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Comment: Re:As an engineer... (Score 5, Informative) 270

by qqtortqq (#32227810) Attached to: Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics?
I just found and bought torque the other day. Great piece of software. I've had an OBDkey for a while, and had an old palm PDA mounted in the car to run the OBD reading software. Now with Torque, I was able to ditch the palm and just use my android phone. I eventually want to play with the OBD protocol and see just what I can get my car to do or not do.
Classic Games (Games)

OpenTTD 1.0.0 Released 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-so-soon dept.
Gmer writes "Eming.com reports that OpenTTD, the open source clone of the Microprose game Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has reached a milestone. OpenTTD 1.0.0 has been released 6 years after work started on the first version, with the help of hundreds of contributors and thousands of testers/players. Over 30 language translations are considered complete, and OpenTTD is available for *BSD, Linux, Solaris and Windows. OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which the player is in control of a transport company and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea or air."
Android

HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed 158

Posted by Soulskill
from the saving-users-time-and-effort dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Security researchers have found that Vodafone, one of the world's larger wireless providers, is distributing some HTC phones with malware pre-installed on them. The phone, HTC's Magic, runs the Google Android mobile operating system, and is one of the more popular handsets right now. A researcher at Panda Software received one of the handsets recently, and upon attaching it to her PC, found that the phone was pre-loaded with the Mariposa bot client. Mariposa has been in the news of late thanks to some arrests connected to the operation of the botnet."
Power

Astrium Hopes To Test Grabbing Solar Energy From Orbit 144

Posted by timothy
from the don't-stand-underneath-when-they-fly-by dept.
goldaryn writes "Word from the BBC today is that Europe's biggest space company is seeking partners to help get a satellite-based solar power trial into orbit: 'EADS Astrium says the satellite system would collect the Sun's energy and transmit it to Earth via an infrared laser, to provide electricity. Space solar power has been talked about for more than 30 years as an attractive concept because it would be 'clean, inexhaustible, and available 24 hours a day.' However, there have always been question marks over its cost, efficiency and safety. But Astrium believes the technology is close to proving its maturity.'"

+ - Indiana: Show your papers, citizen, or stay out of->

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qqtortqq writes "SecureID is here to help you, citizen! In Indiana, after January 1, 2010, Indiana/US citizens must now prove they are citizens of the USA, citizens of Indiana, here in the USA legally, and have a social security number (or cannot get one) in order to get a "SecureID" enhanced license in the state of Indiana. Don't wish to, or can't participate by showing one document proving your identity; and one document proving your Social Security number; and one document proving your lawful status in the United States; and two documents proving your Indiana residency? Then "federal officials may restrict customers from boarding aircraft or entering a federal facility in the future," according to the Indiana BMV."
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Comment: Re:Just a warning. (Score 2, Interesting) 103

by qqtortqq (#26996537) Attached to: <em>Blood Frontier</em> "Beta 1" Officially Released
While I don't know about the sauerbraten community, I have hung out with the dev team of Blood Frontier for a long time not only for the up to date info on the game, but for the comradery and great chats we have. There is a real community surrounding this game, and I feel that your statement couldn't be further from the truth.
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - Blood Frontier "Beta 1" Officially Release-> 1

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qreeves writes "Here it is, for the whole world to try out — the official Blood Frontier 'Beta 1' release. Compared to our last release, 'Alpha 2', the game has taken a dramatic turn from the slow and clunky 'thirdperson' shooter it was. Based on feedback from the community (which we take very seriously, and no idea is too big or too small) we refined, polished, and extended our gameplay to what we consider to be the most fun Free and Open Source First Person Shooter out there on the net. Many may think that it does not compare visually with some of the other shooters out there, but what we lack in art we more than make up for in gameplay. So, give it a try, play against our new and improved Artificial Intelligence, which is giving even the most seasoned of players a run for their money now; or hop on our master server at play.bloodfrontier.com where there is usually someone either playing, or watching from our IRC channel in #bloodfrontier on irc.freenode.net (yes that is right, IRC chat support built right in!). For more information see http://www.bloodfrontier.com/."
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Medicine

Antidepressants Work No Better Than a Placebo 674

Posted by kdawson
from the sugar-pills-are-cheaper dept.
Matthew Whalley writes "Researchers got hold of published and unpublished data from drug companies regarding the effectiveness of the most common antidepressant drugs. Previously, when meta-analyses have been conducted on only the published data, the drugs were shown to have a clinically significant effect. However, when the unpublished data is taken into account the difference between the effects of drug and placebo becomes clinically meaningless — just a 1 or 2 point difference on a 30-point depression rating scale — except for the most severely depressed patients. Doctors do not recommend that patients come off antidepressant drugs without support, but this study is likely to lead to a rethink regarding how the drugs are licensed and prescribed."
Operating Systems

Should IBM's SOM/DSOM Be Open Sourced? 157

Posted by kdawson
from the what-made-it-great dept.
Esther Schindler sends a note about two journalists for very different publications (herself one of them) urging IBM to open-source, not all of OS/2 — they've consistently refused to do that — but instead one of its most powerful features: SOM, the System Object Model. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes at desktoplinux.com, "IBM, I'm told by developers who should know, still has all of SOM's source code and it all belongs to IBM. It's because IBM doesn't have all the code for OS/2 and some of it belongs to Microsoft that IBM open-sourcing OS/2 has proven to be a futile hope." And Esther Schindler takes the developer angle in a blog post at CIO.com: "Could the open-source community use a library packaging technology that enables languages to share class libraries regardless of the language an application was written in? I dare say it could, especially since the code to accomplish that goal was written (and shelved) more than ten years ago. All it takes to make that code available is to ask IBM to release SOM and DSOM as open-source." What are the business issues that would convince IBM to assent?
Privacy

Embedded Microchips In Virtually Everything 186

Posted by kdawson
from the minority-report-by-other-means dept.
Microsoft CRM recommends a long AP article laying out the nightmare scenario of RFID chips in everything tracking not only things but people. The darker possibilities of a technology capable of enabling ubiquitous surveillance are not news to this community, but it's not so common to see them spelled out for a wider audience. "Microchips with antennas embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items and consumers wherever they go. Much of the radio frequency identification technology that enables objects and people to be tagged and tracked wirelessly already exists and potentially intrusive uses of it are being patented, perfected and deployed... [A director at FTI Consulting] said:] 'It's going to be used in unintended ways by third parties — not just the government, but private investigators, marketers, lawyers building a case against you.'"

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