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Games

How To Judge Legal Risk When Making a Game Clone? 270

An anonymous reader writes "I'm an indie game developer making a clone of a rather obscure old game. Gameplay in my clone is very similar to the old game, and my clone even has a very similar name because I want to attract fans of the original. The original game has no trademark or software patent associated with it, and my clone isn't infringing on the original's copyright in any way (all the programming and artwork is original), but nevertheless I'm still worried about the possibility of running afoul of a look and feel lawsuit or something similar. How do I make sure I'm legally in the clear without hiring an expensive lawyer that my indie developer budget can't afford?"

Submission + - Is the Higgs Boson sabotaging the LHC (nytimes.com) 1

Maximum Prophet writes: First it stopped the Superconducting Super Collider. Now it's throwing monkey wrenches into the Large Hadron Collider. It's the particle that doesn't want to be discovered.

This happened in the science fiction story, "Einstein's Bridge", now Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, are theorizing that it's happening in real life.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/13/science/space/13lhc.html?em

Transportation

Bugatti's Latest Veyron, Most Ridiculous Car on the Planet? 790

Wired has an amusing writeup that accurately captures the most recent ridiculous addition to Bugatti's automobile catalog. The $2.1 million Veyron sports over 1,000 horsepower, a 16-cylinder engine, and a top speed of 245 mph. The guilty conscience comes for free. "That same cash-filled briefcase could buy seven Ferrari 599s or every single 2009 model Mercedes. You could snap up a top-shelf Maybach and employ a chauffeur until well past the apocalypse. Hell, in this economy, $2.1 million is probably enough to make you a one-man special-interest group with some serious Washington clout."
Sony

Submission + - Sony Records Aim at 500GB Holographic Disc by 2010 (techluver.com) 1

Tech.Luver writes: "Sony, on the heels of its increased capabilities to record Holographic Disc more densly, recording 7-layer Holographic disc and further aiming to record 500GB of data on 20-layer disc by 2010. Sony Corp wrote and read data on a medium equivalent to a seven-layer disc by using "Micro-Reflector method," a multilayer recording technology using holographic recording. The company calculated the error rates of reproduced signals after signal conditioning such as equalizing. Until now, the company wrote and read on discs of up to four layers and announced only the eye patterns of reproduced signals. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/06/sony-records-on-7-layer-holographic-disc-aims-at-500gb-on-20-layer-disc-by-2010/ )"
Quickies

Submission + - Lockheed Destroys 2 Ballistic Missiles During Test (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "During an unprecedented test today, Lockheed Martin's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System successfully intercepted and destroyed two non-separating, short range ballistic missile targets nearly simultaneously. This test marks the first successful attempt by any United States ballistic missile defense system at dual exo-atmospheric intercepts. The test also represents the Aegis BMD system's 10th and 11th successful ballistic missile intercepts in 13 attempts. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/06/lockheed-martins-aegis-ballistic-missile-defense-system-successfully-destroys-2-ballistic-missiles-during-unprecedented-test/ )"

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