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  • The Many Faces of 3G
    By on August 20, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes “Did you ever notice how each new generation of cell-phone tech gets branded ’3G,’ and the previous thing is retroactively downgraded to some lesser number of Gs? An MIT engineer explains why in this brilliant essay about ’3G’ over the last 10 years, showing how the cell carriers have kept offering it and swiping it away to sell more stuff. He cites numerous Cingular/AT&T and Sprint press releases showing how the companies (more…)



  • BioShock Infinite – What We Want To See
    By on August 20, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    What we’ve seen of BioShock Infinite so far promises to do things with the series that have never been done before. As impressed as we are, we still know relatively little about the game. And we hope that, when we find out more, at least a few of the following things are part of the package.

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  • Is Dennis Rodman worthy of the Basketball Hall of Fame?
    By on August 20, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Worm is not part of the glamorous Class of 2010, but he is eligible. How the voters view his future candidacy will provide the greatest social experiment in the history of the Hall.

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  • Tottenham on verge of Gallas deal
    By on August 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Tottenham are on the verge of signing former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas on a free transfer, BBC Sport understands.

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  • Intel Buys McAfee
    By on August 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Several readers have noted that Intel has agreed to buy McAfee, the computer antivirus software maker, for about $7.7 billion in cash. There is also a press release available if you are into that sort of thing.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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  • Lord of the Rings Online Goes Free-to-Play Starting Sept. 10
    By on August 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Starting September 10, Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online massively multiplayer game goes free-to-play. What this means to existing subscribers is way more interesting than what it means to newcomers.

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  • How a Criminal Conspiracy Made Millions From Stolen iPhones
    By on August 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Police have shut down a global criminal conspiracy suspected of milking millions of pounds from stolen iPhones through premium phone lines.

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  • AL Mayoral Aspirant Photoshops Nick Saban On Flyer For Votes
    By on August 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    For a political hopeful in Alabama, it could be the ultimate endorsement — a show of support from University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

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  • Xbox 360 Ad Banned for Using Higher Resolution PS3 Footage
    By on August 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has found that Square-Enix, the makers of the popular sci-fi game Final Fantasy XIII had misled video gamers by not using images from the Xbox 360 but from its arch rival, the PlayStation 3.

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  • 1978 Cryptosystem Resists Quantum Attack
    By on August 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    KentuckyFC writes “In 1978, the CalTech mathematician Robert McEliece developed a cryptosystem based on the (then) new idea of using asymmetric mathematical functions to create different keys for encrypting and decrypting information. The security of these systems relies on mathematical steps that are easy to make in one direction but hard to do in the other. Today, popular encryption systems such as the RSA algorithm use exactly this idea. But in (more…)