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Submission + - Software Bug will be considered a crime in Japan (

kazekiri writes: Very soon, leaving software bug without defect-fixing effort will be considered a crime in Japan.
On May 27 afternoon, Satsuki Eda, Minister of Justice, stated that it will be a crime to leave software bugs without treatment, at the Japanese House of Representatives Committee on Judicial Affairs, like the lower house in US. The video of his reply can be seen online, and the Japanese text version can be checked at Slashdot Japan story.

Now, the Committee is aiming to pass the new bill defining that committing to development or distribution of the computer virus is a crime. The bill specifies that software deliberately not functioning along user's will or deliberately functioning against user's will is a virus. When Mr Eda was addressed by the Committee Member that “for instance, a free software was released and then a user points out a bug. If the software was continue to be opened to the public disregarding the user's notice, will that be a crime according this bill?”, he answered just “Yes”.

If the bill's passage goes well, it will go into effect by this summer, and after that, leaving the bug as it is will lead to an imprisonment maximum of three years .


Submission + - Generating a Rat Pancreas in a Body of a Mouse (

kazekiri writes: According to the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in a project with Tokyo University, they have succeeded in generating a rat iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell)-derived pancreas in a body of a mouse(paper). The research team injected rat iPSC into mouse's fertilized egg with gene manipulation hindering the generation of pancreas, and implanted it in a uterus of a mouse, the foster mother. It has been confirmed that the pancreas of a born mouse is entirely made of rat iPSC, and the pancreas functions normally. This is a step towards achieving a goal of regenerative medicine to make human organs in bodies of other animals.

Submission + - 1,500 Mens go to honeymoon with Virtual Girlfriend (

kazekiri writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 1,500 male fans of the Japanese dating-simulation game LovePlus+ have flocked to Atami for a romantic date with their videogame character girlfriends. This resort town, once popular with honeymooners, is turning to a new breed of romance seekers — virtual sweethearts.
This story is real. In the Japanese otaku or nerd culture, there's a tradition of calling characters My Wife(Ore no Yome).


Submission + - Let's learn Japanese from Anime/Manga characters (

kazekiri writes: A story about Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, an organization in Japan, launching a website called Japanese in Anime & Manga for Gaijin (non-Japanese) who love Japanese Anime/Manga has been a hot story in Slashdot Japan.
Many words used in lines of characters appearing in Japanese Manga are very different from standard Japanese . You can learn words that SchoolGirls & Samurai use on this site by quizzes. The lines are drawn from actual Manga, and the data is very abundant. By looking at Comments in Slashdot Japan, there are many people out there eagerly hoping for Gaijin who learned words from Anime to visit Japan.


This Is the Way the World Ends 394

Dave Knott writes "The CBC's weekly science radio show Quirks and Quarks this week features a countdown of the top ten planetary doomsday scenarios. Nine science professors and one science fiction author are asked to give (mostly) realistic hypotheses of the ways in which the planet Earth and its inhabitants can be destroyed. These possibilities for mankind's extinction include super-volcanoes, massive gamma ray bursts, and everybody's favorite, the killer asteroid. Perhaps the most terrifying prediction is the reversal of the Earth's magnetic field (combined with untimely solar activity), a periodic event which is currently 1/4 million years overdue."

Linux Kernel Booting On the iPhone 115

mhm was one of many readers to note that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to the iPhone. "Planetbeing, one of the iPhone devteam members, has been working on porting Linux to the iPhone (along with a custom bootloader called OpeniBoot). Today they managed to boot the kernel! Video showing the boot process has been posted. Instructions and binaries are available on the project blog."

Greenpeace Slams Apple For Environmental Record 271

nandemoari writes "According to a recent advertisement airing on American TV, Apple's new Macbooks (well-received by most technology critics) are 'the world's greenest family of notebooks.' It seems an indication that the Cupertino-based company is increasingly aware of a consumer base that demands green electronics. However, Greenpeace is less than enthused with Apple's overall green performance. In their report (PDF), the environmentalists argue that Apple 'needs to commit to phasing out additional substances with timelines, improve its policy on chemicals and its reporting on chemicals management.'" Ars Technica points out that Greenpeace's research isn't quite up-to-snuff, and it's also worth noting that Greenpeace admitted to targeting Apple for the publicity in the past.

BBC Trust to Meet With OSC Over iPlayer 125

Virgil Tibbs writes "With the Launch of the BBC's iPlayer imminent, the BBC trust has agreed to hear the Open Source Consortium's concerns regarding the BBC iPlayer's tie in with Microsoft's software. The move by the BBC to use Windows Media DRM & their apparent lack of commitment towards other platforms has caused outrage in many circles and prompted several online petitions."
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Submission + - VMware passed over for XenSource

VirtualizationDork writes: XenSource beats out VMware for Joots LLC web hosting. Why? "We could have shelled out for VMware, but it didn't seem that important," said Matthew Putegnat, Joots' chief information technology officer.

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