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Games

Submission + - Circular Monopoly Cuts Corners, Cash (wired.com)

nam37 writes: Monopoly is about to get a makeover. The 75 year old game will be relaunched with a circular board, and no cash. Other than the lack of corners and currency, the game remains unchanged, which should mean that the inevitably marathon sessions will be just as FUN as ever.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/01/circular-monopoly-cuts-corners-cash/#ixzz0eaLW2yFr

Movies

Submission + - MPAA shuts down town's muni WiFi for 1 download (boingboing.net)

nam37 writes: The MPAA has successfully shut down an entire town's municipal WiFi because a single user was found to be downloading a copyrighted movie. Rather than being embarrassed by this gross example of collective punishment (a practice outlawed in the Geneva conventions) against Coshocton, OH, the MPAA's spokeslizard took the opportunity to cry poor (even though the studios are bringing in record box-office and aftermarket receipts).
Programming

Submission + - Mono framework brings C# to iPhone and Wii (arstechnica.com)

nam37 writes: Mono, an open source implementation of .NET runtime, is bringing Microsoft's development technologies to some unexpected places, including the iPhone, Android, and the Wii. Static compilation is the special sauce that makes it possible for Mono to run on the iPhone. Mono allows developers to use ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation, which converts .NET's common intermediate language (CIL) directly to native code at compile time. This means that the application doesn't have to use just-in-time (JIT) compilation to generate the native code at runtime.
The Internet

Submission + - FCC asked to mandate 'e-mail address portability' 1

nam37 writes: C|Net has an article up about the Federal Communications Commission being asked to create mandatory "e-mail address portability." The petition to the FCC (warning .PDF) based on the idea that because the U.S. Post Office offers to forward physical mail, and because FCC rules require telephone service providers to offer number portability, the same principle should be extended to e-mail accounts.
United States

Submission + - Pentagon Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'

nam37 writes: CBS 5 has an interesting article about a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

"The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soliders to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviwing the documents.
Security

Submission + - BlackHat RFID hack demo pulled after legal threats

InfoWorldMike writes: "Update to New Controversy over Black Hat Presentation: A planned demo on RFID security by a security researcher has been pulled from this week's Black Hat Federal security conference after security card maker HID claimed the talk violated the company's patent rights and threatened to take legal action against Chris Paget, the researcher, and IOActive, Paget's employer, if the talk went forward, InfoWorld reports. The company decided to cancel the talk after all-night negotiations with HID collapsed, said Josh Pennell, CEO of IOActive. In response, Black Hat organizers were forced to tear materials out of printed show proceedings and will instead present a discussion by a representative of the ACLU on the criticality of RFID security, said Jeff Moss, founder and director of Black Hat."
United States

Submission + - Gore accused of energy hypocrisy

ems2004 writes: Former US Vice-President Al Gore has been accused of hypocrisy for apparently guzzling energy while he lectures the world on climate change. A Tennessee-based free market think-tank said Mr Gore's home used more than 20 times the national average of gas and electricity.
Democrats

Submission + - Gore's Home Energy Use Increases Since "Truth&

MightyYar writes: Apparently Al Gore's home energy use has actually increased since he made "An Inconvenient Truth", according to The Tennessee Center for Policy Research. While this organization is certainly not apolitical and I am a bit skeptical about their claims, if true this would give Gore critics further ammunition — he would indeed appear to be an elitist hypocrite, willing to preach to us about how to live without following his own advice. For us geeks, the Drudge Report gives us the numbers.

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