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+ - Six Atari 2600 "vaporware" games from 1983 found!->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Six previously unreleased Atari VCS/2600 games that were developed by Jerry Lawson’s company, Video Soft, are at last being released! The games were mentioned in press releases from the early 1980s and were long thought to have been just one of the many vaporware titles that never materialized. Not only do they exist in prototype form, but all were far enough along in development to be playable, with half of them considered to be complete!

Thanks to Jerry Lawson and the efforts of a few, dedicated Atari fans, the prototypes were archived, new artwork was created, and cartridges were produced. Each includes both a box and manual, and production is limited to 100 numbered copies of each title. Only 100 of each will ever be produced. This is the single-largest cache of unreleased Atari VCS/2600 prototypes to ever be released at one time!"

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Idle

+ - Cutting steel with flaming bacon weapons

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Ed Pegg
Ed Pegg writes "For Popular Science , Theo Gray demonstrates the Bacon Lance, a flaming meatsword that can cut through steel. Yes, with some ordinary bacon, and some pure oxygen, it's possible to cut through security doors. This comes out right after his profusely illustrated book of science experiments, Mad Science . When he's not working on experiments or his periodic table, Theo's alter-ego is a mild-mannered programmer for Mathematica ."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Early Look At the New Wolfenstein Game 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the killing-nazis-is-a-now-national-pastime dept.
Attendees of this year's GDC were given an early look at Wolfenstein, the new shooter in development by id and Raven. We've previously discussed the "Veil" ability that protagonist BJ Blazkowicz uses to hide himself, and much of the coverage relates to how it affects gameplay. "Early on, Blazkowicz stumbles upon an experiment and manages to blow it up, releasing waves of ethereal blue material. The Veil seems to turn gravity on and off as Blazkowicz tries to escape the area, making for some very original gunplay. ... The folks on hand told me that the Veil would be incorporated into game's multiplayer, but wouldn't go into details." A trailer for the game is available at Joystiq, and they had this to say: "Wolfenstein's look and gameplay is dated — and not in a retro chic way. Without the Veil, the game could be mistaken for a last-gen title, so the game's success rests on how compelling this feature will be throughout an entire playthrough."
Privacy

Anonymous Blogger Outed By Politician 300

Posted by kdawson
from the by-what-right dept.
Snoskred writes with the story of a blogger who chose to remain pseudonymous, who has been outed by an Alaskan politician in his legislative newsletter. Alaska Rep. Mike Doogan had been writing bizarre emails to people who emailed him, and the Alaskan blogger "Mudflats" was one of those who called him on it. (Mudflats first began getting noticed after blogging about Sarah Palin from a local point of view.) Doogan seems to have developed a particular itch to learn who Mudflats is, and he finally found out, though he got her last name wrong, and named her in his official newsletter. The Huffington Post is one of the many outlets writing about the affair. The blogger happens to be Democrat — as is Doogan — but that is immaterial to the question of the right to anonymity in political speech. Does an American have the right to post political opinion online anonymously? May a government official breach that anonymity absent a compelling state interest?
Math

+ - Alpha of Wolfram|Alpha->

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Ed Pegg writes "Stephen Wolfram has announced an alpha of Wolfram|Alpha. In this blog post, the maker of Mathematica says that "It's certainly the most complex project I've ever undertaken." He further mentions it contains "trillions of pieces of curated data." Over at Wolfram|Alpha itself, there seems to be a sign-up sheet for Wolfram|Alpha alpha-testers."
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Math

+ - Proof of simplest univesal Turing machine found

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willatnewscientist
willatnewscientist writes "Alex Smith, who is studying electronics and computing at the University of Birmingham, UK, has proved that a cellular automata that uses just three in its calculations is the simplest possible universal Turing machine. Smith showed that it is equivalent to another mathematical device already known to be a universal computer. The proof itself can be found here (.pdf) while technical commentary on the proof is available here"
Math

Mathematica 6 Launched 222

Posted by kdawson
from the simulate-this dept.
Ed Pegg writes "Wolfram Research has just released Mathematica 6. That link, in addition to the usual 'dramatic breakthrough' material, has an amazing flash banner that simultaneously shows a thousand mathematical demonstrations all at once. The animations came from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, a free service with 1200+ dynamically interactive examples of math, science, and physics, all with code. For the product itself, much is new or improved, with built-in math databases, improved visualizations, and more."
Math

+ - Mathematica 6 launched

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Ed Pegg
Ed Pegg writes "Wolfram Research has just released Mathematica 6. That link, in addition to the usual 'dramatic breakthrough' material, has an amazing flash banner that simultaneously shows a thousand mathematical demonstrations all at once. The animations came from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, a free service with 1200+ dynamically interactive examples of math, science, and physics (with code). For the product itself, much is new or improved, with built-in math databases, improved visualizations, and more."

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