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PC Games (Games)

Left 4 Dead DLC, SDK Announced 66

Today Valve announced plans for Left 4 Dead's first DLC, called The L4D Survival Pack. It will include a new game mode and two campaigns for Versus mode. The new content is coming to both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game (a PS3 port to the base game still seems unlikely). The press release goes on to say, "In addition, for PC gamers and aspiring developers, the first Left 4 Dead release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D's matchmaking system. The SDK update is also due for release this spring, and is free of charge to all owners of L4D on the PC." The Opposable Thumbs blog also reports on a way to play Left 4 Dead in 3D.

Submission + - CNet promotes major open source alternative apps (cnet.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: CNet is running a massive article promoting open source applications as alternatives to major commercial products, in an aim to educate the average Joe on the advantages of open source. While uber-l337 open source aficionados will already using many of these, it's an admirable pitch to put the word out that open source is ready for mainstream adoption.

Submission + - When quad-cores collide: AMD Phenom vs Intel C2Q (hexus.net)

Steve Kerrison writes: "It's crunch time for AMD's newest line of processors — Phenom. Today sees their launch, AMD having kept the CPUs on a tight NDA leash, until now. HEXUS.net pits the 2.3GHz quad-core Phenom 9600 against an Intel Core 2 Quad and one of its Athlon 64 predecessors, and it doesn't look good: 'AMD cannot match the clock-speed of Intel's slowest quad-core processor and, worse still, can't match Core 2 Quad's performance on a clock-for-clock basis either.'"

Submission + - Space shuttle was sabotaged!! (komotv.com) 1

Bomarc writes: " KOMO TV reports that 'CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space program worker deliberately damaged a computer that is supposed to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour in less than two weeks, an act of sabotage that was caught before the equipment was loaded onto the spaceship, NASA said Thursday.'"

Feed Science Daily: Infant Hearing Test Results May Predict Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (sciencedaily.com)

One of the greatest medical mysteries of our time has taken a leap forward in medical understanding with new research. A new study found that all babies who died of SIDS universally shared the same distinctive difference in their newborn hearing test results for the right inner ear, when compared to infants who did not have SIDS.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"