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Cloud

+ - Courtroom Cloud->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Beeb summary of the mult-billion pound Abramovich-Berezovsky battle includes the slightest side-note that "The trial used new technology, called MagnumCloud, which gave the judge and lawyers secure access to documents from computers in the courtroom."

FMWF calls it a world's first
, and describes it as allowing "all parties in a trial to securely access the unfolding trial evidence plus the complete files of documents from any computer without having to replicate their own individual files from one computer to another."

Magnum is a product of Opus 2 International, neither of which have even the slightest mention in Wikipedia (yet).

This is a radical change for court process, and the security implications will be all too obvious to /.ers. Yet it's already here, undiscussed, under-the-radar of the Press, a done-deal, a new overlord installed inside a crucial institution without welcome. Say Hello, /. — some of us must know actual detail about this new problem-opportunity, so kindly bring the rest of us up to speed."

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The Almighty Buck

Economic Climate Spurring Independent Game Success 40

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-benjamins dept.
Eurogamer is running an opinion piece suggesting that innovation and creativity have been on the decline for years within the games industry. Now, with the threat of the economic crisis looming, game publishers are shying further from new projects and ideas, instead choosing to rehash popular IP in order to minimize the risk of failure. The upside is that their reluctance, along with technological improvements that make game distribution easier, is allowing independent developers to gain exposure like never before. "This revolution will give us a new wave of developers who see games through very different eyes to those of their studio-bound compatriots. Forced to consider the financial bottom line, the technological bleeding edge and the whims of Metacritic at each turn, big studio development is by no means uncreative, but certainly has to follow certain set patterns. ... The studio system couldn't have created a game like Flower, the utterly beautiful PSN title which came out earlier this month; but more than that, it couldn't have created a persona like Jenova Chen, the mind behind Flower, who happily talks in interviews about evoking emotions, moving past primal feelings and 'maturing' the industry in ways that don't involve sex, blood and swearing. He talks about making games that don't empower gamers, but instead make them experience other things, other emotions. It's spine-tingling stuff. It's also commercial suicide — or would be, to a studio working in the traditional development context."
Security

+ - Wikipedia admins go on rampage

Submitted by joeszilagyi
joeszilagyi (635484) writes "After their passwords got cracked: At least four different Wikipedia administrators have had their weak passwords taken in the past 24 hours. They deleted the home page repeatedly, and one person even put Tubgirl on the "Site notice", which is a global header for all of en.wikipedia.org. How did it happen? Weak logon security measures — there is no CAPTCHA; crappy passwords, and on top of that, while there is an encrypted SSL logon page, it's hard to find. The scariest thing is that people with passwords of "password" are entrusted as sysops and administrators on one of the Top 10 websites on Earth. They even blocked Jimbo Wales repeatedly from his own website!"
The Internet

+ - Wikipedians are 42% Liberal, 8% Conservative

Submitted by
Jon
Jon writes "Jimmy Wales has claimed that Wikipedians are more likely to be liberal, and Wikipedia has been accused of liberal bias. But a sampling of 901 Wikipedians reveals surprising statistics. 42% of Wikipedians self-identify as liberal (49% is current American average) 8% of Wikipedians self-identify as conservative (41% is current American average) 42% of Wikipedians self-identify as libertarian (5% is a rough American average) So liberals are proportionately represented on Wikipedia, conservatives are very under-represented, and libertarians are extremely over-represented."
Education

+ - Student protests "Racism"; threatens Educa

Submitted by
Fred
Fred writes "Through education, we've improved our ability to understand one another and grow more tolerant towards racial, ethnic, political and religious differences. Today, we're finding it more and more difficult to distinguish between racist speech and intellectual discourse in academia. Below is an article on point, it discusses a recent University of Wisconsin Law School controversy: a student demands an apology from a law professor for his in-class commentary on race and our legal process. Title: "Is speech really free? www.racism.edu" The author contends that neither the Professor or his comments were racist and to determine otherwise and punish the scholar for his remarks is a threat to our educational learning process about race, tolerance and general cultural differences. Published in the Badger Herald Professor Kaplan allegedly said, Hmong men have no talent other than to kill and All second-generation Hmong end up in gangs and other criminal activity. Also, All Hmong men purchase their wives, so if he wants to have sex with his wife and she doesnt consent, you and I call it rape, but the Hmong guy is thinking man, I paid too much for her."
Power

GE Announces Advancement in Incandescent Technology 619

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the never-underestimate-ingenuity dept.
finfife writes to tell us that GE has announced an advancement in incandescent technology that promises to increase the efficiency of lightbulbs to put them on par with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). "The new high efficiency incandescent (HEI(TM)) lamp, which incorporates innovative new materials being developed in partnership by GE's Lighting division, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and GE's Global Research Center, headquartered in Niskayuna, NY, would replace traditional 40- to 100-Watt household incandescent light bulbs, the most popular lamp type used by consumers today. The new technology could be expanded to all other incandescent types as well. The target for these bulbs at initial production is to be nearly twice as efficient, at 30 lumens-per-Watt, as current incandescent bulbs. Ultimately the high efficiency lamp (HEI) technology is expected to be about four times as efficient as current incandescent bulbs and comparable to CFL bulbs. Adoption of new technology could lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions of up to 40 million tons of CO2 in the U.S. and up to 50 million tons in the EU if the entire installed base of traditional incandescent bulbs was replaced with HEI lamps."The California legislature may want to revisit the wording of their proposed ban on incandescents (AB 722). How about mandating a level of efficiency rather than assuming that innovation can't happen?"
Windows

+ - FSF launches campaign against Windows Vista

Submitted by
FrankNFurter
FrankNFurter writes "The FSF yesterday launched BadVista, a campaign against Microsoft's new operating system. The aim of this is to inform users about the (alleged) harms inflicted by it on the user and free software alternatives. Quoth program administrator John Sullivan: "Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care.""
Space

Mid-Atlantic Commercial Spaceport Makes First Launch 67

Posted by kdawson
from the scaring-the-ponies dept.
PeeAitchPee writes "East Coast residents of the US were treated to the first launch from the mid-Atlantic region's commercial spaceport. The 69-foot Minotaur I rocket soared from the launch pad at 7 a.m. ET, after teams spent the week resolving a glitch in software for one of the satellites that had scrubbed a liftoff on Monday. I witnessed the launch while driving to BWI airport this morning and it was beautiful! It left a zig-zag contrail in the southern sky and the separation / ignition of one of the upper stages was clearly visible." The spaceport, a commercial collaboration of Virginia and Maryland, is on the Delmarva peninsula south of the Maryland line, just west of Chincoteague Island.
Announcements

+ - Wikia goes free, hosting included

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Web site operators and bloggers will get free Web hosting Free How-To Guide for Small Business Web Strategies — from domain name selection to site promotion., including all advertising Email Marketing Software — Free Demo revenue from their sites, with a new service called "OpenServing" from the for-profit Wikipedia company Wikia. The company said OpenServing will "extend the essence of the open source Latest News about open source model," delivering not only free software and content to users but also free bandwidth, storage, computing power and ad revenue."

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