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Activision Wants To Bring Guitar Hero To Arcades 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the shredding-in-public dept.
dlapikin writes "Activision is preparing a deal with Konami and Raw Thrills to bring Guitar Hero to arcades worldwide as soon as 2009. It looks to be a great fusion of their current Guitar Hero III axe and World Tour. 'Some features have been streamlined, however, like character customization. Raw Thrills doesn't want people obsessing over the hair color of their on-screen rock star. But one important feature that has remained is downloadable content. Raw Thrills has the ability to push new songs to "Guitar Hero Arcade" through the Internet. Owners of the machines can pick and choose which of the new songs to add to the cabinet.'"
Power

+ - Appliances Hog More Energy Than High-Tech Gadgets

Submitted by
Carl Bialik from WSJ
Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "A tech columnist looked around his home and wondered, 'All these TVs and cable boxes and computers and computer gear and chargers for various adapters had to be sucking up a lot of power, right?' So WSJ.com's Jason Fry bought a power meter to find the biggest power hogs in his home. They weren't his newfangled gadgets: 'The heavily used agglomeration of PC/two monitors/printer/hard drive/speakers in my downstairs study costs a bit more than $10 a month. The PC in our bedroom costs about $6 a month. The upstairs laptop? Less than $1 — a bit more than other always-on gadgets such as the router, cable modem, wireless repeater and Airport Express. So what were our apartment's power hogs? The lights and the dryer. I estimate our lights cost us around $30 a month, nearly a third of that from a chandelier with eight bulbs. Then there's the dryer. I don't know exactly how many watts it uses, but estimate it's costing us at least $25 a month.'"
Microsoft

+ - Copy protection too complex: Bill Gates

Submitted by
Aryabhata
Aryabhata writes "Bill Gates thinks that copy protection for digital media(music & video) is too complex for the consumers. He was speaking to an invited party of bloggers and web developers at Microsoft's Seattle headquarters. "DRM is not where it should be." said Mr Gates. "In the end of the day incentive systems (for artists) make a difference," said Mr Gates. "But we don't have the right thing here in terms of simplicity or interoperability," he added. Interestingly, Microsoft is one of the biggest exponents of DRM, which is used on lots of different online services, including Napster and the Zune store.

So what does Bill suggest we do? His short-term advice for people wanting to transfer songs from one system to another was to "buy a CD and rip it"."
The Internet

+ - Real Estate Heat Maps Increase Market Transparency

Submitted by
Doug
Doug writes "As reported by the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-re-web3dec03,1 ,5128944.story?coll=la-mininav-business ), map-based real estate sites Zillow.com ( http://zillow.com/ Trulia.com (http://trulia.com ), and HotPads.com (http://hotpads.com) have launched pricing, demographic, and user traffic "heat maps" to increase market transparency. The "heat maps" overlay a color gradient on maps to depict the distribution of different attributes among areas: average sale/rental price, demographic information, and user traffic trends. While some of this information is reported to be inaccurate, the majority comes from government census data."
Google

+ - Google NASA Partnership Announced

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Google & NASA announced their partnership today which with many benefits. The director of a NASA site said "Just a few examples are new sensors and materials from collaborations on bio-info-nano convergence, improved analysis of engineering problems, as well as Earth, life and space science discoveries from supercomputing and data mining, and bringing entrepreneurs into the space program." The site GoogleNASA has been launched and will be a place to keep up with all the news from this partnership."
GNU is Not Unix

+ - GPLv3 Questions & Answers

Submitted by
ismak
ismak writes "Umeet 2006, this year's online conference on Free Software, will be holding a GPLv3 Questions & Answers session with Richard Stallman. The session is this Tuesday, December 19th, at 18:00 UTC on the #umeet channel on irc.uninet.edu.
If you plan on attending Tuesday's session, you will want to read the background information on the GPLv3 that Richard Stallman has made available."
Programming

+ - Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

Submitted by
BlueVoodoo
BlueVoodoo writes "Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX command line efficiency — and break away from bad usage patterns in the process. This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, so you can learn exactly why these UNIX habits are worth picking up.

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Power

World's Largest Wind Farm Gets Green Light 388

Posted by Hemos
from the a-windy-tomorrow dept.
cliffski writes "According to the BBC website the UK govt has just given the go ahead to two large offshore wind-farm projects. Between them the schemes would produce enough renewable electricity to power about one million households. The larger London Array project covers 144 sq miles (232 sq km) between Margate in Kent and Clacton, Essex and will be the world's biggest when it is completed. The £1.5bn scheme will have 341 turbines rising from the sea about 12 miles (20km) off the Kent and Essex coasts, as well as five offshore substations and four meteorological masts"
User Journal

Journal: Movie Review: Eragon 4

Journal by Sylver Dragon
I'll start off by saying that I have read and liked the book. While it followed many of the fantasy stereotypes it was overall well written and a good read. Since the movie is supposed to be a retelling of the book, I'll compare the two from time to time.
PC Games (Games)

Last Chance to Help Free Ryzom 280

Posted by Hemos
from the i-call-on-the-community dept.
An anonymous reader writes "With the consistent influx of MMORPG's in the last few years it was obvious that many would fall by the wayside, one of those to fall is Ryzom, as you might be aware it is now going to be up for sale, and in an enterprising move for open source there is an initiative to buy Ryzom and put it under the GPL, much like Blender was in the past. However, time is short, apparently "Pledges must be made within the next few days, since the deadline for the final bid is expected sometime before Wednesday, December 19th". Already there is over 150,000 Euros donated and the FSF has donated 60,000!! If you (like me) can see the benefit of having a fully developed MMORPG that is completely open source just donate a little, quickly!"

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