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Submission + - Lost online games from the pre-Web era (

harrymcc writes: Long before the Web came along, people were playing online games--on BBSes, on services such as Prodigy and CompuServe, and elsewhere. Gaming historian Benj Edwards has rounded up a dozen RPGs, MUDs, and other fascinating curiosities from the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s--and the cool part is, they're all playable on the Web today.

Submission + - Microsoft sue Motorola for patent infringement. (

teh31337one writes: Microsoft has complained to the ITC over a total of nine alleged patent infringements by Motorola in its Android devices, specifically relating to "synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power."

Engadget have the full press release.


Submission + - Microsoft files ITC complaint against Motorola ove (

suraj.sun writes: Microsoft files ITC complaint against Motorola over alleged Android-related patent infringement:

Microsoft has hit up the ITC over a total of nine alleged patent infringements by Motorola in its Android devices, specifically relating to "synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power." This should be interesting — will it result in a quick cross-licensing agreement, or a protracted court battle spanning multiple years?



Submission + - FBI rolls Zeus Trojan crimering most wanted poster (

coondoggie writes: Ah their parents must be proud. In one of the largest cyber criminal cases the FBI has ever investigated, the crime fighting agency today released a package of information about the bust this week of an alleged group of criminals that targeted the accounts of medium-sized companies, towns, and even churches. Before they were caught, members of the theft ring managed to steal $70 million, the FBI stated.

Submission + - EFF, Apache Side with Microsoft in i4i Patent Case

msmoriarty writes: Looks like Microsoft has gained some unlikely allies in its ongoing (and losing) i4i XML patent dispute case: the Electric Frontier Foundation and the Apache Software Foundation. The reason? Microsoft has decided the strategy for its Supreme Court appeal will be to argue that the standards of proof in patent cases are too high — this from a company that has thousands of patents it regularly defends. The EFF explains in a blog post why it decided to file the "friend of the court" brief on Microsoft's side.

Submission + - 12 Forgotten Online Games (

SkinnyGuy writes: If you dig a little under the surface of Internet gaming, you can uncover an almost secret layer of online games that, while no longer trendy, persist. We're talking Telnet, text-based and very early graphics diversions. Here are 12 of the best that you can still play.

Comment Re:Celebrity physicist troll train (Score 1) 465

> For one thing, proving that there may be no theory that explains everything strikes me as very difficult to prove.
Well, according to Hawkings, a theory can *never* be proven. Rather, observation either agree with the predictions that the theory made, and the belief in the theory increases, or observation disagrees with the theory, causing belief in the theory to decrease.

Submission + - Stolen Certificates Now Standard for Malware ( 1

Trailrunner7 writes: In the 15 years or so of serious malware production before 2010, there had been perhaps a handful of examples of malicious programs using digitally signed binaries to bypass antimalware systems. The emergence of Stuxnet earlier this year brought this tactic into the center of the spotlight, and now researchers say that the new mobile Zeus variant that is targeting Symbian and BlackBerry devices is following suit, using a stolen digital certificate to help cloak itself from security systems. Earlier this week researchers warned of the discovery of a new variant of the Zeus Trojan that is aimed specifically at mobile online banking applications. The malware is designed to bypass the two-factor authentication mechanisms that some banking applications use, tricking victims into downloading a malicious component that enables the malware to steal one-time passwords sent by the bank to the victim's mobile phone. It's a clever technique, and it's aided by Zeus' use of a digital certificate owned by an Azerbaijani firm.

Submission + - Unions urging Actors not to work on Hobbit movie

lbalbalba writes: Last we heard about The Hobbit, Guillermo Del Toro dropped out, Peter Jackson was unofficially directing and secretly auditioning actors, the movie had yet to be green-lit, and Ian McKellen was getting super-antsy about the whole thing and threatening not to play Gandalf. This shouldn't help the long-gestating movie happen any quicker: Actors guilds including SAG issued actual alerts yesterday against working on any of the Hobbit films, advising their members not to take parts in the non-union production, should they be offered them.
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Submission + - Capcom: DLC is better than advertising

lbalbalba writes: Downloadable content is a better way to promote games than expensive advertising campaigns, says Capcom after the success of Dead Rising 2: Case Zero on consoles recently. Seems that the publisher has only just realised that, while advertising costs money, publishers can actually make money from selling DLC.
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Submission + - Gravity Theory Mod May Rule Out Dark Matter 2

pupitetris writes: Newton may prove himself right again when he stated that we should better find the forces that explain the movement of the stars, rather than claiming the existence of misterious and undetectable substances: S. Mendoza and X. Hernandez, two mexican astrophysicists, postulate a modification to the equation of the theory of gravity that explain the current observations of large-scale phenomena that couldn't be previously explained using gravity alone, while still retaining consistency with medium and small scale observations. This renders the Dark Matter theory unnecessary, and provides a cleaner and more ellegant solution to outer-space observations that have startled scientists for decades.
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Submission + - Facebook has issues, goes down for some users (

mbone writes: Apparently Facebook is having issues, and is intermittently and maybe regionally down. The Wall Street Journal DIgits blogs says that they are having “an issue with a third-party network provider." but it may be more than that. From Northern Virginia, it is possible to pingFacebook servers, but the server throws a "500 Internal Server Error" if you try and conect via http.

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