Token_Internet_Girl writes: "While it’s undoubtedly been a turbulent couple of weeks for Demonoid, its loyal users still had hope that one day the site might return. However, today the chances of that happening appear to have been cut from an optimistic 50/50 to much, much less. All key Demonoid domains are now up for sale to the highest bidder, signaling what could be the start of the end of an era"
Token_Internet_Girl writes: Last week, Wired featured this story mentioning Carrier IQ, a software program present on millions of Android, Nokia and Blackberry phones logging their user's activities. Now it seems Android Developed Trevor Eckhart has released a video confirming what was suspect about the software in the first place: That a complete record of all activities on the phone are being monitored and sent to Carrier IQ servers, without user consent.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: "Fewer than two weeks after Best Buy offered the first Full 3D HDTVs for sale in the US, its latest Sunday circular (3/21/10) promotes a Samsung 3D TV deal consisting of a 55 3D TV, 3D capable Blu-ray player, 2 pairs of glasses, a Blu-ray movie and Geek Squad delivery and installation. The ad states the service includes TV and Blu-ray player set-up, connection to your wireless network and 'sync your 3D glasses for an amazing experience'. The package price lists the geek½Â services as a $150 value. The offer’s only problem is that there is no such thing as syncing 3D glasses. They sync automatically." You can read more about this story here, and Best Buy Corporate response to this hilarity here.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: "Wouldn't it be nice to get in your car and be able to read the news or take a nap without the constant stress of actually operating the vehicle? Well, the driverless car, an idea that's been germinating since the 1980s, is getting a little closer to reality thanks to an E.U. project called SARTRE (the acronym stands for Safe Road Trains for the Environment—no apparent connection to existential philosophy, except that you'd have more time for it)." In addition to this brief article, you can read the project's press release and information here.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: "Traditionally, developers have had to write software programs from scratch, whether or not something similar has been done in the past for a different application or circumstance. This has meant skilled people spending a lot of time doing repetitive, boring work before being able to turn out new software for a specific requirement. But a much more efficient way of doing things has been demonstrated by European researchers who have developed an automated way of searching a central software repository to extract software ‘artefacts’ from existing systems for use in new systems." This project is further detailed here.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian paleontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur.Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macro Evolution at Montreal's McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13 million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize. The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: In one of the most significant legal rulings in the tech industry this year, a Superior Court judge in California has ruled that the practice of charging consumers a fee for ending their cell phone contract early is illegal and violates state law.
The preliminary, tentative judgment orders Sprint Nextel to pay customers $18.2 million in reimbursements and, more importantly, orders Sprint to stop trying to collect another $54.7 million from California customers (some 2 million customers total) who have canceled their contracts but refused or failed to pay the termination fee.
"Penned by Harvard Med School researchers Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olsen, 'Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do' refutes common conceptions about the causal relationship between violent video games and violent behavior."
In other words, playing a few hours of GTA IV will not result in your kid stealing a car, careening through traffic and gunning down civilians.
Token_Internet_Girl writes: In Texas, an unemployed game developer was visited in his mom's basement by the FBI for building a home-made nuclear reactor. "The feds were alerted after the man blogged that he had some uranium and that the background radiation in his home had doubled." If only we were all so productive with our time...
Token_Internet_Girl writes: A Trekkie who paid $6,000 for a poker visor that was supposedly worn by the android Data on the television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" claims in a lawsuit against Christie's auction house that the prop is a fake.
Ted Moustakis, of Towaco, N.J., said he began to doubt the authenticity of the visor and other items he purchased at an auction of CBS Paramount props in 2006, after he brought it to a convention in August to have it autographed by the actor who played Data, Brent Spiner.
According to the lawsuit, Spiner recognized the visor as the one that had been sold by Christie's and told Moustakis that it wasn't the real deal. The actual visor had been sold by the actor himself some time ago.