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Submission + - Civil Rights Captcha employs an empathy test to ward off spambots (

cylonlover writes: Loathe it as we do, the captcha goes a long way to preventing websites from being inundated with spam comments produced by nefarious software. However, there’s room for improvement, and rather than tasking a user with a series of random words which must be entered in order to be allowed to comment on a website, the Civil Rights Captcha employs an empathy test to measure whether you pass muster. The Civil Rights Captcha is the brainchild of Civil Rights Defenders, a Sweden-based international human rights organization. The organization states that it has created the new captcha in order to provide a simpler and more effective method of keeping websites spam-free, in addition to drawing attention to the importance of human rights.

Submission + - Strong AI and the imminent revolution in robotics (

An anonymous reader writes: Google director of research Peter Norvig and AI pioneer Judea Pearl give their view on the prospects of developing a strong AI and how progress in the field is about to usher in a new age of household robotics to rival the explosion of home computing in the 1980s.

Submission + - Chile Threatens To Drop Out Of TPP Negotiations Due To Ridiculous US Demands Abo (

TheGift73 writes: "You may remember that some officials in Chile recently began wondering what benefit they would get from agreeing to be a part of TPP. It seems that view is going even further. There was just another negotiating round and it appears (as we've expected, but don't know for sure because the US negotiators, led by Ron Kirk refuse to be even remotely transparent) that the US's strong position on IP is scaring off Chile. A high level government official is now saying that the country is considering pulling out of the TPP negotiations unless the US "significantly moderates its intellectual property demands." The article suggests that Chile is willing to move forward with much of the rest of the agreement, but the ridiculous USTR position on IP is giving it reason to be concerned."

Submission + - The Pirate Bay to Drop Torrent Files, Switch to Ma (

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone’s favorite source of stolen media is switching things up, moving from a torrent tracker to a magnet link hub.

Magnet links can be thought of as torrent links to torrent files. They lack much of the code that a torrent file does; rather, they point your machine to a torrent file being hosted by someone, somewhere on the bitTorrent network.

Submission + - Beuond Einstein (

An anonymous reader writes: The purely information theory produces the same results as Einstein's relativity. I thought this interesting. The theory has no concepts of light, gravity or relativity, yet the familiar formulas for time dilation come up as special cases. Since there are many programmers here, would be interesting to see the feedback. The theory has simple math and it reads like a design document, of the Universe, I guess.

Submission + - Steam/Portal 2 PS3 Integration Detailed (

An anonymous reader writes: Valve has given a bit of insight into how Steam will work while you play the game. One of the biggest features in the ability to play in cross platform matches, which means folks on the PC, PS3 and Mac can now join into one session, rather than being split into separate rooms depending on the console. Also Save-games will be hosted on the Steam Cloud, which means users can go from one PS3 to another and pick up where they left off.

Submission + - Really Search Engine Friendly Websites? (

webcurious writes: Has anyone heard anything about a fairly new website at I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about SEO and I see so much conflicting information passed on like it's gospel. I'm just wondering if maybe there's finally someone out there who really knows what's current and true. This website only has one page up so far, so that may be why I didn't find them anywhere close to page 1 of Google.


Social Networks

Braid Creator on 'Evil' Social Games 84

PCGamer recently spoke with Jonathan Blow, creator of the popular indie platformer Braid, about his views on the rise of social games over last few years. He thinks many games in that category aren't actually very social, and when asked if he thought such games are evil, he replied, "Yes. Absolutely." Quoting: "[With certain social games] it’s about the game exploiting your friends list that you already made, so it’s not really about meeting people. And it’s not really about doing things with them because you’re never playing at the same time. It’s about using your friends as resources to progress in the game, which is the opposite of actual sociality or friendship. Maybe not exactly, but it’s not the same thing, right? They’re really just called social games because they run on social networks."

Submission + - Could you live this close to the edge? (

RebeccaJK writes: A couple from Dawlish, England who bought a house just 18 months ago for £1,700,000 say the value has plummeted to an estimated £1,100,000 along with their garden, as their home crashes into the sea below.

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Submission + - Tricking an iPod into trusting your dock (

An anonymous reader writes: [Thijs] has an iPod dock with an LCD display in it that allows you to watch videos without having to squint quite as much. Unfortunately, the iPod classic wouldn't play videos on it because it's not an Apple approved product. He figured out that an authentication chip is included in docks and cables that Apple has approved and set out to retrofit his device with one. He pulled the PCB, authentication chip included, out of a $5 cable from Deal Extreme and wired it up to the PCB on his dock. Voila, the dock now plays video.

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Submission + - SPAM: What is the Future of Film ?

ggoldstein17 writes: A couple of hundred folks gathered for the day at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California, for an intensive assessment of the health, the shifting sands — trends both good and bad — and, ultimately, the future of the film business.
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Submission + - Norway Time Hole “Leak” Plunges Northe ( 3

fredrik70 writes: Russian scientists are reporting to Prime Minister Putin today that the high-energy beam fired into the upper heavens from the United States High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) radar facility in Ramfjordmoen, Norway this past month has resulted in a “catastrophic puncturing” of our Plant’s thermosphere thus allowing into the troposphere an “unimpeded thermal inversion” of the exosphere, which is the outermost layer of Earth’s atmosphere.

Submission + - Sheep Born with Human "Head" (

slas6654 writes: A very interesting report coming out of Turkey about a sheep being more with a human head. FTA: "A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The calf was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey. Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed Cesarean section on the animal to take the calf out, but was horrified to see that the features of the calf’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face. "

Apparently this is not an isolated centauric incident. A goat born in September 2009 in Zimbabwe also appeared to have a human head. Although the goat was born alive, the villagers were so scared they killed it. "This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing," he reportedly said. "The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features," he added.

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