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Displays

Plastic Logic E-Newspaper 75

Ostracus writes with news of another contender for a next-gen device suitable for displaying a newspaper page. It's very thin but weighs a bit more than a Kindle. "Plastic Logic, a spin-off company from the Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory, has recently released its design of a future electronic newspaper reader. This lightweight plastic screen copies the appearance, but not the feel, of a printed newspaper. This electronic paper technology was pioneered by the E-Ink Corporation and is used in the current generation Sony eReader and Amazon.com's Kindle. Plastic Logic's device, yet to be named, has a highly legible black-and-white display and a screen more than twice as large compared to current versions available on the market."
Games

An Early Look At Prince of Persia 13

Joystiq reports that work on Ubisoft's re-imagined Prince of Persia is complete, and the game has been sent off for certification leading up to its scheduled December 2nd launch. They were able to get some hands-on time with the game, and they have nothing but praise for the controls and the combat system. Quoting: "The game walked us through several fights' worth of control tutorial until we honestly didn't have to give second thought to what button we were pressing to execute a particular move. By the time we wrapped up our play session, we were sliding between enemies' legs, tossing them into the air, calling in Elika to teleport-kick them, and thwacking away until they teetered on the edges of cliffs — just before we delivered a final blow that sending them plummeting. What was doubly impressive about the combat system was the fact that, according to Delbuquet, it continues to evolve steadily throughout the course of the game. We were already stringing together our own combos at this point; nothing felt canned."
The Courts

Submission + - Florida Judge OK's Claims Against Record Companies (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal judge in Tampa, Florida, has ruled that an RIAA defendant's counterclaim against the record companies for conspiracy to use unlicensed investigators, access private computer records without permission, and commit extortion, may move forward. The Court also sustained claims for violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as a claim under Florida law for deceptive and unfair trade practices. The decision (pdf) by Judge Richard A. Lazzara in UMG v. DelCid rejected, in its entirety, the RIAA's assertion of "Noerr Pennington" immunity, since that defense does not apply to "sham litigations", and Ms. Del Cid alleges that the RIAA's cases are "sham".
Communications

Submission + - Swedish Government Surveillance - The Other Way! (gnuheter.com)

pawal writes: "With a list of Swedish government agencies and armed programming knowledge I decided to make a statement about the discussion about surveillance of the Internet in Sweden. I made a service called Creeper that I released in May this year. Anyone can use the service by linking a PNG-file on their homepage or blog, and my software will then match each request from the list of IP-addresses that I have collected. Now anybody surfing to the webpages that has this PNG is logged if the IP-address is a match. Already we have discovered government people being admins of Torrent-sites and surfing porn. There is a German version called Uberwach.de, and it would be great to see this service in other countries as well."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Build a beautiful 5 star hotel - Janes Hotel (chocosnow.com)

kagero writes: Help Jane make her dream come true and build a beautiful 5 star hotel in Jane's Hotel! You begin with a small 2 star hotel at the outskirts of town and work your way to the top by upgrading accommodations and achieving an excellent reputation. Keep an eye on customer moods and make them happy by building a gold course, serving them exquisite drinks and good meals, or simply cleaning their room.
Networking

Submission + - How to automate PPPoE configuration

Eirenarch writes: "Recently I was asked how one can automate the configuration of PPPoE connection on Windows. I have seen some ISPs provide software to setup the PPPoE for their customers but I could not find anything on the topic. Help me please. It is not really important for me but it undermines my belief that you can find any (technical) information via Google."
Privacy

Submission + - Police shutterbugs producing shudders

netbuzz writes: "Police shutterbugs producing shudders

The Boston Police Department is putting up more spy cameras just as London authorities are learning that their network of 10,000 cameras hasn't done anything to solve more crimes. Moreover, Boston neighborhoods aren't being told when the cameras are placed near their homes.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/19826"
Education

Submission + - Wikipedia 2.0, with added trust (tmcnet.com)

USB EVDO writes: "The online encyclopedia is set to trial two systems aimed at boosting readers' confidence in its accuracy. Over the past few years, a series of measures aimed at reducing the threat of vandalism and boosting public confidence in Wikipedia have been developed. Last month a project designed independently of Wikipedia, called WikiScanner, allowed people to work out what the motivations behind certain entries might be by revealing which people or organisations the contributions were made by . Meanwhile the Wikimedia Foundation, the charity that oversees the online encyclopedia, now says it is poised to trial a host of new trust-based capabilities. Source: New Scientist."
Education

Submission + - College Fires Teacher Who Says Bible Isn't Literal (desmoinesregister.com) 1

Stanislav_J writes: A community college instructor in Iowa claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve should not be literally interpreted.

Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College sided with a handful of students who threatened legal action over his remarks in a western civilization class Tuesday. He said he was fired Thursday.

"I'm just a little bit shocked myself that a college in good standing would back up students who insist that people who have been through college and have a master's degree, a couple actually, have to teach that there were such things as talking snakes or lose their job," Bitterman said.

One expects to read about this sort of thing at church-affiliated schools, but at a state-run community college? Are we really reaching a point in this country where everything said and taught in an academic setting must be weighed against the possibility of offending Christian fundamentalists? Are supposedly secular educational institutions more and more downplaying or even censoring truth and reality at the behest of a group of people who believe that ancient mythology negates and supercedes the disciplines of science, history, and reason?

Comment Re:Wimps and commies. (Score 1) 216

Well, I'm glad that you think of me as an intellectual. As to missing the truth, I never said that we ("we" as a people, not "we" as in you and me) were any more reasonable, intelligent or otherwise enlightened than this, somewhat ambiguous, enemy. And if, as you seem to suggest, that the best solution is to sink to the level of the lowest of the low in order to defeat those who hate us, then I'm afraid that you've contradicted yourself.
By the way, fear is the breeding-ground of hate. Simply getting your enemy to fear you is a sure way to get more hate directed at you. Governments have toppled (violently) because they thought that they could rule with fear.
Education

Submission + - Egypt's Female Pharaoh mummy found

pilsner.urquell writes: Fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt was found. She is regarded as the earliest known queen regnant in history and only the second woman known to have assumed the throne as "King of Upper and Lower Egypt" after Queen Sobekneferu of the 12th Dynasty.

Quote from the story:

According to US-based Discovery Channel, Egypt's antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass will announce at a media conference in Cairo on Wednesday "the most important find in Egypt's Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun" in 1922.
Communications

Walt Mossberg Reviews the iPhone 564

WSJdpatton writes "Walt Mossberg tested the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the US. His verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is on balance a beautiful and breakthrough hand-held computer. Its software especially sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though the lack of physical buttons can be a hindrance." Digital Daily has a roundup of early iPhone reviews.

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