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Classic Games (Games)

Soviet Video Games from the 70s 66

Posted by Zonk
from the really-really-old-skool dept.
vigmeister writes "A group of Russian kids have uncovered and rebuilt some arcade games from the Soviet era. These games apparently offered free play when someone played well, but no list of hi-scores. Roughly 32 of them have been found and although they are based on other arcade games, I hope these games were unique enough to offer playability for the present day arcade game lovers. 'Based largely (and crudely) on early Japanese designs, the games were distributed -- in the words of one military manual -- for the purposes of "entertainment and active leisure, as well as the development of visual-estimation abilities." Production of the games ceased with the collapse of communism, and as Nintendo consoles and PCs flooded the former Soviet states, the old arcade games were either destroyed or disappeared into warehouses and basements. It was mostly out of nostalgia that four friends at Moscow State Technical University began scouring the country to rescue these old games. '"
Announcements

+ - US Government Storming freedom fighter's House

Submitted by savage1r
savage1r (666) writes "Everyone wake up! This is the biggest story not being covered by ANY mainstream media! New Hamshire couple Ed and Elane Brown are under siege by the US government. They fought against the tax laws and were sentanced to a rediculous amount of prison time. They refused to obey the order and have been holding out in their house since their sentencing. The Government forces are surrounding their house NOW this is their website: http://questforfairtrialinconcordnh.blogspot.com/ Everyone should know about this because these are the people on the front lines!"
Announcements

+ - Virtually Canadian 11th Year Anniversary

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Frances MacDonald
Frances MacDonald writes "Press Release Source: Virtually Canadian". Virtually Canadian celebrates its 11th year anniversary on June 7th and gets involved in a new project in Kenya. June 7th, 2007 9:30am PST Virtually Canadian, a Vancouver website optimization firm is celebrating with success its 11th year anniversary on June 7th along with a new website project for a charity village in Kenya. (VANCOUVER, BC.)Virtually Canadian is one of North America's leading search engine optimization firms. Today, the company announced its 11th year anniversary along with a new charity project that it will be sponsoring this year. Eric Ayache, president of Virtually Canadian shared his feelings about this memorable day, "As President and Founder of Virtually Canadian Inc. I feel immense pride in achieving 11 years of service to our clients, helping them achieve online success and making small companies compete effectively with major corporations. In the past 11 years we have helped community organizations and disadvantaged children by helping raise money through online charities. We look forward to growing more with the community of Vancouver." Eric Ayache, president Virtually Canadian Inc. Other long time clients expressed their feelings as well in regards to this important date: "Virtually Canadian has been a great asset to our corporation in insuring our multiple websites are ranking at the highest possible positions on the internet. Though they have only been in business for a short 11 years, I crossed the border to search them out and I have recommended them to multiple contacts throughout the states and will continue to do so." Earl Adams Director of Sales and Marketing, Ramada Lake Shore. Virtually Canadian first came on to the scene in 1996 when Eric decided search engine optimization was the type of business he wanted to pursue and be successful at. Eric Ayache's main purposes since then have been to help businesses of all sizes become successful on the Internet and help the community in need. Eric's professionalism, know-how and will turned the small business into a successful web marketing company with about ten employees and a turnover of $380,000 in 2005. For 2007, the company expects a turnover of $500.000 and to expand into new projects in the hotel reservation business. Through out these 11 years, Eric Ayache has actively participated in different projects with major charities and non- profit organizations. This 11th year anniversary will start with a new charity project in Kenya in which Virtually Canadian will build and promote a website for the Nyarut village. Project Founder and Coordinator, Leslee Greenaway expressed her gratefulness and excitement in regards to this project. "Because of the extraordinary kindness and generosity of Eric Ayache, President of Virtually Canadian, a small village on the shores of Lake Victoria, in western Kenya, will have a window magically opened, to the rest of the World. Nyarut Village, which has been decimated by HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, will be able to receive support and encouragement from members of the Global Village. The resilient spirit of this amazing village, and the Nyarut Community Development Plan, will be revealed in a new website which Eric has donated to the Village. We sincerely thank Eric and Virtually Canadian for being a part of this wonderful adventure". Lesslee Graneway, Nyarut Project coordinator. For more information contact Frances MacDonald at 604-630-0767 ext 109 or toll free 1866-588-8282. frances@virtuallycanadian.ca. www.virtuallycanadian.ca"
Power

+ - WiTricity - Non-Radiative Wireless Power

Submitted by peacephila
peacephila (984971) writes "The MIT team was able to wirelessly transfer power to a 60W light bulb from 7 feet away with 40% efficiency. The research team's newly proposed method, which they refer to as "WiTricity", is based on a near-field magnetic resonance principle and is different from the commonly known electromagnetic induction. 13" sized coils are capable to sufficiently power a laptop nearly omnidirectionally and efficiently, irrespective of the geometry of the surrounding space. http://www.justchromatography.com/general/witricit y"
Biotech

+ - Serious diseases genes revealed

Submitted by
gollum123
gollum123 writes "A major advance in understanding the genetics behind several of the world's most common diseases has been reported ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6724369.stm ). The landmark Wellcome Trust study analysed DNA from the blood of 17,000 people to find genetic differences. They found new genetic variants for depression, Crohn's disease, coronary heart disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 and 2 diabetes. The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC) involved 50 leading research groups analysing the DNA from 2,000 patients for each of the seven conditions and 3,000 healthy volunteers. One of the most exciting finds was a previously unknown gene common to type 1 diabetes and Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disorder, suggesting that they share similar biological pathways. There is also disease by disease data at the BBC ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6727043.stm )."
The Internet

+ - Why is Texas offline?

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An anonymous reader writes "I haven't been able to get any solid details on this, but according to an AT&T rep I spoke to Tuesday, their MPLS network in Texas had gone down that day for several hours. You read that right. Apparently, any AT&T subscriber in Texas with T1 and up apparently lost connectivity for several hours. As far as I know it was unplanned and only affected AT&T networks. Now it seems to have happened again today, and again there isn't a much information, but my traces don't get as far as they did yesterday.

This represents quite a large chunk of the internet landscape. Since Slashdotters are generally pretty astute when it comes to the tubes, I thought I'd ask if anybody out there knows anything about this, or even what might have caused such a huge outage... twice?

(BTW if it hadn't been for my aircard w/ a different data provider, I couldn't even submit this right now.)"
Television

+ - 2012 Olympic Ads cause epileptic siezures

Submitted by monkeyboythom
monkeyboythom (796957) writes "The BBC reports, "The media regulator, Ofcom, has begun an investigation into claims that TV footage promoting the London 2012 Olympics has triggered epileptic seizures." In what may have been a rush to promote the Olympics, the Epilepsy Action said the potential effects should have been identified earlier. The spokesperson for the nonprofit Epilepsy Action, uhm, goes by the name, Simon Wigglesworth. No, I am not snickering."

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