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Submission + - SPAM: Google's Search for Clean Energy

devbpo writes: "Google once brashly believed its engineers could invent a solution to the world’s energy problems. These days, the company has a new strategy: finance less risky clean-energy projects where it can actually make an impact. Last year, Google invested more than ever in renewable power, spending $880 million to underwrite..."
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Submission + - University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department (

An anonymous reader writes: To save $1.7M the University of Florida eliminates its CS department. This short-sighted management of public higher education really highlights the political leadership crisis in the U.S, in every state, including California.

Submission + - Tethr puts disaster-zone worldwide connectivity into your backpack (

shmorhay writes: "Aaron Huslage, an experienced disaster-zone communications expert, has used the lessons learned from setting up wireless networks in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to create an open-source communications hub packed in a waterproof Pelican box that will help first responders link to the outside world from within crisis zones. See the BBC news article at and see his application for funding at and also at ."

Submission + - Slackware Plays Nicer Than Ubuntu With Humble Botanicula Bundle (

An anonymous reader writes: Because You’re A Slacker

If you follow the Humble Bundle series of game packages, or if you’re one of the unlucky individuals to get your mitts on its latest incarnation, you might be privy to a bit of controversy regarding the package. The controversy, simply put, involves the fact that all of the games in the package require defunct, unsupported Adobe products to function.

With regards to Adobe Air, this product is no longer available in 3rd party, non-free repositories for many distributions, making the game difficult to run for an average user. Though there is hope, in a galaxy far, far away.

If you use Slackware.

Submission + - Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary (

sebt writes: "ZX Spectrum, the microcomputer launched in 1982 by Sinclair Research (Cambridge, UK) turns 30 today. The launch of the machine is seen by many today as the inspiration for a generation of eager young programmers, software and game designers in the UK. The events surrounding its launch, notably Sinclair's well-known rivalry with Acorn, later helped to inspire the design of the ARM architecture and most recently the Raspberry PI (based on ARM), in an effort to reboot the idea of enthusiastic kid programmers first captured by the Spectrum and Acorn's BBC micro. Happy birthday Spec!"

Submission + - Webcomic Gets Adapted Into Feature Film ( 2

Technically Inept writes: To the best of my knowledge, Jorge Cham's Piled Higher and Deeper (better known as PhD Comics) is the first webcomic to be adapted into a feature-length film. After months spent on a college campus screening tour, Piled Higher and Deeper: The Movie is finally available for purchase and streaming. And, like its comic inspiration, the PhD pokes fun at the frustrations of graduate students, those noble folks who enter academia with dreams of changing the world and inspiring young minds, only to be thwarted by indifferent professors, lazy undergrads and the ever-present fear that they'll never graduate.

From Comics Alliance:

Submission + - Hey i had an idea for a poll! 1

dopeghost writes: I checked and it doesn't seem that you've done a poll on religion yet, so have dully sent in the idea figuring it's something that many more of your readers than just me would be interested in the results of.

Here is what appears to be a concise selection of major belief systems you'd probably want for a poll listed in reverse alphabetical order.

I most align myself with...

* Taosim
* Sikhism
* Shinto
* Judaism
* Islam
* Hinduism
* Christianity
* Buddhism
* Atheism
* Agnosticism
* Other

You might also want to include one or more satirical choices....

* Russell's Teapot
* Pastafarianism
* Church of The Subgenius

In fact that could be a whole poll itself, with the last answer as: I'm a thesist you ecclesiophobic clod!

There you go, two ideas for polls. If slashdot were trepid to run the first you could have fun with the second!

Submission + - No Unstructured Play Makes Jack a Dull-Witted Boy

theodp writes: The average 3-year-old can pick up an iPhone and expertly scroll through the menu of apps, but how many 7-year-olds can organize a kickball game with the neighborhood kids? An effort to restore children's play is gaining momentum, with scientists, psychologists, educators and others who comprise the play movement saying that most of the social and intellectual skills one needs to succeed in life and work are first developed through unstructured childhood play. Among the evangelists is Sarah Wilson, who was shocked to see her child's kindergarten classroom featured a wall of computers and little desks instead of the messier old-school sandbox, blocks and toys. 'There's no imaginative play anymore, no pretend,' lamented Wilson.

RuneScape Developer Victorious Over Patent Troll 89

An anonymous reader writes "Gamasutra reports that a US District Court judge has dismissed the patent infringement lawsuit brought against RuneScape developer Jagex discussed previously on Slashdot. Judge David Folsom last week dismissed online chat company Paltalk's claims that Jagex infringed on Paltalk patents relating to online network communications. The judge's ruling only resolved Jagex's case. Microsoft settled with Paltalk for an undisclosed sum in 2009 after the online communication technology company sued over the patents in a $90 million claim. That settlement opened the door to Paltalk's claims against other game companies, including Blizzard, Turbine, SOE and NCSoft. Paltalk alleged in the Jagex-related suit that it had suffered 'tens of millions of dollars' in damages. Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said in a statement, 'It is exceedingly unfortunate that the US legal system can force a company with a sole presence in Cambridge, UK to incur a seven-digit expense and waste over a year of management time on a case with absolutely no merit,' and that Jagex 'will not hesitate to vigorously defend our position against any patent trolls who bring lawsuits against us in the future.'"

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."
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Penny Arcade Game Dev Talks Episode Two 30

jayintune points out an interview with Joel DeYoung of HotHead Games, the studio that developed the Penny Arcade video game. He describes some of the new additions coming in the sequel, how old characters and zones will be handled, and plans for the game's release. Additional details are available from DeYoung's comments during PAX, and Joystiq has some screenshots. "Maxing out your stats at the end of Episode One means that your party can be as high as Level 15 if you import your save game and character. Your character's look and all of your items are available to you as well, and if you want to improve upon your looks, you can always browse through the new customization options at the start of the game. About the only thing that won't carry forward is your weapons — we've automatically upgraded Tycho's tommy gun to a shotgun, Gabe's fists now have brass knuckles and your character has traded in your rake for a hoe. We're sticking with the garden tool theme!"

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