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  • German Ban On Doom Finally Lifted
    By on August 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “18 years after its debut, Doom, the game that almost single-handedly popularized the FPS genre (remember when we just called them Doom clones?) is finally seeing the light of legality in the nation of Germany. The lifting of the ban also applies to the beloved sequel Doom II. A release date has yet to be set. I recommend that Germans who have not found some way to play this game over the last 18 years, please do so upon (more…)

  • Baby Red Dwarf Found Just 27 Light Years Away
    By on August 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    bazzalunatic writes “Astronomers have found an infant red dwarf star 27 light years away from Earth, and it’s just 40 million years old. ‘The star has been known about and studied for the past 15 years, but it wasn’t realized it was so young and so close, until now,’ co-author Simon Murphy, a PhD student from the Australian National University said in the story. More accurate measurements from telescopes have aided the revised distances of the star (more…)

  • MIT Researchers Defend Against Wireless Attacks
    By on August 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    alphadogg writes “MIT researchers have devised a protocol to flummox man-in-the-middle attacks against wireless networks. The all-software solution lets wireless radios automatically pair without the use of passwords and without relying on out-of-band techniques such as infrared or video channels. Dubbed Tamper-evident pairing, or TEP, the technique is based on understanding how man-in-the-middle attacks tamper with wireless messages, and then detects (more…)

  • Genome Researchers Wants Your Genes
    By on August 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is looking for smart volunteers to donate their genes for analysis. They are seeking subjects with high intelligence; you can only qualify if you got a high score in SAT/ACT/GRE or got awards in competitions like Math/Physics Olympiads or TopCoder. They’re also launching a drive to recruit US participants. Their first stop (PDF) appears to have been Google, which has run into trouble (more…)

  • Does Android Violate the GPL? Not So Fast
    By on August 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    jfruhlinger writes “Patent gadfly Florian Mueller’s latest post has made a fairly bold claim: that virtually all Android licensees are violating the GPL because of their failure to redistribute the code, and have thus lost their rights to redistribute Android. Mueller here is mostly promoting ideas put across by patent lawyer Edward J. Naughton. But others in the community are skeptical of the claims. Software Freedom Conservancy head Bradley Kuhn (more…)

  • New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection
    By on August 11, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    HardYakka writes “A team of researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory have designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection. The researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types (more…)

  • Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?
    By on August 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    ptorrone writes “MAKE magazine has published an in-depth look at what the recent acquisition of Instructables by Autodesk means for makers and the DIY movement. MAKE suggests it wasn’t about getting the millions of members or projects at Instructables or upselling Autodesk tools. Instead, the acquisition was more about creating many Instructable-like communities around Autodesk’s new free and trial tools including their 3D printing site and service, (more…)

  • Warning: The Latest MacBook Air Packs A Less Powerful Version Of Thunderbolt
    By on August 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Apparently not all Thunderbolt ports are created equally. Anadtech discovered that the Thunderbolt chip within the latest MacBook Air is not the same found in the current MacBook Pro. The Air’s version packs less power and throughput resulting in less abilities. Hope you weren’t planning on hooking up two of those new fancy Thunderbolt Displays.


  • Mario And Luigi Sure Can Swing Dance [VID]
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An amazing combination of swing dance and Nintendo mascots.


  • The 10 Most Insane Tricks Of This Summer’s X-Games [Videos]
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    These tricks are so freaking crazy! But they make them look so easy, please don’t try at home on your homemade ramp, thanks jacka**.