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Video Racing Games May Spur Risky Driving 428

Posted by Hemos
from the get-out-of-my-way dept.
kiwimate writes "A study concludes that people who play car racing games may be more likely to take risks and drive aggressively when driving in real life. According to the article, "The study appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, published by the American Psychological Association"." Just because after I play Grand Theft Auto I want to ram other cars does not mean I'm a worse driver. Honest.
The Courts

+ - Jack Thompson: "I'm out to shut down Rockstar.

Submitted by
SyncNine
SyncNine writes "Jack Thompson was recently interviewed on Nightline by Bill Weir, in which he can be heard stating that "I want to shut down Rockstar because they're run by a bunch of sociopaths and they're a one-company crime wave." Something of value to note is that Bill Weir does a solid job of not agreeing with or really responding to Thompson's comments regarding this.

It seems that Thompson's vigilante quest to destroy all violence and disrespect in video games is actually a one-man assault on Rockstar Games, specifically. As his intentions at this point are crystal clear, at some point you've got to wonder how long Rockstar will put up with this before finding a way to counter-sue for lost revenue, etc. Does anyone think he'll succeed? Is he trying to wear Rockstar down?"
Networking

+ - DirecTV HD DVR does Ethernet and ViiV

Submitted by
Chris Blount
Chris Blount writes "DirecTV's HD DVR (HR20), thanks to a recent software upgrade, now has Ethernet capability. Along with that comes the ability to interface with ViiV computers allowing media (pictures and music) to be fed from the computer through the HD DVR. Users over at DBSTalk.Com have reported that this new feature will also work with Windows Media Player 11 and Twonky. More information can he found at http://www.dbstalk.com/ in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=72947."
Google

+ - Google Pagerank in 126 lines of Python

Submitted by
GrumpySimon
GrumpySimon writes "Vincent Kräutler has reimplemented the Pagerank algorithm in 126 lines of Python following a post on the American Mathematical Society's webpage: How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack . It will be most interesting to see if or how Google reacts to this, and whether other people can build on this in their own search engines."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Gold Farmer Talks RMT

Submitted by amitlu
amitlu (904834) writes "The Escapist is featuring an interview with popular writer Julian Dibbell, who worked as a gold farmer in UO and later went to WoW-farming sweatshops in China to report for a book he's writing. Dibbell's got some pretty provocative opinions on RMT. From the article: "They're along the lines of, 'Hey, I worked my way up to level 60, and then daddy's little rich kid comes along and bought his way up to level 60, and that takes away the meaning of my achievement.' ... How does it take away the meaning of your achievement? ... Everyone knows that MMOGs are tests of your ability to sit on your ass in a chair for a week, or whatever it takes to get to level 60. If someone has the will to do that, or the time to do that, more power to them. If somebody has the commitment to the game to plunk down $800 or $1,000, that's a kind of crazed obsession, too. I'm perfectly willing to honor either way of measuring [that].""
Unix

+ - Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader 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."

IE7 Blocking Google Image Search? 253

Posted by kdawson
from the play-nicely-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes, "I just tried a Google Image Search in IE7 for the first time. Whenever I click on an image, my browser tells me in big bold letters, "This is a reported phishing website." Try it yourself: make sure automatic phishing detection is turned on and do an (adorable) image search; click on one of the result thumbnails. MSN Live Image Search has no such issues. Insert Microsoft evil conspiracy theory here." I get this behavior under IE7, Win XP Pro, SP2, Parallels, Mac OS X.

Jack Thompson To Face Contempt Charge 239

Posted by Zonk
from the hahahahahahahah dept.
Gamasutra has the story (by way of the currently-down GamePolitics) that Jack Thompson could be facing a contempt charge over his antics during the Bully fiasco. From the article: "According to the report, the contempt of court request could find Thompson facing jail time, though it is more likely that 'fines, judicial admonishment or censure' would result from this most recent turn of events. The report also notes that attorneys representing the Philadelphia law firm Blank-Rome have filed a 'Petition for Order to Show Cause,' which requires Thompson to illustrate to a judge why he should not be held in contempt."

Is Web 2.0 the Advent of the Post-Modern Internet? 175

Posted by Zonk
from the totally-art dept.
jg21 writes "Web 2.0 Journal has an essay on 'The Post-Modern Rhetoric of High Technology' in which the author contends that Web 2.0 is nothing less than 'the advent of the Post-Modern Internet. Will Web 2.0 be a revolution or a mere rebellion?" From the article: "Web 2.0 can take two distinct directions, and it is perhaps the rhetoric of it all that will define the path. Web 2.0 can be the French Revolution of Technology or it can be the American Revolution of Technology. Joseph Schumpeter's winds of creative destruction are blowing especially hard in the Internet technology world today, with remarkable improvements to our daily lives. But these winds can blow too hard too often, and an even older economic law, the Law of Diminishing Returns, begins to take over. Our wild-eyed radical phase must ultimately give way to some replacement. We cannot permanently be the rebels."

Nvidia Working on a CPU+GPU Combo 178

Posted by Zonk
from the that-will-keep-them-out-of-trouble-for-a-while dept.
Max Romantschuk writes "Nvidia is apparently working on an x86 CPU with integrated graphics. The target market seems to be OEMs, but what other prospects could a solution like this have? Given recent development with projects like Folding@Home's GPU client you can't help but wonder about the possibilities of a CPU with an integrated GPU. Things like video encoding and decoding, audio processing and other applications could benefit a lot from a low latency CPU+GPU combo. What if you could put multiple chips like these in one machine? With AMD+ATI and Intel's own integrated graphics, will basic GPU functionality be integrated in all CPU's eventually? Will dedicated graphics cards become a niche product for enthusiasts and pros, like audio cards already largely have?" The article is from the Inquirer, so a dash of salt might make this more palatable.

Fox And Universal Say Goodbye To Halo Movie 310

Posted by Zonk
from the series-of-unfortunate-events dept.
Master_of_Tumbleweeds writes "20th Century and Universal Pictures, the two studios that agreed to co-finance the film adaptation of Microsoft's Halo video game, have abruptly pulled out of the project. This leaves executive producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh without financing or distribution. A ballooning budget (rumored to have been closing in on the $200 Mil mark) and apparent lack of confidence in rookie feature film director Neill Blomkamp are being named the major culprits for Fox and Universal's decision."

X-Prize to Award $10M for Fast Sequencing 48

Posted by timothy
from the prizes-for-possibilities dept.
Shipud writes "The X-Prize foundation has announced the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics — for the first privately financed group to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days. The motivation is to create an incentive for faster, cheaper genome seqeunceing, heralding the era of preventative personalized medicine. The winner will also receive an extra $1,000,000 for sequencing the genomes of 100 additional people; among them Larry King and Stephen Hawking. Apparently this is the largest medical prize in history."

OSX To Feature Portable User Accounts? 245

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the home-you-can-take-with-you dept.
eldavojohn writes "A new patent filed by Apple is causing speculation that OSX is soon to receive a new feature. From the article: '[the patent states] that the user account may be stored alongside general data storage or "other functionality". All of which seems to suggest that at some time soon we may be able to load our user accounts onto an iPod, hard drive or USB keydrive and take them wherever we go.'"

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