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Comment: According to my sources... (Score 1) 133

by RiddleofSteel (#36047866) Attached to: Star Wars MMO Estimated To Cost $100M
I am really hoping this will be good as a star wars fan and an Ex-Wow addict. However, and take this with the requisite grain of salt, I've heard from two different people working on this project that it's got alot of issues and they don't have alot of hope it will turn out great. They complain there is way too much focus on things like voice acting for every single character and not enough on gameplay and combat. It's supposedly not even in alpha testing internally so I doubt we'll see it this year, unless they rush it which I really hope they don't

Comment: Re:So ? What would be any different if (Score 1) 791

by RiddleofSteel (#35560814) Attached to: CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'
Sorry I don't see how more STEM students in the U.S. could possibly drive down salary more then thousands of offshored people working for a fraction of the salary as someone in the US. Jut look at U.S. Lawyers to see that over abundance of students doesn't mean lower salaries if they are all in the U.S..
Medicine

Woman Develops Peanut Allergy After Lung Transplant 146

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-extra-charge dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A woman in need of a lung transplant got her new lungs from someone with a peanut allergy who died of anaphylactic shock. Seven months after the surgery, the woman was at an organ transplant support group when she ate a peanut butter cookie and had a violent allergic reaction. So how had the woman's new lungs brought along a peanut allergy? A blog post dives into the medical details and explains that immune cells in the donated lungs couldn't have lived in the new body for long enough to cause the reaction... however, if they encountered an allergen (i.e. something peanuty) shortly after being transplanted, they could have trained the woman's native immune cells to respond."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks 385

Posted by Soulskill
from the hold-your-counsel dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Rock, Paper, Shotgun: "Blizzard have taken the extremely peculiar decision to ban players from playing StarCraft II for using cheats in the single-player game. This meant that, despite cheating no one but themselves, they were locked out of playing the single-player game. Which is clearly bonkers. But it's not enough for the developer. Blizzard's lawyers are now setting out to sue those who create cheats. Gamespot reports that the megolithic company is chasing after three developers of hacks for 'destroying' their online game. It definitely will be in violation of the end user agreement, so there's a case. However, it's a certain element of their claim that stands out for attention. They're claiming using the hacks causes people to infringe copyright: 'When users of the Hacks download, install, and use the Hacks, they copy StarCraft II copyrighted content into their computer's RAM in excess of the scope of their limited license, as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and create derivative works of StarCraft II.'" Blizzard used similar reasoning in their successful lawsuit against the creators of a World of Warcraft bot.

Comment: Re:The have forgotten the face of their fathers (Score 1) 238

by RiddleofSteel (#33535988) Attached to: King's <em>Dark Tower</em> Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV
Well they wouldn't have a lot of leeway to rewrite the ending I would think, so nothing to worry about there. Also alot of people compared the endings to those two epic series. While I was really disappointed in the ending of Lost, I have to adminit they kept me riveted every week for 6 years and that says something.

Comment: The have forgotten the face of their fathers (Score 1) 238

by RiddleofSteel (#33535850) Attached to: King's <em>Dark Tower</em> Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV
Ugh, when JJ Abrams and the Lost writters were attached to this I had hope that they could actually do this thing justice. While Ron Howard is alright, really not overly impressed with him, akiva goldsman IS HORRIBLE. The guy completely sucks and guarantees this is going to be an abomination. Such a shame too because the book are amazing. As for the Movie to TV split, very interesting way to come at it, but only if the tv show is on HBO, wattered down regular tv is not going to cut it.

Comment: Par for the course (Score 5, Insightful) 269

by RiddleofSteel (#33168830) Attached to: Samsung, Toshiba, Others Accused of LCD Price-Fixing
Sadly this is one of the biggest problems with out country today. The biggest bane to Capitalism is a monopoly. And unfortunately almost every major product we buy be it power, automobiles, computers, food, media, etc. has a group of three or four huge companies that completely control that market. They get together and price fix, control the market, and even control the laws and regulations that are supposed to keep them in check. These types of collusion are no good except for the people at the top of these companies and their stock holders.
Space

Astronomers Solve the Mystery of 'Hanny's Voorwerp' 123

Posted by kdawson
from the do-not-look-directly-into-the-quasar dept.
KentuckyFC writes "In 2007, a Dutch school teacher named Hanny van Arkel discovered a huge blob of green-glowing gas while combing though images to classify galaxies. Hanny's Voorwerp (meaning Hanny's object in Dutch) is astounding because astronomers have never seen anything like it. Although galactic in scale, it is clearly not a galaxy because it does not contain any stars. That raises an obvious question: what is causing the gas to glow? Now a new survey of the region of sky seems to have solved the problem. The Voorwerp lies close to a spiral galaxy which astronomers now say hides a massive black hole at its center. The infall of matter into the black hole generates a cone of radiation emitted in a specific direction. The great cloud of gas that is Hanny's Voorwerp just happens to be in the firing line, ionizing the gas and causing it to glow green. That lays to rest an earlier theory that the cloud was reflecting an echo of light from a short galactic flare up that occurred 10,000 years ago. It also explains why Voorwerps are so rare: these radiation cones are highly directional so only occasionally do unlucky gas clouds get caught in the crossfire."
Image

Snails On Methamphetamine 93 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the escargot-on-ice dept.
sciencehabit writes "Science answers the question: What happens when you put a snail on speed? From the article: 'The results suggest that meth improves memory, something that has been previously observed in creatures with large, complex brains like rats and humans. But since the snails store their memories in a simple, three-neuron network, the team hopes that studying the meth effect in these gastropods will help pinpoint how the drug's memory magnification powers work.'"
Role Playing (Games)

Aion Servers To Merge, XP Grind Softened 108

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-only-takes-one-and-a-half-eternal-souls dept.
Massively reports that NCSoft's fantasy MMO Aion will soon be getting a round of server mergers to balance player populations and shore up in-game economies. A newsletter from Aion producer Chris Hager also brought word that character transfers will be an option starting in June, and NCSoft will be "offering them to all of our players for free for a limited time." This is happening in the lead-up to the game's 1.9 patch, due on June 2, which contains a number of measures to make the XP grind a bit less harsh (among other things; patch notes). They're creating more quests, increasing XP rewards from existing quests, and implementing a system that "grants you experience bonuses as you continue to play."

Comment: Re:Anthrax... (Score 2, Insightful) 164

by RiddleofSteel (#31960422) Attached to: Colleague Comes Forward To Defend Anthrax Suspect
Exactly. These were used on us by our own military to push through the Patriot act. That poor guy was used as the scape goat. I know people love to call these conspiracy theorists a bunch of wackjobs but it seems more and more like we are the idiots for sticking our head in the sands while this goes on all around us.

Comment: Re:Doubt it will ever get made (Score 2, Informative) 349

by RiddleofSteel (#31845966) Attached to: Joss Whedon To Direct <em>The Avengers</em>
You are missing the point. I remember seeing the promos Fox ran for it and thinking what the hell is this crap, even though I love Sci-Fi. It wasn't till it was cancelled I watched it and fell in love with it. They put it on Friday nights, where alot of the younger crowd that would have been into it are out. What's worse is from what I heard they showed it out of order, and the order they showed it in made no sense. No wonder it didn't catch on. It's the same shit they did with Futurama, putting it on at 7:30 on Sunday and then premepting it because of football games or whatever constantly.

Comment: Re:ain't broke, don't fix it (Score 5, Insightful) 589

by RiddleofSteel (#31016348) Attached to: Dune Remake Could Mean 3D Sandworms
Every Sci-Fi geek I know liked the film, non-geeks hated it. I'm not saying we loved it, but for the time it was different and interesting. So I really don't think he's overstating the popularity for it's market base. For many people they had not even heard of Dune before the movie, and while the books are much better I never would have read them without the Lynch version.

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