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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Church Of England Vows to Fight Fall Of Man

Oxygen99 writes: The BBC reports that the Church of England is considering legal action against Sony for featuring the inside of Manchester Cathedral in its Playstation 3 game Resistance: Fall Of Man without permission. The Bishop of Manchester says "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.". This is especially true Given Manchester's record with gun crime. Sony has not yet commented on the story.
Programming

Submission + - Do Newer Processors Equate to Slower Applications?

MartinJW writes: Bradley Jones presents an interesting point of view on why the advent of multi core processors may reduce the speed of our computers, rather than bring the boost we would initially assume. He touches on the onus developers have to make sure applications are designed to take full advantage of the new architectural paradigm or risk losing favour with their consumers.

From the article:
If you are upgrading to newer processors that have more cores, but slower speeds, then your applications may run slower unless you prepare them to run across multiple processors. While compiler builders such as Codegear (Borland) and Microsoft are sure to build features into their compilers to help with this speed issue, in many ways, the onus is on the developer. It is up to developers to change the design and architecture of their applications to take advantage of the added core. Sequential applications will take advantage of a single core only; if a design change isn't made, you won't gain any speed.
Links

Submission + - Send your dreams to yourself in the future

oplala writes: "Dreaminder is a website that enables people to write down their dreams — and send them to themselves in the future. On the date they specify, they will receive their dream in their inbox. At that point, they have the opportunity to compare the life they live with their dreams and see how far they've come.

Main idea behind Dreaminder is to offer a place for reflection, help people figure out what they want to do with their lives and remind them of their dreams. You can also read what other people are dreaming about."
Windows

Submission + - Indian reseller discover the cost of MS addiction

the_womble writes: "It looks as though Indian resellers have found out the hard way how the Microsoft monopoly works. After decades of being tacitly encouraged to sell pirated copies of Windows, they now find themselves being forced to pay up.

Are people dependent enough on MS for this to work in countries where the cost of a Windows license relative to incomes is several time higher than in developed countries? Will this open more opportunities for FOSS? I live in Sri Lanka, a country where MS backed off from a planned crackdown because even corporate users threatened to switch if they had to pay."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Is it hard to bold or note new comments in a thread? 3

I remember how some forums used to show posts and replies in a threaded Usenet-style. Only the title was visible until clicked on and unread ones could be in bold.

I can't remember any recent forums letting me easily see which replies are new since the last time I viewed the page. I find it hard to believe people wouldn't like this feature. I'd like to see which are the new comments on multiply, slashdot, fark, and so on.

The Internet

Submission + - Why Digg Failed (or may)

beakerMeep writes: David Marcus, a user on Kuro5hin, recently put together an excellent piece on the perils and faults behind the workings of Digg.com. From the article: 'As I write, the top story on Digg is "Transparency in Social News", a newspaper-as-blog item that the Digg community have used as a little self-congratulatory pat on the back. I understand why Digg's users feel like they deserve to toast themselves now and then — after all, they've made the place one of the Web's Top 100 sites, and they've made Digg, Inc. upwards of $200 million.' Incidentally, as I submit this story to Slashdot, Digg has appears to have removed the story from the list of upcoming stories.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Apple to re-enter the sub-notebook market

An anonymous reader writes: AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has plans to reenter the sub-notebook market this year. FTFA: "This new tiny MacBook, people familiar with the project say, remains in development ahead of its target launch date around the time WWDC rolls around mid-year. It will be both lighter and more compact than any other Mac portable Apple has put forth in recent years, bundling a display of similarly smaller proportions."

http://appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2500

Feed Russian Judge Dismisses Any Penalty In Piracy Case (nytimes.com)

MOSCOW, Feb. 15 — A Russian judge convicted a provincial school headmaster on Thursday for using pirated Microsoft software in school computers, but declined to impose any penalty, saying that Microsoft’s loss was insignificant compared with its overall earnings.

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