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PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Top 100 Mods of 2006 Voting

An anonymous reader writes: The Mod of the Year Awards began 30 days ago on the Mod DB with 4,000 eligible mods. Now, after 40,000 nominations gamers have narrowed the field to the TOP 100 mods of 2006. The TOP 100 consists of an interesting mix of incumbents and rising stars. Returning for a 4th year in a row are Natural Section, ESF and Sven Coop. While rising stars include World of Padman, Empires, Iron Grip and many more. Once again Half-Life mods stole the show, however, this year the top mods originate from over 21 games and all have a chance to be recognized as the best of the best, the Mod of the Year! Gamers are now being called to play some mods and to vote for their favorites, as the ultimate winner is decided in the next 15 days. And this winner will be joining an elite tier past winners, which includes the incredibly successful Garrys Mod, Red Orchestra and Natural Selection.
HP

HP's Windows Bundle Trouble 697

narramissic writes "A French consumer group has filed 3 lawsuits against HP, saying the company's practice of selling consumer PCs with Windows pre-installed violates a French law that 'prohibits linking the functionality of a product to another product' — not to mention that consumers wind up paying for an unwanted OS. For its part, HP contends that it is not in violation of the law because the OS is integral to the PC. 'The PC without an OS is not a product because it doesn't work,' said Alain Spitzmuller, legal affairs director for HP France. 'We believe the market is for products that work.'"
Power

Submission + - Hydrogen Storage for Green Cars

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Many people predict that one day we'll drive cars powered by hydrogen. These 'green' cars would only release water after combustion of the hydrogen, which would be good for our planet. But there is a big hurdle: we really don't know how to store safely this hydrogen. Now, researchers in the U.K. and Canada say they've discovered — almost by accident — a new material which could be used to safely store hydrogen at room temperature. This new material, a rhodium-hydrogen compound, can store and release hydrogen with a simple switch. And the researchers hope to have an hydrogen tank prototype ready within two to three years. Read more for additional references and a diagram showing the molecular structure of this new material."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft sued for adding language support

Salvance writes: "In an odd twist to the never ending stream of Microsoft lawsuits, a tribe in Chile is trying to sue Microsoft because the Redmond based company added support for the Chilean tribe's language. The Mapuche' tribe contends that Microsoft did not own the language, and did not receive permission from the 400,000 member strong tribe's leaders to release the language pack in their native tongue.

If the lawsuit is successful (which is possible given the Mapuche's strong influence in Chile), what does the future of localization and language support look like for Microsoft and other software vendors?"
Privacy

Submission + - MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations

carlmenezes writes: The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home. "Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That's a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends". Do you think they're going too far? Full story here
Space

Submission + - Carbon emissions show sharp rise

gollum123 writes: "from an article on the BBC, The rise in humanity's emissions of carbon dioxide has accelerated sharply, according to a new analysis ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6189600. stm ). The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year. It says the acceleration comes mainly from a rise in charcoal consumption and a lack of new energy efficiency gains. The finding parallels figures released earlier this month by the World Meterorological Organisation showing that the rise in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 had accelerated in the last few years. At these rates, it certainly sounds like we'll end up towards the high end of the emission scenarios considered by the IPCC, The "high end" of IPCC projections implies a rise in global temperature approaching 5.8C between 1990 and the end of this century."
Wii

Submission + - Wii sells 600,000 in 1 week! 75 percent get Zelda

Wowzer writes: "Nintendo today announced the Wii sold through more than 600,000 units in the Americas in just its first eight days of availability. That's a rate of nearly one per second continuously since the November 19 launch! From the article: "Including just first-party software and accessory sales, Wii instantly has become a $190 million business in the Americas. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a favorite of avid gamers, already has achieved sales of more than 454,000 units in the Americas." What games did you get?"
Portables

Submission + - Thousands of Gadgets Left in Taxis

An anonymous reader writes: A global survey of 2000 taxi drivers from eleven major cities around the world shows thousands of valuable mobile phones, handhelds, laptops and USB Sticks are forgotten in taxis every day. In the last six months alone, Londoners have forgotten a staggering 54,874 mobile phones, 4,718 handhelds, 3,179 laptops and 923 USB sticks at the back of licensed taxi cabs and that's just the ones that have been reported as lost!
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Army Game Proves U.S. Can't Lose

Alien54 writes: A new video game commissioned by the U.S. Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation's military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine. It's an impressive game, simulating weaponry the military is actually using or building, gamers say. But the gameplay is designed so it's hard to lose: The equipment holds up awfully well and the enemy doesn't learn from experience.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Takin' Care of Business and Working Paid Overtime

theodp writes: "About 800 CA-based Siebel employees who held the job title 'software engineer' or 'senior software engineer' stand to pocket $27,000 each from the proceeds of Siebel's $27.5 settlement of an overtime dispute. And while IBM's 32,000 techies won't make out quite as well, they'll still divvy up $65M in OT pay that IBM's shelling out to settle a federal class action suit."
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - The Great Atari Landfill: A Legend Dissected

jogden writes: Gamer website Kotaku is carrying a story about a research article that details the Atari Landfill. "Devoted researcher, Digital Madman, has created a whole website on the study of this phenomenon and tackles his subject with a fervor that would make Agents Mulder & Scully jealous. Through interviews and meticulous research he has set out to prove that the legendary pile of plastic actually exists and reveals the real truths behind the legend..."
SuSE

Mark Shuttleworth Tries To Lure OpenSUSE Devs 258

polar_bear` writes "A lot of developers are angry at Novell for its deal with Microsoft, but is it fair game for other vendors to try to capitalize on dissatisfaction with Novell? Apparently, Mark Shuttleworth thinks so. Shuttleworth sent an invitation to the openSUSE developers list inviting developers 'concerned about the long term consequences' of Novell's deal to participate in Ubuntu Open Week and consider jumping ship to Ubuntu. OpenSUSE and Ubuntu developers are not amused."
Businesses

Submission + - Analysts Estimate PS3 & Wii Launch Numbers

eldavojohn writes: "PJ McNealy of American Technology Research has announced the estimated numbers for the launch of both the PS3 & the Wii in North America. The numbers are 125K-175K for the PS3 & 425K to 475K for the Wii. I'm not too great at math but if Sony loses $240 on each console, isn't that roughly a $36 million dollar hit in one day? It's also hard to believe that well over half a million consoles are out in the general public (or under evergreen trees) and I still am unable to buy either of them."

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