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Submission + - Anonymous attacks PlayStation Network ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Truly a sad day for the joyous Gamers, especially for PS3 Enthusiasts, as their most admired PlayStation Network which is abbreviated as PSN is encountering gross problems and is inaccessible since yesterday.
Who did it?
The popular internet hacking force Anonymous once again attacks PSN, causing many hardcore gamers to experience unknown errors on their screens.


Submission + - Wardrivers target Seattle businesses (

angry tapir writes: "Seattle police are investigating a group of criminals who they say have been cruising around town in a black Mercedes stealing credit card data by tapping into wireless networks belonging to area businesses. The group has been at it for about five years, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Chris Hansen, a fraud investigator with the Seattle Police Department."

Submission + - Moon has liquid core (

mapkinase writes: Discovery News writes:

The Apollo Passive Seismic Experiment recorded motions of the ground from moonquakes and other activities generating sound waves until late 1977. The network was too limited to directly monitor waves bouncing off or scattered by the moon's core, leaving scientists dependent on more indirect techniques, such as measuring minute gravitational changes, to craft a picture of the moon's interior. Those models turned out to be pretty accurate, says lead scientist Renee Weber, with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Article in Science Express: Seismic Detection of the Lunar Core


Submission + - Jupiter - the new way for Windows development (

mikejuk writes: Jupiter could represent Microsoft's latest enhancement to the Windows development framework giving it better graphics and making it more suitable for slate and tablet machines. If you can remember back to "Active Desktop" then it might all sound very familiar. The idea is to put a XAML based layer into Windows which can be used to create smooth animations and graphics right on the desktop... er yes that's XAML not HTML5 which would seem a more logical choice of desktop markup language...but then Microsoft have been down this road before in the form of Active Desktop which used Dynamic HTML in the same role.

Submission + - Amazon Android App Developer Program

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon Launches New Android App Developer Program for Their Android App Store .
Amazon announced the Appstore Developer Portal for their soon to come Android “Appstore”. Thay are looking to change the game in the war of the App Stores, as they say they are “looking to strike a balance between Apple’s ultra strict store rules and Google’s unvetted mayhem, and will be examining and testing each app before it goes onto the store.” Also, for the developers, Amazon will be controlling the pricing for each app based on algorithms, unlike Apple’s App Store where developers are free to price their apps as they want.

Submission + - When should I buy an Android Tablet?

jpyeck writes: I've deliberately avoided the smartphone craze, due to the fact I've never utilized any phone (landline or otherwise) enough to justify the monthly fees. But the geek in me craves the "smart" part of the equation, especially since I got a bonus this year-end that is burning a hole in my pocket. The iPad is out of the question because I need a bit more hack-ability in my gadgets. I am drooling over the Android Honeycomb demo from the CES. I've had my eye on the Galaxy Tab, though it sounds like it won't support Honeycomb. The Xoom looks great, but who knows when it will come out? The consensus seems to be "wait a few months for Honeycomb". If you were me, with limited patience, would you buy an Android tablet now? If so, which?

Comment Powerdesk (Score 1) 461

I hate Windows explorer. I really wish they would add back Winfile.exe, just add long-filename support. I always had two-panes, side by side in a single window.

Since they haven't, the first thing I do is install PowerDesk. It costs about $29, but it is worth it. I setup my two-pane view in a single window, with drive icons and other shortcuts on the powerbar above.

PLEASE don't tell me how you can open up two explorer windows and place them side by side. That's a nightmare when you have many windows open.

Total Commander is also good.

Most of the time I run Ubuntu, so this doesn't come up much anymore. But I'm also in school, which apparently is sponsored by Microsoft, so I keep a Windows box around for that - and a few games!


Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers 238

On Tuesday we discussed a scathing critique of Ray Kurzweil's understanding of the brain written by PZ Myers. Reader Amara notes that Kurzweil has now responded on his blog. Quoting: "Myers, who apparently based his second-hand comments on erroneous press reports (he wasn't at my talk), [claims] that my thesis is that we will reverse-engineer the brain from the genome. This is not at all what I said in my presentation to the Singularity Summit. I explicitly said that our quest to understand the principles of operation of the brain is based on many types of studies — from detailed molecular studies of individual neurons, to scans of neural connection patterns, to studies of the function of neural clusters, and many other approaches. I did not present studying the genome as even part of the strategy for reverse-engineering the brain."

Cross-Platform Mobile Gaming Gaining Traction 43

andylim writes "Several mobile gaming companies are developing cross-platform multiplayer games allowing Android and iPhone users, for example, to play games against each other. Last month touchArcade reported on a cross-platform baseball game developed by Com2Us called Homerun Battle 3D. Unlike turn-based multiplayer mobile games, Homerun Battle 3D allows players to compete against each other instantly, but you don't see the other player — instead you only get to see your competitor's score being updated. Pushing cross-platform multiplayer games even further, a company called Bulky Pix has created a table-football-style game that displays the action as it happens — both players see the ball moving around. This hopefully suggests that cross-platform, multiplayer mobile shooters aren't far behind."

Why Time Flies By As You Get Older 252

Ant notes a piece up on WBUR Boston addressing theories to explain the universal human experience that time seems to pass faster as you get older. Here's the 9-minute audio (MP3). Several explanations are tried out: that brains lay down more information for novel experiences; that the "clock" for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower; and that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age.

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