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Submission + - Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming? (industrygamers.com) 1

donniebaseball23 writes: There can be no denying that the rise of smartphones and tablets has had a major impact on the gaming business. The prevalence of free and 99-cent apps has changed consumers' perception of value. Mike Capps, president of Gears of War developer Epic Games, told IndustryGamers, "If there's anything that's killing us [in the traditional games business] it's dollar apps. How do you sell someone a $60 game that's really worth it ... They're used to 99 cents. As I said, it's an uncertain time in the industry. But it's an exciting time for whoever picks the right path and wins."

Comment Re:Good Bye (Score 2) 263

The only thing I don't like about chrome is it's lack of good RSS support

I like RSS Live Links for subscribing to RSS feeds in Chrom{e,ium}. I find it to be a fine replacement for Firefox's live bookmarks. I have no idea whether it'll be any use to you, but there it is.

(I'm not associated with RSS Live Links in any way other than as a happy user).

-Stephen

Debian

Submission + - Debian 6.0 Released (debian.org)

Tubal-Cain writes: The Debian Project has announced the release of version 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze") of their popular operating system. This version, the first first since they adopted a release schedule a year and a half ago, features KDE 4.4.5, Gnome 2.30, X.org 2.7, and the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. They are also introducing a port to a FreeBSD kernel on x86 and x86_64 platforms. Accompanying this new version is an updated layout for their websites, bringing a bit of consitency between their home page, wiki, package search, etc.
Debian

Submission + - Debian 6.0 Released In Linux, FreeBSD Flavors (itworld.com) 1

itwbennett writes: After two years of work, the Debian Project has announced the release of Debian 6.0. 'There are many goodies in Debian 6.0 GNU/Linux, not the least of which is the new completely free-as-in-freedom Linux kernel, which no longer contains firmware modules that Debian developers found troublesome,' says blogger Brian Proffitt. And in addition to Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced as a technology preview. 'Debian GNU/kFreeBSD will port both a 32- and 64-bit PC version of the FreeBSD kernel into the Debian userspace, making them the first Debian release without a Linux kernel,' says Proffitt. 'The Debian Project is serious about the technology preview label, though: these FreeBSD-based versions will have limited advanced desktop features.' Installation images may be downloaded right now via bittorrent, jigdo, or HTTP.
The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay trial ends in jail sentences. 1

myvirtualid writes: "The Globe and Mail reports that the Pirate Bay defendants were each sentenced Friday to one year in jail. According to the article, "Judge Tomas Norstrom told reporters that the court took into account that the site was 'commercially driven' when it made the ruling. The defendants have denied any commercial motives behind the site." The defendants said before the verdict that they would appeal if they were found guilty. "Stay calm — Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing whatsoever. This is just a theater for the media," Mr. Sunde said Friday in a posting on social networking site Twitter."
The Courts

Submission + - The Pirate Bay founders found guilty

arkhan_jg writes: The Pirate Bay founders have been found guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay 30m kronor ($3.6m or £2.4m) in damages. The damages were awarded to a number of entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and Columbia Pictures.

The news was broken early by Peter Sunde aka brokep via twitter, from a "trustworthy source". Sunde is also insisting "nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing what so ever. This is just a theater for the media." The men have already stated that would appeal the verdict if they lost, and given the distributed nature of The Pirate Bay servers outside of Sweden, the site itself may well prove difficult to shut down. A round-up of the arguments in court has already been discussed on slashdot, and the BBC has some thoughts on what happens next.

The Pirate Bay staff intend to hold a streamed press conference at 13:00 CET (GMT+1) today, Friday 17th April.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - New Doctor Who actor is Matt Smith (bbc.co.uk)

Jerry Smith writes: "FTFA: "Matt Smith had that 'Doctor-ness', says BBC Wales' head of drama. Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who — making him the youngest actor to take on the role. " The BBC-page http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7808697.stm shows us a photograph of him posing next to the T.A.R.D.I.S.: a wise choice choosing him as the next Doctor?"

Comment Re:Screengrabbing the leap second (Score 2, Interesting) 301

The clock did indeed hit 23:69:60: I wrote the clock program in Ruby (dead simple; every tenth of a second, it just creates a new Time object and blats it to stdout, along with a carriage return so it overwrites the previous time) and had previously experimented to ensure it is possible to construct a Time object with a leap second. If one's timezone supports leap seconds, Time.local(2008, 12, 31, 23, 59, 60) does the right thing.

I just let it run, then took a manual screenshot at 23:59:60. (Fortunately, my reactions didn't let me down. All those countless hours playing video games have turned out to be useful for something, heh).

-Stephen

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