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Submission + - XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers (

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating. While a number of registrars have already been taking pre-registrations, the actual timeline for the launch has not yet been published.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod 129

On Wednesday we discussed news of an impressive-looking mod for StarCraft II that transformed the game into a WoW lookalike, which quickly drew a copyright infringement warning from Activision Blizzard. The company has now released an official statement green-lighting the mod for continued development. "'It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor,' Blizzard said in a statement. 'As always, we actively encourage development of custom maps and mods for StarCraft II, as we've done with our strategy games in the past.' Blizzard went on the say that it's looking forward to seeing development of the mod continue, and that it has invited Winzen to the company's campus to meet the game's development team."

Advent Calendar For Geeks 65

bLanark writes "Well, as children and adults all over the world begin their day with chocolate, with the traditional Advent calendar, I'd like to remind you that there's an alternative for geeks. The Perl Advent calendar will give you a new Perl tip every day right up to Christmas."

Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths 449

tetrahedrassface writes "When the Sociolinguistics Symposium met earlier this month swearing scholar Timothy Jay revealed that an increase in child swearing is directly related to an increase in adult swearing. It seems that vulgarity is increasing as pop culture continues to popularize vulgarities. The blame lies with media, public figures, politicians, but mostly ourselves. From the article: 'Children as young as two are now dropping f-bombs, with researchers reporting that more kids are using profanity — and at earlier ages — than has been recorded in at least three decades.'"

Lies, Damned Lies and Cat Statistics 175

spopepro writes "While un-captioned cats might be of limited interest to the /. community, I found this column on how a fabricated statistic takes on a life of its own interesting. Starting with the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) claim that the unsterilized offspring of a cat will '...result in 420,000 cats in 5 years,' the author looks at other erroneous numbers, where they came from and why they won't go away."
PC Games (Games)

Valve Trademarks 'DOTA' 141

An anonymous reader tips news that Valve Software has filed a trademark claim for the term "DOTA," fueling speculation that the company will soon reveal a new Defense of the Ancients game. Voice actor John St. John recently said he was recording for such a game in a post to Twitter. The tweet was subsequently deleted. Last year Valve hired 'Icefrog,' lead developer for the original DotA mod.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"

Doctor Invents 'Zero Gravity' Radiation Suit 83

DrFrasierCrane writes "You think you feel weighed down when your dentist lays that lead apron on you to take X-rays: how about the doctors who deal with radiation treatments and have to wear those aprons all day long? A Dallas, Texas, doctor has created a 'zero gravity' radiation suit for just that problem. From the article: 'Physicians are supposed to wear a lead apron during those procedures. It is back-breakingly heavy and doesn't cover the body completely. The zero gravity suit eliminates the weight and the exposed openings.'"

Concrete That Purifies the Air 88

fergus07 writes "Although much of the focus of pollution from automobiles centers on carbon emissions, there are other airborne nasties spewing from the tailpipes of fossil fuel-powered vehicles. These include nitrogen oxides (NOx). In the form of nitrogen dioxide it reacts with chemicals produced by sunlight to form nitric acid – a major constituent of acid rain – and also reacts with sunlight, leading to the formation of ozone and smog. Everyone is exposed to small amounts of nitrogen oxides in ambient air, but exposure to higher amounts, in areas of heavy traffic for example, can damage respiratory airways. Testing has shown that surfacing roads with air purifying concrete could make a big contribution to local air purity by reducing the concentration of nitrogen oxides by 25 to 45 percent."

Remote Code Execution Hole Found In Snort 95

Palljon1123 writes "A stack-based buffer overflow in the Snort intrusion detection system could leave government and enterprise installations vulnerable to remote unauthenticated code execution attacks. The flaw, found by researchers at IBM's ISS X-Force, affects the Snort DCE/RPC preprocessor and could be used to execute code with the same privileges (usually root or SYSTEM) as the Snort binary. No user action is required." Sourcefire has an update to fix the vulnerability in versions 2.6.1,, and; Heise Security spells out the workaround for the 2.7.0 beta version.

Submission + - Does not having signed an NDA give any leverage?

An anonymous reader writes: For the past few months, I've worked with a startup developing a new technology that could be of interest to many different sectors when market ready. Despite the fact that the company is well funded, I have yet to be paid, and the issue will likely soon come to a head. Through a combination of circumstance and oversight, I also happen to be the only employee at the company who has not signed a non-disclosure agreement, despite having full access to the technology at hand. Does this give me any discernible leverage in getting the money that is owed to me?

Submission + - Wii Sports Experiment

rgriscom writes: "A man known as "heysuburbia" has conducted an experiment monitoring the physical changes resulting from 6 weeks of Wii Sports training. He consistently played 30 minutes of Wii sports every day and recorded the changes in his weight, BMI, calories burned, body fat %, and heart rate. The results are surprising. This opens a new door for Nintendo to market the Wii towards gamers who want to get fit, and anyone else who just wants some exercise without leaving the house."

Submission + - Book Review: Unix Power Tools, 3rd Edition

Anonymous Coward writes: "O'Reilly is now on their third edition of Unix Power Tools, and they've managed to somehow cram even more into it. A small badge in the upper-right declares it to be updated and expanded, and they aren't kidding: the book weighs in at over 1,000 pages. Clearly meant to sit on one's desk, not in one's pocket, the book covers nearly every Unix-related topic at some point or another.

The book opens with a gentle introduction to Unix concepts, explaining case sensitivity, manpages, the root user, and so forth. Although users with even a slight amount of experience can skip this part entirely, it would serve as a reasonable introduction for a newcomer.

As one might expect, there is an introduction to both Vi and Emacs; curiously, there is also a section on the older line editors. The remainder of the book covers almost all topics relevant to system administration, including process management, devices, printing, and networking. The style is similar (though not always identical) to the "Cookbook" line of O'Reilly products. Other than the introductory parts for each topic, most of the book follows a simple "problem -> solution" format, allowing readers to quickly identify which part is of interest to them.

In addition to the obligatory section on shell programming, there are sections on programming in Perl and Python. These are in no way replacements for books devoted solely to these languages; it simply can't compete with books that cover a small topic in complete detail. However, they are quite acceptable as both tutorials and lightweight references.

The real value in this book comes from the collection of somewhat- obscure tricks and techniques found throughout. Reading it cover-to-cover would be difficult, but skipping past the introductory sections allows you to discover some real gems. Flipping through it will uncover a wealth of Unix arcana whose very existence may be unknown to even relatively-experienced admins. For example:

- What command would you issue to find out which virtual console (or pseudo
terminal) you are using?
- What is the easiest way to add line numbers to the front of each line of text in a file?
- What does ':' mean to Bash, and how can it be used effectively?

Overall, the book is a solid addition to any admin's library, and would make an excellent purchase for someone interested in learning system administration from the basics.

- Dalhousie University ACM Chapter"

Submission + - One account to rule them all - John Hendrix!

Benzido writes: A lot of websites these days ask you to create a user profile and log in before you see any content. Sometimes this is beneficial to you as a user, because the functionality of the site depends on access to your own usage history, like on eBay. Other times, it is of benefit only to the operator of the site, who wants to be able to track user behaviour. I suppose that those of us who aren't averse to wearing tinfoil hats feel more than a little violated by this.

There's a few sites which aim to free you of this process by providing anonymous accounts for different sites. For example, gives you a long list of accounts to log into each website.

But it would be much better if I could just assume that a particular account would be available on all sites. Imagine if you could just log into every site as 'John Hendrix' and enter the password 'foobar01'.

Is there any reason why we can't all log into the New York Times using the same username and password? I was thinking we could make a community effort to create the same account on all of those sites which ask you to login. So whether you were visiting the Sacramento Bee, the New York Times or the New York Post, you could be sure that 'John Hendrix' had the same password. And if you visit a site where John Hendrix doesn't exist, or has been deleted by the administrator, just make a new account for him.

Submission + - What dual screen resolution do you use?

Esc7 writes: So after my recent computer upgrade I now have one of those fancy pants dual head videocards. Its time to chuck that 1024x768 CRT and get with the freaking times. So I ask you slashdotters: What size/resolutions/aspect ratio do you dual screen guys use? I'm leaning right now towards dual 1280x1024, mostly because my computer can pump one of those at full detail for most of my games, which is important to me. But I'd very much like to hear all your views on it.

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