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Submission + - First Look: Microsoft Silverlight 3 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Martin Heller finds Silverlight 3 gaining ground on Adobe Flash, Flex, and AIR in all the areas where Silverlight 2 had lagged. No longer do developers need to build desktop WPF apps based loosely on corresponding Silverlight RIAs, as Silverlight 3 adds the ability to install Silverlight apps on the desktop, update them in place, detect Net connectivity state changes, and store data locally and securely. Moreover, solid Expression Blend 3 and Visual Studio 2010 betas provide developers with much improved tools to create Silverlight RIAs. 'I do not expect many Adobe shops to give up their Flash, Flex, and AIR for Silverlight 3. I do expect many Microsoft shops to do more RIAs with Silverlight now that it's more capable and to create lightweight browser/desktop Silverlight 3 applications where they might have fashioned heavier-weight Windows Forms or WPF client applications,' Heller says."

Submission + - A light-powered toothbrush?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Would you like to use a light-powered toothbrush which needs no toothpaste and no batteries? It's already available in Japan and North America and it costs about $30. Its rod contains titanium dioxide that generates a plaque-removing electrochemical reaction. This 'solar' toothbrush of the future 'works by releasing electrons that then react with the saliva in the mouth and help to breakdown plaque.' It just needs some light — so you'll be able to wash your teeth in your garden or on your balcony. And as it has no batteries, this is a very eco-friendly device. It is currently tested today by 120 students at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, but it's already available online. But read more additional references and to see how the light-powered Soladey toothbrush works."

Submission + - SPAM: French gov't plans to disconnect content pirates

alphadogg writes: The French government has a plan for cutting music and film piracy on the Internet: cut off the pirates' Internet access.The penalty is part of a range of measures to deal with the unauthorized copying of music and video online proposed by the French Ministry of Culture including watermarking content, tracking surfers' activities, and creating a registry of those accused by copyright holders of piracy."We can't accept for much longer that artists be deprived of the fruits of their work," one government official said.
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Submission + - CS Games: rank your coding skills

LinuxRulz writes: "For those of you who are still at university, rejoice, for the 2008 edition Computer Science games website is now open for registrations. For those who haven't heard of the event, the CS Games are a North American inter-university computer science related competition with challenges in debugging, ai development, scripting, team programming, algorithms and more. Last year's event attracted more than 300 participants from 30 universities. If you want to value your knowledge and make your university stand out, this is your chance!"

Submission + - Using Google to crack MD5 passwords. (lightbluetouchpaper.org) 2

stern writes: "A security researcher at Cambridge, trying to figure out the password used by somebody who had hacked his website, ran a dictionary through the encryption hash function. No dice. Then he pasted the hacker's encrypted password into Google, and Shazzam — the all-knowing Google delivered his answer. Conclusion? Use no password any other human being is ever likely to use for any purpose, I think."
Linux Business

Submission + - The impact of pirated software on free software (tlug.jp)

jmglov writes: "Dave Gutteridge has an interesting take on why people are not interested in saving money by using a free-as-in-beer OS like Linux or *BSD: because Windows is free. At least, that is an all-too-common perception, thanks to bundling and piracy. Bundling is a well-known problem to the adoption of Open Source operating systems, so Dave takes a look at the piracy issue in depth. His title may offend you, but his well-written article will most likely get you thinking hard about the question, "how much *does* Windows cost?"."

Submission + - Very Beautiful, Stunning Magic Act In Outer Space

An anonymous reader writes: No mirrors, no trapdoors, no hidden passageways, no transparent wires were present at this spectacular magic show held on 11 May 2003 at 20:03:04 UTC high over the Russian Federation. The featured act: Put Earth's Moon in Earth's atmosphere without causing any celestial havoc. Fortunately for us earthbound folks, an Expedition 7 crewmember aboard the International Space Station was at the show with a camera. And he took a picture — a gorgeous NASA photograph (via photo no. 61) — of the Moon appearing to float inside Earth's atmosphere.
Portables (Games)

Submission + - The best digital comics for your PSP (pocketgamer.co.uk)

marcellizot writes: "The PSP harbours a dark and geeky secret. The PSP is a closet comic fiend, devouring page after page of speech bubbled frames, savouring every luridly coloured image with its huge high resolution cycloptic eye. Portable gaming specialist Pocket Gamer has decided it's high time the PSP was outed as the gift to comic lovers it really is, with a run down of the best PSP comics and graphic novels out there."

Submission + - Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition reviewed

Might E. Mouse writes: "Matrox has made some refinements to the original TripleHead2Go and has released a digital version of the device. Bit-Tech has a review of the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition up today and on the whole it fares pretty well, but like the older version there are still some drawbacks. From the article: "On the whole, I am very impressed with the TripleHead2Go but there are some definite drawbacks that you might want to consider before taking the plunge. Not every game is supported and you can't guarantee that games you're wanting to play in the future will have support for the super-wide resolutions that the TripleHead2Go can handle.""
Linux Business

Submission + - Red Hat and MS in Partnership Talks? (eweek.com)

sjvn writes: "Guess who's talking partnership deals with Microsoft now? The answer: Red Hat. Red Hat and Microsoft both confirmed that they're talking about talking about making a technology deal according to Peter Galli in eWEEK (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2154521,00.a sp). Red Hat doesn't want a patent deal, but Microsoft wants some kind of IP protection. so the two are trying to edge around their differences to make a deal. And, why is Red Hat, formerly the loudest of Linux companies when it comes to objecting to making deals with MS doing this? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols proposes in eWEEK sister publication Linux-Watch, that it's really very simple (http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS5620044582.html ), it makes good business sense even if will make some Linux fans see red... and we're not talking about the color of hats here either."

Free the iPhone from AT&T 314

Acererak was one of several readers who noted that DVD Jon has released information on unbricking an iPhone. You sacrifice all cel phone functionality of course, but you have an iPDA that will work on your WiFi. Currently the hack is windows only but it doesn't look very complicated.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Auto Assault Runs out of Gas (gamasutra.com)

Brian Damage writes: "After barely a year of operation the scantly populated post-apocalyptic MMORPG Auto Assault is slated for termination this coming August 31. Despite NCsoft's failure to make back the game's initial development investment this news comes as a surprise as it is contrary to developer Net Devil's recent announcement declaring a new retooled version to be in the works. Auto Assault's monthly subscribers will not be billed beyond the cutoff date, and for those who have purchased time cards "NCsoft will reconcile these accounts appropriately."

From the article:

"In August of last year, NCsoft said it saw quarterly losses of 200 million won ($207,000), which it explained was due to a write-off of some 12.6 billion won ($13.1m) in costs related to the flagging title.""

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