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  • So Easy a Gordon Freeman Could Do It (Original Game Model)
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments


    This was to be the in-game model for Gordon Freeman in the original Half Life game. However, as the game evolved, so did the main character. Aren’t you glad? Unreliable sources say that the designer of this model went on to work for GEICO.

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  • New Open Source Intrusion Detector Suricata Released
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    richrumble writes “The OISF has released the beta version of the Suricata IDS/IPS engine: The Suricata Engine is an Open Source Next Generation Intrusion Detection and Prevention Engine. This engine is not intended to just replace or emulate the existing tools in the industry, but will bring new ideas and technologies to the field. This new Engine supports Multi-Threading, Automatic Protocol Detection (IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, HTTP, TLS, FTP and SMB! ), (more…)

  • AT&T: landline phone service must die; only question is when
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    AT&T tells the FCC that, with consumers embracing VoIP and wireless, it’s time for the agency to schedule a sunset date for landline telephony. But the move could force the Commission to resolve many long-delayed questions about unbundling and the Universal Service Fund.

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  • Boost a Weak 3G Modem Signal, With a Saucepan
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    modeca writes “Using only commonly available kitchen equipment this guy demonstrates the amazing powers of an ordinary metal pan to boost the 3G reception of his USB modem. It really seems to work, check the right hand side of the graph in the video.” It’s not that crazy: cheap antenna boosting (for USB WiFi dongles, Bluetooth, and more) has been elevated to a fine art in New Zealand.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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  • 2010 AFC and NFC Pro Bowl Roster
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Rosters for 2010 Pro Bowl, to be played Jan. 31 in Miami.

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  • PS3 Sells More Than 1m as FF XIII Hits Number 1
    By on December 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Final Fantasy XIII breaks Nintendo domination to take the top spot worldwide this week (with just a Japanese release so far) as PS3 hardware increases 50% in the weekly data for 13th to 19th Dec 09

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  • 12 Ways To Curb Your Spending
    By on December 30, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    A particularly effective means of draining your bank account is to do so in small doses. Twenty-dollar withdrawals from the ATM feel so petty that it doesn’t seem harmful to go through half a dozen of them over the course of a few days. Of course, when the monthly statement comes in, it becomes clear just how damaging they really are.

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  • Cardinals Win 10 Games in a Season for First Time Since 1976
    By on December 30, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    It used to be that winning 10 pro football games in two seasons was a milestone around here. This year, the Cardinals have won that many in just one season, making Arizona history. But the success hasn’t come without problems.

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  • In Kenya, reason for hope
    By on December 30, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    We are in the “respite wing” at Nyumbani, a home for abandoned, HIV-infected children located in a leafy suburb of Nairobi. After eight glorious days on safari, we are spending the next two days helping out in Nyumbani and New Life – both homes for HIV-positive babies, then visiting the Harambee Community Center in the Mukuru slum.

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  • Following In Bing’s Footsteps, Yahoo! and Flickr Censor Porn In India
    By on December 29, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    bhagwad writes “Following recent news on how Bing decided sex was too sensitive for India, Yahoo! and its associated site Flickr have decided to do the same. While it’s true that this is because of India passing laws that prohibit the publication of porn, no complaint was ever launched (and never will be), and glorious Google still continues to return accurate and unbiased results. So why is Yahoo! doing this? Is it because of its tie-up with Bing? (more…)