Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online



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via Slashdot by Soulskill on 9/8/09

CWmike writes "Think you're a Monopoly whiz? Remember running the board and shaming your property-less competitors when playing board games on the living room floor? Well, the age-old game of buying property and making your rivals pay big for landing on your Railroad is now going global. The new, free web game will use Google Maps and Street View to make the whole planet the game board. The online version of Monopoly is set to launch on Wednesday."

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Exoskeletons For Rent In Japan

It was only a matter of time, now how long before a full sized Gundam?


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via Slashdot by kdawson on 9/8/09

destinyland writes "Cyberdyne has started renting their exoskeleton body suits in Japan. The mind-controlled wearable machine increases strength and endurance, and rents for $2,300 a month. (Sensors on the skin detect traces of nerve signals from the brain, synchronizing the power suit's movements with the user's own limbs.) New video shows the suits in use on the streets of Tokyo, and the concept may be catching on. DARPA now has a program called Exoskeletons for Human Performance Augmentation 'to develop devices and machines that will increase the speed, strength and endurance of soldiers in combat environments.'"

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Meet the 2009 San Francisco 49ers


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via Goal Posts by Taylor Price on 9/7/09

The 49ers put in a little amount of work on Labor Day. They did so by taking their team photo on Monday. Tackle Tony Pashos, the team's newest member was also in attendance.

The 6-6, 326-pound lineman stood out for his size, but also because his last name has yet to be sewn on his new No. 77 jersey. But Pashos, who signed with the 49ers earlier in the day, looked happy to be amongst his new teammates.

At one point of the team photo, the photographer told Pashos to lift his chin. After a perfectly timed pause, the photographer said to Pashos, "Not that chin, your other chin!" Which got a huge laugh out of the entire team.

When the players broke into individual photos with their positional coaches, guard Chilo Rachal had advice for some of his fellow players on how to appear skinnier. "Lift your head up and stick your chin out!" he said with a smile to some teammates in the vicinity.

Perhaps the funniest moment of the afternoon was seeing cornerback Shawntae Spencer come out on the field wearing his red practice jersey. Spencer needed to be reminded that the team would be wearing the red game jersey and not the red practice jersey.

But it wasn't all bad news for Spencer on Labor Day. Head coach Mike Singletary announced on Monday that Spencer would be the team's starting right cornerback entering the '09 season.

Spencer battled back from an ACL tear that caused him to miss practically all of last season. After rehabbing his injury, Spencer battled with Dre' Bly and Tarell Brown throughout camp for the team's other starting cornerback job.

Without leading the competition at any point, Spencer was able to show the coaching staff enough to win the job at the very end.


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Defraggler V1.13


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via Piriform Blog on 8/20/09

Perking right along through the heat of summer, the dev team has released the latest version of Defraggler. We've got a couple of new features, performance improvements, and the usual bits and bobbles.

1. Command-Line Quick Defrag

The last version of Defraggler (v1.12) introduced Quick Defrag, a drop-down selection in the main Defraggler window you can use to run a much faster, though slightly less efficient defrag.

For those of you running Defraggler from the command line, you can now instruct it to use the Quick Defrag option. Here's the syntax:

df.exe [file or filemask or folder or drive label] /QD

To see all of the command-line options, type df.exe /? at a command prompt, or see this topic:

2. Folder Index entries

Microsoft Windows stores information about files in folders in a hidden file called the folder index. For example, if you create a file in a folder, that folder's index will contain the filename, creation timestamp, an archive bit, and more.

Advanced users may want to view folder index entries in the file list viewable after you analyze a drive.

To set folder index entries as viewable, click Settings, then click Options… On the General tab, click Show folder index entries in file list, and then click OK.

The folder index entries will show up as [Folder Entry] in the list.

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Here's the full list of changes:

  • Added quick defrag to command line version.
  • Added option to view folder index entries in file list.
  • Fixed bug related to excessive GDI objects.
  • Fixed tab issue in search tab.
  • Improved speed of moving very large files to the end of the drive.
  • Several minor bugs fixed.

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CCleaner v2.23


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via Piriform Blog on 8/26/09

With Microsoft Windows 7.0 having been released to developers we've been working hard to fix any final compatibility issues. With this latest version of CCleaner, we've added support for cleaning the new Taskbar Jump Lists.

For this release, we also focused on tidying up the user interface and adding niceties that make it easier to use. The new results window has been fixed and improved - a lot of feedback and suggestions came from our users, and we really appreciate that!

We've made even more improvements which are listed below in the full change log:

CCleaner v2.23.993

  • Added Taskbar Jump List cleaning for Windows 7.
  • Added history cleaning support for Opera 10.
  • Added icons to Cookie selection to show browser.
  • Improved scrolling in new results window.
  • Improved Avira Anti-virus cleaning.
  • Improved multiselect in listviews.
  • Improved 64-bit support when including/excluding files.
  • Improved 64-bit issue detection in Registry screen.
  • Updated internal icons.
  • Added language support for Armenian.
  • Fixed language bugs with new results window.
  • Fixed bug in Recycle Bin cleaning.
  • Fixed minor bug with help files in Registry Cleaner.
  • Fixed bug when deleting an application in Uninstall Tool.
  • Fixed bug when enabling/disabling in Startup Tool.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
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Recuva v1.30


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via Piriform Blog on 9/2/09

The previous version of Recuva brought recovery of deleted emails for users of Mozilla Thunderbird. With v1.30, we've extended that support to Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail.

Normally, when you delete an email, it is moved into the email program's Trash or Deleted Items. But what happens when you empty these and then need that email back?

No problem - Recuva's got you covered! If you're using the Recuva Wizard, select "Other" as the File Type. In the results window, switch to advanced view and select Emails from the filter drop-down. If Recuva has recovered deleted emails, they will be contained in ZIP files in the form: Thunderbird emails.ZIP. Restore this ZIP file, and you'll find your deleted emails, sorted by folders. The emails are in the .EML format, which most email programs can read. Double-click an EML file to view the email in your default email program. Depending on the program, you may also be able to import the EML files back into the program's database.

The full change log is below:

  • Added recovery of emails from Outlook Express.
  • Added recover of emails from Windows Mail.
  • Added 'Email' filter.
  • Fixed bug that could cause secure delete to fail in list view.
  • Various bug fixes.

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Sega Dreamcast Turns 10


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via Slashdot by Soulskill on 9/9/09

traycerb writes "It's been 10 years since 9/9/1999, when the Dreamcast launched on American shores. The hardware was ahead of its time; online capability, web browser, a visual memory unit, and a controller that anticipated the much-loved Xbox 360 controller. The games were amazing: Jet Set Radio (the first popular 3d cell-shaded game on a console), Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (still the apotheosis of 2-d fighting; just try finding a copy on ebay), Soul Calibur (still looks good compared to the recent Xbox/PS3 versions), NFL 2K (came out of nowhere, and was so good that it shook EA into spending tens of millions of dollars to seal up exclusivity for NFL rights), and many others. No doubt some of the reasons for the Dreamcast's demise lay with Sega, whose dubious hardware decisions (ahem, 32x) finally caught up to them, in the form of ambivalence from both developers and gamers, just as the console-making world was shifting to the multinationals with big pockets who were willing to spend it on pricey hardware design (or could absorb the cost of faulty hardware design). It was also one of the first consoles widely used for homebrew. In honor of the 10th anniversary, a new game is being released for the Dreamcast, called Rush Rush Rally Racing. The Dreamcast is dead! Long live the Dreamcast!"

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