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Submission + - GameStop buys Impulse from Stradock (

Daetrin writes: It was announced thursday that Stardock has sold Impulse, the digital game store, to GameStop. And no, it wasn't an early April Fools' joke. Stardock founder Brad Wardell gave an interview to Joystiq talking about the sale and the reasons behind it. GameStop also announced their acquisition of SpawnLabs, a game streaming company. It seems that GameStop is looking to challenge Steam, or at least avoid being cut out of the digital distribution business entirely.

Submission + - Password Security Policy

OldSoldier writes: I recently signed up with a company that does background checks for prospective employees. I had forgotten my password (or so I thought) and called them to get a new one. Their email back to me included my original password, NOT a reset one!

This is not the first time this has happened to me. Several years ago I had forgotten my [Wireless Carrier] Account password (who uses those?) and when I was in a Sprint store the clerk happily pulled up my account and told me what it was.

With all the privacy policies that exist and/or are mandated by government regulation I'm stunned that there is no similar legislation for password management. I would think that companies like cell phone companies and this background check company would know better. But more to the point, I'd like to know what the "password policy" of a company was before I am required to create an account on their site.

Submission + - New Phase of Matter in SuperConductor (

unil_1005 writes: "Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors could indicate a new phase of matter. Understanding this “pseudogap” has been a 20-year quest for researchers who are trying to control and improve these breakthrough materials, with the ultimate goal of finding superconductors that operate at room temperature."

I can't imagine anything bigger.


Submission + - Update Java, get sneaky McAfee scanner (

alphadogg writes: Windows users who install the latest Java security patches may end up with a little more security than they bargained for, at least that's the risk they take if they don't pay close attention to the installation process. Starting last month, Oracle began bundling a security scanning tool called the McAfee Security Scan Plus with its Java updates for the Windows operating system. The software is installed by default with the Java update, so unless users notice and uncheck the McAfee installation box as they're updating Java, they'll end up downloading McAfee's software too.

Submission + - Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US (

kkleiner writes: "In the past few weeks, several crowd-sourced radiation maps have arisen that attempt to give up to the minute looks at the threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a catastrophe: Japan, Asia, and the US. These maps, available to the public for free online, are a timely example of how user-enabled systems are revolutionizing the way we solve problems. Tracking radiation levels is just the beginning. This is a preview of how accelerating technologies will allow us to monitor anything, anywhere, in realtime."

Submission + - How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who? ( 2

stinkfish writes: I am a big fan of science fiction, especially good TV science fiction. For some reason Dr. Who is a show I have watched very little of. My question to Slashdot is, whats the best strategy for enjoying this classic show? Looking at the wikipedia page on Dr. who, I see there are 11 Doctors, so is hard to pick a good starting point. If it was just up to me, I would start watching from the very beginning. But I know my wife would not watch a show that dated, though she is a science fiction fan herself and enjoyed a few seasons of Tourchwood. So where do I start? The link is to an article on this topic, is there more to say?

Submission + - Wysips Turns Cell Phone Screens Into Solar Panels (

jldailey618 writes: French tech start-up Wysips has created a transparent pv film that can turn any cell phone screen into a solar panel. The ultra thin coating is less than 100 microns deep, and contains strips of clear photovoltaic cells laid on the screen that capture enough solar energy to produce electricity. On top of the cells is a layer of cylindrical lenticular lenses, which allow the user to see the light from the screen undistorted. The coating can charge a typical cell phone battery in about six hours with a constant stream of sunlight.

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.