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Comment Pricing Model (Score 2) 206

A lot of the comments on here are pointing out that OnLive is a subscription service. This is not the only pricing plan they have available. Looking at their documentation on "Getting Games in the OnLive Game Service" you will notice their are multiple avenues to purchase a game.

The subscription service they offer is for a collection of ~80 titles. For most newer titles you purchase a pass to play the game. This allows access to the game for a timed interval (think multiple days like renting) or unlimited play. That is a one-time purchase just like if you purchased the title off of Steam or in a retail store. Does the full pass require a subscription? Nope. Please take a look at the documentation and pricing model before making your claims.


Submission + - In-game advertisements (

An anonymous reader writes: A humorous look at the evils of in-game advertising, and how the industry is set to grow even bigger as gaming gains popularity as a mainstream entertainment media.

Submission + - The Forbidden City of Terry Gou (

ElvaWSJ writes: "Hon Hai churns out iPhones and Wiis, and provides a window into China's secretive world of outsourcing and manufacturing. With a work force of some 270,000 — about as big as the population of Newark, N.J. — the factory is a bustling testament to the ambition of Hon Hai's founder, Terry Gou. In an era when manufacturing has been defined by outsourcing, no one has done more to shift global electronics production to China. Little noticed by the wider world, Mr. Gou has turned his company into China's biggest exporter and the world's biggest contract manufacturer of electronics."

Submission + - Kaspersky 5.0 cannot be upgraded to Kaspersky 7.0?

An anonymous reader writes: Kaspersky have recently released a Kaspersky Antivirus 7.0 (we call it KAV 7). I am an end user who have bought Kaspersky Antvirus 5.0 (we call it KAV 5) in last year. The package includes a two year multi license. According to My KAV 5 license is still Active, so I should be able to upgrade to KAV 7. According to 99 Users who got KAV 5 will need to contact helpdesk for key replacement. So I did. But Kaspersky support told me that it is company policy that KAV5 cannot be upgraded to KAV7. According to 41999.html Users who need to get key replacement should contact the sales team. So I also did, but sales team told me that this is a technical issue and ask me to contact technical team instead. What a joke! I am not alone, I see users are complaining Kaspersky, in their own forum: 45302.html
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Top 10 Wackiest Conspiracy Theories

An anonymous reader writes: Dinosauroid-like Alien Reptiles are dominating the World, Apollo 11 Moon Landings were faked by NASA, September 11 was orchestrated by the U. S. government, Barcodes are really intended to Control people, Microsoft sends messages on Wingdings Font, U.S. military caused the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, The Nazis had a Moon Base, Kentucky Fried Chicken makes black men impotent? All these "facts" explored...

Submission + - Microsoft readies 9 patches for tomorrow

RenQuanta writes: Security professionals should be on their toes tomorrow (the second Tuesday of the month already!) as Microsoft has revealed they're preparing to release nine patches, "Six of [which] address vulnerabilities that have a maximum severity rating of 'critical', Microsoft's highest alert level. The remaining three patches all carry a maximum rating of 'important'." The vulnerabilies cover a spread of MS' applications including Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player, and Office.

Submission + - 3-tonne meteorite stolen in Russia

morpheus83 writes: Russian news agency Interfax is reporting that thieves have stolen a three-tonne meteorite from the yard of the Tunguska Space Event foundation, whose director said it was the part of meteor that caused a massive explosion in Siberia in 1908. The massive three tonne rock was bought to Krasnoyarsk after an 2004 expedition to the site of the so-called Tunguska event- a mysterious mid air explosion over Siberia in 1908 was 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The foundation's director Yury Lavbin claimed to have discovered the wreckage of an alien spacecraft during the expedition.

Submission + - What do you do when warranties go bad? 1

bobthemuse writes: What do you do when you have a truly horrible experience with an in-warranty hardware repair? When you get the hardware back and it still has the same problem, or worse, they never get back to you. Aside from legal action, which is often too expensive to undertake, how can you force the manufacturer to respond?

I purchased an Averatec laptop at my local Staples several months ago. A little while later the hard drive started making noises. Hitchi Disk Utility confirmed it was defective. Averatec has had this laptop for nearly three months, support says all they can do it contact level 2 support to find out the status (looks like the go through for actual repair). Emails to all addresses (support, sales, even CEO) go unanswered.

I'm wondering if the slashdot community has any creative ideas for forcing a refund or getting the laptop back?

Submission + - Windows XP: The OS that won't die? ( 1

akkarin writes: PC World NZ has released an interesting article about Microsoft
releasing Windows XP Professional SP2c, due to the shrinking pool
of activation keys. From the article:

Microsoft has had to create a new build of Windows XP Professional for computer makers because the six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys. The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing, will be made available to OEMs and system builders next month, said Microsoft.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Interview: Linus Torvalds discusses Linux

E5Rebel writes: It is 16 years since Linus released Linux and revolutionised the way software is produced, distributed and owned. In this interview he describes his surprise at the way Linuxhas mushroomed and his concerns about Microsoft, GPLv3 and much else, while insisting the future is open source. g-systems/nix/news-analysis/index.cfm?articleid=68 4
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - A new possible Playstation 3 Exploit (

DaMan1970 writes: "Team PS3HAX has released a new possible Playstation 3 Exploit, which allows you to run backups, or homebrew.

By copying a special prepared TIFF image to a USB/SD card & opening it in the Playstation 3, causes a unusual response in which the Playstation 3 controls & XMB are still fully functional & ables you to launch a game.

You can watch the hack on this video:"

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - 360 and PS3 face off with copycat promotions (

D T D writes: "Sony's recent price drop for the PS3 led to the official announcement of the new $599 80GB model as well as a lucrative promotion for five free Blu-ray movies for anyone who purchases the console by September 30th. Shortly thereafter, the 360 saw its own price drop, albeit a considerably less meaningful one. Now, through, gamers looking to finally adopt a 360 into their homes or upgrade their existing setup can purchase the Xbox 360 Hi-Def Bundle, which includes an HDMI-enabled 360 Elite with a 120GB hard drive, an HD-DVD player, and 7 free HD-DVD's including 300 and King Kong. All for the familiar price of $599. That's over $30 dollars in savings alone, with an additional $150 + in free software."

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.