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Classic Games (Games)

36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist 268

Zerocool3001 writes "The recently featured 36-hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to the iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that he 'did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future.' The text of the cease and desist letter is available from the developer's website."

Comment Re:Too Expensive (Score 1) 247

A Finnish court ruling probably doesn't apply in the US.

SCOTUS has in the recent past cited decisions from international courts in their own decisions and dissents (with some controversy). A quick google search turned up this one - But, as a practical matter, Finnish court rulings don't have much weight in the US.


Submission + - Amiga in an FPGA released under GPL ( 2

exolon42 writes: This is a mandatory read for every (former or current) Amiga hacker. You have to give it to the Dutch: tulips, cheese, and now a guy named Dennis has recreated the original Amiga chipset in a Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, and recently released all sources under the GPL to boot! This includes the design of a PCB containing the FPGA, the required MC68000 and normal PC-style hardware connectors so you can build your own. A thought-provoking fact is that the Verilog-sources for the recreated chips (Denise, Paula, Agnus etc.) are only around 500-1000 lines each... chips in the eighties didn't contain 1 billion transistors!

Submission + - The Uneasy Relationship Between Math and Crypto (

Coryoth writes: "From the September Notices of the AMS, The Uneasy Relationship Between Mathematics and Cryptography (PDF) by Neal Koblitz provides fascinating reading on the tension between pure mathematics and cryptography. While mathematics has always played some role in cryptography, since the 1970s far more sophisticated mathematics has played increasingly large role in cryptography research. The last couple of decades has seen a uneasy relationship develop between advanced mathematics and cryptography. Koblitz discusses this, along with his development of elliptic curve cryptography during that time. He also talks about some of the less welcome side effects, such as pure mathematicians contorting their research proposals to be "applicable" to "hot" fields of cryptography, and the attempt by cryptographers to co-opt the reliability of mathematical proof to give (rather weak, and often false) claims of "provably secure" cryptosystems."

Submission + - Major Vista performance patches made official

Brentwood writes: It only took them 6 months, but Ars reports that Microsoft has officially released the long-awaited performance and compatability updates that have been quietly tested the last few weeks. According to Ars, the updates fix some major flaws with Vista, including the notorious slow copy bug. Hibernation fixes and big updates for nVidia cards are included, too. They won't hit Windows Update for another week, but you can grab them from Microsoft directly: the compatibility and reliability update, the performance and reliability update.

Submission + - How eBay doesnt collapse. Scientific American

David Greenspan writes: Ever wonder why sellers on eBay aren't more dishonest? Scientific American did. In an article titled "Is Greed Good?" they discuses how it is possible for eBay to function since many scientists believe in the concept of "Homo economicus (economic man)" that a man is "a rational, selfish person who single-mindedly strives for maximum profit." According to that concept every seller should simply flee with the buyers' money yet this is clearly not the case, Scientific American discusses why. Scientific American

Submission + - NVIDIA Premieres "The Plush Life" (

bigwophh writes: "To showcase the advanced rendering features of NVIDIA's Gelato GPU-accelerated rendering software, Timothy Heath and his team from the NVIDIA Digital Film Group put together a short film dubbed "The Plush Life" featuring Lundo and Flint, two plush characters with a penchant for joyriding in their 1969 Buick Electra. The Plush Life is the first release in a planned series of animated short films created with Gelato using some of its more advanced features like subsurface scattering, depth-of-shadows, and a new shader technology used to create the velvety appearance of the "Flint" character. HotHardware has more information regarding the short film and an array of impressive screenshots that are as good as any animated feature film released to date."
The Matrix

Submission + - Millionaires feel poor in new age of wealth (

athloi writes: "Silicon Valley is thick with those who might be called working-class millionaires. But many do not consider themselves as particularly fortunate, in part because they are surrounded by people with more wealth — often a lot more. Those with a few million dollars often see their accumulated wealth as puny, a reflection of their modest status in the new Gilded Age, when hundreds of thousands of people have accumulated much vaster fortunes. (Sounds Spenglerian: civilizations grow wealthy, then collapse, leaving a few superrich and many peons with blogs.) h.html?_r=1"


Submission + - Are Industry Standards really this low?

segafreak writes: "I'm a Software Engineering Student from the UK about to enter my final year. During this summer I have been on placement at a large software company (which shall remain unnamed), and while my experience hasn't been entirely negative, I'm appalled by some of the practises that seem commonplace — minimal or non-existant documentation, prototype quality code being sold to customers, lack of comments in code, and worst of all large projects coded and maintained by a single programmer! Having spoken to several of my classmates, I've discovered the situation to be similar all across the region. So fellow Slashdotters, my question is this: is our Industry really this bad? Or have my classmates and I just been shockingly unlucky?"
Linux Business

Submission + - Major "Internal Reorganization" at Linspir

Linspire Insider writes: Just two and a half weeks after the Deal with Microsoft, Linspire President and CEO Kevin Carmony was asked to clear out his locker on July 31st. And yesterday, August 2nd, several additional people were laid off or fired, or just quit, including most of the OS team and their only localization expert. In total, seven employees were lost, bringing the company roster down to around fifteen people. All this, despite the large influx of cash from their recent partnership, shows that Microsoft deal was useless to more than just users.

The near disbanding of the OS team is indicative of a major shift in the company's business model, now focusing almost entirely on their Click-N'-Run service.

Submission + - World's large PC makers gear up for China fight (

athloi writes: "Lenovo Group Ltd. said Friday it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast but poor rural market and priced as low as $199. Lenovo is the world's third-largest PC manufacturer, behind U.S.-based Hewlett Packard Inc. and No. 2 Dell. Who knew that Lenovo was so huge, and that it's so close to troubled Dell and wobbly HP? The "developing nations" computer wars are gonna make the US computer market seem polite and nerdly in comparison. ina_lenovo_cheap_pc"

Submission + - Upgrade enables HD decoding on AMD 690G Chipset[- (

Xbm360 writes: AMD recently released a BIOS update that brings several features to the table.

This BIOS update brings DVD/HD hardware decoding in both 720p & 1080p resolutions, making the 690G chipset the cheapest graphics subsystem that can decode 1080p video.

MPEG-2, VC-1 & H.264 video standards/codec's are supported.

Some motherboards which have the 690G chipset are:


It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Man Goes Through Vasectomy to Get iPhone (

An anonymous reader writes: Weird, weird, weird! A Gizmodo reader called Mr. Johnson (yes, apparently it's his name) underwent a vasectomy to get an Apple iPhone, following wife's orders after a roadtrip with his kids to Boise, Colorado. But fear not, dear readers-with-your-manly-parts-still-intact, because his amazing tale of heroic Apple fandom doesn't include any Bobbit-style genital violence. Keep reading to know why and the — strange — happy finish.

Submission + - BitTorrent 6.0 beta closed source, Windows only

makomk writes: The BitTorrent (Mainline) 6.0 beta has been released, and it's a rebranded version of uTorrent. Unfortunately, it's also closed source and Windows-only. (Apparently, BitTorrent Inc always planned that the next version of Mainline would be closed-source, even before they decided to base it on uTorrent.) It also comes with a mysterious content delivery system called BitTorrent DNA, which appears to consist of a single invisible background task, dna.exe.

Does the original, open source BitTorrent client have a future, or is it time for its users to switch to one of the many other BitTorrent clients?

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