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Australian Billionaire Wants To Build Jurassic Park-Style Resort

July 31st, 2012 07:13 admin View Comments

Australia

lukehopewell1 writes “Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has already floated a plan to rebuild the Titanic to scale and sail it around the world, but now the mining magnate has found a new use for his money: cloning dinosaurs. Palmer reportedly wants to clone a dinosaur and let it loose in one of his resorts in Queensland, Australia. The billionaire has already been in touch with the scientists who helped clone Dolly the sheep to see what it would take to clone a dinosaur from DNA.”

Source: Australian Billionaire Wants To Build Jurassic Park-Style Resort

Should Developers Support Windows Phone 8?

July 31st, 2012 07:04 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Un pobre guey writes “Should you develop apps for Windows 8? Well, the hype and flogging are apparently in full swing. From the article: ‘To be clear, Windows Phone 8 is not a slam dunk. Some, such as IDC, believe Windows Phone will eclipse iOS by 2016. Others, though, believe the trajectories of Android and iOS can’t be slowed in the next few years. Nonetheless, I think a bet on Windows Phone 8 is justifiable, even wise, since anyone who purchases a new Windows Phone 8 device likely will want to load it with the latest and greatest apps.’” Another reader points out that the full Windows Phone 8 SDK was leaked online recently, which led to some interesting discoveries: “For starters, it appears that the API is very much like the full WinRT API, but it has no JavaScript support. There is also no support for creating and working with Silverlight/XNA style. This is a bit surprising because I and most developers were under the impression that Microsoft would support the migration of Silverlight apps to HTML5 and JavaScript, but there isn’t even support for JavaScript to access the phone’s services. The best you can hope for is using the JavaScript support in IE10.”

Source: Should Developers Support Windows Phone 8?

Valve Removes Right For Class Action Claims From EULA

July 31st, 2012 07:22 admin View Comments

Games

trawg writes “Valve has joined the list of companies that have altered their terms and conditions to prevent users from filing a class action suit. Their official statement says that such claims ‘impose unnecessary expense and delay’ and are ‘designed to benefit the class action lawyers.’ In its stead, they’ve added a new arbitration process, in which Valve will reimburse costs (under certain circumstances) when dispute resolution can’t be solved through their normal support process.”

Source: Valve Removes Right For Class Action Claims From EULA

US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

July 31st, 2012 07:10 admin View Comments

The Military

Trepidity writes “United States Navy Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert stirred a controversy by questioning much of the thinking underlying current U.S. defense technology. He argues that stealth technology is unlikely to retain its usefulness much into the future, and so focus should switch towards standoff weapons. In addition, he criticizes the focus on expensive all-in-one platforms such as the F-35 fighter, arguing for a payload-centric, flexible approach he compares to trucks rather than luxury cars.”

Source: US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

July 31st, 2012 07:03 admin View Comments

Android

jfruh writes “10 jurors have been sworn in for the Apple v. Samsung case, which is at the heart of the ongoing patent disputes over the companies’ smartphones. While most Slashdot readers are familiar with many of the facts of the case and the law, the jury is at least in theory supposed to be something of a blank slate. Thus, it’s interesting to see the detailed instructions Judge Lucy Koh gave to the jury, covering everything from the differences between utility and design patents to how to measure the credibility of witnesses.”

Source: How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

Managing Human Workers With an Algorithm

July 31st, 2012 07:23 admin View Comments

Businesses

New submitter prayag writes “With the advent of crowdsourcing platforms it has become easier for people to ‘automate’ simple, yet repetitive tasks that computers aren’t good at by hiring thousands of people at once. This can help some business cheaply accomplish certain tasks, but it can also be misused by spammers. A company called MobileWorks is even outsourcing this concept, reaching out to workers in developing nations whose income needs aren’t as high. ‘Kulkarni, who founded the company in 2010 with fellow graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley, says the value of tasks is set so that workers can reasonably earn $2 to $4 an hour; payments are on a sliding scale, with lower rates for poorer countries. “Even though they are acting as agents of a computer program, we are creating an opportunity for them,” he says. MobileWorks charges its clients rates starting at $5 per hour for workers’ time.’”

Source: Managing Human Workers With an Algorithm

Google Delays Nexus Q Launch, Pre-Orders Get It Free

July 31st, 2012 07:40 admin View Comments

Google

MBCook writes “After a mixed reaction from the press, Google will be delaying the launch of the Nexus Q. People who pre-ordered will receive the current version of the device for free. ‘When we announced Nexus Q at Google I/O, we gave away devices to attendees for an early preview. The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.’”

Source: Google Delays Nexus Q Launch, Pre-Orders Get It Free

FCC Rules That Verizon Cannot Charge For 4G Tethering

July 31st, 2012 07:58 admin View Comments

Verizon

schleprock63 writes “The FCC ruled today that Verizon cannot charge extra for users for 4G Wi-Fi tethering. The FCC used the original agreement in the auction of the C block spectrum which said ‘licensees offering service on C Block spectrum “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network, subject to narrow exceptions.”‘ So Verizon cannot charge for tethering on 4G service, this raises the question of whether they can continue to charge for tethering on 3G or 1x?”

Source: FCC Rules That Verizon Cannot Charge For 4G Tethering

Star Wars: The Old Republic Adding Free-To-Play Option In November

July 31st, 2012 07:36 admin View Comments

Star Wars Prequels

EA and BioWare announced today that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be getting a free-to-play option later this year. Players using the F2P option will be able to reach the level cap and play through the full class stories, but their access will be limited for other parts of the game; they will only be able to play a certain number of Warzones (their PvP battlegrounds), Flashpoints (their instanced dungeons), and space missions each week. Access to travel functionality and the game’s auction house will be limited as well. F2P players won’t be able to participate in Operations, the end-game raids. Subscribers will retain access to all of these features. There will also be cosmetic items sold through the ‘Cartel Market’ using a virtual currency.

Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic Adding Free-To-Play Option In November

Space Scientists Looking To Crowd-Fund Planetary Exploration

July 31st, 2012 07:17 admin View Comments

NASA

The Bad Astronomer writes “The White House budget for NASA in 2013 is bleak, with big cuts in many areas. None is worse hit than planetary exploration, which got slammed with a 20% reduction. Several top-notch space scientists have taken matters into their own hands, looking to create a privately-funded alternative for space exploration. Called Uwingu — Swahili for ‘sky’ — they’re hoping to get seed money to create a program which can generate millions in donations to explore our solar system. Astronomer Pamela Gay has more info at her blog, Star Stryder.”

Source: Space Scientists Looking To Crowd-Fund Planetary Exploration