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+ - The Downside of Being on Open Source Programmer

Submitted by
Steve Brown
Steve Brown writes "I'm fortunate enough to have a job where I am able to contribute to open-source software projects when I can justify the business need. Recently, I've been contributing to SquirrelMail (http://www.squirrelmail.org), <shameless plug>an open-source webmail IMAP client written in PHP.</shameless plug>

When I began contributing, I got listed as one of the developers of SM. One of the downsides of this is that uninformed people occasionally send emails to me (or other devs) directly requesting support rather than to one of the mailing lists setup for such requests. More often than not, these people send us email thinking we are there hosting company.

Read the rest of my story here. Please help spread the word by digging this story."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Boston Game Devs Make 8 Games in 36 Hours

Submitted by
Darius Kazemi
Darius Kazemi writes "This past weekend, a bunch of Boston-area game developers got together and did a 36-hour Boston Game Jam, inspired by the Indie Game Jam. We made eight games in 36 hours based on the theme of "shift" for platforms as diverse as PC, GBA, and cell phones. The games range from a surprisingly complex behavioral sim to a game where you have to squish your opponent in a 2D physics deathmatch. Most of the games are available for download right now, and some of them even include the source code. In days to come, we'll be adding developer diaries and other goodies."
Censorship

+ - ABC warned over blogger shutdown

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Remember the story about ABC/Disney shutting down a blogger who criticized them? I am glad to announce that the tables have just turned on them. Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned them to drop the case against www.spockosbrain.com. If they fail to comply immediately, EFF has threatened to sue them for (a) misrepresentation of liability under DMCA, and (b) engaging in unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.

This chilling abuse of DMCA to silence critics has gone on for long enough. I am glad EFF is fighting for the rights of bloggers around the world. I hope they manage to teach ABC a lesson in fair use."
Role Playing (Games)

BioWare Goes Episodic With New Games 52

Posted by Zonk
from the downloadable-planets-are-the-best-kind dept.
The word from the site Computer and Videogames is that BioWare will be offering episodic content for all of its upcoming games. This includes Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Jade Empire: Special Edition. CEO Ray Muzyka, in an interview with CVG, talks about this and many other elements of the coming year in PC gaming. From the article: "The videogame market is very cyclical and PC and console gaming have an uneasy alliance - as new console systems are released, early adopter fans move over to check those games out and as PC systems reach and surpass console systems at the end of a console life cycle, a good number of those early adopter fans move back over to PC gaming. Console gaming is huge of course, especially when you add in hardware sales, but it's hard to quantify the enormous impact of online gaming on the overall PC market - retail sales just don't capture the revenues from the increasingly successful PC MMOs as well as digital distribution and episodic gaming (which are both gaining strength year after year)."
The Courts

MySpace Sued by Families of Online Predator Victims 433

Posted by Zonk
from the nothing-funny-goes-here dept.
MySpace is facing more lawsuits, as the victims of sexual predators have filed suit against the social site and parent corporation News Corp. In total, four families from across the U.S. have joined together after their underage daughters were abused by men they met via MySpace. MySpace has responded to past allegations by putting in place educational efforts and partnerships with law enforcement. The company is also developing technologies to allow parents to have some measure of access to their child's account. From the article: "'In our view, MySpace waited entirely too long to attempt to institute meaningful security measures that effectively increase the safety of their underage users,' said Jason A. Itkin, an Arnold & Itkin lawyer. The families are seeking monetary damages 'in the millions of dollars,' Itkin said."

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