writes: I've been looking around for a decent replacement for my rather aging nokia 6760.
The problem is, there is practically no new qwerty phones coming out from nokia (still my preferred brand due to hardware reliability). The N900 and E7 are both getting a bit older and really aren't worth the money compared to the newer models. Help? :D
writes: A mistake in streetview car software meant that google has been collecting wireless data from any unencrypted sources that their streetview cars passed.
Software meant to collect mac adress and ssid "to improve marketing data" had been programmed in such a way that if a WAN was unprotected, it would also collect surfing and email data transmitted.Link to Original Source
writes: In a move that could cause quite serious privacy problems, blizzard added timestamps and a rss feed to world of warcraft characters in their online armory. This new feature will mean that anyone can follow "realtime" developements in a world of warcraft character, and if the user behind the character would be know, even add time and date to playing habits. Many players have already complained about the fact that there is no opt-out option and this opens very big possibilities for online stalking.Link to Original Source
writes: Yesterday, a 22-year old student of The kauhajoki vocational school opened fire with an automatic weapon, killing at least 11 fellow students before turning the gun on himself. The incident has many parallels to the previous shooting, including youtube video's posted 5 days before the incident.
Police had questioned the student on monday about the video's, but due to the fact that no specific threats were made, they were unable to pursue the case.
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writes: Renegade film director Uwe Boll has told MTV that he approached Blizzard for the film rights to World of Warcraft.
He was not-so-politely refused. According to Boll, "I got in contact with [chief operating officer] Paul Sams of Blizzard, and he said, 'We will not sell the movie rights, not to you... especially not to you.'"
Boll is the director of a string of game-licensed films — including BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, Postal, House of the Dead, Dungeon Siege and the forthcoming Far Cry — that have been poorly received by gamers. So much so that Boll famously challenged his critics to a series of boxing matches.
"Because it's such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it," said Boll of Blizzard's decision.
Blizzard did eventually sell the movie rights, however. A live-action Warcraft film is in production by Legendary Pictures, the outfit behind Batman Begins and 300. It's currently slated for a 2009 release, although no director or cast has been attached as yet.
Speaking at last year's BlizzCon convention in Los Angeles, the producers revealed that the film has a USD 100 million budget, and will be set slightly before the time frame of the original WOW release. Blizzard story guru Chris Metzen added that it would concentrate on the war between Horde and Alliance from an Alliance perspective, feature a new hero character, and be "absolutely a war movie".