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Submission + - The Humble Indie Bundle 3 Released (humblebundle.com) 1

JimWise writes: The fourth Humble Bundle Humble Bundle has been released (the third to be released was the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle). Included in this bundle are: Crayon Physics Deluxe by Klooniegames; Cogs by
Lazy 8 Studios; VVVVVV by Terry Cavanagh; Hammerfight by Kranx Productions; and And Yet It Moves by Broken Rules. Each of the games in the bundle is DRM free and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as available through Steam. As with the other Humble Bundles, you pay what you want and customize how much goes towards the developers, EFF, Child's Play, and the Humble Tip.

Spam

Submission + - Cornell software fingers fake online reviews (cnet.com)

Eric Smalley writes: "If you're like most people, you give yourself high ratings when it comes to figuring out when someone's trying to con you. Problem is, most people aren't actually good at it — at least as far as detecting fake positive consumer reviews. Fortunately, technology is poised to make up for this all-too-human failing. Cornell University researchers have developed software that they say can detect fake reviews."
Movies

Submission + - Wal-Mart Jumps in the Stream (latimes.com)

Endoflow2010 writes: Today Wal-Mart has added streaming video to their website. What better a time than now to compete with Netflix? Now that Netflix have raised their prices.

On Wal-Mart's website, the movies will be available the same day the DVDs go on sale in stores. Rental prices range from 99 cents to 599 cents. Digital purchases are priced from $4.99 to $24.99.

Walmart.com general manager Steve Nave said the retailer is following its customers as they increasingly embrace digital movie rentals and purchases.

"We know customers are starting to shift their behavior, in terms of how they consume their media," Nave said, adding, "As as customers make that change, we don't want to lose that customer as they shift to digital."

Wal-Mart, long the nation's leading seller of DVDs, signaled its intent to double down on digital movie distribution in February 2010, when it spent a reported $100 million to acquire Vudu, a Silicon Valley start-up that was gradually being added to home entertainment devices.

Programming

Submission + - The Rise of Git (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld takes a look at the rise of Git, the use of which has increased sixfold in the past three years. Buoyed in large part by interest among the Ruby community and younger developers, Git has been gaining share for open source development largely because of its distributed architecture, analysts note. And the version control system stands to gain further traction on Subversion in the years ahead, as Eclipse is making Git its preferred version control system, a move inspired by developers and members."

Submission + - house.gov contact pages down (house.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: I sent my congress person (Steve Womack) an message using this form yesterday. After hearing the president urge people to contact their representatives last night, I tried again this morning, but the page is down. Not a very opportune time for it to go down... or is it?

Anyone else having problem contacting their elected representative?

Submission + - RightHaven Lawyer: My Browser Ate My Homework (wired.com)

J053 writes: "Wired Magazine reports that Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano's excuse for being a day late with his explanation as to why the litigation factory made “dishonest statements to the court” was that his web browser upgraded and he could no longer attach PDF fiiles to his submissions. Yeah, right..."

Comment Re:Anarchist cookbook? (Score 1) 119

I actually made some nitrogen tri-iodide at around age 15. I had gone to a summer camp for "gifted" students at a local college, and we had pretty free access to the chem lab. So, I and a buddy were able to get pure iodine crystals and concentrated ammonium hydroxide, which made it easy. You just dissolve the iodine in the NH4OH, filter the residue, and do whatever you want with it while it's wet. Once it dries, it's a very effective contact explosive. Great for painting on stair treads and doorknobs, or stuffing into capsules for little throwable bombs.

Good times...

Government

Submission + - What to ask Congressman regarding Net Neutrality? (bluecollarmuse.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: I have the opportunity to participate in a conference call with a local Congresswoman who has sponsored legislation to restrict the FCC from arbitrarily mandating any form of Net Neutrality. Please list some ideas of intelligent questions to the Congresswoman that can be asked during this conference call .

Submission + - Advent of Religious Search Engines (npr.org)

Beetle B. writes: "Do Google search results contradict your religious views? Tired of getting pornographic results and worried you'll burn in Hell for it? Are you Christian? Try SeekFind — "a Colorado Springs-based Christian search engine that only returns results from websites that are consistent with the Bible." Muslim? Look no further: I'm Halal. Jewish? Jewogle is for you. NPR ran a story on the general trend of search engines cropping up to cater to certain religious communities. I wonder how many other "filtered" search engines exist out there to cater to various groups (religious or otherwise) — not counting specialized searches (torrents, etc)."
Google

Submission + - CyanogenMod 6.0 Released In To The Wild 8

Jeagoss writes: CyanogenMod is the leading open source replacement ROM for Android based phones. With the 6.0 release, a targeted 8 models of phones have been hit with version 2.2 (Froyo) of Google's Android operating system for mobiles. Have a rooted phone? Been wanting a reason for rooting your phone? Head on over to http://www.cyanogenmod.com/ and check out the forums. I think you'll be quite surprised.

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