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Wireless Networking

Submission + - No more Morse Code for Ham radio operators

coondoggie writes: "Ham radio operators will no longer need to learn Morse Code to get their licenses, the Federal Communications Commission has announced. While many ham radio aficionados will continue to learn Morse Code, there will be no requirements to learn it. Newer digital, image, satellite, wireless and voice technologies have replaced it. Dropping the Morse code requirement has been the subject of heated debate over the past several years, among operators, many of whom got their first training in Morse code when they earned the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/121906-morse -code.html"

Submission + - Building a Game Engine in Cocoa

eldavojohn writes: "I've never used Cocoa before but I found an interesting tutorial on how to use it at the MacDevCenter. It requires a copy of Apple's developer tools but looks like a pretty interesting way to create frameworks and engines for games. The end of the article provides you with the complete project of the discussed game. I thought this would be good information for people using Macs who also are interested in implementing artificial intelligence algorithms."

Submission + - Cisco IOS Shown The Door; Virtualization Welcomed

ThOr101 writes: "Cisco CEO John Chambers first mentioned a change to Cisco's software model back in June. Now it looks like Cisco is following through with that promise and is setting a 5 year goal to replace IOS. Network World published more details this week about how Cisco is going to be changing its pricing and feature sets. The article mentions that it will be a change to how systems are managed, upgraded, and how features are turned on as well. It will also affect those people already certified on Cisco gear. Cisco is hoping it will encourage users to upgrade to newer equipment. Maybe they can take a lead from Vista and ship all their new gear with IPv6 enabled by default and we'll finally get a universal deployment of IPv6."

Apple Closes iSight Security Hole 213

Gruber Duckie writes "Apple's security update 2006-008, posted yesterday, is a little more interesting than it sounds. According to information (and a demo!) posted at Macslash the "information leak" mentioned in Apple's advisory actually makes it possible for a web site to send whatever your (isight) web cam sees up to the server. I'm glad they fixed this quickly."

Submission + - Google's CheckOut vs. Ebay's Paypal

hminaya writes: "Google is taking the fight straight to Paypal's turf. They have been promoting Google Checkout as a fast and easy alternative for online transactions. Right now they trail Paypal badly, but guiven enough time anything can happen. Most importantly Google will not start charging merchant processing fees until 2007!!!!. More at: http://news.com.com/Google+steps+more+boldly+into+ PayPals+territory/2100-1038_3-6144994.html?tag=nef d.top"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Sexist billboard, or just honest?

TheFarmerInTheDell writes: "Siliconeer is reporting that e*ecad, a company focusing on electronic design automation, has a billboard on California's Highway 101 that is bringing a lot of attention — mostly negative. It features three women each representing a payment option for the company — the prostitute (hourly), girlfriend (term) and bride (perpetual). One women's group, GraceNet, has given it the "DisGraceful Award in Advertising." It may be a bit misogynistic, but isn't that the way things work in life?"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - WiMAX On The Way

PreacherTom writes: This week, two companies — NextWave and Clearwire — filed to go public and make their fortunes with WiMAX, a wireless broadband technology expected to make serious inroads into the telecom market by offering a high-speed alternative to DSL, Cable, and other current offerings. Market researcher Gartner Dataquest expects the North American WiMAX services market to swell from 30,000 connections in 2006 to 21.2 million by 2011. Could this be the new backbone of the mobile effort?
User Journal

Journal Journal: Nintendo has a winner. 9

Nintendo is the winner of the 'next-gen' wars because they have managed to do the impossible.

My. Wife. Is. Now. A. Gamer.

My wii number thingy (that I"m not usre how to use yet) is:
2658 5111 1778 2819

The Media

Submission + - Next-Gen Nominates Penny-Arcade

zyl0x writes: "Next-Gen just released the 2006 list of the top 25 contributers to the gaming industry, and it's no surprise to see Mike and Jerry pulling it at 23 for their work through Penny-Arcade. From the article:
It's part of the fabric of this business. The site has 3.5 million readers worldwide while the spin-off PAX live event attracted 20,000 people this year. Penny Arcade has partnered with the ESRB in creating an advertising campaign to increase awareness and the duo topped MTV's Most Influential Gamers list in June. It also launched the Penny Arcade Scholarship, a $10,000 annual grant to financially assist a future member of the game industry. Perhaps most importantly, its work for charity Child's Play has raised more than $495,000 worth of toys, games and books on the wish lists of more than 35 participating children's hospitals.
Am I the only one a bit hurt to see EA employee Mitch Lasky at spot 18?"

Month of Apple Bugs Debuts in January 171

An anonymous reader writes "A pair of security researchers has picked January 2007 as the Month of Apple Bugs, a project in which each passing day will feature a previously undocumented security hole in Apple's OS X operating system or in Apple applications that run on top of it. According to a post over at The Washington Post's Security Fix blog, the project is being put together by researchers Kevin Finisterre and the guy who ran November's Month of Kernel Bugs project." From the post: "It should be interesting to see whether Apple does anything to try and scuttle this pending project. In November, a researcher who focuses most of his attention on bugs in database giant Oracle's software announced his intention to launch a "Week of Oracle Database Bugs" project during the first week of December. The researcher abruptly canceled the project shortly after the initial announcement, without offering any explanation."

Submission + - Web programming development environment?

umdenken writes: "I'd like to know how other slashdotters do their server-side web programming: We have dozens of perl cgi scripts, and are currently doing development by editing these production scripts in place on the web server. (!!) Our sysadmins have finally installed the svn client on the server (Solaris), and have offered to create a new virtual host that we can use as the development server. I'd like to have an idea of what some best practices currently are, for organizing this kind of set up. Thanks!"

Submission + - Video Game Viral Videos of The Year

Larry C writes: "If you like baseball, you like Vin Scully and you played the Nintedo Entertainment System as a kid, this video may actually make you cry.

In our series of video game virals of the year this video tugs at my heart strings. As a young boy I watched the 1986 World Series with my brother, my best buddies and hung on the every word of the great Vin Scully's call. (If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to Vin Scully call a baseball game, please do it. You will not regret it)
This video is from earlier in the year and may be the best mashup of a video game and real life ever. Bold statement but to be sure, but this is a work of very, very high quality. Enjoy."

Submission + - PC-BSD calling for translators

An anonymous reader writes: I've been very happy to see the positive response and the dynamic initiative of our translators. It's very nice to see individuals from around the world giving some of their valuable time like us to contribute to a system like PC-BSD, which is community-driven, open-source and free of charge.

http://blog.pcbsd.org/index.php?/archives/10-Publi c-call-for-translators.html

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