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Businesses

Boss By Day, Gamer By Night 51

Ant writes "Computerworld queried seven executives at some of today's top tech firms to learn how they started gaming, what they play now, and how their virtual skills translate to the real world of the office. Alan Cohen, vice president of enterprise solutions at Cisco Systems, had this to say: 'Now, increasingly, games are Internet 2.0 encounters. They're all about how well you work together with others any time, any place, with players from around the world. Rock Band 2, World of Warcraft, even Guitar Hero promote the shared experience and are all about how together we can do more, be more, compete better than we can by going it alone. That's right in line with how the corporate environment is evolving: You can play (or work) anytime you want, and you have to compete and collaborate on a global basis in order to succeed.'"
Programming

Rails and Merb Ruby Web Frameworks Merge 80

An anonymous reader writes "The Merb and Rails Core Teams today announced a major merger; the two projects will become one, and be released some time in Q2 of 2009 as Rails 3. This is great news for lots of folks who worried about the potential community fracture, as well as great news for all the developers who will now have an all-around better option for programming Ruby. Read more about the details in Yehuda's blog post, or at the Ruby on Rails blog."
Games

Survival-Horror Genre Going Extinct? 166

Destructoid is running an opinion piece looking at the state of the survival-horror genre in games, suggesting that the way it has developed over the past several years has been detrimental to its own future. "During the nineties, horror games were all the rage, with Resident Evil and Silent Hill using the negative aspects of other games to an advantage. While fixed camera angles, dodgy controls and clunky combat were seen as problematic in most games, the traditional survival horror took them as a positive boon. A seemingly less demanding public ate up these games with a big spoon, overlooking glaring faults in favor of videogames that could be genuinely terrifying." The Guardian's Games Blog has posted a response downplaying the decline of the genre, looking forward to Ubisoft's upcoming I Am Alive and wondering if independent game developers will pick up where major publishers have left off.
Games

Submission + - The State of Gaming in Japan

dean73 writes: "http://www.seekjapan.jp/article-1/785/The+State+of +Gaming+in+Japan
Brace yourself, stick twiddlers: there's a war coming. After an interminable bout of hype, production delays and whatnot, the gloves are off and the big boys are finally ready for some down and dirty. The prize? Dominance of a worldwide market valued at $29 billion annually. Nope, not crack: video games. What's more, even if you stopped paying attention to such malarky when PONG was still considered the height of technological innovation, this promises to be an interesting scrap. Read on for the deets on the latest battle for console supremacy, and why there's more to it than meets the eye."
Enlightenment

Submission + - Elephants pass mirror test of self-awareness

6350' writes: "Researchers have published findings that elephants are now known to be in the rather exclusive club of species that can recognize themselves in mirrors, National Geographic News reports. Interestingly, some elephants in the test, which was conducted at the Bronx Zoo in New York, recognized and touched marks placed on their head while looking in the mirror. Others were seen to open their mouth and peer into the reflection, indicating an awareness that the reflection they percieved was their own. 'There seems to be some correlation between an ability to recognize oneself in a mirror and higher forms of social complexity,' one of the authors of the study notes."
Linux Business

Submission + - Corporate users embrace desktop Linux

JCaruso writes: "Is the corporate world ready for Linux on the desktop? This article presents some places that are. From the article: "People have to justify Windows to get it, and even then I challenge them a bit," says Dave Jenkins, the CTO for Backcountry.com. Nearly 70% of the online retailer's 200 or so desktops are Linux, including multiuser machines stationed in the company's warehouse. Those on Windows desktops typically need it to support Excel and the macros that run only inside that spreadsheet."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Lose 40 pounds in 3 months playing WoW

PygmySurfer writes: Spending too much time playing World of Warcraft? This guy found an inventive way to limit his playing time, AND get some cardio in while doing it! A self-imposed rule allowing him to only play WoW while doing cardio allowed him to lose 41 pounds in 3 months. Unfortunately, he doesn't really say much about how far his characters progressed — I saw mention of a level 30 Hunter and 50 Warlock browsing through some of the posts, but no mention of where they were when he started. All in all though, a good idea to limit one's playing time, and maybe lose some weight at the same time.

Oracle and Red Hat begin battle for the Enterprise 135

Salvance writes "Yahoo News (via ComputerWire) is reporting that Oracle and Red Hat are turning up the heat in the battle over Oracle's new enterprise Linux offering. While Oracle claims they'll be able to offer their 'Unbreakable' version of Red Hat's Linux offering for half the price, Red Hat asserts that all the important security and hardware certifications would be invalidated on Oracle's offering.

At this point, the only thing that's certain is that Red Hat needs to figure out how to keep their large Oracle Enterprise clients on board or risk becoming a takeover target (undoubtably, with Oracle leading the list of potentially bidders)."

ACLU Drops Challenge Over Patriot Act 274

An anonymous reader writes, "The ACLU announced on Friday that they were dropping their case against the US Government over the highly contested section 215 of the Patriot Act. ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson stated: 'While the reauthorized Patriot Act is far from perfect, we succeeded in stemming the damage from some of the Bush administration's most reckless policies. The ACLU will continue to monitor how the government applies the broad Section 215 power and we will challenge unconstitutional demands on a case-by-case basis.'"

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