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Submission + - Apple to allow Bitcoin in apps ( 1

Raystonn writes: A new update to Apple's app development guidelines now allows for approval of apps that transmit Bitcoin and other legal virtual currencies:

Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions."


Submission + - Automated Language Deciphering by Computer AI (

eldavojohn writes: Ugaritic has been deciphered by an unaided computer program that relied only on four basic assumptions present in many languages. The paper (PDF) may aid researchers in deciphering eight undecipherable languages (Ugaritic has already been deciphered and proved their system worked) as well as increase the number of languages automated translation sites offer. The researchers claim 'orders of magnitude' speedups in deciphering languages with their new system.

Submission + - Google to kill off YouTube ripping tools ( 5

Thelasko writes: YouTube is apparently testing a new system that allows you to pay money to download videos from its site. To prevent users from downloading the videos with the variety of tools available for free, YouTube is cracking down. Specifically on an offering from TechCrunch.
User Journal

Journal Journal: This is a bitch about anything thread 4

Your whines, complaints, annoyances and observations of complete stupidity are welcome.

I just want to see if anyone had a worse week than I did.

Last night and today topped it off - returning to bed last night at whatever hour slipped off as I lay down and smashed my back, neck and head onto the floor. Followed by a 2 hour meeting this morning where people displayed their ignorance ever so proudly as I tried to avoid groaning in pain as I moved in anyway.


Submission + - California Student Arrested for Console Hacking ( 2

jhoger writes: "Matthew Crippen was arrested and released August 3rd, 2009 on $5000 bond for hacking game consoles (for profit) in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

This is terribly disturbing to me... this man could lose 10 years of his freedom for providing a service of altering hardware. He could well lose much of his freedom for providing a modicum of it to others. There is no piracy going on, necessarily... the games that could then be run may simply not be signed by the vendor. It's much like jailbreaking an iPhone.

But it seems because he is disabling a "circumvention device" it is a criminal issue.

Time to kick a few dollars over to the EFF!"

United States

Submission + - GE CEO Calls for Return of American Manufacturing 3

theodp writes: "Marking a shift for the conglomerate that pioneered outsourcing and globalization, GE CEO Jeff Immelt has issued a call for the return of American manufacturing. 'We must make a serious commitment to manufacturing and exports,' said Immelt. 'This is a national imperative.' GE is airing a new ad that highlights the importance of manufacturing in America, noting that it features real-life GE employees (a dig at Intel's Rock Star actors?). Saying that business and government have let down the American people, Immelt argues it's time to give up the notion that the U.S. can make it as a services-led, consumption-based economy, where 'a mortgage broker is pulling down $5 million a year while a Ph.D. chemist is earning $100,000.' If you're ready to join the cause, Jeff's hiring."

Submission + - Intel Redies GNU/Linux Friendly ACPI Replacement ( 3

twitter writes: "ACPI was designed to harm free software. Ten years later, ACPI still has problems but has Intel turned over a new leaf? H-Online has an interesting introduction to Simple Firmware Interface.

A few days ago, version 4.0 of the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification was released, weighing in at a hefty 727 pages ... there are still flaws in many implementations.

Intel is now developing the Simple Firmware Interface (SFI) especially for small and low spec devices like Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) with Atom processors, and is particularly targeting the Linux operating system... SFI can be implemented in addition to, or as an alternative to ACPI, in the firmware either within a classic BIOS, (U)EFI, or with alternative firmware like OpenFirmware.

Version 0.6 has been released as a draft and there is a reference implementation for the 2.6.32 kernel."

The Almighty Buck

Economic Climate Spurring Independent Game Success 40

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."

Submission + - Microsaccades Keep Us from Going Blind 1

Ponca City, We love you writes: "Even when trying to fix a gaze on a stationary target, our eyes are always moving. Scientists have long dismissed the imperceptible jumps and jiggles known as "microsaccades" as the accidental result of spurious nerve signals but now scientists have determined that these unconscious flickering eye movements provide a vital function by "refreshing" images on the retina which would otherwise fade away. Although the unconscious flicks have long been considered mere "motor noise," researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that they are instead actively controlled by the same brain region that instructs our eyes to scan the lines in a newspaper or follow a moving object. "Because images on the retina fade from view if they are perfectly stabilized, the active generation of fixational eye movements by the central nervous system allows these movements to constantly shift the scene ever so slightly, thus refreshing the images on our retina and preventing us from going 'blind'," says Dr Ziad Hafed, of the Salk Institute. Microsaccades are also the cause of a famous optical illusion in which a still image appears to move."

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.