James C Madsen

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SteamOS: could Valve's game console challenge Windows?

The Steam Box should have Microsoft worried<p>On Monday, the developer responsible for possibly the most critically acclaimed video games of the modern era — <i>Half-Life</i> and <i>Half-Life 2</i> — announced that it was building its own Linux-based operating system to deliver PC games to the living room. Sooner or …

Minecraft game adds Ordnance Survey GB terrain data

<b>Minecraft, the highly popular building and monsters video game, can now incorporate accurate Ordnance Survey terrain data of Great Britain in its blockwork virtual world.</b><p>The game's 33 million players can build worlds atop of geographically accurate landscapes representing 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq …

Open Data

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

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'Liking' something on Facebook is now protected by the First Amendment

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial …

A Visual Reminder Of How Far PlayStation 3 Games Have Come In Seven Years

Yesterday, I wrote a post that featured before and after screenshots of both ancient and modern Xbox 360 games. The point was to show that at launch, most games on a new system aren’t going to look great, and over time, developers learn to harness the power of the console better. The result is that …

Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die

It’s no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about—but in a rare interview with Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock I discovered that the latest perk for …

New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data

Jeff Lyon<p>Flagger.io does just one thing: It adds a random selection of keywords, like “terrorist,” “pressure cooker,” “Al Qaeda,” etc. to the address of every website you visit. The idea is that, because the US National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering essentially all the internet traffic that …

Al-Qaeda

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it.<p>Crohn's partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS in …

China's air pollution led to 1.2 million premature deaths in 2010

The pea-soup-like air pollution in China’s cities has received a lot of attention over the past year, but its actual human toll is just now coming to light, and it’s much worse than thought. Some 1.2 million premature deaths in the country can be attributed to the outdoor air quality in 2010, a …

Rumor Has It That Microsoft's New 'Windows Blue' Will Replace Windows RT

The plan is to replace RT and/or merge RT with Microsoft's next-generation operating system, known as Windows Blue. So reports Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai at the Chinese publication, Digitimes.<p>An unnamed sourced in the PC manufacturing business told Chen and Tsai:<p>Microsoft will no longer launch …

Software

Will Your Twitter Account Get You Fired?

A new service offers helpful analysis.<p>You should <i>probably</i> have a sense already of whether your Twitter account might get you in trouble at your job. Like, complaining about the stupidity of your boss on social media? Not the most excellent idea! But if for some reason you are just not a very …

Google's #ifihadglass campaign isn't going as smoothly as hoped

There’s one very logical reason why Google opens almost all their projects and services as a limited beta before exposing them to the world. The more …

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