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Submission + - Lazy clause algorithm makes decisions faster ( 1

schliz writes: Australian researchers have developed a 'combinatorial optimisation' algorithm called the lazy clause generator, which combines low- and high- level programming techniques to solve problems like rostering, resource allocation and Sudoku. The algorithm is part of Government-funded NICTA's G12 constraint programming project, and could speed industrial decision making processes by "orders of magnitude" — however, its developer does not expect it to replace human managers "because in the end, people want to feel like they're in control of the process".

Submission + - Confirmed: Steam Not Coming To Linux ( 5

dkd903 writes: A rumor has been going around for about four months that Valve was working on a Linux version of Steam and this had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. But, Valve has now officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear – there is no Linux version of Steam in development. Doug Lombardi, the Marketing VP of Valve Corporation, in an interview, has put an end to all the rumors by saying that they are not working on Steam for Linux right now.

Submission + - Netflix Drops $1B For Streaming Content (

kdawson writes: "The NY Times is reporting that Netflix will pay almost $1B to add on-demand titles to its stable (press release). 'Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, said he was essentially taking the "huge pile of money" that Netflix paid in postage for DVDs by mail — about $600 million this year — "and starting to pay it to the studios and networks." Wall Street analysts estimated that Netflix would pay about $900 million over the course of five years to Epix, a fledgling competitor to HBO that holds the rights to the film output of Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM. ... It was the second film deal for Netflix this summer, coming a month after a pact with Relativity Media...'"

Submission + - YouTube upload limit increased to 15 minutes (

tekgoblin writes: This is great news, the original 10 minute limit on videos uploaded to YouTube (YouTube) has now been increased to 15 minutes. It was very time consuming to split an hour video into 6 separate parts, now it only has to be done 4 times.

YouTube stated that an increase in the time limit for videos was the number 1 most requested feature on YouTube. They want you to take advantage of this new change by uploading your 15 minutes of fame video to the site and tagging it with “yt15minutes” the best video will be displayed in the featured spotlight on YouTube’s front page for the world to see.

The move to 15 minutes was also influenced by the success of the content ID program created by YouTube to help the music and movie industry identify copyright content on YouTube.


Submission + - Rogue Anti-virus Victims Rarely Fight Back (

krebsonsecurity writes: One big reason why rogue anti-virus continues to make major bucks for scam artists? Relatively few victims ever ask their credit card company or bank to reverse the charges for the phony security software — even when the victims don't even receive the worthless software they were promised. I recently found several caches of data for affiliates of a rogue anti-virus distribution program, and the data showed that in one set of attacks only 367 out of more than 2,000 scammed disputed the charge. A second rogue anti-virus campaign scammed more than 1,600 people, and yet fewer than 10 percent fought the charges.

Submission + - Dell PowerEdge Motherboard Malware Clarification (

wiredmikey writes: The virus infected the motherboards as a result of the software used to test them being infected due to human error. While discovering malware embedded in servers shipped from major manufacturers is alarming, this incident in particular should have minimal impact.

Comment Only the code that references WP (Score 1) 571

Just because a few lines of code interact with the same database and APIs, they have to be free? I don't think that is really a good way to look at it.

The owners of Wordpress should have no rights over images, stylesheets, and html code created for themes and plugins. These work wiithout wordpress, and are portable to any platform.

Comment If you're posting on 99designs... (Score 1) 569

If a designer is frequently competing on 99designs, they are probably unemployed. Of course those people are going to get angry.

High-end design is an extremely intricate, time consuming process that you really have to put your heart into. Rather than a proper design process with one on one consultation, concept development, drafting, etc the entrants have to create a design based on a short project summary in hopes that theirs will get picked.

Many of the 99designs entries I've seen are just flashy, trendy designs that really do not serve the marketing purposes they are intended for. They often look great, but do not create an "identity". Artistic but non-professional. That is not the fault of the designer - it's a fault in the system.

In short, if you're a designer and you are using 99designs for anything other than practice, you are wasting your time.


Submission + - Google Signs 20-Year Deal to Buy Wind Power (

itwbennett writes: Google has signed a 20-year agreement to buy energy from a wind farm in Iowa, giving it access to enough renewable energy to supply several of its data centers, the company said on Tuesday. The deal provides Google with access to 114 megawatts of wind power at a fixed price over the 20-year period, said Urs Hoelzle, Google senior vice president for operations, in a company blog post. The purchase was made through Google Energy, a subsidiary the company set up in December and which was granted federal approval to buy and sell energy on the wholesale market. Google can't use the energy directly and must first sell it back to the grid on the local spot market, Hoelzle said.

Submission + - Your Digital Life in Ultraviolet 2

D.A. Zollinger writes: Not happy with the status quo, many of the major media companies have devised yet another DRM scheme named Ultraviolet. Going beyond the control of physical media, this DRM scheme further assists these major media companies to control digital copies as well. Their enticing mantra? Buy your movie once and play it anywhere! Problem? While they have 43 founding members, including big names in Hollywood, Personal Electronics, Mobile Phones, Computers and Software — conspicuously missing is the biggest player in mobile entertainment — DRM free Apple — and the largest media and entertainment conglomerate — Disney.

Submission + - Netflix to start streaming in canada (

whtmarker writes: Netflix is launching its streaming service in Canada this fall. It will likely feature a different set of content due to different broadcasting rights in each country. This will be the first time Netflix has offered its services outside the U.S. They have been selling netflix enabled devices up there for some time. This allows netflix to gain market share on hulu, while amazon VOD and apple TV are still drowning in the pay per download model, which while successful for MP3s is not as successful as a subscription service.

Submission + - Google Spent $100M Defending Viacom Lawsuit (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Lawsuits are never cheap, even if you're on the winning side. But not many cost as much as Viacom's lawsuit against Google. They won before trial and even so Google spent $100 million dollars defending themselves. Incidentally, Viacom is appealing the ruling, so it's not even over yet. Perhaps its no wonder our rights are vanishing online when it takes $100M to protect just one of them."

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