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Gran Turismo 5 Delayed 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the running-on-fumes dept.
RogueyWon writes "The Times is reporting that Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5, likely to prove a key title for the PlayStation 3, has been delayed indefinitely, despite an expectation that it would be released relatively early in 2010. The delay seems likely to impact Sony's plans to bundle the game with the PlayStation 3 console in time for the important spring sales period in Japan."
Australia

New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board 277

Posted by Soulskill
from the gauntlet-thrown dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Australia refused to give Rebellion's new Aliens Vs. Predator game a rating, effectively banning it in the country. Rebellion says it won't be submitting an edited version for another round of classifications, however. (As Valve did with Left 4 Dead 2.) They said, 'We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.'"
Censorship

Craigslist Blocks Yahoo Pipes 164

Posted by kdawson
from the nose-meet-knife dept.
Romy Maxwell posted a blog piece on Craigslist apparently shutting off access to Yahoo Pipes. Maxwell was working on a project, one of 2,111 using Craigslist as a data source, for a (non-commercial) Pipes-based mashup. He sent Craig Newmark an invitation to the alpha test, after a few rounds of friendly communication — "...as a rule of thumb, okay to use RSS feeds for noncommercial purposes." The apparent response, 4 days later, was for Craigslist to redirect any request with an HTTP referrer of pipes.yahoo.com to the Craigslist home page. Maxwell writes: "It's a sad day for me. I'm not too upset about my own project, as Flippity was already removing Craigslist as a data source. With the likes of eBay and Oodle not only providing open APIs but encouraging and rewarding developers, spending my time wrestling with Craigslist is just plain stupid and exhausting. I'm sure I'm not the only person to have come to that conclusion, and I wish it were different. ... If Craigslist wants to keep its doors shut to the world, so be it."
Google

+ - Google's Missteps in Japan Leave it Behind Yahoo->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Google's the leading search giant in the US but in Japan, it's a different story. One survey puts Yahoo! at 56.5 percent of all queries in Japan with Google at 33.7 percent. There aren't a lot of big tech countries where Google trails Yahoo! and the New York Times brings an insightful view of Google's missteps in courting Japan (Slashdot may remember fears of discrimination via Google Earth). It might not seem like a problematic situation for Google — after all they trail Baidu in China — but the painful fact is that Japan has the second largest advertising market in the world (a hefty $77 billion). And Google's ad revenue is an obvious cash cow that is probably sorely desired in Japan."
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Censorship

+ - US Congressman Announces Plans to Probe Wikileaks-> 1

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Congressman Peter King (Republican — New York) is calling for a probe into Wikileaks with regards to the half million 9/11 pager messages published recently. He has announced plans involving his Washington staff conducting a preliminary investigation under the premise that this action 'raises security issues.' A word of caution, Congressman King has been known to make inflammatory and unpopular statements."
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Hardware

+ - Sony's 3D TV plans become a little clearer->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Sony expects that 3D televisions will make up between 30 percent and 50 percent of all sets it sells in the financial year that begins in April 2012, according to a senior executive. The 3D-compatible sets will include a small piece of additional hardware that enables them to show 3D content but they'll also work as conventional television sets. By far the biggest expense for 3D viewing will be the glasses that are required to produce the illusion of a three-dimensional image. Those could cost up to around US$200 and won't necessarily be bundled with a television."
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The Internet

Contributors Leaving Wikipedia In Record Numbers 632

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the three-phases-of-web-sites dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "CNET reports that the volunteers who create Wikipedia's pages, check facts and adapt the site are abandoning Wikipedia in unprecedented numbers, with tens of thousands of editors going 'dead' — no longer actively contributing and updating the site — a trend many experts believe could threaten Wikipedia's future. In the first three months of 2009, the English-language version of Wikipedia suffered a net loss of 49,000 contributors, compared with a loss of about 4,900 during the same period in 2008. 'If you don't have enough people to take care of the project it could vanish quickly,' says Felipe Ortega at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, who created a computer system to analyze the editing history of more than three million active Wikipedia contributors in ten different languages. 'We're not in that situation yet. But eventually, if the negative trends follow, we could be in that situation.' Contributors are becoming disenchanted with the process of adding to the site, which is becoming increasingly difficult says Andrew Dalby, author of The World and Wikipedia: How We are Editing Reality and a regular editor of the site. 'There is an increase of bureaucracy and rules. Wikipedia grew because of the lack of rules. That has been forgotten. The rules are regarded as irritating and useless by many contributors.' Arguments over various articles have also taken their toll. 'Many people are getting burnt out when they have to debate about the contents of certain articles again and again,' adds Ortega."
Image

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Incompetent testing, stupid article (Score 1) 154

by dostick (#29131929) Attached to: Amazon, MS, Google Clouds Flop In Stress Tests

From the article:


The response times collated in Sydney were tested against measurement instruments loaded onto the cloud platform to isolate whether delays were attributable to the service itself or the latency involved with accessing US-based data centres from Australia.
 
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We all know that all of Australia share limited pipe to outside world.
Of course it will clog during the business peak hours! It's like reviewing the sports car by driving in traffic jams around city and then writing an article that sports cars are slow!

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