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PC Games (Games)

Does Professional Gaming Have a Future? 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the fatal-one-thank-you dept.
mr_sifter writes "Three years ago, celebrity gamers such as Fatal1ty were bagging millions in prizes, and TV channels were queuing up to broadcast games on TV. Professional gaming looked set for the big time. It never happened, and in the current economic crisis, sponsors and media organizations are cutting costs, resulting in the closure of many pro gaming competitions (as we recently discussed) and a down-scaling in prize money. This feature looks at whether pro gaming can bounce back, and whether it will always be a PC sport, or if pro gaming on consoles is the future."
The Courts

+ - Dell Punishes Workers By Closing Call Center

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After employees at Dell's Roseburg, Oregon call center filed a lawsuit about violations of state and federal labor law Dell responds by closing the call center and stating "the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February". This act in itself seems to be another violation of labor law due the closure being a retaliatory act."
Biotech

+ - Promissing cancer cure at University of Alberta

Submitted by
dsieme01
dsieme01 writes "Human trials will start in the near future is the goal. It's exciting to see research that should provide for a low cost, simple method. Unfortunately big drug companies appear not to be interested.

Quoting from http://www.depmed.ualberta.ca/dca/

DCA is an odourless, colourless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer.

Dr. Evangelos Michelakis, a professor at the U of A Department of Medicine, has shown that dichloroacetate (DCA) causes regression in several cancers, including lung, breast, and brain tumors.

Michelakis and his colleagues, including post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sebastian Bonnet, have published the results of their research in the journal Cancer Cell.

Scientists and doctors have used DCA for decades to treat children with inborn errors of metabolism due to mitochondrial diseases. Mitochondria, the energy producing units in cells, have been connected with cancer since the 1930s, when researchers first noticed that these organelles dysfunction when cancer is present.

Until recently, researchers believed that cancer-affected mitochondria are permanently damaged and that this damage is the result, not the cause, of the cancer. But Michelakis, a cardiologist, questioned this belief and began testing DCA, which activates a critical mitochondrial enzyme, as a way to "revive" cancer-affected mitochondria.

The results astounded him.

Michelakis and his colleagues found that DCA normalized the mitochondrial function in many cancers, showing that their function was actively suppressed by the cancer but was not permanently damaged by it.

More importantly, they found that the normalization of mitochondrial function resulted in a significant decrease in tumor growth both in test tubes and in animal models. Also, they noted that DCA, unlike most currently used chemotherapies, did not have any effects on normal, non-cancerous tissues.

"I think DCA can be selective for cancer because it attacks a fundamental process in cancer development that is unique to cancer cells," Michelakis said. "One of the really exciting things about this compound is that it might be able to treat many different forms of cancer".

Another encouraging thing about DCA is that, being so small, it is easily absorbed in the body, and, after oral intake, it can reach areas in the body that other drugs cannot, making it possible to treat brain cancers, for example.

Also, because DCA has been used in both healthy people and sick patients with mitochondrial diseases, researchers already know that it is a relatively non-toxic molecule that can be immediately tested patients with cancer."
Media

+ - Big Media Ignores JFK Assassination Update

Submitted by
SSDNINJA
SSDNINJA writes "http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2007/03050 7jfkconspirator.htm E. Howard Hunt of the CIA's deathbed confession of being related to the JFK assassination has been released by his son recently. Hunt was involved in both the Watergate scandal and also with the admitted JFK plot. An audio file attached mentions how Digg buried the article when it was pushed to the front page, sounding all too familiar to some unnamed HDDVD stories earlier this week. Big media has chosen to almost totally ignore this story, choosing instead the usual mess of celebrity wash."
Windows

+ - Rolling up 2000 and XP

Submitted by hellsDisciple
hellsDisciple (889830) writes "Microsoft will soon being tolling the funeral bells of XP, like they are with 2000. With no desire to downgrade to Windows Vista, I was wondering what setups have other slashdotters used to slipstream the needed updates and remove the Windows Update cruft from the OS? Having primarily switched to Linux and OS X, it's occasionally handy to install a fully updated and patched Windows unattended on my testbed machine for some old software I use."

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