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Submission + - Papers, Please: A game about bureaucracy, border control, and terrorism

zokuga writes: In this "Dystopian Document Thriller", you play an immigration inspector overseeing the newly-opened of the fictional communist nation of Arstotzka ("Glory to Arstotzka!"). The game, which is currently in downloadable beta, is both a clever commentary on the politics of national security and soul-crushing bureaucracy while, at the same time, being fun to play as a game, even though your work is almost entirely focused around shuffling papers, consulting the rule book, inspecting visas, and the occasional strip search. "Papers, Please!" is on Steam Greenlight and can be downloaded from the developer's page. The trailer for the game is a work of art in itself.

Submission + - Google Babble is Now BABEL

An anonymous reader writes: iOS, Android, Chrome, Gmail and G+ to get linked. There have been plenty of whispers about a unified, single messaging service from Google. Purportedly, this revolutionary service would only be available across Google’s own Chrome OS and Android platform. It is speculated that this service would be known as Google Babble and would look to integrate talk, voice, and the G+ Messenger in a single chat solution across various platforms. However, laying rest to speculations, credible sources report that this messenger service will now be known as BABEL.

Submission + - Harvard/MIT Student Creates GPU Database, Hacker-Style

IamIanB writes: Harvard Middle Eastern Studies student Todd Mostak's first tangle with big data didn't go well; trying to process and map 40 million geolocated tweets from the Arab Spring uprising took days. So while taking a database course across town at MIT, he developed a massively parallel database that uses GeForce Titan GPUs to do the data processing. The system sees 70x performance increases over CPU-based systems, and can out crunch a 1000 node MapReduce cluster, in some cases. All for around $5,000 worth of hardware.

Mostak plans to release the system under an open source license; you can play with a data set of 125 million tweets hosted at Harvard's WorldMap and see the millisecond response time.

Submission + - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims.

Submission + - First usage of "computer" in New York Times (danwin.com)

zokuga writes: "Using the New York Times archive search, which goes back to 1851, the first time the word "computer" appears in a headline is in 1892, for a job posting, "A COMPUTER WANTED." Charles Babbage had come up with the idea of the difference engine decades ago, but "computer" was still used to refer to humans who performed the unskilled labor of calculating tabular data."

Submission + - Facebook's Graph Search Is a Privacy Test For Internet Users (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An article in the NY Times makes the case that Graph Search, Facebook's recently unveiled social search utility, will be a test for users of the social networking site which will have consequences for the internet at large. The test will show whether people are willing to take the next step in sharing parts of their lives, and whether social search is the future for online interaction. '...the company engineers who created the tool — former Google employees — say that the project will not reach its full potential if Facebook data is "sparse," as they call it. But the company is confident people will share more data, be it the movies they watch, the dentists they trust or the meals that make their mouths water.' CompSci professor Oren Etzioni says it's a watershed moment for the social internet because of the scale at which Facebook operates. A decade ago, people began making the choice to share their lives online; buying into social search would be the biggest step since then.

Submission + - Saturn's largest moon undergoes crater makeover (www.cbc.ca)

MightyMartian writes: NASA scientists say Cassini has discovered that far fewer craters on Titan than on the other moons of Saturn. The craters they have discovered are far shallower than other moons' craters and appear to be filling with hydrocarbon sand. On top of being yet another reason Titan's active geology is very cool, it adds to the mystery of where all the methane on Titan is coming from.

Submission + - NASA finds water, and maybe life on Jupiter's moon (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Mars gets most of the attention when it comes to research looking for signs of life, but that could change now. NASA today said has found what looks like a pretty good size body of water equal in volume to the Great Lakes under the icy surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa. The finding could represent a new potential habitat for life, NASA said. Further increasing that chance is the fact that many of these lakes are covered by floating ice shelves that seem to be collapsing, providing a mechanism for transferring nutrients and energy between the surface and a vast ocean already thought to exist below a perhaps miles thick ice shell."

Submission + - Has Apple made programmers cool? (cnet.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: CNET suggests that Apple has totally changed the general public's perception of programmers: It's now suddenly cool to code. No matter what platform you're on. They argue that App Store millionaire success stories have "turned a whole generation of geek coders from social misfits into superheroes". Apparently, gone are the days when a programmer was the last person you wanted to talk to at a party: "Mention to someone that you make apps and their interest will pick up instantly. This is an astonishing change from what a programmer in the 80s could have expected in reaction to their job description". The App Store millionaires, or 'Appillionaires', may have done all of us programmers a huge favour. Programming is now socially acceptable: "Previous generations strapped on electric guitars and fought for superstardom in sweaty dive bars, but today's youth boot up Xcode on their MacBook Pros."

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