More on Superstaph and some other interesting tidbits.

A star map that works like Google Earth.

Usa300 superbug seems to have evolved from same bacteria.

AT&T considering filtering out P2P traffic.

The RIAA website got hacked and cleaned out.

Albeit Microsoft took what Mozilla did well and did it poorly, “Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users.”, so if you have wanted to try out IE7 for whatever reason, but haven’t been able to validate for whatever reason here’s your chance. The article itself is about an auto-update coming soon.

XBOX Live offering a free game to make up for the problems they’ve been having lately.

Like tower defense games? PixelJunk Monsters should be available  soon.

Let’s say you’re a game developer and have decided that you want to make a game using XNA. XNA is the framework that XBOX 360 games are developed in, but can be used on the PC as well. Regardless, if you use XNA you will soon find out that you have to have an XBOX Live account and in order to play the game you have to be a member of the XNA Creators Club which requires you to purchase membership (4 months for $49.00 one year for $99.00). When it comes time to publish your game, Microsoft is the only one who can publish it and they don’t do it for free either. They take their cut. What that means is you can’t self publish games for PC using this. Even if you just send the game to someone you know, they have to have the XNA Developers kit installed, otherwise it won’t play.  The game developers I know are really pissed about all of this, especially with the requirements of Direct X 10 and have decided to continue using Direct X 9 because of this. Unfortunately the only alternative is Open GL which works beautifully on my install of Soldier of Fortune II.That game is how many years old though?


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