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First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again) 195 195

kaychoro writes "There may be hope for Duke Nukem Forever (again). 'Jon St. John, better known as the voice of Duke Nukem, said some interesting words during a panel discussion at the Music and Games Festival (MAGFest) that took place January 1 – 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, according to Pixel Enemy. Answering a question from the crowd regarding DNF, St. John said: "... let me go ahead and tell you right now that I'm not allowed to talk about Duke Nukem Forever. No, no, don't be disappointed, read between the lines — why am I not allowed to talk about it?"'"
Music

+ - RIAA trial verdict is in: jury finds Thomas liable-> 1 1

jdogs60 writes: "Duluth, Minnesota — After just four hours of deliberation and two days of testimony, a jury found that Jammie Thomas was liable for infringing the record labels' copyrights on all 24 the 24 recordings at issue in the case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas. The jury awarded $9,250 in statutory damages per song, after finding that the infringement was "willful," out of a possible total of $150,000 per song. The grand total? $222,000 in damages."
Link to Original Source
Encryption

+ - Finnish court rules CSS "ineffective"

An anonymous reader writes: In an unanimous decision released today, Helsinki District Court ruled that Content Scrambling System (CSS) used in DVD movies is "ineffective". The decision is the first in Europe to interpret new copyright law amendments that ban the circumvention of "effective technological measures". The legislation is based on EU Copyright Directive from 2001. According to both Finnish copyright law and the underlying directive, only such protection measure is effective, "which achieves the protection objective." http://www.turre.com/blog/?p=102
Censorship

+ - Pandora blocking users from outside USA and UK

[Nahoo] writes: "Pandora Internet Radio is blocking users from outside of USA and UK. I received a mail saying that my IP indicated I was listening from another country and that the service will be blocked as from May 3... "we must begin proactively preventing access to Pandora's streaming service for most countries outside of the U.S." There is nothing on their blog (http://blog.pandora.com/pandora/) yet but I guess they will be updating it soon. Internet radio is dying..."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Why Powered USB Is Needed Part 3: USB 3.0

Diablo-D3 writes: "I've written a third, and hopefully final part, to the originally two part Why Powered USB Is Needed article that got Slashdotted two days ago, and this response is pretty much due to Slashdot users asking smart questions and poking a few holes in my argument. The third part covers how USB 3.0 essentially needs to follow in Firewire's footsteps to truly succeed and overcome people's views on USB as just a low bandwidth bus that no one uses seriously and, combined with New Powered USB, could overtake Firewire in high bandwidth applications."
Music

+ - One million CC albums downloaded with BitTorrent

lkratz writes: "Jamendo, a free music community, has distributed freely and legally more than one million albums using the popular peer to peer technology BitTorrent. The music is Creative Commons Licensed and is coming from everywhere in the world. Inspired by Chris Anderson's theory, this online music platform helps volunteered artists promote themselves in search engine like mininova or torrentz.

Music is free, but supporting these artists is ok too !"
Security

+ - Sen McCain's MySpace page gets hacked

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9014483&intsrc=hm_ list Visitors to Sen. John McCain's MySpace page were likely surprised today by a statement that the Senator has reversed his position on gay marriage and "come out in full support of gay marriage ... particularly marriage between passionate females." Most won't be surprised that the statement was apparently posted as a prank. The co-founder of an online news site, who said he designed the MySpace template used for McCain's page, claimed responsibility for changing the site . Mike Davidson, cofounder of Newsvine, said on his Web site that he commandeered the MySpace page because McCain's office used a design template of his without providing him credit. Davidson also said his imagery was used on the page and his server is used serve up McCain's MySpace images.
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Outlaws 3rd Party IM Clients

An anonymous reader writes: With the latest update to the MSN Instant Messenger client, now called Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft has required all users to sign a new contract which among other things forbids the use of 3rd party instant messenger clients to connect to the MSN messenger service, such as the AJAX Meebo client, Gaim, and Trillian among others. Worth noting, they do provide a list of authorized 3rd party clients, such as Yahoo Messenger, that are allowed access to the service.

Excerpt: "In using the service, you may not use any unauthorized third party software or service to access the Microsoft instant messaging network currently known as the .NET Messenger service."
Mozilla

+ - Firefox javascript/cookie vulnerability uncovered

mybecq writes: Michal Zalewski has uncovered and disclosed a serious vulnerability (BugZilla: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=37044 5) in Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.1, whereby a javascript string containing '\x00' (escaped NUL character) can cause Firefox to allow malicious sites to manipulate cookies for third-party webpages.

A demonstration of the vulnerability is available. The vulnerability requires javascript and session cookies to be enabled to be able to be exploited.
Mozilla

+ - 3D inside browser without plugin

Hans Schmucker writes: "The WHATWG is, as you probably know, right now forming the basis for the next generation of HTML. And I have to say, I love what they are doing and I especially love the browser makers (all except Microsoft, because from what I've seen so far I'd say that IE7 is simply the IE6 rendering engine with minor improvement and a new user interface, not a major update) for implementing the stuff that quickly.
Among other things, the WHATWG is standardizing Apple's Canvas element which is something web developers have wanted for years: A way to draw graphics inside the browser. Problem is that so far only the 2D part has been documented, even though both Mozilla and Opera are working on 3D support.
Well, to fill the gap I've put up a working software renderer here that uses the 2D commands to draw a simple (but real, not Doom-style 2.5D) 3D model from an OBJ file. It's not perfect and I'm taking a lot of shortcuts to speed up rendering, but it works pretty well. The code is available under GPL so you can take whatever you want and start your own program. The target for mine is to eventually become a racing game, and from what I've seen so far it seems possible to at least get VirtuaRacer style graphics.
Here's the link again: Canvas 3D Demo
Feel free to give feedback"
Wireless Networking

+ - RFID Powder

fireforadrymouth writes: Hitachi have saved the day with new RFID chips that are so small they are referring to them as "powder". There isn't much information at the moment but this has been posted on a few blogs now (including PinkTentacle [pinktentacle.com] and Gizmodo [gizmodo.com])
Product announcement available here [hitachi.co.jp]
Japanese readers can check out Fuji Sankei [business-i.jp]
HP

+ - 14 HP Company Secrets from a former employee

rob101 writes: A former Hewlett-Packard worker could barely wait for their non-disclosure-agreement to end so they could spill 14 company secrets to The Consumerist. Full article at the Consumerist. This article details secrets about HP printers, how to get past the voice prompt system, HP cartridges and warranty information.
Education

+ - Kansas abandons "intelligent design" in s

joe90 writes: Kansas has repealed public school science guidelines questioning the theory of evolution that brought the state international ridicule, but educators aren't sure how long it will be before the decision is overturned. The State Board of Education approved new, evolution-friendly science standards with a 6-4 vote Tuesday, replacing ones that questioned the theory and had the support of "intelligent design" advocates.

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