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Submission + - GTA V: Sizing Up Rockstar's Next Blockbuster (industrygamers.com)

donniebaseball23 writes: Rockstar and Take-Two have yet to officially unveil Grand Theft Auto V, but it's widely expected that the game will indeed ship next year. The game's impact on the industry (and Take-Two's stock) should be enormous as most analysts expect the title to surpass GTA IV's 20 million sold. "Keep in mind that overall industry sales are around $18 billion in the U.S. and Europe, and that Grand Theft Auto is likely to contribute around $1 billion to that figure. Other meaningful games, like Gears of War and Battlefield, come out every few years, so GTA has to make up for their absence next year," states Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. And unlike GTA IV, the next GTA could end up on Nintendo's new Wii U when it launches next year in addition to PS3 and Xbox 360, notes Panoptic Management Consultants' Asif Khan.

Stats Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex 397

An anonymous reader writes "According to OK Cupid's survey of 552,000 user pictures iPhone users have more sexual partners than BlackBerry or Android owners. By age 30, the average male iPhone user has had about 10 partners while female iPhone users have had 12. By contrast, BlackBerry users hover around 8 partners and Android users have a mere 6. As the blog's author's wryly observe: 'Finally, statistical proof that iPhone users aren't just getting f*@ked by Apple.'"

Submission + - Report: iPhone Users Have Most Sexual Partners

An anonymous reader writes: According to research from dating site OKCupid.com, people who own iPhones are having more sex than those who use BlackBerrys or Android phones. Of the 9,785 people with smartphones polled by OKCupid, men with iPhones had an average of 10 sexual partners by age 30, compared to 8.1 partners for those with BlackBerrys, and 6 partners for those with Android-based smartphones.

Submission + - WHO list reveals flu advisors with industry ties (google.com)

Pojut writes: From the article:

"Five of the 15 experts that advised the World Health Organisation about swine flu pandemic alerts had received support from the drugs industry, including for flu vaccine research, the WHO revealed on Wednesday."

Honestly, is anyone suprised by this?


Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever might come out after all (geek.com) 1

Gruturo writes: When, after 3D Realm's fall, they were taken to court by their publisher over the existing unfinished game material (art, code, etc) I knew there could still be hope (also, after 12 years of practicing patience and faith, I had good training), and, lo and behold, this thing might end up existing by the end of the year. Gearbox, which has a reputation for actually completing products, is rumored to have been working on it for some time.

I fully expect Wired to give them the front page when it goes on sale (admittedly far from certain, but when did such a thing ever stop DNF loyalists?)

I wonder if Slash000's preorder will be still valid.


KDE 4.5 Released 302

An anonymous reader writes "KDE 4.5.0 has been released to the world. See the release announcement for details. Highlights include a Webkit browser rendering option for Konqueror, a new caching mechanism for a faster experience and a re-worked notification system. Another new feature is Perl bindings, in addition to Python, Ruby and JavaScript support. The Phonon multimedia library now integrates with PulseAudio. See this interview with KDE developer and spokesperson Sebastian Kugler on how KDE can continue to be innovative in the KDE4 age. Packages should be available for most Linux distributions in the coming days. More than 16000 bug fixes were committed since 4.4."
Data Storage

Submission + - OCZ RevoDrive PCI Express SSD Performance Profiled (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "As SSDs become more popular, we're seeing the rise of yet another consumer storage tier, over and above even relatively expensive, high-performing SSDs, that being Flash storage mated to a PCI-Express interface on a standard slot card. OCZ has launched its own product into the burgeoning sector. Known as the RevoDrive, its features and specifications put it in lofty territory along with likes of Fusion-io's ioXtreme card. The RevoDrive's maximum read and write speeds surpass any standard SSD currently on the market and its sustained and 4K random write ratings are also very impressive at 75K IOPS. The Revo's performance in every day computing usage models is fairly impressive too. Though the product does come at a premium over the average SSD, it is currently less than half the cost of a competing Fusion-io ioXtreme card."

Submission + - Seagate Hints To 100 TB Hard Drives (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Are we running out of storage space? You may not have noticed it, but the current hard drive recording technology is in the second half of its life and a new technology will be introduced within 3 to 5 years. Seagate says that this technology will be heat assisted recording (HAMR) and it will enable 50x greater storage densities than the current perpendicular recording technology, which would be 300-500x the density of the previous linear recording. With PMR hard drives topping out at about 5-6TB in 3.5” drives, HAMR will take HDD manufacturers well beyond 100 TB.

Submission + - BBC News - Why the US keeps minting coins people h (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: In hidden vaults across the country, the US government is building a stockpile of $1 coins. The hoard has topped $1.1bn — imagine a stack of coins reaching almost seven times higher than the International Space Station — and the piles have grown so large the US Federal Reserve is running out of storage space.

Americans won't use the coins, preferring $1 notes. But the US keeps minting them anyway, and the Fed estimates it already has enough $1 coins to last the next 10 years.

Submission + - How to get back at email scammers

DontLickJesus writes: Alright, so I have a "UK Lottery" scammer on the hook. I lead him on with a fake name, and they took the bait. I spoke with him on the phone using a Google Voice account, obviously a man of African decent faking a British accent. I could have him keep calling me to rack up long distance charges, but it doesn't seem like enough. We're at the point where they've solicited for money. Where do I go from here?

Submission + - Ted Stevens and Sean O'Keefe in plane crash

necro81 writes: The NY Times is reporting that former Senator Ted Stevens was aboard a small plane with eight others that crashed in remote southwest Alaska Monday night. Reuters is reporting that he died, along with at least four others. Meanwhile, the North American CEOof aerospace firm EADS and former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe was was also reported in the crash. Rescue crews from the Alaska Air National Guard reached the site about ten hours after the initial crash.
The Military

Submission + - Nvidia lands $25 million US defence grant (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Nvidia has been awarded a $25 million research grant by the US Defence Department to help solve its 'crisis in computing'.

Nvidia now has a four-year contract to work with the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on its Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) programme.

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