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Comment: Re:The effect of Paying for PSN? (Score 2, Funny) 212

by godfra (#31022210) Attached to: Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network
So you would literary throw your PS3 out the window

Verily, this Playstation has become a financial burden of prodigious proportions, therefore I promulgate now, that I shall have no more to do with it, and plan to dispense with the economically burdensome device forthwith!

With that being said, I bid you good day Sir!
First Person Shooters (Games)

New Left 4 Dead DLC Coming Next Month 55

Posted by Soulskill
from the mo-zombies-mo-problems dept.
Valve said yesterday that they're working on a new campaign for Left 4 Dead, and they plan to release it in September. It's called Crash Course, and while it will be free for owners of the PC version, Xbox 360 users will need to purchase it. The new campaign "bridges the gap between the end of the 'No Mercy' campaign and the beginning of 'Death Toll' in the original game, expanding the game universe with new locations, new dialogue from the original cast, and an explosive finale." Crash Course isn't as long as the other campaigns, a deliberate decision by Valve to enable players to finish a Versus-mode game in about 30 minutes. A preview of the new content on Destructoid notes, "Since we've got a shorter campaign, much more has been packed into a smaller space. Lucky players who know where to look can upgrade to second-tier weaponry almost straight away. However, they'll have their work cut out for them, because there's a chance to get swamped by the horde right from the very beginning."
Games

Left 4 Dead SDK Beta Released 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the building-for-braaaains dept.
Valve has released a beta version of their authoring tools for Left 4 Dead. The tools will allow you to "create your own campaign maps, character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music and load them into the game." The kit includes a level editor and command-line compiling utilities, as well as example maps, props, infected, and explosives. It also brings plugins for a 3D modeling program called SketchUp. Valve has updated their development wiki to go along with the release.

Comment: No surprises there (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by godfra (#27434313) Attached to: Pro Video Game Leagues — Another Economic Casualty
The problem with competitive gaming is that it's more exciting to play the game than it is to watch someone else, even if they are way better than you.

The way to keep people interested is to involve them. Simply presenting video gaming in the same manner as a football match isn't really enough.
Space

+ - Observed the largest exploding star yet seen->

Submitted by goran72
goran72 (1450693) writes "Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science and San Diego State University have observed the largest exploding star yet seen, which is the size of 50 suns. Until now, none of the supernovae stars that scientists had managed to measure had exceeded a mass of 20 suns. http://www.phenomenica.com/2009/03/largest-exploding-star.html"
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Music

+ - ISPs May Cut Internet Access for File Sharers->

Submitted by Logical Zebra
Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "Several countries around the globe already have a "three strikes and you're out" policy concerning illegal file sharing--if you're caught three times, you get your Internet connection revoked. Now, the USA might be next.

"In this country, you don't punish people with just allegations ... in Russia, it happens differently," says Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C., non-profit group specializing in digital rights.
"It gives the RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America] way too much power, but it's going to take acquiescence from the ISPs [to happen]," Sohn says. "I think it's unfair and un-American in many different ways. No copyright holder should have that much power based on an allegation."
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In New York State, the RIAA and ISPs last summer began working with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who's acting as a broker between the two sides, on what's being characterized as another "graduated response" program.
Details are hard to come by, and the ISPs aren't talking, but the ultimate punishment for repeat infringers who ignore warnings might be termination of Internet access. Internet speed could be slowed for those who ignore warnings but haven't quite reached termination level.

The last thing we need is to give the RIAA even more power."
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Biotech

+ - Taking CO2 and turning it into fuel

Submitted by
interested pyro
interested pyro writes "

Powered by sunlight, titanium oxide nanotubes can turn carbon dioxide into methane. The nanotubes could dramatically reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and reduce our need for fossil fuels

Today when we burn coal, we produce a lot of CO2 as a waste product.

"Instead we can collect the waste out of the smoke stack, put it though a converter, and presto, use sunlight to change [CO2] back into fuel."

"
Security

+ - Facebook attacks gov't web-monitoring plans->

Submitted by Jack Spine
Jack Spine (666) writes "Facebook has said that UK government plans to monitor communications traffic data on social networking sites are excessive, potentially bad for business, and technologically impractical. Facebook was responding to security minister Vernon Coaker's revelation last week that the government is considering monitoring instant messaging and other communications on sites including Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo, as part of supposed anti-terrorist measures."
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Security

+ - Sales of Fake Antivirus--Scareware Up 225% in 2008

Submitted by nandemoari
nandemoari (1318651) writes "A recent report by the BBC News claims that makers of rogue anti-virus software are making as much as $10,800 a day from selling their dubious fake security software to unknowing computer users. A March 2009 Anti-Phishing Working Group report found 9,287 bogus anti-malware programs in circulation in December 2008 — a rise of 225% since January 2008. Chief Technology Officer Yuval Ben-Itzhak of Finjan, a computer security firm believes the reason scareware sellers are making so much money is because of new search engine optimization techniques. According to Mr. Ben-Itzhak, pushing scareware typically involves one group of high-tech criminals that hacks web pages and injects them with popular search terms and another group of high-tech criminals that sells the fake security software. Some of the hacked pages use popular keywords such as "Obama" while others use terms that are associated with recent events attempting to make the pages appear higher up in search engine page results."

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