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Role Playing (Games)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Announced for November 2011 231

Bethesda took advantage of the Video Game Awards this weekend to announce the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series, titled Skyrim. The game is planned for November 2011, and a teaser trailer has been posted on the Elder Scrolls website. Details are sparse, though the game will apparently run on an "all-new" engine.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Killzone 3 Announced 58

Sony has officially taken the wraps off of Killzone 3, providing a ton of information about the third installment in the popular FPS franchise. The game will pick up where Killzone 2 left off, the levels will be much larger than in the past, and it will contain support for 3-D mode. Eurogamer has a detailed hands-on report about the game. Quoting: "Encounters have lost much of their predictability. More open design gives the AI more options, as well as freeing the player from the necessity of hide and peek. This means that it's now a much more viable option to get up close and personal with the Higs, unleashing the multi-stage and context-sensitive CQC kills with rifle butts and the trusty knife. ... For stage three of the hands-on we're introduced to perhaps the most exciting piece of new hardware — the jetpack. Initially only coming attached to a Helghan shock trooper, this insectoid assault platform is a four-winged, one-man affair, complete with a unlimited supply of ammunition for the attached large-calibre machine gun. Fighting them from the ground puts you in a precarious situation, putting you on the backfoot as you balance the necessity of looking upwards with the dangers of the sheer ice-cliffs around you. ... From the ground the pack will propel you upwards to around 15 feet, with the glide period afterward giving you the freedom to traverse sizable gaps. There's a booster, too — squirting you forward in short bursts if you're falling just short of an edge. Controls are light and agile, with the disconcerting verticality soon becoming second nature. "
The Internet

97 of Top 100 Classified Sites Are Craigslist 193

According to a recent report, 97 of the top 100 classified sites are just localized versions of Craigslist, up from 88 just last year. Combine that with a massive rise in traffic to classified sites in general and you have a recipe for one raging behemoth. "Craigslist isn't just crushing the newspaper industry and crowding out other classified sites. It's also taking an increasing slice of total U.S Internet traffic: the site's market share in February was up 90% year over year, accounting for about 2.5% of total US Web site visits."

Submission + - Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored (nytimes.com) 2

Khashishi writes: Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?


Examining Portal's Teleportation Code 278

Gamasutra is running a story deconstructing the mechanics of Portal's teleportation programming. They present a snippet of Portal's code and a downloadable demo. They ran another article in this series earlier this year with an analysis Mario Galaxy's unique take on physics. We've discussed the development of Portal in the past. "Teleport mechanics in video games are nothing new. Puzzles from the original Gauntlet were memorable -- and more than likely, that wasn't the first game to use teleportation as a gameplay mechanic. The difference between Portal and all those that came before it is that Portal's teleportation acts as a frictionless tube between point A and point B. Physics are still hard at work inside the frictionless tube. Instead of simply repositioning an object from point A to point B, the player enters point A with full velocity and exits point B with the same speed, but moving in a new direction." Update: 8/26 at 19:37 by SS: Dan notes that the code was not directly from Portal; it was written to approximate Portal's physics.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Need a Mac Support Tech? Find a Linux Guru.

Esther Schindler writes: "If your company is deploying Apple Macintosh systems, said experienced IT administrators during a Macworld MacIT conference session, don't expect to retrain your Windows support staff because those dudes just don't think the right way. Instead, if you can't find a Mac-savvy admin, they recommended in this CIO.com article, find a Linux or UNIX admin. You'll save yourself from a world of hurt.

"The more UNIX you learn," says Jordan Kirkpatrick, VP of information systems for Crispin, Porter & Bogusky, "The better you are with Macs."

Submission + - Counter-strike and Everquest banned in Brazil (gotfrag.com)

yuri82 writes: Procon, a federal entity established to defend the consumers' rights, has already begun apprehending all Counter-Strike and EverQuest copies in the state of Goiás, as these titles have been considered "inappropriate" and "harmful for consumers".
Procon is already investigating several LAN centers in the state, and starting yesterday, seventeen have been notified. According to Procon, these games have to be deleted from every computer, otherwise the owner will have to pay a daily fine of almost $3,000 USD and may have his establishment being closed. In stores, all Counter-Strike and EverQuest copies have been removed from the shelves and sent to the Ministry of Justice.
Read more at gotfrag.com in english or here in portuguese.
Now that's just silly. With the corruption and crime rates we have (I'm from Brazil) you'd think the people here would be worried about something more important than computer games...

Feed Science Daily: Sweet Magnolia: Tree Bark Extract Fights Bad Breath And Tooth Decay (sciencedaily.com)

"Sweet magnolia" does more than describe the fragrant blossoms of a popular evergreen tree. It also applies to magnolia bark's effects on human breath. Scientists are reporting that breath mints made with magnolia bark extract kill most oral bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay within 30 minutes. The extract could be a boon for oral health when added to chewing gum and mints.

Submission + - FCC Planning Rules to Open Cable Market (nytimes.com)

quanticle writes: According to the New York Times, the FCC is planning to unveil new regulations for the cable market that will lower barriers to entry for independent programmers.

The rules would be aimed at stopping the growth of existing cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner, while seeking to encourage more small companies to get into the field. Also, earlier this month, the FCC struck down the practice of having exclusive contracts between cable providers and apartment owners.

All in all, this looks like a welcome infusion of competition into an otherwise stagnant market. The impact that this will have on the network neutrality debate is unclear.


Submission + - Stop the botnets!

Roland Piquepaille writes: "This is the intention of Paul Barford, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wants to build a new line of defense against malicious traffic which has become today a billion-dollar 'shadow industry.' As one of 'the most menacing aspects of botnets is that they can go largely undetected' by a PC owner, he developed a new computer security technique for detecting network intrusions. His system has a 99.9% detection rate of malicious signatures, roughly equivalent to some of the best commercial systems. But it has zero false positives when commercial systems have high numbers. This new system could soon be available commercially. But read more for additional details and a figure describing how network intrusions were detected by this new system."
The Internet

Submission + - Demonoid Shut Down - Again!

mi5key writes: "http://www.demonoid.com/ The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."

Submission + - Carrying Solutions (cellkeeper.com)

Sara writes: "Hey Slashdot! I am submitting a new scoop for you. I am interested in starting a discussion about how consumers carry their beloved tech gadgets, such as cell phones, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, PDAs, etc. Our company CellKeeper, produces multifunctional carrying solutions for these issues, as we have become a world with multi-gadets. I am interested in what other peoples issues are and what solutions they currently are using or have used. Thanks Slashdot!"

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