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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."

Comment: Re:Doesn't hurt them? (Score 2, Informative) 113

by EricTheMad (#28706287) Attached to: China Bans Shock Treatment For Internet Addiction
The biggest problem here is that it was used as a form of punishment. It was basically torture, not therapy.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-07/14/content_8426874.htm

According to the Guangdong-based Information Times, shocks were given if patients broke any of the center's 86 rules, which included prohibitions on eating chocolate, locking the bathroom door, taking pills before a meal, and sitting in Dr. Yang's chair without permission.

Comment: Re:Well, hm... (Score 3, Informative) 383

by EricTheMad (#27586757) Attached to: NASA Names Space Station Treadmill After Colbert
This wasn't an election, it was a poll. Even removing Colbert from the equation they didn't go with the next popular choice, which would have been Serenity. They went with the eighth most popular choice. So in the end they just ignored the results of the poll and picked the one they liked the best, which they had the right to do. So yes, Colbert didn't rig it, but it was most definitely rigged.

Comment: Re:Rules? (Score 1) 315

by EricTheMad (#26417867) Attached to: Flying Car Ready To Take Off

Actually if i remember correctly, if you stay below 4,000ft with a light aircraft (in the US anyways) you don't need a pilots license. i could be mistaken though.

You are definitely mistaken. A pilot's license is required to fly a plane at any altitude. However, no license is required to fly an ultralight (single seat, under 250 pounds).

Biotech

+ - GM Cancer Potato Study Suppressed for 8 Years

Submitted by Doc Ruby
Doc Ruby (173196) writes "Welsh activists have released after an 8 year court battle a Russian study that shows increased cancer linked to eating Genetically Modified potatoes, supporting independent research by Arpad Pusztai:

Alan Simpson, a Labour MP and green campaigner, said: "These trials should be stopped. The research backs up the work of Arpad Pusztai and it shows that he was the victim of a smear campaign by the biotech industry. There has been a cover-up over these findings and the Government should not be a party to that." Mr Simpson said the findings, which showed that lab rats developed tumours, were released by anti-GM campaigners in Wales. Dr Pusztai and a colleague used potatoes that had been genetically modified to produce a protein, lectin. They found cell damage in the rats' stomachs, and in parts of their intestines.
While the trials have flaws, those methodological defects seem to downplay an actually higher risk of cancer:

Half of the rats in the trial died, and results were taken from those that survived, in breach of normal scientific practice.
"
Privacy

+ - Congress wants to monitor emails, IMs, etc.

Submitted by
Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson writes "A bill introduced last week by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is beginning to raise eyebrows.

[It] would require ISPs to record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely. The bill, dubbed the Safety Act by sponsor Lamar Smith, a republican congressman from Texas, would impose fines and a prison term of one year on ISPs which failed to keep full records. (emphasis mine)
This is a terrifying development and it must be stopped before it gains any significant momentum. Background, Action items and contact information at this link."
Security

+ - FBI loosing classified data?

Submitted by zentechno
zentechno (666) writes "An audit conducted by the Inspector General, and reported at least on CNN has revealed the FBI has lost 10 (more) laptops, which doesn't bother me, but they contained classified information, which I find outrageous. This brings the total of lost FBI laptops to 160 in the 44 months ending in December 2005. Moreover, an audit says 300 laptops were stolen in the previous 28 months (along with an equal number of weapons, but I dare say the information on these laptops has far greater potential to be more dangerious than any weapon I'd atleast care to imagine our government would loose)! First of all, don't these guys take greater precautions to not "loose" *anything*, and if so don't they take greater precautions to not loose data, and by loose I of course mean expose? I wonder how much time and money goes into reacting to the threat incurred by lost information — counter-counter intelligence, so to speak? As a long-time network-and-data security guy, it really bothers me how long it's taking to get anything approaching reasonable protection of DATA, ESPECIALLY from our government. As a follow-on question, how much of our perception of security and privacy is effected by the "almost good enough" data protection of the public sector? When will people demand better for/from their government if not for themselves?"

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