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+ - Mass Effect 3, Endings not up to fan expectations? Or development cut short?->

Submitted by The_Paya
The_Paya (1048300) writes "With one poll in Bioware's social website being enough proof (in raw numbers) that something went wrong, there are also Facebook and Twitter movements starting asking for a better ending to the epic Mass Effect saga from Bioware and Electronic Arts.
Besides general discomfort and rage against the endings, plot holes, and more, there are also theories of tight deadlines and lost writers as being the culprits of the allegedly "horrible" endings.
So, what does Slashdot think?"

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Science

+ - Evidence for Antimatter Anomaly Mounts->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The big bang created a lot of matter—along with the same amount of antimatter, which wiped out everything and brought the universe to an untimely end. That's what accepted theoretical physics tell us—though things clearly didn't work out that way. Now, results from a U.S. particle smasher are providing new evidence for a subtle difference in the properties of matter and antimatter that may explain how the early universe survived."
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Patents

+ - European Parliament to exclude free software with FRAND

Submitted by jan.van.gent
jan.van.gent (2578677) writes "The European Parliament is on the verge to adopt a directive about reform of standards, reform which would introduce FRAND patent licensing terms (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory), an undefined term which has been a direct attack on the fundamental principles of Free and Open source software. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been very active before the European Commission proposed the text on trying to get FRAND terms inside the text."

Comment: Re:This has to be put in context (Score 1) 170

by The_Paya (#37176074) Attached to: Argentina Censors Over a Million Blogs

Sorry, you're heavily misinformed, the birth of the idea for the media law reform happened in 1983, right after Argentina regained its democracy. It was never brought to the Senate because the government of the season was in tight relationship with the local media giant, Clarin.

Could you please point me to the senate discussions for this new law in the 80s?

There weren't any. As I said on what you quote, no senator would bring something like that up against Clarin, not without executive support.

Because AFAIK this law project was pushed by office and passed in 2009. And in an unusually brief timespan. I still remember congress members asked for the law to be passed "without changing a coma". Isn't that making a mockery of what the congress is supposed to?

And an exaggeration too, the law/project had been coming and going for way too many hands to get it done right, any clever opponent of the law would just change a comma in the right place to make it moot.

You're missing the point here. If you think the government is on a crusade to hurt Clarin because of its "terrorist state" affiliations i suggest you ask yourself why Nestor Kirchner itself allowed the merger between Clarin and Cablevision in the first place, for example. He signed the approval himself. This government was in bed with this conglomerate way before this law was passed.

They didn't had the power to do it, and again, how would "the media" (at that time)react to such an act of ilegality like that, there was no such law to forbid such a merger. And the crusade was an irony. It's to state that unless what's written on that law it's properly interpreted, we could be guessing all day and making shit up all year and never get to the bottom of it.

But even the i question the way, not the why. I don't like Clarin, but i don't approve the way the government seems to hellbent in hurting a so called enemy. Did you notice we keep hearing about this "media monopoly", but not a single official accusation was done? Where's the beef?

Well, the media monopoly just had a judge put an injunction on the article that forces the monopoly to un-invest and de-monopolize itself, so that's the big beef right there.

And if the issue is attacking "terrorist state pay for what they did", i suggest you write to you senators and ask them why do we still have IVA (VAT, for an US equivalent) on basic goods. That is also a law from the 70's, just in case you weren't aware of that.

For the same reason we have a tax on earnings, or we're supposed to be perfectly fine with a state without cash?

Comment: Re:This has to be put in context (Score 1) 170

by The_Paya (#37165952) Attached to: Argentina Censors Over a Million Blogs

Ok, now you're being a moron. It's a law with over 150 new articles which was written and passed in a never-seen-before hurry.

Sorry, you're heavily misinformed, the birth of the idea for the media law reform happened in 1983, right after Argentina regained its democracy. It was never brought to the Senate because the government of the season was in tight relationship with the local media giant, Clarin.

Haven't you ever wondered why the government would want to hurt Clarin?

Let's say, oh this government wants to censor everything that's against them. Yeah, that worked good, really good. Anyone locked on the 24/7 news signal emitted by Clarin would think this government is worst than the 70's. And there's people that do think that way.

Let's say this government wants to cash out on splitting up Clarin holdings. Right, because nobody else in the world has more money than the Kirchner's. If Clarin has to sell, it will get a sh1tload of offers, the bidding will be insane, of course, if Clarin doesn't sell, it will have to let go most of it for free, how would that look then, crybaby "omg they made me give away all my possessions, bad king!" I bet.

Let's say that Nestor bringing down the picture of Videla is a clear sign of somebody that's hellbent on making all the state terrorists of old pay for what they had done, including Clarin for supporting, and benefiting off them....

And what's wrong with that?

Comment: Re:Title inaccurate (Score 1) 170

by The_Paya (#37165922) Attached to: Argentina Censors Over a Million Blogs

This is a clear example of a person who watches 6-7-8 and likes to believe everything the government says.

I do, I like variety too, I watch TVR, hear Victor Hugo and plenty of others a bit more objective than the 6-7-8 hellbent fans.

The problem with people like this is that they have polarized opinions. Either you agree 100% with the government or you agree 100% with Clarin. There's no middle point. This government puts itself in a "trendy" position. It's "cool" to think like the government does. So if you don't think like the government tells you, you aren't cool. You are a loser. These people just can't seem to find a middle ground, and like to adorn their speech with adjectives, like "dictatiorial".

On the 70's we were under a dictatorship, it's the proper word to use, with all the human rights violations that are associated with it, and you call that adorning. And what's a polarized opinion? And where's the "middle point" in the opposition to this government? Looks like you're projecting yourself there. Now tell me where in all of the Clarin controlled media has the government ever said how the people should think. Let's be factual and honest, this government (unlike others) has had fewer decrees (laws passed directly by the president without senate vote) than any previous ones, every single thing this government has done was done abiding by the democratic process of presenting projects to the senate and getting them voted. Even with a majority of opposition on the senate all these projects got reviewed, worked on, voted, and made law (except for the first time in history that the state's budget was not approved). So, when Clarin shows interviews with people like Elisa Carrio that shout out loud that this government is a dictatorship, and when the interviewer agrees with it, trying to make the audience buy that crap, you do buy it too? I wonder how many do this.

It's a fine example of how the government-controlled media apparatus works. They even see the media's "fourth power" status as something bad! Who watches the watchmen?

I'll be called Marxist but the power should not be on enterprises that care nothing but just about money. It should be on the people's hand, for that the media (look up journalism on a dictionary) has to be objective and impartial and be of varied, different opinions, not 100% opposing all the time, neither 100% pro-government. The world right now is showing how that fine neo-liberal model has worked so far.

They applaud the new "media law" which wants to split up nation-wide channels, under the premise of "democratization". The government's main selling point about the old media law was that it was, first, old, but second and most important: "WAS WRITTEN BY THE MILITARY DICTATORSHIP!!!!!oMGOMGOMGMGO THE MILITARY ARE CONTROLLING OUR MEDIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA".

Did you read the law in it's entirety? Here's what Fox News said about it. And here's another view. The law does nothing to nation-wide channels. It does so to the "content providers" so to speak. If you distribute content you should not own that content too (but the law grants a few channels for each provider anyway). Anyone with 1/8th of a brain would know that a provider that cannot own all the channels it distributes would be hellbent on having as many channels as possible, which would include a huge lot of local content, plus the already established nation-wide channels and others outside, just to be competitive of other media providers. Competition between providers also ends up being a plus, you get the freedom of choice for your provider based on their benefits, you are no longer locked into "the only provider in my area" anymore (which is the rule in the countryside). Clarin is hellbent on defending this lock of the media production and distribution, which is shown on their every opinion TV program and every newspapers page.

They don't realize (or do, but like to deny it) it's just a divide-and-conquer strategy. When every newspaper, radio, and TV station is local, then economy of scale makes it impossible to stay in business, without resorting to government sponsorship. Once they start playing advertisements paid by the government, they lose their "free speech"... they can still say what they want, under the risk of losing government support. Anyone with 1/8th of a brain can listen to that clown Mariotto for 30 seconds and realize why this law is a TERRIBLE idea. That, and the fact that supporters of this law (http://www.leydemedios.com.ar/), are just stupid government sockpuppets. If you are minimally serious about this, you can't make a list (see right there at the bottom) of "EVIL" people who are "against" the law, and "COOL" people who are WITH it.

Ha, that is a blog. I hope everyone knows how to "take" the content of a blog and, by the way, the "reputation" of the "cool/evil people" list is what that list is trying to show, nothing more. Regarding "economy of scale", do you have any idea what it takes to sustain a local TV station? Do you know how much a local TV station has to "pay" to be included in cable distribution, which is controlled by Clarin, to gain audience and make a profit?, Do you know how much a content provider, that cannot create content, and by law has to air a certain amount of local content would contribute to local TV stations so that they can sustain their content? These details don't seem to be discussed anywhere other than Clarin controlled opinionists, and you wont hear anything from the major TV experts because they are tied in with the current media distribution lock, once it's lifted, and Clarin's hold gets released, it's gonna take time, but we'll be able to watch whatever we want wherever we want whenever we want, including air TV distributors using ISDB-T (an excellent format supported by Japan and Brazil, also made standard by this government.)

The fact that the congress had to make a separate calculation for inflation rates because the government institute that calculates it is oh-god-so-infected by government supporters (the government even fines private companies that make their own inflation measurements).

The government cannot fire a private company that they did not hire. These private companies that you mention use names like University of Buenos Aires (UBA) to give weight to their "calculations", only to later have said University call them out for their lie, and then they suddenly disappear. But yeah, we agree, the INDEC is a shitty leftover joke that should die and made anew with proper analysts.

The government claims that there is NO inflation and you can buy more with the same amount of money now, than in 2007. I have a business, I can go back to 2007 invoices and prove to you that things costed almost half back then.

First, there was no such claim. Like the business owner next door, you keep consuming what Clarin sells. When the government speaks of specific inflation on specific areas, it's taken out of context and applied to a "global inflation". Even 6-7-8 admits and complains about the inflation, but they point fingers to the specific culprits, they don't blame the whole economy system for it. Now when you start to rationalize the inflation, where does it comes from? The dollar has been fluctuating never past 4.15, the only thing that has been going up steadily is fuel, and whose fault is that?

Comment: Re:Title inaccurate (Score 1) 170

by The_Paya (#37159646) Attached to: Argentina Censors Over a Million Blogs

The current government tries to pull similar tactics. If your company isn't "with" the government, they won't kill you or anything... you're just "more likely" to get thugs at your warehouses doors and keep trucks with your products from leaving your factory.

That's what Clarin says. What the Moyano Mafia does it's twisted well enough to turn the blame to the government, instead of putting it on the true responsible (which is the union alone). It's the union who provides "support" for the government, not the other way around, like Clarin its been desperate to demonstrate with yellow propaganda.

They are in a war against Grupo Clarin right now. Clarin owns a newspaper (Clarin), ISP (Fibertel), TV stations (Canal 13, TN, Volver, and a few others), Cable (Cablevision), AM and FM national coverage radios, and they also own a lot of shares of the (oops) only newspaper paper factory in the country (so they get paper at a discount price).

You're missing the other 300+ companies that "belong" in one way or another to Clarin. Which dominates media distrbution (cable/fm/am/papers) everywhere in the country, with different affiliates or sub-companies.

Cristina Kirchner, the previous president's (Nestor Kirchner) widow is just a continuation of what Nestor initiated in 2003, until he died, Cristina was the president but Nestor ruled the country, so when I say "the current government" includes the previous presidency too. SO, the current government allowed Clarin to grow out of control. They even allowed them to merge with Multicanal, which was the only other competing cable company.

Indeed, the people that voted Cristina was voting for the same trend the last president had, Clarin twisted the media enough to show it up as "big evil behind everything" instead of the proper continuation of what the majority of the people in Argentina considered worth of their votes. Also, the government didn't "allow" anything. All was done by ways of the laws at the time. if the government was to forbid such a thing, it would have been against the law (and imagine what Clarin would've printed if so).

After a few years, things got rough, and now the government tries everything they can do to destroy Clarin: * A couple of years ago, they tried to jam Clarin's satellite feeds and TN was forced out of the air for a while.

That was a tech problem blamed, very opportunistically on the government. You don't seem to mention anything about Cablevision (owned by Clarin) hand-picking the location on the channels list of state's TV channel or blocking/noising it out on different parts of the country when the pro-government-lol-truth-teller program was being aired.

* The truck driver's union blocks Clarin's trucks and the newspaper can't be delivered that way (The government claims they don't have anything to do with that but they don't do anything to stop it. Oh, btw, the leader of the truck driver's union, Hugo Moyano, sits next to Cristina when there's a cabinet meeting. He's not a government official)

This is a lie. Clarin's workers union was blocking one exit of the printing facility, by law they have right to do so, nor the government, nor Clarin can do anything against that.

* Last year they tried to remove Fibertel's ISP license on a technicality (the license was granted to Fibertel, which was a part of grupo clarin, but they billed you in the same invoice as Cablevision, which the government claimed they couldn't do)

You seem misinformed. Fibertel's license had expired. Fibertel was charging you an extra for a license that they didn't had, I believe they solved it later after merging with Datamarkets (now FIbercorp) and they've been using that license.

* They are trying to go after Ernestina Herrera de Noble (grupo clarin's head), claiming that her children were illegally adopted in the 70s under the military government. DNA testing found no match with any of the registered families.

Few corrections needed here, "military government" is wrong, dictatorial is more precise. Clarin supported this government that stole thousands of babies and killed dozens of thousands, it's been demonstrated that all the "adoption" documentation is either forged or wrong, and there're plenty of witnesses that have said how some around Ernestina's "circle" gloated about how they "got her the kids". You also forgot to mention how the DNA tests were boycotted several times and how the latest DNA testing was circumvented (by Clarin's advocates) to limit the range of the testing on the DNA database.

So you can see pretty much how things work here, and get your own conclusions about wether the government tacitly endorses... "stuff".

Just to finish up, reader, indeed, please draw your own conclusions, but be properly informed, media giants are trying hard to keep their status of "fourth power" in the machine that rules over a country, and when threatened (by a government that is trying to apply a law, in development since 1983, to avoid all the media to be owned by a single hand), will do such a good scam, that you get intelligent people on slashdot posting such misinformation.

Real Time Strategy (Games)

Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the uncrossing-wires dept.
On Wednesday we discussed news of an impressive-looking mod for StarCraft II that transformed the game into a WoW lookalike, which quickly drew a copyright infringement warning from Activision Blizzard. The company has now released an official statement green-lighting the mod for continued development. "'It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor,' Blizzard said in a statement. 'As always, we actively encourage development of custom maps and mods for StarCraft II, as we've done with our strategy games in the past.' Blizzard went on the say that it's looking forward to seeing development of the mod continue, and that it has invited Winzen to the company's campus to meet the game's development team."
Space

+ - Massive space galaxy weighs about 800trillion Suns->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Astronomers today said they found a massive space system known as a galaxy cluster 7 billion light-years away from Earth that holds hundreds of galaxies and weighs in at around 800 trillion Suns. The cluster, designated SPT-CL J0546-5345, seen at 7 billion light years away would be four times larger in real time making it one of the most massive galaxy clusters in the universe, astronomers claim"
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Security

+ - 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Website-> 1

Submitted by ACKyushu
ACKyushu (1626689) writes "Say what you like about 4Chan, when they want something done, it gets done. Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, is currently down having been DDoS’d. They are joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA’s website, also currently under huge and sustained attack."
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Networking

Athena's Free Firewall Browser 23

Posted by timothy
from the should-you-choose-to-accept-it dept.
athenasec writes "Firewall Browser is a free configuration analyzer (download here), released by Athena Security, which works on Cisco, Check Point, and Netscreen firewalls for searching rulebases based on address or service ranges — the way change requests are actually made. The tool is available as a free download with no limitations, user license restrictions, or registration hurdles. Users can slice and dice any firewall-related question about the network, service objects, and security rules for a multi-vendor environment from a single flexible interface. There is also this how-to guide for applying the tool to day-to-day operational tasks."
Biotech

Scientists To Breed the Auroch From Extinction 277

Posted by samzenpus
from the back-by-popular-demand dept.
ImNotARealPerson writes "Scientists in Italy are hoping to breed back from extinction the mighty auroch, a bovine species which has been extinct since 1627. The auroch weighed 2,200 pounds (1000kg) and its shoulders stood at 6'6". The beasts once roamed most of Asia and northern Africa. The animal was depicted in cave paintings and Julius Caesar described it as being a little less in size than an elephant. A member of the Consortium for Experimental Biotechnology suggests that 99% of the auroch's DNA can be recreated from genetic material found in surviving bone material. Wikipedia mentions that researchers in Poland are working on the same problem."
Businesses

Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies 397

Posted by Soulskill
from the cause-or-symptom dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"

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