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Submission + - Darth Vader was an Amazing Project Manager (

bkoeller writes: The Sith Lord Darth Vader, of Star Wars fame, often gets a bad rap, particularly in what we all think of as his 'dark years'. From a certain perspective his mass murder, brutal oppression, and frequent deception to serve his own ends makes him seem like a pretty bad guy. But if you look past all that to his action, you will find a very capable and effective project manager! In the name of finding silver linings in dark clouds, I'd like to present the top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager.

Submission + - Speed-of-light experiments yield baffling results (

intellitech writes: "Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists — because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a few billionths of a second early. The results will soon be online to draw closer scrutiny to a result that, if true, would upend a century of physics. The lab's research director called it "an apparently unbelievable result"."

Submission + - Linux update that looks like a redacted CIA doc (

StealthHunter writes: When did updates start looking like recently unclassified and fully redacted documents? This recent update to the Fedora distribution leaves quite a bit to the imagination to the reader. Security folks may advise "apply security patches in a timely manner" while others may go a step further and say "read about what the patch does and consider the impact to the system before applying it." What is somebody supposed to do with this patch? Fav part: (See also _______)

Submission + - Wolfenstein Ray Traced get 1080p and anti-aliasing

An anonymous reader writes: After Intel displayed their research demo Wolfenstein: Ray Traced on Tablets the latest progress at IDF focuses on high(est)-end gaming now running at 1080p. Besides image-based post-processing (HDR, Depth of Field) there is now also an implementation of a smart way of calculating anti-aliasing through using mesh IDs and normals and applying adpative 16x supersampling. All that is powered by the "cloud", consisting of a server that holds eight Knights Ferry cards (total of 256 cores / 1024 threads). A lot of hardware, but the next iteration of the "Many Integrated Core" (MIC) architecture named Knights Corner featuring 50+ cores might be just around the corner.

Submission + - iPhone's Darkside Explored by New Banned Game App (

An anonymous reader writes: That's one clever app. Phone Story is immersive activism — it actually takes players inside a simulation of the crime that's running inside the product of the crime. Marshall McLuhan would have a field day. My bet is that we'll be seeing more of this soon.

Submission + - Apple kills iOS game about manufacturing horrors (

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes: "In the latest development regarding Apple, Foxconn and the horrible processes involved in the iPhone manufacturing supply chain, a new iOS game lampooning the entire process was pulled from the market by Apple today, only 2 hours after its launch.

From Kotaku:

Phone Story charts a course from Coltan mining in the Congo to the horrendous manufacturing workers' conditions that led to the notorious Foxconn suicides, continuing through commercial release and planned obselescence driven by a culture of "want". The story concludes by depicting the environmental and human toll of unchecked eWaste.

Apple pulled the game on various unseemly grounds, including "15.2 Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected".

Molleindustria says that they are considering coming up with a new version of Phone Story that "depicts the violence and abuse of children involved in the electronic manufacturing supply chain in a non-crude and non-objectionable way."


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Submission + - HTC exec: iPhones for old farts (

alphadogg writes: Martin Fichter, HTC America's acting president, claims that Apple's iPhone is becoming too uncool for school. Speaking at the Mobile Future Forward event in Seattle this week, Fichter is quoted by Geekwire as saying: "Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she's down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.' There's an interesting thing that's going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacturers' devices. If you look at a college campus, MacBook Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don't find them that cool anymore."
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Submission + - Automatic spelling corrections on Github

An anonymous reader writes: Github projects may be seeing a different kind of contributor than normal, a small little bot is now crawling projects contribution spelling corrections. It builds on top the github API and existing documentation style checking code. Future directions for the project look beyond spelling mistakes and at automated bug fixing on a large scale.

Submission + - The tech sector's best beards (

therenegade writes: "What do some of the greatest tech minds of our generation have in common; intelligence? charisma? Not according to Expert Reviews — it's all in the beards. They list the top ten, ranking some of the most important men in the history of computing not by the huge contributions they made to the world, but by the magnificence of their face fur,"

Submission + - Linux FUD: The Greatest Hits (

jfruhlinger writes: "Linux is a cancer! SCO is unstoppable! The GPL consumes everything it touches! These and other bits of FUD have been thrown at Linux over the years, and it's a tribute to the ecosystem's survival that we can laugh about them now. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin outlined history's greatest instances of Linux FUD in his LinuxCon keynote. (He also provided a list of "This is the year of the Linux desktop" quotes going back to 2005.)"

Submission + - SPAM: EU-Wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban Lifted

kyl3x writes: Samsung's Galaxy tab will sell in the EU after all. A temporary injunction over a patent dispute with Apple has been lifted by a German court.

Curiously, however, the tablet will still not be sold within German borders.

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Submission + - HTC Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement ( 1

nevermore94 writes: Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc, seeking to halt U.S. imports and sales of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices because of alleged patent infringements.

The latter alleged infringements of three patents obtained in 2008 and 2010, and which relate to Wi-Fi capability and other functions. It seeks compensatory damages as well as triple damages for willful infringement.


Submission + - Murdoch newspaper hacked: Readers's info stolen (

An anonymous reader writes: Rupert Murdoch's The Sun, Britain's most popular tabloid newspaper, has revealed that when the LulzSec hacktivist gang attacked it last month they didn't just post a bogus story of Murdoch's death — they also stole the personal information of thousands of readers.

Names, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth of newspaper contestant entrants were stolen by hackers, who have since published the information on the internet.

Included in the haul are details of entrants to the Miss Scotland 2011 beauty contest, including (aside from their contact information) their height, weight, hair color, future aspirations, and vital statistics.

Financial information was not taken — but questions will be asked as to why the stolen data was not held in encrypted form.

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