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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Blizzard files suit against emulator operator (

p0werhouse writes: Most would agree, Blizzard makes great games. Some of us, however, do not have $15 a month to spend on playing World of Warcraft, or just want to play once in awhile. In this vain, we play on emulated servers which attempt to simulate official servers with wholly independent code and development. The servers then fool the official client, through a server redirect, into connecting to them. I have often considered, though, the legal implications of doing so and wondered what legal defenses the operators have. It seems we shall soon find out as Blizzard has pressed charges against Alyson Reeves, operator of popular WoW emulator Scape Gaming (formally Wowscape).

Submission + - Astronomers Find First Earth-like Planet in Habit

p0werhouse writes: Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, an exoplanet with a radius only 50% larger than the Earth and capable of having liquid water. Using the ESO 3.6-m telescope, a team of Swiss, French and Portuguese scientists discovered a super-Earth about 5 times the mass of the Earth that orbits a red dwarf, already known to harbor a Neptune-mass planet. The astronomers have also strong evidence for the presence of a third planet with a mass about 8 Earth masses.

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