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Submission + - U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment (

hansamurai writes: U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa lifts threat of contempt of court against suspected child pornographer who has 80% of his 20 terabytes of data encrypted after his defense invoked his Fifth Amendment rights that protect him from self-incrimination. His attorney: "I will move heaven and earth to make sure that the war on the infinitesimal amount of child pornography that recirculates on the Internet does not eradicate the Fifth Amendment the way the war on drugs has eviscerated the Fourth Amendment."

The FBI field office in Milwaukee has spent 10 weeks attempting to decrypt the hard drives without success, but have evidence that the suspect used a peer-to-peer file sharing service to exchange files with filenames "suggestive" of child pornography.

The suspect originally had until the end of the day today to decrypt his hard drives.


Submission + - Open source game being resold on Mac Store ( 1

hansamurai writes: Lugaru HD, developed by Wolfire and part of the first Humble Indie Bundle, had its souce code released and GPL'd last year as part of the promotion. Earlier this year, Wolfire released the game via the Mac Store under "Lugaru HD". Another company, iCoder, has compiled the Lugaru HD source and also released the game on the Mac Store under simply "Lugaru". While the source code itself was GPL'd, all the art assets remain under Wolfire's copyright. iCoder is refusing to take their release down and Apple is non-responsive.
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - DOSBox available on the Apple App Store (

hansamurai writes: "iDOS, a DOS emulator based on the open source gem DOSBox, has been approved and released on the Apple App Store. Being a fully featured emulator, users have already successfully installed Windows 3.0 on it along with a slew of classic titles such as Duke Nukem, Commander Keen, Gabriel Knight, Leisure Suit Larry, and most of the Ultima titles. There is speculation on whether or not Apple actually meant to approve the app as they have usually quickly dismissed any applications that emulated other software. So if you're looking for your portable DOS fix, get iDOS while it's hot for only 99 cents."

Submission + - Steve Jobs recommends Android for fans of porn (

hansamurai writes: "After being asked about the App Store's recent ban on "sexy apps," Steve Jobs responded, "We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone. You know, there's a porn store for Android, you can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That's a place we don't want to go, so we're not going to go there." Apps such as Playboy's and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition are still available on the App Store, however, as they come from "more reputable companies.""

Submission + - Turing test built into a spy video game on its way (

hansamurai writes: "An independent game developer is developing SpyParty, a two player spy simulation that is essentially a Turing test in the form of a video game. One player controls a guest at a dinner party and the other controls a sniper conveniently positioned outside the party's large window. The player at the party is among a group of A.I. controlled characters and must blend in with them and perform various tasks as inconspicuously has possible. The sniper is looking for the tell-tale sign that one of those characters is not like the other and has one shot to take them out. SpyParty was shown at the Game Developer's Conference, but is supposedly two years away according to developer Chris Hecker, a former Maxis developer who led the development of many procedural generated portions of Spore."

Submission + - Disgruntled ex-employee remotely disables 100 cars ( 2

hansamurai writes: "Over one hundred cars equipped with a Webtech Plus blackbox were remotely disabled when a former employee of dealership Texas Auto Center got hold of his employer's database of users. Webtech Plus is repossession software that allows the dealership to disable a car's ignition or trigger the horn to honk when a payment is due. Owners had to remove the battery to stop the incessant honking. After the dealership began fielding an unusually high number of calls from upset car owners, they changed the passwords to the Webtech Plus software and then traced the IP address used to access the client to its former employee."

Submission + - Game of Thrones is a go on HBO (

hansamurai writes: "George R. R. Martin's popular fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is seeing its television dreams come true with HBO green lighting the first season of A Game of Thrones. The pilot was shot in Northern Ireland last year and shooting will resume now that nine more episodes have been approved. While no firm date for the premier has been set, speculation puts it at least a year away. Fans can only hope this does not affect Martin's writing schedule of A Dance with Dragons too much."

Roland Piquepaille Dies 288

overheardinpdx writes "I'm sad to report that longtime HPC technology pundit Roland Piquepaille (rpiquepa) died this past Tuesday. Many of you may know of him through his blog, his submissions to Slashdot, and his many years of software visualization work at SGI and Cray Research. I worked with Roland 20 years ago at Cray, where we both wrote tech stories for the company newsletter. With his focus on how new technologies modify our way of life, Roland was really doing Slashdot-type reporting before there was a World Wide Web. Rest in peace, Roland. You will be missed." The notice of Roland's passing was posted on the Cray Research alumni group on Linked-In by Matthias Fouquet-Lapar. There will be a ceremony on Monday Jan. 12, at 10:30 am Paris time, at Père Lachaise.

Slashdot Posting Bug Infuriates Haggard Admins 262

Last night we crossed over 16,777,216 comments in the database. The wise amongst you might note that this number is 2^24, or in MySQLese an unsigned mediumint. Unfortunately, like 5 years ago we changed our primary keys in the comment table to unsigned int (32 bits, or 4.1 billion) but neglected to change the index that handles parents. We're awesome! Fixing is a simple ALTER TABLE statement... but on a table that is 16 million rows long, our system will take 3+ hours to do it, during which time there can be no posting. So today, we're disabling threading and will enable it again later tonight. Sorry for the inconvenience. We shall flog ourselves appropriately. Update: 11/10 12:52 GMT by J : It's fixed.

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