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Comment Have we forgotten the Game Genie? (Score 1) 164

This masochistic mentality about how challenging video games should be is new to me. As has been mentioned, there have been cheats as long as there have been difficult games. Who really beat Contra without the code? And considering how many weeks of allowance were sunk into those things, is it really so horrible for a kid to want to see all the levels? All Nintendo is doing is saving kids the trouble of buying Game Genies and typing in the damn codes.
The Internet

Submission + - EU wants Deutsche Telekom fiber open to all

High Fibre writes: The European Commission informed Germany that a new law protecting Deutsche Telekom's fiber optic network is illegal. Deutsche Telekom is in the process of rolling out a new fiber network that will serve the 50 largest German cities by the end of 2007 and convinced the German parliament to pass a law that would keep the competition from being able to lease its lines. The EC says that's a no-go: 'The EC believes that the German law would make it more difficult for competitors to enter the German market. More importantly, it runs contrary to an EC-endorsed recommendation that Deutsche Telekom be forced to open up its network — including the new fiber deployment — to competitors.'

Reverse Hacker Awarded $4.3 Million 171

jcatcw writes "Shawn Carpenter was awarded a $4.3 million award — more than twice the amount he sought and money he thinks he'll never see. Carpenter worked for Sandia National Labs as an intrusion detection analyst. He anayzed. He detected. He reported. He was fired — in Janurary 2005 after sharing his results with the FBI and the U.S. Army. Computerworld asked him what he hoped to achieve in that investigation. Answer: 'In late May of 2004, one of my investigations turned up a large cache of stolen sensitive documents hidden on a server in South Korea. In addition to U.S. military information, there were hundreds of pages of detailed schematics and project information marked 'Lockheed Martin Proprietary Information — Export Controlled' that were associated with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. ... It was a case of putting the interests of the corporation over those of the country.' Ira Winkler, author of Spies Among Us , said the verdict was 'incredibly justified. Frankly, I think people [at Sandia] should go to jail' for ignoring some of the security issues that Carpenter was trying to highlight with his investigation."

Submission + - NASA Scientist: Stop Building Coal Power Plants

eldavojohn writes: "Yesterday speaking as a private citizen & without authority from the U.S. space agency, James Hansen from NASA told Washington to stop building coal plants. From the article, "In his briefing to leaders of the press corps, entitled "Global Warming: Connecting the Dots from Causes to Solutions", Hansen said that evidence in the international scientific community shows global warming is occurring at a much faster pace than earlier forecasts predicted and that the burning of coal is a leading cause of elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which traps heat via the so-called greenhouse effect. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, coal-fueled power plants produce about half of the electricity consumed in America. Plans currently call for the construction of some 160 new coal-based facilities to meet future energy needs over the next decade." Hansen is a controversial but high ranking scientist at NASA who is a well known outspoken opponent of the Bush administration's handling & policies of environmental issues."

Submission + - Islamic Tile Mosaics Display Highly Advanced Math

UnanimousCoward writes: The NYT, NPR, and others have articles about Islamic tile mosaics that seem to display knowledge of a fairly recent branch of mathematics known as quasi-crystalline Penrose patterns. Here is the abstract of the published findings in Science. The end of the NYT article notes a complaint by another scientist that his work from 1992 was not fully-credited/referenced in the Science article. I think this is the original article, but I can't find the body of it anywhere...
The Courts

Submission + - UK toughens up on drivers that use cell phones

An anonymous reader writes: According to Cnet, the UK has now implemented a new legislation that will see drivers who use their cell phones without a hands-free kit, fined about $120 and have 3 points taken off their licence (they get 12 to start with). "According to research carried out by the government, you are four times more likely to crash when using a mobile phone. You can use a hands-free kit, but the government also advises against this since it, too, can distract you."

AMD A Ripe Target For Buyout? 108

SpiceMonkey writes "AMD stock was up 6.74% on Monday on rumors that AMD is a prime buyout target. After their purchase of ATI, they've been pressed to maintain their aggressive policy of chip production increases. As a result, the AMD message board on Yahoo! is full of speculation on who has their eyes on the company. Many folks there think that IBM is the right buyer for the company. There's no firm word that AMD is even being considered for purchase, but it's certainly and interesting prospect."

Submission + - Free mobile games not good (/less bad) enough

An anonymous reader writes: With ad-funded games continuing to make headlines, a new free ad-supported mobile game service, HOVR , has just launched. Like its rival Gamejump, which launched late 2006, Hovr aims to get around the situation where plenty of people are prepared to play games on their phone, but few will spend money to get the games there. However mobile games specialist Pocket Gamer, which today reviewed the new Hovr site, thinks the quality isn't good enough: "You could argue that ad-funded games should be as good as the ones you can buy, just as on TV, programmes on ITV (funded by ads) should be as high-quality as those on the BBC (funded by a licence fee). But many of the current games on Hovr fall short of that comparison, and far short of the best mobile games."

Submission + - HP Announces Virtual Connect Technology

Kendyl Wright writes: "HP Reduces Customer Administrative Costs and Wait Time with Blade Network Virtualization Technologies

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 27, 2007 — On the heels of taking the No. 1 position in factory revenues and units shipped for blade servers,(1) HP today introduced virtualization technologies that simplify the connectivity and management of its HP BladeSystem c-Class architecture, the company's core solution for the next-generation data center.
HP also announced the launch of its first workstation blade for the c-Class blade portfolio, the HP ProLiant xw460c Blade Workstation, to provide users with increased performance and scalability.
Dramatically simplifying network connectivity and common server management tasks across the data center, the HP Virtual Connect Ethernet and Fibre Channel virtualization modules enable administrators for the first time to wire just once and then add, replace or recover servers on the fly. In addition to lowering capital and operating costs, the modules deliver simplified management capabilities that reduce the time it takes to execute these actions from hours or days to a matter of minutes.
"HP is creating systems that dramatically reduce installation time, cut costs for administration and reduce barriers to change within an IT organization," said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Technology Solutions Group, HP. "With HP Virtual Connect, CIOs and IT administrators are set to overcome two of the biggest problems of today's data center: administrative productivity and the need to drive rapid change."
The new technologies bolster the HP Adaptive Infrastructure offering, which helps customers move towards 24x7, "lights out" data centers, and will add to the company's momentum in the blade server market. According to analyst firm IDC, HP surpassed IBM to take the lead in factory revenues and units shipped for blade servers in the fourth calendar quarter of 2006.(1)
"Customers are on a treadmill of complexity and cost that limits the value IT is able to deliver to the business," said Zane Adam, director, Windows Server Division, Microsoft Corp. "HP's new Virtual Connect modules with HP BladeSystem c-Class, running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, help customers operate mainstream business services more nimbly and cost-effectively, increase the manageability of their IT environments and improve responsiveness to new business requirements."
Extending virtualization capabilities beyond the server
Built on industry-standard technologies, the HP Virtual Connect modules cleanly separate server management from local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN) management without introducing another network to manage or disturbing existing network topologies. Since HP Virtual Connect runs Ethernet and Fibre Channel natively, performance is not compromised, administrative tasks are significantly easier to complete and compatibility with existing network and storage infrastructures is assured.
In addition to speeding operations, Virtual Connect modules can reduce total LAN and SAN connectivity costs by up to 38 percent versus pass-through modules and can consolidate cables and switch ports by up to 94 percent.
"HP's innovative Virtual Connect architecture will extend virtualization performance and capabilities delivered through HP's BladeSystem c-Class products," said Boyd Davis, general manager, Server Platforms Group, Marketing, Intel Corp. "We are excited to see the continued innovation and focus on improving IT efficiencies and flexibility with c-Class, especially when driven by Intel's Quad-Core Xeon and Dual-Core Itanium based platforms."
HP Virtual Connect allows administrators within a few minutes to:
        Pre-provision servers, LAN and SAN infrastructures;
        Recover or replace failed servers;
        Deploy, move or migrate servers;
        Switch between development, test and production networks;
        Service remote sites without requiring travel of LAN or SAN administrators; and,
        Increase administrator productivity by 3-to-1.
HP Virtual Connect is widely supported by leading network and storage application software providers, and it offers an important growth opportunity for HP channel partners to extend the reach of the BladeSystem c-Class suite of products.
Furthermore, the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder Program is introducing Blade Connect, an online BladeSystem community for customers, partners and industry observers. Blade Connect will allow the community to have direct interaction, share knowledge, collaborate on solutions and set up meetings for further discussion.
To help customers leverage HP Virtual Connect for BladeSystem c-Class for faster investment returns and better business outcomes, HP Services has introduced a range of implementation and support services. Available today, the HP Virtualization Assessment Service provides a detailed view of the current server environment, evaluates the data and recommends changes for improving return on investment through IT consolidation and virtualization. Also, the HP Quick Thermal Assessment Service for HP BladeSystem offers a cost-effective analysis of data center space and power and cooling resource requirements for HP BladeSystem deployments.
Improved security, business continuity and flexibility with blade workstation computing
The HP ProLiant xw460c Blade Workstation delivers data center workstation computing without boundaries by combining the centralized, mission-critical control and security of the data center with a seamless, workstation-class experience and the flexibility to support professionals in multiple work locations.
Powered by Dual-Core Intel® Xeon(TM) 5000 series processors with up to two-processor capability, the xw460c delivers a powerful, high-performance experience to users while practically eliminating desk-side support visits. The xw460c is ideal for customers in the financial services, public sector and manufacturing industries.
Pricing and availability(2)
The HP Virtual Connect Ethernet module starts at $5,699, while the HP Fibre Channel module starts at $9,499. The HP ProLiant xw460c Blade Workstation starts at $4,329. All are currently available.
More information on today's announcement is available in an online press kit at More information on the Virtual Connect modules is available at and HP BladeSystem at
About HP
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers — from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $94.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at
Note to editors: More news from HP, including links to RSS feeds, is available at

(1) IDC, Q406 Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, Feb. 23, 2007.
(2) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary."
United States

Submission + - US 200-year (child)porn sentence stands

An anonymous reader writes:

"The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a high school teacher from Arizona sentenced to 200 years in jail for possessing child pornography. [..] The state of Arizona argued each image of child abuse was a separate crime so the sentences had to run consecutively."

Submission + - UK government will not enforce US software patents

VJ42 writes: I recently signed a online petition on software patents, but instead of dismissing it the UK government sent me a reply confirming it's position against software patents.

The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software. Although certain jurisdictions, such as the US, allow more liberal patenting of software-based inventions, these patents cannot be enforced in the UK.
They also remain committed to implementing the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property which means that

The Government will implement those recommendations for which it is responsible, and will therefore continue to exclude patents from areas where they may hinder innovation: including patents which are too broad, speculative, or obvious, or where the advance they make lies in an excluded area such as software.
After all the bad press they've had, this is a welcome bit of good news for us techies.
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Refuses 200 Year Porn Sentence

Class Act Dynamo writes: "The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of a high school teacher who was sentenced to over 200 years in prison for possessing thousands of child pornography images in Arizona. The justices declined without comment to hear the case. His attorneys argued that the sentence (10 years per image for the 20 images presumably leading to indictment) was disproportionate to the crime. I put this under Your Rights Online even though those rights really don't include possessing child pornography. However, what do Slashdotters think? Was the punishment appropriate for the crime? Think of the children!..but not in the way that this teacher apparently was."

Submission + - Citibank: training users to be less secure

Llamedos writes: Citibank has redesigned their credit card website ( so that the login page is not an SSL encrypted page. Instead, they expect users to simply accept a little lock GIF file they put up themselves, and their assurance that the form is submitted via SSL. According to Citibank, "Your security is important to us. While the new has an "http" address and no lock icon displays in your browser, your personal information is still protected." Citibank's security page While other sites are moving to more security and more ways for the user to protect himself (e.g., Bank of America's SiteKey program), Citibank is tearing away at protections and trying to train users not to care about security.

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