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Games That Could Have Been 99

Gamespot, to accompany a piece on the art of pitching a game has up a companion article on a few good pitches from talented developers that never quite made it into games. My favorite of the three, from Will Wright: "I've always been fascinated with airships, and I wanted to do a game about the Hindenburg. And it was originally conceived as a cross between Myst and a flight simulator, if you can imagine that. You basically wake up on the Hindenburg. You're all alone. It's flying toward Lakehurst, New Jersey. You can walk anywhere on the ship. You can turn lights on and off. You can steer. You can adjust the engines. But every time you come into Lakehurst, it blows up. And you have to figure out why, and it becomes like this weird mystery flight simulator thing. I'd still love to do that."
Communications

Submission + - Open Source Linux Phone Released (openmoko.com) 1

andyfrommk writes: "The worlds first truly open phone has been released. the Neo 1973 has been designed for the open source hacker.
From the website

The Neo 1973 boasts the following hardware specifications

* 2.8" VGA TFT color display
* Touchscreen, usable with stylus or fingers
* 266HZ Samsung System on a Chip (SOC)
* USB 1.1, switchable between Client and Host (unpowered)
* Integrated AGPS
* 2.5G GSM — quad band, voice, CSD, GPRS
* Bluetooth 2.0
* Micro SD slot
* High Quality audio codec
"

Portables

Submission + - OpenMoko Open Source Smart Phone is Ready for Sale (openmoko.com)

Alias777 writes: "The smart phone OpenMoko is completely open source, its interface and applications can be modified by anyone. And, starting in July, it is set to go on sale. The OpenMoko Neo and Neo Advanced will cost $300 and $450 respectively, a deep discount on the originally announced $450 and $600 price. If the word gets out there, will this cut into the iPhone's market share?"
Security

Submission + - Porn site hacked as an act of Jihad?

LoLo writes: "On Easter Sunday, the media servers of a fairly popular porn site (yet another YouTube clone) were compromised. After gaining FTP access the intruder(s) deleted over 7500 videos. All that was left on each box was a new index.html page entitled STOP PORNO with the text "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful" and a Muslim Prayer Call video embedded in the body. Whether this porn site hack was actually the work of Muslim extremists or a pasty white kid from Philly is debatable. Considering the rash of such attacks over the Mohammed cartoons out of Denmark last year, I think it may have been the real deal."
Handhelds

Submission + - iPhone's true battery-life to surprise us

Alexandros Roussos writes: Since Apple announced the iPhone in January, there has been a lot of buzz around the possible issues that the V1.0 of the product — due in June — could suffer. The biggest concern being its battery life as some reports claimed it could fall short in some cases. Source we can trust but we can't name now says: "these reports are bullshit!" More on MacScoop.

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