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Comment My own experiment (Score 2) 193

I did something like this a couple years ago. I "married" an obviously fake girl I created on Facebook. My ads internet wide quickly switched from "singles" ads to mortgages and retirement ads (with a smattering of child education savings thrown in). A couple months later I "divorced". That brought on the lawyer ads, and a fresh onslaught of singles.

I've been Facebook free for a while now, but the screen captures I grabbed and posted while doing this provided a lot of amusement for my friends.

Comment This is why I play (Score 1) 398

No other MMO has fights or losses like this. Makes it far more worthwhile when you stand to lose something (even a virtual something), as opposed to just reappearing at a spawn location otherwise unaffected by your loss. It's also nice to have a lot of the standard idiots chased from the game by the learning curve, and the need to actually socialize.


Submission + - Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Hill reports that GM has announced to employees at one of its facilities that it is suspending production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees. Back when GM launched the beleaguered electric car, it boldly targeted sales of 10,000 in 2011 and 60,000 in 2012 but GM only sold 7,671 Volts in 2011 and just 1,626 so far this year. "We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand," says GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We see positive trends, but we needed to make this market adjustment." Although President Obama promised he would buy a Volt "five years from now, when I'm not president anymore" the Volt has come under criticism from Republicans in Congress because of reports of its batteries catching on fire during testing. Ironically, the shut down comes as gas prices are soaring, exactly the time when an electric car should be an easy sell. That's clearly not the case with the Chevy Volt meeting high resistance with the car buying public."

Submission + - Where does the Slashdot community meet outside of Slashdot? (tentonhammer.com) 3

Silent Node writes: I was reading a story about the differences between the Goonswarm (an EVE Online player corporation recruited from the Something Awfull forums), versus most corporations in the game (groups of players arising from within the game itself, not tied to an external community). It got me wondering first if Slashdotters have a corporation in EVE, but then lead to what other places they may congregate on the net. Where do you run into other Slashdotters? Have any of you formed sub-communities outside of Slashdot having met here first?
Classic Games (Games)

GOG.com Not Really Gone 276

gspr writes "On Sunday, Slashdot and many others reported that DRM-free games site GOG.com was shutting down. Now the site is back, revealing that it was all a hoax. According to the site: 'Now it's time we put an end to all the speculations once and for all. It's true that we decided that we couldn't keep GOG.com the way it was so we won't. As you probably know by now, GOG.com is entering its new era with an end of the two-years beta stage and we're launching a brand new GOG.com with new, huge releases.' So it was all an advertising stunt."

Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You 458

It will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever talked to my grandpa, but a recent study has shown that standing up to a bully is good for you. Although being bullied can be stressful and lead to depression, children who returned hostility were found more likely to develop healthy social and emotional skills. From the article: "In a study of American children aged 11 and 12, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared those who stood up to aggressors with those who did not. Children who returned hostility with hostility appeared to be the most mature, the researchers found. Boys who stood up to bullies and schoolyard enemies were judged more socially competent by their teachers. Girls who did the same were more popular and more admired by teachers and peers, the researchers found."

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce