FFXI: Windurst Walls

Windurst Walls re-created. This is craftsmanship beyond belief. Absolutely fantastic.

FFXI: Weekend progress

In the last recent days I made a huge number of merits again. All general categories are completed with only Bard left for some merits.
At the moment I am selling lots of Dominion Ops weapons to NPCs to make money. It’s a good income.

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Proof that violent games increase aggressive behaviour?

The university of Missouri under the associate professor of psychology Bruce Bartholow was sick of the discussion if there is a link between violent games and violent behaviour. They wanted proof once and for all.
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Prisoners in China forced to farm gold in games

The news sound at first like a bad joke but it is unfortunately the truth.
The detention at Jixi re-education-through-labour camp in Heilongjiang province forces some prisoners to play online games in 12-hour shifts. Prison guards then trade-off these virtual goods to make real money, actually quite a sum too averaging from €540-640 a day.
Failing to fulfil your daily quota resulted often in physical punishment. The prisoners never receive any share of this money. Despite the fact that China started to regulate the virtual currency market in 2009 the actual prisoner delivering this story to the Guardian[1] believes these practices are still in place after he departed in 2004.

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Keine neuen Gesetze fürs Internet?

Bundesinnenminister Hans-Peter Friedrich scheint verstanden zu haben das weitere Regulierung das Internet weder besser noch sicherer macht. Selbstregulierung ist wichtig. Wo der Gesetzgeber jedoch stärker mitwirken sollte wäre der Datenschutz sowie dessen Einhaltung insbesondere bei so Größen wie Facebook, Google und Apple.

Endlich ein Minister der die neuen Medien versteht und nutzen zu weiß? Ich würde es sehr begrüßen.

Quelle:

Financial Times Deutschland: Gastkommentar des Innenministers

The threat of software patents

In the past patent trolls were often trying to make some quick money by abusing some old or too generally speaking patents to sue some companies to force them into licensing deals. On the bigger business it often was about lawsuits and counter-suits between big players like Apple vs. Samsung about technology or previous deals that went out of hand.

But what is actually a patent?
A patent protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are  made of and how they are made. It gives the owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without permission.” says the intellectual property office of the United Kingdom. [1] Read more »

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

I just finished “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” on Wii.
My statistics:

  • Characters: 94%
  • Items: 69%
  • Yarn: 33%
  • Medals: 88%
  • Music: 61%
  • Movies: 100%

 

Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice

Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.

Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.

Read the full original article: Hubpages.com: Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice

Read the original research for this cancer: ualberta.ca: DCA Research Information, Faculty of medicine & dentistry at the University of Alberta

Guild Wars 2: City of Lion’s Arch

Hambuster

Fantastic short animation. NSFW! 😀

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