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Submission + - Godot Game Engine Released Under MIT License (godotengine.org) 1

goruka writes: Godot is a fully featured, open source, MIT licensed, game engine. It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can deploy to PC, Mobile and Web platforms with no hassle. The editor, language and APIs are feature rich, yet simple to learn. Godot was born as an in-house engine, and was used to publish several work-for-hire commercial titles.

With more than half a million lines of code, Godot is one of the most complex Open Source game engines at the moment, and one of the largest commitments to open source software in recent years. It allows developers to make games under Linux (and other unix variants), Windows and OSX.

Submission + - No more fix for bugs on Batman: Arkham Origins, warned Warner Bros Montreal (wbgames.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Warner Bros Montreal has told to user complaining for bugs in the company official forums that it i'll not issue any more patches to fix bugs in the game, and that its workforce is totally focused on the upcoming DLC.
The official statement says that "if" some future patch fix come i'll be only for "game breaking" issues, the rest of the bugs in the game i'll remain unfixed.
Community users in the forum reacted whit enragement and indignation after the official statement.
 

Games

Submission + - Best and Worst Gaming Trends of 2011 (goozernation.com)

kube00 writes: 2011 was a good year for gaming. Some of the better trends included day 1 sales and being able to pick up that AAA game for less then $60. The bad trends included Project $10, services like Origin, and forcing gamers to keep a constant internet connection.
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Congress members attempting to distance themselves (bbc.co.uk)

Local ID10T writes: "According to the BBC:

Eight US lawmakers have withdrawn their backing from anti-piracy laws, amid "blackout" protests on thousands of internet sites.

The list of senators no longer backing PIPA includes Senator Marco Rubio (R) from Florida, Senator Roy Blunt (R) from Missouri, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R), and Senator Ben Cardin (D) of Maryland.

In the House of Representatives, Ben Quayle (R) of Arizona, Lee Terry (R) of Nebraska, Dennis Ross (R) of Florida, and Tim Holden (D) of Pennsylvania said they were no longer supporting SOPA.

Not a good day to be associated with killing the internet I guess..."

Intel

Submission + - Intel Offers Protection Plan For Overclockers (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Intel today unveiled a pilot program that provides warranty protection to overclockers in the event they get a little bit overzealous with pushing the pedal to the metal. For a fee, Intel will provide a one-time replacement of certain processors that are damaged by overclocking and/or over-volting. It's completely optional and in addition to the original three-year standard warranty that already applies to Intel's retail boxed processors. Intel isn't yet ready to flat-out endorse overclocking but the Santa Clara chip maker is perfectly content to provide a "limited remedy if issues arise as a result of an enthusiast's decision to enable overclocking," for a modest fee, of course. The deal applies to only to certain Extreme Edition and K-series (unlocked) processors currently, in Intel's Core i7 and Core i5 families."
Cloud

Submission + - German Hackers plan satellite DR solution (informationweek.com)

EliSowash writes: "In a move that gives cloud-based Disaster Recovery a whole new perspective, a trio of German hackers have put together a plan to build a space antenna that will keep the Web up and running in case of an event that affects its availability. "The hacker community needs a fallback infrastructure in case of natural and economic disaster to stay connected," according to their site."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft to Offer 'Flight' For Free This Spring (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: Microsoft's Flight Simulator series, which was in dormant state until now, will see a re-launch this spring and that too for free. The name of this series will be simply "Flight" and players will have free access to the digital sky with this simulator. In other words, it will be available as a free download; however, the user would need to buy additional content to enhance their experience. The content that can be purchased includes aircraft as well as new environments. Microsoft states that the most amazing part of this game is the user can experience some real life locations like Big Island of Hawaii along with "region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks".

Find the video here: http://youtu.be/I43UOjdhIpg

The Internet

Submission + - Vint Cerf Questions Whether Internet Access Should (nytimes.com)

Gallenod writes: In an op-ed for the New York Times (registration/subscription required), Vint Cerf writes that civil protests around the world, sparked by Internet communications, 'have raised questions about whether Internet access is or should be a civil or human right." Cerf argues that "technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself," and contends that for something to be considered a human right, it "must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things.'
Wikipedia

Submission + - Wikipedia breaks $20 million fundraising record (ibtimes.com)

asavin writes: Wikipedia users may not need to see the face of a pleading Jimmy Wales anymore, as the online encyclopedia and sainted friend of last-minute essay students everywhere raised $20 million in donations.
Cellphones

Submission + - Google Pulls 21 Android Apps with Trojan Rootkits (switched.com)

suraj.sun writes: Thanks to a tip-off by a redditor, and some investigation by Android Police ( http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/01/the-mother-of-all-android-malware-has-arrived-stolen-apps-released-to-the-market-that-root-your-phone-steal-your-data-and-open-backdoor/ ), Google has pulled 21 Android Market apps that were infected with a backdoor Trojan rootkit. If you downloaded any of the infected apps, they will be automatically deleted from your phone.

The attack vector was ingenious, and plays on the Android Market's biggest weakness: the almost complete absence of app moderation. The nefarious developer crafted 21 apps that share the name of legitimate apps (such as 'Chess'), and into each of them he inserted some Trojan code. The apps then quietly report your sensitive data back to a remote server, while you play with your free app.

Download Squad: http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/02/google-pulls-21-android-malware-apps-with-trojan-rootkit-over-50000-infected/

Android Police: http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/01/the-mother-of-all-android-malware-has-arrived-stolen-apps-released-to-the-market-that-root-your-phone-steal-your-data-and-open-backdoor/

Submission + - World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope (sciencedaily.com)

gamricstone writes: Scientists have produced the world's most powerful optical microscope, which could help understand the causes of many viruses and diseases. Previously, the standard optical microscope can only see items around one micrometre — 0.001 millimetres — clearly. But now, by combining an optical microscope with a transparent microsphere, dubbed the 'microsphere nanoscope', the Manchester researchers can see 20 times smaller — 50 nanometres ((5 x 10-8m) — under normal lights. This is beyond the theoretical limit of optical microscopy. "Seeing inside a cell directly without dying and seeing living viruses directly could revolutionize the way cells are studied and allow us to examine closely viruses and biomedicine for the first time."
Crime

Submission + - Scam Uses Cloned Reed College Website

theodp writes: Plagiarism by students is a concern at colleges across the country, writes the WSJ's Kevin Helliker. But at Reed College, the problem has reached another level: the copying of an entire school. The website of a fictitious school called the University of Redwood features a faculty directory and photographs of a campus lifted straight out of Reed's website. Officials at Reed suspect the site is part of a scheme to collect application fees from prospective students in Hong Kong and Asia. After collecting a fee, "a shrewd scammer could wait several weeks, then issue a rejection letter, and the student would never know," said Martin Ringle, CTO at Reed. Ringle said he had found serious mention of the University of Redwood on Asian higher-education blogs. The college says it believes the website's domain is owned by somebody in China.
Security

Criminal Charges Filed Against AT&T iPad Attacker 122

Batblue writes "The US Department of Justice will file criminal charges against the alleged attackers who copied personal information from the AT&T network of approximately 120,000 iPad users, the US Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey announced Monday. Daniel Spitler will be charged in US District Court in New Jersey with one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and one count of fraud. Andrew Auernheimer will be charged with the same counts at the US Western District Court of Arkansas, which is in Fayetteville. Auernheimer made headlines last June when he discovered that AT&T's website was disclosing the e-mail addresses and the unique ICC-ID numbers of multiple iPad owners. Claiming that he wanted to help AT&T improve its security, he wrote a computer script to extract the data from AT&T and then went public with the information. AT&T said that nobody from Auernheimer's hacking group contacted them about the flaw."

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