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Submission + - Given truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More ( 2

SharpFang writes: In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.

Submission + - iPhone can cure impotence now (

SharpFang writes: On a twist about the recent stories about App Store censorship, it appears Apple approved an iPhone app that supposedly fixes erection dysfunction through sound waves. I wonder what testing methods did Apple employees use to ascertain the application works as described: "Just listen to the audio for 6 minutes everyday, and after 20 days your male sexuality will be enhanced for more than 85%!"

Submission + - 2.0: The Antithesis of Consumer Confide (

SharpFang writes: Quoting the article: 2.0 is supposed to be the future of online gaming. Instead, it is the antithesis of consumer confidence, a combination of corporate suits who don’t play video games and game designers who can’t do damage control. (...) The company wants a real-time strategy game that appeals to your mom’s bridge club.”

A sad story how corporate politics of total control removed most of what made Starcraft competitive and successful.

Open Source

Submission + - Humble Bundle hits $1mln, Lugarou open-sourced ( 1

SharpFang writes: The Wolfire's experiment of releasing five indie games (with one more added later) on pay-what-you-want basis has ended with over $1mln earned. The top contributor paid $3333.33 and the last $100,000 were reached in the last 10 hours of the week of the sale. Meanwhile, Wolfire has lived up to its earlier promise and is currently creating a public source code repository for one of the bundle games — Lugarou, As a reminder to those who liked one of the other bundle games — Penumbra Overture — the bundle includes a discount code that brings the price for a bundle of all the Penumbra trilogy games down to $5 from $20.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Engraving lo-res holograms in a copper plate 1

SharpFang writes: "White light holograms are a special case of holography in that they only preserve horizontal phase information and do not operate via interference. It is possible to make a white light hologram with macroscopic line spacing although the resolution is extremely low." A hologram of a cube engraved in a copper plate using a CNC mill in daylight looks like just a bunch of curvy lines, but when you shine a point light at it, the reflections in the grooves resolve into the shape which changes as you move.

Submission + - SuprNova is back (

SharpFang writes: Suprnova is back, under the wings of guys from PirateBay. In a welcome message, they write "This is how it works. Whatever you sink, we build back up. Whomever you sue, ten new pirates are recruited. Wherever you go, we are already ahead of you. You are the past and the forgotten, we are the internet and the future. y'arr!"

Submission + - Roving bug - requesting advisory

SharpFang writes: Several news sources have reported how the Big Brother (this time FBI) exploited the `roving bug' to eavesdrop on conversations happening near cell phones of chosen people by remotely switching the microphone of the phone on. `The "roving bugs" were approved by a judge after the more conventional bugs planted at specified locations were discovered by members of the crime family, who then started to conduct their business dealings in several additional locations, including more restaurants, cars, a doctor's office and public streets.' So: which models of phones are affected by the bug, which ones can be used `whether the phone was powered on or off' and who's gonna write a patch?

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