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Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Japan

Submission + - Japanese scientists turn sewage into edible steak (dbune.com)

abhatt writes: "Ready to eat "Feces Steak" ?

Japanese scientists trying to find a way how to use sewage mud have converted human waste in Tokyo's sewers into edible meat.

The team of researches led by Mitsuyuki Ikeda found after laboratory tests that bacteria-rich human feces in sewers are high in protein so they decided to make it useful as meat."

Privacy

Submission + - Wall Street Journal Privacy Article Recommeds Tor (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Today's Wall Street Journal article about "Improving Internet Privacy" mentions various ways the standard user can help keep from being tracked. One good recommendation even says, "Also consider using what are known as online anonymity systems like Tor (torproject.com). By routing your browser requests through a network of servers around the world, Tor makes it much more difficult for outside parties to track your Web habits or identify where your searches are coming from."
The Courts

Submission + - GPL in German court over routers (fsfe.org)

ciaran_o_riordan writes: "Tomorrow, a German court will hear the case of AVM, a distributor of Linux-based routers, which seeks to block Cybits from distributing software that modifies the routers' software to add content filtering functionality. FSFE explains: "AVM justified its position using three arguments. First, they stated that their whole product software must be regarded as an entity under AVM copyright, and that this entity must not be modified. The position Mr Welte took was that the whole product software would in that case be a derivative work according to the GPL, and thus the whole product software should be licensed under the GNU GPL. AVM then switched to a second argument: that the software embedded on its DSL terminals consisted of several parts. According to Mr Welte, AVM could then not prohibit anyone from modifying or distributing the GPL licensed software parts. The final argument by AVM was that the software on their DSL terminals is a composition of several different programs, which, due to the creative process, would be a protected compilation and thus under the copyright of AVM and not affected by the copyleft of the GPL.""

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