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Valve Announces Dota 2 128

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-improved-ways-for-people-to-call-you-terrible dept.
RulerOf writes "Just over a year after hiring IceFrog, the lead developer of the wildly popular DotA Allstars mod for Warcraft III, and the speculation surrounding Valve's recent trademark filing for the 'DotA' name, Valve has officially announced Dota 2. Gameplay of Dota 2 is being ported 'exactly' from the current DotA Allstars and includes every hero, but vast improvements are being made to the game including VoIP, a coaching system, in-game rewards, and AI that takes over for disconnected players. Lastly, it all runs on top of the Source engine. (GameInformer's website appears to be struggling right now though, as they had an exclusive on this story.)"
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AMD Offers Women Geek Dating Advice 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the power-of-love dept.
Blacklaw writes "It appears AMD has decided to branch out from integrated circuits and enter the romance market with a handy guide for girls to land themselves a geeky guy. From the article: 'In a blog post written by Leslie Sobon, the company's vice president of marketing, Sobon describes her life in the largely male-dominated world of technology as being "mostly surrounded by guys all day," but says: "I can tell you that — in general — technical guys are pretty cool," and offers advice on how girls can land a geek guy. Although clearly meant in a lighthearted way, Sobon's missive serves to patronize both her company's customers — who, we learn, are socially inept and bad dressers — and women, who apparently can't understand technology and need to find a nice man who can "fix the TV, your PC, and the sprinkler system" along with other magical item s far too complex for the poor female brain to comprehend.'"
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Terry Pratchett's Self-Made Meteorite Sword 188

Posted by samzenpus
from the x4-crit-modifier dept.
jamie writes "Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status... the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fueled with damp sheep manure."
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The Parking Meter Turns 75 Today 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the thanks-a@#hole dept.
nj_peeps writes "75 years ago Carl Magee filed a patent application for what would become one of the most hated inventions in history: the parking meter. From the article: 'Magee's brainwave was to install a device that had a coin acceptor and a dial to engage a timing mechanism. A visible pointer and flag indicated the expiration of the paid period, meaning you either had to move, put in more money, or face the wrath of the local constabulary. The design continued largely unchanged for more than 40 years.'"

Comment: Re:Oh the fun of diving on garbage. (Score 2, Interesting) 169

by xlation (#28094433) Attached to: USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg To Be Sunk For a Reef

Do you really want a bunch of inexperienced divers with no bouyancy control
slamming into natural reefs & kicking up silt?

Aside from being something different to see, wrecks make good training sites for all
sorts of skills.

As an added bonus they have a commercial/tourist value that helps
make providing and improving marine habitat more affordable.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1) 120

by xlation (#27878077) Attached to: Bloggers Impacting the World of Litigation

The ethics rules/courts tend to weigh heavily on the side of protecting the "client"

It's probably not reasonable, in most cases, to expect a forum
poster is your attorney, but there is no reason why you can't
create an attorney-client relationship on an online forum.

If someone makes a claim, the "reasonableness" test is a point that will end up in litigation. By clearly stating that you are not their lawyer, you are hoping to make it so unlikely the plaintiff will will, they won't bother to file in the first place. (Or, if they do, you can easily get the claim dismissed.)

Your example is an obvious extreme, no one has any reason to
assume you are a lawyer and the "advice" is very general. That does not mean you can't craft a post that would truly be problematic.

Oh yea... IAAL BNYL

The Courts

+ - Student on Myspace Jailed with $1 Million bail

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "Slashdot previously covered the story of Allen Lee, the student jailed for writing a violent essay.
In similar events, A University of Southern Mississippi student remains jailed on a one-million dollar bail since April 18th for posting threating remarks to his myspace blog and bulletins. Athorities have been very quiet, and in an update from last week claim to still be collecting evidence."
Robotics

+ - Robot to journey to the center of the earth

Submitted by
iambarry
iambarry writes "In what would be sure to lead to a global catastrophe if not for the heroic action of one special robot, scientists are planning a mission to the earth's mantle : "the hole exposes the mantle, the material that makes up Earth's interior...We do not know why that is...Because of this gap we can see directly into the Earth's mantle." A "robotic device will land on the bottom of the crater...and dig into the mantle to bring back samples.""
Editorial

+ - Buy Apple shares and get rich?

Submitted by
Jan
Jan writes "An interesting post about Apple stocks appeared today on profit42.com titled "Buy Apple shares and get rich?". With WWDC07 coming in June the Apple stocks are likely to explode, or is there something we forget. The article starts with a fact: "If you bought an Apple share at Jun 14, 2006 for the market price of only $50 because you knew that Apple was going to release some cool things on WWDC 2006 (August the seventh 2006) and you could sell it today for $86 and make 72% profit in half a year!". But is it wise to sell your shares now? And if you don't have any, do you need to buy? Let's start the discussion in the comments and keep this list of points (quoted from profit42's article) in your mind while typing:

— WWDC07 will be held from June 11-15
— On this conference Apple will most likely introduce a new Dual Quadcore Mac Pro
— and a new line of ultraportable notebooks (tablets?)
— and Leopard
— and the iPhone will start shipping

— Windows Vista is overhyped at the moment and soon everyone will realize that OSX performs better for daily computer use.
— Windows Vista is overpriced
— Zune, anyone? The new Zune has been a disaster
— Apple has the best ads ever: People go to apple.com site to see the ads in their spare time!
— Microsoft ads? Can't remember one... (well, maybe those running on a Macbook).

— The iPhone, yeah, it's cool, but does anyone want to pay $499 + a two year contract for a first gen Apple phone?
— The Dual Quad Core will be out of reach for 90% of the people on this earth.
— People that bought won' switch to OSX in the next few years and most people that didn't/won't upgrade are to scared to switch to OSX.
— Ultra Portable's? That sounds expensive and slow...."
Encryption

+ - Final AACS key found

Submitted by julie-h
julie-h (530222) writes "The PowerDVD AACS private key for playing Blu-Ray and HD-DVD's have been found. This was the last key needed. What does this mean? We don't have to sniff/snoop Volume IDs anymore. We can create a program that can decrypt (or play if you will) a disc without any need for WinDVD or PowerDVD. So no sniffing/extracting of keys anymore. And more over: it can work on all platforms... In other words: we can make our own independent, user friendly player (or decrypter)."

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