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+ - Conversation with John Hennessy & David Patter

ChelleChelle writes: "The names Hennessy and Patterson are probably familiar to everyone — we all had to read their seminal textbook Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach at some point or another. In this interview, the Berkeley-Stanford duo discusses current innovations and future challenges in the realm of computer architecture. Definitely an interesting, but entertaining read!"
Classic Games (Games)

+ - The 50 Greates Female Video Game Characters

R22W13 writes: "TwitchGuru looks back through the history of video and PC games to find the heroines, femmes fatales and damsels in distress that have captured the hearts of gamers. From Zelda and Princess Peach to Alyx Vance and Lara Croft, here's a list of the 50 greatest female video game characters of all time."

+ - Is the exinction crisis real? Debate rages

rhettb writes: Two respected scientists say the extinction crisis is overblown in a paper published in Biotopica, launching a heated debate in conservation science circles. Their "rosy outlook" shows species extinction reaching 16-35% in tropical Africa and 21-24% in Indo-Malaya by 2030. Critics say their findings may "encourage complacency in the face of adversity" and undermine conservation efforts. The debate is largely based around computer models forecasting future forest cover.

Microsoft Testing "Pay-As-You-Go" Software 202 202

seriouslywtf writes "Microsoft has quietly rolled out a pay-as-you-go software system in a few countries (South Africa, Mexico, and Romania) to test out how the public reacts to software rentals. Part of the current service includes a ~$15 fee per month to use Office 2003. If the service goes over well, Microsoft is considering extending the program to include other software or other countries. From the article: 'Are we moving towards a rental model for software? Despite the success of programs like Software Assurance, and the FlexGo program, it doesn't seem as if the traditional model of software sales is ever going to go away. Consumers still like the option of buying complete software packages. However, for places where the price of software keeps obtaining legitimate versions out of most people's reach, a rental program may be a useful alternative.'"

+ - eBay hacker keeps busting through site's back door

pacopico writes: A hacker specializing in eBay cracks has once again managed to masquerade as a company official on the site's message boards, according to this story on The Register. A company spokesman denies that "Vladuz's" repeated assaults on eBay point to a larger problem with the site's security. Of course, eBay two days ago claimed to have found a way to block Vladuz altogether, only to see him pop up again. Is eBay Vladuz the online version of the Exxon Valdez?

+ - Superbots Cooperate for Many Feats

anthemaniac writes: Wei-Min Shen at USC has taken a Lego approach to robots and tossed in some intelligence to create "superbots." While each autonomous module is no more talented than a Roomba or even the iDog, one piece can find another and self-assemble. Combined, they can form a wheel, climb a rope, or walk like a human. The videos show various combinations and feats.
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Blizzard Sues Bot Creator; Seeks Customer Info

An anonymous reader writes: After filing a prayer for relief to continue the selling of his WoWGlider, an automation bot for Blizzard's fanatical World of Warcraft, Michael Donnelly has again found himself in some deep water: Blizzard has retorted demanding WoWGlider be shut down, his URL, and financial compensation, but more interestingly they want all of WoWGlider's sales records. Presumably, Blizzard will cross-reference this with their current user database and ban anyone who bought the program. Furthermore, Blizzard claims that WoWGlider violates copyrights by accessing the game client's RAM space, a process which is also done by every anti-virus program. So why is there no Blizzard vs. Symantec?

+ - The 8 challenges of virtualizing your data center

coondoggie writes: "The benefit of virtualizing x86 servers is clear: break the link between software and hardware and create the foundation for a more dynamic, flexible and efficient data center. But the road to a virtual data center isn't without its twists and turns. The move to a virtual environment must be done carefully and with an understanding of how the new infrastructure will change IT planning and management. What follows is a list of eight virtualization "gotchas" — hurdles that users may face as they deploy virtual environments — that we've compiled through discussions with IT professionals, analysts and vendors. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022307-virtu alization-data-center.html"

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