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Submission + - Industry Fallout from GTA IV Delay (

SET writes: MSNBC has an interesting writeup on the shakeups in the gaming industry following Take-Two's announcement that Grand Theft Auto IV has been delayed. The article examines the problems this creates for both Microsoft and Sony, both of whom were expecting GTA IV to help boost Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 sales this coming holiday season.

Submission + - Google Images Undisclosed Face Recognition Feature

alberion writes: The Google image search has an undisclosed face recognition feature. Just add "&imgtype=face" to the url of an image search result to check it out. Can we expect individual face recognition in the future? How will this affect people's privacy?

Submission + - Zero Day Hole in Google Desktop (

40by40 writes: A Web application security specialist has figured out a way to launch man-in-the-middle attacks against a computer with a fully patched Google Desktop installed. With knowledge of the Google Desktop security model (a combination of one-time tokens, iFrames and JavaScript), hacker Robert Hansen figured out a way to sit between a target launching a Google search query and manipulate the search results to take control of other programs on the desktop.

Submission + - NASA Chief: Who says global warming is bad?

guanxi writes: In an NPR interview NASA chief Michael Griffin, a rocket scientist, put the reputation of his famous research organization (not to mention the United States) behind this statement: "I have no doubt that ... a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with." I was going to add commentary, but there's little you can add to statements like this one: "To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth's climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn't change. First of all, I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown. And second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings — where and when — are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings." To most people, of course, the words of the head of NASA are authoritative.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - The Xbox 360 get its own LiveCD

eZtaR writes: The guys over at the Free60 project have released a working, gentoo-based linux live cd for the xbox 360. Sporting the gnome desktop and various applications such as Firefox and Evolution, one can pop the CD in and enjoy ones triplecore powerpc doing simpler tasks such as checking up on the latest news here on slashdot. Although it lacks features such as sound and hardware acceleration (which the developers blame on lack of hardware-docs) it's currently working on firmware versions 4532 and 4548, without risking breaking your warranty.

Submission + - PROE: Pseudo Random Optimized Encryption

An anonymous reader writes: PROE (Pseudo Random Optimized Encryption) is a new encryption algorithm developed by Louis Ricci at Rhode Island College. The algorithm was specifically tuned for 64 bit systems and developed solely in x86-64 assembly. On Core2 systems PROE is roughly 160% faster when compared to the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). Thesis on PROE

Submission + - Father of WebSphere Leaves IBM For Microsoft

jg21 writes: .NET Developer's Journal is reporting that the "Father of WebSphere," Don Ferguson, has left IBM to join Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie's office. Ozzie, who efforts to rebuild Microsoft have been discussed previously on Slashdot, is gaining a man who while at Blue championed were Web services, patterns, Web 2.0 and business-driven development, a potent combo for the future that Microsoft is trying to bring into being.

Submission + - Vista Family Pack

DesertBlade writes: After years of wishing it, looks like with Vista Ultimate you may be able to purchase additional family licenses for between $49-$99. By having an affordable option, will this help reduce piracy? I know I would pay $50 for an additional license for my laptop or kids computer.

Submission + - Sega to stop GD-ROM production

Joan Cross writes: Sega of Japan plans to discontinue production of GD-ROM media in February, 2007. This media is used almost exclusively by the Sega Dreamcast home console, and the NAOMI arcade system. By stopping production, future official games (licensed by Sega) on the Dreamcast or NAOMI will not be possible. The Dreamcast Community are asking all fans past and present to help keep alive the Dream.

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