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Submission + - Deception Leading To Pregnancy

An anonymous reader writes: Many of us nerds are male, and this directly relates to our rights when it comes to parenthood. A friend of mine had a girlfriend for a few months, lasting until about three or so months ago. At that point they could no longer see each other due to neither have a job, and therefore not being able to pay for gas (they lived a hundred plus miles away from each other).
She swore she was on birth control. Now she says that she wasn't, that she's now pregnant, that she doesn't want my friend to be a father figure, and that she wants to move away from her parents and live on my friend's child support and other welfare. In the mean time she's been lying to her parents saying that my friend is ignoring her attempts at communication, while in actuality it has been the girl that is ignoring my friend.
Still, neither the girl nor my friend has a job. Given that the pregnant girl in question is a chronic liar, what legal recourse could my friend possibly have? She will say anything in court that she thinks will work.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - BarCampers launch iPhone Developers Camp (barcamp.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Created by BarCampers (Raven Zachary, whurley, and Chris Messina) iPhone Developers Camp is an upcoming gathering to develop web-based applications and optimize web sites for iPhone. It is a non-commercial event, organized by volunteers, with attendance free to all. The event is being held the week following the public release of the iPhone. Attendees will include web designers, developers, testers, and iPhone owners, all working together over the weekend to improve the web experience for iPhone. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. While some attendees will wish to work solo during the event, we encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on a development project during the event. You do not need to own an iPhone to attend (although, a large number of iPhones at the event will make the development and testing process much easier).
Sony

Submission + - Cell SPU at 4Ghz and ~25% smaller (beyond3d.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Beyond3D reports that Toshiba has migrated the Stream Processing Units found on the Cell processors away from its previously custom design towards a synthesizable design that can be easily integrated into new processors. The new design created an SPU that 20-30% smaller than the SPUs found in the Cell, although it is 10% slower at the same frequency. However, the new design is capable of hitting 4Ghz, much faster than current SPUs.
Businesses

Submission + - Smart Car Will Be Sold In The USA 1st Quarter 2008

Blahbooboo3 writes: Finally, the smart car is coming to the USA in January 2008. Smart car uses a special designed crash cage to protect the driver and gets upwards of 40MPG. Crash test are very positive. The car is deceptively large inside, as showcased by this great ad from the smart usa web site. The 2nd gen Fortwo will be offered first, starting around $12000. The slick roadster unfortunately isn't coming soon.
Books

Submission + - Orson Scott Card Confirms Ender's Game Video Games (filefront.com)

lymeca writes: In an interview over at Gaming Today, Orson Scott Card confirms the development of an Ender's Game video game and elaborates on the multitude of potential future games in the Ender universe. He also talks about his experiences writing for and playing games, as well as why he believes games inherently never have the potential for storytelling on the level of novels and films. From the interview: "What makes a game work is the opposite of what makes a story work. In a story, you are seeking to find out what really happened — why people do what they do, what the results of their choices are. You identify with the character(s) but you do not control them. Instead, the author has the ultimate authority. ... In a game, the opposite illusion must be created. Even though most games absolutely force you to follow preset paths, the gamewrights try to give you the illusion that you are making free choices."
Programming

Submission + - Apache Ant gets a Makeover (placidsystems.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Virtual Ant, a new GUI for the popular Apache Ant build tool creates an environment similar to Windows Explorer where users can play around with their file system, while whatever they do is recorded and turned into an Ant build script. The real cool part is that whatever they do inside Virtual Ant does not affect the real file system. So deleting a file by mistake doesnt actually delete it. The program also has some really cool features like allowing you to go back and forward in time to see how the file system looked like after each ant task was executed on it.
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Submission + - IT ads from the past: From the quaint to the weird (computerworld.com)

PetManimal writes: "Computerworld has dug up some funny IT advertising gems from decades past. The highlights include "The Personal Mainframe", Elvira hawking engineering software, and an image of the earliest screenless "briefcase portables." Strange to think that people not only took these technologies so seriously, but also paid big bucks for gear that seems positively primitive now."

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