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PC Games (Games)

Submission + - 10 games that changed the world 1

An anonymous reader writes: If you've ever wondered where the games you play today came from, check out this list of the ten most important games of all time. Whether you agree with all of them or not, it can't be denied that each one on this list moved its respective genre forward, pushing developers to create even better games. Well worth a read, even if just to debate what's missing from the list!

Submission + - Vista restricts GNU GCC apps to 32 MB

An anonymous reader writes: Executable images created for the DOS/Wintel environment, using the GNU GCC compilers and language standards (but not linking to the Win32 API), are subject to failure (or performance degradation) when executed in Microsoft Windows Vista, because Vista arbitrarily restricts the memory space for the GCC executable to 32 MB (33,554,432 bytes). Attempts to allocate more memory than this using the malloc(...) function (or related functions, such as calloc(...)) will fail. This limitation applies whether the application is executed with the Run command, within a Command Prompt box (DOS box), or with the Start command. This limitation does not appear in Windows XP, Windows 98SE, or standalone DOS; the exact same executable, running under Windows XP SP2 or Win98SE, is capable of allocating several hundred megabytes of physical memory (if present on the machine). The limitation appears to apply to any compiler and linker not employing Microsoft's proprietary Win32 API.
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Submission + - Sony sued for AACS

liam193 writes: Ars Technica is running a story about a Canadian encryption vendor which claims that AACS violates two of their patents. At this point, the company has filed suit against Sony, but the article indicates that the alleged infringement is with AACS itself. As such, it could potential affect vendors providing HD-DVD and Blue-ray technology.

Submission + - Microsoft bullies UK developer (

ZDOne writes: "Microsoft has shown that once again despite having a near bottomless marketing budget — it is supremely talented at coming across as ruthless and uncaring. The boys at Redmond have demanded — with very unsubtle lawyers' letters — that a London-based Windows developer withdraws a version of his free debugging tool from distribution, and is claiming that the tool breaches its licensing conditions. What's this about Microsoft finally seeing the light around the benefits of an open source community approach to software development — we are not convinced.

Microsoft angered by UK developer,1000000121,3928 7310,00.htm"


Submission + - Mass outage hits XM

An anonymous reader writes: XM Satellite Radio is experiencing a major outage right now, having lost one of its satellites and a massive number of repeaters. Listeners on the East Coast are mostly affected since XM's second satellite doesn't have a national footprint. Customer service reps are saying anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days for service to be restored.

The cause to all this mayhem? A software update.

Submission + - Shouldn't copyrights last forever?

proxima writes: Mark Helprin, author and fellow at the Claremont Institute, writes an op-ed piece in today's New York Times. He responds to the argument about expiration being for the public good by saying, "it might also be for the public good were Congress to allow the enslavement of foreign captives and their descendants (this was tried);" He argues that Congress should extend the length of copyright again, "as far as it can throw". This is certainly a striking position compared to many on Slashdot and fellow guest columnist Lawrence Lessig (access to archives required).
Operating Systems

Submission + - Linux Training

Spritzer writes: I work for a rather large corporation with multiple divisions around the world. Nearly all user computers in the company are Windows systems, and there is no plan to move to Linux in the future. However, a good many of our products are now designed to run on Linux systems for security and stability purposes. Obviously, the design/development teams are knowledgeable in the use of Linux operating systems.Unfortunately my field service teams are not, and their is no in-house training program. This has begun to affect our ability to provide efficient, quality service to customers when in the field.

What training services have you used in the past to get people trained in the basics of using? I'd prefer to stay away from online, self-paced courses and get my people some hands on training with an instructor.

Submission + - Yahoo's uptime earns that exclamation point!

netbuzz writes: "The Yahoo Search site may have been down for a spell this morning, but the company's main site — — is on quite a roll of uninterrupted uptime: 266 days to be precise. That makes Yahoo the reigning uptime champ among the Internet's 20 most trampled Web sites, according to Pingdom. Google does great, too, but those additions to the Google family — YouTube and Blogger — have had little to brag about in this regard. 2"

Submission + - AMD Barcelona Slipping Again?!?

StarViking writes: According to this X-bit Labs Story, AMD's bloated (283 square mm!), server chip looks like it will be shifting again, from "Early Q2" to "Mid-2007" to now finally "Late Q3" (August/September is best guess). If Intel is able to pull forward its Penryn line, this might mean that Barcelona won't even get a full month "in the sun" before Intel pulls ahead again...

Submission + - MS defines Linux security ..

rs232 writes: "'Some of the changes in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 are a response to features and performance advantages that have made Linux an attractive option to Microsoft customers'

"One of these is the fact that Linux has less of a surface area, which led customers to believe that Linux is inherently more secure"

"We also have server core, which doesn't have the GUI [graphical user interface], so I would say that is a response to the options people had with Linux that they didn't have with Windows"

"the thrust behind IIS 7 was to respond to Linux and I think we have had an effect if you look at the data on Internet-facing Web server numbers"

"I am not particularly worried about Red Hat, which makes a product — or rather gets free development groups to make a product — that they sell for about the same amount of money as Windows Server",1895,2132581, p"

Submission + - Aluminum Pellets As Alternative Fuel

s31523 writes: "As gas prices in the US creep towards $4.00 a gallon, there is more focus on alternative fuels. Researchers at Purdue University have created a system that generates hydrogen "on demand" using pellets made from pure aluminum and gallium. The gallium prevents a "skin" from forming and allows the aluminum to react with oxygen to form hydrogen and aluminum oxide. Although this reaction leaves behind aluminum oxide, which can be recycled, it solves the problem of stabilizing hydrogen. According to Purdue, this new method combines two methods of creating hydrogen, both of which have flaws that make them impractical, but combining the two seems to solve many of the problems."

Submission + - $16,000 Bounty for Sendmail, Apache 0Day Flaws

Famestay writes: Verisign's iDefense is putting up a $16,000 prize for any hacker who can find a remotely exploitable vulnerability in six critical Internet infrastructure applications. The bounty is for a zero-day code execution hole on the following Internet infrastructure technologies: Apache httpd, Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) daemon, Sendmail SMTP daemon, OpenSSH sshd, Microsoft Internet Information (IIS) Server and Microsoft Exchange Server.

Submission + - Only Windows Server, Not Client, to be 64bit-Only

brunascle writes: A post to the Windows Vista blog has stated that Bill Laing's comments about the end of 32-bit versions of Windows only applied to Windows Server, not Client. According to Alex Heaton, "we have not decided when Windows Client will follow Windows Server and become 64-bit only." This clears up previous discussions, including one here on Slashdot, that assumed the comments applied to both Server and Client.

Submission + - Symantec Anti-Virus software damages system files

fleung writes: This morning (18 May 2007, Asia Pacific time), Symantec's worldwide customers fount their computer failed to reboot, while the helpdesk was plunged into a hot pot. The rough root course is that Norton released wrong virus code definition by identifing a few system files(.exe and .dll) as virus and removing them. This will cause system reboot failure. I tried on my Traditional Chinese XP SP2, no problem was found. Till now, only Simplified Chinese version Windows XP SP2 system is reported to be impacted. Two system files under C:\windows\system32: netapp32.dll, and lsass.exe are identified wrongly as virus. The solution is to copy the correct version of the above two files into windows\system32 and reboot the machine, stop the Norton.

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