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Real Time Strategy (Games)

Command & Conquer MMO a Possibility? 159

Posted by Soulskill
from the +1-sandbag-of-blocking dept.
TheProphet92 sends along a speculative piece about the future of EA's popular RTS franchise, writing: "EA's real-time strategy games don't have the luxury of extensive funding the way some other franchises do. EA has been milking their game engines for all they're worth and then some. They have been using various versions of the 'Sage' engine for the past half-dozen or so RTS games, and they need money to make a new one. Perhaps an MMO is the way to go for EA, using none other than their famous Command & Conquer franchise."
Businesses

+ - Last.fm bought by CBS

Submitted by Tabernaque86
Tabernaque86 (1046808) writes "The BBC has an article up over the recent purchase of internet radio site Last.fm by US media giant CBS. ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6701863.stm ). The purchase of the on-line social network has set a record for the largest ever UK web 2.0 acquisition, at $280 million USD.

What's interesting that the article fails to address why CBS is purchasing Last.fm now, considering the Royalty Board is increasing internet radio fees to an exhorbitant amount, which is more-or-less causing internet radio to shut down by then end of next month."
Software

+ - Open Source Medical Records

Submitted by Maximum Prophet
Maximum Prophet (716608) writes "http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/30/opinion/30goetz. html?em&ex=1180670400&en=e7a0c20b76349094&ei=5087% 0A

From the article "WorldVistA, is based on the Veterans Affairs Department's electronic-records system, called VistA (short for Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture — and yes, they beat Bill Gates to the name). VistA stands as perhaps the greatest success story for government-developed information technology since the Internet itself. "

It's free and open source. Why aren't more doctors using it?"
Software

+ - DX Studio Version 2.0 Released

Submitted by
Bob
Bob writes "Software developers Worldweaver Ltd, based in Pinewood Studios London, today released a major new version of their 3D engine and editing suite, DX Studio. Version 2.0 includes a full 3D model editor so users can now create their own interactive applications from scratch. Other key additions include a new lighting engine, post-processing effects, per pixel bump/opacity/specular map support, and COLLADA open model format. The package also now encourages "Web 2.0" collaboration as users can connect into the DX Studio online library to share models, materials, and script with others. "DX Studio has always been good for the final development stage of interactive 3D applications. Now it's the only package in the world to support the complete application development process in a single integrated editor," said CEO and founder Chris Sterling. Licenses are available in both freeware (with basic features) and standard editions (from £50) and can be downloaded from the website at www.dxstudio.com"
Education

+ - New Form of Matter Created

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Researchers created a new form of matter which seems to be a cross between a laser and a superconductor. From the article, "The new state is a solid filled with a collection of energy particles known as polaritons that have been trapped and slowed." For those of you who surpass me in physics, the full text of the research is available from the Journal Science."
Data Storage

+ - Holographic storage to be commercialized this fall

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "The Guardian takes a look at the current developments in the world of holographic storage. Despite being available in research for over 40 years, the technology is getting commercialized only now, with InPhase Technologies launching its 600 GB write-once disk and a drive this fall. What avout the price? "The first holographic products are certainly not mass-market — a 600GB disc will cost around $180 (£90), and the drive costs about $18,000. Potential users include banks, libraries, government agencies and corporations.""
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft McCarthyism and the Linux Patents

Submitted by
Tod Landis
Tod Landis writes "From Larry the Open Source Guy's blog: So, stop me if you've heard this one already: In the 1950s — February 9, 1950 to be exact — Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin made a speech in Wheeling, W. Va., in which he said he had a list of 205 names of State Department employees "that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party." Fast forward 57 years and we have "Tail Gunner Steve" Ballmer with Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, playing McCarthy's Roy Cohn legal sidekick in this modern drama, saying that the GNU/Linux operating system violates 235 Microsoft patents. Which are they? Microsoft won't say. McCarthy never named the names...Full story here "

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