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The Courts

Submission + - Whirlpool Sued for $150,000 (

An anonymous reader writes: Whirlpool founder Simon Wright is being sued by accounting software firm 2Clix Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 118 044 198) (Rumor has it they have rebadged their product as Platinum One) for alleged "injurious falsehood". The Statement of Claim from the company alleges that Simon Wright allowed statements "relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious" to be published on the Whirlpool forums. 2Clix is suing for at least $150,000 (plus costs), and is demanding that two forum threads be removed from the site. Whirlpool believes the action has no merit and will defend the matter vigorously,despite being a community website with little resources.

Submission + - What qualities make for a good MMORPG?

Anonymous Gamer writes: "I am a long time RPG gamer. I've played pen and paper games for over 20 years, from Palladium Games, to Star Wars, to classic D&D. I have also been playing computer RPGs for a long time, all the way back to Legacy Of The Ancients (1987) and before.

Today's MMO's often leave a lot to be desired. I do not play WoW. I do not play Everquest. I've tried them all, and the "grind" just didn't appeal.

What makes a _good_ MMORPG, in the minds of Slashdot's crowd?

I like factions. I think EVERY world should be full PVP. The user-generated content of games like NeverWinter Nights has kept it going for years now.

My ideal MMO would have a "Elder Scrolls" style of progression in levels. You get better at the things you practice most.
Factions would be blended together, with guildmasters able to declare hostility to others, allowing for the "tags" of others to change colors based on that. User created drama can bring a great deal of fun to a game. Limiting the population somewhat will bring more of a family feel to the world. Limiting the resources to gain money and power quickly will keep the competitiveness high between factions.

There should be laws, and the world should be able to change. For example, if Reynard the thief decides to burn down the pawnshop because he got a bad deal on a gem he stole. The AI of the game should not only allow him to do it, but punish him by causing the guards to target him on sight. Perhaps his name would get a symbol next to it, allowing for players to hunt him down for the bounty. Bottom line, if you're a bad guy, you should eventually be driven out of civilized lands altogether. Good guys and newbie players should be wary of journeying alone in the wilds, because bad things happen to good people.. and good games. Perhaps people on a development team will read our ideas and run with it."

Submission + - An Open Letter to Microsoft (

Azh Nazg writes: "I saw that Microsoft had decided to support open source and free software, and yet, they've not done anything at all in response. Therefore, I decided to write an open letter to them. I submit it here for your approval, in hopes that it will change something, or at least inform a few more people of their BS."

Submission + - Wave your hands to control your TV

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Two engineers from the University of Wollongong, Australia (UOW), have developed a box that will replace your TV remote control. You'll just have to wave your hands to control your electronic gadgets. Their box contains a camera that recognizes your hand signals and translates them into electronic commands for your TV and other gadgets. Apparently, the controller's built-in camera can recognize seven simple hand gestures and work with up to eight different gadgets. The researchers say that their device is 100% accurate under normal lighting conditions and could be on sale within 3 years. But read more for additional details and a graphic showing how the hand signal device works."

Submission + - What are the current challenges in IT security?

Domi writes: "I am going to do a PhD in Computer Science in the very near future. I am particularly interested in IT security. Having read many papers and articles, it occurred to me that most topics in this field have been widely researched already. Although I am really fascinated by all the security stuff, I asked myself the question? What topics will be highly relevant in the future? What are the upcoming challenges in the security world? Where is in-depth research still desperately needed? I couldn't come up with a good answer. But surely the Slashdot crowd can!"

Submission + - Death of php4 imminent - say open source projects (

b.rudge writes: "Several open source projects have joined forces and given web hosts an ultimatum to upgrade or die with php4.

"PHP 4 has served the web developer community for seven years now, and served it well. However, it also shows its age. Most of PHP 4's shortcomings have been addressed by PHP 5, released three years ago, but the transition from PHP 4 to PHP 5..." has given web hosts exactly 214 days warning to upgrade, and is trying to gather more open source php projects to gain momentum."

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