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Submission + - Quebec forces video game makers into French (

Noishe writes: Video game characters such as Lara Croft and the Mario Bros. will have to hone their accents now that a joint industry-government initiative aims to boost the number of games available in French.

"Players are used to playing in English," said Jean-François Patenaude, a manager with a small video-game retail chain in Montreal. "I don't think it will change much for them." Patenaude even suggested that the deal could increase operating costs for smaller retailers, who will be forced to buy copies of games in both English and French.


Submission + - Simple Comm Technique Beats Quantum Crypto

Atario writes: "Spying is big business, and avoiding being spied on an even bigger one. So imagine if someone came up with a simple, cheap way of encrypting messages that is almost impossible to hack into?

American computer engineer Laszlo Kish at Texas A&M University in College Station claims to have done just that. He says the thermal properties of a simple wire can be exploited to create a secure communications channel, one that outperforms quantum cryptography keys."
The Internet

Submission + - Blocking Cyber Squattors

Noishe writes: What do people on slashdot do to block cyber squattors? I've noticed that almost every cybersquatted page I've ever had any interest in is registered with godaddy, and its dns is always hosted at, where N is some number. Shouldn't it be really easy to block any dns entries hosted by this site? This type of blocking should be built into firefox by default.

Submission + - Database test: 8-way Opteron - Sun X4200 and other

Robbedoeske writes: "Computers with x86-processors come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from ultra-slim notebooks for business folks to neon-pimped desktops for gamers. One of the most excessive members of this family is the Sun Fire X4600, a server that can accommodate up to eight dualcore Opterons in its casing. Compared to this machine, all the gear that we tested earlier looks like a bunch of toys. But is it possible to use sixteen cores effectively? And if so, do things run smoothly enough to justify a price tag of more than 35,000 euros? These are the question we shall be trying to answer in this review."
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - What happaned to the clones?

Noishe writes: We all know about running windows on a Macintosh with bootcamp, but what about running MacOS on an intel machine?

Apple computers are using standard harddrives, video cards, ram, and CPU's.

Does anyone have any experience with getting OSX up and running on an otherwise normal PC? Why haven't motherboard manufacturors introduced clone boards just like they did in the 80's for pc's?

Submission + - Microsoft Outlaws 3rd Party IM Clients

An anonymous reader writes: With the latest update to the MSN Instant Messenger client, now called Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft has required all users to sign a new contract which among other things forbids the use of 3rd party instant messenger clients to connect to the MSN messenger service, such as the AJAX Meebo client, Gaim, and Trillian among others. Worth noting, they do provide a list of authorized 3rd party clients, such as Yahoo Messenger, that are allowed access to the service.

Excerpt: "In using the service, you may not use any unauthorized third party software or service to access the Microsoft instant messaging network currently known as the .NET Messenger service."

Submission + - Researchers moved light

knight17 writes: "The Researchers at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has found a way to move light.They not only moved light but also bring a pulse of light, thefastest of nature's particles, to a complete halt. That ability to catch, store, move and release light could be used in future computers to process information encoded in the light pulses."

Submission + - MIT Team Makes Light Chip

Anonymous Coward writes: "Now, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said they've overcome a major obstacle in harnessing the full power and speed of the light waves. It promises to solve a problem that's long plagued fiber-optic networks: Light waves gradually weaken over distances as they become polarized, or randomly oriented horizontally and vertically. The tools available to fix it are expensive to deploy on a massive scale. It's a promising development as bandwidth-hungry video puts a strain on networks and consumers demand seamless transmissions."
User Journal

Journal SPAM: US refuses to sign UN ban on renditions and secret detention 4

Fifty-seven countries signed a UN treaty on Tuesday that bans governments from carrying out forced disappearances and holding individuals in secret detention. Washington, as well as a number of European governments, including Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy, refused to sign.

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