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Five Days Locked in a Room With GTA IV 220

bippy writes "Five days, one game. The Rocky Mountain News has a write up of five days spent playing Grand Theft Auto IV recently in a San Francisco hotel. It ends: 'In Grand Theft Auto IV the story isn't just an amalgam of cut scenes and cleverly written dialogue, it's the experiences I create, too. It's now, watching Niko stand, his shoulders slumped, that the depth of this game finally hits me. Niko's journey, the one crafted by Rockstar, may have ended, but Niko's adventures in the story I am creating have just begun.'" The most anticipated game in a while, to be sure. I'm certainly looking forward to busting some heads and jumping ramps.
The Internet

Submission + - Can anybody recommend an SEO for my company?

unintelligence writes: I have been trying to find a decent Search Engine Optimization service for awhile now. All of the SEO company representatives that I have called regarding their services have been vague, wishy-washy, and unhelpful. I'm wondering if any of slashdot's readers can recommend SEO's that they have used before or that they are familiar with. Additionally, it would be nice to know who to stay away from. Thanks!

Submission + - "Vista" name patented by a french TV produ (

Anonymous Coward writes: "As desribed by this article (in french, sorry...), the name "Vista" was chosen and trademarked in 2003 by a french TV producer, Philippe Gildas, for most media (including he web). Apparently, he is trying to put up some TV program for elders.

Microsoft was contacted multiple times about the name conflict, but declined to comment.

Will the Redmond software company offer a Novell-like "patent-protection" to the french producer, enabling him to use Linux on his VHS recorder? Will P. Gildas surrender to heavy monetary bombing? Will future U.S.A. president McCain (and his Ballmer sidekick) discover WMD hidden in Gildas' office, next to his written admission of ties with french-fries eating terrorists?"

User Journal

Journal SPAM: The Benefits of Advertising with Adsense

Adsense is a great marketing method that can be quite effective for your business. It involves advertisements for your business being posted on the websites of others. In a world where millions access the internet every day, this type of marketing is very effective.

Submission + - Microsoft strikes deal with Xandros (

Darkaxe writes: Microsoft strikes deal with Linux software distributor Xandros FTA: SEATTLE — Microsoft said Monday it will share technology with Linux distributor Xandros Inc., the latest in a string of deals meant to help the patent-protected Windows operating system work more smoothly with open-source programs. Under the terms of the agreement, New York-based Xandros, which makes and distributes open-source desktop and server software, will license server code from Microsoft and develop software tools that work with Microsoft's systems.
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Submission + - IIT Kanpur acquired by Burger Giant (

An anonymous reader writes: IIT Kanpur's website has been hacked or acquired by McDonalds. Apparently, the IIT's mission is now to impart training to students to make them competent, motivated Burger McCooks.

Submission + - Anti-DRM Activists Take on the BBC (

An anonymous reader writes: Activists from Binary Freedom Boston have launched a campaign calling on the BBC to release their content online without DRM or proprietary formats. You might remember the BBC asking us about this earlier and even though the public chose not to use DRM by a landslide, they still decided to use it. EMI and Amazon have already ditched DRM. How long before the BBC does?
United States

Submission + - 3 Game Sales and You've Got 25 to Life (

An anonymous reader writes: It sounds like New York's legislature hasn't really thought through some of their proposed new video game regulations. Under one such bill, selling a game could get you 25 to Life (as in a prison sentence, not the game by the same title...although both are equally bad) because of New York's 3 Strikes law. Check out the analysis here.

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