Role Players Get a Place to Play
While not persistent -- which means running all the time -- visitors will be able to download a client and launch Neverwinter Nights for play. The server keeps a map of other players who have visited, and gamers can play each another in real time, said Cal Morrell, president of Interplay.
Plans for full-fledged MMPGs, running around the clock, are in the works and will operate as a subscription-based model. The cost will be about $10 per month.
Long-Term Breastfeeding Lowers Breast Cancer Risk
Women who breastfeed for at least 2 years cut their risk of developing breast cancer by nearly half compared with women who breastfeed for less than 6 months, researchers report.
CMGI Claims Patently Wrong
"Several people half-joking told me I should take patents out on crawling the Net and indexing data on other machines," he said. "Our response at the time was we didn't want to stifle the environment. We thought it would not be in the spirit in which everyone was contributing in the common good."
Stock options for laid-off employees? - Tech News - CNET.com
The Seattle-based company said it is setting up a trust fund of $2.5 million worth of stock for laid-off employees. The fund will hold the stock until mid-2003, when it will be sold and distributed to dismissed workers. The company did not disclose details about how it will dispense the proceeds or in what portions.
"The individual payouts will vary based on how well the stock does," Amazon spokesman Bill Curry said. "It's an opportunity for the 1,300 people affected to still share in the longer-term success of the company."
TV Guide Online - [In The News]
EARLY MORNING DELIVERY: Hoping to narrow the ratings gap with NBC's dominant Today show, ABC's Good Morning America will air a live childbirth Feb. 6 as part of its continuing series on maternity trends in the 21st century. ...According to a show rep, Tuesday was selected because more women tend to give birth that day than any other.
ethan was born on a tuesday.
'Columbine-style' threat shuts De Anza College
Miceli said San Jose police learned of DeGuzman's arsenal at 6 p.m. Monday when a photo lab clerk at a local Long's Drug store called police after developing photos of DeGuzman posing with his arsenal. The girl's father is a San Jose police officer.
Amazon to cut 1,300 jobs
Amazon.com, the celebrated online retailer that has never been profitable despite explosive growth, said Tuesday that it lost $1.4 billion last year and will cut 1,300 jobs, or 15 percent of its work force, over the next three months.
Using less power will save money in time -- but there's a cost to...Making Every Little Switch
What's most practical is trying those measures as best you can -- like turning off lights and running the dishwasher on air-dry cycles -- and buying a few special things that will save you money without draining your wallet.
And when it comes to that, the biggest secret for the smallest way to save juice is probably stopping "power leakage" in your house. All this takes is investment in a few power strips, or low-end surge protectors, at $4 apiece.
it seems Dark Angel is on again...
NewsForge | Theo de Raadt gives it all to OpenBSD
Hacking is all he wants to do: hack, mountain bike, and climb mountains, in that order. Characteristically efficient de Raadt looks at the world first in terms of hotspots for programming secure code and second as places with good mountains.
CNN.com - Kentucky cashier falls for fake Bush $200 bill - January 30, 2001
In addition to the Bush portrait on the front, the treasury seal is marked with the phrase, "The right to bear arms." An oil well appears on the back of the bill.
Hotmail founder wants to send a new message
Hotmail founder Jack Smith and another Hotmail alum are among the players in a new, stealth e-mail infrastructure company called Godspeed Networks, which hopes to launch its product--whatever it may be--by year-end.
Sega expected to slash price of Dreamcast - Tech News - CNET.com
Sega is expected Wednesday to cut the price of its Dreamcast game console by one-third to $99 to get rid of excess inventory as it abandons the production of the machine, according to sources familiar with the plan.
Slashdot | Running BIND 4 or 8? Upgrade!
The Dev was the first of several zillion to
point out that security holes were found
in BIND. The detailed table of known vulnerabilities will
help clarify (and it has tarball links too), but the short
version is, if you're running BIND 4 or BIND 8, set aside
some time today to upgrade to 4.9.8 or 8.2.3 (not beta,
betas of 8.2.3 are vulnerable). And now's a good time to
reconsider version 9, too. SecurityFocus warns that the
last time a BIND hole of this magnitude was found, it was
followed by a "cyber-crime wave." Exploits for these holes
were successfully created by COVERT Labs, but nobody
seems to know whether they're in the wild yet.
BUILDING A BIGGER, BETTER BART/Experts suggest improving the current system before extending it
BART is breaking down and could indeed
crumble as ridership grows but, rather
than improve the current system, its
focus remains on continuously adding to
the system. As one analyst puts it,
"Continuing to do these extensions is like
wanting to build three new living rooms
on your house while the roof is caving in."
Part Three in a series.
Just Call Me Mike, Says First Husband
Mike, 54, is a lawyer and has plans to take up certain "socio-civic" causes, the newspaper said, adding that he would also pursue his photographic ambitions in the presidential palace.
Asked about his role as spouse, he said: "I'll just take photos of her."
Super Bowl XXXV Facts and Figures
COST OF THE VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY: $12,000. WHO MAKES THE SUPER BOWL TROPHY: Tiffany & Co. of New York. COST OF SUPER BOWL RINGS: League pays for up to 125 rings at $5,000 per ring (plus adjustments for increases in gold and diamonds). League also pays for 125 pieces of jewelry for the losing team, which may not cost more than one-half the price set for the Super Bowl ring.
Heavy Babies Are Smarter Adults
In the biggest study to date examining the influence of birth weight on intelligence, scientists have found that babies born on the heavy side of normal tend to be brighter as adults.
O'Reilly Network: Establishing Good Password Policies [Jan. 17, 2001]
This article covers several ideas for creating a password policy and configuring login.conf classes to implement policies.
Rumsfeld Planning Missile Defense
President Bush intends to move ahead with a national missile defense plan despite objections from Russia and other countries, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday. via metaflter.com.
InternetNews - Web Developer News -- Microsoft's .Net Campaign Likely Finished
Rob Enderle, an analyst at the Giga Information Group, said this week's
setbacks effectively destroyed its still-fresh campaign and any Web
"It's destroyed," Enderle said. "While they're running a big campaign talking
about the reliability of MS products is not the time to have major outages at
the site, particularly for sites as visible as Microsoft. (The outages) pretty
much destroyed their advertising campaign, and any value they might have
achieved from that campaign is pretty much gone.
"In fact, there's even a risk that the campaign will become an industry
joke," Enderle said
OS Has a Face You Can Love
The Athena operating system, under development for almost two years by Rocklyte has the ambitious goal
of creating an operating system that will run on any device and look like whatever you want.
The first beta is out for Athena, which will be a customizable object-oriented interface that can sit on top
of any operating system's kernel including Linux, Mac OS and Windows. The modular design enables
developers to write one source code base that can be run on all three platforms without rewriting the
Death Cycle of Presidents Elected in a Zero Year
The conventional wisdom of American campains is that the bottom of the ticket, the
nominee for Vice President has little or impact on the election results. However,
should an old Indian curse be once again fulfilled, America could be led by a
President Cheney or a President Lieberman before the year 2004. Of course there
are doubters who find the notion of such a curse to be ridiculous, but in their ranks
one would be hard pressed to find the families of eight past American Presidents. via camworld.
Blackbox @ alug.org
i installed the blackbox window manager on my freebsd box. it's working great so far. some cool features : minimal resource usage, fast and simple interface, and support for multiple desktop environments. one minor problem, i can't alt-tab to another window.
scifi.ign.com:Fox Takes Aim at Lone Gunmen
i'm surfing and watching temptation island (yeah, i know). i see this commerical for new show the Lone Gunmen and i'm interested but i missed the url. so i go to the fox web site. ugh, i couldn't find anything there. no lone gunmen info, no search, nothing. anyways, as usual, i was able to find it using google. errr, fox.
Documentary Details Dot-Com Death
Documentary Startup.com goes inside one of the most prominent Internet
flops, whose brief history included a White House visit and being
burglarized in a case of suspected corporate espionage.
The film, which premieres this week at the Sundance Film Festival
chronicles the startup that planned to help citizens interact with government
services for things like paying parking tickets online.
Long Day's Journey Into Tights
Krista Cope, an actual female who also plays one
in EverQuest, found that players often change
their behavior toward her when they realize she's
a real-life woman and not just a character, but
usually in a good way.
"Most are happy to find a female gamer, and are
fairly friendly," she said. "Several of my guild
mates tend to be like protective older brothers. But
I enjoy that. It's like that with other RPG games,
too. If you are a female playing a female
character, the guys tend to treat you better. They
seem genuinely excited to see a few real woman
Apache Tutorial: Introduction to Server Side Includes
This article deals with Server Side Includes, usually called simply SSI. In this article, I'll talk about configuring your
server to permit SSI, and introduce some basic SSI techniques for adding dynamic content to your existing HTML
cowan alexander auction and liquidation schedule
if you were interested by the last article (i like was).
Gazoontite: Going, Going, Gone
Over the next three months, Cowan's firm plans to arrange another
four or five dot-com auctions. The companies doing the sales either
shut down or decided to scale back their businesses and sell off
unneeded equipment as prospects for new investment dry up.
BSD Today: AFTERBOOT(8) Manual Page from OpenBSD
The default gateway address is stored in the /etc/mygate file. If you
need to edit this file, a painless way to reconfigure the network after-
wards is route flush followed by a sh -x /etc/netstart command. Or, you
may prefer to manually configure using a series of route add and route
delete commands (see route(8)).
, your 'about me' link on your front page is a broken link.
CNET.com - News - Personal Technology - GPS owners play high-tech hide-and-seek
Geocaching has since evolved into a sport played in 43 states and 12 countries. This high-tech version of hide-and-seek involves looking for and planting caches--usually a logbook to record visits and trinkets such as maps, toys and food. The point of the game isn't what you find in the cache but simply finding it, using GPS (global positioning system) information supplied by the cacher. Once a cache is found, the geocacher can take something and leave something behind for the next person.
Clinton Admits False Statements
In a deal sparing himself possible indictment,
President Clinton acknowledged Friday for the first
time that he had made false statements under oath about Monica
Lewinsky. He also surrendered his law license as part of an arrangement
with prosecutors who had pursued him for six years.
Slashdot | What Do You Do With 1 Million Atari Games?
this guy has
over a million unopened Atari 2600 and 7800 games
sitting in a limestone mine-turned warehouse for sale for a
bug a cardtridge. If you still have a machine, check it out
(at a buck a cartridge, its quite the deal). Or else you
could get the cartridge and make your emulator legal!
Estrada Reportedly May Resign
Estrada's hold on power fell
apart as military and political allies abandoned
him and hundreds of thousands of Filipinos
threatened to march on the presidential palace at
dawn Saturday to force him out.
The former movie star, beleaguered for months by
corruption allegations, was reportedly negotiating over terms for his
resignation. His vice president - who has led the opposition campaign to
remove him - on Friday declared herself the new commander in chief of
I forgot my root password, what do I do now? err...
re-runs, catching up on some blogging.
Linux.com - Personal Side of Being a Sysadmin
So you think you've got what it takes to administrate a server farm or
office network with hundreds, if not thousands of users on it? The
unfortunate reality of being a Systems Administrator is that sometime
during your career, you will most likely run into a user (or lus3r if you
prefer) whom has an IQ of a diced carrot and demands that you drop
everything to fix their system/email/whatever.
This article focuses on how to deal with these kinds of issues. We will
look at how to deal with day-to-day issues that spring up, and more
importantly how not to deal with them. We will go over a number of tips
and tricks that will pull your bacon from the coals when stuff happens.
Finally, we will look at how to deal with priorities in a triage situation
when it all goes wrong.
CNN.com - US - Blackouts ordered for second day in California - January 18, 2001
A Stage 3 electrical emergency also remains in effect, meaning power
reserves are expected to fall below 1.5 percent.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the agency that
manages the state's power grid, uses blackouts as an emergency
measure to prevent the grid from collapsing.
Rolling blackouts involve switching off entire neighborhoods for a limited
time to relieve the strain on the system.
FORTUNE.com: 1/12/2001 - Valley Talk: Freebies Aren't Forever
One thing's for sure: whether you'll be picking up the entire check or just paying the tip, the free ride on many of your favorite sites is about over.
ZDNet: News: Net worm hobbles Linux servers
The worm spreads by scanning the Internet for servers
based on Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) 6.2 or 7.0 and then
attempts to gain access using two common exploits.
When it does gain access, it installs a so-called "root
kit," which patches the security holes and installs special
programs that replace common system functions. Ramen
also replaces the main page on Web servers with an
HTML file claiming: "RameN Crew--Hackers
Rolling Blackouts Begin in Bay Area
State officials ordered rolling blackouts
throughout Northern California late this morning
as power reserves failed to keep pace with
It was the first time rolling blackouts have been
ordered on a statewide basis.
The blackouts are expected to last through the
afternoon and into the evening, according to
officials at the Independent System Operator,
which oversees the energy network.
tip of the day.
Alt-Click and you shall receive. I was thinking, gosh, it's pretty much a standard thing on Windows now to have to
right-click something, then move your mouse down and click
on Properties in order to get to, well, the properties of the thing
and do something useful. It'd be cool if there was a shortcut
for that -- say, hold down your alt key while you double-clicked on the thing. And then I tried it and, like magic, my idea was implemented.
Net blamed as crisis roils California
Charging Up Silicon Valley
Typical electrical power consumption in Santa Clara:
One office building: 5 watts per sq. ft.
One R&D lab: 15 watts per sq. ft.
One semiconductor fab plant: 30-50 watts per sq. ft.
One data center: 85-100 watts per sq. ft.
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Justin's Relationship Resume.
Slashdot | 'Matrix' Sequels In Trouble?
They've had one of the major actors pull out due to scheduling conflicts and Keanu is rumored to have broken his ankle while in training. Scifi.com is carrying the rumour/style. " Yes, Michelle Yeoh[?] (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has pulled out - but the other part to remember is that SAG[?] will almost be certainly going on strike, delaying production in any case.
BSD Today: Process accounting with lastcomm and sa
Over a year ago, I had an interesting job of tracking down how a root superuser account vanished. Once I was on the system, it appeared that the issue was not malicious and I enjoyed the detective work tracking down the problem.
My AOL | Today's News
Unisys, Microsoft, Dell to Create New Voting System.
Find out the current status of any flights between major cities within the United States. requires java.
It is a destination where people will want to live, work, play and discover at San Francisco's newest neighborhood. Mission Bay will offer spectacular bay and city views creating a unique place of tradition and innovation.
of PS2's The Getway.
entertainment : Fresh off her People's Choice Award win, Friends star
Jennifer Aniston is a signature away from starring in the low-budget indie
The Good Girl, Variety reports. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck),
the film revolves around a married woman whose boring life is turned upside
down when she has an affair with a stock boy who thinks he's Holden
TheStandard.com: And in This Corner, From Redmond, Washington ...
The demo was full of snazzy graphics but lacked
any real news, said a few reporters. News.com's
David Becker pointed out that the Xbox's technical details have been available since March. Wired
News also commented on still-missing Xbox
information such as price and shipping date.
if you pre-ordered one, the receipt had a sale value of 399 and the ship date as SEP 2001
I already know that the PS2 can play PS1 games, audio CD's, and DVD's, I was just wondering if it will also play VCD's ? I ask this because I know that the VCD format is much more popular in Asia then here in the U. S. I don't want to spend money on VCD's only to find out later that my PS2 won't play them. Aga
Nope. There will apparently be a version of the PS2 in Asia that will play VCDs but the US version will not. Not too much call for it.
Do some sort of check of yourself in which you re-evaluate what exactlyit is that you are working for. If it is fun and relaxation that you areafter, maybe you are actually passing it by without even realizing it.The fun you seek is right there in front of your face, and it would bebest if you take advantage of it now instead of waiting until some magichour at which point you feel you have earned it. Remember: Live in themoment.
New GBA Dodgeball Game On the Horizon
Do you remember Super Dodge Ball? Anyone who owned an NES undoubtedly has played this goofy sports game, featuring sets of tiny, chubby players pounding each other with outlandish special throws. It didn't have much to do with dodgeball the way we played it in elementary school, but it was a blast. And now it's coming to the Game Boy Advance, sort of.
CNET.com - News - Entertainment & Media - Linux to star on silver screen
Hall, a consultant on the film, was offered a cameo, but couldn't make it because he had to attend a computer trade show in China. Instead, the role went to Miguel de Icaza, Linux icon and peppy leader of the Gnome desktop project, who in the film presents the hero with an open-source award. Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy also appears in the film's trailers.
CNET.com - News - E-Business - eBay goes back online after prolonged outages
After a day of lengthy outages, eBay said Thursday that it has restored its auction system and intends to upgrade its hardware in the coming weeks to provide improved service.
- Screen Size Tester.
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