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Comment: Real name (Score 1) 383

by cybersaga (#42752719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

I work for the Ontario government. Several years ago, we consolidated several email systems (about 60,000 people) into one: ontario.ca. We use real names (first.last@ontario.ca). Numbers are added by default by Exchange if an address is taken (first.last2@ontario.ca), but we let people pick whatever they want if they don't like that: middle initial, even the city they work in if the middle initial isn't enough. It doesn't really matter what their email address is, as long as it's appropriate and has their name in it.

Comment: Perhaps the number one reason (Score 1) 252

by rhadamanthus (#41844301) Attached to: Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

Itunes is possible the number one reason I switched back to a PC from my macbook. I simply can't stand it. It's bloated, laggy, and just a plain mess if you ever need to do anything complex to it's god-awful database. And if you wanted to offload your massive music collection to a netwroedk location....impossible. Back in the day I wanted to run itunes off a NAS drive - mother of god was that a mistake. I still am forced to use it to back up my iphone but that alone may be driving me to android - that my iphone freeking requires itunes is more aggravating than I can even explain.

Comment: Re:Not so fast (Score 1) 580

by rhadamanthus (#41707831) Attached to: Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

The point was not that carbon capture was bad or ineffective. The point was that the efficiency was so low that they had to supplement with conventional CO2 supplies. The enthusiasm is good, but it should be tempered by the reality that the process of "air-to-petrol" is essentially academic at this point in time.

Comment: Not so fast (Score 5, Informative) 580

by rhadamanthus (#41705203) Attached to: Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

Buried at the bottom of the article is this tidbit:

"Although the prototype system is designed to extract carbon dioxide from the air, this part of the process is still too inefficient to allow a commercial-scale operation.

The company can and has used carbon dioxide extracted from air to make petrol, but it is also using industrial sources of carbon dioxide until it is able to improve the performance of "carbon capture"."

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+ - Germany Declares Facebook Like Button Illegal 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Not only has Germany declared Facebook's facial recognition technology and wild Facebook parties illegal, but the country today found Facebook's Like button in violation of its strict privacy laws. Commissioner Thilo Weichert, who works for the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (ULD) in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, said the social network’s plugin, which allows Internet users to express their appreciation of something online, illegally puts together a profile of their Web habits."

+ - The Cube: Data Center Squared ->

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "If the Borg had a data center, it might look a lot like The Cube, the new server farm for French hosting company OVH. The entire building is optimized for air cooling, with racks lining corridors along the cube's hallways. Air flows into the cube-shaped building, through the racks, and into an open central courtyard that effectively serves as the hot aisle. OVH, which builds its own custom servers, recently announced that it hosts 100,000 servers."
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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit 314

Posted by samzenpus
from the going-for-the-logs dept.
BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game Frogger. Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway. Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom?"
Patents

RuneScape Developer Victorious Over Patent Troll 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the vanquishing-trolls dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Gamasutra reports that a US District Court judge has dismissed the patent infringement lawsuit brought against RuneScape developer Jagex discussed previously on Slashdot. Judge David Folsom last week dismissed online chat company Paltalk's claims that Jagex infringed on Paltalk patents relating to online network communications. The judge's ruling only resolved Jagex's case. Microsoft settled with Paltalk for an undisclosed sum in 2009 after the online communication technology company sued over the patents in a $90 million claim. That settlement opened the door to Paltalk's claims against other game companies, including Blizzard, Turbine, SOE and NCSoft. Paltalk alleged in the Jagex-related suit that it had suffered 'tens of millions of dollars' in damages. Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said in a statement, 'It is exceedingly unfortunate that the US legal system can force a company with a sole presence in Cambridge, UK to incur a seven-digit expense and waste over a year of management time on a case with absolutely no merit,' and that Jagex 'will not hesitate to vigorously defend our position against any patent trolls who bring lawsuits against us in the future.'"
Games

Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the truth-or-dare dept.
sinij writes "An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: 'We shouldn't have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn't done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It's 'stable' now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project." The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company's excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.
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Inventor Creates Flotation Device Bazooka 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the point-shoot-and-save dept.
Australian inventor Sam Adeloju has won the £20,000 ($32,000) James Dyson Award for inventing the coolest piece of life-saving equipment ever. The Longreach is a modified bazooka which can fire an expanding flotation device up to 150m to a person in distress. From the article: "Mr Adeloju told NEWS.com.au that the Longreach was inspired by a grenade-launch training session with the Army Reserves. Weighing just 3.5kg, it shoots the rescue device 150m in a manner similar to the way the army uses a grenade launcher to deliver flares and aerial observation devices. Hitting the water activates an expanding foam unit in the Longreach rescue unit, which also incorporates LED illumination and a vortex air whistle."

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