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Microsoft

Submission + - Pope Picks Windows 8 as Official OS (thespoof.com)

MichaelBalton writes: The Vatican — Microsoft may have gotten the miracle it needs to get back on top of the personal computer heap. In a recently released encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI named the company's latest version of Windows as "The Official Operating System of the Catholic Church."

Titled "Patefacio Fenestra" or "Open the Windows," the Pope's pronouncement is thought to be the first time a major religion has mandated the use of a specific commercial product.

"We can all agree that the operating system is the soul of any computer," Benedict told...

Idle

Submission + - Acquisition Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away (dau.mil)

An anonymous reader writes: After watching the climactic battle scene in Return of the Jedi for the first time, my 8-year-old daughter said, “They shouldn’t build those Death Stars anymore. They keep getting blown up.” She may be a little short for a stormtrooper, but the kid’s got a point.

Yes, the Empire should stop building Death Stars. It turns out the DoD shouldn’t build them either, metaphorically speaking. What sort of system fits into this category? I’ll resist the urge to give specific examples and instead will simply point out that any enormous project that is brain-meltingly complex, ravenously consumes resources, and aims to deliver an Undefeatable Ultimate Weapon is well on its way to becoming a Death Star, and that’s not a good thing.

Games

Submission + - Linux 3D games run faster on PC-BSD (phoronix.com)

koinu writes: Phoronix has published benchmarks comparing 3D games on Ubuntu Linux 11.04 and the FreeBSD Linux ABI emulation on the 8.2 release of PC-BSD, which is a desktop variant of FreeBSD. Most results show that the emulated Linux layer on FreeBSD performs better than Linux natively. It is pretty interesting, because most people would expect that an additional abstraction layer would generally slow down the execution of binaries.
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Submission + - Cloned mammoth = prehistoric zombie apocalypse? (itworld.com)

DillyTonto writes: Here's an excellent idea that hasn't ever been illustrated as a catastrophic example of scientific hubris in a series of incredibly popular action-horror movies in which people innocently sitting in the john are savagely eaten by giant prehistoric things with big teeth: let's clone a mammoth that might not be a mammoth and see if it eats us and then crushes Tokyo.
Programming

Submission + - Speed-Coding, the art of programming really fast

An anonymous reader writes: Some geeks have taken to screen-recorders to recorded their progress as they code as fast as they can. Come to be known as speed-coding, not unlike speed-painting, it's a recreational form of programming mainly meant to awe an audience. It's hard to say where exactly this comes from, probably just from the combined awareness of screen recording software and easily distributed media (for example, youtube). The demoscene has maintained a similar form of really fast recreational programming called party-coding, where in which the aim is to program and otherwise create a demo within the time span of a demoparty.

Examples of speed-coding:

Speed-coding Perlin Particles: http://blog.joa-ebert.com/2008/01/20/speedcoding-2/
Speed-coding A Nintendo Emulator: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9086FBA3C92C7276
Speed-coding A Simple Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXjRgIlNtOA
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Microsoft's Kinect boss declares PC gaming dead (thinq.co.uk) 3

Blacklaw writes: The head of Microsoft's Kinect controller-free gaming platform, Kudo Tsunoda, has risked the ire of the PC gaming community by claiming "hardly anyone" plays PC games.
During a Kinect-related interview, Tsunoda made the brazen statement that "[Microsoft and Bungie's] Halo did an awesome job of building a first-person shooter exclusively for the console, and now hardly anyone plays first-person shooters on the PC."

Science

Submission + - SPAM: Gross Science - Let's Make Poo (in the Kitchen)

Rhonda (Pukeko) writes: No better way to teach children about digestions than this gross science project. It transforms a simple lunch of spaghetti on toast through the digestion process using normal kitchen gear to simulate the process. From chewing (masher), to the stomach (blender) and through the intestines (stocking) and out the other end. This science project engages kids and adults alike. In the process of having fun, laughing, and being grossed out, they actually learn about the digestive process. So, what are you waiting for, follow the simple step by step directions and Let's Make Poo
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Submission + - Kentucky pastor says bring guns to church (blogspot.com)

Lee Meng writes: "In America, where gun rights are almost a religion, one should not be too surprised to read this report:

        Gun-loving pastor to his flock: Piece be with you

        LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.

        New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety."

Government

Submission + - Poll suggestion 1

rueger writes: Now that the government owns 60% of GM, we should also nationalize:

Banks
Insurance Industry
The Phone Company
Microsoft
Seven-11
MySpace
Cowboy Neal's corporate overlords.

Apple Embeds Message to OS X Hackers 575

zentechno writes "Apple has confirmed it embedded a message in the form of a poem to those who would hack its version of OS X on Intel hardware." From the article: "The embedded poem reads: 'Your karma check for today: There once was a user that whined/his existing OS was so blind/he'd do better to pirate/an OS that ran great/but found his hardware declined./Please don't steal Mac OS!/Really, that's way uncool./(C) Apple Computer, Inc.'Apple also put in a separate hidden message, 'Don't Steal Mac OS X.kext,' in another spot for would-be hackers."

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