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+ - The Liberated Pixel Cup: a game making contest from the CC, FSF, and OpenGameArt->

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Lendrick
Lendrick writes "OpenGameArt.org, the Free Software Foundation, and the Creative Commons are teaming up to bring the Liberated Pixel Cup, a free-as-in-freedom game making contest starting on June 1st and going through July 31st. The contest will be divided into two phases: the first phase will be about adding on to a consistent set of art commissioned specially for the contest, and the second phase, starting on July 1st, will be about building games using the provided art."
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Mozilla

+ - Mozilla releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest->

Submitted by rasmuswikman
rasmuswikman (2511948) writes "BrowserQuest is a tribute to classic video-games with a multiplayer twist. You play as a young warrior driven by the thrill of adventure. No princess to save here, just a dangerous world filled with treasures to discover. And it’s all done in glorious HTML5 and JavaScript.

Even better, it’s open-source so be sure to check out the source code on GitHub!"

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KDE

+ - KDE's Plasma Active releases own 7" tablet->

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mpol
mpol writes "KDE's Plasma Active introduced last Saturday its own 7" tablet. According to Aaron J. Seigo, "It's the first tablet computer that comes with Plasma Active pre-installed".
The 'Spark' with its 7" screen is built around a Cortex A9 with a Mali-400-gpu, 512MB RAM and an SD-card slot. It will have a 800x480 screen resolution and will cost around 200 Euro.
It is actually a rebrand of the Zenithink ZT-180 C71, which comes with Android by default.
On a personal note, Aaron J. Seigo will no longer be sponsored by Qt Development Frameworks to work on Qt and KDE. He will however stay involved with KDE and Free Software he says."

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The Internet

+ - Average web page is now almost 1MB->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "According to new research from HTTP Archive, which regularly scans the internet’s most popular destinations, the average size of a single web page is now 965 kilobytes (KB), up more than 30% from last year’s average of 702KB. This rapid growth is fairly normal for the internet — the average web page was 14KB in 1995, 93KB by 2003, and 300KB in 2008 — but by burrowing a little deeper into HTTP Archive’s recent data, we can discern some interesting trends. Between 2010 and 2011, the average amount of Flash content downloaded stayed exactly the same — 90KB — but JavaScript experienced massive growth from 113KB to 172KB. The amount of HTML, CSS, and images on websites also showed a significant increase year over year. There is absolutely no doubt that these trends are attributable to the death throes of Flash and emergence of HTML5 and its open web cohorts."
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+ - Why The NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones->

Submitted by YIAAL
YIAAL (129110) writes "After a multi-car pileup involving two school buses, the NTSB is urging states to ban all cellphones and personal electronic devices in cars, even hands-free phones. But on looking at the NTSB report, it appears that the big problem was a school bus driver who was following too closely, and another school bus driver who wasn't watching the road. Why is the NTSB targeting gadgets instead of bad drivers?"
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+ - The Rise of Developeronomics->

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rasmuswikman
rasmuswikman writes "The one absolutely solid place to store your capital today — if you know how to do it — is in software developers' wallets. If the world survives looming financial apocalypse dangers at all, this is the one investment that will weather the storms. It doesn't matter whether you are an individual or a corporation, or what corner of the world you inhabit. You need to find a way to invest in software developers."
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