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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Starcraft: Ghost pre-order on BestBuy.com

Van in SLO writes: In the midst of all of the interest in the announcement of Starcraft II and the general sentiments of dissatisfaction with Best Buy, it's interesting to note that a search of the BestBuy.com website reveals that they are still taking pre-orders for Starcraft: Ghost, a console game that Blizzard put on indefinite hold (and many believe effectively cancelled) over a year ago. The most interesting thing is the listed release date of 6/15/07. Is this just a lack of effort on the part of Best Buy, or are they trying to collect on a product that may never be delivered? I leave that for you to determine.

Submission + - Pentium E2140, Cheap Conroe - Great Overclocker

MojoKid writes: "If you thought Intel's Pentium brand name was dead, think again. This article evaluates the performance, power consumption, and overclockability of Intel's brand-new Pentium E2140 dual-core processor. This chip is derivative of the "Conroe" core used in the Core 2 Duo but with a smaller cache, lower FSB and lower core frequencies. At under $100, it proved to be a solid value, especially when overclocked to almost 3GHz using stock air-cooling."

Submission + - Hard Disk Resurrection

Njoyda Sauce writes: "Recently a friend handed me what he described as a "dead disk" and pleaded with me to help him recover the data on it. I did some googling, and was astounded at the number of tools available. Worse yet, there are few good reviews or first hand accounts for any of the software out there actually saving data. It seems to me that the even when a particular piece of software works well for one user, it often does not for another. Things like disk manufacturer, format type, interface, age, and problem symptoms, all seem to affect which solution works best. In situations where you have some unknowns such as format type are there some good generic solutions out there for Windows? Are there a number of tools that you use to perform the whole task such as one for diagnosis and one for repair?"
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Doing the Nasty In Second Life

An anonymous reader writes: InformationWeek's Mitch Wagner looks at Second Life sex: "As I worked on our report on sex in Second Life, I wondered: Is all this gettin' cyber-sweaty harmful? I decided it depends on the circumstances. But I know many of our readers will say it's just plain wrong. What do you think?" InformationWeek's look into the Second Life sex scene includes interviews with a lesbian dominatrix, a virtual madam, and a bi Asian chick who likes to have cybersex with hermaphrodites, shemales, alien avatars, and futuristic cyborgs.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Playing Games With Your Significant Other

rabydanimal writes: I'm sure many a Slashdotter has been vexed by this conundrum: What video games can I play with my significant other? Sure there are hardcore female gamers out there but the fact of the matter is most male gamers have girlfriends and wives that just can't be bothered with space marines, gun fights, and racing sims. Growing up with the NES, the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis many people from my generation enjoy simple, classic gaming. My girlfriend is no exception. She enjoys games that she can learn quickly, are challenging and don't involve killing people. I have contemplated buying entirely new game systems (i.e. the Wii) with the hope that at least one game for that system is appealing to her so we can play together. What modern, non-violent games and systems does the Slashdot community recommend for a girlfriend of a gaming nerd?
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality

UberHoser writes: A member of my guild pointed me to this rather interesting article about Blizzard. Kinda refreshing.
http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/money/article _1702706.php
Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality. Make-A-Wish and a willing company help a grade schooler become the first outsider to create a new character in World of Warcraft.
For World of Warcraft players hanging out in Shadowmoon Valley last Friday, bizarre events occurred that can only be explained by a small group of people inside the headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment. At the helm of the strangeness sat 10-year-old Ezra Chatterton, who directed Warcraft's lead game designer Jeff Kaplan to blast ferocious-looking monsters, or "bosses," with a single death ray. Chatterton cleared the Black Temple for a European clan to fight the volcano-summoning Supremus. All that power. Heh, heh.

The Drive For Altruism Is Hardwired 582

Dekortage writes "The Washington Post is reporting on recent neuroscience research indicating that the brain is pre-wired to enjoy altruism — placing the interests of others ahead of one's own. In studies, '[G]enerosity activated a primitive part of the brain that usually lights up in response to food or sex... Altruism, the experiment suggested, was not a superior moral faculty that suppresses basic selfish urges but rather was basic to the brain, hard-wired and pleasurable.' Such research 'has opened up a new window on what it means to be good,' although many philosophers over recorded history have suggested similar things."

Submission + - Trouble in the Tubes for Senator Ted Stevens

MillionthMonkey writes: "Internet star Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), has been implicated in scandal: according to the Anchorage Daily News the senator had the first floor of his house lifted off the ground and a new floor put underneath it with the help of a top executive from Veco Corporation, a local oil company. The addition doubled the size of the house (assuming the honorable gentleman from Alaska can still make it up the stairs). The FBI and a grand jury are still investigating- although the Senator's role is still somewhat murky in the scandal, which had previously ensnared his son, Ben Stevens, an Alaskan State Senator. The initial inquiry surfaced last year in August when the younger Stevens' legislative office was raided by the FBI along with five other state-level offices. Four politicians have been charged and Veco executives have already pled guilty- testifying that Ben Stevens received $242,000 in illegitimate consulting fees. Ted has remained clean until now."
United States

Submission + - Does Boston Have a Future as a Tech Center?

An anonymous reader writes: The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine (http://www.boston.com/news/specials/futureboston/ ) has an interesting set of articles about how Boston will look ten years from now, including an article about Boston's struggle to reassert itself as a science and technology center in the face of competition from Silicon Valley and other areas and given transportation constraints, skills shortages, and housing challenges (http://www.boston.com/news/specials/futureboston/ articles/2007/05/27/americas_science_city/). Even more interesting: There's an affiliated social networking site, called FutureBoston, with a contest for people to collaborate in coming up with solutions for Boston in the areas of Health, Design and Energy.

Submission + - Chinese drug commissioner is sentenced to death

An anonymous reader writes: From IHT: "SHANGHAI: The former head of China's top food and drug safety agency was sentenced to death Tuesday after pleading guilty to corruption and accepting bribes, the state-controlled news media reported.

Zheng Xiaoyu, who served as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from its founding in 1998 until mid-2005, was detained in February as part of a government investigation into corruption at the agency.

The unusually harsh sentence for the 62-year-old former commissioner came at a time of heightened concern about the quality and safety of China's food and drug system, following a series of scandals here involving tainted food and counterfeit drugs.

China is under mounting pressure to overhaul its food export controls after two local companies were accused this year of shipping contaminated pet food ingredients to the United States, leading to one of the largest pet food recalls in U.S. history."

Whilst it's good to see steps being taken to reduce corruption, and increase the quality of Chinese exports; sentencing someone to death for this shows a continued difference in legal standards with the Western world.

Submission + - Why Guitar Tabs Don't Fall Under Fair Use

kaliphonia writes: Over the past few years guitar tab sites have been shutting down after receiving cease-and-desist letters asserting they are violating copyright law. MXTabs.net is coming back this summer as the first licensed tab site and has posted a letter from a New York copyright attorney explaining why guitar tabs require licenses to be posted online, and do not fall under "fair use." The full letter is available here. Why Guitar Tabs Don't Fall Under Fair Use"

Submission + - Silicon Valley cheaper than India?

uniquebydegrees writes: "InfoWorld is reporting today (link here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/05/29/riya-wag e-inflation-sinks_1.html) about the effects of the tech boom on wages in India, with a profile of Riya.com, a visual search startup with headquarters in Bangalore, India and Silicon Valley. With high demand for qualified programmers pushing wages in India up from 30% to 75% of their U.S. counterparts in recent years, Riya was forced to pull up stakes in Bangalore and consolidate in the U.S. Turns out, that 75 cents on the dollar is a lot, when you figure in the unreliable infrastructure in India (rolling blackouts) and the tendency for Indian IT workers to value salary over options. Figure those in, and Silicon Valley looks like a good deal — or at least it did to Riya. As the article points out, startups are particularly vulnerable to the effects of wage inflation in emerging markets like India, because they can't afford to take on, then train inexperienced workers, as IBM, HP and Oracle can. "Startups aren't places where you train people from the ground up," said Riya CEO Munjal Shah. "They're places where either you know what you're doing or you don't. We paid to hire the best.""

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