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MechWarrior 4 Free Release Now Available 151

Mr. Sketch writes with news that the free release of MechWarrior 4 has finally arrived. We've discussed the game in the past when it was announced, and later when its release was held up by Microsoft. Quoting the announcement: "One of the greatest features of MekPak3.1 and of MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries in general, is the ability to customize. MechWarrior always has been about the Mechlab, especially multiplayer. The Mechlab truly distinguishes MW4 from a long list of shooters that have come out in the past 10 years. The ability to create literally thousands of configurations allows the game to continue in popularity over its lengthy life span. Since the Free Release not only comes with the original mechs and weapons of Mercenaries, but also with the Clan and IS Mech Packs and all the Mektek mechs and weapons, here is what you are getting ... for free."

Submission + - Keith Henson: Out on Bail

Xetheriel Angelknight writes: "In follow-up to yesterdays news that Keith Henson had been arrested, He has now been released on bail. I was a former colleague of Keith's, and still a good friend of his. While he lived in Canada, I was witness to an incident with a private investigator that was hired by the Scientologists to follow him. Here is the official story on the Free Keith Henson blog. Here is more coverage of the story and details of the bail posting. If required, I'm available for interview on Keith's behalf, as I am in direct contact with him. I know Keith wants to get as much positive publicity on this issue as he can."

Submission + - Contest: Design Your Own Coffin in Second Life

Mark Wallace writes: "Here's the weirdest thing to hit my in-box in a while: A design-your-own-coffin contest in the virtual world of Second Life. Held by Dutch funeral company Uitvaart and coffin-makerer Bogra, the contest starts February 6, when free modifiable virtual coffins will be available at the Bogra office in SL's Tathlina region. Residents then have until March 1 to trick out their personalized coffin and return them to SL resident Gwendolyn Kronsage. "The finished coffin needs to be accompanied by a notecard describing the design, as we would like to know why residents decorated the coffin the way they did and what materials they used," according to a press release. Rather hilariously, the rules of the contest stipulate that "only biodegradable materials can be used in the design process" — though this is apparently "to guarantee the feasability of the Real Life production of the winning coffin." Entries will be photographed and displayed at the Bogra office during March, after which a jury of experts will select the winner, which will be "taken into Real Life production by Bogra Netherlands. This coffin will also be displayed at (international) funeral fairs as the first coffin that has been designed in an online community.""

Submission + - Microsoft wants to know... what's wrong with you?

Fozzyuw writes: An article over at Gizmodo points out Microsofts new Xbox marketing campaign in Asia. From the article...

If you're in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Korea, Microsoft wants to know what's wrong with you. That's right, your tepid response to their console isn't their fault, it's yours. Which leads Microsoft to launch the website "" questioning what really is wrong with you. C'mon, it's got great Japanese games, blockbuster titles, and it looks cool!
Operating Systems

Submission + - Beryl pushing the envelope of the 3d desktop

luna6 writes: " This article covers the new Beryl 3D Window manager. Specifically the improvements that has been made since its inception only 6 months ago. There are screenshots to provide the reader a better understanding of how some of these features work. Honestly, after using the new version for a week, I can't go back to regular Linux or OSX."

Unix Vendors Get Creative Against Windows & Linux 166

coondoggie writes "As x86 servers become increasingly capable, IT managers are taking a closer look at their Unix installations to determine whether a move to Linux or Windows might make sense, analysts say. "The defensible hill for Unix is the big, vertically scaling, mission-critical application, which is usually some type of database serving," says Andrew Butler, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "But increasingly, the appeal of Windows- and Linux-based systems running on cheaper, commodity hardware is becoming more and more compelling.""
User Journal

Journal Journal: Another County Heard from on Global Warning

In the face of attempts in the UN to close debate on the topic of global warming and, especially, its being a human-created phenomenon, and advocacy by the Weather Channel for the decertification of the numerous meteorologists who dissent, the first Canadian climatologist voices his dissent.

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