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“Ready Player One” and “The Freedom Maze” win the Prometheus Award for best novel

“Ready Player One” and “The Freedom Maze” win the Prometheus Award for best novel

Congratulations to Ernie Cline for winning the 2012 Prometheus Award for Best Novel! His book, Ready Player One, shared the prize with The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman. Both Cline and Sherman will receive one-ounce gold coins (what else would you expect from the Libertarian Futurist Society?). Delia Sherman's young-adult fantasy novel focuses [...]

Ready Player One: The best science fiction novel I’ve read in a decade

Ready Player One: The best science fiction novel I’ve read in a decade

It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes along that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992). Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003). And I recently discovered [...]

Economists Steven D. Levitt (of “Freakonomics” fame) and Thomas J. Miles argue in a new study that poker is a game of skill, not chance, and therefore should not be regarded as “gambling” under the law

Economists Steven D. Levitt (of “Freakonomics” fame) and Thomas J. Miles argue in a new study that poker is a game of skill, not chance, and therefore should not be regarded as “gambling” under the law

In the short term, chance can indeed have a huge effect on the fortunes of any given poker player. Short term variance can cause the tourist rube to go home a few hundred bucks richer on a Saturday night, or cause a seasoned professional to lose tens of thousands of dollars in the span of a few weeks. But over time, the more you keep [...]

WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player for $100 shipped

WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player for $100 shipped

Amazon.com offers the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player, model no. WDBABX0000NBK-NESN, for $99.99. With free shipping, it's $20 below our mention from a month ago and the lowest total price we've ever seen for this model by $10. (It's a current price low by $15.) This latest addition to the WD TV line is network-ready, [...]

Adobe issues security advisory for Flash Player, plans fix “during the week of September 27″

Adobe issues security advisory for Flash Player, plans fix “during the week of September 27″

Adobe has issued a security advisory for "Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android, which also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh." The vulnerability can [...]

HDCP master-key leaks, possible to make unrestricted Blu-ray recorders

HDCP master-key leaks, possible to make unrestricted Blu-ray recorders

Engadget reports that the master key that controls HDCP, the anti-copying system used to restrict the outputs of Blu-Ray boxes, set-top boxes, and many game systems, have been compromised and published. With these keys, knowledgeable users can make their own "source" and "sink" keys for devices that permit copying at full resolution -- which [...]