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Government

Submission + - US Missile Defense Staff Told To Stop Watching Porn

An anonymous reader writes: John James Jr., director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and is responsible for the nation's missile defense system, recently sent out a one-page memo warning employees and contractors to stop using agency computers to visit pornographic Web sites. That's right; apparently they were watching the wrong type of bombshells.
Games

Submission + - Leisure Suit Larry remake will be "be dirtier than anything on the Internet" (gameshampoo.com)

chronodev writes: Replay Games Inc's Kickstarter Campaign, Make Leisure Suit Larry come again!, has raised over $350,000 out of the $500,000 goal, with 16 days to go as of the time of writing this article.

In a Reddit IAmA, addressing a concern that "adult jokes and saucy environment in a computer game" are no longer a novelty today because of the web, creator Al Lowe promised that the remake will be "dirtier than anything on the internet."

Operating Systems

Submission + - People Are Downloading "Anonymous" OS (!) (bbc.co.uk)

scottbomb writes: The mere fact that 26,000 people are stupid enough to actually download and install this is frightening. According to the BBC, "More than 26,000 people have downloaded an operating system which members of the Anonymous hacker group claim to have created."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Daylight saving time awakens cyberslacking zombies (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Can the upcoming time change turn productive, only-on-the-web-for-work employees into zombie cyberslackers bent on destroying efficiency? Researchers in a report garnered from pouring over Google searches from the last six years say data show the shift to daylight saving time and its accompanying loss of sleep cause employees to spend more time than normal surfing the Web for content unrelated to their work, resulting in potentially massive productivity losses on the day after the event."
NASA

Submission + - Japanese Astronaut Builds ISS From Legos From ISS (fellowgeek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, aparently bored with hardcore science, decided that he was going to build the International Space Station. Made all the more interesting since, you know, he is currently on the International Space Station. Duplicating the engineering feat that is the International Space Station out of legos took far less time than the full-size version did, at about only two hours.

While it may seem silly, NASA and Lego claim that it does actually serve a purpose other than being a fun distraction from the humdrum life of being an astronaut. The model was going to be used as a scale model for demonstrations recorded on video for kids.

Says Furukawa, "Kids like LEGO and when they see LEGO floating in space, I'm sure they are excited. Well, I hope this experience inspires them to make greater efforts to study science and technology."

Idle

Submission + - "Goldilocks Ratio" Solves Da Vinci Ponytail Problem

garthsundem writes: "If you shake your head at this news, Cambridge scientists can now predict the path of your ponytail swing. Really: the "Rapunzel Number" helps mathematicians calculate the effect of gravity relative to hair length, and in combination with other factors like the coefficient of human hair curviness, helps researchers predict the shape of any ponytail. "Our findings extend some central paradigms in statistical physics," one of the researchers is quoted saying. Bravo."
Programming

Submission + - Coding tricks of game developers (dodgycoder.net)

damian2k writes: Game developers often experience a horrific "crunch" (also known as a "death march"), which happens in the last few months of a project leading up to the game's release date. Failing to meet the deadline can often mean the project gets cancelled or even worse, you lose your job. So what sort of tricks do they use while they're under the pump, doing 12+ hour per day for weeks on end?

How about changing the background story of a game to suit a bug, or even just leaving the bug in there and making it a humorous feature of the game! There's also the game studio who keep a pair of white gloves handy, just in case you need to code up some particularly nasty hack and you don't want to feel dirty when you do it! Read more at the article here: http://www.dodgycoder.net/2012/02/coding-tricks-of-game-developers.html

Graphics

Submission + - Kinect Russian Roulette created as art project (playerattack.com)

dotarray writes: This new Kinect hack will blow you away – literally, and not necessarily tastefully.
Dutch developer and artist Theo Watson took part in last week’s Art Hack Day, deciding to use his computer, combined with Microsoft‘s motion-sensing device as his canvas.
The end result: Kinect Russian Roulette.

Your Rights Online

Submission + - RIAA and DHS Outed as Illegal Downloaders (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "The RIAA really, really doesn't want you downloading music illegally, which is why it comes as an irony-laden surprise that some individuals at the RIAA (as well as the Department of Homeland Security, Sony, Universal, Fox, and the French Presidential Palace) were found to have downloaded files from BitTorrent. Writers at TorrentFreak used the database YouHaveDownloaded to identify IP addresses of the illegal downloaders."

Submission + - Novell vs. Microsoft: Juror did the right thing... (ksl.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Corbyn Alvey, who has a two-year degree in criminal justice, and was the part of the 12 juror on the case of Novell vs. Microsoft did the right thing. He holdout his vote and hung the jury. Microsoft got safe for the moment, and the Lawyers still have work to do. We, the lawyers, want to thank Alvey to help us get more money on this case... I think I will get a new BMW before the year ends.
Idle

Submission + - Kim Jong-Il Was An "Internet Expert" (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "The late Kim Jong Il bestowed upon himself many extravagant titles during his bizarre, iron-clad rule over North Korea. But here’s one that’s particularly interesting in light of the recent SOPA debate – “Internet expert.”

The DPRK’s Dear Leader fancied himself as such during an international summit in 2007. Seven years prior, he had asked U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright for her email address, indicating that the North Korean internet black hole was perhaps not as thoroughly opaque as we made it out to be — at least not for those at the top.

For the rest of the world, surfing those scant blips of North Korean internet activity is still a very mysterious and weird experience: Of the 30 or so known North Korean websites, only one of them, belonging to its state-run news agency and run by a company called Star Joint Ventures, originates from inside North Korea itself. Bereft of the usual DNS handling, it can be accessed directly at 175.45.176.14, and seems to contain very little actual information beyond — you guessed it — a log of Kim Jong Il’s recent activities, which include attending giant performances in his honor and rejecting human rights bills."

Facebook

Submission + - Facebook Is Suing Mark Zuckerberg

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is suing Mark Zuckerberg. No, I’m not talking about Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. I’m talking about Rotem Guez, an Israeli entrepreneur who reportedly changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook hit him with a lawsuit. “If you want to sue me, you’re going to have to sue Mark Zuckerberg,” Guez reportedly told Facebook. And you thought naming your daughter Facebook was crazy.
United Kingdom

Submission + - The British Are Drunk In 76 Percent Of Their Faceb (freeturbine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to a study conducted by photo storage website MyMemory, over three-quarters of photos were taken either with alcohol or after the consumption of alcohol. It was also reported that 93 percent of Facebook users in Britain had de-tagged or deleted photos deemed to show them embarrassingly drunk.
Science

Submission + - Scientists Solve Mystery of Double Rainbows (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Researchers performing computer simulations think they have an explanation for the odd phenomenon of double rainbows. The key are what the researchers call burgeroids—big raindrops that have been flattened by the buffeting of air. The simulations showed that this irregular shape causes the light to bounce off the raindrops at two different angles, producing a colorful, double rainbow in the sky. The researchers hope that their study could make computer graphics more lifelike for use in animated movies and computer games.
Science

Submission + - Christmas Ornaments, Packed Like Sardines (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: One day, physicist Ho-Kei Chan of Trinity College Dublin was playing with steel ball bearings, trying to pack them into a little cylindrical tube in the most efficient way possible. It's a tricky problem that can take even a powerful computer a week to calculate. But after thinking about it for a while, Chan has figured out a way to simplify the math. The advance could help engineers pack all sorts of spheres more efficiently, from nano-sized buckyballs to Christmas tree ornaments.
Another potential application is liquid crystal displays such as those used in televisions and computer monitors. If scientists could make liquid crystal molecules obey these rules, they could potentially create a whole new class of liquid crystals.

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