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+ - Will limited OpenGL support in Vista hurt Linux?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am curious to know what /.'s think the effect of the apparent limited OpenGL support in Vista will have on gaming on other platforms.

Do people believe that focusing development resources exclusively on DX10 will reduce the number of games being made available on Linux and or MAC's?"
The Internet

+ - Conservapedia, religious right answers Wikepedia

Submitted by EponymousCoder
EponymousCoder (905897) writes " The Guardian is carrying an article about "Conservapedia" the religious rights answer to the "overly liberal" Wikipedia.

From TFA "I've tried editing Wikipedia, and found that the biased editors who dominate it censor or change facts to suit their views," Andy Schlafly, the founder of Conservapedia, told the Guardian. "In one case my factual edits were removed within 60 seconds — so editing Wikipedia is no longer a viable approach." I wonder whether the factual edits were something like the differences mentioned between the two: Dinosaurs Wikipedia "Vertebrate animals that dominated terrestrial ecosystems for over 160m years, first appearing approximately 230m years ago." Conservapedia "They are mentioned in numerous places throughout the Good Book. For example, the behemoth in Job and the leviathan in Isaiah are almost certainly references to dinosaurs.""
The Almighty Buck

Oracle to Buy Hyperion for $3.3 Billion 52

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the big-ticket-items dept.
Oolala submitted an article that opens: "Business software maker Oracle Corp. will buy Hyperion Solutions Corp. for $3.3 billion in cash, renewing a shopping spree aimed at toppling rival SAP AG. The deal announced Thursday will give Oracle an arsenal of Hyperion products that are widely used by SAP's customers. Hyperion's tools, known as "business intelligence" software, help chief financial officers and other top corporate executives track their company's performance."
Music

+ - Faked Recordings Producer Comes Clean

Submitted by
thyrf
thyrf writes "It seems as though those independent comparisons stated by the producer of the recently uncovered Hatto music fraud took an interesting turn, the BBC reports. Since it was first revealed, William Barrington-Coupe, the late Joyce Hatto's producer and husband admitted replacing the original tracks with those of other artists. However, all is not as it seems. Barrington-Coupe claims he first began to replace snippets of certain tracks where his wife, who had cancer, could be heard groaning in pain. "It is very touching and he does go through every detail and how he did it and he makes it very credible," Mr von Bahr of the BIS music label said. As he got better at replacing the material, the sections grew longer until they in some cases ended up being the entire piece itself. Though we don't quite know why he ended up replacing entire tracks, his confession is convincing enough to call off the legal-heavies. "I don't see how either myself or the industry can get any satisfaction for pure revenge, I think the whole thing is deeply tragic story"."
Windows

+ - One week to crack Vista

Submitted by hcmtnbiker
hcmtnbiker (925661) writes "
"Symantec researchers investigated the feasibility of disabling all three key kernel integrity technologies: driver signing, Code Integrity, and PatchGuard. Results have shown that all three technologies can be permanently disabled and removed from Windows Vista after approximately one man-week of effort. A potential victim need make only one mistake to become infected by a threat that does the same. The result: All new security technologies are stripped from Windows Vista in their entirety," concluded Symantec...
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Security

+ - MacBook Wi-Fi Hijack Details Finally Released

Submitted by Wick3d Gam3s
Wick3d Gam3s (666) writes "Looking to put to rest one of the most bizarre vulnerability disclosure disputes in recent memory, hacker David Maynor offered an apology for mistakes made, provided a live demo of the controversial MacBook Wi-Fi takeover and promised to release e-mail exchanges, crash/panic logs and exploit code to clear his tarnished name."
Operating Systems

+ - Who wrote 2.6.20?

Submitted by
mernil
mernil writes "lwn.net has an article on whom, in fact has contributed the most to the 2.6.20 Linux kernel. From the article:

"Determining the real provenance of free software can be a daunting task. There is a wealth of information available for those who look, however. In an attempt to shine some light in this area, your editor hacked up some scripts to do a lot of digging around in the kernel git repository. The idea was that, by looking at who is putting changes into the kernel, we can get a sense for where our source is coming from.""
Security

+ - "Remote Viewing" by the Ministry of Defenc

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Ministry of Defense, according to an article on The Scotsman, funded a secret study to ascertain whether people with psychic powers could help protect the nation. The tests used volunteers to discover whether they were able to use psychic powers to "remotely view" hidden objects. From the article: "Surprisingly 28 per cent of those tested managed a close guess at the contents of the envelopes, which included pictures of a knife, Mother Teresa and an "Asian individual". But most subjects, who were holed up in a secret location for the study, were hopelessly off the mark in their guesses. One even fell asleep while he tried to focus on the envelope's content. A former Ministry of Defence employee who received a copy of the report has claimed that the timing of the study suggests security services wanted to "remotely view" hidden weapons caches in Iraq and find Osama bin Laden.""
The Media

+ - Is Wired Trying to Kill Digg?

Submitted by
ClamIAm
ClamIAm writes "Wired's latest article about Digg is interesting. But with the parent company of Wired also owning reddit, are there hidden motivations behind it? Michael Arrington of TechCrunch thinks so, and suggests that Digg sue Wired. From the article:

Reddit was acquired in late October. By December, Wired had predicted the fall of Digg, saying "Digg Becomes the New Friendster" without disclosing that they were a sister company to a competitor. .... Today Wired takes another, more elaborate shot at Digg. In a piece of investigative journalism, Wired reporter Annalee Newitz used a service called User/Submitter that pays people to Digg a story, which resulted in it getting to the home page of Digg.
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