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The Almighty Buck

+ - Will the Pope Declare Google Evil?

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "In the next few days, Pope Benedict XVI plans to issue his second encyclical, in which he is expected to denounce the use of tax havens as socially-unjust and immoral in cheating the greater well-being of society. He is also expected to argue that the globalised economic world needs to be regulated. Prime technology companies playing the offshore 'profit laundering' game include Dell, Google, Microsoft and Sun, who set up subsidiaries in Ireland where the corporate tax rate is a low 12.5% and no taxes are charged on royalties."
Slashdot.org

+ - Slashdot goes over the top for April Fools day

Submitted by
driverman
driverman writes "Slashdot probably has the highest pranks per pixel (ppp) ratio of any news-related website out there. Many users have counted at least five unique april fools pranks on the main index of the site, and not all of them are limited to stories. One of the pranks is masquerading as a feature, and two (1, 2) of the pranks can be attributed to Google. No Microsoft pranks have been sighted as of yet (Vista doesn't count as an early one, either)."
Nintendo

+ - Goldeneye Setup Editor V2.0 Released

Submitted by
SubDrag
SubDrag writes "The Rare Witch Project releases version 2.0 of the Goldeneye Setup Editor for Goldeneye 007 on Nintendo 64. This version contains a full 3d environment to add, remove, clone, and change objects, as well as many other aspects of each level. The level editor supports editing of all levels contained in the original cartridge, and affords the opportunity to create entirely new levels with all new objectives and objects.

http://www.rarewitchproject.com/specials.php?id=ge editor2"
Networking

+ - Dreamhost down nearly 24 hours, thousands affected

Submitted by
dgtlmoon
dgtlmoon writes "Following a planned power outage that went for an unplanned amount of time due to some burnt out cables discovered during the maintainence dreamhost.com hosted websites are down, some estimates are between 100,000 and 250,000 domains are affected, further-more when the power came back on they found a bunch of core routers to be dead and are having difficulty resuming normal operations, this is issue is just about to tick over to 24 hours open."
Television

Award-Winning Ad Taken Off Air In Australia 471

Posted by kdawson
from the nanny-state dept.
bol_kernal writes "An award-winning advertisement on Australian TV for the new Hyundai 4WD has been pulled from being broadcast after stations received 80 complaints from concerned parents. The ad consists of a small child, age around 2 years, cruising down the road, window down, arm out the window, in his new Hyundai 4WD. He sees a girl of the same age standing on the side of the road, pulls over picks her up, and they go to the beach together. All in all it's cute, funny, and very well done. The ad aired late in the evening (8:30 pm or later), but it was pulled due to concern from parents about the copycat risk. What I want to know is, where has the responsibility of parents gone? Is the world becoming so serious — or so frightened — that fantasy is no longer allowed?"
Security

+ - Campaign Sites Full of Vulnerabilities

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Bloggers have been buzzing about the new wave of "Web 2.0" campaign sites, but it seems that a lot of presidential candidates haven't bothered to protect themselves from cross-site scripting attacks. A blogger has found a collection of XSS vulnerabilities including the websites of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, John Cox, Newt Gingrich, Tom Tancredo, the Democratic National Committee, and even a surprise from Whitehouse.gov. Some of the holes are low-risk, but others would allow a user's accounts on the affected website to be compromised. A victim would simply have to click on a maliciously crafted link that appears to lead to the candidate's site."
The Internet

+ - Microsoft: The World's Biggest Cybersquatter?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What happens if you use Internet Explorer and try to visit a domain that doesn't actually exist? Microsoft sends you to an automatically generated results page filled with related pay-per-click ads. Click any ad and MS earns $$$. Earthlink is doing this too and Charter just got into the game. Is Firefox next?

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200784-microsoft-eart hlink-charter-cybersquatting.html"
Wireless Networking

+ - The Ever Increasing Density Of RF Transmitters

Submitted by
sprocks
sprocks writes "There are more and more RF transmitters around us every day. The chart shown in this article speculates at where the trend leads, showing the density of RF transmitters per square kilometer. At what point does the density push the transmitters inside the human body? Take a look at the article and find out."
Power

+ - Plasma To Produce Clean Energy From Waste

Submitted by
kbox
kbox writes "Mention trash incineration to most people and the image that usually springs to mind is a dirty, smelly practice that is about as far from 'green' as you can get. However, this isn't the case with a technology called Plasma Gasification, which is not only very eco-friendly, it's also powered by the very garbage that it processes. It also produces clean energy and commercially useful byproducts.

While the technology of processing materials with plasma has been around for some time now, Joseph Longo, CEO and founder of Startech Environmental Corporation has developed a device that can handle pretty much any type of waste put into it and turn it into a clean source of energy."
Classic Games (Games)

+ - Storytelling in Games: Wizardry I

Submitted by
MrNash
MrNash writes "The Armchair Empire has posted the first in a series of features discussing storytelling in games. In this installment, the article talks about Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, and how the lack of a story was actually a good thing.

In modern narrative games it can feel as though there is an invisible barrier between the player and the game. At the back of one's head there's the thought that we're being guided on an adventure that is being controlled by a game designer. He wants us to do things at certain points, and will tell a story as we go. With Wizardry I, this isn't the case. It's like Woodhead and Greenburg said to the players, "There's an evil wizard at the bottom of that maze over there. If he isn't stopped, he'll cause all sorts of trouble in town. Why don't you rustle up a posse, and go kick his ass," after which point they patted players on their collective bottom and sent them on their way. From here on in, we were on our own, and would have to figure out just about everything for ourselves. Our imaginations helped to temper the experience while playing. We didn't worry about narrative cues to tell us what to do, or add context to the game. We created our own context as we went.
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Space

+ - Amazing New Pictures of Spacecraft Above Mars

Submitted by
sighted
sighted writes "The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, en route to a distant encounter with a comet, buzzed by Barsoom yesterday and took some striking and unusual pictures, including one that shows its own solar panel with Mars in the background. As it passed by the planet, Rosetta briefly took back up to six the number of active robotic missions exploring Mars, four in space and two on the ground."

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