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Games

Submission + - Modern Warfare 2 Team Sues Activision (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: 38 members of the team at Infinity Ward, which created cash cow Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, are suing publisher Activision. The 38 complainants, some of whom have since jumped ship whilst others are still on the Infinity Ward payroll, are demanding $54 million in unpaid bonuses and up to $500 million in damages.
Iphone

Submission + - Open source will kill off the iPhone, says Kaspers (techworld.com)

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: Eugene Kaspersky, the controversial CEO of security company Kaspersky, has said open source operating systems will kill off closed source rivals including that driving the iconic iPhone. To survive, Apple needs to change its approach and get rid of restrictions for developers. Otherwise, Android and Symbian will supersede the iPhone.
Databases

Submission + - Geo-distributed web hosting - a new service (tronkle.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Web hosting has been around since the web was born and content delivery networks and such appeared soon after. Now there's a new technology that tries to combine the two. This service is offered by a start-up called Tronkle and it allows your website to be present in several locations around the world at the same time and served to your website visitors from the location that is closest to them. And when they say "website" this time they really mean it: it's not just a bunch of files that get to the edge nodes, but the entire website and services (database included). This means that the entire processing (http, php and db) is also performed on the edge nodes and this means that you also get load balancing for your website. Of course you could do this by Mysql replication and http load balancing but to make shared web hosting that allows each user to choose their own combination of servers is a totally different story and that's exactly what Tronkle does.
Space

What Drugs Do Astronauts Take? 132

astroengine writes "Science fiction is stuffed full of examples of pill-popping space explorers and aliens enjoying psychedelic highs. After all, space is big; it can get boring/scary/crazy up there. It's little wonder, then, that our current space explorers consume a cocktail of uppers, downers, tranquilizers and alcohol to get the job done. Robert Lamb on tranquilizers in the space station: 'Sure, it hardly makes for a civilized evening aboard ISS, but it beats someone blowing the hatch because they think they saw something crawling on one of the solar panels.'"
Australia

New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board 277

An anonymous reader writes "Australia refused to give Rebellion's new Aliens Vs. Predator game a rating, effectively banning it in the country. Rebellion says it won't be submitting an edited version for another round of classifications, however. (As Valve did with Left 4 Dead 2.) They said, 'We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.'"

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