Oversimplified gameplay haunts 'Batman Begins'

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Gaming

The recent trend of movie-based video games resumes as the Dark Knight returns to consoles everywhere in Batman Begins. Unfortunately, the stealth-based adventure is hampered by overly basic gameplay.

Analysis: What the ruling against Grokster really means

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Legal

As this morning's 55-page US Supreme Court decision in MGM v. Grokster has now had time to be fully disseminated and analyzed, consensus is taking shape that even peer-to-peer services not named in the lawsuit may find themselves in legal hot water very soon.

China's Internet Users Top 100 Million

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China's population of Internet users has surpassed 100 million, the government said Tuesday, coming in second behind the United States, which has 135 million.

Lawsuit seeks disclosure in credit card heist

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Legal

A lawsuit was filed Monday intended to help consumers and merchants left in the dark after a digital break-in that put millions of credit card accounts at risk of fraud.

Space station gets HAL-like computer

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Sci/Tech

A voice-operated computer assistant is set to be used in space for the first time on Monday – its operators hope it proves more reliable than "HAL", the treacherous speaking computer in the movie 2001.

UK Phishers Caught, Packed Away

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Authorities in the UK have sentenced two men to prison for their role in a phishing scam, according to a statement from the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.

Quake Mobile next month

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Quake, the famous 3D Shooter from id Software that was originally released in 1996 for the PC, is being ported for 3D-enabled mobile phones this July.

Oh noooooo! Tigger AND Piglet pass away

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Obits

'Twas a sad weekend in Hundred Acre Wood.

Paul Winchell, the early TV pioneer best remembered for creating a string of cartoon voices, most famously Winnie the Pooh's pal Tigger, died Friday. A day later, John Fiedler, the veteran stage and screen actor who voiced Piglet, passed away.

Somewhere Eeyore is even more glum than usual.

Interview: Ryan Quinn, Symphony OS

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In place of their "Distro of the Week", DistroWatch has published an interview with Ryan Quinn, project manager of the revolutionary SymphonyOS.

Bluefish... It's A Keeper

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Reviews

Bluefish is a handy, text-based HTML editor for anybody that needs to crank out a lot of Web content, without a lot of fluff. It is a mature application that does its job quickly and efficiently.

PS3 To Have More Power

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Reports have surfaced saying that the version of Sony's new console shown at the E3 was using only 75 percent of the machines final capabilities.

File-Sharing Services May Be Sued

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Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

CLI Magic: locate, slocate, and rlocate

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Sometimes you need to find a file right now, and you don't want to search for it one directory after another. That's the time to visit the CLI and locate the missing file. Or slocate it, depending on your distribution. There is just one problem with using locate or slocate, and that's staying up to date. Here's how they work and how to use them.

Lawmakers Aim to Protect Public Broadband

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Fourteen U.S. states have passed laws limiting municipal broadband services, with large Internet providers lobbying against city-offered services. Two U.S. senators have jumped into a growing debate about whether cities should be allowed to create tax-funded broadband services, with the two introducing a bill that would prevent states from outlawing municipal broadband projects.

Reinventing the Internet

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Web

Originally developed by the Defense Department, the Internet is now a global electronic-communications network made up of hundreds of millions of computers. Because no one entity owns it, the network depends on goodwill to function smoothly. The Internet has become so huge — and so misused — that some worry that its power to improve society has been undermined. Now a movement to upgrade the network — to create an Internet 2.0 — is gathering steam.

Security holes haunt RealPlayer

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Real Networks has fixed four serious security vulnerabilities in its Real, Rhapsody and Helix media players. The flaw affects most RealPlayer software for Windows as well as Rhapsody, which is used for Real's subscription music service. A similar attack method can be used to exploit another flaw in RealPlayer for OS X, Windows and Linux as well as the Helix Player for Linux.

IBM gift creates new tech courses

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OSS

IBM is donating about $5 million in software and training to start a college program teaching open source software -- a growing range of computer programs that rely on freely-published software. Programs using open source software such as Linux and Firefox have begun to dent the dominance of Microsoft.

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Web Site Makes Gov't. Reports Available

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A new Web site aims to make widely available to the public certain government reports about topics from terrorism to Social Security that congressional researchers prepare and distribute now only to lawmakers.

AMD unveils Athlon FX-57 gaming processor

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Gaming

Not everything has turned dual-core yet - single-cores still set the pace in most applications. AMD takes its FX series into a performance range where Intel cannot follow at this time.

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