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Submission + - Best Adventure Game to start with? 8

canolecaptain writes: One of my daughters (10) has become interested in adventure games, and started playing Fate. It's been awhile since I've had time to play this type of game (since the Diablo 2 days), and I'd like to know what slashdotters thought would be the best set of adventure games to start her on (PC preferred). Nothing too scary yet, so unfortunately, Diablo is out for the time being.
I'd prefer one with multi-player so that we could quest together on ocassion.

Submission + - Oracle Brings 17 Java Security Fixes in June Patch (

wiredmikey writes: In a pre-release Announcement, Oracle said that its June Critical Patch Update (CPU), which will be released on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, will contain 17 new security fixes for security vulnerabilities in Oracle Java SE.

All of the 17 vulnerabilities being addressed can be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password.


Aquarium Uses Eel Powered Christmas Lights 96

A Japanese aquarium is using the greenest energy possible to power the lights on its Christmas tree, an electric eel. From the article: "Each time the eel moves, two aluminum panels gather enough electricity to light up the 2-meter (6 ft 6 in) tall tree, decked out in white, in glowing intermittent flashes."

Submission + - How to teach Logical Analysis?

canolecaptain writes: I have a friend graduating from high school that has difficulty understanding how to take difficult problems, break them down into their respective parts, and create a plan to solve them. As a long time software engineer, this is one of the things we are taught to do, and over time becomes one of our best abilities. The question is, how can I effectively (and interestingly) teach this skill to a non engineering type individual? Many of my college books are very domain specific, and I'd really like to teach the more general logical analysis and problem resolution. Doing it without boring them to death would be a plus. :-)

Submission + - Music Swapper Cannot Hide Behind 1st Amendment (

big6joe writes: From my legal blog: "An anonymous, file-swapping defendant failed to convince the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to kill a subpoena that would force his Internet service provider to reveal his identity to Arista Records and other record companies. Although the Court acknowledged the importance of anonymous speech and the value of the Internet in the exchange of ideas, the Court ruled that the "First Amendment does not . . . provide a license for copyright infringement." . . .

Submission + - Chinese Internet Addiction Boot Camp Prison Break (

UgLyPuNk writes: A group of inmates at the Huai’an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre decided they’d had enough of the “monotonous work and intensive training”. Working together, they tied their duty supervisor to his bed and made a run for it. The 14 patients, aged from 15 to 22, hailed a taxi to take them to a nearby town – but were uncovered when the driver took them to the police station instead, suspicious of the identically-dressed young men who were unable to pay the fare.

Submission + - GM diet stunts growth and fertility in hamsters ( 1

Stoobalou writes: Just days after two leading scientists quit the UK's advisory body on food safety amid allegations of pro-GM bias, a study has suggested the consumption of genetically modified crops may pose major health risks.

Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by Alexey Surov, have said that hamsters eating a diet of GM food stand a greater chance of developing problems with growth and reproduction.

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