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Thursday, July 21, 2005

NHLPA Approves New CBA

The National Hockey League Players Association overwhelmingly approved the new collective bargaining agreement. I figured it would be approved but the near 90% approval rate was surprising. The League itself will vote on the CBA tomorrow, but that will be a mere formality. There will actually be hockey this season! Now for the big question: will I actually ever see the Wings on T.V.?

GTA: SA Rerated to AO

Take Two Interactive issued a press release stating that the ESRB has rerated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas AO (Adults Only, 18+) instead of M (Mature, 17+). Well, at least now the children are safe. That change of one year in the rating no doubt will result in fewer teenage pregnancies, drive-by shootings, spontaneous decapitation, and Pauly Shore movies. I would also like to remind folks who like to blame conservatives for all of this that the main high-pitched whining was coming from noted non-conservative, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Having said this, if the notorious "Hot Coffee" mod actually just unlocks content that ships with GTA: SA (as the mod author claims), then Rockstar was pretty stupid not to remove it before shipping. They had to know that somebody would find it. However, if it isn't Rockstar-created content, then I can hardly see how the ESRB could justify rerating the game based on what one modder did. Dumber things have happened though. People often do what is politically expedient instead of what is actually right.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Firefox and Thunderbird 1.0.6 Released

The Mozilla team has released 1.0.6 versions of their stand-alone browser, Firefox, and email client, Thunderbird. These new versions fix problems with some extensions.

As an aside, you really don't know how handy Firefox's tabbed browsing is until you try to suffer with IE without it. Multiple windows just don't cut the mustard. It improves usability and my efficiency dramatically.

Serious Sam 2 Interview

Beyond3d has posted a fascinating interview with Dean Sekulic of Croteam about the new graphics engine they've put together for Serious Sam 2. This thing reads like a Carmack .plan entry, so fortify the brain cells before reading :-)

Google Moon

To honor the 36th year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Google has created a new website called "Google Moon", where you can virtually visit the moon courtesy of Google's maps technology and NASA's moon imagery. Cool stuff.

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