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Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the losing-then-finding-your-head dept.
JThaddeus writes "The Associated Press reports that 'After nine months of tests, researchers in France have identified the head of France's King Henry IV.' Henry was assassinated in 1610, and his head has been missing. His body was dug up and decapitated during the French Revolution. Researchers found features similar to those in royal portraits, and radiocarbon dating confirms that the head dates to the 17th Century. Interestingly, 'Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.' The results have been published an online medical journal."

Comment: He has no impact (Score 1) 245

by neiltrodden (#33796310) Attached to: One Man's Fight Against Forum Spam
My forum software gets spammed. My solution is to ask real users to email me to activate the account. I get 200 sign-ups a day and all are spammers so i just filter them from my inbox. What does this guy do? Sends me an email warning that the account is spam bringing his unsolicited spam message into my inbox. I think I've had about 5 messages from him and probably have had about 30,000 spam sign-ups.

Halo Reach Leaked To Filesharing Sites 160

Posted by Soulskill
from the somebody's-getting-sued dept.
Stoobalou writes "What appears to be the full version of Bungie's Halo Reach game has turned up on a number of file sharing sites. The hotly-anticipated multi-player shooter had been hosted on a private area of the Microsoft Live site in order for journalists to preview the release, but Microsoft has admitted that a security breach has meant that pirates have been able to bypass personal download codes given to writers. Disk images of the game are now appearing on a number of public torrent and P2P sites as well as on popular NZB aggregators and Usenet binaries newsgroups." The game isn't due to be released until September 14th. Microsoft is said to be "aggressively pursuing" whoever grabbed the files without their permission.

Comment: No-one ever calls in sick to their holidays (Score 1) 663

by neiltrodden (#33258488) Attached to: 'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools
It's no surprise that kids might feel or make more of symptoms when there is the possibility they could get out of doing something they'd rather not do. What I am surprised about is that people have noticed they are ill in school but not at home. There's about 8 wifi networks around my home, there's only *one* at work. The wifi is not the common denominator here.
Classic Games (Games)

Fan-Developed Ultima VI Remake Released 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the serious-dedication dept.
An anonymous reader writes "20 years after the original game launched, a fan-developed Ultima 6 remake has finally been released! The Ultima 6 Project was formed in 2001 by Sliding Dragon to develop a remake of Origin's Ultima VI: The False Prophet with newer graphics and a more immersive engine. Soon assembled under the banner Archon, the team members, who hail from all over the globe, have set about recreating the world of Britannia, adding an enhanced storyline to bolster intraseries continuity and building on the Ultima legacy in a way that will please fans new and old."

Anonymous Network I2P 0.7.2 Released 231

Posted by timothy
from the layers-and-layers dept.
Mathiasdm writes "The Invisible Internet Project, also known as I2P, has seen its 0.7.2 release (download). I2P uses multiple encryption layers, and routing through several other computers to hide both sender and receiver of messages. On top of the network, regular services such as mail, browsing, file sharing and chatting are supported. This release (and all of the releases since 0.7) is at the start of a new development period, in which the I2P developers wish to spread the word about the secure network. This new release includes performance improvements, a first edition of an experimental new desktop interface and security improvements (by limiting the number of tunnels a single peer can participate in)."

Comment: It isn't just 'links' though is it? (Score 1) 1870

by neiltrodden (#27609543) Attached to: Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

It's an actual file that facilitates you connecting to their *own* tracker. And without that tracker you wouldn't be able to download the file via bittorrent.

They aren't just telling people about files that are available, they are colluding in the distribution of them. They are naively pretending they are ignorant of the types of files they are facilitating the downloading of yet a simple search of they own site tells you *exactly* what files are being shared. How are they supposed to know what "Wolverine-Workprint.avi" is, they only have the name.... well when thousands of people download a torrent for it under your movies category, I'd say it was clear what it was.

Comment: You don't *have* to use it. (Score 1) 171

by neiltrodden (#27461747) Attached to: Chrome EULA Reserves the Right To Filter Your Web
"Does this mean that Google reserves the right to filter my web browsing experience in Chrome (without my consent to boot)?"

No, they'll only do it with your consent. The 'consent' being given when you agree to the EULA upon installing the binary build they give you. Of course, you can just disagree and not accept it.

Comment: Re:Interesting/Disappointing (Score 1) 120

by neiltrodden (#27238791) Attached to: The Realities of Selling Independently Developed PC Games

Some indie developers aren't fussed but others seem to believe they have a god given right for their product to be immune from piracy

Well they aren't ever going to be immune from it, but they certainly don't deserve to be pirated which you allude to with your comments on the price and the quality.

If it's good enough to seek out a pirate copy, then it's good enough to buy. $28 is NOT a lot to pay for something, I doubt anyone is out there aspiring to be able to one day afford $28 apart from people who think they have a sense of entitlement to own everything they want, despite not owning the conviction to go out spend honest money on it.

He deserves poor sales if he has wrongly priced the product but that price is not making pirates out of otherwise decent people who *really want* to pay/play.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS