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Submission + - SPAM: Free to Play Linux Games on Steam

An anonymous reader writes: There are a small number of Linux games hosted on Steam that can be downloaded without a charge. None of the games featured in this article are released under a freely distributable license, and so they are not free in the sense of freedom. But if you want some fun and entertainment without exercising your wallet, look here. What is particularly pleasing is that there are some real gems. Let's check them out!
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Submission + - Windows XP Black Market ( 1

NicknamesAreStupid writes: As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP — the 'haves'. However, most will be the 'have nots'. Anytime you have such market imbalance, there is opportunity. Since Microsoft clearly intends to create a disparity, there will certainly be those who defy it. What will Microsoft do to prevent bootleg patches of XP from being sold to the unwashed masses? How will they stop China from supporting 100 million bootleg XP users? And how easily will it be to crack Microsoft's controls?

How big will the Windows XP patch market be?

Submission + - To reduce the health risk of barbecuing meat, just add beer (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Grilling meat gives it great flavour. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA and thus increase the eater’s chances of developing colon cancer. But a group of researchers led by Isabel Ferreira of the University of Porto, in Portugal, think they have found a way around the problem. When barbecuing meat, they suggest, you should add beer.

The PAHs created by grilling form from molecules called free radicals which, in turn, form from fat and protein in the intense heat of this type of cooking. One way of stopping PAH-formation, then, might be to apply chemicals called antioxidants that mop up free radicals. And beer is rich in these, in the shape of melanoidins, which form when barley is roasted.

Submission + - Management Lessons From 'Game Of Thrones' 1

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Sunday's return of Season 4 of Game of Thrones reminds us that you may have encountered a Stannis Baratheon or Daenerys Targaryen in the workplace as Liz Tay writes at Business Insider that psychologist Elizabeth Neal and executive coach Iain Crossing have provided an analysis of the management styles of the Westeros power-grabbers and what they should do to become more effective leaders. For example, Stannis Baratheon is a blustering leader with powerful allies — the kind of person that could be found in junior management or senior operational roles in a family-run or semi-government business with no dedicated HR resources and weak governance. "Stannis has a strong work ethic and is likely to be respected by his subordinates however his need and greed for power allows him to be influenced contrary to his principles," says Crossing. "There certainly are qualities that are promising but there would need to be professional development." Joffrey Baratheon is emotionally unstable, antisocial, immature, unreliable, reckless and irresponsible says Neal, and displays a pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others while his narcissism indicates that he is too insecure to change. When facing a Joffrey in the workplace, your best bet is to lodge "complaints with HR and try get him moved on," says Crossing. Mance Rayder is the 'king beyond the wall': a pragmatic, unassuming leader who seeks to save his people from the coming winter and in the modern world, Crossing says Mance is most likely to lead a lobby group or NGO, in which members are self-motivated to work towards a common goal. "A lobbyist group needs a different leadership style to a global conglomerate,’ says Crossing. "Because there is a communal belief, it is relatively easy to manage while the purpose remains strong." Finally there is the one character in Game of Thrones at the top of her game who would make it as a corporate executive just as she is — Daenerys Targaryen. The 'mother of dragons' is collaborative and resourceful, a fast learner and highly adaptable to change. According to Neal, Targaryen leads with compassion and "an appropriate amount of maternal instinct while remaining unswayed by emotion." Daenerys is also a risk-taker who has strong beliefs about right and wrong and takes it upon herself to champion her ideals of social justice. "I can’t fault her leadership style," says Neal. "That’s the kind of leader I would respond to well, personally."

Submission + - How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion (

pitchpipe writes:

Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

I attribute my becoming an atheist to the internet, so what the study is saying supports my anecdote. If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services. What does Slashdot think? Have you become more religious, less religious, or about the same since being on the internet? What if you've always had it?

Submission + - Linux Developers Look At Using QR Codes For Kernel Panics (

An anonymous reader writes: Linux kernel developers are currently evaluating the possibility of using QR codes to display kernel oops/panic messages. Right now a lot of text is dumped to the screen when a kernel oops occurs, most of which isn't easily archivable by normal Linux end-users. With QR codes as Linux oops messages, a smart-phone could capture the display and either report the error string or redirect them to an error page on The idea of using QR codes within the Linux kernel is still being discussed by upstream developers.

Submission + - MythBusters' Savage gets busted over bad AT&T ( 3

etherlad writes: "MythBusters' Adam Savage got a bill for $11,000 for "a few hours" of Web surfing while in Canada, using his AT&T USB Mercury modem. AT&T gave him a quote of a data rate "at .015 cents, or a penny and a half, per kb." Looks like AT&T didn't learn from Verizon's inability to do math. AT&T is also claiming Savage downloaded over 9 GB, which he calls "frakking impossible." Savage is leading Twitter users in a revolt."

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