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Businesses

Submission + - Napping Your Way to the Top!

Bamafan77 writes: We at slashdot have discussed the benefits of sleep in the past. Despite the macho (masochistic?) culture in the software world of working through the night with no sleep, the fact remains that we don't function very well when we don't sleep. In a Business Week interview, sleep psychologist James Maas goes further and says that a nap will even benefit those with a full night of rest.
Research on sleep deprivation shows that even at six hours a night, there are all sorts of changes in the body. Insulin rises to pre-diabetes levels. There's an increase in heart disease. Without sleep you don't learn. My research shows that people deteriorate during the day. It's difficult to sustain productivity. Naps can add back to the sleep you're deprived of at night. And a nap enhances productivity even if you have enough nocturnal sleep.
The rest discusses other benefits of napping as well as ways to get in some napping time in an anti-nap environment.
Media

Submission + - Universal and MySpace Square Off Over DMCA

moore.dustin writes: The two companies look to be a collision course that could have far reaching effects that shape of Internet over the years. Will Web 2.0 also have its important legal battles like the Napster case years ago?

From the article:
Yet, as lawyers prepare for battle, they do so on uncertain legal ground. The legislation at the heart of the debate, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, was written years before social networking sites such as MySpace even existed.

That fact has injected considerable uncertainty into the matter, according to copyright experts, and helps explain why lawyers from both sides are proclaiming that the DMCA, as it is known, is on their side.
Games

Submission + - The hottest gift for Linux gamers

lisah writes: Linux-based flight simulator game Flightgear is shaping up to the must-have gift for Linux gamers this holiday season. According to a review at Linux.com, Flightgear sports more than 125 different flying vessels including airplanes, parasails, and hot air balloons. Though it ships ready to fly around the skies of San Francisco, you can download literally the entire world from the game's website and fly above the Amazon Rain Forest, the Florida Everglades or anywhere else you can think of. Flightgear is so hot right now that it was even featured on a recent episode of FOX TVs legal drama Justice.
Media

Submission + - Hans Reiser pleads not guilty

PsychoKiller writes: Hans Reiser has pleaded not guilty. From the SFGate website: In an unusual move, the computer programmer invoked his right to have a preliminary hearing within 10 days. Judge Trina Thompson Stanley scheduled the hearing for Dec. 11, after which Judge Julie Conger will decide whether there is enough evidence to hold Reiser over for trial.
Education

Submission + - Sun's New Wiki for Textbooks

bcrowell writes: "Sun has launched a new web site called Curriki, which is going to use a XWiki to create textbooks and other educational materials. The site is up, but according to the FAQ, some important functions won't be available until January. The license is CC-BY, which differentiates it from wikipedia and wikibooks, but also makes it incompatible with them. It looks like they plan to have much tighter controls and standards than wikipedia and wikibooks. The Terms of Service say you can't contribute if your're under 18."
Power

Submission + - The Art of Loading and Storing on PowerPC

IdaAshley writes: The previous article in this series introduced assembly language programming using the 64-bit PowerPC instruction set on POWER5 and other processors that use these instructions. This article drills down the specifics of using the 64-bit PowerPC on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, focusing on data access methods and position-independent code.

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Space

Submission + - NASA announces Moon Base plans

Iron Condor writes: NASA apparently figured out that the most expensive item to send to the moon is ... man. So they chose a strategy that emphasizes a robotic base as a first step before sending people. This should be a relief to those wo had feared the whole thing was going to be a second coming of Apollo, with a couple short trips by a bunch of folks and nothing left to show for it in the end...
Television

Submission + - Best DVR for HDTV?

SuperBug writes: "I want to know what everyone thinks which DVR for HDTV is the best (as in technology) and best (as in price). One catch though, I'm looking only for independant DVRs. The Tivo series 3 is great, but it's 800 bucks retail. Aside from this HDTV DVR, I don't know of any others touting themselves as great for HDTV. I've thought of just building my own box using freevo or mythtv and a HDTV card, but I really don't want to go spending that much money or time either.

Which DVR do you all think would be good for viewing 720p or 1080p content and is reasonably priced?"
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Yet another PS3 Article

DesertBlade writes: Business Week has a nice impartial view from IMHO the average joe stand point.

It sums it up nicely in the nice paragraph:

"But will the PS3 be worth it in the end? There can't be a doubt. At a base level, Sony has achieved every function essential for this system to compete with the 360. You can argue the finer points, but if you suggest that the PS3 isn't exactly what it needs to be, you're simply wrong. It's the inheritor of the PlayStation legacy, and it's also a system that is a technical powerhouse and an attractive one, too. The PS3 is a must-buy — eventually. But is it worth $600 and a night in a parking lot? Not a chance."

Let the fanboys figure it out and let me know what to buy next Christmas.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Opensourcing Retro Games

An anonymous reader writes: While many people now are gearing up for the latest and greatest games, some are still looking to play those classic games such as the original Grand Theft Auto, Age of Empires, Starcraft, etc. Other more motivated souls are going the extra step and looking to open source the original Grand Theft Auto I and II as part of an openGTA petition. Some see open sourcing older games like these as helping to extend its life and enhance its features in a world of the 3D de facto in entertainment and perhaps giving them a little more Linux friendly playability.

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