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+ - Disney gives Lucas the finger in Top 5 iOS app - Star Wars: Tiny Death Star->

Submitted by yosofun
yosofun (933530) writes "The game starts with 8-bit Vader and the Emperor cartoon-bubble-talking about resumes, tenant acquisition and funding to complete the Death Star. The app plays like a parody — filled with the miasma of cheap laughs you might find on the web, written by some guy you've never heard of... except, it's official — behold, the new Disney-bought LucasArt."
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+ - Google.com missing closing HTML tags? Standards?->

Submitted by yosofun
yosofun (933530) writes "From a quick viewsource, any casual user can easily see that Google.com is missing the closing HTML and BODY tags (Load up the page. View Source. Use the Find feature in your browser, and search for "</html>" or "</body>"). Why?

W3C Validator shows 35 errors and 2 warnings for google.com. Similar validation crawls for Microsoft.com, Apple.com, Yahoo.com show errors as well. There are web designers who would strive inhuman hours to achieve standards-compliant perfection, and yet the trend with the sites visited most by folks on the Internet is to ignore standards. What does this mean — are standards worth all that prissiness?"

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+ - Just how open is Adobe?->

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yosun writes "Adobe has recently launched several campaigns, on the web and in-print, that turns "HTML5 (Flash-alternative) vs Flash" into "Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice". Politics appears the game, but what about the tech? Given that both Adobe and Apple founders likely had their original letter massively edited by an editor to be understandable by the general public — and, the unfortunate fact that most tech writers aren't developers — few seem to understand that at the root of this mess, it really is about Flash being a resource-hog with security risks...

While Adobe is criticizing Apple for being otherwise, has anyone paused to ask: Just how open is Adobe?

— my take —

Before Adobe bought Macromedia, there was a choice between using Adobe and Macromedia (although most graphics designers probably used a mix of the two). After several failed attempts at creating their own Flash software (it was Macromedia who made Flash an open standard — not Adobe) and a stable in-browser viewer for pdf, Adobe acquired Macromedia. Designers rejoiced at this move — for the hope that compatibility among their favorite Adobe and Macromedia software might be achieved with the next CS suite. Instead, it took Adobe over three years to figure out how to properly import a .psd to Flash, and even now with CS5, seamless compatibility among Adobe products is still "somewhere out there." Adobe has had a long history of haphazard release dates, faulty software, and pseudo-IDE's that don't deliver to their hype. Even with Flash being a so-called "open standard," many third party developers have suffered with Adobe's fickle releases. Whereas Apple has released WebKit — the source, in full — Adobe hasn't done that with Flash, and they aren't exactly doing stellar work in fixing all that's wrong with Flash.

And, they're really sidestepping the point — it isn't about the open web or Apple's rejection of Flash — it is about Adobe being unable to create a better Flash. Instead of sending out the battalion from PR, why can't Adobe just go back to the drawing board and fix Flash?"

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+ - If we had a quantum computer today, then what...?->

Submitted by kulnor
kulnor (856639) writes "Quantum computers may become a reality in the years or decades to come. But if we had a production level system available today, then what? How would such system fit into our existing "classic" IT world? What would we do with it? How would the IT industry react to such new technology: embrace it or shame away from a system that could theoretically break RSA security keys? What shape would such quantum computer take: a mainframe like box, a virtual machine in the cloud, a quantum co-processor? How would today's IT developers understand how to leverage on quantum algorithms? Should quantum programming be integrated in Java, C, .NET and the likes or get its own languages? These are some of the questions I'm trying to answer through my research thesis on Quantum Information Technology. I would very much like to capture the views and perspectives of the SlashDot community on the subject and encourage readers to participate in a short web based survey on the topic to support the project."
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