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Submission + - Norvegian Terrorist says he used CoD for training (

jojo_it writes: Anders Behring Breivik, the 33-year-old Norwegian terrorist who killed 69, said during his trial that he prepared for the attacks by playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, in addition to his 'real' training with actual weapons.
Enough room for the 'classic' analogy 'FPS gamers == potential killers', and to push again game-censorship?

Submission + - TeliSonera to charge for skype (

Methuselus writes: TeliaSonera has said it will be charging for Skype on mobiles — this summer. Having failed to block the usage of free-calling software, they have opted to start subscriptions at 6euro a month instead. This will be launched in Spain this month and Sweden in the summer. All other Telcos will be sure to follow their lead if this does not backfire on TeliaSonera

Link is in English and Swedish.


Submission + - Did someone attempt to buy the British Government? (

VShael writes: Charles Stross (sometimes contributor to The Guardian newspaper) has reported on a bizarre statement made in the UK's House of Lords by Lord James of Blackheath. Not a viral marketing tool for some new conspiracy thriller, and not a Nigerian 419 scam (so please, leave the jokes out of the comments), apparently some mysterious Foundation which wishes to remain unnamed has been conducting secret talks with high members of the government in order to invest untold billions in to the UK economy. But there's a catch.
Also mentioned in The Guardian, here


Submission + - Google Docs users stranded by bug (

An anonymous reader writes: Cloud apps can be a godsend — until they stop working, taking all your data with them. Google Docs users worldwide have learned this the hard way this week, locked out of their documents by a bug which Google says is currently its #1 priority to fix, but hasn't been able to resolve for six days and counting. The bug, associated with Google's new multiple account login feature, causes an endless redirect when people try to open a document. Microsoft has been quick to jump on the opportunity to promote its forthcoming Office 365 service, which caches files locally, as a better solution than the all-cloud solution Google is offering. Google has been apologetic about the bug but says since it is not actually an outage it will not honor its 99.9% uptime guarantee for Google Apps Premier users. More at Australian Business Traveller.

Submission + - Books to bring non-IT management up to speed?

An anonymous reader writes: I work for a fairly successful, small, IT-based company. We've got about ten members of technical staff, perhaps double that in other areas. Just recently a new member of senior management has arrived whose goal is to "take charge and invigorate the company". Their background is corporate and includes no management experience in small, IT-driven organisations. Their open gambit, in this regard was to send a "Strongly Agree...Strongly Disagree" style survey to technical staff with questions that displayed a radical lack of understanding of the way small, unstructured technical teams work. I'd really appreciate some recommendations for reading that might help in bringing them up to speed on the programmer mindset and how to manage programmers.

Comments of the form "Polish your CV! Flee! Run for the hills!" can be taken as read. :)

Submission + - Quantum trick to revolutionize smartphones (

Whisperwolf writes: Handheld devices could soon have pressure-sensitive touch-screens and keys, thanks to a UK firm's material that exploits a quantum physics trick.

The technology allows, for example, scrolling down a long list or webpage faster as more pressure is applied.

A division of Samsung that distributes mobile phone components to several handset manufacturers has now licensed the "Quantum Tunnelling Composite".

The approach could find use in devices from phones to games to GPS handsets.


Game Development In a Post-Agile World 149

An anonymous reader writes "Many games developers have been pursuing agile development, and we are now beginning to witness the debris and chaos it has caused. While there have been some successes, there have also been many casualties. As the industry at large is moving away from the phantasmagoria of Agile, Gwaredd Mountain, Technical Director at Climax Studios, looks at Post-Agile and what this might mean for the games industry."

Submission + - $1.5 million fine for leaked Mario game on Wii (

An anonymous reader writes: A Queensland man will have to pay Nintendo $1.5 million in damages after illegally copying and uploading one of its new games to the internet ahead of its release, the gaming giant says. Nintendo said the loss was caused when James Burt made New Super Mario Bros for the Wii gaming console available for illegal download a week ahead of its official Australian release in November last year. Nintendo applied and was granted a search order by the Federal Court forcing Burt to disclose the whereabouts of all his computers, disks and electronic storage devices in November. He was also ordered to allow access, including passwords, to his social networking sites, email accounts and websites.

Submission + - Oz minister wants Google to censor YouTube ( 1

Janacek writes: Australian Communications Minister thinks YouTube should be censored for Australian consumption by Google and admires their abilities in this area demonstrated in places like China and Thailand.

Calling the company “probably the world’s leading deep packet filterer, unbeknownst to most people,” Conroy told a Senate Estimates committee that he was discussing the possibility of getting Google to filter refused-classification materials from its YouTube video sharing site. “They have experience in blocking material in other countries at the behest of governments, including China, Thailand and a number of other countries," he added.

Submission + - Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech (

An anonymous reader writes: Model of the brain-machine interface for real-time synthetic speech production. The stroke-induced lesion (red X) disables speech output, but speech motor planning in the cerebral cortex remains intact. Signals collected from an electrode in the speech motor cortex are amplified and sent wirelessly across the scalp as FM radio signals. The Neuralynx System amplifies, converts, and sorts the signals. The neural decoder then translates the signals into speech commands for the speech synthesizer.

Submission + - Windows ignores in hosts file

An anonymous reader writes: If you try to block in your hosts file, windows will just ignore the entry. On Vistas Windows Defender even steps in and tries to stop you from adding to the hosts file, but even if you ignore Defender will still work as if the entry wasn't there.

Submission + - TSA Subpoenas Bloggers over New Security Directive

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that TSA special agents have served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott demanding that they reveal who leaked a TSA directive outlining new screening measures that went into effect the same day as the Detroit airliner incident. Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents for about three hours and was forced to hand over his laptop computer after the agents threatened to interfere with his contract to write a blog for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn't cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo outlining new security measures that would be apparent to the traveling public. ''It literally showed up in my box,'' Frischling told The Associated Press. ''I do not know who it came from.'' Frischling says he provided the agents a signed statement to that effect. The leaked directive included measures such as screening at boarding gates, patting down the upper legs and torso, physically inspecting all travelers' belongings, looking carefully at syringes with powders and liquids, requiring that passengers remain in their seats one hour before landing, and disabling all onboard communications systems, including what is provided by the airline. In a December 29 posting on his blog, Elliott said he had told the TSA agents at his house that he would call his lawyer and get back to them."

Submission + - Facebook Hit by Phishing Scam and Banking Trojan (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook was hit by a blended email threat which is an interesting twist that seems to have baffled a number of AV engines. An email that is posing as a message from Facebook administrators contains both a phishing scam and a notorious banking Trojan virus. A link within the spam email takes users to a spoofed Facebook login page requesting the user's Facebook account information. After entering their credentials, users are then prompted to download updatetool.exe which is a Zbot Trojan variant. This piece of malware scours the infected hard-drive for personal banking information and various login credentials, as well as perform key logging.

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