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Role Playing (Games)

+ - First MMLARPG Set for World Record at PAX 07-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes: Penny Arcade and Technomancer Press are cohosting TerraDrive Live: the first Massively Multiplayer Live Action Roleplaying Game at PAX 2007. An online component, reminiscent of the wiki-based, Penny Arcade-created Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga, debuted June 29. Players will be able to create the universe they battle in at PAX. As a convention-wide faction-based game, players may bring their guild rivalries into real life as they run around the convention "killing" each other and taking their life tokens. Winning faction gets to rewrite history on the wiki. Technomancer Press is set to receive a Guinness World Record for Largest Roleplaying Game (single venue) and expects over 4,000 players.
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+ - Tracing the Universe Before the Big Bang, Possible->

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* * Beatles-Beatles writes: "It may be possible to glimpse before the supposed beginning of time into the universe prior to the Big Bang, researchers now say.

Unfortunately, any such picture will always be fuzzy at best due to a kind of "cosmic forgetfulness." impseoftimebeforebigbangpossible"

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The Matrix

+ - Controlling computers with an implant, or head ban->

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Killam0n writes: "Surfing the Web with nothing but brainwaves

Here is the link to cnn money/business2.0, future boy, where the story is. rain0721.biz2/index.htm

SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) — — Two years ago, a quadriplegic man started playing video games using his brain as a controller. That may just sound like fun and games for the unfortunate, but really, it spells the beginning of a radical change in how we interact with computers — and business will never be the same. Someday, keyboards and computer mice will be remembered only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All work — emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches — will be performed by mind control."

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Operating Systems

+ - Is Dell Bad for Ubuntu?

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vcore writes: Many people have become excited for Ubuntu's upcoming release on Dell computers, and while it is certainly good news there are a few causes for concern. Very few details have emerged so far so it is not completely clear what impact Dell with have on the thriving Ubuntu community, but there are questions concerning support, logistics, pricing, and a number of other areas that are affected. From the article, "One detail that will be particularly interesting is the impact that Dell has on Ubuntu. Dell is in the practice of filling their computers with large amounts of "bloatware" and also all sorts of cobranding, but it remains to be seen what they will do with Ubuntu. It has been reported that Dell will be shipping a standard version of Ubuntu 7.04..."

+ - VMWare Rolls Out Vista Virtualization

Submitted by MsManhattan
MsManhattan writes: VMWare Inc. today is slated to introduce a new version of its workstation virtualization software that supports Windows Vista. The upgrade, VMWare Workstation 6, enables users to run Vista as a host or a guest operating system. Additionally, it allows users to store a virtual machine setup on a portable device — like as a USB drive — and transfer the set-up to another computer. Virtualization, an old concept that has gained new momentum, can help organizations optimize their infrastructures but it can also create expensive management headaches. IT organizations should resist vendors trying to sell them on third-party management of their virtualized data centers, notes Thomas Bittman, a Gartner analyst. "There are still [problems] with virtualization in support and software licensing and not everything can be virtualized," he says. On a positive note, "This will clear-up over the next two to four years," Bittman adds. Gartner predicts that three millions virtual machines will be in use by 2009, up from today's 500,000.

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