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The Almighty Buck

Activision Hit With $500m Suit From Modern Warfare 2 Devs 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the pow-right-in-the-kisser dept.
Dragoniz3r writes "Activision has been served a lawsuit from 38 plaintiffs, including present and former Infinity Ward employees, demanding up to half a billion dollars. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for 'unpaid bonuses, royalties, profit-sharing, and future profits from games such as Modern Warfare 3, and punitive damages.'"

Comment: Re:Not what we need (Score 2, Insightful) 347

by OMFG it's Rici (#31585260) Attached to: Bill Gates May Build Small Nuclear Reactor
US reactor technology is stuck in the 1970s. France is already implementing new generation reactors and even the oldest they still have in service are more advanced than the newest reactors operating in the US. Anyways, back to the original topic: I think this new reactor design that Bill Gates is endorsing is very promising. Thumbs up.

Comment: Re:Want to pay $100 per game? (Score 1) 251

by OMFG it's Rici (#31506676) Attached to: The Problems With Video Game Voice Acting
You are talking about Bioware, they are masters at what they do and the reference point for the industry. And I believe they rarely use the single line method for recording the voice for the characters, you can find a few videos about their recording sessions on youtube and see how they do it.

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the ain't-it-cool dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."

Comment: Re:Result (Score 1) 809

by OMFG it's Rici (#30569302) Attached to: Man Tries To Use Explosive Device On US Flight
Not to ruin your theory but on board of planes they don't use regular extinguishers, they use halon based extinguishers that are about 7 or 8 times more effective against ANY type of fire (including lithium fires) compared to the next best kind of fire extinguisher available. Too bad they are banned for most uses and can't be acquired commercially due to halon being a extreme ozone distruptor.

NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the drop-the-cloud-anchor dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

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