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Robotics

+ - Microcontroller for the hobbyist? 5

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TomTheGeek
TomTheGeek writes "I'm a programmer that's done some assembly language before and would like to start programming microcontrollers. I've heard about the BASIC Stamps from Parallax, the PIC series from Microchip, the MAKE Controller Kit, and the AVR series from Atmel but they seem to be focused on a development board that is too expensive to dedicate to a single project. Having an expensive development board is fine but I want the microcontroller to be cheap (<$10) enough that I don't have to disassemble my previous project in order to start a new one. I'll be doing the programming in Ubuntu so compatible development tools and drivers are required."
Politics

Violent Games 'Almost' As Dangerous as Smoking 545

Posted by Zonk
from the just-wow dept.
Via Voodoo Extreme, a Reuters report on some very 'interesting' research into violent games. A study out of the University of Michigan has apparently found that 'exposure to violent electronic media' is almost as dangerous to our society as smoking. "'The research clearly shows that exposure to virtual violence increases the risk that both children and adults will behave aggressively,' said Huesmann, adding it could have a particularly detrimental effect on the well-being of youngsters. Although not every child exposed to violence in the media will become aggressive, he said it does not diminish the need for greater control on the part of parents and society of what children are exposed to in films, video games and television programs."
Graphics

Adobe to Unclutter Photoshop UI 403

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the time-for-a-facelift dept.
spotplace writes "It's not common to see a company blast their own product for failing to adapt to times and people's necessities, unless they're trying to give you a reason to buy the latest and greatest of said product. That's exactly what Adobe has done. John Nack, senior product manager at Adobe, says the old Photoshop interface doesn't cut it anymore: "I sometimes joke that looking at some parts of the app is like counting the rings in a tree: you can gauge when certain features arrived by the dimensions & style of the dialog. No one wants to work with — or work on — some shambling, bloated monster of a program.""
Security

The World's Biggest Botnets 243

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the poised-to-strike dept.
ancientribe writes "There's a new peer-to-peer based botnet emerging that could blow the notorious Storm away in size and sophistication, according to researchers, and it's a direct result of how Storm has changed the botnet game, with more powerful and wily botnets on the horizon. This article provides a peek at the 'new Storm' and reveals the three biggest botnets in the world (including Storm) — and what makes them tick and what they are after."
Graphics

+ - AMD Delivers First Stream Processor @ 500 GFLOPS

Submitted by
Godsmack74
Godsmack74 writes "AMD FireStream 9170 The AMD FireStream 9170 will be the world's first Stream GPU with double-precision floating point technology tailored for scientific and engineering calculations. Competitively priced at an MSRP of $1999 USD, it features up to 500 GFLOPS of compute power, rivalling many of today's supercomputers, and providing dramatic acceleration for critical algorithms. This second generation Stream Processor is built with 55 nm process technology and consumes less than 150 watts of power — delivering an exceptional performance per watt. In addition, the reduced heat dissipation allows it to function in dense design configurations. The FireStream 9170 is a single card solution with 2GB of onboard GDDR3 memory to compute large datasets without CPU traffic. The asynchronous direct memory access (DMA) ensures data can flow freely without interrupting the stream processor or CPU. At $1999 USD it may be one of the most expensive graphics processors on the planet. Although it's not really competitively priced against anything on the "normal" graphics market, for the high end market it fits right in. Of course where else can you pay $1999 and get 500GFLOPS of compute power? With the power of graphics cards rivaling and surpassing that of average processors the migration of the entire industry to graphics architectures and line of thought is not far away. Are we once again seeing AMD's forethought and planning in action? Acquiring ATI may prove to be a genius move in the long run. Pictures and more information can be found at TechwareLabs"
Privacy

+ - The New Facebook Ads: Another Privacy Debacle?->

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privacyprof
privacyprof writes "Facebook recently announced a new advertising scheme called "Social Ads." Instead of using celebrities to hawk products, it will use pictures of Facebook users. Facebook might be entering into another privacy debacle. Facebook assumes that if people rate products highly or write good things about a product then they consent to being used in an advertisement for it. But such an assumption is wrong. When Facebook created a system that notified people's friends about new changes to people's profiles, the result was outrage. Facebook thought that there wasn't a privacy problem since the information was public. But as I argue in my book, The Future of Reputation,, Facebook didn't understand that privacy amounts to much more than keeping secrets — it involves controlling accessibility to personal data. With Social Ads, Facebook is again misunderstanding privacy — just because people say positive things about a product does not mean that they want to be used to shill it. People whose images are used in an advertisement without their consent might be able to sue under the tort of appropriation of name or likeness: "One who appropriates to his own use or benefit the name or likeness of another is subject to liability to the other for invasion of his privacy." Restatement (Second) of Torts 652C."
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Education

+ - Transition from Academia to Industry 2

Submitted by Pseudonymous
Pseudonymous (869991) writes "I am an assistant professor in a computer science department wanting to go into industry (not out of choice but necessity). Over the past pretenure years, I have worked on pretty theoretical problems, involving algorithms and complexity so I think I am unprepared or unskilled to join the software industry. I have of course taught the basic courses in C and Java (which unfortunately does not mean that I know enough to jump into a huge software project). So how do I go from a theoretician to someone that industry might value ? What skills should I aim to develop before I put myself out there ?"
Bug

Data Loss Bug In OS X 10.5 Leopard 603

Posted by kdawson
from the first-do-no-harm dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Leopard's Finder has a glaring bug in its directory-moving code, leading to horrendous data loss if a destination volume disappears while a move operation is in progress. This author first came across it when Samba crashed while he was moving a directory from his desktop over to a Samba mount on his FreeBSD server."
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - Bioshock requires valid uninstall to be reinstalle->

Submitted by
Trillian_1138
Trillian_1138 writes "Many /. readers have undoubtedly been following the development of Bioshock, particularly with the release of the game for Windows and XBox 360 in the US earlier this week. However, 2K Games recently revealed that the game not only requires an Internet connection during PC installation (disappointing, but not shocking) but during uninstallation. That is, if the game does not 'deauthorize' with 2K servers, the SecuROM DRM system in place will prevent the game from being installed on more than two total computers without 'officially' uninstalling the game from at least one of them. From the Kotaku article, a 2K rep has said the game only needs to be connected to the Internet to install and uninstall, not to play."
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The Internet

ISP Guarantees Net Neutrality, For a Fee 217

Posted by kdawson
from the what-price-fairness dept.
greedyturtle writes "Ars Technica has up an interesting article on the first ISP to guarantee network neutrality. It's called COmmunityPOwered Internet, aka Copowi. The offer of neutrality comes at a higher price — mostly due to uncompetitive telco line pricing schemes — $34 for 256K DSL, $50 for 1.5 Mbs, and $60 for 7 Mbps. The owner claims to need only 5,000 subscribers to move his ISP into the national arena from the 12 Western states where it now operates. Would you be willing to spend the extra bucks for network neutrality?"
Operating Systems

+ - Powerful Data visualization tools for Linux

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Applications for graphical visualization of data on Linux are varied, from simple 2-D plots to 3-D surfaces, scientific graphics programming, and graphical simulation. Luckily, there are many open source possibilities, including gnuplot, GNU Octave, Scilab, MayaVi, Maxima, OpenDX, and others. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and targets different applications. Here's a look at six popular open source graphics utilities for Linux graphical visualization."
XBox (Games)

+ - The Most Anticipated Games of Winter 2007->

Submitted by
Das Capitolin
Das Capitolin writes "The summer didn't exactly bring all of the DirectX 10 sizzle we hoped for, but this winter is looking like things will really begin to heat up for gamers. Benchmark Reviews walks though five of the most anticipated video games ending 2007. We have: World in Conflict, Medal Of Honor: Airborne, Unreal Tournament 3, Crysis, and Assassin's Creed. Feast your eyes on some of the most exciting games to hit the widescreen!"
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Richard Stallman, missing in Peru

Submitted by rockwood
rockwood (141675) writes "WikiNews is reporting that according to e-mails and forum posts obtained by Wikinews, Stallman was traveling from Lima to Chimbote with a man named Mario Ramos on August 15, when the quake struck and was expected to arrive in Chimbote on Monday August 20, but he has not been heard from since the disaster."
Intel

+ - Intel's 'Penryn' to launch 11 November->

Submitted by
Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "theRegister reports, " Intel's anticipated 45nm chip design, 'Penryn', looks set to be formally launched on 11 November, reports citing the chip giant's own website claim. More are coming in Q1 2008. Some seven Xeon CPUs are listed: the 2.00GHz E5405, the 2.33GHz E5410, the 2.50GHz E5420, the 2.66GHz E5430, the 2.83GHz E5440, the 3.00GHz E5450 and the 3.16GHz X5460. All seven chips operate on a 1333MHz frontside bus. ""
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Quickies

+ - Further delays to hit AMD's Barcelona->

Submitted by
Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "theinquirer reports: Another glitch hits flagship microprocessor, " SYSTEM INTEGRATORS who were told to expect supplies of AMD Barcelona processors during mid-August said there's a hitch which is preventing AMD from delivering on its promises. As we reported here in June, AMD Barcelonas will officially launch on the 10th of September. But the channel was promised 2GHz and 2.3GHz Barcelonas in August. Now they've been told that the only part widely available at launch will be at 1.9GHz. ""
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