Original Crysis coming to consoles It is rare that part 1 of a series comes out after the sequel, but on consoles, Crytek is about to make it happen.  It has recently been discovered that the ESRB has given the original 'Crysis' for both PS3 and Xbox 360 a 'Mature' rating (go ahead and do the search).  This information can be interpreted as nothing other a confirmation that a console version of Crysis is imminent. Attack of the Fanboy

Dial-up modem noise 700% slower becomes ambient opus Remember that Bieber track that turned into a symphonic masterpiece once it was slowed down 800%? Yes? No? Well you might as well kill yourself, Brian Eno, because here's an old-school dial-up modem slowed down 700% , becoming an epic soundscape of terrifying drones and robotic wails, punctuated by tsunamis of static. The Consumerist

RIAA: Anonymous, LulzSec hacks prove need for PROTECT IP Act! Leave it to the RIAA to rehash the usual bait-and-switch tactics of old when it comes to convincing the public that its own selfish commercial interests are really for the public good. In a posting on its site it asks that Senators don’t waver on pending legislation that would require ISPs to block copyright infringing websites. ZeroPaid

Time-lapse video shows 48 hours in the life of an indie developer This is a good time to be an indie developer. There are multiple ways to sell your game to the public, getting the attention of the press is at least a little easier, and there are a few games that have broken out to become massive hits. Look at Minecraft or Super Meat Boy for examples of what is possible from small teams with big ideas. Ars Technica

Creepy, crusty, crumbling: illegal tour of abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Like little kids, we all experience a happy rush, a delighted thrill, when going to play at an amusement park. Yet when an amusement park is abandoned and an eerie silence settles over the rusty and crusty decay, the setting seems to twist the atmosphere of enthusiastic excitement into a suffocating blanket of dread. Lovethesepics

Advanced circuits tour Last year around mid-November Eric and I (Base2's owners) were in the Denver area and were fortunate enough to be able to visit the circuit board manufacturer that we frequently use - Advanced Circuits. They were kind enough to give us a tour of their facility and explain the manufacturing process every step of the way - and let us take pictures! Base2

Developer error: The most dangerous programming mistakes Programmers often like to talk about how a new tool or a new version of their favorite platform will make coding faster, easier, or more elegant. Although this may be true, it ignores just how difficult and painstaking the process of developing quality software actually is, no matter what tools are used. InfoWorld

Despite controversy, federal, state wiretaps on the rise While their over-use is controversial federal and state requests for court permission to intercept or wiretap electronic communications increased 34% in 2010 over 2009 with California, New York, and New Jersey accounting for 68% of all wire taps approved by state judges. NetworkWorld

Facebook engineers bring Google+ Circles to Facebook They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While Google+ has been criticized for being a clone of Facebook, it implements a few features better than its counterpart. A team of Facebook engineers have ported one such Google+ feature, called Circles, to Facebook. ZDNet

Microsoft to merge GFW and Xbox.com Microsoft is to merge Games For Windows Marketplace into Xbox.com. According to the brief announcement on the Games For Windows site, its PC digital delivery store will be absorbed into its console hub "soon". EuroGamer

Why did L.A. Noire take seven years to makeAll eleven ex-employees who went on record blamed many of Team Bondi's problems on the studio's leadership. One programmer cited unrealistic goals, unreasonable deadlines and verbally abusive behaviour. IGN