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Space

Was There Only One Big Bang? 295

goldaryn writes "Physorg.com is running an interesting story about the work of Oxford-based theoretical physicist Roger Penrose. Penrose has been studying CWB radiation and believes it's possible that space and time did not come into being at the Big Bang but that our universe in fact continually cycles through a series of 'aeons.' He believes that he has found evidence supporting his theory that the universe infinitely cycles."
Apple

Submission + - Apple deny that iTV is similar to ITV (mirror.co.uk) 1

ewrong writes: The Daily MIrror reports that an Apple spokesperson denies that the proposed iTV set top box's name is too similar to that of the British broadcaster ITV. Law suit to follow.

Obviously Apples previous in being so flexible about such similarities to their own product names in the past, will stand them in good stead for this one.

Businesses

Warner Bros. Acquires Turbine 57

NNUfergs writes with news that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has acquired Turbine Inc., creators of Lord of the Rings Online, Asheron's Call, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. Terms were not disclosed, but the Boston Globe claims the price was somewhere around $160 million. "Warner Bros. Interactive has bought a number of game development houses in recent years, in a bid to become a major power in video gaming. In 2007, the company purchased TT Games, a British firm that develops family-friendly products like Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman. In 2009, Warner Bros. bought the assets of bankrupt Chicago game company Midway, maker of the popular Mortal Kombat games. And earlier this year, it acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, another British developer, which created the hit game Batman: Arkham Asylum. ... Acquiring Turbine will give Warner Bros. total control over all future video games based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings novels. Turbine holds an exclusive license to make an Internet-based game based on the books, while last year, Warner Bros. won a license to make non-Internet-based Tolkien video games."
Earth

Endangered Species Condoms 61

The Center for Biological Diversity wants to help put a polar bear in your pants with their endangered species condom campaign. They hope that giving away 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country will highlight how unsustainable human population growth is driving species to extinction, and instill the sexual prowess of the coquí guajón rock frog, nature's most passionate lover, in the condom users. From the article: "To help people understand the impact of overpopulation on other species, and to give them a chance to take action in their own lives, the Center is distributing free packets of Endangered Species Condoms depicting six separate species: the polar bear, snail darter, spotted owl, American burying beetle, jaguar, and coquí guajón rock frog."

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Colbert Slams New Online Credit System For Kids (techcrunch.com)

cosm writes: Want to teach your progeny the perils and perks of credit? Kwedit is a company based out of Mountain View, CA, offering a credit-like service for anybody (13 and up), teaching the dynamics of credit based transactions. After checking out their website, it appears Kwedit encourages kids to purchase virtual goods on credit, and pass the buck to their parents if they can't pay. Is Kwedit just some pyramid scheme variant? Or are they the forerunners in disseminating intelligent financial management skills? TechCrunch casts Kwedit in fairly positive light, while Steven Colbert points out their possible ulterior motives. Considering the state of our economy, it is presumable that increased education in fiscal responsibility would be beneficial to our nation. Does Kwedit fit the bill?
Games

Submission + - Ubisoft's new DRM cracked in 24 hours. (kotaku.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Ubisoft's new DRM has already been bypassed just 1 day after it's debut by the well-known game hacking group Skidrow. This is the same "always connected" drm they were planning on using in Assassin's Creed for the PC.

Associated links:
Link to info about pirated version of the game: http://www.rlslog.net/silent-hunter-5-battle-of-the-atlantic-skidrow/
Link to wikipedia confirming that the drm used in this game is the same as the one in the upcoming Assassin's creed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Hunter_V#DRM_restrictions

Comment Re:Well, i guess so... (Score 1) 409

I love the word "alleged"...

Based on what Mr Atkinson has alleged in the past, it's far more likely that what actually happened was a gamer slipped him an e-mail that said something along the lines of "I'm 19 now and you have to let me see b00bs in a game if I want! Otherwise if you ever show up in <Online FPS>, me and my buddies are going to camp all the spawn points and frag you 'til you cry to your mum!"

Australia

Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs 409

Sasayaki writes "South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson claims, in an interview with Good Game, that gamers were more of a threat to his family than biker gangs. This is the man who has been the biggest opponent to Australia receiving an R18+ rating for video games and who has the power to veto any such law introducing it."

Comment Having swap can HELP performance. (Score 1) 900

1) Donot turn on swap.

2) If there's ever any problem with memory, create a swap file (if you don't have one yet) and type swapon on a live system.

1) is not the best idea, at least for Linux. One of the things the Linux kernel can effectively use swap for is defragmenting memory! Swap a chunk of memory out to disk, and read it back in at a more suitable location. A long-running, hard working kernel will reward you even for a measly 256M swap partition - eventually.

2) Swap files are significantly slower than swap devices. Consider this: Your swap file lives on a filesystem. Your system decides it's struggling with memory and begins trying to swap some cached files out (it may assume that swapping them out and back in again is faster than re-reading off the original disk)... potentially onto the same disk the originals come from, causing more thrashing. It may even have to consider whether it can to swap out bits of the swap file! Plus you're dealing with filesystem layers which will only slow down the process... so give it at least one device/partition as a priority, and add swap files with a lower priority for temporary/emergency purposes only, if you care about performance.

The amount of swap any system requires is very situation/application dependent. If your system isn't using swap much at all, then good for you! Don't throw a lot of swap at it! But be nice to your Linux kernel, and give it something to use for its own sanity.

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