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Bioshock explained

Bioshock Explained - noisewar internetlainen -games, politics, and sarcasm - by Lorenzo Wang

Some spoilers ahoy.

Andrew Ryan was born in Russia during the revolution, and developed a life long fear of communism after he saw socialists feed off the labors of others. He founds the underwater city of Rapture in 1946, a year after WWII ends, to host his utopian vision of a city of elite artists, scientists, and thinkers free from the regulation and social limits of the surface world. At first, all goes well, but a working class slowly materializes in the city such that resentment builds up against a world not as perfect as promised.

Where Andrew Ryan controlled the "aristocracy," Frank Fontaine, a con man, began to build a business empire to rival Ryan’s grip, especially by providing for the working class. Around this time, sea slugs with amazing regenerative qualities were discovered by an untrained but genius scientist named Tenenbaum. Forming a possibly romantic alliance with Fontaine, they waged economic war by selling an addicting extract of the slugs called ADAM.

ADAM fuels genetic improvement, but also created addiction as those who go without it start to deform. To harvest back the ADAM from dead junkies, Tenenbaum created Little Sisters, protected by Big Daddies, to reclaim and resell their product. Somehow a prostitute named Jasmine Jolene, bearing Ryan’s illegitimate child, sold the fetus to Tenenbaum, who applied new types of genetic and behavioral engineering on young Jack Ryan at her Little Sister creation facility.

Ryan discovers this betrayal, and kills Jolene in anger. Fontaine has Ryan’s son endure experiments and training to become a weapon against Ryan, and in 1957, sends him to the surface world to be hid. By now, Fontaine and his ADAM-addicted army of splicers and Ryan’s faction have gone into full-blown civil war. Desperate, Ryan takes over Fontaine Futuristics, his splicer factory, to arm his own splicers with more powerful plasmids. Fontaine fakes his own death, and creates Atlas, a revolutionary hero. His armies continue to resist Ryan until New Year’s Eve of 1959, when Jack Ryan returns to Rapture. It is here that the game begins.

Bioshock, it must be said, is an absolutely stunning game.

August 31, 2007

The Science Fiction Writers Of America's leadership revealed as Michael-Crook-level assholes

Unca Warren writes:I’m not a member of SFWA, neither being...

August 30, 2007

Wikirage, tracking the anger of the internet

wikirage: What's hot now on wikipedia

What pages are being edited by the most number of users at any given time? Wikirage will tell you. Right now Richard Jewell, Houston, Larry Craig and the moon are hot topics.

August 29, 2007

Teen iPhone hacker trades unlocked phone for car, three more iPhones, job

Business Week | Why Apple Can't Stop iPhone Hackers |...

August 28, 2007

A water-powered jetpack?

New jet-pack patent propels with water - Engadget

The new design would use a system of conduits which route pressure to independently pivoting thrust nozzles, while the actual engine, pump, and dangerous gases remain floating on water in a self-contained, buoyant package. It's somewhat unclear if you'll be able to rocket over land using this device (the fact that the engine is water-based would suggest no), though it is an interesting development for jet-pack enthusiasts.

If one cannot fly over land with this, will it be a jetpack for use over water? Like wearing a jetski on your ass?

August 27, 2007

How to: Crash your Warcraft server

Exploit here.

I'm posting this not because I'm an advocate of doing it (I'm not) but because I believe that security flaws should be highlighted so that companies know to fix them soonest.

August 25, 2007

17-year-old hacks iPhone

beeb | Teenage hacker unlocks the iPhoneA New Jersey teenager...

Turn off the Internet. It is bad.

Jezebel.com | you've got male | New Rule: When 'Dating'...

August 24, 2007

Google ruins YouTube

PC World | YouTube Fans Threaten to Leave Over Ads...

August 23, 2007

How to: Create your own ringtones

Create your own ringtones / Wired How To's

If you're creating your ring tone from a CD, rip the song you want as a WAV (Windows) or an AIFF file (Mac). Using iTunes, specify this type of ripping in File/Preferences/Advanced/Importing. It's a good idea to specify a new ripping location, too, so the ripped song doesn't end up lost in the rest of your collection. In iTunes, set the "rip to" folder in File/Preferences/Advanced/General.

If you're creating your ring tone from an MP3, just copy that MP3 into a new folder so that your ring-tone editing won't affect the version of the song in your digital music collection. Once you have the song as a digital music file (whether WAV, AIFF or MP3), run your audio-editing software. I highly recommend Audacity for this task. It's free, it's open-source, it runs on all major platforms, it rocks. If you don't plan to use it, skip the rest of this tutorial and consult your software documentation. Audacity converts -- read on!