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Submission + - Designers & Dragons is the complete history of role-playing game publishers

Robotech_Master writes: Evil Hat Productions is Kickstarting a four-volume history of the RPG industry that's already met its funding goal almost seven times over. Comprising half a million words altogether, it tells the story of pencil-and-paper role-playing games from their very beginnings, and you can read the e-book of the first volume for kicking in just one buck. $1 for the first e-book, $15 for all four, print volumes starting at $25 and up.

I've reviewed the first volume of it here. I found it extremely thorough and well-written.

Submission + - Atlantis' Final Reentry Over Cancun, Mexico (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "Once again, videographer Noe Castillo has captured space shuttle history through his camera lens.

On June 1, 2011, he witnessed the final reentry of space shuttle Endeavour. Now he's released a video via his YouTube account showing the final reentry of Atlantis... and the final reentry of any space shuttle."


Submission + - Google: Sun offered to license Java for $100M (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Sun Microsystems offered to license its Java technology to Google for $100 million, a Google attorney said Thursday, attempting to show that Oracle is out of touch as it seeks billions from Google for patent infringement. Oracle and Google were in court for a hearing in Oracle's lawsuit accusing Google of patent infringement in its Android OS. Judge William Alsup was in a feisty mood, warning Oracle that "this court is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle Corporation" and telling Google that Andy Rubin, who runs its Android business, will be "on the hot-seat" at trial.
The Internet

Submission + - Cable broadband world record set in London (itpro.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "ISP Virgin Media has claimed the world's fastest cable broadband speeds following a successful trial at London's Silicon Roundabout. The technology used to power the trial is the same used to provide 100Mbps to residential customers. It was delivered thanks to a £13 billion investment in connecting every cable home to a state-of-the-art fibre optic network by a high-grade coaxial line."

Submission + - File/Video Sharing Sites Blocked by Govt Of India (ndtv.com)

asto21 writes: All popular file sharing and video streaming sites including Rapidshare, Mediafire, Megaupload and Filesonic were blocked by major ISP's in India following an order by the Department Of Telecom, Government of India in the run-up to the release of a Bollywood movie, Singham. The Movie Producers (Reliance Big Pictures) obtained a John Doe order to prevent piracy from a high court allowing for such a blanket ban. This move of course left many of the millions of internet users in India fuming, some of whom were even paid users of the sites in question.
Role Playing (Games)

Blizzard Adds Tinfoil Hat to Solve Armory Complaints 53

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A blue post on the WoW forums shows that blizzard's official stance on player aversion to the Armory will be addressed by adding a new item, the Tinfoil Hat. "While the Tinfoil Hat provides the wearer with added protection against mind control and other befuddlements, the hat's most interesting and truly unique property is that it completely removes the wearer's character profile from the Armory website and provides enhanced privacy for its wearer!"

Submission + - No IETF April Fools RFCs this year, but new book!

JerseyTom writes: "IETF (the group that sets the internet protocol standards) often releases a hoax RFC document on April Fools Day. The most famous is the RFC 1149: Standard for the transmission of IP datagrams on Avian Carriers. Sadly, no new funny from IETF today. However, you can now get the complete collection of IETF humor in one book, perfect for the coffee table in your geek apartment, or on your bookshelf at work. The book includes commentary by famous Internet names like Bradner, Templeton and O'Dell. The project was coordinated by sysadmin author Thomas A. Limoncelli and Unix/Internet historian Peter J. Salus. Best quote from their web site is "When the network is down, this book won't help you at all!" More at www.RFC-Humor.com"
The Internet

The Pirate Bay Finds Permanent Home 103

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C4st13v4n14 writes "The Pirate Bay finally gets permanent hosting and immunity against foreign copyright holders." No clue how long this latest arrangement will hold out, or if copyright holders will be able to touch them while they are hosted in their new location. I wonder what the deal looked like to get this done. Strange bedfellows indeed.

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