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Buffy MMO Announced, Firefly MMO Delayed 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the you're-my-kinda-stupid dept.
Zonk brings word that Multiverse, the developer who in 2006 acquired the rights to make a Firefly-based MMO, has announced that a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer MMO is now under development. An interview with Corey Bridges from Multiverse seems to indicate that the Firefly MMO, though delayed, is not dead. He also provides a few details on what the Buffy game will be like. Quoting: "What we're doing with the Buffy game then is releasing it in stages. It will first be a flash-based virtual world, with the full Multiverse server behind it. ... So it will start as a 2D flash-based MMO where you can go on missions and interact with other players. This will extend even once we have the 3D client working, where you can both interact with players using the other point of view. We're going to have these shared spaces where 2D and 3D people can interact. All of this will come out in phases, with staged gameplay coming out. We're sort of blazing a path with this concept, and we're really interested in what this might mean for players of the two versions. ... I'd love to get [a public beta] out to players by the end of the year."
Science

Scientists Create Di-positronium Molecules 160

Posted by samzenpus
from the super-laser dept.
doxology writes "The BBC reports that scientists have been able to create di-positronium molecules. A di-positronium molecule consists of two positronium atoms, exotic atoms which are made from an electron and a positron (the anti-particle of the electron). A potential use of these molecules is to make extremely powerful gamma-ray lasers, possibly on sharks."
OS X

iPods Don't Run OS X 164

Posted by kdawson
from the all-you-need-is-an-undocumented-ls-option dept.
Redrum writes "Everyone thinks that Apple's iPod runs an OS called Pixo, and that the iPhone ushered in a brand new epoch based on OS X. That myth has been busted: the iPod runs Apple's own Mach/BSD kernel, and Pixo is only used as a graphics layer. Daniel Eran outlines the story behind Pixo and what OS X means for Apple. It's no joke; the story was confirmed by Tim Monroe, a member of Apple's QuickTime engineering team, as is easy to verify yourself." Update: 07/15 19:48 GMT by KD : Turns out to be an April Fools joke.

Hilf Claims Free Software Movement Dead 395

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the faster-than-a-speeding-fud dept.
moe1975 writes to mention that Bill Hilf has taken a rather aggressive stance with regard to the status of the Free Software movement. With claims like; "The Free Software movement is dead. Linux doesn't exist in 2007. Even Linus has got a job today" it would certainly seem that the next offensive is going to be sponsored by denial. "For the desktop, Hilf sees a new frontier in terms of rich client programming. With more and more services by Amazon, Google, Yahoo and, of course, Microsoft being run as services rather than as software installed locally, it will be up to the desktop to provide richer functionality."
Science

Quantum Physics Parts Ways With Reality 568

Posted by kdawson
from the had-it-for-a-minute-there dept.
aeoneal sends us to PhysicsWeb for news guaranteed to induce headache in those wedded to the reality of, well, reality. Researchers from the University of Vienna have shown the violation of a stronger form of Bell's inequality known as Leggett's inequality. The result means that we must not only give up Einstein's hope of "no spooky action at a distance," we must also give up (some of) the idea that the world exists when we are not looking. From the article: "[Studies] have ruled out all hidden-variables theories based on joint assumptions of realism, meaning that reality exists when we are not observing it; and locality, meaning that separated events cannot influence one another instantaneously. But a violation of Bell's inequality does not tell specifically which assumption — realism, locality, or both — is discordant with quantum mechanics." From the Nature abstract: "Our result suggests that giving up the concept of locality is not sufficient to be consistent with quantum experiments, unless certain intuitive features of realism are abandoned." Only subscribers to Nature, alas, can know what features those are, as PhysicsWeb doesn't tell us.
Google

+ - My life according to Google

Submitted by
melki0r
melki0r writes "George Orwell would have loved this. He missed for only 23 years. Insted of 1984 we're getting the Big Brother (a.k.a. Google) in 2007.
Do you want every step of your web-based life traced and stored in one place?
Well you can have it all for free. Google just announced a new service: Google Web History. Not only that it stores all pages that you visited, but it also stores all the videos you viewed, images, even sponsored links.
So it's the works! Everything you've ever seen on the net will be stored in one place.
Now this thing can be useful. Don't get me wrong. But on the other hand, if your Google Account gets compromised, your whole life kinda gets compromised.
Read on!"
Space

+ - Theoretical Physics to be Turned on its Ear?

Submitted by
Bad Labrador
Bad Labrador writes "Slashdot readers may remember an article and a powerpoint presentation delivered by Alexander Franklin Mayer last year entitled "The Many Directions of Time". In it, he postulates a slight modification to General Relativity, actually correcting an error Einstein apparently made. According to Mayer, correcting this error accounts for a large number of "anomalies" in observations, including a small but persistent error in GPS locations, the apparent acceleration and deacceleration of the Voyager spacecraft and so on. The blockbusting part is when the change is applied to cosmology — according to Mayer, the expanding universe, the Hubble constant and the "big Bang" theory are no more. They are artefacts of his discovery — gravitational transverse red shift. The Universe is not expanding. The book is freely available for download at http://afmayer.net/index.html Happy Slashdotting."
The Internet

+ - Domain Name Tips

Submitted by
shaunclark
shaunclark writes "Domain Name Tips
Before you purchase your domain name you need to do some domain homework.

Get your domain name first before you start your new business or website.

Many times people start a brand new business by picking out and establishing the business name, then they attempt to buy a domain name. The new business owners soon find out that every variation of the business name is taken and they are not sure what domain name to use.

Microsoft made a huge mistake when they spent millions marketing their new Zune MP3 Player. They didnt secure the domain name zune.com and as of this writing the domain zune.com is still under someone elses name with an under construction sign. Microsoft had purchased the zune.net domain name after the Zune name had been released. This was a huge blunder for the Microsoft marketing team not to secure the zune.com domain name before marketing their brand name.

Naming a website after its domain name can also be very important; when people think of your website, they'll think of it by the name. A good example of this is amazon.com; so if your business name is also your URL, the customer will automatically know where to go.

If you have already spent a lot time and money to establish your business name and you didnt purchase a domain name. You can play around with some variations to try to get an easy name. If you find that your business name is taken in every way thinkable, you can:
  • Check the "whois" information for the domain name you are interested in and contact the current owner listed to see if they're willing to sell it.
  • Another option is to search the Internet for a company that specialized in deleted domains. Each day thousands of domains are deleted and are made available for purchase. Many times people may forget to renew the domain or they simply go out of business; the domains are then deleted from the current owner and allowed to be purchased again. This can be a very good way to get the right domain name by using the deleted domains data base to search for certain keywords important for your business. A domain name you didnt even think of may show up as deleted and be the one name that will work.


Your domain name should be short, easy to say and spell.

Domain names can be of any length up to 67 characters. Someone actually bought the domain name shown below and let it go back. I wonder why???

wehavealargeofficespacethatisavailabletorentitis locatedinavibra.com

Shorter domain names are much better, especially for people who have to type them in. There is less chance for a typo when they are shorter. Premium domains with less than 8 characters are more desirable and very hard to find. You may have to put together some word combinations to come up with a good domain name. I would try to keep the name under 16 characters if at all possible.

Type out the domain name you are interested in buying take a good look at it and say it out loud. Get friends to look at it and give their advice at what they first see.
  • Does it spell something that could be offensive? www.somethingassociates.com
  • Is it spelled correctly or are you trying to spell some word another way? www.gotravlers.com instead of www.gotravelers.com
  • Can you easily distinguish the words or does the domain name make other confusing words?
  • Does it have 2 or 3 of the same letters together? www.abbotttech.com
  • Does it sound OK? Is it easy to understand over the phone?
  • Can the domain name be spelled easily by the average person? www.rockefellermontessori.com
  • Keep in mind that many times you will have to spell out your domain name to people — will certain letters sound like other letters?...such as the s and f sound the same; same goes for the n and m; z and b, and so on.


Prefixes

Many websites use prefixes in their main domain name such as i and e. The i is most commonly for "Internet," e for "electronic". Many other prefixes such as all, my, best, pro, go, buy, best, and many more can be used.

These prefixes mentioned above should only be used when there is absolutely no hope for finding a good domain name.

Hyphenated or Numbered Domain Names?

Many people forget to type in the hyphen when typing in a domain name. It can be hard to say when giving the domain name out. It would be easier to say littleredschoolhouse.com instead of little hyphen/dash red hyphen/dash school hyphen/dash house .com.

Most of the good domains are taken and you may have to take a domain that has a hyphen in it to get the domain name you want. I would try to avoid the hyphenated names if possible.

Domains which contain numbers have some problems in that you will have to explain that it is a number 4 instead of the word for or four. 4salesonline.com is a good example of the confusion in telling the domain name to someone.

Of course if you owned 500.com or 5555.com these would be great names that are worth a lot of money and easy to remember. All of these good domains are already taken and very hard to find even on the secondary market.

A domain name like 94529875.com would be hard for someone to remember.

COM, ORG, NET, etc?

Typically most businesses use .com domain names. Most .net domain names have been used by Internet organizations and .org is frequently used by non-profit organizations.

Most people have .com on the brain, and when typing a domain name in, they will almost always assume it's a .com domain. Dot coms are the most sought after. Thats all I own.

Shaun Clark
www.QuestMatrix.com "
The Courts

+ - The Best and Worst Intenet Laws

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "When a U.S. legislator describes the Internet as a "series of tubes" you just know that you're going to end up with some wacky laws on the books. Law professor Eric Goldman takes a look at the best and worst Internet laws in the U.S. Eric offers an analysis of the biggies such as the DMCA, but also shines a light on lesser known laws like the Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002."
Operating Systems

Virtualizing Cuts Web App Performance 43% 223

Posted by kdawson
from the price-to-pay dept.
czei writes "This just-released research report, Load Testing a Virtual Web Application, looks at the effects of virtualization on a typical ASP Web application, using VMWare on Linux to host a Windows OS and IIS web server. While virtualizing the server made it easier to manage, the number of users the virtualized Web app could handle dropped by 43%. The article also shows interesting graphs of how hyper-threading affected the performance of IIS." The report urges readers to take this research as a data point. No optimization was done on host or guest OS parameters.

Stephen Colbert vs The Hungarian Government 554

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the under-our-skin-we're-all-colberican dept.
jefu writes "The Hungarian government is sponsoring an internet vote to name a new bridge. So far naming the bridge after acter Chuck Norris has been the most popular. However, last night Stephen Colbert (of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report") suggested that viewers vote to name the bridge after him. Remembering the effect that a Colbert segment had had on Wikipedia, I visited the voting page (in Hungarian when it works) soon after that and it was completely non-responsive. This morning (8:00 Thursday Pacific time) it is showing a "Horrible exception" and a Jetspeed/tomcat stack trace. " I believe Colbert's straight-talking sensibilities have earned him far more than just a bridge in whatever continent Hungaria is in. Instead I think we should consider renaming one of our lesser used states as an honor more appropriate to his grippy contributions to America. We're not doing anything with Colorado these days anyway, but imagine the appeal of a new and improved state with a virile name like Colberado. Book your tickets today!

Would You Wear Video Glasses? 239

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the future's-so-bright dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "According to EE Times, an Israeli company has developed a personal video display device that looks like a simple pair of glasses. You can use these glasses with various sources, such as a portable media player or your cell phone. This technology promises to eliminate the dizziness phenomenon usually associated with this kind of display. And with these glasses weighing only about 40 grams, you'll feel that you're viewing a 40-inch screen from a distance of 7 feet." Video screens embedded into eyewear isn't that new, but the footprint of these is smaller than what I've seen before, making them cooler to wear on the subway.

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