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Games

Submission + - 'Old School' Arcade Still Popular in NY City (nytimes.com)

pickens writes: In 2005, there were 44 licensed video game arcades in New York, according to the Department of Consumer Affairs; today, 23 survive. With the expansion of interactive online gaming, video game action has largely shifted to the home. "Arcades are an anachronism now,” says Danny Frank, a spokesman for the Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York. “They exist only in shopping malls.” But Chinatown Fair has become a center for all the outcasts in the city to bond over their shared love for a good 20-punch combo and “old school” games that more popular arcades don’t stock anymore — the classic Street Fighter II from 1991 and King of Fighters 1996, for example, as well as Ms Pac-Man and Time Crisis. "Now, you can play a million people from all around the world,” says one player. “For me, it’s not the same as playing face-to-face. The young’uns may not care, but I do.”
Apple

Submission + - Hardware hackers reveal Apple's charging secrets (ladyada.net)

ptorrone writes: "In this 7 minute video we explore "The mysteries of Apple device charging". Usually device makers need to sign a confidentially agreement with Apple who want to say "works with iPhone / iPod" and never talk about how the insides work. If you don't put these secret resistors on the data lines to you get the dreaded "CHARGING IS NOT SUPPORTED WITH THIS ACCESSORY". We demonstrate how anyone can do this and make their own chargers that work with iPhone 4, 3Gs, etc."
Advertising

Submission + - Windows Phone 7 "An ad-serving machine" (seattlepi.com)

mark72005 writes: Kostas Mallios, Microsoft's general manager for Strategy and Business Development, told marketers and advertising professionals at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France that Windows Phone 7 will be, among other things, "an ad-serving machine". Mallios claims that customers will be able to opt-out, but envisions apps that "[enable] the advertiser to push the content down to the device."
Security

Submission + - Do Bug Bounties Buy Users More Security? (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Roger Grimes suggests browser bugs are too prevalent and malicious hackers too tenacious for bug bounties to have a real impact on end-user security. 'Regardless of the number of publicly reported bugs, it only takes a few "big ones" to hurt end-users in significant numbers. Based on my two decades of experience, you can never predict which malware program or exploit will compromise tens of millions of users in a day,' Grimes writes. And while Google and Mozilla are certainly exposing more flaws by paying independent researchers to uncover them, the real bounty lies elsewhere. 'The biggest and most devastating zero-day exploits are sold to the bad guys for payments far exceeding what the software vendors themselves would or could pay. In reality, the bad guys have their own teams of malicious programmers who find security holes on the cheap. Yes, some bugs may garner big payoffs, but most are probably made as part of the salaried hacker's day job. Welcome to the world of crimeware!'"
IT

Submission + - Why We Will Always Have IT. Maybe. (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Trade press headlines tell us that IT has lost its way and is no longer relevant. Some even say that IT doesn't matter anymore. The reason? Users are unsure that they are getting what they need from IT. Senior business managers don't understand why IT costs so much. IT's trusted vendors (telecommunications, ERP, BI providers, etc.) are successfully going over IT's head and selling directly to senior business management. And everybody is bandying about the two "O" words — outsourcing and offshoring. And the CIO? Well, some think that the CIO would be wise to get his or her résumé spiffed up. Is it really this bad? Is IT's obituary being written? Actually, IT is not as much doomed as it is confused, writes George Tillman. The fundamental problem is not with IT's current status or even its future, but with its mission. The main problem: IT sells technology, but users buy service. Until IT understands this, it will remain in economic harm's way.

Submission + - Nerds still more likely to get bullied (scientificamerican.com)

trashbird1240 writes: A story at ScientificAmerican.com reports on a recent meta-analysis of bullies and victims. They found that bullies and victims have similar personality traits, but that bullies tend to do poorly in school, as opposed to those who get bullied. Both bullies and victims are poor social problem solvers, but they resort to different tactics to handle their social ineptitude. To me this represents a huge leap forward in understanding nerd psychology.
Media

Submission + - Court Rules Against Resale on Copyright Works (arstechnica.com)

eldavojohn writes: Ars has some very interesting developments from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in regards to "first sale" doctrine. It appears that in order to resell a copyrighted item — even an item with a logo — you should have to track down the original distributor of said item to be given consent to resell it. Of course, the EFF and other cried outrage and stepped in to change this sort of outlandish thinking but if it remains it could be the end of used books, games, music, movies, etc.
Microsoft

Submission + - Life After Windows: What Happens to IT if MS Dies? (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy ponders the implications of a world without Microsoft Windows. And though some believe the demise of Microsoft would signal some kind of IT rebirth, as Kennedy sees it, 'the withdrawal of the Redmond giant's steady hand would cause today's computing landscape to tear itself apart at the seams, with application and device compatibility and interoperability devolving into the kind of Wild West chaos unseen since the days of the DOS big three.' Kennedy details the impact this post-Windows apocalypse would have on client applications, developer tools, and the hardware ecosystem. The view isn't completely bleak (elimination of the traditional software distribution model, chicken-and-egg debate over the .Net framework finally resolved), and it provides a sliver of hope, assuming Google can rise to the challenge, but overall, when it comes to IT, Kennedy's message is 'be careful what you wish for.'"

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