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Submission + - The Misleading World Of Atari 2600 Box Art: Part F (

Buffalo55 writes: In the 80s, you needed to use a little imagination to enhance the gameplay experience. Companies weren’t able to create the realistic graphics you see today, so a little mental elbow grease was required to make all those weird shapes seem like army commandos, dragons and tanks.

On the retail front, Atari did an excellent job enticing consumers with fancy box art that looked nothing like the games it represented. We’ve already posted some of the best artwork the company had to offer, and we went ahead and selected another batch of Atari 2600 titles (and corresponding box art) that you can play on Xbox Live’s Game Room service.


Submission + - Couple gets married at Apple store in New York (

falconwolf writes: "The couple, from New York, said "iDo" at the city's Apple store on Fifth Avenue, at 12.01 on Valentine's Day in a ceremony dominated with the company's products and references to them.

The pair, who met in the Apple store, had their priest dressed as Steve Jobs, the company's chief executive, read their vows from their iPhones, while the rings were tied to a ribbon wrapped around a first generation iPod."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Slashdot Most Overrated Blog According to TIME ( 16

Amit Agarwal writes: "In their annual list of Top 25 blogs, the TIME magazine has added Slashdot to the category of most overrated blogs. The review says — Reading Slashdot these days is like visiting the IT guy at work. He's infuriatingly smug and cares passionately about stuff you don't care about, and views your lack of interest as further confirmation of his intellectual superiority."
Internet Explorer

Submission + - What the CIA really thinks of Internet Explorer 3

Mike writes: "Ever wonder what the CIA really thinks of Microsoft's Internet Explorer? How about just viewing the source of some of their javascript programs. When defining variables to define the browser the client uses, the CIA is very specific. Just look at the javascript source for the program found here: and you will see the CIA is telling the kiddies of the world that Microsoft's Internet Explorer is: bugRiddenCrashPronePieceOfJunk.

Here is the sample code:
var bugRiddenCrashPronePieceOfJunk=(navigator.userAgent.indexOf('MSIE 5')!=-1&&navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Mac')!=-1)

Nice. At the very least, you see how the CIA views the browser."
Operating Systems

Submission + - 640K Is Enough For Anyone, 64 Cores is Enough (

An anonymous reader writes: 640K Is Enough For Anyone, 64 Cores is Enough For Anyone. It is déjà vu all over again, someone decided that 64 cores is enough for everyone and windows won't be able to support the 80 core Intel CPUs

Submission + - Largest Diamond in the galaxy discovered 5

morpheus83 writes: Astronomers have discovered the largest diamond in the galaxy, located at a distance of 50 light years from earth in the Constellation Centaurus. The space diamond is virtually an enormous chunk of crystallized carbon, 4,000 kilometers in diameter which makes up ten billion trillion trillion carats or five million trillion trillion pounds. Scientists believe that the diamond is the heart of an extinct star that used to shine like the Sun.

Feed Techdirt: Egypt's Plans To 'Copyright' The Pyramids (

We've had plenty of posts discussing the ridiculousness of copyright extension, especially when it applies to works retroactively. However, we're usually talking about content created in the last century. Not any more. It seems that this era's obsessions with misunderstanding the purpose of copyright is about to taken to a new level of absurdity. Chris was among many of you who took time out of your holiday feasts to alert us to the fact that Egypt is preparing to "copyright" the pyramids, the sphynx and other Egyptian antiquities. Of course "copyright" is being used loosely here. Realistically, it sounds like some Egyptian politicians need to come up with a plan to raise more tax revenue for the government, and so they came up with this bizarre plan to pretend that they can tax anyone who creates a likeness of famous Egyptian monuments. Apparently this decision came just days after a newspaper editorial suggested that the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas owes the Egyptian gov't a share of its profits. Realistically, this has nothing to do with copyright at all, but is simply just an excuse to try to try to bring in additional tax revenue by misappropriating the concept of copyright as a weak rationale for the tax. However, in an age where copyright supporters want people to think that copyright is the same thing as real property, it's much easier to get people to believe this is a reasonable proposal. Of course, given that the real purpose of copyright is supposed to be about creating incentives for the creation of new content, does this mean we're going to start seeing new pyramids start springing up in Egypt anytime soon?

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Submission + - Army Starts Moving To Macs

Overly Critical Guy writes: The army is integrating Macs into its information systems after a rough year of security infiltrations. Apple X Serves are becoming common in military data centers — "Those are some of the most attacked computers there are. But the attacks used against them are designed for Windows-based machines, so they shrug them off," said General Steve Boutelle, the army's chief information officer.

Submission + - Climate wars threaten billions (

majorbytesrulz writes: "Climate wars threaten billions More than 100 countries face political chaos and mass migration in global warming catastrophe.. I recently did a video on global warming and during my searches I came across this article that I felt was pretty interesting..... "A total of 46 nations and 2.7 billion people are now at high risk of being overwhelmed by armed conflict and war because of climate change. A further 56 countries face political destabilization, affecting another 1.2 billion individuals. This stark warning will be outlined by the peace group International Alert in a report, A Climate of Conflict, this week. Much of Africa, Asia and South America will suffer outbreaks of war and social disruption as climate change erodes land, raises seas, melts glaciers and increases storms, it concludes. Even Europe is at risk.""
United States

Journal Journal: Iran's "Right" to Nukes 4

An Iranian viewer writing (from San Francisco) to CNN says "if America has a right to own nuclear reactors and bombs so does each and every country in the world, and not just the countries that the U.S. finds desirable for its own welfare."

Intel CPUs are not defective, they just act that way. -- Henry Spencer