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Submission + - Big Finish Games Bringing Back Full-Motion Video Adventure Games (

Mr. Jaggers writes: "Widely remembered as the pioneers in Full-Motion Video adventure gaming, the creators of the beloved Tex Murphy futuristic neo-noir series of adventure games has successfully funded their latest installment, code named Project Fedora, via crowd-funding. The team conducted a successful AMA last week and will feature much of the original cast of characters (including game designer Chris Jones, as Tex himself), and, if his interest can be peaked, the voice talents of James Earl Jones, among others. It ought to be a real treat for fans of gritty hard-boiled detective stories who like their sci-fi dark and dystopian, to see an FMV game done right, by one of the only developers to have pulled it off well. Pre-orders are being taken here and here."

Submission + - WikiLeaks Founder's Unauthorized Autobiography (

macwhizkid writes: After signing a major book deal for his autobiography, Julian Assange backed out (allegedly worrying about self-incrimination) but failed to return his £500,000 advance payment. The publisher is understandably unhappy with this outcome, and intends to publish the "world's first unauthorized autobiography" from an early draft Assange submitted. The book will be in stores tomorrow, but I'm still hoping it'll be published early on WikiLeaks...

Submission + - Mobile Data in Canada for a US Citizen?

macwhizkid writes: I'm traveling to Canada for a week in July with youth group, and need a way to post blog updates on the trip and send back photos. I'll be staying on an island accessible only by boat, so a hard-wired connection is out of the question. I have a Verizon voice + data plan, and I've heard all the horror stories of multi-thousand dollar international data roaming charges. What I'd like to do is get 1-2 GB of data (5 GB would be great) to use on a Canadian provider's network for a reasonable fee (say, less than $100 total) as a wireless hotspot set-up. I have both a CDMA iPhone and a GSM iPad, so I really just need a micro-SIM or a way to register the IMIE. It appears that both Rogers and Bell offer "pay as you go" data plans (Rogers has a particularly attractive iPad option), but there are conflicting reports as to whether a US credit card can be used to buy service. I can't believe I'm the first US citizen to want mobile data in Canada. So, has anyone done this successfully? Is there another option I'm not considering?

Submission + - A Second Disease Vanquished By Mankind (

macwhizkid writes: Throughout recorded history, mankind has only completely eradicated two diseases. The first was smallpox in 1979. Thirty years later, we have the second, rinderpest ("cattle plague"), officially declared gone by the UN as of last Thursday. While the rinderpest virus cannot infect humans, it nonetheless caused widespread famine in Africa when herds of cattle were wiped out, and even altered the course of history when the famine "eased the way for the Italian conquest, much as smallpox devastated the Inca and Aztec empires as Spanish armies advanced and the tribes of our East Coast as English colonists settled in."

Submission + - Drunken Employee Shoots Server (

Target Practice writes: A drunken mortgage worker at RANLife Home Loans decided for unknown reasons to take out the company's $100,000 server with a .45-caliber automatic, blaming the damage on an imagined assailant who: mugged him, assaulted him with his own weapon, drugged him, and then broke into his office to shoot said server. According to acquaintances, he had threatened earlier that day to shoot the server and then himself.

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