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Submission + - Portal update hints at new game ( 5

vintagepc writes: A March 1st update to Portal on Steam saw the addition of a cryptic achievement, "Transmission Received", and an even more mysterious announcement from VALVE. Since then, community members have decrypted Morse code and SSTV images from new sound files embedded in the game, cracked an MD5 to obtain a BBS phone number, and hacked the login credentials to receive a set of ASCII images depicting various Aperture-Science related things.

At current, everything is documented in a (at last count) 260 page thread, with almost four thousand replies and just under a million views. Posts are being added almost as fast as one can refresh the page. So far, all speculation suggests this is a viral marketing campaign for a sequel or prequel to Portal, but not much more is known, and as of yet, the meaning or any hidden code in the ASCII images has yet to be found.


Submission + - Windows 8 to have 128 bit edition (

vintagepc writes: A Microsoft employee's (Robert Morgan) linkedIn profile had leaked information about the next version of Windows: Windows 8. It appears there are plans for a 128 bit edition. The offending post has since been removed, and google's cached version (link in article) is also expired.. For those of you deciding you want to wait even longer for the next version, don't hold your breath- It's not planned to be out until at least 2012. (coincidence?). At least that will give us plenty of time to actually get the 128 bit architecture in the mainstream.

Submission + - openSuSE 11.2 released today. (

vintagepc writes: openSuSE 11.2 is scheduled for release today. The release sports many new features, such as Gnome 2.28, KDE 4.3, and kernel 2.6.31. Also new is the creation of Hybrid ISOs that can be written to a USB key using dd or a similar tool. This key can then be booted without further modifications. After Ubuntu's problems, the many new distro releases around this time are a welcome sight.
While the english Wiki appears to be down (probably by the slashdot effect's cousin, new Linux distro effect) the download server still appears to be running. (and no doubt so are the many mirrors all over the globe.)


Submission + - Light Peak in Fall 2010 - Will it trump USB3? (

vintagepc writes: The newest budding optical link technology is Intel's Light Peak , with a minimum bandwidth of 10 Gb/s. Engadget is reporting that Apple will introduce Light Peak in its technology as early as Fall 2010. A lower-power version for Apple's mobile devices is planned for 2011.

What does the Slashdot community think? Will LightPeak trump USB3.0 before it even has a chance to gain solid footing, or will we be looking at another semi(format) war?

Submission + - Torrent to eliminate ISP's throttling (

vintagepc writes: TorrentFreak reports that a redesign of the popular BitTorrent protocol allows clients to detect network congestion and automatically adjust the transfer rates, eliminating the interference with other Internet-enabled applications' traffic.
In theory, the protocol senses congestion based on the time it takes for a packet to reach its destination, and by intelligent adjustments, should reduce network traffic without causing a major impact on download speeds and times. As said by Simon Morris (from TFA), “The throttling that matters most is actually not so much the download but rather the upload – as bandwidth is normally much lower UP than DOWN, the up-link will almost always get congested before the down-link does,”
Furthermore, the revision is designed to eliminate the need for ISPs to deal with problems caused by excessive BitTorrent traffic on their networks, thereby saving them money and support costs. Apparently, the v2.0b client using this protocol is already being used widely, and no major problems have been reported.


Submission + - BOFH EtherKiller spotted in the wild.

vintagepc writes: At long last, the famed BOFH etherKiller has been spotted in the wild. Though the operator in question could not be coaxed from his lair for an interview, many of the other employees were electrified at the thought of their operator owning and using such a device. Said one luser, "Well, it certainly explains the sudden death of my computer when I fire up LimeWire". (Further investigation revealed that P2P is against company policy).
Other co-workers reported waking up after the work day had ended, on the floor of their offices with no recollection of the past week. Investigation is being conducted to determine if there is any relation to the recent increase in the number of paperclips found in these users' Ethernet jacks. However, we have been informed by an unidentified youth, that these are present simply to "enhance conductivity and reduce geo-magnetic and solar flux changes", and are a completely unrelated coincidence.

Submission + - Web-based SVN WITHOUT need for command-line?

vintagepc writes: Working in a research group, I've noticed that we don't seem to have any sort of extensive code management and version control practices. I put forth the suggestion that we try out some form of code management software (CVS, SVN, etc.) However, the problem is that I'd like to get the system web-based with an intuitive interface, to encourage people to use it. This means NO command line for checking in/out the code changes. (Furthermore a range of different (read: Windows) systems will use it, so I'd like to avoid the need for users to install any special clients) I've already tried ViewVC, WebSVN, usvn, and more, without any success. They only seem to allow viewing of the repositories, and none allow web-based checkout or checkin (that I've been able to find). Google searches don't seem to yield any fruitful results either... so I turn to the slashdot commmunity to ask: What have you found that is a stable web-based interface with checkin-checkout features and also powerful administration controls (for creating new projects, assigning users to them, and managing the relevant read/write permissions? I have at my disposal a box running OpenSuSE 11.1. Most code is MATLAB, but other types will be used as well.

Submission + - Losing my Software Rights?

vintagepc writes: Having written a piece of software as part of my research employment, I now face (and will later face again, with other software I've developed), the issue of intellectual property rights. The legal department stated that if I was paid by the University to produce the software, the University would own all rights to it. This is supposedly black and white, not a gray area.
However, I should point out the following: I was hired as a research student (not directly by the University, and also via a research award (NSERC)),
Furthermore, it turns out that faculty members here, in fact, retain their intellectual rights to any software they write.
At this point, I can still back out, since I have not explicitly agreed to the conditions, but this decision must be made soon.

So, I turn to the Slashdot crowd to ask:
Are they allowed to do this and completely strip my rights to the software?
If anyone has had any similar experiences, then what was the outcome?
Additionally, is this a normal action, or do I have some maneuvering room?

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