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Role Playing (Games)

+ - FFVII RPG in Second Life with Square's OK (maybe)

Submitted by
wjamesau
wjamesau writes "A group of Second Life Residents have created an amazing-looking RPG inspired by the city of Midgar from Final Fantasy VII, with a scripted combat system and game masters who run the SOLDIER versus AVALANCHE action. An interesting twist is that Squaresoft, the owners of the Final Fantasy IP, apparently gave the non-commercial project their blessing — or maybe not. The island of Midgar has changed ownership so no one's quite sure, but the several hundred players keep it going through donations, and even stranger (as my game review Onder Skall reports): "Operating as if Square gave approval has made them act as if they work for Square. They have rules about never sharing information about pirating Final Fantasy gear, and are the best promotion of any brand in Second Life. If Square were ever to come to Second Life, no PR manager could dream of creating a more dedicated player base than this one.""
Media (Apple)

+ - World's first iPod dock for pianos

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Pianos suck, unless of course they have an iPod dock. That's right. But after today, that's no longer a problem because PianoDisc this week introduced its iPod docking piano 'iQ' which it says though is patented technology will let almost any piano play itself according to the melody of the iPod. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1486 9"
The Internet

+ - What do you do when a registrar rips you off?

Submitted by RelievedSimpleton
RelievedSimpleton (1090845) writes "After previously purchasing a domain from RegisterFly.com I decided to renew my domain as well as purchase two more. After adding $25.00 worth of funds to my account I attempted to buy two domains and renew the domain I previously purchased from them. After filing multiple complaints through the support ticket system as well as attempting to call all the numbers listed on their website, which were either disconnected or unavailable, I went to my credit union only to find that the credit union couldn't do anything except let me know they also fraudulently charged $19.98 to my account twice, now bringing the total to $64.96. I then went to the Better Business Bureau website to file a complaint only to find that there were multiple complaints before mine. Also, I attempted to file a complaint through InterNIC only to find that their ICANN accreditation is pending termination. So my question to you, the users of Slashdot, is what do you do when a registrar rips you off like this, while continuing to say they are an accredited registrar when it is untrue?"
Sony

+ - Sony Decapitates a Goat in PR Stunt

Submitted by AbsoluteXyro
AbsoluteXyro (1048620) writes "PETA is going to be pissed. London Entertainment Guide (Slightly NSFW) breaks the news that electronics giant Sony, in another stroke of marketing brilliance, decided to decapitate a goat and invite guests to "reach inside the goat's still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach" as a PR stunt to promote God of War II at a recent party in Athens. Images from the party, including at least one showing the freshly decapitated goat's head hanging by it's corpse by a thread of tissue, have been published in a two page spread in the latest edition of Playstation Magazine. Interestingly, Sony UK has refused to say how the goat was killed, but judging by the pictures, we can guess."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - WoW Gold paid for real sex

Submitted by
Shohat
Shohat writes "A woman posted an ad on Craigslist, offering a certain something for some quick cash in her game of choice, WoW.The offer was very specific, and And she got what she wanted — enough money an epic flying mount - Screenshots of the postings prior to removal .
First of all, is this prostitution? Sure seems like it, although MMO money isn't entirely established as legally worth real money yet, even if people buy and sell it all the time on multiple online and offline markets."
Supercomputing

+ - Supercomputer Simulates Mouse Brain

Submitted by
ougouferay
ougouferay writes "The BBC is reporting that a team of researchers from the IBM Almaden Research Lab and the University of Nevada have used a BlueGene L supercomputer to model a mouse brain consisting of 8000 neurons and 6300 synapses.

The team have reported observing "biologically consistent dynamical properties", neurons form spontaneously into groups and synapses firing in ways similar to patterns seen in nature."
Security

+ - Forensic Tool for Macs

Submitted by Zygote
Zygote (666) writes "http://www.subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?m ain_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=195 "MacLockPick(TM) is a valuable tool for law enforcement professionals to perform live forensics on Mac OS X systems. The solution is based on a USB Flash drive that can be inserted into a suspect's Mac OS X computer that is running (or sleeping). Once the software is run it will extract data from the Apple Keychain and system settings in order to provide the examiner fast access to the suspect's critical information with as little interaction or trace as possible.""
Nintendo

+ - Nintendo Plans to Boost Wii Production

Submitted by NanTendoo
NanTendoo (1011153) writes "Nintendo's president acknowledged Friday that the shortage of the hit Wii game machine was "abnormal," and promised production was being boosted to increase deliveries by next month. "We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters. "We have not been able to properly foresee demand.""

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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