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Most people read the labels on the foods they eat – why not pay the same attention to the medications you’re taking?

Good times for B.C. tech

A survey by the B.C. Technology Industries Association discovered that more than 62 per cent of the province’s tech CEOs are positive and see the state of B.C.’s economy as good or very good, and 38 per cent said the same about the high-tech sector. That’s up dramatically from this time last year when just 12 per cent of tech CEOs had a positive outlook on the high-tech sector.

The industry says confidence is at an all-time high for the last four years, with growing profits, more staff, and more spending on research and development.

Similar surveys for the rest of Canada found that the B.C. outlook was the brightest of all the provinces, with an average of 53 per cent of CEOs describing the economy as good and just 28 per cent feeling the same way about the high-tech sector.

Halo 2 leaked

Two years ago a large chunk of the source code for the sequel to Half-Life turned up on the Internet, leading to speculation that a disgruntled programmer or ingenious hacker was on the loose. Because of the gaff, large parts of the game had to be re-coded to prevent techno-geeks from exploiting the data to give themselves an edge in online tournament play – it happens, believe it or not.

Now the entire source code for Microsoft’s Halo 2, a French language version, has turned up, allowing fans to play the game a full month before the official release.

The game was originally supposed to debut on Xbox, before being released to PCs in the late fall, in time for Christmas. Now that the code is out there, Microsoft has to worry about online cheaters who know their way around a program that might use it to give themselves an advantage in online play, which is a big selling point for the new system.

Get lost in the Myst

The next edition of the Myst series, the mother of all first-person, virtual reality computer games, is hitting the stores this week to rave reviews.

Unlike most games that require a good deal of death and destruction to get to the end, Myst IV Revelations requires logic and problem solving. Although it may sound boring, the graphics, music and compelling mystery have made Myst one of the most popular video game series ever.

According to most reviews, the latest version goes even further with incredible graphics and video segments, and a level of interactivity that tops anything that has been offered so far. Almost every element in the game reacts when you touch it – water ripples, leaves rustle, items clatter around the tops of desks.

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