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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

January 5th, 2013 01:34 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader writes with news that Valve has updated its Hardware & Software Survey for December 2012, which reflects the first month of the platform being available for Linux. Even though the project is still in a beta test, players on Ubuntu already account for 0.8% of Steam usage. The 64-bit clients for Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04.1 showed about double the share of the 32-bit versions. MacOS use also showed growth, rising to about 3.7%. Windows 7′s usage share dropped by over 2%, but balanced by the growth of Windows 8, which is now at just under 7%. The total share for Windows is still about 95%.

Source: Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution’s Trade-Offs

January 4th, 2013 01:55 admin View Comments

Science

An anonymous reader writes “Scientists have long suspected that big brains come with an evolutionary price — but now they’ve published the first experimental evidence to support that suspicion, based on their efforts to breed big-brained fish. A Swedish team found it relatively easy to select and interbreed common guppies to produce bigger (or smaller) brains — as much as 9.3 percent bigger, to be precise (abstract). But the bigger-brained fish also tended to have smaller guts and produce fewer babies.”

Source: Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution’s Trade-Offs

Dad Hires In-Game ‘Assassins’ To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

January 4th, 2013 01:06 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “An irritated father of a 23-year-old gamer hired ‘In-game assassins’ to attempt to make his son quit playing video games and have him get a job. ‘Feng’s idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.’ While the son recently had a job at a software development company he quit because he decided he didn’t like the work.”

Source: Dad Hires In-Game ‘Assassins’ To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

Fedora 18 Release Slips Another Week

January 4th, 2013 01:56 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader writes “The next major release of the Fedora Project’s GNU/Linux distribution (named Spherical Cow) was originally scheduled for November 16th. However, an ambitious set of new features has resulted in the project slipping way past its scheduled release. It had fallen three weeks behind before even producing an alpha release and nine weeks behind by the time the beta release was produced. A major redesign in the distribution installer seems to have resulted in the largest percentage of bugs blocking its release. The set-back marks the first time since 2005 in which there was only one major Fedora release during a calendar year instead of two. Currently, the distribution is scheduled for release on January 15th.”

Source: Fedora 18 Release Slips Another Week

Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon “App Store”

January 4th, 2013 01:09 admin View Comments

The Courts

An anonymous reader writes a court has dismissed Apple’s allegations that Amazon’s use of the “app store” phrase constituted false advertising. “Apple’s efforts to protect its intellectual property sometimes result in lawsuits that leave even the most ardent of Apple fans scratching their heads. One such suit was Apple’s March 2011 lawsuit against Amazon over the retailer’s use of the phrase ‘app store’ as used in its Amazon Appstore for Android. “

Source: Apple Loses Claim For False Advertising Regarding Amazon “App Store”

No Patch On Tuesday For Internet Explorer Hole

January 3rd, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Internet Explorer

An anonymous reader writes “Right on schedule, Microsoft on Thursday announced its usual advance notification for the upcoming Patch Tuesday. While the company is planning to release seven bulletins (two Critical and five Important) which address 12 vulnerabilities, there is one that is notably missing: a bulletin for the new IE vulnerability discovered on Saturday. For those who didn’t see the news on the weekend, criminals started using a new IE security hole to attack Windows computers in targeted attacks. While IE9 and IE10 are not affected, versions IE6, IE7, and IE8 are.”

Source: No Patch On Tuesday For Internet Explorer Hole

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

January 3rd, 2013 01:39 admin View Comments

Programming

An anonymous reader writes “I have a coworker who, despite being very smart, and even very knowledgeable about software, writes the most horrible code imaginable. Entire programs are stuffed into single functions, artificially stretched thanks to relentless repetition; variable and class names so uninformative as to make grown men weep; basic language features ignored, when they could make everything shorter and more readable; and OOP abuse so sick and twisted that it may be considered a war crime. Of course, being a very smart person who has been programming since before I was born makes him fairly impervious to criticism, so even a simple ‘Do you see how much better this function is when written this way?’ is hopeless. How can I make him see the light, realize the truth, and be able to tell good code from bad?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

January 3rd, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes Niels Provos, an engineer at Google working on malware and phishing protection, is showing on Youtube how to forge knives and Viking swords. The process is absolutely fascinating and follows the steps of Viking blacksmiths from a thousand years ago. It starts by taking small bars of metal that get heated and hammered together until they become a solid piece. He then shows how to form it with the hammer, heat treat and polish it. All the videos are narrated explaining the purpose of each step. Sure beats sitting in front of the computer.”

Source: Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

January 2nd, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

The Internet

An anonymous reader writes “My fiancee is a professional writer. She has a great industry reputation and everyone that knows her loves her. But her ex-husband has maintained a number of websites in her name (literally, the URL is her name) that are filled with insane ravings and defamatory content. Have you ever had to deal with an internet smear campaign? The results float to the top of every Google or Bing search of her name. He currently lives abroad and cannot be served with legal papers. His websites are hosted overseas as well, and do not respond to conventional letters or petitions. Because of his freedom of speech rights, few U.S. courts will assert that his websites are truly libelous, either, and it’s still difficult to prove any real ‘damages’ are done by it. Still, we’d like to see them go away. I’m turning to the best community of geeks in the world: how do I deal with this given the limited options at my disposal?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

January 2nd, 2013 01:07 admin View Comments

Businesses

An anonymous reader writes “A campaign started by HelloFax, Google, Expensify, and others has challenged businesses to get rid of physical paper from their office environment in 2013. According to the EPA, the average office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper each year, and the Paperless 2013 project wants to move all of those documents online. HelloFax CEO Joseph Walla said, ‘The digital tools that are available today blow what we had even five years ago out of the water. For the first time, it’s easy to sign, fax, and store documents without ever printing a piece of paper. It’s finally fast and simple to complete paperwork and expense reports, to manage accounting, pay bills and invoice others. The paperless office is here – we just need to use it.’ The companies involved all have a pretty obvious dog in this fight, but I can’t say I’d mind getting rid of the stacks of paper HR sends me.”

Source: Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

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