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Star Wars Prequels

LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews 603

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that-doesn't-sound-encouraging dept.
An anonymous reader writes "George Lucas CGI 'Clone Wars' movie has premiered to reviews ranging from MSNBC's 'Ugly animation and an uninspired storyline drag down the film' to AintItCool's 'I hated the film. HATED IT. REALLY HATED IT.' Critics have noted the animation style, music and slapstick humor had more than a passing similarity to Pixar's Toy Story, and wondered if the introduction of new action figures (sorry, characters) like Baby Jabba Hutt and Jabba the Hutt's Gay Uncle may have taken the franchise a bridge too far. Lucas responding by enforcing an embargo, forcing the reviews to be taken down. While sites like AintItCool.com responded, by then it was just a little too late. Still, the CGI eye candy will make it popular with kids. If the 'Clone Wars' movie can't save the galaxy, can it at least save the franchise?"
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo Announces Open Search Platform

Submitted by CHaN_316
CHaN_316 (696929) writes "Yahoo is announcing that they're opening up their search platform. It will allow third-party developers to modify search results by adding images, deep links, and structured data. Anyone will be able to create their own modifications and share them with users. "For example, Yelp, one of the launch partners, will include a photo, review information and the address and phone number of the business [on the Yahoo search results page]." Users will be able to turn on/off these modified search results. The desired effect is similar to the popular GreaseMonkey plugin for Firefox. The screenshots of this looks pretty compelling. More info can be found at the Yahoo Search Blog."
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo Launches Search Assist

Submitted by CHaN_316
CHaN_316 (696929) writes "Reuters has an article entitled, 'Yahoo seeks to make its Web search more predictive.' From the article, 'Yahoo Search Assist suggests related concepts to instantly refine a search, drawing on the wealth of information Yahoo has about what users across its sites are saying when they comment upon Web links, photos, video or the like. Search Assist is designed to be especially helpful when a person is searching for information on an unfamiliar topic. The feature senses when a searcher needs help with a search and it appears as a drop-down menu under the main search results box.' Other new features I've noticed is YouTube and Flickr integrated into their search results page."
Businesses

+ - New MMORPG Tries "Crowd Sourcing"

Submitted by
KingSkippus
KingSkippus writes "BBC news is reporting that publisher Acclaim Games is working with developer Dave Perry to develop Top Secret, a new MMORPG using 'crowd sourcing.' It will be a commercial game with a paid professional core team that works with a larger volunteer community to develop the code, stories, art, and audio in the game. Perry says, 'With 20,000 people signed up we are already the biggest development team in history. We will end up with 100,000 people on this team. If 1% is any good, we are good to go.' Could this be a missing link that brings us commercial-quality community-developed gaming?"
Enlightenment

+ - Pioneer in Global Warming Reasearch Now Skeptical

Submitted by The Underwriter
The Underwriter (1042080) writes "Article from Canada's National Post, March 2, 2007

"Claude Allegre, one of France's leading socialists and among her most celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the dangers of global warming.

"Fifteen years ago, Dr. Allegre was among the 1500 prominent scientists who signed 'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity' (Wikipedia), a highly publicized letter stressing that global warming's 'potential risks are very great' and demanding a new caring ethic that recognizes the globe's fragility in order to stave off 'spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic and environmental collapse.'"

In light of the volumes of research conducted since then, Dr. Allegre recently renounced his previous views. He now believes global warming is "over-hyped and an environmental concern of second rank."

" 'The cause of this climate change is unknown,' he states matter of factly. There is no basis for saying, as most do, that the 'science is settled.' "

Part 13 of the National Post's "Deniers" series, about scientists who contradict the majority opinion on climate science."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - SOE Striving to progress Star Wars Galaxies

Submitted by Achan
Achan (936019) writes "Star Wars Galaxies Forums show us leadership changes are underway. Julio Torres has been removed and we see the game has no clear direction now. DeadMeat tells us there are no plans for an expansion in 2007, there are no plans for updating space content, and asks people for their feedback. They ask for player feedback, however the first thing noticed in the thread is excessive deletions of postings, and telling people they will not role back to pre-nge, the highly controversial changes that almost killed the game. However they still boast they are proud of the current game. Noticeably, SOE responses are much friendlier than in the past. After reading all SOE posts in this thread, one can assume they are working with a low budget and skeleton crew, thoughts?"

Comment: BSG - Battle of Exodus (Score 1) 763

by CHaN_316 (#17352432) Attached to: What's your favorite SciFi series

But the episode where the Galactica jumps into atmosphere, descends like a burning angel as it launches it's vipers, then jumps out again...man, if E. E. "Doc" Smith could have seen that episode, he would have died a happy man.
That scene where Galactica jumps into the atmosphere is from the Battle of Exodus. Now you can understand what's everyone ranting and raving about :) That was one heck of a season premiere.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian

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