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Submission + - 'Starcraft II' Sells 1.5M Copies in First 48 Hours 4

adeelarshad82 writes: Blizzard Entertainment announced that "Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty" sold 1.5 million copies in the first 48 hours. The highly anticipated game sold 1 million copies in the first 24 hours, going on to sell an additional 500,000 copies the following day. This makes "Starcraft II" the fastest-selling strategy game of all time. "Starcraft II" hit stores in North America, Europe, and more than a dozen other countries worldwide on June 27.
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Second Penny Arcade Game Due Out This Week 68

Hothead Games has announced that the second episode of the Penny Arcade: On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness series is coming out this Wednesday, and they've released a trailer showing off some of the gameplay. ACG has an interview with Hothead's Joel DeYoung discussing the series and explaining some of the decision-making that went into its development. The game will launch for Linux, Mac, PC, and Xbox Live, with a PS3 version coming later. Feedback from players of the first game in the series inspired a $5 decrease in price this time around.

New Approach To Malware Modifies Linux Kernel 170

Hugh Pickens writes "Professor Avishai Wool has unveiled a program to watch for malware on servers with a modification to the Linux kernel. 'We modified the kernel in the system's operating system so that it monitors and tracks the behavior of the programs installed on it,' says Wool. Essentially, Wool says, his software team has built a model that predicts how software running on a server should work (pdf). If the kernel senses abnormal activity, it stops the program from working before malicious actions occur. 'When we see a deviation, we know for sure there's something bad going on,' Wool explains. Wool cites problems with costly anti-virus protection. 'Our methods are much more efficient and don't chew up the computer's resources.'"

Comment fail (Score 1) 272

'The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea...' You have proven again and again that you are completely out of, not just good but any captivating, ideas. Give it up. We loathe you and await your departure eagerly, so you will stop raping our childhood heros repeatedly to feed your ego.
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Reporters At Black Hat Get Bounced For Hacking 128

rickb928 and several others have written to inform us that three reporters for the French publication "Global Security Magazine" were booted out of the Black Hat convention for uncovering the login information of other reporters. Quoting the AP: "The separate, wired Internet connections set up for reporters are supposed to be off-limits to hacking and the Wall of Sheep. Even so reporters who didn't take the extra step and log onto the Internet through an additional secure connection like a virtual private network, risked having their data exposed to colleagues sitting just feet away. It didn't appear to be a complicated hack. The network was working properly, but it wasn't set up to shield each journalist's computer from one another."

Tracking Near-Earth Meteors With a 1.1 Petabyte Database 72

Lucas123 writes "The latest and most ambitious attempt to detect 'near-Earth objects' (NEOs) is the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS. When it's fully operational several years from now, it will have four telescopes, each with a 1.4-gigapixel camera. The system is expected to be able to track virtually all NEOs larger than 300 meters in diameter as well as many smaller ones. Rather than turning to an expensive supercomputer equipped with hundreds or thousands of processors, Pan-STARRS will use a cluster of 50 PC servers connected to 1.1 petabytes of disk storage via fast Infiniband networking gear."

US Warns Olympic Visitors of Chinese Cyber-Spying 231

An anonymous reader writes to tell us the US Government has issued a strong warning to travelers headed to the Beijing Olympics (PDF) with respect to electronic data. Part FUD, part awareness, the CBS article reads like 1984, urging travelers to treat all electronic devices (from fax to cellphone and back) as compromised, and proceeds to talk about China's aggressive cyber-espionage programs. "China is one of a number of countries pushing active cyber-espionage programs aimed primarily at cracking U.S. national security computers and stealing corporate trade secrets. Billions have already been lost. In addition, cyber-gangs and criminals, many based in Asia, have stolen bank accounts and credit card numbers from an untold number of Americans."
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Submission + - Giant Iceberg Aircraft Carrier (

abramsv writes: "Potentially the biggest ship in the world, the 2,000-foot long monster "iceberg-ship" with displacement two million tons — Project "Habbakkuk" by eccentric inventor Geoffrey Pyke was the ultimate way of providing air cover for Allied ships during WWII. — Link"

Submission + - OxygenOffice Professional 2.3.1 for x64 Linux syst (

kami911 writes: "This is the first time release of OxygenOffice Professional for 64 bit enabled Linux systems based on the latest version 2.3.1 release.

You can download deb and rpm packages for 15 languages:

About OxygenOffice Professional

OxygenOffice Professional is a free and open source enhancement of official The OxygenOffice Professional Team has modified the source of and bundled lot of extras with it. Here are just a few of the extras you get with OxygenOffice Professional:
More than 3,400 graphics are included, both clip art and photos. These pictures are integrated into the gallery and can easily be placed into any OxygenOffice document. Several templates and sample documents are included, as well as over 90 fonts. The extras are integrated by default in the installation of OxygenOffice Professional, but they are optional, so the user can decide what parts to include and what parts to leave out. These extra templates, fonts, and graphics are free for both personal and professional use. Additional tools like OOoWikipedia, which can search the free on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia, are also included. An enhanced help menu, additional User's Manual, and the enabled extended tips are great to help beginners get started using OxygenOffice Professional. Moreover you can use more predefined gradients, colors and other useful element. The current version is able to run VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) from Excel documents in Calc (under development) and also you can import Office Open XML (Microsoft Office 2007), Works, WordPerfect files and T602 documents also you can import WordPerfect Graphics graphical files too."


Submission + - Google's Algorithm allows shady tactics (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has been oddly silent about the possibility, but it seems like a very real likelihood that it is possible to damage the google search rankings for your competitor's sites by off site linking schemes that are completely out of the control of the site owners. Now it seems like many black hat seo services will offer the service..... so if you rank 11th for a valuable term, it may be possible to use black hat tactics (or pay a small fee to an expert) to get your competitors knocked out of those coveted top 10 spots.

Submission + - Windows Home Server corrupts files (

crustymonkey writes: "From the article:

Microsoft Corp. has warned Windows Home Server users not to edit files stored on their backup systems with several of its programs, including Vista Photo Gallery and Office's OneNote and Outlook, as well as files generated by popular finance software such as Quicken and QuickBooks.
Don't back up you files to Windows Home Server as recommended by Microsoft themselves according to this article. I'm not exactly what the point is in having a home server if you can't backup files on it."

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