World of Warcraft pedophile stole teen girl

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303w ago - A man who convinced a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet to fly to Melbourne and meet him has been convicted of child stealing. Anthony Taylor, 31, of Horsham, sent sexual messages to the Tasmanian girl while they engaged in the multi-player online game World of Warcraft.

As the relationship grew the pair also spoke on the telephone. When the girl's father found out about the relationship he confronted Taylor on the game telling him he would kill him if he touched the girl.

In spite of this Taylor bought the girl a flight to Melbourne and deposited money in her bank account so she could get a taxi to the airport. He was arrested as he waited for the girl to arrive at Melbourne Airport.

When confronted by police he admitted buying the girl's airline ticket and said he "thought the age could be a problem''. Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of child stealing.

The court was told Taylor has previously been found guilty of having a relationship with a girl under 16 whose child he fathered. He is currently in a relationship with a 27-year-old woman from the US whom he met online.

In sentencing Taylor Judge Susan Pullen said it was "troubling'' Taylor had again become involved with a girl under 16. "The facts in this case are disturbing,'' Judge Pullen said....
 

Treyarch Blasts Gearbox: They're not in the same league as us!

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303w ago - Whilst conducting a recent interview, two senior Treyarch developers (who are currently working on COD: World At War), completely laid into rival development team Gearbox, creators of upcoming WWII shooter, Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway.

When asked whether they thought Hell's Highway offered any competition to the team, one senior developer blasted "We don't even think about them. Like... that's not the kind of game. They are not a game we even think about when we're playing."

The developer also went on to say "I watched the trailer and I was like these guys are not even in the same league."

Wow, very strong words indeed from Treyarch, let's hope the developers can back it up and COD: World At War proves to be a triple A title.
 

Japanese researchers develop a 42GB Super DVD

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303w ago - A research team from the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of prestigious Tohoku University in Northern Japan announced [JP, PDF] it has found a way to multiply the amount of data that can be stored on a DVD or CD by a factor of 9.

It is claimed the result was achieved by shaping the pits on a DVD's surface, which are usually flat, like "V"s. The researchers say a V-shaped pit can hold as much data as 2^9 flat pits, making the development of 42GB DVDs possible.

This fascinating technology has two main drawbacks. Firstly, the new super discs cannot be used in existing CD/DVD drives. It is secondly impossible to apply the new technology to Blu-ray discs.
 

Nintendo Wii Hardware Architecture Diagram available!

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305w ago - Bushing has posted a Nintendo Wii Hardware Architecture Diagram recently.

To quote from his page linked above: Inspired by henke37's idea of making a diagram that shows how the different processors on the Wii relate to each other, I took a stab at it. I got a little carried away I guess.

I can't promise everything here is right - there are just too many things we don't know, and even some of the things we do know, we don't all agree on.

So, here's my first attempt at summing it all up...
 

Sony NEC Optiarc: Sub $100 Blu-ray Combo Drives for Holidays?

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306w ago - The market for optical drives is really tough, as it is defined by tremendous quantities at very high cost pressure. Simple DVD drives don't cost more than a few dollars, and even a decent DVD burner can be purchased for less than $40.

At the same time, every new PC or notebook comes with at least one optical drives, so the amount of optical drives always equals the amount of systems sold plus x, where x stands for enthusiast users who want dedicated devices for reading and writing discs, or those who adopt new technology such as Blu-ray rather early.

We are talking about 90 million systems only for Europe in 2007 (SonyNEC Optiarc numbers). Clearly, talking about modifying components, the production other items within the supply chain makes a great difference for these guys, even if we're only talking about few cents per drive.

But there is light on the horizon for the industry: With the victory of Blu-ray over the HD DVD, the standard for the future is now set. However, the real breakthrough hasn't happened yet, and SonyNEC Optiarc believes that it won't happen this year despite the fact that Verbatim promised to increase production capacity for BD recordables, and despite the mobile market showing more traction on Blu-ray reading, DVD-writing combo drives than the desktop market....
 







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