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CoD: Black Ops To Get Dedicated Game Servers 69

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-dedication dept.
roh2cool writes "The seventh Call of Duty game is being planned, and it has been dubbed Call of Duty: Black Ops. This game will be developed by Treyarch instead of Infinity Ward. Mark Lamia, Treyarch studio head, confirmed with CVG that in CoD: Black Ops, players will get dedicated game servers for the PC version of the game. Finally, PC gamers will get a chance to rejoice."

Comment: One step further (Score 1) 280

by Wilson_6500 (#32141154) Attached to: 9/11 Made Us Safer, Says Bruce Schneier
I'm not aware of any successful major terrorist attack after 9/11

I don't know if I'm even aware of a major (publicized) terrorist attack attempt post 9-11 that COULD have been successful. We had a guy with a binary explosive in his shoes, the Christmas fellow, that group of fellows on the east coast (I want to say) a few years back that the media tried to play up as a threat, and then the Times Square fellow who didn't know what he was doing at all despite being trained.

Comment: Re:One man's game (Score 1) 106

by Wilson_6500 (#31888040) Attached to: Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens's Impact On IP Law
The senate is not likely to vote against such a judge based on those criteria at all. Let's face it: a nominee's ideas on IP law are going to be the last worries during confirmation proceedings. It's "degree of judicial activism" on the right. I don't know what it is on the left. Haven't heard the buzzwords from that side just yet.

Comment: Re:Hasn't worked in the UK (Score 2, Informative) 419

by Wilson_6500 (#31810264) Attached to: "Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"
That shouldn't be a surprise, despite what people think about police being everywhere. The average cop has a service per person of somewhere between 400:1 to 2200:1, you don't get solid enforcement like that. But anytime there's economic problems the first areas to get cuts are Fire/EMS/Police.

From my experience, the last thing that gets cut is rescue services, right after schools. The first thing that gets cut is the local library, citizen's programs, parks & recreation, etc. Perhaps this is different elsewhere.
Google

Cthulhu the Musical, Tentacular, Tentacular! 33

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the can-they-get-neil-patrick-harris dept.
Tyler Too writes "Beware, mortals: Cthulhu has returned, and he's armed with bacon and an unhealthy obsession with geek brains. It's a really bizarre and hilarious choose-your-own-adventure saga starring the Great Old One himself, Sergey Brin, Anonymous, David Pogue, and non-Euclidian tacos with bacon."
Businesses

Garage Startup Develops "Personal Computer" 80

Posted by timothy
from the doomed-from-the-start dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "In the summer of 1980, MIT graduates Donald Faber and Peter Haberle moved into an empty two-car garage and started work building the first-ever 'personal home computer.' Now almost 30 years later, what began as a humble two-man operation has since grown into an even more humble, even more cramped computer company, based out of an even smaller single-car garage. According to Faber and Haberle, a lot has changed since Xalaga was first founded. What was once a struggling $7,500-a-year business with only a dozen or so paying customers is now a desperate $6,400-a-year business with only a half dozen or so paying customers. Faber, who turned down a promising position with GE in order to start Xalaga, a decision he now says he regrets each and every waking day, told reporters that he knew almost immediately that his company had something not-at-all special on its hands. 'We sold only one computer that first year, then the following year it was three computers, then suddenly 10 computers, then just as suddenly five computers, then back down to three computers again, and finally only one or two machines every other year for pretty much the next decade,' said Faber, standing up from the plastic milk crate that now serves as his desk. 'Had someone told us when we first started that we'd be here today, operating out of a much smaller, somehow less expensive garage, we probably would have laughed right in their face.'"
NASA

NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass Into Space 115

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it's-all-in-the-name-of-science dept.
ByronScott writes "Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft. wide lens was fabricated over the course of the past three years and launched from Cape Canaveral much to the dismay of almost every scientist in the world. While the first phase went exactly as planned, the plan hit a major snag when the magnifying glass began to work a bit too well, and ended up scorching large regions in the western hemisphere."
The Internet

IETF Drops RFC For Cosmetic Carbon Copy 63

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the this-never-happened dept.
paulproteus writes "Say you have an email where you want to send an extra copy to someone without telling everyone. There's always been a field for that: BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. But how often have you wanted to do the opposite: make everyone else think you sent a copy to somebody without actually having done so? Enter the new IETF-NG RFC: Cosmetic Carbon Copy, or CCC. Now you can conveniently email all of your friends (with a convenient exception or two...) with ease!"
AMD

AMD Readies "Lottery-Core" CPUs 80

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-roll-snake-eyes dept.
Barence writes "AMD has announced a radical shake-up of its CPU strategy, in an exclusive interview with PC Pro. The company has revealed that the next generation (codenamed Tyche) will be offered as a single 'lottery-core' SKU, with the number of functional cores in each part left for the customer to discover. 'We know gaming is very important to our customers,' explained regional marketing manager Ffwl Ebrill, 'and we're innovating to bring that win-or-lose experience out of the virtual world and into the marketplace.' Anyone discovering more than ten functional cores could consider themselves 'a lottery winner,' while unfortunates discovering their new CPU had no working cores at all would be encouraged to 'roll again.'"
Science

First LHC Data Hint At New Particle 124

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the still-no-black-holes dept.
Anonymous Dupeur writes "Only 12 hours after the start of operation of the Large Hardon Collider at an unprecedentedly high energy level, a discovery had been made. Today, in its press release, CERN disclosed the observation of a new class — paleoparticles. 'It's awful,' explains Alain Grand, still shocked by the discovery. 'It left horrible tracks inside the detector that made the physicists on duty at the time feel quite sick.' No wonder. The particle consists of two strange quarks and one top quark but no beauty or charm quark. The physicists have nicknamed it the 'neutrinosaurus.' This marks a first success of the — finally — started experiment."

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