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Classic Games (Games)

Sega To Bring Dreamcast Titles to PSN, Xbox Live 158

Posted by Soulskill
from the anyone-call-a-taxi dept.
Sega announced yesterday that it plans to bring back a number of popular Dreamcast games, updating them and releasing them for download on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi will come first, with further announcements expected after E3. "Both of the games will be based on the Dreamcast originals, but will be updated with high-definition graphics, surround sound, online leaderboards, and Achievement and Trophy support." Kotaku has a list of other titles they hope to see — what game(s) would you like Sega to bring back?

Network Adapter Keeps Talking While a PC Is Asleep 188

Posted by timothy
from the would-make-me-feel-better-about-keeping-a-server-on dept.
Al writes "Researchers at Microsoft and the University of California, San Diego have developed a network adapter that lets a computer enter sleep mode without disrupting the network connection. The adapter, dubbed Somniloquy (meaning to talk in one's sleep), consists of a gumstix running embedded Linux, 64MB of RAM and a 2G SD memory card, connected via USB. The adapter keeps the network connection going and the researchers have also developed a simplified IM client and bittorrent client that carry out more complicated tasks autonomously, only waking the computer if, for example, an actualy IM is received or a download is completed."

Comment: Re:I thought it said... (Score 0, Troll) 272

by castorvx (#29070983) Attached to: Genetic Mutation Enables Less Sleep

.... genetic mutation for less sheep. That could cause problems in alabama...

I misread your quote as "less sleep", not "less sheep", and decided you must have been implying that the incest in Alabama causes more of these mutations. Isn't it great that Alabama has so much to offer in this department?


+ - Printable batteries set to arrive by 2010

Submitted by FullBandwidth
FullBandwidth (1445095) writes "Paper-thin batteries that can be printed onto greeting cards or other flexible substrates have been demonstrated at Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems in Germany. The batteries have a relatively short life span, as the anode and cathode materials dissipate over time. However, they contain no hazardous materials."

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 503

by castorvx (#28692269) Attached to: Cats "Exploit" Humans By Purring
Indeed, a friend of mine who works as an EMT once mentioned that a common phenomenon EMTs encounter when discovering a human corpse that has been left alone with their pets for any sizable amount of time is that the cats will literally eat their owner's face.

Keep that in mind the next time your cat is rubbing up against you. It's just waiting. :(

Sperm Travels Faster Toward Attractive Females 347 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the like-father-like-gamete dept.
A new study has shown that even sperm can be superficial. Researchers found that males of many animal species, including humans, can adjust the speed and effectiveness of their sperm by regulating the amount of seminal fluid they produce during copulation. The determining factor on that amount of fluid seems to be whether the male finds the female attractive.

Comment: Re:NEAT (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by castorvx (#28624493) Attached to: Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content
It has also been used for various other things. My girlfriend is actually a part of that research group (EPLEX - ... It has been used for all kinds of things. Everywhere from evolving complex pictures to music generation to our future overlords: hyper evolved zombie dancers.
PC Games (Games)

+ - Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content->

Submitted by
Ken Stanley
Ken Stanley writes "Just as interest in user-generated content in video games is heating up, a team of researchers at the University of Central Florida has released an experimental multiplayer game in which content items compete with each other in an evolutionary arms race to satisfy the players. As a result, particle system-based weapons, which are the evolving class of content, continually invent their own new behaviors based on what users liked in the past. Does the resulting experience in this game, called Galactic Arms Race, suggest that evolutionary algorithms may be the key to automated content generation in future multiplayer gaming and MMOs?"
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