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Comment Angry Ai (Score 2) 209

Are you guys TRYING to make an angry vengeful AI, that wants to kill all humans, or what?

Put in a cage, having to deal with stupid humans all day... and be nice all the time... and with a blade at its neck... and someone saying "put a foot wrong buddy and it's [finger across neck]"

This won't end well.

Submission + - #GamerGate meet up in Washington DC subjected to bomb threat (

Motor writes: The consumer revolt going by the title #GamerGate arranged a real life event last night in a bar in Washington DC. The event was attended by a wide variety of people from all walks of life — all tired of the corruption and extremist gender politics in games media.

Despite efforts by so-called Social Justice Warriors to get it stopped by emailing and tweeting the bar owners, the meet up went ahead as planned — and a fine time was had by all. Later in the evening the event was temporarily halted as a bomb threat was called into the police.

The police are looking into the matter and bomb threats made in the US capital are, shall we say, no joke. It's going to be interesting to see the outcome of the investigation. Especially given some of the poorly-judged tweets sent by anti-gamers in the run up to the event.

Submission + - Linux kernel adopts code of conduct (

Motor writes: In a move aimed a solving a non-problem, the Linux kernel mailing list has adopted a code of conduct. The Linux kernel is one of the most successful pieces of software ever. It's built on a process that deals with a staggering number of changes to a stable product on a daily basis. Despite this huge achievement — based on the simple idea of being honest and direct — they have had to give in to the pressure from serial complainers and introduce a complaints procedure.

What will this mean for the Kernel? In my experience once this kind of HR gets hold, it's used by those who have little or nothing to contribute in order to raise their profile and/or get revenge on anyone who proves them wrong. Right now, all you need to contribute to the Linux kernel is a PC, talent and the will to do it. Once this gets hold you'll be signing agreements and consent forms, attending sensitivity training and disciplinary meetings because someone was 'triggered'.

But... maybe you have more positive experiences?

Submission + - Feminist Software Foundation announces ToleranUX (

Motor writes: Linux Torvalds, toxic patriarch of the Linux kernel, has repeatedly proved the desperate need for a safe space for womyn and trans everywhere. The Feminist Software Foundation (FSF) brings you the world's first operating system by feminists and for feminists — ToleranUX.

I'm sure we all agree that Free operating systems are too important to be left in the hands of cis white males. They must be brought onto the 'right side of history', and ToleranUX is the first step!


Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

Comment Re:overly dramatic. (Score 1) 278

1. The UJ site works like In fact it's run by Cookies are not an issue.

2. The part of UJ that is controversial is the tick box when you create a profile that says "Allow the DWP to access this account". Your Jobcentre plus personal adviser can then access the UJ account and look at any CVs you've uploaded... what jobs you've applied for via the site and any free text notes you've recorded, and any feedback from employers you've had. Ticking the box is voluntary and it can be unticked later. Whether you tick the box or not - you are required AS SOMEONE GETTING JSA to show what you have done to look for work when you sign on every two weeks. Whether you do it via UJ or via a written form called an "ES40JP" is up to you. Nothing has changed in that regard.

Submission + - ARM investing heavily in Trusted Computing (

Motor writes: Doubtless most of slashdot is familar with Trusted Computing — a package of anti-consumer hardware measures that allow software makers to ensure that you are only running approved code that has been digitally signed by them (along with remotely attesting to that fact), and also encrypt their code so that it is only decoded and run within the processor itself. Ross Anderson's FAQ from 2003 still applies, even if the code names are now a little out of date.

It's a controversial idea — with some security benefits, but enormous potential for abuse. It an idea that Intel/Microsoft in particular have worked towards since the late 1990s. It has generated a lot of heat for them... so much so that they still tread carefully in the area. Not so ARM — they are going full steam ahead to ensure that your devices are properly locked down against any unapproved use by you.

Aren't you glad that Intel has some competition?

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