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Nintendo

+ - Shigeru Miyamoto Nominated in Time Magazine

Submitted by Splitt3r
Splitt3r (1095173) writes "Making it as one of the 200 candidates of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of the Year" is everyone's favorite Nintendo game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. Time Magazine has our little Shiggy listed as a 54 year-old, "Game Designer for Nintendo game systems" who has never graced the cover or anywhere in the Time 100 issues. His achievements, according to Time include: PRO: Most successful game designer, creator of Super Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, whose new platform, the Wii, is currently the top-selling game console. CON: His perfectionist tendencies often result in games being significantly delayed and, despite the Wii's gameplay innovation, its graphics are far behind the competition. Very detailed as you can see. Although the description isn't very long, if you check out his profile up on their site, you can vote for just how influential you think he is, and who knows, maybe with enough votes, he can be crowned Prom Queen. -kotaku http://www.kotaku.com/gaming/shigeru-miyamoto/shig eru-miyamoto-nominated-in-time-magazine-254429.php "
The Almighty Buck

+ - It's easy to cheat on an IT certification exam

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "It's easy to cheat on an IT certification test. Half of all IT certification exams are available for sale on the Internet, according to a survey by the American Association of Test Publishers. You can also offshore IT test taking to "gunmen" in China who will take the test for you. When it comes to certification, a CIO says tells Computerworld that IT vendors need "to clean up their act.""
Toys

+ - New mind-reading games

Submitted by
Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "A new biofeedback device could revolutionize the way people play video games by incorporating brain wave-reading technology, according to an an Associated Press article. The new technology is being manufactured by NeuroSky Inc., and currently comes in the form of a Star Wars game — complete with Darth Vader custume. 'Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user's forehead and reads the brain's electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the [light] saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating. The player maintains focus by channeling thoughts on any fixed mental image, or thinking specifically about keeping the light sword on. When the mind wanders, the wand goes dark.'"
The Almighty Buck

+ - Dell Looks Beyond Direct Sales Model

Submitted by
narramissic
narramissic writes ""The Direct Model has been a revolution, but is not a religion," Dell Inc. CEO Michael Dell stated in a leaked memo to staff, indicating for the first time an interest in developing an indirect channel. In the memo Dell listed several key steps the company would need to take in order to retain a dominant position in the PC market, including the need to strengthen the company's push into emerging markets. "We will continue to improve our business model, and go beyond it, to give our customers what they need," said Dell."
Operating Systems

+ - Linux vs. Windows System Calls Graphed

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cgrayson
cgrayson writes "On Richard Stiennon's blog on ZDNet, a post titled Why Windows is less secure than Linux shows an interesting graphical comparison between system calls on Linux and Windows.

In its long evolution, Windows has grown so complicated that it is harder to secure. Well these images make the point very well. Both images are a complete map of the system calls that occur when a web server serves up a single page of html with a single picture.
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Power

+ - Research: power consumption modern PC's

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janp
janp writes "The power consumption of modern PC's has skyrocketed the past few years. Hardware.Info has done some extensive research on the power usage of various configurations. It turns out the a high-end gaming rig can easily use more than 400 W, and that putting a system in stand-by isn't as saving as you might think. The article has some interesting tips to save on power costs."
Google

+ - Checkout Google Checkout Terms of Service

Submitted by
RossGoodman
RossGoodman writes "I'm slowly getting sucked into the Google machine as I use more and more of their services.
I saw a link offering Google Checkout.
For a change I decided to read the terms and conditions.
I got bored after a few minutes and started to skim through them, it got interesting after section 25:

Template document, strange language or hidden code, you tell me !

https://checkout.google.com/termsOfService?type=Bu yer#Other"
Announcements

+ - GPS Radar Detector Announced

Submitted by kn0my
kn0my (1058650) writes "About two years ago when deciding to blow way too much money on a radar detector I tried locating a GPS-based radar detector. I ended up shelling out for an Escort Passport 8500, it's held up fine and saved me a few speeding ticket in the process.

To this day I'm still filled with tons of false positives most which I have adapted to b/c my routes around the city are often repeated. So my question was why not be able to mark false positives by pressing a button, the unit tracks the coordinates and the next time knows to not alert you when you're close to those coordinates. This obviously could be expanded by changing sensitivity as you're moving faster as well (along with volume and alertness). Lastly I thought it would be even better if you could share this data with other radar detector owners by uploading the information to a portal.

Today something similar was released (minus the portal and data sharing part). I know some laws apply to some states, but most allow radar detectors.
Escort released this..
http://www.escortinc.com/9500i-inside-look.htm"
Announcements

+ - Exxon posts biggest annual profit ever

Submitted by ZonkerWilliam
ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "Doesn't this just tick you off, http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/01/news/companies/exx on/index.htm?eref=rss_topstories, Excerpt from the story; "Exxon Mobil Corp. Thursday reported the biggest annual profit on record for a U.S. corporation — earning more than $75,000 every minute of 2006 on the back of record oil prices.""
Biotech

+ - Potential Cancer Cure Lacks Funding?

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An anonymous reader writes "A cheap, existing drug that shows promise in lab tests held at the University of Alberta against cancer has not entered clinical trials due to a lack of funding. The drug, dichloroacetate, is decades old and cannot be patented, but would still require clinical tests to be approved for cancer treatment. More articles from New Scientist, Newsweek and The Toronto Star. The University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board have set up a site to handle donations towards clinical trials."

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