Revotron (1115029) writes "Disney, the creative powerhouse behind multiple cinematic blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc, and TRON, has recently completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas for a grand total of $4.05 billion. Lucas commented publicly on the sale, saying "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers." So far Disney has promised at least three additions to the Star Wars franchise, with Episode VII slated to hit theaters in 2015. Scared yet, Slashdot? Happy Halloween!" Link to Original Source top
US Television Network CW Embeds Smartphone in Magazine Ads
Revotron (1115029) writes "Readers of Entertainment Weekly might be shocked to find their magazine is a good bit heavier than normal this week. US-based broadcaster CW placed an ad in Entertainment Weekly which uses a fully-functional 3G Android smartphone, a T-Mobile SIM card, and a specialized app to display short video advertisements along with the CW Twitter feed. Writers at Mashable were willing to geek out with a Swiss Army knife and a video camera to give us all the gory details as they tore it down piece-by-piece to discover the inner workings of CW's new ad." Link to Original Source top
Revotron (1115029) writes "Apple has released the full source to their Apple Lossless Audio Codec under the Apache license. The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple and deployed on all of its platforms and devices over the last 10 years. Could the release of the ALAC source code mark a possible first step in opening up more of the iOS platform?" Link to Original Source top
Revotron (1115029) writes "Anonymous hacker group LulzSec has begun to harness the power of the crowd in their latest griefing attempts. After a day of numerous DDoS attacks on a handful of famous MMOs, LulzSec's phone lines lit up with an estimated 20 calls per second. Using a fairly simple phone redirect, they sent all of their incoming calls to various offices, among them the FBI office in Detroit, Blizzard Customer Support, online retailer Magnets.com, and most recently, the corporate offices of HBGary." Link to Original Source top
Revotron writes "I'm a devout Folding@Home contributor — yes, the kind who gets into Work-Unit-pissing-contests with friends — and I have some modest (400Mhz-1.266Ghz) x86 hardware that I'd like to put to use. I've tried running one process per machine (running Linux, of course) — however, my main roadblock is that I don't have the time to manage seven different F@H processes on seven different machines. I was daydreaming and began to wonder how many limbs I'd have to sacrifice to set up a decent and diverse Linux cluster for grid computing applications. Ease-of-use, ease-of-installation and a graphical interface for a master node are all a must. Dost thou have any ideas, faithful readers?"