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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Second Life Seeks Sensitive Data About Residents

deviantphil writes: Linden Labs, the company that runs Second Life, is seeking to roll out a new age verification mechanism which among others things may require residents to turn over their Social Security Number, government ID, or other sensitive personally identifying data in order to access content which is "explicitly sexual or excessively violent in nature". This would be equivalent to requiring a person to give out their Social Security Number before purchasing a game rated "M".

Submission + - Nanotech tablecloth that charges your laptop

moscowde writes: Research scientists at the University of Tokyo have come up with a unique sheet-like material that can transmit electrical energy over a large area to nearby devices without the need for direct contact, so it can be made into a tablecloth or wallpaper and your appliance can be anywhere on a surface to get charged. The system uses organic molecules as transistors, microelectromechanical switches, and miniature copper coils to transmit energy using electromagnetic induction. thout-wires

Submission + - Top 15 most controversial Microsoft quotes ever

coondoggie writes: "In the pantheon of controversial Microsoft comments CEO Steve Ballmer's quote this week about the Apple iPod: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item," ranks right up there. But Between Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates that comment would be hard pressed to crack the Top 15 all-time most controversial or even colorful things the two of them have uttered in the past oh, 20 years or so. Who could forget: 1. Ballmer lambasting technology stock valuations, including those of his own company: "There is such an overvaluation of technology stocks that it is absurd. I would include our stock in that category. It is bad for the long-term worth of the economy." 2. Ballmer on those pesky iPods and Google. "My children — in many dimensions they're as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I've got my kids brainwashed: You don't use Google, and you don't use an iPod." 3. More on Google of course, by Ballmer: "Google's not a real company. It's a house of cards. " 6"
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Submission + - Video Chat for 2007, The Online World Is Changing!

An anonymous reader writes: At first they thought the challenge was building the live adult webcam business, they are finding out keeping it open with models online is even harder!" Live adult video chat has changed dramatically since its infusion in the early 1990's and it's much harder to stay open for the new adult webcam business owner. Could it be saturation of the adult market? Possibly, but like all online business striving to make a dollar, change is inevitable. The live adult webcam market has skyrocketed with new websites popping up online it seems daily and most seeming to have little or no models online, then becoming a "This page cannot be found" within months of that "Grand Opening", The ever growing problems of keeping models online and the traffic flowing constantly is getting harder and harder for the Individual site owner trying to make a go at it with his new found adult video chat business. The idea of trying to keep constant content (models) online 24/7 when starting a new webcam venture is close to impossible, that's why a network is a far better start, says CEO Jeffrey Miller of OdysseyCam. Networks are the way of the future for new startup webcam businesses, sharing models throughout the network websites assures constant content online 24/7, giving a greater exposure for growth at a faster pace. Once you have outgrown a network moving completely on your own is much easier than starting from ground zero, a network solves the problems of over saturation of new webcam sites and less out of pocket expenses trying to keep models online while you build your Adult Cam business. OdysseyCam

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Helmet mind-probe madness at DARPA

Those wacky boffins at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have outdone themselves. The US military researchers are engaged in an effort to produce "soldier portable" digital imaging systems which can pick out "vehicle and dismount" threats 1-10 km away over a 120-degree or greater field of view, by scanning the user's brain.

Every cloud has a silver lining; you should have sold it, and bought titanium.