Thursday, March 24, 2011



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Crysis 2 is the sequel to one of the greatest PC first-person shooters yet
created. Featuring futuristic war, gorgeous destruction and the chance to
kick alien butt on the grandest stage of all, New York City, Crysis 2 is
destined at the least to equal its predecessor, if not surpass it
Additional features include: challenging AI enemies in the single player
campaign, 12-player support online, new and improved upgradable Nanosuit 2
technology and more

The world has been ravaged by a series of climatic disasters and society is
on the verge of total breakdown. Now the aliens have returned, with a full
invasion force bent on nothing less than the total annihilation of mankind,
starting by trying to rip the heart out of Earth's most iconic city

In New York, terrifying alien invaders stalk the streets and a nightmare
plague strikes down the city's myriad inhabitants with brutal epidemic
speed. The city's systems are in chaos, its streets and skyline are
smashed and in flaming ruin. This is New York City like you've never seen
it before. Neither paramilitary law enforcement nor the might of the US
military machine can stand against the invaders, and all who choose not to
flee are dead men walking. Just to survive in this maelstrom of death will
require technology beyond anything any modern soldier has ever seen

Yet one man will inherit that means to survive. One supersoldier, wielding
the combat enhancement technology of the future with Nanosuit 2, will make
the last stand to save humanity from destruction in the urban jungle that
is New York City.


New York New York - Crysis set the visual benchmark for PC games that
still stands today. Crysis 2 redefines the benchmark on console and PC
platforms, shifting their attention to the rich urban jungle of
New York City
Amazing Aliens and AI - Challenging best-in-class AI with unique group
coordination and group behavior systems which give realistic responses
to your actions
Nanosuit 2 - Adapt your combat tactics by customizing your Nanosuit and
weapons in real time with revised modes, unlocking a variety of
supersoldier abilities
Multiplayer - World-renowned multiplayer shooter studio Crytek
UK reinvents multiplayer with the dynamic intensity of Nanosuit 2
By using Nanosuit technology the player has nearly unlimited ways to
approach the dynamic combat environment. 1-12 players are supported online

Microsoft just scooped up 666,624 IPv4 addresses for $7.5 million

Microsoft has purchased 666,624 IPv4 addresses from the bankrupt networking vendor Nortel Netorks after a period of competitive bidding.

The 7.5 million dollars that Microsoft spent on the IPv4 addresses roughly breaks down to a per-unit price of $11.25. In perspective, that is cheaper than the price of registering a domain name, which usually costs around $10 depending on the registrar used.

An IP address is a numerical string that is used by a computer, or other object on a network, to be identified and located. IPv4 has been the prevalent form of IP address for some time.

Why was Microsoft interested in the IPv4 addresses? Because as a commodity they are nearly gone. In fact, the last batch has been issued, meaning that they are now, in effect, a scarce resource. There will be a nearly infinite number of IPv6 addresses available in the future, but complications with the transition to IPv6 has put a premium on the value of extant, and unused, IPv4 addresses.

IPv6, unlike IPv4, uses 128 bits to form an address, not the 32 bits that are employed by IPv4, creating a vast pool of potential addresses.

There were three other firms interested enough in the addresses to submit a bid, with Microsoft ending as the company willing to pay the most.

ICANN looks down on such sales, and anticipates their future occurrence will be limited. Whatever the case, Microsoft has again used its cash pool to give it an edge.

There has been much media hype on the scarcity of IPv4 addresses, something that this sale is sure to re-ignite. Let’s hope that IPv6 reaches maturity in short order, or the market could become somewhat ugly. Then again, according to Wikipedia, IPv6 is a technology still in its “infancy,” so any easing on the demand for open addresses might be a long way off.

According to court filings from the Nortal bankruptcy case, a decline in the value of IPv4 addresses over time is expected, as IPv6 comes into its own. For now though, IPv4 is still hot:

Because of the limited supply of IPv4 addresses, there is currently an opportunity to realize value from marketing the Internet Numbers, which opportunity will diminish over time as IPv6 addresses are more widely adopted.

If we manage to dig up who the other three bidders were, we will update this post. We would not be surprised if other companies that offer cloud computing and storage solutions were among the group, such as Amazon or Apple.

Hard Breakers

Real-Life Tron Lightcycle Guys Build A Grown-Up Sized Green Machine

If you remember our post about the $55k real-life Tron Lightcycle, then you’re probably already aware that Parker Brothers Custom Choppers have a thing for creating unique rides. Their latest creation is a full-sized version of the classic Green Machine ride-on toy, that forgoes pedal power for an 80-cubic inch Harley-Davidson Evo engine.

Longtime readers might remember a post about the Green Machine way back in 2007 as Huffy created an updated version of the toy, though it was still designed primarily for children. Thankfully the Parker Brothers decided kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so their version of the Green Machine also features in intimidating 45-inch front wheel, rear-wheel steering like the original, and has managed to reach 50mph in their testing. Sadly because of the rear tires their version isn’t DOT approved, so don’t expect to be placing orders for one anytime soon.

Barbie A Fairy Secret

BARBIE discovers that fairies are real and living around us all. She must visit them to save Ken after he was kidnapped and taken to a magical secret fairy world by a jealous fairy who wants to
marry him.
BARBIE and Raquelle must stick together as they learn that the real magic lies ithin the power of friendship.

Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

Facebook chief privacy advisor Mozelle Thompson appeared before the Australian Parliament’s cyber-safety committee this week to discuss Internet-related security issues. Thanks to the event, we learned that about 20,000 users are kicked off Facebook every day for various infractions, including for lying about their age.

“There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 [accessing Facebook],” Thompson told Federal Parliament’s cyber-safety committee, according to The Telegraph. “Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.”

Although the company requires its users to be at least 13-years-old, the limit is easily circumvented, like on pretty much any website on the Internet. “While the social network has mechanisms to detect liars,” Thompson admitted that “It’s not perfect”.

The original report suggested that the 20,000 accounts banned daily are all for individuals found not to be at least 13-years-old. This is not true; the number actually includes accounts deleted for any serious rule-breaking. Furthermore, it does “not include the proactive efforts that actually prevent fake or under age accounts from being created.”

“At Facebook, we take safety very seriously and we were pleased to participate in a hearing in Australia to talk about our safety policies, practices and systems,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “As we explained in the hearing, these efforts include removing numerous accounts everyday for activities including spamming, posting inappropriate content, and violating age restrictions.”

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Casio Reveals What Their First Bluetooth Low Energy Watch Will Look Like

The first prototype of Casio’s Bluetooth-equipped ’smart’watch was shown at CES 2011 back in January, and while it was one of the more interesting things we found at the show, we’ve been curious what the first production version would actually look like. It turns out that the Bluetooth 4.0 profile technology, which allows the watch to wirelessly communicate with a smartphone while still maintaining a 2+ year battery life, is just being integrated into one of the company’s G-Shock models. Definitely not a bad thing, unless you were hoping to have something particularly high-tech looking strapped to your list to draw people’s attention.

The most notable feature of the watch will be its ability to automatically sync the time to your smartphone, which are usually automatically set by the carrier’s network. Auto-setting watches that rely on broadcasts of the atomic clocks are already commonplace, but this should be more accurate and reliable, particularly when traveling. Other connected features will be the ability to monitor calls, emails and messages including who they’re from directly on the watch’s face, as well as providing vibrating or audible alerts for alarms setup on the phone itself. But at this time specific pricing and availability info have not been officially announced.

GParted Live 0.8.0-5

Steven Shiau has released a new stable version of GParted Live, a Debian-based live utility CD designed primarily for disk partitioning task, with some data rescue tools added into the mix. From the release notes: "This is GParted Live 0.8.0-5. New in this release: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system is based on the Debian 'Sid' repository (as of 2011-03-21); the Linux kernel has been updated to 2.6.38; package OpenSSH was added in this release, by default the SSH service is not started, and if you want to start it, make sure you have change the password and the file /etc/hosts.deny; bug fixed - a workaround was added to make setxkbmap work.". See also the changelog for a complete release history. Download the live CD image from here: gparted-live-0.8.0-5.iso (124MB, MD5). As always, don't forget to back up all your important data before employing a tool that modifies your disk partition layout.

Download Mirrors

Jade Empire Special Edition ViTALiTY

Step into the role of an aspiring martial arts master and
follow the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist. In this
multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions
will determine the fate of an empire. Will you prevent the
destruction of this beautiful land or crush it beneath
your heel? Are you a warrior who uses strength and
fighting mastery to bring peace, or will your power bring
pain and ruin?

LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars SKIDROW Cd Key


The beloved and critically acclaimed LEGO Star Wars franchise is back.

LEGO Star Wars III:The Clone Wars, combines the epic stories and iconic

characters from the Star Wars universe and hit animated TV series Star

Wars: The Clone Wars with all new gameplay features. Players will enjoy

brand new game mechanics allowing them to create, control and explore

in a galaxy far, far away like never before. Promising breathtaking

visuals as well as new characters and levels, the game also features

the signature tongue-in-cheek humor from the LEGO universe. With over

20 story-based missions and 40 bonus levels spanning the entire Clone

Wars era, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will allow fans to explore

endlessly and laugh their way through the Star Wars galaxy in the most

humorous, accessible and action-packed LEGO game to date.


New Story - For the first time, players will experience their favorite

stories from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, retold in the amazing LEGO

world that fans know and love.

Massive Ground Battles - Brand new to the LEGO Star Wars experience,

players will take control of battalions of clone troopers against the

relentless droid army - building bases, deploying vehicles and calling

in reinforcements to defeat opponents.

SceneSwap - Authentic to the Star Wars experience, a new feature allows

players to take control of multiple teams in separate locations.

Working together to complete various objectives, players will control

each team through the press of a button, while playing in single player

or in multiplayer co-op modes.

All New Boss Battles - For the first time in the LEGO Star Wars

franchise, fans will fight against massive bosses as seen in The Clone

Wars animated series, including Gor, the epic Zillo Beast and many

other favorites.

Multi-Layered Space Battles - Players will be able to take off in their

favorite ships to navigate and fly through multi-layered combat

throughout the galaxy.

New Combat Abilities - Characters will have more dynamic moves allowing

players greater freedom to battle their opponents. Characters will also

have new lightsaber abilities including Lightsaber Cutting, Lightsaber

Throwing, and Lightsaber Climbing. The game will also feature new

grappling abilities allowing players to climb their way through puzzles

and defeat enemies.

Explore the Galaxy - Players will be able to explore exotic locations

in a variety of ships throughout 16 different star systems. Fans will

play as villainous Separatists, the noble Republic heroes or even as

bounty hunters, tracking down characters across the galaxy.

Expanded Force Abilities - Using the Force in all new ways to control

LEGO objects, players will solve puzzles, access new areas, pick up and

throw enemies - even turning them into weapons.

Brand New Clone Weapons, Vehicles and Characters - New clone weapons

including rapid fire guns and rocket launchers, as well as all new

massive capital ships to explore, such as Anakin Skywalker's flagship

the Resolute and Grievous devastating warship , the Malevolence.

Players will also navigate through the galaxy in new vehicles such as

the Republic gunship, Clone Turbo Tank and even Anakins Jedi

Intercepter and the Twilight. Fans will also discover their favorite

classic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker.

Puzzle Solving - The game will feature all new puzzles that reward

creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building

situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far, far away.

All new lighting and animations - A brand new engine brings characters

to life, giving players a whole new level of control in a vibrant

environment, unlike anything ever seen before in a LEGO game.

Split Screen - Improved dynamic split screen for multi-player co-op

with jump in/jump out abilities for friends and families to play


Homefront SKIDROW Cd Key

The year is 2027. The world has suffered a decade-long energy crisis, and economies have crumbled. Reduced to a mere shadow of the super power it once was, the United States became the target of a North Korean takeover. American malls, suburbs and city streets are now battlegrounds as the civilian resistance fights for freedom. Featuring a compelling single player story crafted by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn), Homefront immerses gamers in an interactive and cinematic FPS experience where they will assume an infantry role or take command of a wide variety of aerial and ground vehicles. In addition to the single-player experience, Homefront will deliver a robust multiplayer experience. In a land stripped of freedom, the brave will fight for their home.