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XBox (Games)

Submission + - Halo 3 helps the industry

An anonymous reader writes: While it's obvious to see the mainstream success that Bungie's Halo 3 is bringing to the industry, other developers (and their fans) might see Halo 3 as a competitor and threat. However, an industry analyst sees it as a benefit for other large developers, such as EA, as gamers who bought the XBox 360 platform for Halo continue to buy other titles. The largest benefactor is Gamestop, who gained enormous foot traffic during the Halo launch (which will likely continue into the upcoming holiday season).

I speculate even further that the entire industry will eventually benefit: as more casual or new gamers (freshmeat) see what the hype is about, more just might stick around and buy other platforms and games. I'm fairly cynical about over-hyped advertising and platform exclusives, but I'm currently biting my tongue over Microsoft's well crafted campaign.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Releasing 8-Core Niagara 2 Processor

An anonymous reader writes: Sun Microsystems is set to announce its eight-core Niagara 2 processor next week. Each core supports eight threads, so the chip handles 64 simultaneous threads, making it the centerpiece of Sun's "Throughput Computing" effort. Along with having more cores than the quads from Intel and AMD, the Niagara 2 have dual, on-chip 10G Ethernet ports with crytopgraphic capability. Sun doesn't get much processor press, because the chips are used only in its own CoolThreads servers, but Niagara 2 will probably be the fastest processor out there when its released, other than perhaps the also little-known 4-GHz IBM Power 6.
Security

Submission + - California Voting System Code Reviews Released (ca.gov)

zestyping writes: "Today, the California Secretary of State released the reports from what is probably the most comprehensive analysis of voting system source code to date. The reports cover optical scan and touchscreen voting systems by Diebold, Hart, and Sequoia that are used in many California counties.

Whereas the "red team" reports released last Friday described specific attack scenarios, these reports offer a detailed analysis of the software architecture and source code. All three reports identify significant security weaknesses in the respective systems, including susceptibility to tampering of voting machine firmware, the possibility of viral propagation, and vulnerabilities in the central election management software.

The Secretary of State has until tomorrow, August 3, to decide whether to decertify any voting systems, because she is required to give six months' notice of decertification before the California primary election next February."

The Internet

Submission + - The Pirate Bay About To Relaunch Suprnova.org 3

kungfujesus writes: The Pirate Bay crew has been working on this secret project for quite some time now. Back in April they wrote a cryptic post on their blog announcing that something was coming. In a response to this announcement TPB admin Brokep told TorrentFreak: "The past, the present and the future. It's all the same, but one thing's for sure, we will radiate for weeks", today it became clear that he was referring to the resurrection of Suprnova. Article Here

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