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Game Development On Android 211

Gamasutra is running an article about the state of game development on Android. The author explains some of the strengths and weaknesses of the platform, and makes comparisons to development on the iPhone. Quoting: "While iPhone apps are written in Objective C, the Android SDK uses relatively more programmer-friendly Java. The iPhone store charges developers $99 a year to distribute their apps, while Android has a one-time $25 fee for developers. And the review process for iPhone apps grows increasingly lengthy — sometimes weeks or more — and it's somewhat arcane. Android apps go live as soon as the developer hits the publish button. Google handles the review process post-hoc, and is much more lax in terms of content. ... For now, if a developer decides to implement a game exclusively for a particular smartphone platform, and the choice is between the iPhone and Android, the tradeoff is between trying to get noticed in an incredibly crowded and competitive market where the potential payoff is huge for those at the top, or entering a market with low barriers, little competition, currently low returns, but the possibility of potential growth."
Businesses

Goldman Sachs Trading Source Code In the Wild? 324

Hangtime writes "The world's most valuable source code could be in the wild. According to a report by Reuters, a Russian immigrant and former Goldman Sachs developer named Sergey Aleynikov was picked up at Newark Airport on July 4th by the FBI on charges of industrial espionage. According to the complaint, Sergey, prior to his early June exit from Goldman, copied, encrypted and uploaded source code inferred to be the code used by Goldman Sachs to process in real-time (micro-seconds) trades between multiple equity and commodity platforms. While trying to cover his tracks, the system backed up a series of bash commands so he was unable to erase his history, which would later give him away to Goldman and the authorities. So the question is: where are the 32MB of encrypted files that Sergey uploaded to a German server?
Networking

Submission + - Woman accused - targeting girl, 9, with Craigslist (cnn.com)

ae1294 writes: A Long Island, New York, social worker is facing two misdemeanor charges after allegedly posting a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist that gave interested parties the home phone number of a 9-year-old girl. Margery Tannenbaum posted the ad to get revenge after an argument between her daughter and the girl, who attend the same school in Hauppauge, New York.

According to Suffolk County authorities, the mother of the girl intercepted calls before her daughter answered. She said she received 22 calls in one day, in all around 40 calls from various men who saw the ad, including some seeking an escort service. In one, the mother is quoted as saying, "This is her mother. Can I help you?" to which the male replied, "Oh. Hot lady lives with foxy mamma?" The caller hung up after the girl's mother told him the "hot girl" he was referring to was 9 years old.

Intel

Submission + - Japan gets first ION netbook with Atom 330 (netbooknews.com)

TLS writes: "The Atom 330 processor was never meant to end up in a netbook, but not is seems like Japanese DosPara has gone and done what a lot of people have wanted. Not only does the Prime Note Cresion NA as it's known as come with the Atom 330 processor, but DosPara has teamed up the CPU with the Nvidia ION chipset which should make this the fastest netbook to date, hands down. It's a rather large netbook, as it has a 12.1-inch screen with 1,366×768 resolution and at 1.92kg it's more of a notebook than a netbook."

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