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First Person Shooters (Games)

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-careful-they-cheat dept.
Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.
Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."
Television

+ - Third Stargate TV series gets a name

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "The working title of the third Stargate television series is Stargate Universe , executive producer Robert C. Cooper told GateWorld. The show currently exists in the form of a one-page treatment of the story and characters. Cooper and executive producer Brad Wright will start writing the pilot after shooting on the two Stargate SG-1 movies finishes in June. Meanwhile, new episodes of SG-1 and Atlantis start airing April 13 in the U.S., on The SCI FI Channel. Read lots more from Cooper at GateWorld ..."
Censorship

+ - The 9/11 Lie is in Critical Condition

Submitted by
jrationalk
jrationalk writes "There was a time, not long ago, when daring to question the official account of 9/11 was risky business. One was almost guaranteed to be attacked as a "crazy person" or a "traitor" or a "terrorist sympathizer." Times have changed. At this point, less than 20% of the population believes they were given the full truth regarding 9/11. Logically one might ask: "Why is that?" http://stopthelie.com/the_911_lie_is_in_critical_c ondition.html"

High Performance DDR2 Memory Breaks 1.25GHz 104

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the smokingly-fast dept.
TrackinYeti writes "Performance PC Memory manufacturer, Corsair recently released a new addition to their flagship Dominator line of desktop memory, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF. This 2GB DDR2 memory kit features the company's DHX Dual Path Heat Xchange cooling technology, support for Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP), it includes one of Corsair's Dominator active memory coolers, and it's rated for operation at a currently industry leading 1.25GHz."
Google

+ - Lawsuit Against Google Dismissed

Submitted by
Weather Storm
Weather Storm writes ""A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Google by a company that accused the Web search engine of dropping Web sites from search results for political and religious reasons and skewing search results in favor of companies that compensate Google financially. The lawsuit was filed by KinderStart, a parenting information Web site that claims it was illegally blocked from Google search results. The judge not only dismissed the lawsuit but granted a motion by Google to sanction KinderStart and one of its lawyers. Google can now seek "reasonable compensation" for attorney fees because KinderStart lawyer Gregory Yu filed claims that were factually baseless and did not perform an adequate investigation before filing the lawsuit.""
The Internet

Many Americans Still Don't Have Home Net Access 313

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the willing-luddites dept.
Weather Storm wrote in with a story about those who see no need for home net access. Surprisingly, it's not the cost that is a barrier to entry. Instead, most say they don't see the value of having a net connection at home. "A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access and do not plan to get it, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, according to a new survey. Park Associates, a Dallas-based technology market research firm, said 29 percent of U.S. households, or 31 million homes, do not have Internet access and do not intend to subscribe to an Internet service over the next 12 months."
Music

New Royalty Rates Could Kill Internet Radio 273

Posted by Zonk
from the one-of-my-favorite-things-about-the-internet dept.
FlatCatInASlatVat writes "Kurt Hanson's Radio Internet Newsletter has an analysis of the new royalty rates for Internet Radio announced by the US Copyright Office. The decision is likely to put most internet radio stations out of business by making the cost of broadcasting much higher than revenues. From the article: 'The Copyright Royalty Board is rejecting all of the arguments made by Webcasters and instead adopting the "per play" rate proposal put forth by SoundExchange (a digital music fee collection body created by the RIAA)...[The] math suggests that the royalty rate decision — for the performance alone, not even including composers' royalties! — is in the in the ballpark of 100% or more of total revenues.'"
Education

+ - Monkeys Hug to Head Off Conflict

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A story on National Geographic says — Like Ari "Hug It Out" Gold on HBO's Entourage, spider monkeys reportedly use well-placed embraces to ease group tension. But unlike Jeremy Piven's slimy superagent, the monkeys use hugs — plus the occasional French-style cheek-to-cheek touch and a bit of mutual armpit sniffing — at the start of a large meeting, presumably to keep things from getting aggressive in the first place.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/03/07 0302-monkeys-hug.html

Looks like this hug is more like the "Jaadu ki jhappi" (the Magic Hug) as shown in "Munnabhai M.B.B.S.", than the "Let's hug it out" of Entourage fame :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munna_Bhai_M.B.B.S."
The Internet

+ - Ring, Ring - It's .TEL Calling

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "ICANN just announced the addition of .tel to the DNS root zone, making it the 15th top level domain under contract with ICANN on the Internet. .tel isn't a domain extension in the traditional sense. Instead, it is gearing up to become a cutting edge, decentralized, globally accessible and privacy-enhanced contact directory...

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200744-ring-ring-its- tel-calling.html"
The Internet

Book Publishers Agree to Online Browsing 42

Posted by Zonk
from the online-is-the-best-line dept.
eldavojohn writes "Random House & HarperCollins have agreed to allow book browsing and searching on all their books. According to the article, 'Book publishers are to trying to update their businesses as more young readers consume media via the Web, a trend that already has affected the music, movie and newspaper industries.' I am definitely looking forward to more publishers following suit. It's not that far of a stretch to imagine a person searching for a book, finding something else and then buying both books."
Windows

+ - It's official: Vista copy protection 100% cracked

Submitted by
Slinky Sausage
Slinky Sausage writes "There's been a steady stream of 'sort of' cracks for Vista coming out of the piracy groups, but a crack has been released this morning by "Pantheon" which is doesn't avoid Vista's activation — it exploits it! Apparently despite the requirements for everyone including volume licence customers to activate, Microsoft built in the capability for OEM system builders to pre-install copies of Vista without activating it over the internet. The crack works on any Acer, HP, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard or custom machine (as long as you have the BIOS of that machine available)."

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