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Submission + - Pink for October 2007 (pinkforoctober.org)

Matthew Oliphant writes: "Last year kdawson wrote about the Pink for October event and we are back again this year. We got 1500 sites to Go Pink in 2006 and a lot of that was thanks to Slashdot helping to spread the word. We are doing it again this year and hope to double the 2006 number. There are a number of ways for people to get involved and most of them do not require a single dollar to be spent or donated. This web event is about raising awareness in ourselves and each other about the many issues related to Breast Cancer. And, of course, about turning the web Pink."
Businesses

Submission + - $1 US == $1 CAD (canoe.ca)

boxlight writes: "US dollar and Canadian dollar are now equal; on par for the first time since 1976.

This is actually bad for the profits of Canadian corporations that sell their products to the US for US dollars (Canada sells far more to the US that the US sells to Canada); but it's pretty cool from a perception level.

It also means us Canucks will get cheaper Macs as the Canadian prices get closer to US prices with every new release. ;)"

NASA

Submission + - Chewie Hands off Lightsaber to NASA (wordpress.com)

bonniegrrl writes: "Luke Skywalker's original Jedi lightsaber makes its way into space (for real) with NASA astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery in October. To commemorate the historic event, Star Wars characters visited the Oakland International Airport where Chewbacca handed the lightsaber over to NASA's Space Center Houston during a special ceremony on Aug. 28, 2007.

Arriving by Escalade and Hummer stretch limos (the Falcon's in the shop) Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, X-Wing pilots, Jedi and stormtroopers (from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion) accompanied Chewie for the fun-filled press event which took quite a few travelers and tourists in baggage claim by surprise. NASA's Space Center Houston Director of Marketing Roger Bornstein greeted the intergalactic guests and warmly thanked everyone's favorite Wookiee for bringing him Luke's lightsaber.

Behind the scenes photos here of the event as well."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Gamer mom rips "hardcore gamers" a new one (mommyneedscoffee.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Gamer Mom rips "hardcore gamers" a new one. Guess what, Mr. Serious Gamer Dude? Remember when you were crying a river over the delayed release of Blizzard's Burning Crusade? Remember that? I was alpha testing it. Then beta testing it. Now, I am raiding with the best of them on it. Why? Because gaming is not limited to a certain minuscule demographic. Women play games. Including the "hardcore" games that you seem to feel you have cornered the market on. Even Moms play them. Yes, really! Put your big girl panties on and get over it! Feeling neglected? Feeling like game developers need to listen to what you want and what you need? Go cry to your guild and move over. We want to play.
United States

Submission + - Running trail mistaken for bioterrorism threat (msn.com)

feuerfalke writes: A flour-and-chalk trail marked out by Daniel Salchow and his sister Dorothee for their running club, the Hash House Harriers, sparked fears and evacuations Thursday night, and now the siblings are finding themselves in deep trouble with New Haven police. Police were called after they were spotted sprinkling "powder" in the parking lot of an IKEA furniture store, which was later evacuated. The "powder" was, in fact, flour, which the siblings have used plenty of times before, all across the country, to mark trails for their club. The Salchow siblings are now facing felony charges, and New Haven police seek "restitution" for the resources wasted in their mistake. This sounds familiar...
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock full of DRM: PC Gamer editor locked out

An anonymous reader writes: it appears that 2K Interactive have added DRM to the much anticipated Bioshock which requries on-line activation and limits you to two installs. In theory you gain an install back when you uninstall, but this is not currently working.

From the PCGamer blog http://www.pcgamer.com/
"So we installed on one machine, then uninstalled and installed on another with no problems. So far, so good. I got in about an hour of play time, but I do the majority of my game playing at home, where I've got my heavy-duty gaming rig set up, so I was really looking forward to bringing it home with me. I uninstalled the game from my work machine and happily headed home...but when I got there and went to activate, I was stopped dead by a failure message that informed me I'd installed with this code one time too many. What... the... $%~&!"

This DRM is NOT mentioned on the packaging of the game, or the EULA. How far do they think they can push their paying customers when they pull crap like this?
Quickies

Submission + - Arm Wrestling Machine Breaking Arms

iminplaya writes: Japanese arcade distributor Atlus Co. said it will recall 150 arm-wrestling machines that are breaking players' arms.

The machine, known as Arm Spirit, has so far broken three arms of players who put it to the challenge. The machine features 10 levels of arm-wrestling difficulty, including a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua. The final throw-down, for those who manage to avoid having their forearms snapped, is against a professional arm-wrestler.

"We think that maybe some players get overexcited and twist their arms in an unnatural way."
Censorship

Submission + - Australia to spend $189 million on fighting pr0n 2

mernil writes: "Australia's prime minister John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd revealed the Australian government's sweeping new $189 million anti-pornography initiative on Friday at an event hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby. During the presentation, which was broadcast to over 700 Australian churches, Howard discussed Christian values and described the government's latest costly plans for preventing pictures of naked people from clogging The Tubes. /.../ Approximately $22 million will be spent on a broad "public awareness and education campaign" to inform parents of Internet safety issues, and another $11.7 million will be used to establish community outreach programs that will push "the Internet safety message" into thousands of schools. Additionally, the government plans to establish a consultative working group to find a "workable solution" to combat "the use of social networking web sites by predators to contact and groom children via the internet.""

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