"The ring of the new year has come with an unpleasant surprise for some users of Microsoft's Hotmail service. According to multiple postings on Microsoft's official support forum for Windows Live, a number of users are reporting that their entire Hotmail accounts have been completely deleted without warning." | more
"Duke Nukem Forever will finally be a reality thanks to Gearbox Software picking up the pieces, so be prepared for a Duke revival. Some very ambitious and talented fans in Finland decided to shoot a short film with Duke Nukem spending some quality time inside a strip club before the alien invasion. It was all done in a day with a single Red One HD camera." | more
"A group of researchers have developed a way to identify pirated movies by reducing the original to a signature genetic code. The system can match even videos that have been altered or had their colors changed to the source, an area where many video piracy mechanisms fall short. Drs. Alex and Michael Bronstein and Professor Ron Kimmel have come up with a way to isolate a certain subset of data from video files that serves an analogous role to a fingerprint at a crime scene.
From 3dGameMan.com I'd like to wish you a Happy Holiday season and a safe New Year.
"A theatre in Chicago is staging a production of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" with a twist. The entire play is delivered in thIngan Hol, the language of the Klingon race, which was developed in 1984 by linguist Marc Okrand for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." | more
"Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use," it said. "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect." | more
"Google's wonderful new Ngram Viewer allows Internet users to search a huge corpus of scanned books from 1800 to 2008, searching them by word and graphing the results over time. This is far more awesome than it sounds, because it allows us to chart the history of all sorts of things. And, of course, to settle bar bets. For instance: which is superior, Mac or PC? And how would we decide?
"This new plug-in, known as the HTML5 Extension for Windows Media Player Firefox Plug-in, is available for download here at no cost. It extends the functionality of the earlier plug-in for Firefox, and enables web pages that that offer video in the H.264 format using standard W3C HTML5 to work in Firefox on Windows.
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"As Tron: Legacy vehicle designer Daniel Simon put it in a recent interview on this very site, "We're living in a very fast-moving world. Even for me - I'm 34 now, and it's shocking to me how... I mean, when I saw Avatar, I was so blown away, but I was also blown away by how fast people forgot about it. Like, a few weeks after it came out, if you were still talking about Avatar, you were so from yesterday!" | more
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