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 Thursday, 2-July-2009  04:22:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Top story of the moment would have to be that ThePirateBay has been sold to a software company. The company says that after it has completed the acquisition it will launch new business models so that copyright owners get paid, which is clearly a huge diversion from TPB’s previous modus operandi.

Sony have apparently applied for a patent for PS2 compatability on PS3's, entirely emulated. So maybe people (like me) with 40GB PS3s and other models lacking native PS2 compatability will be able to get our oldschool gaming fix. Interpretation is like having someone constantly translating English to Japanese for you, non stop, twenty four hours a day wherever you go. Decoding and recompiling is like someone translating a sets of words and putting them in a dictionary you can reference.

Check out this carnivorous clock that eats bugs. The ensuing chemical reaction, or "digestion," is transformed into power that keeps the rollers rollin' and the LCD clock ablaze. The pair offers an alternative design fueled by mice, another contraption whose robotic arm plucks insect-fuel from spider webs with the help of a video camera, and a lamp powered by insects lured to their deaths with ultraviolet LEDs. Man, this is so wrong it has to be right.

China is apparently banning gold farming in online gaming. The trading of virtual currency for real cash employs hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and generates between $200 million and $1 billion annually, according to a 2008 survey conducted by Richard Heeks at the University of Manchester. He estimates that between 80% and 85% of gold farmers are based in China. Discussion here.

Lemming spotted a clever bit of CGI, this transforming laptop video on YouTube.

If you're addicted to energy drinks like me, you might want to get your hands on NASA's sports drink, now available to the public. Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., put 15 years of research into the drink's development. NASA astronauts have been drinking the formula on missions for nearly 20 years.

IGN toured Blizzard's studio recently. Last week IGN AU was lucky enough to head over to Blizzard's HQ in California to play the latest multiplayer build of StarCraft II.



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