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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Unusual physics engine game ported to Linux (blogspot.com)

christian.einfeldt writes: "Halloween has come early for Linux-loving gamers in the form of the scary Penumbra game trilogy, which has just recently been ported natively to GNU-Linux by the manufacturer, Frictional Games. The Penumbra games, named Overture, Black Plague, and Requiem, respectively, are first person survival horror and physics puzzle games which challenge the player to survive in a mine in Greenland which has been taken over by a monstrous infection/demon/cthulhu-esque thing. The graphics, sounds, and plot are all admirable in a scary sort of way. The protagonist is an ordinary human with no particular powers at all, who fumbles around in the dark mine fighting zombified dogs or fleeing from infected humans. But the game is remarkable for its physics engine — rather than just bump and acquire, the player must use the mouse to physically turn knobs and open doors; and the player can grab and throw pretty much anything in the environment. The physics engine drives objects to fly and fall exactly as one would expect. The porting of a game with such a deft physics engine natively to Linux might be one of the most noteworthy events for GNU-Linux gamers since the 'World of Goo' Linux port."

Submission + - Lax TSA Website Exposes Traveller's Information (house.gov) 1

sjbe writes: According to a January 2008 report from the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, from October 2006 through February 2007 traveller's who utilized the TSA website to attempt to remove their name from the No-Fly list risked having sensitive data, including social security numbers, exposed due to poor security practices. The contractor responsible, Desyne Web Services was awarded a no-bid contract to design the website. The TSA's technical lead on the project reportedly had a conflict of interest having been a former employee of Desyne. The security vulnerabilities were pointed out by Chris Soghoian, a Ph.D. student at the University of Indiana's School of Informatics. The TSA has since taken action to remedy the vulnerabilities but no action was taken to sanction the responsible parties for the vulnerabilities.

Submission + - Courts: Employees Have Some Rights To Privacy (sfgate.com)

palegray.net writes: "The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that increases support for employees' rights to privacy in the workplace, specifically with regard to electronic monitoring of communications and data stored on workplace computers. Although the ruling upholds the conviction of a man prosecuted based on evidence on child pornography found on his work computer, and retains support for monitoring based on existing company policies, Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain made the statement that "in the private employer context, employees retain at least some expectation of privacy in their office." From the SFGate.com article:

Under past Supreme Court rulings, "in the private employer context, employees retain at least some expectation of privacy in their offices," Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, author of the August ruling, said in Tuesday's decision by the same three-judge panel. He said the employee in this case, Jeffrey Ziegler, had a reasonable belief that his electronic files would be private in a password-protected computer kept in a locked office not shared by co-workers.

Nevertheless, O'Scannlain said, FBI agents who obtained the files did not violate the constitutional ban on unreasonable searches and seizures, since they had the consent of Ziegler's employer, which had previously notified its employees that their computers were company property and were subject to monitoring.
If anyone can find a more complete record of the ruling, I'd like to read it."

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