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World of Goo Dev Wants Big Publishers To Build Indie Teams 74

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-a-pony dept.
Ron Carmel, co-founder of game developer 2D Boy, which created the indie hit World of Goo, gave a speech at Montreal International Games Summit in which he encourages large game publishers to put more time and money into smaller, indie-like teams. Quoting GameSetWatch: "'We need a medium-sized design studio. Something that is larger than a typical indie, but has the same propensity for of talent density, focus, and risk-taking,' said Carmel, formerly an employee of major publisher Electronic Arts prior to going independent. Notably, a focus on profit must be eliminated from the equation. 'Creating this within a major developer doesn't present a problem,' said Carmel. With a budget of $1-$2 million dollars, 10 staffers could be hired to work on 'creatively ambitious and forward-thinking projects.' He likened it to the automobile industry, which alongside its mainstream consumer products works on concept cars — few of which enter production as regular models. The concept car is, said Carmel, 'a marketing expense to build your brand, and say, "Look at all the amazing things we're creating."' It also helps with recruitment. Said Carmel, 'there's no reason the larger game companies can't do that.' He also said that developers must move away from the notion that a team comprised primarily of programmers and artists can create a great work. Why do Valve's games have such amazing environments? Because, said Carmel, 'Valve has architects on staff.'"
Microsoft

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista 369

Posted by kdawson
from the second-verse-same-as-the-first dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy examines Windows 7 from the kernel up, subjecting the 'pre-beta' to a battery of benchmarks to find any signs that the OS will be faster, more responsive, and less resource-intensive than the bloated Vista, as Microsoft suggests. Identical thread counts at the kernel level suggest to Kennedy that Windows 7 is a 'minor point-type of release, as opposed to a major update or rewrite.' Memory footprint for the kernel proved eerily similar to that of Vista as well. 'In fact, as I worked my way through the process lists of the two operating systems, I was struck by the extent of the similarities,' Kennedy writes, before discussing the results of a nine-way workload test scenario he performed on Windows 7 — the same scenario that showed Vista was 40 percent slower than Windows XP. 'In a nutshell, Windows 7 M3 is a virtual twin of Vista when it comes to performance,' Kennedy concludes. 'In other words, Microsoft's follow-up to its most unpopular OS release since Windows Me threatens to deliver zero measurable performance benefits while introducing new and potentially crippling compatibility issues.'"
Security

+ - Safari for Windows security patch released

Submitted by base2_celtic
base2_celtic (56328) writes "MacInTouch [macintouch.com] reports that Apple has released an updated version of Safari for Windows. The update addresses issues CVE-2007-3186, CVE-2007-3185 and CVE-2007-2391.

The update can be obtained via Apple's Software Update mechanism, or directly from the Safari download site [apple.com].

The release notes on MacInTouch don't credit anyone with the discovery of the issues, but the notes say that Apple is actively seeking security input:

As with all our products, we encourage security researchers to report issues to product-security@apple.com.
"
Space

Journal: Second Test Launch of SpaceX Falcon 1

Journal by Mick Ohrberg
The second test launch of the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket took place today at 6:10 pm PST. After successfully having completed launch, first stage separation (2m 51s), second stage ignition (2m 55s), fairing separation (3m 16s), and reaching an altitude of 300 km, the vehicle was seen entering what is referred to as roll oscillations (4m 30s). Shortly thereafter, telemetry was lost. The second stage is assum
Space

+ - SpaceX Falcon launched, but telemetry lost

Submitted by base2_celtic
base2_celtic (56328) writes "The SpaceX Falcon rocket (and its second stage, Kestrel) both fired successfully this morning. Lift-off occurred at 0110 GMT, with the Kestrel second stage firing at T + 2 mins 52 secs.

However, telemetry from the second stage was lost at T + 5 mins 5 secs.

SpaceFlight Now [spaceflightnow.com] is running a live feed of information as it comes to hand."
Security

+ - A better concpet for Web-of-Trust?

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An anonymous reader writes "The StartCom Certification Authority introduced recently its StartSSL(TM) Web-of-Trust Network and with it an interesting mixture of classic PKI certification requirements for its notaries, but decentralized verification for its members. With this, StartCom aims to overcome the weak points of most Web-of-Trust scheme problems. A post at their WoT dedicated forum says:

One of the reasons why StartSSL WoT can be a better trusted Web-of-Trust network than others, is the fact, that notaries have to be Class 2 certified by StartCom. This allows to always track verifications done by one or more notaries to real and verified identities. We call this the bootstrapping of notaries, since one or two notaries can start to verify other members in any region of the world without relying on already existing other notaries (provided they can be verified successfully by StartCom).

Additionally, notaries have to be at least 18 years old and undergo an online test. The test is not too difficult, however it requires the notary to actually read and understand the WoT policy...
"
Announcements

+ - Call for Articles for Encyclopedia of AI

Submitted by
ergosum
ergosum writes "It seems that there is a current effort to edit the "Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence " that will "provide comprehensive coverage and definitions of the most important issues, concepts, trends and technologies in Artificial Intelligence." It will "be distributed worldwide among academic and professional institutions and will be instrumental in providing researchers, scholars, students and professionals with access to the latest knowledge related to Artificial Intelligence techniques." If you're interested "consider submitting a proposal on any of the proposed topics for this upcoming encyclopedia by submitting a brief (75-100 words) description of your proposed topic to us by no later than January 30, 2007 (Has been extended)." More info and list of topics: http://sabia.tic.udc.es/encyclopediaAI/Call_for_Ar ticles.htm"
The Media

+ - Senate bill bans Net & satellite radio recordi

Submitted by kaufmanmoore
kaufmanmoore (930593) writes "The new congress is the same as the old congress as Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) reintroduced a bill that would require internet radio, music offered via digital cable, XM and Sirius to pay "fair market value" to use music libraries under members of the RIAA. FTA: "The proposal says that all audio services — Webcasters included — would be obligated to implement "reasonably available and economically reasonable" copy-protection technology aimed at preventing "music theft" and restricting automatic recording." The act also restricts "manual" recording saying that it should only be done "in a manner that is not an infringement of copyright." The full article is available from Cnet"

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