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Futurama Returns! 226

Posted by Zonk
from the teach-me-to-love-you-squishy-poet-from-beyond-the-stars dept.
Random BedHead Ed writes "Good news everyone! After a five year vanishing act the sci-fi spoof Futurama returned this week with a direct-to-DVD feature. Wired has an article about its return, including the story of the show's origins, a behind the scenes gallery, interviews with creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and some interesting trivia. For example, did you know the ship has an overbite like a Simpson's character? Or that the show's title is taken from an exhibition at the 1939 Worlds Fair?." We just talked about this a bit the other day, too, in reference to a great interview on TVSquad.
Biotech

+ - Patient bleeds dark green blood

Submitted by anonymous zero
anonymous zero (1099091) writes "A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood. The man had needed urgent surgery because he had developed a dangerous condition in his legs after falling asleep in a sitting position. In this case, the unusual colour of the 42-year-old's blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Creator of MS Word banned from casinos and WSOP

Submitted by
L. VeGas
L. VeGas writes "Richard Brodie, Microsoft employee number 77, creator of Microsoft Word 1.0 and professional poker player, was banned from all Harrah's casinos yesterday for winning at video poker, a game both impossible to cheat and impossible to overcome the house advantage. Since the World Series of Poker is held at the Rio, a Harrah's property, this meant he would be unable to play in the upcoming tournament. Thanks to massive public support, they have relented, and now Brodie will be playing, and I can once again live vicariously throught him."
Classic Games (Games)

+ - The Final Commercial Dreamcast Game

Submitted by
Joan Cross
Joan Cross writes "The curtain has come down on the Dreamcast, the release of Milestones Karous another shooter for the console that refuses to die is the last commercial release for Sega`s last hardware. The closing of GDRom production effectively kills off the chance of any new commercial releases. A few weeks ago the release of Trigger Heart Exelica got into the top 10 sales in Japan."

Comment: That's just like your opinion...man. (Score 2, Insightful) 48

by BrickM (#18187994) Attached to: Casual Play on 360 Live Arcade
Obviously both consoles have fun, short/small downloadable games for cheap prices. In the end, the article is more about personal preferences in games, than any sort of comparable quality. Especially since the 360 has an entire year head start over the Wii.

Personally, I'd rather play Super Mario world and Legend of Zelda than most of the games on Live Arcade. One of the reasons is that they're known quantities, whereas many of the Live ports have been very dubious in quality (anyone who made the mistake of getting Contra knows what I'm talking about here). Everything from Nintendo has been incredibly well emulated, with the added bonus of being able to have a "save state" that means you can pause the game, turn off the console and come back to play later. Man, I wish my NES and SNES had that years ago.

So while I'd come down on the side of the Wii in this debate, in the end it's totally personal preference on the games - just like it always is with this console debates.
Businesses

+ - Where are the semi-technical jobs?

Submitted by
crashlanding
crashlanding writes "Where are the available jobs for the semi-technically inclined? After many semesters (and switched majors), I have a good general grasp of small business functions, computer hardware repair, software knowledge (with some Java classes), web design (with HCI and info arch), digital photography (including Photoshop), and writing skills. Here in Hawaii, our State tax credits for technolgocial development has brought in a lot of Hollywood action film crews along with some very specialized whizz bang tech companies. But whenever I go to job fairs the offerings usually require EE degrees or expert-level Java programming expertise, then swing down to network cable installers, and really nothing much in-between! Realistically, you'd think that the many small businesses would welcome a "Jack of all technical trades" but the standard offerings are hardly such. So I appeal to the Slashdot readership: "Where and how do the 'up and coming' tech guru's get a leg up the job search ladder?""
Education

College Freshmen Struggle With Tech Literacy 298

Posted by Zonk
from the gotta-grow-up-nerd-to-get-ahead dept.
snow_man writes to mention an article on the E-Commerce News site about techno-literacy problems with incoming college freshmen. Some schools, like CSU, are planning on including a technology comprehension test alongside their English and Math evaluations for new students. From the article: "Not all of Generation M can synthesize the loads of information they're accessing, educators say. 'They're geeky, but they don't know what to do with their geekdom,' said Barbara O'Connor, a Sacramento State communications studies professor involved in a nationwide effort to hone students' computer-research skills. On a recent nationwide test to measure their technological 'literacy' -- their ability to use the Internet to complete class assignments -- only 49 percent of the test-takers correctly evaluated a set of Web sites for objectivity, authority and timeliness. Only 35 percent could correctly narrow an overly broad Internet search."
Google

Google Reaches Second-Most Visited Site Status 191

Posted by Zonk
from the frequent-googing dept.
Another anonymous reader has written to mention a story carried by Bloomberg, which has the news that Google is the second-most visited site on the internet. This puts it out in front of Yahoo!, which previously held the position. Google is now just behind Microsoft which, as the submitter pointed out, is the site that IE defaults to. From the article: "Visitors to Google's sites rose 9.1 percent to 475.7 million in November from a year earlier, while those to Yahoo sites rose 5.2 percent to 475.3 million, ComScore Networks Inc. said today. Both sites trail Microsoft, which had 501.7 million visitors, ComScore said. It is the first time that Mountain View, California-based Google attracted more visitors than Yahoo, reflecting Google's growing popularity outside the U.S."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Look out Batman, the Jetman has arrived!

Submitted by Colin Smith
Colin Smith (2679) writes "A Swiss fellow named Yves Rossy has invented a jetpack. It is made of 3m carbon fibre wings and powered by four small gas turbine jet engines typically used by the radio controlled model fraternity. Crucially, the pilot can ascend and fly level at up to 200kph as well as descend. Control of the jetpack is achieved through small body movements much like a bird.

The next version of the jetpack is planned to have take off, longer flight time and aerobatic capabilities."
Microsoft

Microsoft Applies to Patent RSS in Vista 119

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-jump-the-rails-just-yet dept.
Cyvros wrote in with a link to Wired's Monkey Bites blog, which is featuring a post on Microsoft applying for a patent on RSS. As the article points out, this isn't as crazy as it seems at first blush. From the wording of the application, post author Scott Gilbertson interprets their move as a patent on RSS only within Vista and IE7. From the article: "The big mystery is what Microsoft is planning to do with the patents if they are awarded them. The sad state of patent affairs in the United States has led to several cases of Microsoft being sued for technologies they did arguably invent simply because some else owned a generic patent on them. Of course we have no way of knowing how Microsoft intends to use these patents if they are awarded them. They could represent a defensive move, but they could be offensive as well -- [self-described RSS inventor Dave] Winer may end up being correct. It would be nice to see Microsoft release some information on what they plan to do with these patents, but for now we'll just have to wait and see whether the US Patent and Trademark Office grants them."

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