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Posted 2000-10-05 by Tony Walsh
  • An Everquest player gets banned from playing due to a piece of fiction she posted to a fan site. This is some interesting stuff. [discussion thread here] Instead of pursuing her on some kind of legal grounds (i.e. the story was a "derivitive work"), the game publisher banned her from playing. This might be the easiest way for them to silence people... except for the fact that Blues News picked up the story, and now the company looks pretty bad indeed.

  • Mister T versus Pokemon... you knew it had to happen. Does Pikachu get his pi pi slapped? Only you can tell! [link>wendy]

  • Pig-Human hybrids, and "patents on life". Greenpeace reports that "...Stem Cell Sciences (SCS) (Australia) and Biotransplant (USA) have jointly applied for a patent covering the cloning of embryos, including human embryos, as well as mixed species embryos from pigs and humans. In addition the companies applied for an exclusive right for genetic manipulation of embryos produced with their technology...In their application, the two companies reveal in detail that their scientists have already produced embryos, which were a mix of the two species, a human and a pig ... The resulting embryos were then grown for about a week." Creepy.

  • If Gauntlet was real. Sort of. Well worth the read, but only if you've ever played the game.

  • Crazy proxy server over at my shitty ISP is now displaying the index page I uploaded 2 months ago, even though a day or two ago I uploaded a new page. And viewed the new page. But now, the caching server or whatever the fuck is going on over at Sympatico HSE decided to wind the clock back about 8 weeks.
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    Comment posted by SimonH
    August 7, 2007 @ 9:25 am
    heheh interesting thread, but I don't have time to finish reading it.. work awaits.

    Robot-human interfaces have been around for ages. Not sure about the suitability for using MRI as a control mechanism though, but I've not looked into the long term effects of prolongued exposure to electromagnetic fields, and some resonance frequencies have been rumoured to be harmful.

    If you're looking at the simple stuff, check out bits like "Brainport". The camera/visual fittings are more public domain and marketed as "sight for the blind", but common sense dictates the system is equally well suited to other data forms.. sonar / thermal / remote links etc. Of course that's more the military's interest than public domain, but may have it's uses in more inhospitable environments too.
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