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Sunday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 10-March-2013  13:08:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rebuilt my main PC yesterday. It's still almost theraputic to strip it down and clean all the dust out, then reinstall the O/S on a shiny new SSD. Plus it's now a lot more responsive and a lot quieter!

There's much online angst about the new SimCity and its various launch issues. It has been out for three days, and SimCity is broken. Seriously, unplayably broken. As a long-time fan who's been looking forward to this week for many years, this is a huge, frustrating disappointment. The worst part? The main issue isn't with the game itself, but an entirely unnecessary and completely avoidable always-online DRM system that's keeping millions of fans from playing the game they paid for, when they were told they'd be able to play it. EA are now offering a free game in apology. Discussion here.

There's some more Google Glass developments, perhaps most notable being the first venue to ban it. The 5 Point, a self-described dive bar in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, posted a notice to its Facebook page this week telling Glass Explorers looking to grab a pint that they will need to remove their $1,500 spectacles. The story was noted today on GeekWire. "For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses," the post reads. "And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators."

Boy Scouts can now earn a game design badge. Recognizing the importance of games in society, the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday announced an all-new Game Design merit badge. To earn the badge, scouts will first have to "analyze different types of games; describe play value, content, and theme; and understand the significance of intellectual property as it relates to the game industry." The scout will then put this knowledge to use by designing his own game, and keeping a design notebook for the project. Scouts can choose to create a card, board, or dice game or even a smartphone app.

There's been a fenderbender in space, with a Russian satellite having its course "abruptly changed" by remnants of a Chinese satellite, blown up in an anti-satellite test years ago. CSSI technical program manager T.S. Kelso reported that the collision involved the Chinese space junk and Russia's small Ball Lens In The Space (BLITS) retroreflector satellite, a 17-pound spacecraft. The Fengyun 1C satellite debris was created during China's anti-satellite test on Jan. 11, 2007, and has posed a threat to satellites and crewed spacecraft ever since.

Three-quarters of a man's skull has been replaced by a 3D-printed implant. The company says it can now provide the 3D printouts to replace bone damaged by disease or trauma after the US Food and Drug Administration granted approval on February 18. The implant is more than a simple moulded plastic plate: Tiny surface details are etched into the polyetherketoneketone to encourage the growth of cells and bone.



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