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Amiga

Submission + - What will the upcoming C64 / Amiga reboot change? (commodoreusa.net) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Commodore USA is close to starting production of the new C64s and Amigas it has been designing around modern PC hardware. A new OS nobody has seen yet — Commodore OS 1.0 — is also in the works. COS will, amongst other things, allow "games for the Commodore PET, Vic20, C16, C64, C128 and AMIGA" to be played on the new machines in emulation mode. It also promises "a distinctive, attractive, advanced and stable operating system experience".

Will these machines only interest a few hundred thousand people who grew up with a C64 or Amiga at home and are feeling nostalgic? Or could the new machines become wildly popular, sell millions of units just like in the old days and possibly signify a true "return" or "resurrection" of the long extinct "Commodore Platform"? Could this "old-new" platform possibly then become a popular 4th choice for people who want neither a Windows PC, nor a Mac, nor a Linux box? Could the new Amiga lineup in particular, which features fairly powerful hardware, become a renewed magnet for cool audio, video, 2D/3D graphics, music apps and other creative software like the old Amiga was? Will we walk into game shops and see dedicated "Amiga Games" again?

Security

Submission + - In IT Security, Good Enough Isn't Good Enough (threatpost.com)

Gunkerty Jeb writes: There’s the old joke about two hunters running from a lion, and the one runner says to the other: we can’t outrun the lion. And his buddy replied, “I don’t have to outrun the lion, I only have to outrun you.” Many, over the years, have applied the same logic to application security: If their software is ‘secure enough’ attackers will move on to easier targets.

That’s a dangerous assumption today, as attacks become more targeted and the attackers more skilled. Indeed, software security experts now say that building more secure applications from the start would create software that is more sustainable, resilient from attacks, and even more cost effective. Unfortunately, the focus of many software creators is to ship code that is ‘good enough.’

Submission + - Addiction Treatment Locator (transworldnews.com)

skenealy87 writes: I think its so important to have access to something like this on the internet. I mean things are so fast paced now days and no one takes the time to address the real issues of addiction. Tami has done a wonderful job by putting a resource like this on the internet
The Military

Submission + - Special forces helped EA design "Medal of Honor" (thehill.com)

GovTechGuy writes: Two retired special forces soldiers helped Electronic Arts develop the new "Medal of Honor" video game that originally allowed users to play as the Taliban and shoot American troops. The latest version of Medal of Honor, released on Tuesday, has been praised for its extremely detailed and realistic depiction of U.S. combat forces. According to the report, there are details in the game that involve units so sensitive that a former Pentagon official said the public shouldn't know about them. Additionally, the officials objected to the option to play as the Taliban, which was removed from the game by EA in response to public complaints from veterans groups.
Idle

Submission + - Given truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More (firedoglake.com) 2

SharpFang writes: In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.
Censorship

Submission + - Maltese man fined €500 over Facebook comment (timesofmalta.com)

Kaiser86 writes: Quoting from the news item:

"A man who posted a comment on Facebook saying that the Pope should be shot in his hand, feet and in his side just as Christ was, was today condemned to a month in jail suspended for a year and fined €500.

Karl Farrugia, 24, formed part of group called No to the Pope in Malta and posted his comment on April 7.

He was charged in terms of the Press Act with incitement.

Taking the witness stand, Mr Farrugia said the comment was only meant as a joke because he assumed that the members of the group all thought the same. He wanted to make the connection between Christ and the Pope.

Defence counsel Owen Bonnici argued in Mr Farrugia’s defence that he could not be found guilty of the charge because Facebook was registered in America and therefore he did not effectively publish the comment in Malta but in the US. Although this joke was in bad taste, he did not mean to incite anybody to harm the Pope in any way."

Soon after the news item was published, a number of people opened a group on Facebook urging people to donate money to the guy to help him pay the fine as a well as symbolically spreading the burden on a number of people who would have done the same. Remember that Malta is considered the most Catholic country in the world.

What do you /.ers think about this farce?

Red Hat Software

Work Underway To Return Xen Support To Fedora 13 93

Julie188 writes "Details on this are admittedly sketchy, but both Red Hat and Xen.org have gone on record promising that some kind of support for the Xen hypervisor is forthcoming for Fedora users. As we know, on Monday, Fedora 13 was released, chock full of features to appeal to business users. One of the ballyhooed improvements to 13 is virtualization — meaning KVM and only KVM — for Red Hat. Xen was dropped from Fedora a few releases ago and it hasn't come back in 13, except that 13 still supports Xen guests. Meanwhile, 'work is underway in Xen.org to add platform support to Fedora 13 post-release,' promises Xen.org's Ian Pratt."
Biotech

Submission + - 'Artificial life' breakthrough announced by scient (bbc.co.uk)

gmfeier writes: BBC is quoting a paper published in Science that claims to have produced a synthetic living cell. Only the genome is actually synthetic, though since it was transplanted into a host cell. This would seem to open up a host of possibilities, but some folks seem to be worried about it, possibly with good reason.
Games

Submission + - Games 'permit' virtual war crimes (bbc.co.uk) 2

wdef writes: Video games depicting war have come under fire for flouting laws governing armed conflicts. Human rights groups played various games to see if any broke humanitarian laws that govern what is a war crime. The study condemned the games for violating laws by letting players kill civilians, torture captives and wantonly destroy homes and buildings. It said game makers should work harder to remind players about the real world limits on their actions.

Submission + - T-Mobile staff sold personal data (bbc.co.uk)

SpuriousLogic writes: Staff at mobile phone company T-Mobile passed on millions of records from thousands of customers, a spokesman for the firm has confirmed.
The suspected illegal trade emerged after the firm alerted the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham.
He said brokers bought the data and sold it on to other phone firms, who then cold-called the customers, as their contracts were due to expire.
A T-Mobile spokesman said the data was sold "without our knowledge".

Submission + - Amazon hopes to simplify Web shopping -- with word (physorg.com)

noundi writes: Physorg.com reports that Amazon is trying to easy online shopping by swapping the need to enter credit card details with a simple password, this in hope to stimulate spontaneous shopping.

Amazon says that approach is simpler than entering card numbers — and more flexible, because consumers can set up multiple phrases and ID numbers tied to the same credit card. That could enable parents, for example, to give their children passphrases that have monthly allowances.

With the recent awareness of how easy it can be to gain access to accounts simply by launching a large scale one-attempt brute force with the most common password used, the question remains of how safe this really is.

Submission + - Pliosaur skull found in Dorset

jayemcee writes: The skull of a sea dwelling reptile that could eat a T Rex for breakfast has been found in Dorset UK and will be displayed in the local museum. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/oct/27/dinosaur-pliosaur-skull-found-dorset-coast Only the skull (2.4 meters long) has been found and the authorities (who bought the item for close to $32,000) will not release the site for fear that the area is too unstable. They speculate that the remainder of the 'monster' may lie under tons of rock and will wait patiently for nature to deliver the goods via landslides and other forms of natural erosion.
'Experts believe it could rival recent finds made in Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, where beasts dubbed "the Monster" and "Predator X" were thought to have measured 15m, and in Mexico, where the "Monster of Aramberri" was discovered in 2002, and is believed to have been of similar dimensions.'
"We only have the head, so you cannot be absolutely precise," said Martill. "But it may be vying with the ones found in Svalbard and Mexico for the title of the world's largest."
Privacy

Submission + - Dutch govt has no idea how to delete tapped calls

McDutchie writes: The law in the Netherlands says that intercepted phone calls between attorneys and their clients must be destroyed. But the Dutch government has been keeping under wraps for years that no one has the foggiest clue how to delete them (Google translation). Now, an email from the National Police Services Agency (KLPD) has surfaced, revealing that the working of the technology in question is a NetApp trade secret. The Dutch police are now trying to get their Israeli supplier Verint to tell them how to delete tapped calls and comply with the law. Meanwhile, attorneys in the Netherlands remain afraid to use their phones.
Software

Submission + - Gartner's 'Magic Quadrant' put to legal test (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: On Friday, a judge in San Jose will hear arguments regarding Gartner's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by ZL Technologies that seeks to not only eviscerate the long-controversial "Magic Quadrant" but also punish Gartner severely — the damages sought are astronomical — for ever having foisted it upon the IT world. ZL accuses Gartner of having committed "defamation, trade libel, false advertising, unfair competition, and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage." How? By relegating ZL's e-mail archiving software to the "niche player" quad. Gartner critics may find reason to cheer ZL's legal offensive. Those more concerned with free-speech protections are likely to just find it offensive.

Submission + - IBM's Answer to Windows 7? Ubuntu Linux (internetnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like IBM isn't much of a friend of Microsoft's anymore. Today IBM announced an extension of its Microsoft-Free PC effort together with Canonical Ubuntu Linux. This is the same thing that was announced a few weeks back for Africa, and now it's available in the U.S. The big push is that IBM claims it will cost up to $2,000 for a business to move to Windows 7. They argue that moving to Linux is cheaper.

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