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Submission + - Adobe admits to using 'synthetic' deblur images in (dpreview.com) 1

ColdWetDog writes: Adobe has admitted an image used in its 'image deblur' presentation was artificially blurred for the purposes of the demonstration. The company said the blur on the image was 'more complicated than anything we can simulate using Photoshop's blur capabilities.' It described the move as 'common practice in research' and defended the use of the image because 'we wanted it to be entertaining and relevant to the audience.' The other images shown were the result of camera shake, it said.

Adobe has photoshopped Photoshop.

Submission + - CCP to lay off 20% of its staff, refocus on EVE (eveonline.com)

zergl writes: CCP games just announced that 20% of its staff will be laid off due to their overextension on developing three titles at the same time while bleeding subscribers on their flagship title EVE Online. The World Of Darkness MMO will be put on the back burner while remaining resources will be put towards EVE and getting Dust 514 launched successfully.
This comes as not much of a surprise considering the financial situation CCP was in with liquid assets about to run out well before the Dust launch next year which was discovered when the 2010 financial report was analyzed on a community forum.


Submission + - Who Killed Videogames? (insertcredit.com)

jjp9999 writes: "Video game developer and novelist Tim Rogers exposes the underbelly of free-to-play games that use real-world currency. They're not trying to entertain you—they're trying to get you hooked. Every minute you wait is being factored in by men in suits reeling you into a cycle of addiction so they can keep you coming for more, and hopefully opening your wallet to buy premium points here and there. To do this, they intentionally give you an hour worth of gameplay dragged out over the course of a week to keep it on your mind, dropping coins here and there for you to pick up, and playing on your own sense of work and profit to keep you coming back."

Submission + - Air Force gets defensive about drone virus (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The Air Force today tried to quash the firestorm of criticism around its handling of the computer virus that hit its unmanned drone program last month.

In a tersely worded release the Air Force said: "To correct recent reporting, the malware detected on stand-alone systems on Creech Air Force Base, Nev., in September, has not affected Remotely Piloted Aircraft operations."


Submission + - How Torrents Are Good For The World (thecompiler.org)

gzomartin writes: When most people think of torrents they usually think of piracy, cracked software, ripped movies and leaked information. One important thing they never think about is how torrents help directors in other countries.

Submission + - Eric Raymond Defends Stallman Over Jobs Remarks (muktware.com) 1

N!NJA writes: Many have already read on the Internets what Richard Stallman said about Steve Jobs:

"Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died. As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone." Nobody deserves to have to die — not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs' malign influence on people's computing. Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective."

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/10/steve-jobs-stallman-dissenting-view.html

Eric S Raymond, the author of Cathedral in Bazaar has come out to defend Richard M Stallman:

"But the Mac also set a negative pattern that Jobs was to repeat with greater amplification later in his life. In two respects; first, it was a slick repackaging of design ideas from an engineering tradition that long predated Jobs (in this case, going back to the pioneering Xerox PARC WIMP interfaces of the early 1970s). Which would be fine, except that Jobs created a myth that arrogated that innovation to himself and threw the actual pioneers down the memory hole."

"Second, even while Jobs was posing as a hip liberator from the empire of the beige box, he was in fact creating a hardware and software system so controlling and locked down that the case couldn’t even be opened without a special cracking tool. The myth was freedom, but the reality was Jobs’s way or the highway. Such was Jobs’s genius as a marketer that he was able to spin that contradiction as a kind of artistic integrity, and gain praise for it when he should have been slammed for hypocrisy."

"What’s really troubling is that Jobs made the walled garden seem cool. He created a huge following that is not merely resigned to having their choices limited, but willing to praise the prison bars because they have pretty window treatments."

Source: http://www.muktware.com/news/2623


Submission + - McNealy: I would have run HP if they asked (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Scott McNealy, the former chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems, would have accepted the job of running Hewlett-Packard if he had been asked, he said this week. McNealy was among the candidates interviewed for the position, he said, in a contest that ultimately went to Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay. "I was asked to come interview, and I told them I would do the job if they couldn't find a suitable candidate," McNealy said Wednesday in an interview at his home in Silicon Valley. On Wednesday, McNealy launched a new company, a social gaming startup called WayIn, where he is chairman and lead fundraiser.

Submission + - slashdot blocked in china 2

tvlinux writes: I woke up this morning, and accessed /. I received a "connection reset". After living in China to a few years, I know what that means. Slashdot is being blocked by "Golden Shield". I am in ShenZhen, anybody else being blocked?
Slashdot is a great place to keep track of the latest technology advances. Google is some times throttled. Many other technical sites are blocked just because they are on a blog site.
Is China cutting it throat learning about new technology?

Submission + - Augmented Reality Aids Cybersquatting (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "Layar, based in Amsterdam, is working on products that take augmented reality in a slightly different direction. You can now interact with any object, brand or anything really. It gets pretty complicated but the implications of what AR is doing are quite significant. For those not familiar with Layar, it is a platform that allows anyone to build an AR app. You use your mobile phone's camera to view the world and since your phone knows where you are and what you are looking at.The implications are profound. One of the most interesting apps that someone produced was a virtual tee-shirt shop. It was placed in the 20 most expensive shopping streets in the world, selling t-shirts. Stop and think about that for a minute. He built a virtual shop where a real one already existed. His shop was accessible via a mobile phone, the real one was accessible through, well, being real. That means that real space and virtual space can be owned by different people. There will be lawyers."

Submission + - Jeopardy!-winning computer Watson "hired" to offer (techi.com) 3

AmyVernon writes: WellPoint and IBM announced an agreement today to develop and launch Watson-based medical solutions.

Stage One: Assist nurses who manage complex patient cases and help insurers review treatment requests from medical providers.

Stage Two: In a limited number of oncology practices, the system’s ability to process 200 million pages of data in three seconds will allow doctors to ask questions, input symptoms and compare reactions to treatments to streamline the process.

Half of me thinks this is SO cool. The other part of me feels like we've just created SkyNet. Once it becomes sentient, it'll start recommending the pulling of the plug.

Submission + - Hide and Seek (thesarayiahpost.com)

Isaac Sarayiah writes: "...The recent riots on the streets of London and other UK cities may forgive us in forgetting we even have a police force. We watched in horror (and I am sure in fear as well for many) as people’s livelihoods were looted and burnt to cinders whilst the Metropolitan Police did very little to intervene. In the case of the turmoil on the streets of Clapham the Met Police did a very good job of playing hide and seek – they were simply not to be found.

Yet the following days, praise from the clueless and reactionary coalition were heaped upon them. The police — who are meant to protect us from the very serious crimes we witnessed including arson and the tragic murder of the 3 young men in Birmingham — were told, to my incredulity, of how they were doing a good job. Well if that is doing a good job, what does it take for them to face real investigation or shake up for doing a bad job? To me, their actions (or rather inactions in this case) made them complicit in the crimes that took place, but they will not be on trial.

It took the very brave and in many ways heroic words of Tariq Jahan, the father of one of the three young men sadly killed in Birmingham to bring calm and peace to our streets again. His way of thinking enabled him to see the bigger picture and despite his terrible grief he spoke with clarity, dignity, authority, passion and a sense you rarely hear from a politician or police officer who are only normally trying to protect themselves from their own failings and incompetence. His words resonated through every sinew of our society and shows that from a deep negative there are potentially many positives."


Submission + - Toward a Developer 'Maturity Manifesto' (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister proposes a new manifesto for those developers who are tired of the partisan squabbling, flame wars, name-calling, and finger-pointing: the Maturity Manifesto. 'Why are developers so quick to call each other idiots, anyway? Why are they so pigheaded in their beliefs, so quick to take sides and reduce everything to fallacious black-and-white arguments? Check out any developer forum or message board: It won't take long before you'll find some seemingly innocuous thread that has erupted into a full-blown flame war,' McAllister writes. 'When decisions about tools and practices become polarized and zealotry takes the place of rational discussion, it not only wastes time, but lowers morale, causes communication breakdowns in other areas, and at its worst threatens the successful completion of critical objectives.'"

Submission + - SPAM: APPLE not concerned about Chinese employees!

rd111986 writes: After officially stepping down from the post of CEO of APPLE,the last thing Steve Jobs might have expected was a problem, which had happened long time back during his tenure as CEO, to spring up again.

Six months ago, factory workers in Suzhou,China got sick two years ago by toxic chemicals while making APPLE's touchscreens at the factory wrote to Jobs, asking for his help in getting medical care and compensation for their illnesses and lost work time.

It was a factory run by the Taiwanese electronics supplier Wintek, working under contract with APPLE. The Wintek parts factory substituted hexane for alcohol in the manufacturing process to save time off production of APPLE touchscreens, but failed to outfit workers with proper safety equipment.

Dozens fell ill, many were hospitalized for months, and several say they still suffer symptoms of nerve damage, like numb hands and feet, from exposure to the chemical.

Two years after the chemical exposure and many months of medical treatment later, they still say they've never heard from anyone at APPLE directly.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Arrested Riding Bike to School (blogspot.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Could you be arrested for allowing your 5'th grade child to ride her bike one mile to school? That certainly seems crazy as we try to encourage active life styles for our kids. That certainly seems crazy as we try to promote safe routes to school programs. That certainly seems crazy as we talk of an obesity epidemic amongst our children. But that is what police in Elizabethton Tennessee are threatening.

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