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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Can virtual diseases model real-life epidemics?

kevinatilusa writes: The Associated Press reports on a study published by Nina Fefferman and Eric Lofgren in the Lancet. The article suggests that the 2005 Corrupted Blood epidemic in World of Warcraft could be useful as a model of the human factors (including the aptly named "stupid factor") often missed in theoretical models of the next big outbreak. Fefferman suggests that in the future online games might be useful to "provide a population where controlled outbreak simulations may be done seamlessly within the player experience".
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - It's Official: Sun #1 In Open Source Software

farble1670 writes: "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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