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Comment Re:Giving up so quickly? (Score 1) 380

Touché. :) However, in this case the key word is contributed. I think all of us geeks (I'm going out on a limb and assuming you're a geek as well) can agree that it's pretty silly to give up on something because the installer... the open source installer... is buggy.

I also really, really wanted to use that meme.

Submission + - Ditching the cell phone for VOIP

claar writes: I'm almost always near a Wi-Fi connection, so I'm about to cancel my phone service, grab a mobile hotspot with a low data cap for those rare occasions when I'm not near Wi-Fi, and use one of the various apps for calling POTS lines. I figure my wife and I will end up paying $40 to $60/month — a far cry from our current charges.

Has anyone else done this? What apps and mobile hotspots have worked well for you? I just don't understand why I don't hear about more people doing this — enlighten me?

DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence 235

An anonymous reader writes "Back over Thanksgiving, the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit (ICE) made a lot of news by seizing over 80 domain names. While many of these involved sites that sold counterfeit products, five of the domains involved copyright issues. Four of them involved hiphop-related blogs — including ones that hiphop stars like Kanye West and others used to promote their own works, and the last one was a meta search engine that simply aggregated other search engines. Weeks went by without the owners of those sites even being told why their domains were seized, but the affidavit for the seizure of those five sites has recently come out, and it's full of all sorts of problems. Not only was it put together by a recent college graduate, who claimed that merely linking to news and blog posts about file sharing constituted evidence of copyright infringement, it listed as evidence of infringement songs that labels specifically sent these blogs to promote. Also, what becomes clear is that the MPAA was instrumental in 'guiding' ICE's rookie agent in going after these sites, as that appeared to be the only outside expertise relied on in determining if these sites should be seized."

Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming? 240

Proudrooster writes "Fellow Slashdotters, I have transitioned to teaching and my students have asked me what is the best path to take to work in the video game programming industry. Which would be of more benefit: pursing a Computer Science degree or taking an accelerated program like those at FullSail? I have a CS degree, and suspect that the CS degree would be of more benefit in the long run, but I would like anyone in the industry to share their wisdom and experience with my students trying to follow in your footsteps. If you could recommend some programs in your replies it would be appreciated." A couple other questions that might help those students: what non-academic methods would you recommend to students looking for a career in the games industry? What projects and tools are good starting points for learning the ropes?

Developer Demands Pirate Bay Not Remove Torrent 203

An anonymous reader writes "This week TPB got a very unusual e-mail. It was a 'Notice of Ridiculous Activity' from a company that had found one of its apps cracked and listed as a torrent on TPB. The app in question is called Memoires, developed by Coding Robots. Memoires is marketed as the easiest way to keep a journal on your Mac. It costs $29.99 to buy after you've enjoyed a 30-day free trial. That, of course, didn't stop someone from cracking the software and making it available for free as a torrent. Dmitry Chestnykh, founder of Coding Robots, noticed the cracked torrent and decided to download it to see what had been done. After using it, he was upset — not because the cracked version was available, but because the cracker (named Minamoto) had done such a bad job of cracking it. The best section of the e-mail has to be this: 'I demand that you don't remove this torrent, so that people can laugh at Minamoto and CORE skills. However, I also demand the[sic] better crack to be made, so that it doesn't cripple the user experience of my beautiful program.'"

Submission + - ZeuS Attack Robbed 3,000 Online Banking Customers (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: It took only a month to compromise some 3,000 private and business accounts with one of the largest financial institutions in the U.K. The criminals were able to leverage vulnerabilities found in the users' browsers and compromised websites in order to install Eleonore and Phoenix exploit kits into the machines, which only lead to a further installation of the latest variant (v3) of the well-known ZeuS Trojan.

Submission + - Hackers spoof car warning system (h-online.com)

NeverVotedBush writes: A team from the University of South Carolina and Rutgers sent fake tire pressure messages to the onboard computer, generating bogus warning messages. The researchers got the transmission of fake messages to work over a range of up to 40 metres or, more impressively, between two moving vehicles in close proximity travelling at 70kph. Reverse-engineering of the underlying protocols revealed static 32 bit identifiers and that messages can be easily triggered remotely, which raises privacy concerns as vehicles can be tracked through these identifiers.

Submission + - Axon Builds Tablet You Can Hackintosh, Win, Linux (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "All this time we thought the way to one-up Apple's iPad was to build a Windows- or Android-based tablet with all the features the iPad neglects. Boy were we off, or so hopes a company called Axon Logic. Never heard of them? If history is any indication, you soon will. That's because Axon has gone and put together a tablet --
the Axon Haptic — that's primed for end users to slap a Darwin OS onto its slate, such as Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Should this thing catch on, and perhaps even if it doesn't, you can bet Apple's legal team will be ready to go the distance."


Submission + - Town Gets Patent On Being The Center Of Europe (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: And you thought software patents were going to far? How about geography patents? Apparently, as a part of the weird fight over what place in Europe represents the "geophysical center of Europe," the Austrian town of Frauenkirchen has received a patent (Austrian patent AM 7738/2003) declaring it the center of Europe. Not clear how one "infringes" on such a patent, but then again, it's not clear why anyone's patenting this either.

Submission + - Oracle Sues Google Over Android’s Java (eweekeurope.co.uk)

geek4 writes: Oracle claims that Google's Android OS breaks the Java patents it acquired from Sun

Oracle has sued Google, claiming the popular Android operating system infringes Java patents, which Oracle acquired with Sun Microsystems this year.

âÅ"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracleââs Java-related intellectual property,â said Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman in a statement. âÅ"This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement.â Oracle is expected to ask for an injunction against future sales of Android phones, and is also making a copyright complaint, but there are few details yet. Google has so far declined to comment.


Submission + - Gmail users howl over Halloween outage (theregister.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Gmail has been completely down for a large number of users (including me) for 36 hours straight, though Google refuses to acknowledge any problem. I linked to an early article in the Register about this, which reports that service is down even for many users who paid for the $50 Premier service, and that Google isn't answering its tech support line (which is advertised as being 24/7). Here's a support forum


where users from all over (incl. Denmark, Israel, South Africa) are reporting the problem and commiserating. No one from Google seems to be listening — indeed, Google's Apps Status Dashboard


still reports "No Issues" with Gmail.

Scott Aaronson, MIT CSAIL
(temporary email address I created: ghh1729@gmail.com
my blog entry about this: http://scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=428)

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