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Comment Dreamcast Was First... Or Was It? (Score 3, Interesting) 105

"Xbox Live was the first successful multiplayer network for consoles."

I'm calling bologna on that. SEGA's network, SegaNet, was the first successful multiplayer network for consoles... by a 1st-party company in all three major regions. But before that, Sega Meganet was the first successful multiplayer network for consoles... by a 1st-party company (Japan and Brazil). But before that, Xband was the first successful multiplayer network for consoles... and it worked on multiple platforms (Nintendo's SNES + SEGA's Genesis / Mega Drive).

Submission + - The Light Might Make You Heavy

Rambo Tribble writes: Writing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers have found that sleeping with high ambient light levels may contribute to obesity [Abstract; paywall]. In a large survey, of 113,000 women, a high correlation was found between higher bedroom light levels and increased propensity to overweight or obesity. Excess light in the sleeping environment has long been known to adversely affect melatonin production and circadian rhythms. It is posited that such an interference with the "body clock" may be behind these results. Although there is not yet enough evidence to call this a smoking gun, as one researcher put it, 'Overall this study points to the importance of darkness.' The BBC offers its take on the story, here.

Submission + - As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin (

miller60 writes: Citing strong demand from cryptocurrency miners, data center and colocation providers are beginning to accept Bitcojn as payment for large chunks of data center space. It's a sign that the data center industry sees an emerging opportunity in catering to the hosting needs of crypto miners, who typically seek high-density space with cheap power. While many web hosting companies accept Bitcoin, larger data center players have been slower to embrace cryptocurrency. Utah-based C7 Data Centers says it's accepting Bitcoin because of surging demand. The Utah-based company says it now hosts about 4.5 megawatts of mining gear, just down the road from the NSA data center.

Submission + - Terran Computational Calendar Introduces Minimonths, Year Bases, and Datemods (

TC+0 writes: Inspired by comments regarding its first incarnation, the Terran Computational Calendar's recent redefinition now includes dynamic support for 'leap duration', 'year bases', and 'datemods'. Here's the new abstract from (wikia mirror) captured at 44.5.20,6.26.48 TC+7H:

Synchronized with the northern winter solstice, the terran computational calendar began roughly* 10 days before the UNIX Epoch. Each year is composed of 13 identical 28-day months, followed by a 'minimonth' that houses leap days (one most years and two every 4th but not 128th year) and leap seconds (issued by the IERS during that year). Each date is an unambiguous instant in time that exploits zero-based numbering and a handful of delimiters to represent the number of years and constant length months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds that have elapsed since 0TC (the calendar's starting point). An optional 'year base' may be applied to ignore erratic leap duration. Arithmetic date adjusting 'datemods' can be applied to define things like weeks, quarters, and regional times.

Submission + - Elon Musk Unveils Dragon V2 Manned Spacecraft (

Zothecula writes: Having teased the public by showing off the SuperDraco engine, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken the wraps off the Dragon V2 manned spacecraft that it’s designed to propel. At a brief media event at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters, Musk introduced the larger, more powerful version of the reusable Dragon capsule, which will one day carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth to land under its own power.

Comment They Should Have Checked Snopes (Score 1) 146

You got that right, A.C. If these "documentarians" had done a smidgin of research, they would have found that the cartridges were destroyed long ago. So this means they are either too lunkheaded to have spent a small amount of time to find the relevant information, or they do know the truth and just want to cash-in on the legend and rumors.

Quote from Snopes:

Atari, stuck with millions of games and consoles that were largely unsellable at any price, sent fourteen truckloads of merchandise from their plant in El Paso, Texas, to be dumped in a city landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico in late September 1983. In order to keep the site from being looted, steamrollers crushed and flattened the games, and a concrete slab was poured over the remains.


Submission + - Linux, OpenLDAP Being Deployed in Katano, Japan (

nz17 writes: "Back in August of 2010, the city hall of Katano in Osaka, Japan switched away from Microsoft Windows and MS-Office. Why? Because Microsoft ended official support and therefore patches for Windows 2000 on 13th July 2010, and the city's computers were all running Windows 2000. Rather than toss out the old computers and spend money replacing them with new models or paying for new copies of Windows and Office, the city decided to "recycle" them. Xubuntu Linux and were installed in place of the old software, saving Katano ten million yen. But the city went even further than that, and standardized on ODF as the document file format of choice to be used throughout Katano by the city offices and government officials for official paperwork, forms, and archives. This makes Katano the third Japanese city (after Aizu-Wakamatsu and Shikokuchuo) to switch to using exclusively in 2010 alone.

Katano is the first municipality in Osaka to standardize on OOo and is sharing the results of its switch-over with the rest of the prefecture. And the results are good (Google translation), because just recently the city posted a job listing indicating that it is looking for contractors to rebuild its computer network — and to rebuild it with OpenLDAP and SAMBA, as well as requiring experience with OSS design for contractors to qualify. It's nice to see such a highly visible promotion of FLOSS infrastructure!"

Comment NSA's Advice for Solaris and Linux (Score 2) 377

For those who contributed to the above Slashdot summary who are obviously incapable of properly navigating or searching Web sites, the NSA provides advice on securing multiple different computer operating systems and revisions. Yes, that includes Linux and even Solaris, and multiple versions to boot. Furthermore, additional research will yield that the NSA also has articles on securing a variety of common applications, Web browser plugins, and file formats. Then again, should anything less be expected from the organization that created and developed Security-Enhanced Linux in collaboration with Red Hat?

Comment The Same Answer as for Any Game System (Score 1) 262

The answer is the mighty (expensive) X-Arcade joystick. Buy two of the two-player models or four single-player models and you'll be set for four players: from one-button games to eight-button games and trackball games like Millipede. And they have plenty of adapters, so you can use them with non-serial or non-USB systems as well. I know they have adapters for Dreamcast (out-of-stock, *sigh*), GameCube/Wii, XBOX/360, PS2/3, etc. I wish I knew of a superior - cheaper or "more universal" (NES, Genesis/MegaDrive, SNES, and such) quality joystick - but as with most goods, the high-quality gear requires high-caliber materials, workmanship, knowledge, and engineering, so you have to pay the price for them.


Submission + - Japanese MP's iPad Use May Be Illegal (

nz17 writes: Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Kazuhiro Haraguchi, bought an iPad while he was in the U.S.A. on official business. The controversy is due to the possibility that accessing the Internet using the current model of the iPad in Japan constitutes a violation of Japan's Radio Act. The iPad lacks the "compatibility" label proving that it meets Japanese regulations. The use of instruments without the label is considered to be a violation of the Radio Act and may entail a punishment of one year in prison or one million yen in fines.

Comment Key Wallet (Score 1) 763

A key wallet is the way to go. I used to keep my keys on a ring (*SSH joke goes here*), but a few years ago I switched to keeping my keys in one of the mesh compartments of my wallet. Granted I only have a few keys. For a larger set of keys, you will want to use a real key wallet with hooks for the keys built into the wallet itself. If you need a key, just push the hook, detach the key, use the key, and return it. Most of them are pretty cheap, and I know that Sears Roebucks carries a few which are not only affordable but have all the compartments you'd want in a standard wallet too.

Dang, now *I* want to buy a real key wallet.


Submission + - SeaMonkey 2.0 released ( 2

aodash writes: The SeaMonkey project at Mozilla is excited to release its completely refurbished next generation of the all-in one Internet suite today: SeaMonkey 2.0, now available for free download, melds the ideas behind Netscape Communicator with the modern platform of Firefox 3.5 to create one of the most compelling open source products for advanced Internet users.

The combination of an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, that has already established a wide user base in its previous incarnations, has been rebuilt on top of the modern Mozilla platform, featuring world-class add-on management among other things.

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