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Submission + - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, sometimes (sciencemag.org)

PerlJedi writes: "Interesting article on sciencemag.com about a study set up to examine why and how people subconsciously imitating one another can in some cases create trust, while in others cause real discomfort.


Now a new study suggests that people who fail to appropriately imitate the mannerisms of others during social interactions can actually make their peers feel colder—like Bates, they send a literal chill down the spine.

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DRM

Submission + - Sci-Fi publisher Tor ditches DRM. A positive step towards the removal of DRM? (bbc.co.uk)

FBeans writes: "Science fiction publisher Tor UK is dropping digital rights management from its e-books alongside a similar move by its US partners."

"Tor UK, Tor Books and Forge are divisions of Pan Macmillan, which said it viewed the move as an "experiment"." s

With experiments, come results. Now users can finally read their books across multiple devices such as Amazon's Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo eReader and Apple's iBooks. Perhaps we will see the *increase* of sales, because of the new unrestricted format, outweighs the decrease caused by piracy!? Time will tell...

Ubuntu

Submission + - Canonical releases Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "No one can accuse Canonical of sitting around during the first quarter of 2012. With no less than six different release announcements since January, it seems that everything that Mark Shuttleworth’s company has been working on for the past few years is crystallizing all at once. With the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS today, Canonical is looking to end the quarter on a high note by providing a stable release that is aimed directly at enterprise deployments. Precise Pangolin doesn’t offer any new functionality that fans of the Ubuntu platform haven’t already seen — but it will be the first time that enterprise users get to use the controversial Unity UI..."
Linux

Submission + - Steam for linux! (phoronix.com)

doohan writes: Exciting news for those of us that use linux for our desktops, Valve's Steam and assorted game seems to be coming to Linux sooner rather than later. According to Phoronix and an interview with Gabe Newell they have Left 4 Dead 2 running natively under Ubuntu 11.10 already.
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Mac Flashback attack began with Wordpress blogs (eweek.com)

beaverdownunder writes: Alexander Gostev, head of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, says that “tens of thousands of sites powered by WordPress were compromised. How this happened is unclear. The main theories are that bloggers were using a vulnerable version of WordPress or they had installed the ToolsPack plug-in.”
Space

Submission + - Game Developer Trying To Revive Space Combat Genre (kickstarter.com) 2

SJFletcher writes: Escape Hatch Entertainment is developing a space combat game for the PC and Playstation Vita. The company is trying to raise funds to complete the game through the popular crowd sourcing site, Kickstarter. According to Escape Hatch Entertainment, "Starlight Inception is a realistic and relevant 1st person / 3rd person free-roaming space combat experience. It has a unique blend of action with an involving storyline. Features include ship based combat both in space and on planets and moons, interplanetary exploration, and multiplayer dogfighting." The company has until May 8th to raise the pledged funds of $150,000.

Submission + - Alan Turing papers on code breaking released by GCHQ (bbc.co.uk)

peetm writes: "Two 70-year-old papers by Alan Turing on the theory of code breaking have been released by the government's communications headquarters, GCHQ.

It is believed Turing wrote the papers while at Bletchley Park working on breaking German Enigma codes.

A GCHQ mathematician said the fact that the contents had been restricted "shows what a tremendous importance it has in the foundations of our subject"."

User Journal

Journal Journal: Copyright For Dummies

An interesting video was passed to a friend of a friend who subsequently passed it on to me about the original intent and virtues of copyright in America. Not surprisingly the video outlines the original intent of copyright to encourage the creators to bring new content and protect them for a period of time. As the video points out one of the largest instigators of the new rules on time privilege for creators was the Disn

Hardware

Submission + - Wind turbine can extract liters of water from air (geek.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Getting access to enough water to drink in a desert eveironment is a pretty tough proposition, but Eole Water may have solved the problem. It has created a wind turbine that can extract up to 1,000 liters of water per day from the air. All it requires is a 15mph wind to generate the 30kW's of power required for the process to happen. The end result is a tank full of purified water ready to drink at the base of each turbine.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - CryENGINE 3 gives us a glimpse at the future of gaming (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles currently being developed by Microsoft and Sony will make the disparity between console and mobile gaming even more vast, adding more fluid animation support and a number of additional enhancements that will make video games more realistic than ever. But even when confined to the capabilities present in today’s home consoles, new video game engines show us just how amazing gaming will be moving forward. Ctytek, the lab behind the popular Crysis franchise, recently released the CryENGINE 3 SDK 3.4.0 DX11 update for developers as well as with a quick reel to highlight some of the engine’s capabilities...
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - New Version Of Mac OS X Trojan Exploits Word, Not Java

An anonymous reader writes: Just a few days ago, a new Mac OS X Trojan was spotted in the wild that exploited Java vulnerabilities and required no user interaction to infect your Apple Mac, just like the Flashback Trojan. Kaspersky referred to it as “Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a” while Sophos called it at “SX/Sabpab-A.” Now, both security firms have confirmed a different variant of this new Trojan that infects Macs by exploiting Microsoft Word, not Java.

Submission + - Nvidia Gives Up On Cheap Desktop GPGPU Processors

Nom du Keyboard writes: It appears that Nvidia is abandoning relatively cheap high-end GPGPU performance for the masses with the EOLing of their Fermi GF110 GTX 580 chip. The new GK104 Kepler GPU excels at graphics tasks, but is a dog at the gold standard of double precision floating point computation, unable to best even the previous generation GTX 580 chip,, let alone AMD's latest Tahiti HD 7970 GPGPU. While certainly Nvidia will soon announce a vastly more expensive workstation and supercomputer class GPGPU solution with undoubtedly a significant performance increase over their previous generation, it now seems like AMD is the only option in the market for the home user on a budget wanting major compute in addition to stellar graphics performance.
Math

Submission + - Laws of physics trumps traffic law. (physicscentral.com)

HeLLFiRe1151 writes: Here's a practical application for your physics education: using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist based at the University of California San Diego, did just that to avoid paying a fee for (purportedly) running a stop sign.

Krioukov not only proved his innocence, but he also posted a paper detailing his argument online on the arXiv server http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.0162v1.

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