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Comment: Infinite Fight (Score 1) 513

by Neo_piper (#23183312) Attached to: PC Gaming Suggestions for Console-like Fun?
If you like fighting games and don't mind the gray area of expired beta abandon-ware M.U.G.E.N. and it's still updated clones are for you. It has downloadable (sp?) characters from almost every major fighting game and many from Anime and non fighting games as well. Just don't look for impressive computer controlled opponents or a whole lot of cross package balance and you'll do fine.
The Courts

Oregon AG Seeks to Investigate RIAA Tactics 114

Posted by Zonk
from the investigating-the-mafiaa dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Turning the tables on the RIAA's attempt to subpoena information from the University of Oregon, that state's Attorney General has now filed additional papers to conduct immediate discovery into the RIAA's 'data mining' techniques. These techniques include the use of unlicensed investigators, the turning over of subpoenaed information to collection agencies, and the obtaining of personal information from computers. The AG pointed out (pdf) that 'Because Plaintiffs routinely obtain ex parte discovery in their John Doe infringement suits ... their factual assertions supporting their good cause argument are never challenged by an adverse party and their investigative methods remain free of scrutiny. They often settle their cases quickly before defendants obtain legal representation and begin to conduct discovery.'"
Google

Google's Gdrive Raises Instant Privacy Concerns 197

Posted by Zonk
from the yes-encryption-encryption-is-good dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The rumor mill is already raging over the potential functionality and capacity for Google's online storage service we talked about earlier this week (the company says 'it makes sense' to put all its Web apps under the same umbrella). But Internet rights advocates are now crying foul over liability issues, a probable lack of encryption and a cash-cow model that could scan all your personal data for advertising keywords. From the article: "'Google would be wise to offer users an option to encrypt your information,' says Nimrod Kozlovski, a professor of Internet law at Tel Aviv University. 'It really needs to have really detailed explanations of what the legal expectations are for storing your info.'""
Security

Government-Sponsored Cyberattacks on the Rise 96

Posted by Zonk
from the less-of-a-pr-disaster-too dept.
jbrodkin writes "A new McAfee report finds that 120 countries, notably the United States and China, are regularly launching Web-based espionage campaigns. Government-sponsored cyber attacks against enemy countries are becoming more common, targeting critical systems including electricity, air traffic control, financial markets and government computer networks. This year, Russia allegedly attacked Estonian government news and bank servers, while China was accused of hacking into the Pentagon. A McAfee researcher says this trend will accelerate, noting 'it's easier to attack government X's database than it is to nuke their troops.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Dvorak's gPhone Comments Mark Him As 'Out of Touch'?

Posted by Zonk
from the i-thought-they-just-made-him-cranky dept.
An anonymous reader writes "You may recall Dvorak's recent, dire predictions of doom and gloom for the Google Phone. It's no surprise that a lot of people disagreed, but one reviewer has gone so far as to claim that the man's predictions are so out of touch and off base that they prove he is no longer fit for technology writing. From the article: 'John C. Dvorak, a long time main stay of technology magazines, has proven that he is so absolutely out of touch with modern technology and its uses that his future opinions are all now cast into doubt ... I'm really not sure where Dvorak is getting his ideas, but I think it is clear from his column that he has grown dangerously out of touch with modern technology.' The article goes on to highlight many of Google's successful features which have already debuted on all mobile phones (and which many people are still unaware of), for free, and how this is likely to fit into their plan for the future. There is also a good discussion on the future of the mobile phone industry, and how new technologies are likely to change the way we view the role of mobile communication devices."
The Media

Game Journalist May Have Been Fired Over Negative Review 397

Posted by Zonk
from the that-was-not-a-move-you-should-have-made dept.
It started as a rumour post on Kotaku and a Penny Arcade comic strip: reviewer Jeff Gerstmann was fired from the gaming news site Gamespot for giving the co-op action title Kane and Lynch a low score, and snarking on the game in the review. The catch? The firing was dictated by games publisher Eidos, who didn't appreciate the veteran reviewer's tone in the piece. Their ad campaign (spread across the entirety of the Gamespot site) may have been used as a bargaining tool of some kind. Joystiq has a lengthy, detailed summary of this event and its implications, which is no longer technically a rumour. Gerstmann confirmed to the blog that he has been let go from the C|Net-affiliated site, but as of right now can't talk about the details. "The ramifications of the story, if true, are huge. Readers should fairly expect there to be an inviolable firewall between advertising and editorial in journalism, and game journalism (yes, that includes "just reviews") is no different. While our industry has had its fair share of accusations of impropriety, nothing so far has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Giving a publisher the power to fire a senior editor is a line no outlet should be willing to cross." Update: 11/30 17:40 GMT by Z : The Joystiq story continues to be updated, and Tycho has put up what the PA guys heard about the tale in text. Joystiq also has an additional post about the story, with a brief (noncommittal) response from Gamespot.
Book Reviews

The History of the Federal Reserve 514

Posted by samzenpus
from the money-makes-the-world-go-round dept.
Michael J. Ross writes "Money plays a key role in modern life; in fact, for some people, nothing is more important than acquiring more of it. Yet most people do not know what money really is, how it is created, how its supply is expanded and contracted, and who benefits from those changes. In the United States, the central figure in this ongoing drama, is our central bank, the Federal Reserve, whose history, power, and effects are explored in G. Edward Griffin's fascinating book The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve." Read on for the rest of Michael's review.
Censorship

+ - MLB taking Down Myspace Fan Groups-> 1

Submitted by Seahawker101
Seahawker101 (643662) writes "Today it was [0]reported that MLB and commissioner Bud Selig have sent take down notices to Myspace for removal of baseball fansite groups. Soxspace and at least four other fan groups were shut down today for unknown reasons. If you would like to contact MLB and commissioner Bud Selig about censoring you can find the contact info [1]here. [0] http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog. view&friendID=33080023&blogID=300383318 [1] http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/contact_us.jsp"
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Censorship

+ - Vigilante group wreaks havoc on LJ fandom

Submitted by
minkowski
minkowski writes "A mysterious group called Warriors for Innocence has approached Six Apart (the company which owns LiveJournal) demanding that certain journals and communities on LJ be terminated. The common trait shared by many of these journals and communities is that they contain fanfiction slash and incest. Of the blogs targeted for termination, most of them have been fandom related. The criteria for getting a journal deleted appears to be very broad. Many blogs have been deleted for merely mentioning the keyword "incest" in the list of interests. A post on this LJ users blog summarizes the rumors and accusations now flying between LJ users who feel betrayed — and Six Apart."
Announcements

+ - GTAIV trailer irks NYC mayor

Submitted by UnanimousCoward
UnanimousCoward (9841) writes "Several sources including this GameSpot article note that the new Grand Theft Auto IV trailer (which depicts "Liberty City" with familiar NYC landmarks) has drawn comments from NYC Mayor Bloomberg ("The mayor does not support any video game where you earn points for injuring or killing police officers") as well as the NYC police commissioner. Couldn't ask for better pub. The trailer can be seen here, and the game doesn't even come out until October!"

EMI To Sell DRM-Free Tracks Through iTunes Music Store->

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For a while, EMI has been the most progressive of the major record labels, and it had been rumored that the company would start selling DRM-free digital tracks. Today, the company trotted out anti-DRMista Steve Jobs to announce that it would begin selling its digital catalog without DRM through the iTunes Music Store. EMI's songs will be available in the AAC format, and will be encoded at 256kbps, twice the bitrate of standard songs sold through iTMS. They'll also carry a higher price: $1.29 per track in the US, compared to 99 cents for versions encumbered with DRM. While that price difference will certainly elicit some complaints, it does reflect that DRM-free tracks are more valuable than those with pointless and frustrating copy protection. But what's a little more interesting about the higher price is that Steve Jobs has relented from the $1 per song price point, which he's steadfastly maintained despite continual pressure from record labels to raise prices. While we dismissed Jobs' earlier anti-DRM rant as little more than a PR stunt, it appears that now he's using a carrot-and-stick approach with the record labels: drop the DRM, offer consumers a more valuable product, and he'll charge consumers a higher price -- and presumably, pay a higher wholesale one as well. While that's simple and straightforward for most of us, it may still be a hard sell to the music industry, who puts a lot of effort into trying to get consumers to pay more for less.
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PC Games (Games)

+ - Battlestar Galactica game - for free!

Submitted by
Lt. Cannonfodder
Lt. Cannonfodder writes "In answer to the hopes and dreams of scifi gamers everywhere, Beyond the Red Line team has released a demo of their upcoming total conversion based on the popular tv-show Battlestar Galactica. Unlike almost all other game modifications, Beyond the Red Line does not require anything else but the download itself to run and is completely free of charge.

As screenshots are the thing that usually spark the interest, take a look at these:

http://www.game-warden.com/bsg/images/screenshots/ screen13.jpg
http://www.game-warden.com/bsg/images/screenshots/ screen15.jpg
http://www.game-warden.com/bsg/images/screenshots/ screen07.jpg

More screenshots, download links and forums can be found at http://www.game-warden.com/bsg/"

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