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Submission + - Interplay's ex-CEO Brian Fargo kickstarts Wasteland II (

0111 1110 writes: Attempting to emulate Double Fine's success to fund another currently dead genre of computer game, Brian Fargo of Interplay fame has started a kickstarter project for a sequel to his 1988 Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic RPG which inspired Fallout. It will be turn based and party based with a top down perspective and 2D graphics. Fargo has managed to attract many of the original developers such as Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole as well as Jason Anderson who was a designer for Fallout and Mark Morgan, who did the music for Planescape: Torment and both of the original Fallout games. Fargo's goal has been set at $900,000. Anything above that will be used for additional game content. At 1.5 million he will offer an OS X version. See interviews here and here for some additional insight into what he and his group are planning.

Submission + - faster than light neutrino (

mapkinase writes: ""The feeling that most people have is this can't be right, this can't be real," said James Gillies, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research"

Trust the feeling, Jim.

C'mon, /., there should be 10 +5 comments on the front page disproving this.


Submission + - Windows 7 preorders begin 1

An anonymous reader writes: One Microsoft Way is reporting that Windows 7 preorders have begun: 'Today residents in the US, Canada, and Japan have the opportunity to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions of both Home Premium and Professional editions (read: no deal for Ultimate) for significantly reduced prices. The deal lasts until July 11 in the US and Canada, and until July 5 in Japan. Microsoft emphasizes that these dates can only be taken into consideration while remembering the phrase "while supplies last." The software giant refused to reveal how many copies it was allowing to be sold at the reduced rates.' The site lists online retailers that are participating in the deal, including the Microsoft Store, which is apparently having problems with the traffic.

Submission + - Internet Helps Iran Silence Activists

Hugh Pickens writes: "Over the last couple of weeks, those who believe in the transformative powers of technology to battle an oppressive state have pointed to Iran as a test case but as Farhad Manjoo writes on Slate the real conclusion of news now coming out of Iran is that for regimes bent on survival, electronic dissent is easier to suppress than organizing methods of the past. Using a system installed last year built, in part, by Nokia and Siemens, the government routes all digital traffic in the country through a single choke point and through "deep packet inspection," the regime achieves omniscience with the technical capability to monitor every e-mail, tweet, blog post, and possibly even every phone call placed in Iran. "Compare that with East Germany, in which the Stasi managed to tap, at most, about 100,000 phone lines--a gargantuan task that required 2,000 full-time technicians to monitor the calls," writes Manjoo. The effects of this control have been seen over the past couple days with only a few harrowing pictures and videos getting through Iran's closed net. For most citizens, posting videos and even tweeting eyewitness accounts remains fraught with peril and the same tools that activists use can be used by the government to spread disinformation. The government is also using crowdsourcing by posting pictures of protesters and asking citizens for help in identifying the activists. "If you think about it, that's no surprise," writes Manjoo. "Who said that only the good guys get to use the power of the Web to their advantage?""

Submission + - Link between insanity and programming

An anonymous reader writes: I was diagnosed as a bipolar 4 years ago. On my hypomanic episodes I'm usually very intelligent and creative. I've programed my best projects while in this state. I stopped taking my meds because they simply cut my intelligence and deep sense of analysis. For now it's impossible for me to work on a company since I can't deal with responsibility(I get really sick with responsibility).

My question is:
Since most geeks have some kind of social disorder (almost pathology), what is the link between near insanity and deep brilliant abstract programming.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Google Quietly Adds HTTPS Support to GMail 4

This may be old news, but I just noticed myself and thought I'd report it. I've been using the "New Version" of GMail for a couple of weeks (I hardly notice the difference from the "Old Version"), and happened to notice today that the inbox URL still used "http://", even after all the complaints that they didn't maintain "https://" after login. I decided a quick test was in order, and added the all-important "s" to the protocol indicator. It worked fine. After clicking around some, openin


Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft wins patent suit over XP boot-up tech 1

alphadogg writes: Microsoft defeated a major patent licensing firm in a lawsuit over technology that helps computers boot up faster Thursday. The suit asked the court to award the patent holder $2.50 per copy of Windows XP sold in the U.S. By Microsoft's account, that could have amounted to $600 million to $900 million. Microsoft argued that there are many ways to improve the boot speed of PCs and that XP uses different technology than that in the patent.
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The Courts

Submission + - MPAA chases uploads, ignores open sales of DVD-Rs? ( 1

rbrander writes: "Go to and find a remarkable sales site for box sets of TV shows — including not only surprisingly cheap deals, but offerings not found elsewhere, such as all ten seasons of "JAG" in a box set, when the production company is only up to season 4 so far. Oddly enough, they are all described as "region free".

Then Google "tvboxset" and find every link below the first is to a complaint or news website complaining of the scam. Add "gazette" to the query and be quickly taken to this story in the Montreal Gazette ...which states that those who do get a product shipped find it to be a DVD-R apparently recorded off the air.

The really odd thing? They're still in business! The Montreal Gazette story is six weeks old. Now what's in it for the content industry to beat up private citizens with $220,000 judgements or scrambling to get DeCSS sites shut down within hours, while corporate scammers openly sell pirate DVDs for months on end, unopposed?"


First Armed Robots on Patrol in Iraq 661

An anonymous reader writes "Robots have been roaming Iraq, since shortly after the war began. Now, for the first time — the first time in any war zone — the 'bots are carrying guns. The SWORDS robots, armed with M249 machine guns, "haven't fired their weapons yet," an Army official says. "But that'll be happening soon." The machines have actually been ready for a while, but safety concerns kept them off the battlefield. Now, the robots have kill switches, so "now we can kill the unit if it goes crazy," according to the Army. I feel safer already."

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