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Blizzard Set To Debut 'Something New' At PAX East 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the battle.net-forum-users-already-upset-about-it dept.
skade88 writes "Ars is reporting that Blizzard will announce a new game on March 22, 2013 at PAX East. They say the new game is not a sequel or expansion. Blizzard is also saying the new game is not the long rumored MMO named Titan. Considering that every game Blizzard released since 1998 has had the name StarCraft, Warcraft or Diablo in it, this is big news. Ars speculates in the article that the new game could be Blizzard's version of a DOTA game. They showed off Blizzard All-Stars at BlizzCon 2010 as a SC2 custom map. It could be ready for launch as its own standalone game. I guess we will have to wait and see!"

Comment: Re:This guy has a sense of entitlement. (Score 1) 1008

by Emunix (#36424838) Attached to: Apple Store Employee Attempts To Form Union

If he is stuck in a part time position then he is probably does not show any initiative. Showing some initiative should be the first step and trying to pursue full time status.

Is it just me or doesn't going through all the hassle of trying to unionize his store show some serious initiative?

Not saying he's a model employee, but there aren't too many people who try to organize unions because it's easy.

Comment: Re:also: more doctors, less pay, more compassion. (Score 2, Insightful) 584

by Emunix (#32639396) Attached to: What US Health Care Needs

You say there's no optimal command style solution to health care...

The trouble with applying market economics to health care like this is that markets achieve maximum efficiency through consumers acting as -rational- actors seeking to maximize value. When it comes to health care, people are not terribly rational and not terribly good as assigning value.

Sometimes, it's a matter of information. (Turns out, there might be something in that decade of schooling for doctors.) Sometimes, it's a matter of emotion... I mean, what wouldn't you pay to save your life? What about your arm? Or your vision? (I'd pay damn near anything... I'm just glad I live somewhere where I won't be paying personally.)

Security

Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM 1232

Posted by kdawson
from the i-will-tackle-you dept.
net_shaman writes in with word of a Seattle man who was arrested for taking a photo of an ATM being serviced. "Today I was shopping at the downtown Seattle REI. I was about to buy a Thule hitch mount bike rack. They were out of the piece that locks the bike rack into the hitch. So I was in the customer service line to special order one. It was a long line and while I was waiting, I saw two of guys (employees of Loomis, as I later learned) refilling the ATM. I walked over and took a picture with my iPhone of them and more interestingly of the open ATM. I took the picture because I'm fascinated by the insides of things that we don't normally get to see. ... That was when Officer GE Abed (#6270) spun me around and put handcuffs on me."
Businesses

+ - Deepwater sunk perhaps with youtube help

Submitted by
anagama
anagama writes "You may recall some time ago a slashdot topic about Mike DeKort, an engineer from Lockheed Martin working on the Coast Guard's Deepwater project (basically, construction of new ships). He released a whistleblower video on Youtube outlining problems and cover up/apathy related to the ships under construction. Well, in the news today, looks like the Coast Guard is taking over the project and ending its contract with Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Perhaps the (digital) pen is mightier than the sword (manufacturer)."
Databases

+ - MySQL paper on Port25

Submitted by
einhverfr
einhverfr writes "Microsoft's has recently published a primer for MySQL on Windows. Although the title suggest that it is mostly an installation guide, it does cover table types, and common gotchas. It is nice to see more coverage of open source software from Microsoft, but it does raise the question of where the organization is going regarding open source. What do people think?"
Biotech

+ - CPR not as effective as chest compressions alone

Submitted by
patiwat
patiwat writes "A Japanese study has found that people suffering from cardiac arrest were more likely to recover without brain damage if rescuers focused on chest compressions rather than on rescue breaths, and some experts advised dropping the mouth-to-mouth part of CPR altogether. Interrupting chest compression to perform mouth-to-mouth ventilation might do more harm than good if blood flow to the heart was not properly re-established, a researcher from Tokyo's Surugadai Nihon University Hospital said. Also, people could be too squeamish to lock lips with a stranger, whereas more might be prepared to attempt hands-only resuscitation, noted the study published in the current issue of The Lancet. Dr Gordon Ewy, the chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, wrote in the same journal that the results "should lead to a prompt interim revision of the guidelines for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest." More than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest each year. Roughly 9 out of 10 cardiac arrest victims die before they get to a hospital — partly because they do not get CPR."
Announcements

+ - Cingular to Refund $18.5M in California

Submitted by YogaFlame
YogaFlame (1011153) writes "Cingular Wireless will refund $18.5 million to thousands of former California customers who were penalized for canceling their mobile phone service because they had trouble making and receiving calls. The settlement announced Thursday with the California Public Utilities Commission ends a lengthy battle revolving around Cingular's treatment of dissatisfied subscribers from January 2000 through April 2002."
Enlightenment

+ - why exercise boosts brainpower

Submitted by aditi
aditi (707829) writes "CNN reports that exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss.
Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice — and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise.They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise."
Censorship

+ - Man Explodes Self In Casablanca Internet Cafe

Submitted by perlhacker14
perlhacker14 (1056902) writes "A Moroccan Man with explosives on his body blew himself up in an Internet Cafe in Morocco after he was not allowed to look at terror websites. The man and his companion had entered late at night, seeking to see terrorist propaganda. The bombs were not intended for the cafe, but they did injure four other people there. Most likely the men were about to get "motivated" by terror sites, and then go cause harm to society, but were angered by the refusal to see the said sites.

1: "Man blows himself up in Internet cafe"

2: mail: perlhacker14@gmail.com"
Music

+ - Another example of RIAA legal incompetence

Submitted by
UnknowingFool
UnknowingFool writes "In another move of legal brillance, the RIAA asked for a default judgement on January 25th in the case of Atlantic vs Boggs "on the ground that Defendant has failed to appear or otherwise respond to the Complaint . . ." The court denied the motion because the defendant did appear before the court a month earlier on December 20. What makes the motion appear so boneheaded is that not that the RIAA lawyers seemingly forgot that the defendant appeared, it is that defendant, representing himself at the time, appeared in person before the court while the RIAA phoned in, a move that the court admonished. The transcript seems to show that judge is sympathetic to the defendant in the case.

The Court: You're not here looking at Mr. Boggs, but I doubt seriously he's doing this. . . these titles don't seem to go along with Mr. Boggs persona."
"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft XML fast-tracked despite complaints

Submitted by Lars Skovlund
Lars Skovlund (666) writes "Groklaw reports that the Office XML standard is being put on the fast track in ISO despite the detailed complaints from national standards bodies. The move seems to be the decision of one person, Lisa Rachjel, secretariat of the ISO Joint Technical Committee, according to a comment made by her."
Google

+ - Making Sense out of Census Data with Google Earth

Submitted by
mikemuch
mikemuch writes "Irman Haque has developed a mashup of Google Earth with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, called gCensus. The app uses the XML format known as KML (Keyhole Markup Language), which can create shapes and colors on the maps displayed by GE. Haque had to build custom code libraries (which he's made available as open source) that could generate KML for the project. He also had to extract the relevant data from the highly counter-intuitive Census Bureau files and store them in a database that could handle geographic data. gCensus lets you do stuff like create colorful overlays on maps showing population ages, race, and family size distributions."

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