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Submission + - WD Scorpio Drive, 250 Gigs For Notebooks (

MojoKid writes: "2.5" mobile hard drives don't get nearly as much coverage as their more common 3.5" counterparts, but there have been significant advances made in this space that warrant some attention. Western Digital, for example, has released a high-capacity 250GB 2.5" SATA hard drive, the Scorpio WD2500BEVS, that sports a few proprietary technologies dubbed WhisperDrive, ShockGuard, and SecurePark, that improve the drive's acoustic profile, power consumption, and durability. And despite being a 5400RPM drive, its performance characteristics put it well ahead of most other 2.5" drives with similar spindle speeds and just behind a full-sized desktop hard drive running at 7200RPM. With hard drive speeds being the limiting performance factor in many instances, a drive like this could make for a worthwhile notebook upgrade."

Submission + - New York bans use of the word "Nigger"

LordLucless writes: "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"

Submission + - Innovation in Indie Games Panel - Ask Away!

TheSwink writes: "So, I'm moderating a panel at the Independent Games Summit at the Game Developer's Conference this year. The topic is "Innovation in Indie Games." On the panel are Jenova Chen (flOw , Cloud, Spore DS), Johnathan Blow (Indie Game Jam, Experimental Gameplay Workshop, IGF winner "Braid"), Jon Mak ( Everyday Shooter), and Kyle Gabler (Experimental Gameplay Project, Tower of Goo et all.)

I'd love to hear from the community — what questions do you have for these four brilliant game designers?

More info here."

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