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Submission + - Sweet Portal Video with Real Actor (youtube.com)

Jake Dodgie writes: "dantrachtenberg1 has posted an awesome Portal Video with the protagonist trapped in a room.
She frees herself by solving a puzzle on the wall that giver her access to Apatures favorite toy.
The action and representation of the portal effect has been done very nicely."

Biotech

Submission + - Redesigning ecstasy as potent cancer treatment (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Six years ago, researchers at the University of Birmingham discovered that more than half of the cancers of white blood cells they looked at responded in the test tube to the growth-suppressing properties of psychotropic drugs, including amphetamine derivatives such as ecstasy and weight-loss pills, and antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac). Building on this previous work, the researchers have now discovered a modified form of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, they claim has 100 times more cancer-busting properties than the designer drug itself.

Submission + - Deus Ex: Human Revolution, A Successful Sequel? (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. Part of what won Deus Ex such acclaim back then was its open-ended approach to problem solving. Virtually every mission could be approached from stealth or with reckless abandon. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052 — plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism — were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling. Therecently released sequel, Deus Ex: Human Revolution isn't a perfect smash hit, nor was the original but the game play is fun and the graphics impressive with DX11 effects turned up. Frame rates with a solid mainstream graphics card should be decent, though level load times can be lengthy and even hinder playbility, if you're trying to crack a tough level and have to reload often. However, the game transcends its flaws. If you liked the original Deus Ex, or you think you'd like it based on its description, it probably makes sense to pick this one up."
Education

Submission + - Google Gets Accepted by Nine Schools in One Day

theodp writes: How did Google manage to get nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to announce their decision to switch to Google Apps on the same day? Well, offering a free product doesn't hurt. Neither, apparently, does offering a three-day, all-expenses paid trip to New York City, where representatives of the nine schools pledged Google on the first day of the search giant's 3rd Annual Google-HBCU Faculty Summit. To help seal its college deals, Google also provides a White Paper that, among other things, points out that Outlook flunked out of Howard ('Washington, D.C.'s Howard University was using Microsoft Outlook for campus email, but was concerned by low usage"), and suggests that failing to adopt Google Apps could deprive students of a college education ('The money we've saved by switching to Google Apps has helped us direct funds to scholarships, letting more students who couldn't afford to stay enrolled continue their education').
Patents

Submission + - EU 'Unitary Patents' could mean software patents (guardian.co.uk)

chebucto writes: RMS has an article up at the Guardian about the proposed EU Unitary Patent system, which would make any patent issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) valid in all of the EU except for Spain and Italy. The unitary patent system would remove national jurisdiction over patents, leaving the European Court of Justice (the ECJ — the highest court in Europe) as the only body with appeal power over EPO decisions. There's a real chance that patent policy throughout much of Europe will be decided by an organization that's shown, in practice, that it supports software patents.
Software

Submission + - Programmer Making Thought-controlled Robot Avatars (theepochtimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Robert Oschler is creating a program to give quadriplegics robotic avatars, by syncing a thought-detecting Emotiv EPOC electroencephalogram (EEG) headset with a WowWee Rovio telepresence robot. The ‘Robodance 5’ software he’s currently funding through Kickstarter would let them control the robots using only their thoughts and emotions, which means even people with severe paralysis could use the device. He also plans to create an online network for quadriplegics to meet, make friends, and hang out by linking to each other’s robots using their minds.
Security

Submission + - Apache sever can be DoSSed over 3G (scmagazine.com.au)

Submission + - Laptops without numeric keypad

cciardi writes: Looking for a midsize laptop (15") that doesnt have a numeric keypad on the right side. This ends up putting the trackpad offset to the left, which is somewhat annoying. Aside from the Dell XPS 15z and Mac Pro are there any new laptops out there that dont have a numeric keypad and offset trackpad? I really need your help because my wife will launch back any laptop that comes with a keypad directly into my forehead.
Piracy

Submission + - BTDigg a DHT Based Search Engine (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: BTDigg is a new bittorrent site, well sort of. As it is the first torrent site that has no database, no uploaders, and no moderators. It works solely by scraping the dht network and returning results as they appear. An interesting aspect of the site is where it predicts how likely it is that a file is fake or not.

Comment Re-Badged Linux (Score 1) 2

Reading through the blurb on what this OS will do, you have to wonder, are they really spending millions of dollars writing all this functionality from scratch?
Some how I doubt it, considering that the hardware is an Atom processor stuffed into a keyboard form factor, my bet is on a custom linux build brimming with open source software all re badged with shiny commodore buttons.
I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but I don't think you could consider it a revolutionary NEW OS for the masses.

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