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The Life of a South Korean Pro Gamer

chajath writes with this excerpt from a South Korean newspaper about the lives of professional StarCraft players:
“Prospective gamers take tests based on the skills they have picked up in PC rooms, and passing scores allow them entry into ‘clans,’ or guilds. Those who aspire to become pro gamers pay move-in fees and go to live at group dormitories, where they practice playing games all day long. Following a ‘courage match’ for semi-pro certification, (more…)

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  • St Nicholas Abbey to miss Derby

    Long-time favourite St Nicholas Abbey is ruled out of the Epsom Derby on Saturday with a “slight muscle injury”.

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  • Murray makes limp exit in Paris

    Andy Murray’s French Open campaign is brought to an abrupt halt with a 6-4 7-5 6-3 defeat by 15th seed Tomas Berdych.

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  • jkinney3 was one of several readers to send in news of recently discovered internal documents from BP which indicate the company knew “there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week.” According to the New York Times, “The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of ‘well control.’ And as (more…)

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  • Google Describes Wi-Fi Sniffing In Pending Patent

    theodp writes “After mistakenly saying that it did not collect Wi-Fi payload data, Google had to reverse itself, saying, ‘it’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) Wi-Fi networks.’ OK, mistakes happen. But, as Seinfeld might ask, then what’s the deal with the pending Google patent that describes capturing wireless data packets by operating a device — which ‘may be placed (more…)

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  • Sunday’s World Cup 2010 round-up

    Nemanja Vidic acts as peacemaker as Serbia fans riot, plus other World Cup news

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  • Vettel fastest in final practice

    Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is quickest in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

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  • Google WebM Calls “Open Source” Into Question

    snydeq writes “As open source becomes mainstream, vendors are under pressure to market their offerings using the ‘open source’ brand to the highest degree possible — a trend that may eventually degrade the meaning of ‘open source’ as we know it, Savio Rodrigues writes. Witness WebM, which Google has positioned as an open alternative to H.264. After examining the software license, some in the open source community have questioned whether WebM (more…)

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  • NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “Several years ago a federal court in Texas ordered the RIAA, in an ‘innocent infringement’ case against a teenager, to either accept $200 per infringed work, or to go to trial over the innocent infringement issue, in Maverick Recording Co v. Harper. Recently, an appeals court reversed, saying that the defendant could not avail herself of the innocent infringement defense since there were CDs, bearing copyright notices, (more…)

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  • Ennis will set record – Sotherton

    Kelly Sotherton backs Jessica Ennis to break the British heptathlon record at this weekend’s meeting in Austria.

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