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Comment Re:Permanent archiving is impossible (Score 4, Insightful) 492

That's a bit short-sighted, don't you think? Do you similarly think we shouldn't attempt to preserve the works of Beethoven or Picasso? There may not be a great cosmic truth contained in many different works of art but that doesn't mean there isn't irreplaceable creative value in it.

That's not to say that every game was noteworthy, but there are some that are worthy of preservation, not because of nostalgia but because they have value inof themselves.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 833

This is a non-issue. Blizzard isn't forcing you to use your real First Last name, it's just forcing you to provide *a* first/last name. Put another way, with time codes it's impossible to prove your identity to blizzard, so you can pretend to be anyone you want with little chance they can enforce ULA or other contractual obligations.

Comment vetting? (Score 3, Funny) 246


If you wish to responsibly disclose a vulnerability through full disclosure or want to join our team, fire off an email to: msrc- disclosure () hushmail com We do have a vetting process by the way, for any Microsoft employees trying to join ;-)

I wonder how they are going to determine *that*......

Submission + - A talk with the guys behind (realtalkgaming.com)

SwiftGlassEater writes: My ninja John Galati coerces these fine French fellows into giving an interview regarding their latest project; a mod experience for the PC title "Left 4 Dead 2" known as "I Hate Mountains" . Don't be nervous to check it out!

Submission + - Beware the XP 'red alert' scaremongers (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: On July 14, Microsoft will stop offering security patches for its six-year-old Service Pack 2 edition of Windows. Already, headlines are screaming "red alert" doom and gloom scenarios for the 77 percent of businesses who still use XP SP2 on some computers. That's nonsensical fearmongering, blogs InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. XP SP2 will be no more or less secure after July 15 than it is now, and organizations not yet ready to be move to Windows 7 don't need to be stampeded into doing so by such scare stories: Upgrading to the free SP3 provides security updates from Microsoft until April 2014. So much for "red alert."

Submission + - Teens Share Alarming Amounts Of Personal Info (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: A Symantec study revealed that despite news headlines, teens are providing more information than they should with strangers: 69 percent of 13-17 year olds have updated their status on social networking sites to include their physical location. Girls are more likely than boys to chat with people online that they don’t know in the offline world. Approximately two in five teens say they don’t tell their parents what they do while they are online (42 percent) and that they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were watching (36 percent).

Submission + - Dyson Unveils New Bladeless Fans to Replace AC (inhabitat.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Sir James Dyson, of vacuum fame, has just unveiled two new bladeless fans that work upon the same principle as a jet engine, sucking air into a cyclone accelerator that amplifies it 15 to 18 times before blowing it out over an airfoil-shaped ramp. The new units significantly upgrade the diminutive scale of their previously unveiled Air Multiplier, making them "the opening salvo" in the inventor's "war on air conditioning". It's a valiant effort, considering that the average American household already uses 2,822 kWh of energy each year to cool off, spending $276 a year.

Submission + - Does the world need another programming language? (oreilly.com) 1

blackbearnh writes: It seems like boutique languages have become all the style, and not a week doesn't go by that someone isn't promoting some new languages as the next great hope to save the industry. So you might be excused if you wrote off Go as just another new language. But Go has an impressive parentage, counting among it's creators Robert "Commander" Pike, one of the early Unix pioneers at Bell Labs who worked with greats such as Brian Kernighan and Ken Thompson, and now works at Google. In an OSCON preview, Pike talks about Go at Google, and compares the work environment of Google and Bell Labs. According to Pike, Go is an attempt to produce a robust programming language that is easy to parse and compile, and produces small binaries. " A lot of the ideas and changes in hardware that have come about in the last couple of decades haven't had a chance to influence C++. So we sat down with a clean sheet of paper and tried to design a language that would solve the problems that we have: we need to build software quickly, have it run well on modern multi-core hardware and in a network environment, and be a pleasure to use."

Olympus Digital Camera Ships With a Worm 249

An anonymous reader writes "Olympus Japan has issued a warning to customers who have bought its Stylus Tough 6010 digital compact camera that it comes with an unexpected extra — a virus on its internal memory card. The Autorun worm cannot infect the camera itself, but if it is plugged into a Windows computer's USB port, it can copy itself onto the PC, then subsequently infect any attached USB device. Olympus says it 'humbly apologizes' for the incident, which is believed to have affected some 1,700 units. The company said it will make every effort to improve its quality control procedures in future. Security company Sophos says that more companies need to wake up to the need for better quality control to ensure that they don't ship virus-infected gadgets. At the same time, consumers should learn to always ensure Autorun is disabled, and scan any device for malware before they use it on their computer."

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