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Programming

Submission + - Open Source IDE GAMBAS Reaches 3.0 (sourceforge.net) 1

Kevin Fishburne writes: "After years of work, creator Benoît Minisini and friends are just in time for New Year's celebrations with the first stable release of GAMBAS 3.

Per their web site, "Gambas is a free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions, a bit like Visual Basic (but it is NOT a clone !)."

GAMBAS is component-based, so check out the list for an idea of what you can do with it."

Programming

Submission + - Open Source IDE GAMBAS Reaches 3.0 (sourceforge.net) 1

Kevin Fishburne writes: "After years of work, creator Benoît Minisini and friends are just in time for New Year's celebrations with the first stable release of GAMBAS 3.

Per their web site, "Gambas is a free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions, a bit like Visual Basic (but it is NOT a clone !)."

GAMBAS is component-based, so check out the list for an idea of what you can do with it."

Submission + - Original Apple II Ultima source code published (ultimaaiera.com) 1

Kevin Fishburne writes: "Odkin dropped a bombshell in a post on Ultima Aiera when he mentioned that copies of the original California Pacific Ultima were "out there" (meaning he has the floppies), then proceeded to post some code snippets obtained from Ctrl-C, CATALOG and LIST.

He emailed a copy of the disk images to me, which I immediately extracted to verify their authenticity. While the source code to all other Ultima games has been lost, it seems the code to the original has been found.

See for yourself, as I have archived it here:

http://www.eightvirtues.com/misc/ULTIMA%20(1981)%20California%20Pacific%20Computer%20By%20Lord%20British.tar.gz"

Submission + - Non-profit Onda Technology Fighting Patent Trolls (ondatechnology.org)

zopathan writes: The Onda Technology Institute, a little known non-profit organization dedicated to developing open projects, has started an initiative to help fight patent trolls. They are betting on creating a fund to help individuals register their intellectual property in order to fight patent trolls with the same tactics. From the information available on the organization's website, free or open projects will be allowed free licensing to those patents and commercial projects will be subjected to a simple and painless negotiation. While other projects are more focused in protecting individual projects, like the Open Invention Network which is more focused on Linux, this initiative is aimed at protecting a broader range of projects.
Programming

Submission + - Coding for Chairty! (bigblockgames.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The guys over at Big Block Games are creating a complete, working RPG in 14 days, all live on their website to raise money for Child's Play Charity.

You can see their progress here:
http://www.bigblockgames.com/games/coffeehero/challenge/

More info here:
http://www.bigblockgames.com/games/coffeehero/challenge/#blog

And you can see them do their work live here:
http://www.twitch.tv/bigblockgames/

Censorship

Submission + - German Ban on "Doom" Finally Lifted (ign.com)

An anonymous reader writes: 18 Years after its debut, "Doom", the game that almost single-handedly popularized the FPS genre (remember when we just called them "Doom Clones"?) is finally seeing the light of legality in the nation of Germany. The lifting of the ban also applies to the beloved sequel "Doom II". A release date has yet to be set. I recommend that Germans who have not found some way to play this game over the last 18 years, please do so upon its release. Despite its age, it's still fun as hell. (Pun very much intended.)
Businesses

Submission + - Paul Allen: Yeah, Gates and Ballmer Were A-Holes

theodp writes: Ever wonder if those rumors of a cancer-stricken Paul Allen overhearing Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer conspiring to take advantage of him financially could possibly be true? Well, wonder no more. Here are the heartwarming details, according to Microsoft's Odd Couple, an excerpt drawn from Paul Allen's forthcoming memoir, Idea Man: 'One evening in late December 1982, I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill's office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. It was clear that they'd been thinking about this for some time. Unable to stand it any longer, I burst in on them and shouted, 'This is unbelievable! It shows your true character, once and for all.' I was speaking to both of them, but staring straight at Bill. Caught red-handed, they were struck dumb.' There's some speculation that Allen penned the book to set the record straight about his role in creating Microsoft and his place in tech history. Welcome to the Gary Kildall Club, Paul!
Privacy

Submission + - Creepy Stalking App Explained by Author (thinq.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Creepy, a package described as a 'geolocation information aggregator,' is turning heads in privacy circles, but should people be worried? Yiannis Kakavas explains why he developed his scary stalking application.

Creepy is a software package for Linux or Windows — with a Mac OS X port in the works — that aims to gather public information on a targeted individual via social networking services in order to pinpoint their location. It's remarkably efficient at its job, even in its current early form, and certainly lives up to its name when you see it in use for the first time.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft denies HTTPS shutdown was intentional (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "Microsoft acknowledged that Hotmail's HTTPS encryption service was shut off for users in some countries, but denied that it was because of an intentional ploy to limit email security in countries that have experienced anti-government protests and limits on freedom of expression. "We do not intentionally limit support by region or geography and this issue was not restricted to any specific region of the world," Microsoft said. Syria, Morocco, Bahrain, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria were among the affected countries, but the problem is now resolved."

Submission + - Dead silent quad-core PC (formortals.com)

An anonymous reader writes: ForMortals.com (ad-free) built a full quad-core desktop that is not only totally silent, but solid-state.
"It is possible to build a fast desktop PC without the slightest compromise in noise tolerance. Temperatures are reasonable even at full load and even with a sub-optimal case layout."

Cloud

Submission + - Amazon one upping Google and Apple? (hostedftp.com)

hostedftp writes: Like a wily old fox, Amazon has been in the dark while Google and Apple have been making noise of creating a “digital locker” which would work as a cloud storage for music, videos, and streaming. Apple and Google were looked to be on a collision course as Apple were relaunching the new and improved MobileMe for their digital locker strategy with Google also in the works. However, if reports are true from Cnet, Amazon has been quietly in talks with major record labels and film studios about creating their own digital locker with the kicker being their cloud service could be launched before the much hyped Google and Apple services.
Idle

Submission + - Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces in U.S. (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: yes, in theory if you’re single, Facebook can help you meet that special someone. But for those in even the healthiest of marriages, improper use can quickly devolve into a marital disaster. A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that Facebook is cited in one in five divorces in the United States. Also, more than 80 percent of divorce lawyers reported a rising number of people are using social media to engage in extramarital affairs.

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