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I have been quiet, not to exploit the situation, hoping that both sides could agree on a peaceful resolution. However, your move to buy a trademark for the sole purpose of getting away with infringing on the CandySwipe trademark and goodwill just sickens me.
This also contradicts your recent quote by Riccardo in "An open letter on intellectual property" posted on your website which states, "We believe in a thriving game development community, and believe that good game developers – both small and large — have every right to protect the hard work they do and the games they create."
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Smart robotics require heavy computation to perform the most basic tasks, such as differentiating a coffee mug from a pet cat, navigating spaces, and calculating how to pick up an object. Keeping the computing power and data storage for all of this on the robot itself seems impractical and inefficient for the folks at RoboEarth, hence the start of a project called Rapyuta, a Platform-as-a-Service solution for robotic cloud computing.
Rapyuta allows multiple robots to offload expensive computations to other computers, removing the need for packing all that expensive hardware on each and every robot. Further, Rapyuta provides a centralized database of objects to aid robots in identifying new things they encounter in the world, removing the need to keep this information locally. The project is open-source and recently reached alpha. For more information, hit up their website." Link to Original Source top
Chris Roberts announces Star Citizen, seeks crowd funding
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Chris Roberts, of Strike Commander, Wing Commander, and Privateer fame, has announced his new project, "Star Citizen". A PC-exclusive space sim, Star Citizen promises a highly detailed world, top-end graphics, and elements from both mission-based space sims of Wing Commander yore as well as open-world elements a la Privateer. It is currently expected to launch late in 2014, if they can meet their funding goals. They're asking for the public's help. The main website is already Slashdotted even without Slashdot's help, so they're also taking crowdfunding from their backup site.
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Reverb is in hot water after using a kitten charity to try and guilt votes from Steam Greenlight users. The company has promised $5,000 to the humane society if Edge of Space is voted in by October 15. If not? Well, let Reverb explain:
"If the game doesn't get approval, that money will disappear, like a puff of smoke in the uncaring wind, leaving poor kitties to survive in the harsh elements, be placed in harm's way and possible be scheduled for euthanasia."" Link to Original Source top
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Small lasers are important for telecommunications, optical media, and would be crucial to the development of optical computers. But with traditional laser designs, making tiny lasers means inputting a large amount of energy to create the lased light, among a host of other restrictions. Today, however, the Beeb is reporting a breakthrough in laser technology that will allow extremely tiny lasers with an equally tiny — perhaps even non-existent — energy threshold for lasing. Even better, this new laser technology works at room temperature in the optical frequencies used by telecommunications." Link to Original Source top
Scientists create life using artificial amino acid
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "The Beeb reports that biologists Sebastian Greiss and Jason Chin have genetically modified a multicellular organism (Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny worm) to combine an amino acid not found in nature into a custom-built protein. The protein created by their genetically-modified worm contained a dye which glows when exposed to UV light. While previous work showed that genetic modification could incorporate non-natural amino acids into custom proteins for single-celled organisms, this is the first time an entire animal has been modified." Link to Original Source top
IndigoDarkwolf writes "Emails have begun rolling out from Codemasters notifying users that their website was compromised June 3. Codemasters.com remains down as of this writing. From the email: -- During the days since the attack we have conducted a thorough investigation in order to ascertain the extent and scope of the breach and have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain access to the following:
Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.
DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page
Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.
The Codemasters EStore
We believe the following have been compromised: Customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history. Please note that no personal payment information was stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.
Codemasters CodeM database
Members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live Gamertags are all believed to have been compromised.
Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen.
The Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.
For your security, in the first instance we advise you to change any passwords you have associated with other Codemasters accounts. If you use the same login information for other sites, you should change that information too. Furthermore, be extra cautious of potential scams, via email, phone, or post that ask you for personal or sensitive information. Please note that Codemasters will never ask you for any payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying data. Be aware too of fraudulent emails that may outwardly appear to be from Codemasters with links inviting you to visit websites. The safest way to visit your favourite websites is always by typing in the address manually into the address bar of your browser.
Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law." Link to Original Source top
Fukushima: What happened and what needs to be done
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "The sometimes confused media coverage around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant left me wont for a good summary. Apparently the BBC felt the same way, and delivers with an overview starting from the earthquake and concluding with the current state of the troubled reactors." Link to Original Source top
IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "New Scientist has published an article comparing the carbon footprint of animals against that of vehicles and appliances, and come to some interesting conclusions. Imagine the number of animals out comparable to or larger than a German shepherd, and suddenly I'm not worried about the carbon footprint of my 2002 Saturn SL-2. The book referenced by the FA suggests eating dogs to balance the scales." Link to Original Source