring customers who sing its praises to everyone they meet? Fortunately, ISPs around the world are doing innovative things at prices that will make your jaw drop. Join us on our worldwide quest to find the coolest ISPs in the world, then get ready to write your own service provider a strongly worded note once you know what else is possible."

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Microsoft

+ - Amanda Congdon Weighs in on Bill Gates' Tax Dodge-> 1

Submitted by newscloud
newscloud (1037538) writes "Former Rocketboom host, Amanda Congdon throws down the gavel today in Sometimesdaily's Internet Justice report on Microsoft's $1.24 billion Washington State tax dodge. Earlier today, Wa. Gov. Gregoire proposed a budget to close the state's $2.6 billion deficit which "gut[s] core services to the poor...[including] a sharp reduction in financial aid for college students and eliminating state-subsidized insurance for thousands of low-income workers, as well as aid to people who can't work because of disabilities." Local coverage of Microsoft's tax practices has increased with the launch of MicrosoftTaxDodge.com and its challenge to CEO Ballmer to open up the company's tax records. Slashdot recently reported on Microsoft's use of Washington courts to defend it's Nevada subsidiary."
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+ - Thunderbird 3 proves desktop MUA's alive & kic->

Submitted by Doctor O
Doctor O (549663) writes "Ars Technica has taken a first look at the freshly released Thunderbird 3, concluding that it "delivers some truly innovative features and offers compelling evidence that desktop clients still have a lot of untapped potential and can provide capabilities that complement and exceed the power of even the best Web-based mail offerings." As it's not in the article, I'd like to point out that the Mac version comes with some very nice features of its own, such as Spotlight indexing for mail and system Address Book integration."
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+ - Stem Cells Can Be Engineered to Kill HIV

Submitted by QPhaze
QPhaze (907252) writes ""Researchers from the UCLA AIDS Institute and colleagues have for the first time demonstrated that human blood stem cells can be engineered into cells that can target and kill HIV-infected cells — a process that potentially could be used against a range of chronic viral diseases." [http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091208132732.htm]asdf"
Security

+ - Snake-oil for the Enterprise->

Submitted by StartCom
StartCom (1018308) writes "Many corporations rely on digital certificates issued by the public certification authorities to secure the point-to-point connections of their network. Unfortunately most public authorities are willing to sell "snake-oil" to those enterprise establishments instead of real security, mainly because the corporate managements request and ask for it. It’s today common practice to assign non-qualified domain names or so-called host names to the various servers and work-stations at the corporate Intranet. Those are typically named server1.local or simply server1, whereas .local represents a non-qualified top level domain which is not assigned by the IANA/ICANN clan for public consumption.

Unfortunately those digital wonders sold by the public SSL certificate providers don't provide any protection — the point-to-point encryption isn't worth the digital paper of those certificates. Security of any network shouldn't be predicated on keeping the bad guys out — they are already there. The result is, that if I can get a certificate for server1.local, you will get one too and so will any attacker as well."

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Science

+ - Buy Local, Act Evil

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Slate reports that buying local vegetables and organic products may turn you into a heartless jerk. University of Toronto researchers found that virtuous shopping can actually lead to immoral behavior. In their study, subjects who made simulated eco-friendly purchases ended up less likely to exhibit altruism in a laboratory game and more likely to cheat and steal. The findings add to a growing body of research into a phenomenon known among social psychologists as "moral credentials" or "moral licensing." When people have the chance to demonstrate their goodness, even in the most token of ways, they then feel free to relax their ethical standards in other areas. For example, researchers at Northwestern reported that subjects who wrote self-flattering stories later pledged to give less money to charity than others. And in another recent study, participants who recalled their own righteous deeds were less inclined to donate blood, volunteer, or engage in other "prosocial" acts. They were also more likely to cheat on a math assignment. Elsewhere on Slate, Al Gore rebuffed criticism of his green technology investments as he discussed how he hopes his new book will help people find solutions to the problem of global warming (sorry, couldn't resist!)."

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