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Submission + - Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine (

Proudrooster writes: From Ars Technica. The patent, US 9,068,562, combines inertial confinement fusion, fission, and a turbine that generates electricity. It sounds completely crazy because it is. Currently, this kind of engine is completely unrealistic given our mastery of fusion, or rather our lack thereof. Perhaps in the future (the distant, distant future that is), this could be a rather ingenious solution. For now, it's yet another patent head-scratcher. Will the patent office will demand to inspect a working device?

Submission + - What Would You Choose to Update Your Technical Skills Inventory this Summer

Proudrooster writes: As technologists, developers, and programmers it is essential to keep moving forward as technology advances so that we do not find ourselves pigeonholed, irrelevant, or worse unemployed. If you had to choose a new technology skill to add to your personal inventory this summer what would it be and why? Also, where would you look for the best online training (iTunesU, The technologies that immediate jump out as useful are HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX. Thank you for sharing.

Submission + - YouTube's ready to select a winner (

Proudrooster writes: From YouTube. Thanks for all your great entries.
YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years. All videos will be deleted within the next 24 hours.

Submission + - The Apple App Store is down (

Proudrooster writes: This morning the Apple App Store has been down in various regions for over 4-hours and counting. Apple has not declared downtime for the App store but according to reports has been wrestling with unauthorized in App downloads which should be fixed in IOS6. Apple so far has been silent as users wait for the App store to allow downloads and updates. How long with the outage last and why is it happening? Stay tuned.

Submission + - Best School for Video Game Programming Degree? (

Proudrooster writes: Fellow Slashdotters. I have transitioned to teaching and my students have asked me what is the best path to take to work in the video game programming industry. Which would be of more benefit, pursing a Computer Science Degree or taking an accelerated program like those at FullSail? I have a CS degree and suspect that the CS degree would be of more benefit in the long run, but I would like anyone in the industry to share their wisdom and experience with my students trying to follow in your footsteps. If you could recommend some programs in your replies it would be appreciated.

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