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Role Playing (Games)

+ - Blizzard ignores huge problem in Warcraft

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blast3r
blast3r writes "Blizzard has been aware of a serious problem where players are unable to enter Instances (Dungeons) where at some times it can take over and hour to get in. The problem originated earlier this year when they were trying to fix over population of these instances which would often cause the instance to crash and the players would have to start over. They are saying they need to tweak hardware (July 2, 2009) yet refuse to give updates to their customers and are even banning those that are complaining in this thread. This is not a very good situation for Blizzard especially since Blizzcon is just around the corner. So what did Blizzard do with the hundreds of millions of dollars they made between early this year and the release of patch 3.2? Everyone knows that new patches generates more traffic. In any event, their PR people probably need to be prepared to meat some disgruntled customers!"
The Courts

+ - Oregon AG Seeks to investigate RIAA tactics

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Turning the tables on the RIAA's attempt to subpoena information from the University of Oregon about the identities of the university students, the Attorney General has now filed additional papers requesting permission from the Court to conduct immediate discovery into the RIAA's 'data mining' techniques, such as the use of unlicensed investigators, the turning over of subpoenaed information to collection agencies, the obtaining of personal information from computers. The AG pointed out (pdf) that "Because Plaintiffs routinely obtain ex parte discovery in their John Doe infringement suits.....their factual assertions supporting their good cause argument are never challenged by an adverse party and their investigative methods remain free of scrutiny. They often settle their cases quickly before defendants obtain legal representation and begin to conduct discovery...... and have dropped cases, such as their case against Tanya Andersen, in which their methods and practices have been challenged through counterclaims...... While the University is not a party to the case, Plaintiffs' subpoena affects the university's rights and obligations. Plaintiffs may be spying on students who use the University's computer system and may be accessing much more than IP addresses." As one commentator succinctly put it, "They'll be going bananas in RIAA land" after reading this filing."
Music

+ - Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirate->

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blast3r
blast3r writes "News.com published a story that two senators, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would unleash the world's largest law firm on Internet pirates. It would authorize the Justice Department to file civil lawsuits against people engaged in peer-to-peer copyright infringement — with the proceeds going to the company or person who owns the copyright."
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Security

+ - The Trolls of Myspace

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blast3r
blast3r writes "The Trolls of Myspace Part I
Trolls seem to have taken over part of Myspace over the last several weeks. Intentionally attacking groups of people who object to their disruptive behavior as well as just attacking for the sake of the attack.
So, the definition we have known pertaining to Trolls has been somewhat benign. They come into forums to stir things up. Sure, most people hate trolls because they tend to slow down functionality of forum talks and they are just plain irritating. However, on Myspace, they seem to be evolving into a new breed of Trolls. It was found that Myspace had some weaknesses that would allow them to attack those that griped about their activities."
Security

+ - The Trolls of Myspace

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blast3r
blast3r writes "Trolls seem to have taken over part of Myspace over the last several weeks. Intentionally attacking groups of people who object to their disruptive behavior as well as just attacking for the sake of the attack. So, the definition we have known pertaining to Trolls has been somewhat benign. They come into forums to stir things up. Sure, most people hate trolls because they tend to slow down functionality of forum talks and they are just plain irritating. However, on Myspace, they seem to be evolving into a new breed of Trolls. It was found that Myspace had some weaknesses that would allow them to attack those that griped about their activities."

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