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Comment: Re:Sensible, in some utopia (Score 1) 235

by fibonacci8 (#46257331) Attached to: FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote
So you're still installing RealPlayer and VivoActive players on all of your machines because they were once the de facto encoding formats? Oh that's right, some people remember the late 90s and the debacle of having to transcode over and over again every time there's a new "best" video or audio format.
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Godot Game Engine Released Under MIT License 73

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the shiny-new-toys dept.
goruka writes with news that a new game engine has been made available to Free Software developers under the permissive MIT license "Godot is a fully featured, open source, MIT licensed, game engine. It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can deploy to PC, Mobile and Web platforms with no hassle. The editor, language and APIs are feature rich, yet simple to learn. Godot was born as an in-house engine, and was used to publish several work-for-hire commercial titles. With more than half a million lines of code, Godot is one of the most complex Open Source game engines at the moment, and one of the largest commitments to open source software in recent years. It allows developers to make games under Linux (and other unix variants), Windows and OSX." The source is available via Github, and, according to Phoronix, it's about as featureful as the Unity engine.

Comment: Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (Score 1) 2219

by fibonacci8 (#46181047) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
The problem with your math is that 99% of users aren't active contributors when the site works properly. A great deal of them are suddenly up in arms when it's actively broken. People are posting angrily instead of constructively due to the mangling of the site. And it's many of the typical lurkers, AKA the viewership. If people could moderate the beta as -1 off-topic, troll, or flamebait they would all be correct.

What Killed the Great Beasts of North America? 214

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the mostly-spears dept.
sciencehabit writes "Until about 11,000 years ago, mammoths, giant beavers, and other massive mammals roamed North America. Many researchers have blamed their demise on incoming Paleoindians, the first Americans, who allegedly hunted them to extinction. But a new study points to climate and environmental changes instead. The findings could have implications for conservation strategies, including controversial proposals for 'rewilding' lions and elephants into North America."

US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional 462

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the i've-got-an-inchoate-hunch dept.
AHuxley writes "The American Civil Liberties Union sought to challenge the U.S. legal 'border exemption' three years ago. Can your laptop be seized and searched without reasonable suspicion at the border? A 32 page decision provides new legal insight into legal thinking around suspicionless searches: your electronic devices are searchable and seizable for any reason at the U.S. border. The ACLU may appeal. Also note the Kool-Aid comment: 'The report said that a reasonable suspicion standard is inadvisable because it could lead to litigation and the forced divulgence of national security information, and would prevent border officers from acting on inchoate "hunches," a method that it says has sometimes proved fruitful.'" It's even legal for them to copy the contents of your laptop for no reason at all, just in case they need to take a peek later. A bit of context from the ACLU: "The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Pascal Abidor, a dual French-American citizen who had his laptop searched and confiscated at the Canadian border ... Abidor was travelling from Montreal to New York on an Amtrak train in May 2010 when he had his laptop searched and confiscated by customs officers. Abidor, an Islamic Studies Ph.D. student at McGill University, was questioned, taken off the train in handcuffs, and held in a cell for several hours before being released without charge. When his laptop was returned 11 days later, there was evidence that many of his personal files had been searched, including photos and chats with his girlfriend."

Comment: Re:There must be a very good reason... (Score 1) 579

by fibonacci8 (#45791883) Attached to: Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy
He's pointed out that there's more energy produced during the artificially expensive peak hours. Supply and demand doesn't bear out their pricing energy higher during the day. If it did, the going rate during the day compared the decreased value at night suggests the 5 stored during the day should net him roughly double what it costs to use it at night. The utility isn't doing him any favors holding onto valuable energy during the day in lieu of him using having his own storage, just based on their own pricing.

NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove 383

Posted by timothy
from the known-unknowns dept.
krakman writes "According to a NY Times article, a 6-month internal investigation has not been able to define the actual files that Edward Snowden had copied. There is a suspicion that not all the documents have been leaked to newspapers, and a senior NSA official (Rick Ledgett), who is heading the security agency's task force examining Mr. Snowden's leak, has said on the record that he would consider recommending amnesty for Mr. Snowden in exchange for those unleaked documents. 'They've spent hundreds and hundreds of man-hours trying to reconstruct everything he has gotten, and they still don't know all of what he took,' a senior administration official said. 'I know that seems crazy, but everything with this is crazy.' That Mr. Snowden was so expertly able to exploit blind spots in the systems of America's most secretive spy agency illustrates how far computer security still lagged years after President Obama ordered standards tightened after the WikiLeaks revelations of 2010."

Real computer scientists don't comment their code. The identifiers are so long they can't afford the disk space.