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PC Games (Games)

DRM-Free Classic Games Store Opens To Public 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the give-the-people-what-they-want dept.
arcticstoat writes "With all the controversy surrounding DRM in games at the moment, one games store has decided to buck the trend, proudly proclaiming that all its games are DRM-free. First announced back in July, Good Old Games is now in the public beta stage, which means that anyone can now access the site's archive of classic PC games, and you can do what you want with your game when you've bought it, too. 'You won't find any intrusive copy protection in our games; we hate draconian DRM schemes just as much as you do,' says the site. 'Once you download a game, you can install it on any PC and re-download it whenever you want, as many times as you need, and you can play it without an internet connection.'" In related news, Stardock, the company responsible for the Gamer's Bill of Rights, is apparently working on a new copy-protection solution that will be friendlier to consumers than current schemes.
The Internet

Browsing Frugally Without Wasting Bandwidth? 450

Posted by Soulskill
from the ix-nay-on-the-orn-pay dept.
forrestm writes "At home, my internet connection is limited to 1GB / month before I have to pay extra. At my university, I'm charged around 2.5c per megabyte. I rarely download anything big, but I often go through a large amount of bandwidth by simply browsing around. For example, when I play a YouTube video, click a link, and then return to the video, the whole video reloads. When I read some websites, such as BoingBoing.net or Cnet.com, my status bar shows a whole lot of data being transferred through other domains. Some pages seem to send/receive data at certain intervals for the duration of my visit. When I begin to enter a search in Firefox's search bar, a list of suggestions is automatically downloaded. In addition to this, Firefox often requests internet access of its own accord, even though I have automatic updating turned off. All this is costing me! How do I stop unsolicited use of my internet connection? How do I go about not wasting bandwidth like this?"
Programming

Which Phone To Develop For? 344

Posted by kdawson
from the building-a-house-around-it dept.
Rob MacKenzie writes "I have to decide on a mobile phone to develop for. We're building a house with some automation built in, and we want the mobile phone to be able to control certain aspects of it, and retrieve information on what's going on in the house. Our choices are the usual suspects: Apple's IPhone, RIM's Blackberry, Nokia's line (Symbian), any Android phone we can get in Canada, J2ME generic app, or a Web-based UI we would interact with in the phone's browser. What would you choose if you had to go with one? Which exact model? We will be buying a few to develop for, so price is a bit of an issue."
The Almighty Buck

$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law 857

Posted by kdawson
from the how-4-pages-becomes-400 dept.
Many readers reminded us of what no-one can have failed to hear: that the Congress passed and the President signed a $700B bailout bill in an attempt to avert the meltdown of the US economy. The bill allocates $700 billion to the Treasury Department for the purchase of so-called "toxic assets" that have been weighing down Wall Street balance sheets. This isn't particularly a tech story, though tech will be affected as will virtually all parts of the economy, and not just in the US. Among the $110B in so-called pork added to the bill to sway reluctant legislators are extensions of popular tax benefits for business R&D and alternative energy, relief for the growing pool of people subject to the alternative minimum tax, and a provision raising the FDIC's ceiling of guaranteed deposits to $250,000. Some limits were also imposed on executive compensation, though it's unclear whether they will be effective.
Software

How To Kill an Open Source Project With New Funding 187

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the money-still-the-root-of-all-evil dept.
mir42 writes "The OpenSource multimedia authorware project Sophie, formerly hosted by USC Los Angeles, may just have been killed by new funding. The original funding organization, Mellon Foundation, approved a grant to redevelop the four year project from scratch in Java. The grant was awarded to a Bulgarian company based on their proposal, which is simply an exact description, including the UI and the artwork, of the current Sophie. Being an OpenSource project, this isn't strictly illegal, but let's say, not nice and definitely not innovative, coming from a former sub-sub-contractor on the project. Some of the original, now laid-off developers started OpenSophie.org trying to salvage the project. As the current version is still somewhat buggy and slow, it might just be enough to alienate all potential users of Sophie to the point that nobody will even try to use the next version. Have others faced similar situations? How would you deal with a situation like this?"
Google

+ - Google has trouble with IMAP

Submitted by Anonymous Gmail user
Anonymous Gmail user (666) writes "Apparently Google is having some technical issues with IMAP for GMail account. I've been using IMAP access to my GMAil mailbox, since day one of the service. 2 minutes ago, for some reason, my outlook popped and error message which said: "Your IMAP Server wants to alert you of something: IMAP is not available for your account (Failure). I've checked the GMAil settings page — and there it was — my account doesn't have the IMAP options at all. This happened few time already today."
Microsoft

+ - What would you ask Bill Gates?

Submitted by CrowdOfOne
CrowdOfOne (918899) writes "Bill Gates is in a burger joint being interviewed by Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes when a passer by interrupts the conversation. Given the chance to grab the man's attention what would you ask? His thoughts on world poverty?, Favourite programming language?, Why Vista sucks? OR..."
The Internet

+ - Wikimedia Foundation's State of Technology 2007->

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "The Wikimedia Foundation has just finished its fundraiser. Domas Mituzas presents what over half of the money goes on: the Wikimedia State of Technology 2007. The world's #8 website, run by a charity on approximately no money and a scant few staff and volunteers ("First of all, I'd like to thank mr.Moore for his fabulous law"), has in the last year had traffic double and requests quintuple ... we'll see how long the server racks stay neat. Domas also has slides describing the systems (PDF) from the MySQL Users Conference 2007."
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Google

+ - Google releases Chart API->

Submitted by gordyf
gordyf (23004) writes "Google has released a simple API for generating charts: "The Google Chart API is a simple tool that lets you create many types of charts. Send an HTTP request that includes data and formatting parameters and the Chart API returns a PNG image of the chart. Embed in a webpage with an image tag and you're done!""
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Chuck Norris sues, says his tears no cancer cure-> 2

Submitted by Google85
Google85 (797021) writes "Chuck Norris sued publisher Penguin on Friday over a book he claims unfairly exploits his famous name, based on a satirical Internet list of "mythical facts" about him.
The book capitalizes on "mythical facts" that have been circulating on the Internet since 2005 that poke fun at Norris' tough-guy image and super-human abilities, the suit said."

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Businesses

+ - Amazon vs. Music Industrie->

Submitted by gerddie
gerddie (173963) writes "Heise reports (in German), that Amazon (German) flexed it's muscles over a dispute with the music industry. Labels like SonyBMG, Warner Music, Universal Music and EMI admonished Amazon for selling import-CD that are cheaper then European releases. Amazon showed its market power by not only removing the disputed CDs from the shop, but also a lot of EU-releases of these companies. For a few days, nearly all top-100 titles of SonyBMG and Warner, and many CDs of Universal and EMI were not available at Amazon, the strongest online-seller in Germany.
After talks, the European releases of the CDs are available again and the disputed imports are not. However, the issue is not yet settled, commented one of the music industry managers to Spiegel Online. Amazon gave "no comment"."

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Math

+ - MIT Student disproves Stephen Wolfram

Submitted by Richard Pritches
Richard Pritches (666) writes "MIT errata expert, Evangelos Georgiadis, attains a milestone by actually disproving 44 conjectures set by Dr Wolfram (owner of the Makers of Mathematica and owner of the new kind of cult ANKS). Paper was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Cellular Automata and has also appeared free of charge at Prof Edwin Clark's Collection of Wolfram's NKS Reviews at the following link http://www.math.usf.edu/~eclark/jca_georgiadis.pdf I believe that this is a nice Xmas present for the ANKOS spirit. Richard"

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