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Sci-Fi

Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011 153

A publisher based in Germany has announced Star Trek: Infinite Space, a browser MMO based on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The game will be free-to-play, and it's planned for sometime in 2011. "Gameforge also contracted Michael Okuda, who served as scenic art supervisor for every live-action Star Trek series except for the original program, as a consultant. His wife Denise Okuda, who was a video supervisor and scenic artist for several of the sci-fi series' films and shows, will serve as a consultant, too."

Comment Copyleftists, damn those commies. (Score 1) 483

"According to a letter received by ASCAP member Mike Rugnetta, 'Many forces including Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and technology companies with deep pockets are mobilizing to promote "Copyleft" in order to undermine our "Copyright." I love how they play the age old political view, it's maybe a bit surprising that communism is not mentioned in connection with the "Copyleft". Luckily time is running out for this to work as effectively, the McCarthyist-generations is hopefully moving towards better commie-hunting grounds.
Crime

Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Comment Re:is it just me? (Score 5, Interesting) 232

Well, there's places in US where beer might cost as much, it's not that expensive in everywhere in Finland for example. A sizable portion of that is taxes of course to cover the medical costs caused by alcoholism, since healthcare is essentially free. Same with taxing of gasoline (naturally not towards alcoholism), I think that 75% of the price is tax, currently at roughly 6.75 $ for a US gallon.

Off topic: A funny detail is, that Nordic countries have this unofficial (maybe even official) agreement that in acute medical cases, citizens of other Nordic countries are taken care of for free, basically with no questions asked. No need to show travel insurance or anything, applies to operations, x-rays etc.

Comment Re:The problem with political oversight (Score 4, Insightful) 460

A very good point. This is symptomatic in much of the "first world" at the moment. The lack of will and responsibility to make decisions impacting things in decades or even generations. The "quartal-economy" used to be a problem for companies and evident in their short term decision making, it has now become a mark of democracy also, where politicians are always considering the next election. This applies to all levels, even local and state politics are affected by this, many services provided by companies are up for a re-bid after the election and with usually a shift in the focus. The work done and experience gained previously get disregarded and projects are started from scratch.

Comment Re:i was thinking about this recently (Score 1) 417

when it came to cheaters in sports, they'll do things like dope with epo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythropoietin

and blood bank: inject their own previously extracted, concentrated red blood cells back into themselves before the run/ bike (with the subsequent increase in clot risk, of course)

of course, why can't climbers do this as well?

Actually people eat drugs to prevent and adapt better to HA-sickness. The most common is Acetazolamide (Diamox, Ã-demin where I live). It makes blood more acidic, google for more details.

It works great, I used once to climb 16000 feet in 2 days. The only problem is small side-effects, it changes your taste a lot. Most liquids taste odd or bland, except water. And it also causes odd sensations in your feet and arms, like there's been interruption in your circulation, tingling and loss of feel.

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