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Comment Re:Heh, heh, heh. (Score 1) 702

Were it my child, I'd explain what the tool was for, how to use it properly, make sure the kid understood the consequences of misuse, and watch them the first few times they used it to make sure they followed the appropriate safety practices. After that, I'd trust the child to know how to use the tool and why the safety gear was important.

I would always supervise kids with power tools just as I would with kids with a gun. I'll bet that your kids like most would be sensible once they had been taught but accidents do happen. Sure kids need freedom to learn, but they can get that by you both working together on a project with you taking a back seat.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock on Steam (

Double_Duo_Decimal writes: Irrational Games' BioShock, which has been eagerly anticipated as the spiritual successor to System Shock, is now available for preloading on the Valve Steam network.

Preloading allows a user to download the game files in the background, which are then automagically transformed into game files when the game is unlocked, which in this case happens on Aug. 21 in the United States, and Aug. 24 in Europe.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Hezbollah Releases Video Game ( 1

stoolpigeon writes: "An msnbc blogger reports that on Thursday, Hezbollah released a game, "Special Force II" The game is based on the 34 day battle between Hezbollah and the Israeli military last year. Players can go into Israel to capture Israeli soldiers, launch rockets on Israeli towns and take on Israeli armor. Apparently killing Israeli soldiers garners the player bonus points. The game was said to be retailing for $10. A cnn story on the game states that the game is a tribute to what Hezbollah describes as, "...a divine victory." and a tool to teach children tactics in warfare."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - WoW player banned due to blue movie career ( 1

Barny writes: "Actress Mia Rose (star of a few World of Whorecraft episodes) has found her gaming days ended in the MMOG WoW. Fans identified Ms Rose in-game and mentioned in a public chat channel her website, the usual Blizzard CS reaction, ban and ignore, then ensued and continues."

Submission + - Physicists claim to have broken the speed of light

bain writes: "The Telegraph report that two German physicists; Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen of the University of Koblenz, claim to have broken the speed of light by 'conducting an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.' Since this goes against Einstein's special theory of relativity, you can expect a lot of people to dismiss this as rubbish."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Red vs. Green (

An anonymous reader writes: Will Halo 3 live up to the hype? And is the Master Chief more attractive than Kirsten Dunst?

Submission + - 3D Animations in Mid-Air Using Plasma Balls (

An anonymous reader writes: Japanese boffins are now making animations by creating small plasma balls in mid-air. The technology doesn't use vapor or strange gases, just lasers to heat up oxygen and nitrogen molecules: up to 1,000 brilliant dots per second, which makes smooth motion possible. They could be used as street signs, advertising or to create giant plasma monsters to destroy entire cities. Maybe.

Submission + - The Bush Administration Censored Climate Reports (

AkumaReloaded writes: The Bush administration actively censored reports on the environment from the World Bank. This was discovered by the Government Accountability Project (GAP). Apparently Paul Wolfowitz was actively engaged in this censorship. How does this effect the deminishing credit of the World Bank. And can it lower the faith in the Bush administration even more? erde-rapporten-over-klimaatverandering.html.

XBox (Games)

Submission + - MS Says: 360 MMOs Can Require Hard Drive (

powerlord writes: MS Unveils new rules for MMOs on Live! Changes included are allowing Server based games to require hard-drives, and requiring that Silver XBL members don't have to pay "twice" to play an MMO (upgrade to Gold + pay subscription). On the other side, all games must submit their total disc requirements, and if the requirements go up over the life of a MMO (such as World of Warcraft)? "... Companies are allowed to expand the required size, but the game should always run on the original requirement — users have to approve the change. If the requirement goes up, Microsoft is playing with the idea of allowing the ability to degrade — those are Microsoft's words — the experience. Their ideas, straight from their presentation: Lo-res models/textures, Place certain areas off-limits, Stream assests from server (slower loading)"
The Courts

Submission + - Couple who catch cop speeding could face charges.

a_nonamiss writes: "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking.

from the article:

The Sipples allegedly caught Kennesaw police officer Richard Perrone speeding up to 17 mph over the speed limit. Perrone alerted Bartow authorities, who in turn visited the Sipples' home to tell them Perrone intended to press charges against them for stalking.
I have the utmost respect for most law enforcement. They have a difficult, dangerous and mostly thankless job to do, but shouldn't they be held accountable for casually breaking the very same laws they are supposed to be enforcing? Additionally, shouldn't we, as citizens, have the right to be able to bring this to someone's attention without having to face laughably bogus charges for our efforts?"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Black Ops Games: Unannounced Titles

John Callaham writes: "There are a ton of games out there in development that have not technically been announced. We know they are out there, mostly through vaguely worded press releases announcing a publishing deal or a quick mention in an interview. While many, if not most of these games won't likely be out by the end of the year we decided to take a look into the crystal ball to see if we can make some educated guesses about these "Black Ops" game titles. In a few instances we even got comments from the developers in charge of the titles. Check out the article at s/"

Submission + - Google Earth to get a Second Life?

An anonymous reader writes: Rumors are circulating that the search giant is planning to build its own virtual world based on Google Earth. And it's not as crazy as it sounds, with the latest version of Google Earth having added the ability to build and share rich 3D content using the company's SketchUp 3D modeling software. Meanwhile a second rumor doing the rounds is that the search giant has aquired game advertiser Adscape. With Google's real mission to organize the world around advertising, a virtual world would of its own would make sense.

Submission + - Pope decries video game violence

sesshomaru writes: From an article on (Pope decries video game violence):
Pope Benedict XVI has added his voice to the discussion in Europe in favor of stricter controls on violent video games and their sale to children.

The trend to develop products including animated films and video games that exalt violence and anti-social behavior is repulsive, especially when such products are aimed at children, he said in a message delivered on Wednesday.
Further down, it says that the Germans are going to push for a Europe wide ban on "violent" games.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead