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Role Playing (Games)

Second Life Faces Open Source Challenges 198

ruphus13 writes "Linden Labs has talked about Open Sourcing aspects of their platform for a while, but have not always followed through. Now, the OpenSimulator project has been gathering some solid momentum, and this was followed by an announcement by IBM that showed interoperability between OpenSimulator and Linden Servers. What this means is that you can use a Second Life client to log on to an OpenSim server. Beyond that, anyone can run their own server. 'Working with the protocols derived from the official Second Life client, and a knowledge of how Second Life works, these people have implemented their own compatible server code.' It is only a matter of time before users will be able to move profiles, virtual goods, and other elements of their 'second life' on to any server in a truly open world, thereby threatening Linden Labs' virtual world experience. With Google and Sun at the fringes of this space, things are going to get very interesting, virtually speaking."

Open Source Adeona Tracks Lost & Stolen Laptops 192

An anonymous reader writes "Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop."

Submission + - AMD Phenom and John Woo's Stranglehold In Action (

bigwophh writes: "AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday to demo some products due to be released in the coming months. HotHardware attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations. The shots and info regarding the AMD quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo's 'Stranglehold' (Unreal 3.0 engine) will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices, like the HTC Advantage 7501. It's essentially a cross between a UMPC, Phone, PDA, and portable GPS. The device features and AMD Imageon processor, 8GB of flash memory, a 5" touch screen, and a built in magnetic QWERTY keyboard, GPS navigator and 3MP camera."

Submission + - Supercomputing on demand answers emergency calls (

coondoggie writes: "Giving emergency first responders, scientists and the general public a real-time measurement of disasters or emergencies as well as near real-time predictions of the path of tornados or hurricanes or to foretell the most likely direction of a toxic plume released by an industrial accident or terrorist incident — are all purview of a service rolled out this week courtesy of The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Supercomputing Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego.For example, within 30 minutes following a magnitude 3.5 or greater earthquake, researchers can have animated clips showing in graphical form the full impact of the quake, including depths and energy, the center said in a release. As data is recorded by the thousands of automated sensors, it automatically feeds into the computer model. In about half an hour, this tool can provide concise, visual answers about what happened."

Submission + - Government Red Teams Discuss Vulnerabilities

An anonymous reader writes: Sandia National Laboratories in the US put out a press release this week about their REDTEAM2007 Conference "for the government red-teaming community to exchange ideas and foster cooperation." Judging from the conference's homepage, this looks like an excuse for law enforcement, military, and intelligence officials to get together and discuss vulnerabilities for all sorts of reasons (wink, wink). Since the conference is unclassified I'm guessing all the really interesting sharing will happen in back rooms, but at $900US it might be interesting to see what these government types are thinking about.

Submission + - Burning questions of service-oriented architecture (

jbrodkin writes: "IT shops around the world are using SOA to fundamentally change how they deliver services. Six burning questions are answered in this article, including what are SOA's dark sides?; will data security be comprised?; what about network performance and management?; is anyone saving money with SOA?; and when is Microsoft planning to get a clue?"

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