geo writes: "Beyond3D.com's Ryszard Sommefeldt dons his seersucker hunting jacket and meerschaum pipe to take on his secret identity as graphics code sleuth extraordinaire. In today's thrilling installment, the origins of one of the more famous snippets of graphics code in recent years is under the microscope — Quake3's Fast InvSqrt(), which has been known to cause strong geeks to go wobbly in the knees while contemplating its simple beauty and power. Enter the puzzle palace here."
CleverNickName writes: "BBC says, "A collective of online gaming fans is making a bid to buy an online world and hand it over to the players.
The Free Ryzom Campaign is hoping to purchase the online fantasy game Ryzom from current owners Nevrax who will go into receivership in December."
The Free Ryzom guys are following in the footsteps of the people who bought Blender a few years ago. They have raised a significant amount of money — over 63,000 Euros as of this morning — toward their effort to purchase the game from Nevrax and make it free and open to all. Time is running out, though: on December 4, a judge and the liquidators will decide if the game can keep running or not. Depending on their decision, the Free Ryzom guys would then make their offer to buy the artwork, code, and game data. They think they could get it for as little as 10,000 Euros, but it's unlikely that their bid for the material will be unopposed, hence the need for a large war chest."