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Comment 400 Employees? (Score 1) 626

I have played all the Angry Bird games and have really enjoyed them, but I find it hard to believe that it takes 400 people to bring Angry Birds Space to my tablet. I guess I could imagine that it takes a group of 5 people to construct the game and then another 5 to support/manage them. But 400?

Comment Recent Survey on Creationism (Score 1) 493

The number of people who believe that God has his hand in the creation of the world has not changed much in the last 30 years. What is going to change in the near future to make a difference in those numbers? If people haven't figured it out in the last 30 years, I have my doubts that 30 more years is going to make much of a difference.

Comment You get what you pay for (Score 2, Insightful) 228

It seems like a lot of people are unhappy with Google's FREE service. If you don't like how Google is running THEIR business, start your own or find one that is age appropriate for kids. I fail to understand why people get mad when they can't get exactly what they want from a company that is offering their services for no additional charge to the user. If the users were paying something, ie AOL, then i would understand.

Submission + - Intel GPU Driver Update Claims Performance Boost (

MojoKid writes: "Intel has released a new graphics driver for its Sandy Bridge integrated CPUs that it claims delivers significantly improved performance in a number of game titles. In addition, the new driver purportedly fixes intermittent crashing when an HDMI monitor is connected, WebGL rendering issues in both Chrome and Firefox, and cleans up artifacts and corruption issues with Assassin's Creed, Darkspore, TES:Oblivion, Empire:Total War, F1 2010, and Starcraft 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Crysis, and a number of other titles. Not to sound overly critical, of course Intel's GPU cores are far more compatible with modern games than they were just a few years ago, and performance has improved tremendously. However, if Intel wants to seriously compete with ATI and NVIDIA GPUs, it's going to have to pick up the pace."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best ccTLD to avoid confiscation?

Pete McCann writes: "Given the recent spate of domain seizures by the USG, it seems that registrations in any US-hosted registry (like the gTLDs .com, .net, and .org) aren't stable places to put content that the USG might find objectionable. I am wondering, are there any ccTLD registries out there that have an open registration policy and are willing to stand up to censorship demands from the USG? There is this list of ccTLDs with open registration policies and the current MAFIAAFIRE redirection list looks very Tuvalu-heavy. Where would you register a site for maximum resistance to confiscation?"

Submission + - Speed aware cruise control (

cellurl writes: "WikiSPEEDia is slowly shipping the first ever speed-aware cruise control that actually slows your car down in speed zones. It's not Big Brother, just an improved cruise control. At least onStar isn't involved..."

Submission + - Police Conduction "Operation Wardrive" ( 1

yamamushi writes: "Since when has it been law enforcements responsibility to scan for open wireless networks, and then contact the owners of those networks warning them to close them? As far as I have been able to determine, this is the first time in the US that a law enforcement agency has attempted to do this, and although the courts have generally ruled that running an open wireless network waves your expectation of privacy, it feels like this is setting an extremely bad precedent for law enforcement going forward from here. The AustinEFF has filed an Open Records request against APD (Austin Police Department) for information on the details behind this operation, . My primary concern is, at what point in time does your SSID give probable cause for an officer to connect to your network to conduct a search for "illegal" content? Though the EFF's concerns are more varied than my own at this point."

Submission + - How to Use Netflix on the Nokia N95 (

roxiejune writes: One good thing about mobile phones nowadays is their ability to keep you updated with everything. From the latest news to music and videos, you can literally have everything at your fingertips. One such phone that can provide you with all these perks is the Nokia N95. It allows you to take pictures, make video calls, listen to music and many other things. In this article we take a look at Netflix on the Nokia N95, a service that allows you to watch movies.

Submission + - PacketFence v3.0 Released (

extrafu writes: NAC solutions such as Cisco ISE or Juniper UAC can be very expensive and don't work that well in large heterogeneous networks. If you're looking at securing access to your wired and/or wireless network, look at PacketFence — a Free and Open Source NAC solution. It also integrates very well with Snort and Nessus. Oh, did we mention it is being used in environments with more than 2,000 switches and supports 25 network vendors?

Submission + - Patent Troll Goes After Core PCI-Express Technolog (

wasimkadak writes: The first patent (7454552) covers a “switch with transparent and non-transparent ports” while the second (7421532) refers to “switching with transparent and non-transparent ports”. Neither description really says much, but the text below suggests what they’re covering: communication via a switch between PCI Express devices. What’s really crazy is that this sounds like Internet Machines literally managed to patent a portion of PCI Express spec.

Submission + - Oracle killing Java Webstart (

sproketboy writes: "It seems Oracle has decided in their infinite wisdom to remove digital signatures from the Java projects that they put into the open source community. Of course this breaks any application out there depending on Java Webstart using these libs. Looks like Java3D and JAI are currently affected — probably other APIs are as well.

Oh Oracle! What are we supposed to do with you?"


Submission + - Emotional Bag Check: Music for Sad Strangers (

thib_gc writes: Wired is running a piece on Emotional Bag Check, which lets you post about your problems when you're sad and suggest a song to cheer up sad strangers when you're happy. From the article: "Once you’ve shared a song with someone, you get access to the stats, which show that among the most popular songs to be recommended are Jimmy Eat World, Coldplay, James Blunt, and Maroon 5." The site is using Grooveshark to deliver music.

Submission + - NASA's Johnson Spaceflight Center at 50, a Grim Pr (

MarkWhittington writes: "NASA's Johnson Spaceflight Center turned 50 on Monday amid a considerable degree of angst concerning its present and fears about its future. JSC is facing a 25 percent budget cut in the wake of the end of the space shuttle program.

Fifty years ago the land that the space center now sits upon was a cow pasture. Four years later the Manned Spaceflight Center was where the astronauts worked and trained and where space missions were controlled. Four years after that, Mission Control at the Manned Space Center guided the greatest voyage of exploration in the history of humankind. It was to where Neil Armstrong reported when he said, "Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."

JSC is now facing something of an identity crisis, now that space shuttle missions are no longer flying. Americans are traveling into space on Russian rockets for the time being. If all goes well, five or so years hence, astronauts will fly to the International Space Station on commercial space taxis."

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