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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Fallout 3 DLC Goes Box Copy (gameplayer.com.au)

Parz writes: "Good news for Fallout 3 fans who would like to get their hands on the Fallout 3 DLC without signing up to Windows Live. Gameplayer are reporting that a retail box copy version of Fallout 3's DLC will be released under the name 'Quest Pack 1'. It will not be available for PS3, only Xbox and PC, even in box form. There is also information regarding Atari picking up the distribution rights to Bethesda in the Pacific. Fallout 3 has been a massive success for Bethesda, gaining the site's Best in Genre award, but has been heavily criticised for the manner of its DLC distribution."
Earth

Submission + - Venezuela Gives US Island for Nature Preserve

Hugh Pickens writes: "Petty Island, an uninhabited island some 528 acres in size situated in the Delaware River in the state of New Jersey, was bought by Venezuela's state-run energy company, PDVS, in 1990. The Venezuelan government has used it for fuel storage and refinement since 1990 although in recent years the tiny island has been the subject of some controversy, with waterfront property developers pushing to construct a golf course, hotels and a casino on the site. Now, as part of what the Venezuelan government has called a renewed spirit of co-operation between Venezuela and the US, President Chavez has announced that the island would return to the US for environmental conservation projects. Chavez announced the move at a regional summit last week as part of an improvement in ties between the two nations. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, has estimated the value of the island at $20 million to $40 million. "Earth Day is a fitting time to consummate the donation of this special place," said New Jersey Governor John Corzine, "We are opening a new chapter in the island's long history by restoring it and giving it back to nature and the people of New Jersey.""
Security

Government Begins Securing Root Zone File 198

Death Metal notes a Wired piece on the US government beginning the process of securing the root zone file. This is in service of implementing DNSSEC, without which the DNS security hole found by Dan Kaminsky can't be definitively closed. On Thursday morning, a comment period will open on the various proposals on who should hold the keys and sign the root — ICANN, Verisign, or the US government's NTIA.

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