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PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Humble Indie Bundle 6 Released (humblebundle.com)

quantumphaze writes: "You can pay whatever you want to get these DRM-free games on Mac, Windows, and Linux: the critically acclaimed action-RPG Torchlight; the rugged sci-fi action platformer Rochard; physics-based brick breaker Shatter; top down space combat sim Space Pirates and Zombies; and steampunk puzzle platformer Vessel. If you choose to pay more than the average price, you will also receive the incredible, frantic acrobatic platformer, Dustforce! Many of the games also come with their own soundtrack!"

Submission + - XKCD Color Survey Has Interesting Results (xkcd.com)

dragoncortez writes: Randall Munroe has posted the results of his color survey and his analysis is both thorough and surprising. It turns out that men and women name colors pretty much the same as a general rule, although women prefer flower-sounding color names, while men prefer such manly sounding color names as "penis" and "dunno." It also turns out that "nobody can spell 'fuchsia'”.

Submission + - Dutch ISP calls on government to mandate fair onli (xs4all.nl) 3

Chi-RAV writes: Dutch ISP XS4ALL has started a civil initiative, in which the call upon the Dutch government to create a law, concerning digital distribution of movies and music.

We therefore ask

The House to prepare a bill regarding the use of film and music over the Internet.Under the bill rightholders of film and musical works (the movie and music industry) are to be required to make all their film and music works available on the Internet in a way that enables Internet users to see and listen to such works whenever and wherever they wish. The timing of the making available of a film or musical work shall coincide with the timing of its distribution on physical media. Convenience and quality are at least equal to the usability and quality of other forms of publication. Rightholders shall receive fair compensation for such use.


Submission + - Spam offline?

An anonymous reader writes: I have a couple of email addresses that have been active since 1992 and were regularly used (unobscured) in usenet posts for a number of years. Needless to say, they ended up on just about every spamer's target list. I've kept them up to use as my own measure of "spam density" on the web. In the last couple of weeks, spam emails to those addresses were averaging more than 10 per minute. This wasn't a record high, but it was a pretty good clip over their history. Yesterday, the rates to both addresses dropped to less than 3 per hour. Anyone know what happened?

Submission + - Viruses use 'hive intelligence' to focus their att (newscientist.com)

tugfoigel writes: By hopping over cells that are already infected, viruses can concentrate their efforts on previously uninfected cells. A tactic familiar from insect behaviour seems to give viruses the edge in the eternal battle between them and their host – and the remarkable proof can be seen in a video.

The video catches viruses only a few hundred nanometres in size in the act of hopping over cells that are already infected. This allows them to concentrate their energies on previously uninfected cells, accelerating the spread of infection fivefold.

Geoffrey Smith and his team of virologists at Imperial College London were curious about the vaccinia virus, and set up a video microscope to watch how the virus spreads through cells.

Vaccinia was used in the vaccine that rid the world of smallpox some 35 years ago. It doesn't cause disease in humans or any other animal, and its origin is unknown.

Submission + - Samsung Develops A Transparent OLED Laptop Screen (thedesignblog.org) 3

Dyne09 writes: The design blog has posted an entry on Samsung's new laptop with a transparent OLED screen. The photos show a dark tinted and dimly lit screen that is fully see-through. While the utility of a see through laptop probably isn't that high for the average user, several medical and industrial industries could greatly augment design work or frame 3-D models over real life in real-time. Imagine a world where this concept is expanded to include things like car windshields or reading glasses?

Submission + - SPAM: Golden ratio discovered in a quantum world

FiReaNGeL writes: "Scientist have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. By artificially introducing more quantum uncertainty the researchers observed that the chain of atoms of cobalt niobate acts like a nanoscale guitar string. The first two notes show a perfect relationship with each other. Their frequencies (pitch) are in the ratio of 1.618, which is the golden ratio famous from art and architecture. The observed resonant states in cobalt niobate are a dramatic laboratory illustration of the way in which mathematical theories developed for particle physics may find application in nanoscale science and ultimately in future technology."
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Submission + - The grid: a new way of doing science (europa.eu)

ictresults writes: A European consortium has brought the power of grid computing to bear on problems ranging from the genetic origins of heart disease to the management of fish stocks and the reconstruction of ancient musical instruments.

Submission + - Evidence of Pre-Columbian Civilization Uncovered (guardian.co.uk)

krou writes: Satellite imagery and flyovers of a region in the upper basin of the Amazon near the Brazil-Bolivian border have revealed some '200 huge geometric earthworks', some of which date back to 200 AD. The area spans some 155 miles and forms a 'network of avenues, ditches and enclosures'. 'Scientists who have mapped the earthworks believe there may be another 2,000 structures beneath the jungle canopy, vestiges of vanished societies.' Evidence of the structures came to light after deforestation for agriculture exposed the earthworks. The article, in the journal Antiquity, notes: 'This hitherto unknown people constructed earthworks of precise geometric plan connected by straight orthogonal roads. The 'geoglyph culture' stretches over a region more than 250km across, and exploits both the floodplains and the uplands we have so far seen no more than a tenth of it.'

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