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Submission + - A pure HTML5 remake of the classic game Asteroids... With a twist! (

Vasheron writes: Introducing Goosteroids! What is grey goo you ask, and why are we destroying it? The answer is simple: Every second of everyday millions of people with smartphones and thousands of companies produce media that are super-pixelated and provide no value to the human race. Stock photos, CMS templates and pictures of last night's dinner are a few examples. We call this stuff grey goo. We must free humanity of the boring, mundane and useless. Climb aboard your laser-firing rocket ship and destroy grey goo forever! See the code on GitHub!

Submission + - Fake social security card with a real number?

milgram writes: I have not been able to find a definitive answer to this one, so I thought I would settle for entertaining ones. Does anyone know if it is illegal to forge a social security card, as long as you are using valid information? Why do I have to go through a Kafka-esque bureaucracy when my printer will give the same thing? All I get is a paper card with my name and number. If It is the correct information, is it illegal?

Submission + - Could Advertising Pay for a Mission to Mars? (

Velcroman1 writes: Welcome to the manned mission to Mars — brought to you with limited interruptions by Bud Light. It's not so crazy, actually: One of the biggest obstacle to a potential space mission is finding the almost $150 billion dollars needed to develop the program. And tagging a future spaceship with the word “Drinkability” may seem ridiculous, but it's exactly what Rhawn Joseph has proposed in the latest issue of the Journal of Cosmology. “With clever marketing and advertising and the subsequent increase in public interest, between $30 billion to $90 billion can be raised through corporate sponsorships, and an additional $1 billion a year through individual sponsorships,” wrote Joseph, a scientist with the Brain Research Laboratory in California. Would you be OK with: "This journey to Mars brought to you by KFC"?

Submission + - Microsoft bashes Apple "convergence" at CES (

jbrodkin writes: Microsoft may be far behind Apple in the consumer devices market with no clear plan for topping the iPad and iPhone, but that didn't stop Microsoft from criticizing Apple while previewing the next generation of Windows at CES. While Apple has made billions by putting several different types of devices in the hands of consumers, Microsoft's Windows division president said the proliferation of iPhones, iPads, iPods and MacBooks are giving users an annoying amount of pieces of hardware to carry. “That’s not particularly converged," the executive, Steven Sinofsky, said during an invitation-only press conference at CES, hours before Steve Ballmer was due to give his keynote. The next generation of Windows will run on a variety of touch-screen tablets, but Microsoft still hasn't explained how it will enable convergence across smartphones, PCs and tablets, especially as it offers two different operating systems with Windows and Windows Phone 7. When pressed on the "convergence" issue, Sinofsky admitted that he doesn't yet know how one single Microsoft device could replace four Apple devices. "Today is really a technology preview and I don’t want to start speculating about devices," he said.

Submission + - Microsoft Blames Server Problem For Hotmail Outage (

itwbennett writes: In a post on a company blog, Chris Jones, a corporate vice president with Windows Live Engineering said that 'load balancing between servers' caused more than 17,000 users of the Windows Live Hotmail service to temporarily lose the contents of their mailboxes. It should probably be mentioned that Microsoft uses its SQL Server to manage Hotmail.

Journal Journal: 15 Moderator Points? 1

Now, I must admit, I've twice before gotten 10 moderator points at a time. At which time, I had gone looking to find out if this was indeed a /. bug or some new moderation code. I did come across another slashdot user journal at that point (which I can't seem to find again now unfortunately) that mentioned that they too received 10 points as well as a few comments to the same effect. However, no one seemed to know where the additional points that we were seeing came from.


A Walk in the Sex Park 2

Dog owners in Amsterdam are upset that the city has promised to clampdown on people who let their pets walk in one of the cities most famous parks without a leash. They wouldn't be as outraged if the city hadn't also legalized public sex in the same park. A spokesman for the council said, "When the dogs are not kept on a leash they pee on whatever they see and they cause a lot of nuisance for other visitors." Alderman Paul Van Grieken added, "Why should we oppose a rule on something you can't oppose a rule on. Moreover it isn't a nuisance for the other visitors and gives a lot of pleasure to a certain group of people. There still are rules, They must take their garbage with them afterwards and never have intercourse near the playground. The sex must be limited to the evening hours and night."

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