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New straw to kill disease as you drink. The LifeStraw allows you to suck purified water out of most water sources, due to a series of Iodine impregnated filters.

EU agrees battery recycling law. The EU has agreed to a law that will make battery recycling mandatory from 2008.

Cash card taps virtual game funds. The MMORPG Project Entropia is issuing a cash card that allows users to withdraw real money from cash machines, based on the money earned within the game. 10 Project Entropia Dollars are equal to 1 US Dollar.

'Cloaking device' idea proposed. UK scientists have outlined the concept for a cloaking device similar to that used in Star Trek. But before you get your hopes up of evading speed cameras or a grumpy significant other, the theory is only suitable for a speck of dust.

German bishops act over Pope show. Catholic leaders in Germany are trying to ban the BBC commissioned, and dropped, series Popetown from MTV. The series features a pogoing pope, among other items they cite will offend catholics.

Chinese man buys MiG through eBay. A Chinese businessman pays £14,000 (US$25,000) to buy a MiG-21f fighter from eBay, so that he can use it as decoration for his office.

Americans 'more ill than English'. White middle-aged US folk are less healthy than their English counterparts, research suggests. Those from the US aged 55 to 64 are twice as likely to suffer diabetes, lung cancer and high blood pressure.

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I'm finding the older I get the fussier I am about the games I play, for good or bad.

I'm exactly the same. As I get older, I have less "free" time and more money. Whereas I used to play right through mediocre games, and be able to spend 3 hours watching a cut-scene in MGS or FFVII I can't tolerate it now.

If I buy a game and it's shit or even just mediocre it either gets returned, traded in or gathers dust on my shelf.

I'm the same with films now too. You know, up until a year ago I'd never walked out of a cinema before a film finished and I'd never stopped a hired or purchased DVD before the film was over. Now we do it all the time. It's not that I used to be tight, or that I'm now affluent enough to be able to waste money, I just value my "free" time so much that I can't spend it doing things that aren't fulfilling.

With films I mostly make the effort, but then usually I have a good idea of whether I'm going to like the film or not in the first place.

I think it's much the same with games, in that I have a good idea whether or not I'll like them. But as I can pick a game up here for a quid or two, I am prepared to take the risk.

I think having watched so many films, and played so many games, I've just developed a skill for knowing whether I'll like it or not. Mostly it's spot on.

I probably gave a false impression there, I'm not a total cock about it. I don't watch the opening credits, yell "SHIT!" and glass the guy behind the counter at Blockbuster ;)

I do tend to pick decent games, and I also tend to pick decent films. I think we've had a poor run of late, with Outrun C2C on the PSP, Revolver (ugh!), and a couple of other poor films.

I think it can be good (albeit sometimes expensive) to pick a dud from time-to-time, helps you appreciate the better stuff. Even better if you can take it back for a refund though ;-)

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