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Submission + - Anonymous creates service to share apple ipods (

An anonymous reader writes: It may be a crude interface, ugly even, but Anonymous are delivering on their promise to create a music platform. With a simple player built already and a few services to play music the platform positions itself in an unusual position.

Recently Anonymous unveiled a new feature to allow users to import the contents of their Apple ipod. The software works by scanning for ipods and then uploading the contents of the music database to Anontune. The song titles then show up on a profile page and can be played through the Anontune Music Engine.

Pretty neat.

United States

Submission + - USA Votes to Allow Strip Searches for Any Offense ( 2

sl4shd0rk writes: Taking a page out of the TSA handbook, the Supreme Court has voted to allow strip searches, for any offense, no matter how minimal. The article has a number of anecdotes including a Nun who was at a protest, and some dude whose wife was pulled over for speeding. The article cites these two tidbits from Justice Anthony Kennedy: "Every detainee who will be admitted to the general [jail or prison] population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while undressed," and "Maintaining safety and order at detention centers requires the expertise of correctional officials," Officials of which have expertise we are very familiar with

Submission + - Millions in China Live in Energy Efficient Caves

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Barbara Demick reports in the LA Times that more than 30 million Chinese people live in caves, many of them in Shaanxi province where the Loess plateau, with its distinctive cliffs of yellow, porous soil, makes digging easy and cave dwelling a reasonable option. The better caves protrude from mountains and are reinforced with brick masonry and some are connected laterally so a family can have several chambers. Electricity and even running water can be brought in. "Most aren't so fancy, but I've seen some really beautiful caves: high ceilings and spacious with a nice yard out front where you can exercise and sit in the sun," says Ren, who works as a driver in the Shaanxi provincial capital, Xian. "It's cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's quiet and safe." In recent years, architects have been reappraising the cave in environmental terms, and they like what they see. "It is energy efficient. The farmers can save their arable land for planting if they build their houses in the slope. It doesn't take much money or skill to build," says Liu Jiaping, director of the Green Architecture Research Center in Xian and perhaps the leading expert on cave living. Liu helped design and develop a modernized version of traditional cave dwellings that in 2006 was a finalist for a World Habitat Award, sponsored by a British foundation dedicated to sustainable housing. Meanwhile a thriving market around Yanan means a cave with three rooms and a bathroom (a total of 750 square feet) can be advertised for sale at $46,000. "Life is easy and comfortable here. I don't need to climb stairs. I have everything I need," says 76-year-old Ma Liangshui. "I've lived all my life in caves, and I can't imagine anything different.""
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Wasteland 2 adds Linux support

guises writes: Wasteland 2, a Kickstarter project which has already met it's primary funding goal, has added Linux to the list of platforms which will be supported if funding reaches the $1.5 million mark. Currently, they're less than $50,000 from that secondary goal. For those unfamiliar, Wasteland was an acclaimed post-apocalyptic CRPG released in 1988. Fallout was the spiritual successor to Wasteland, being made by the same people who did not have the rights to the Wasteland name.

Submission + - Zynga Buys 'Draw Something' Maker OMGPOP For $200M (

redletterdave writes: "Zynga has reportedly shelled out $200 million to acquire OMGPOP, the New York-based gaming company responsible for the turn-based Pictionary-style game called "Draw Something," which has risen to the very top of the iOS and Android App Stores. The acquisition is perfect timing for Zynga now that the spotlight is on OMGPOP, which announced on March 20 that Draw Something is the No. 1 Top Paid iPhone App, No. 1 Top Free iPhone App, the No. 1 Top Free iPad app in the games category, and the No. 1 Top Free App on Google Play (formerly "the Android Market"). The game is also a Top 5 app in over 80 countries. It's an extremely impressive feat, and it's even more impressive when you consider that the app is only five weeks old."

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