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Left 4 Dead SDK Beta Released 75

Valve has released a beta version of their authoring tools for Left 4 Dead. The tools will allow you to "create your own campaign maps, character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music and load them into the game." The kit includes a level editor and command-line compiling utilities, as well as example maps, props, infected, and explosives. It also brings plugins for a 3D modeling program called SketchUp. Valve has updated their development wiki to go along with the release.

Submission + - How to copy files to a drive physically sorted?

pookie13 writes: I'm having a annoying problem with my car radio. I bought a Blaupunkt Hamburg MP57 car receiver this week and it as many others has an annoying feature: It plays MP3 files sorted as they are physically stored on your media. For example if I drag a folder full of MP3's to my USB-drive Windows will not write them there alphabetically. It is really annoying that the songs are not in order.

I know that I could copy files one at the time to USB-drive but that is unbelievably slow and frustrating. How is it not possible that the makers of car receivers aren't able to put a simple sort function to their products? Another question is that where I find a Windows software or shell extension to be able to copy files in alphabetical order.
The Media

Blogger Removed From NCAA Game for Blogging 302

CNet is reporting that a blogger from the Courier-Journal of Louisville, KY was recently ejected from an NCAA game for live-blogging. "According to the Courier-Journal, staff blogger Brian Bennett was approached by NCAA officials in the fifth inning of a game between the University of Lousville and Oklahoma State, told that blogging 'from an NCAA championship event "is against NCAA policies (and) we're revoking the (press) credential and need to ask you to leave the stadium."'"

Submission + - Self-healing plastic skin developed

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have developed a form of 'plastic skin' that can heal itself when it becomes damaged. The material relies on an underlying network of vessels — similar to blood capillaries — that carry a healing agent to areas on the material's surface that become damaged. Unlike previous self-healing systems that relied on capsules of agent buried in the polymer and which became depleted after one use, the new system can respond to damage at the same point many times over.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Digital camera Wi-Fi memory card coming soon

thefickler writes: "A soon-to-be released Secure Digital (SD) memory card with built in Wi-Fi networking will allow digital cameras to automatically upload images to home computers and photo sharing web sites.

Californian based company, Eye-Fi, recently secured $5.5 million in Series A funding to bring its Wi-Fi memory card to market. The Wi-Fi memory card is currently in beta, and is expected to be launched later this year."

Submission + - Tech resources you refer non-tech friends to?

behindthewall writes: The recent wireless networking story reminded me of my cousin, who just purchased a home wireless router. My gut clenched a bit when I heard this, thinking of the security implications of a set-up done (or rather, not done) by a non-technical person. But I'm too far away to drop by and fix her up. I'd like to refer her to an online resource that is both accurate and which she can comprehend. It would help her, and save both her and my patience from the stress of a prolonged and frustrating phone call. But I've not yet found one I like. I wonder what resources others here have found for their non-techie family and acquaintances, whether for wireless networking or for other topics that generate those all to frequent, time-consuming, sometimes relationship-straining questions.

Submission + - OpenOffice worm in the wild.

Petaris writes: ZDNet is reporting that the BadBunny.odg worm discussed last week here on /. ( 6233 ) has been seen in the wild. While it doesn't look like it actually does much other then messing with IRC programs it could always be modified to do something else. However, you would have to be silly enough to open said "BadBunny.odg" document. The story is pretty light and seems to go on about how Mac OS X is not a virus free platform but thought it might be interesting anyway.

Story Link: g=nl.e550

Submission + - Windows Vista? or is it really Windows Vista Beta?

LiquidNitrogen writes: "It's been 6 months that Microsoft released the new operating system; though it looks as if the new Operating System is not yet ready for production environment. Some of the internal components built-in to windows vista seems to have update/refresh issue and may affect a number of users with unacceptable annoyances. Though none of these issues can be exploited but are worth mentioning to not let users get confused from a non feature-complete OS."

Submission + - No Java in Leopard? (

Mr. McD writes: "Has Apple given up on Java is Leopard? I have been tracking Java's eventual demise in Mac OS X and wrote a quick post about it here. This would really suck for those of us who are Java developers using Mac OS X."
Input Devices

Submission + - Pentagon sought to build gay bomb

jollyreaper writes:
(CBS 5) BERKELEY A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting. Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called "Gay Bomb."
The Onion just called, they want their joke back. Oh, wait a second, this is true.

Submission + - Atlantis launched without incident (

forkazoo writes: " is reporting the successful launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. There were no major incidents or problems during the launch, except that there was some concern about the weather at the two European abort landing sites. The weather cleared up and the launch was pretty much perfect. I watched on the live NASA TV stream."

Submission + - Indian Nationalists Censor Orkut

starkravingmad writes: The Economic Times is running a story on Hindu nationalists in India threatening to wreck internet cafes that don't block parts of Orkut that the vigilantes find offensive. From the article:

"Orkut is used by many destructive elements to spread canards about India, Hindus, our gods and cultural heritage," said Abhijit Phanse, president of Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, the student group.
"We are gently telling Internet cafe owners that it is their responsibility to see that surfers do not use their facility to carry out such hate campaigns," he said.
"Or else, we will have to do that job for them." Last week, dozens of Shiv Sena workers vandalised some Internet centres, saying they were not stopping their customers from accessing Orkut groups involved in sending hate messages.
The campaign is being run by the Shiv Sena, which has, in the past, fought against such threats to Indian society as Valentine's Day, the movie "Fire" which showed a lesbian love affair, and more recently, Richard Gere. They hold power in the Mumbai local government, and in the past have formed governments at the state level and were part of the coalition in the last national government in India.

And just to prove that they are more than an illiterate medieval mob who like to burn things down, they are taking a 21st century approach to censorship this time:

Phanse said his group was developing a special software that Internet service providers could install to block any message containing certain words and phrases such as "I hate" or "I despise". "The software should be ready in 2-3 months"

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