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Submission + - Wii online gaming coming Q2 2007

Wowzer writes: "Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that Wii gamers will be able to play games online from the second quarter of 2007. He also promised new online titles. From the article: "The multiplayer is coming. During the Japanese launch, there is Pokémon Battle Revolution, and that's really the first one. There will be titles that we'll be announcing in first quarter 2007, that'll be multiplayer-enabled. So during second quarter 2007, people will be able to have a multiplayer experience on Wii.""
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Student Makes a Million Online, Gets Deported 309

Via Kotaku, a story at the Mainichi daily news about an enterprising exchange student that got himself deported. Wang Yue Si, a Chinese student who went to Japan on a student visa, found himself in need of some spending money. Since he was a gamer, he decided to make some cash by selling virtual items online. He was so successful, the cops noticed. From the article: "He started selling items such as weapons and currency for online games through an Internet auction site in April this year, without obtaining the appropriate residency status. Wang, living in Kumamoto, has admitted that he sold the virtual goods for about 6 million yen ($US 1.3 Million), in violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. A bank worker became suspicious when Wang regularly sent money back home to China and alerted police in August, prompting Kumamoto police officers to investigate the student."

Submission + - Asterix on User-Mode Linux

rainhill writes: "Hi all, I'm a sysadmin in a mid-size company, we recently have decided to implement a VOIP between our 4 offices, we have hired an external company (consultant) for the implementation, as I remember they have initially suggested to install Asterix on Linux (preferably Debian), I have suggested to stick with Redhat, and they said 'Redhat should be OK.'.

With the recommendation of this company we have purchased the hardware (servers), purchased cards and prepared everything else, all was smooth until they said they want to install Asterix on User-Mode Linux because of its security, etc.., at first their arguments for User-Mode Linux seemed reasonable, but I'm a bit worried since I did not know much about that distro.

I called and asked a few friends who are also Linux admins for many years and RHCEs, and they have suggested to go with Redhat at least for the reason of its supported a larger company and can find certified engineers (like themselves) if thinks go wrong current consultant, I also thought it was a wise idea to go with Redhat, as we already use it for many years as mail, samba, squid, firewall, etc..

I then called back our consultant suggested him we shall stick with Redhat, but he rejected the idea and give me a lot of reason for not-to, among them User-Mode Linux was more secure, and for Redhat they needed to find new packages, recompile the kernel, etc.., etc.. And finally telling me that they may have to revise (increase) their quotation and delay implementation time if he must go with Redhat.

We cannot afford many delays on this project and especially increased costs would be real problem.

With all this, I would like to ask your opinions, should we go with consultant's suggestion of User-mode Linux? Or should we demand for Redhat and bare the consequences? ~ Your opinions will help a lot, thanks."

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