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Businesses

Submission + - 38 Studios Financially Collapsing->

medv4380 writes: 38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with 38 Studios since issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content discussed previously here. For Curt to rant against Obama and welfare addiction makes it seem like the pot has been calling the kettle black since he received a $75 million dollar loan from Republican Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. When 38 Studios defaults RI will have to cover the loan and interest of nearly $100 Million.
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Games

Submission + - Study Questions Link Between Video Games and Violence->

medv4380 writes: In a study released in the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (sorry pay wall). The authors question the reasoning behind violence in video games being associated with violent behavior in users. Too bad this probably wont help things like convince congressmen
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Nintendo

Submission + - Judge Dismisses Patent Lawsuit Against Nintendo->

medv4380 writes: The patent lawsuit filed by IA Labs regarding Wii Fit and other Nintendo accessories has been dismissed before it could go to the Jury. The case was previously discussed on slashdot here. It appears that Maryland courts maybe a much better venue then East Texas.
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Submission + - News Reports WoW used as Mass Murder Simulator->

medv4380 writes: It should be no surprise that the Mass Murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, found a game like Modern Warfare entertaining. However, in his manifesto he writes

example, tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This "new project" can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons etc). Emphasize to them that this is a dream you have had since you were a kid

The news has taken this clear use of Warcraft as cover for cutting off contact with friends and family as Norway Terrorist Used World Of Warcraft As A Training Simulator

I guess we can expect this to spur anther round of game bashing very shortly.

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Security

Submission + - Blizzard Authenticator Change->

medv4380 writes: Some of you maybe aware of the change blizzard made to the authenticator system at the end of last week. The basics of the system is if Blizzard sees that you are using a system that you've used in the past the authenticator will be requested less often to log in. Since it seems that only a tech audience would understand what was done I have a question for slashdot. Is this more or less secure then what it was prior to the change?

If you use an authenticator – and we hope you do – you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We’ve recently updated our authentication system to intelligently track your login locations, and if you’re logging in consistently from the same place, you may not be asked for an authenticator code. This change is being made to make the authenticator process less intrusive when we’re sure the person logging in to your account is you. We hope to continue improving the authenticator system to ensure the same or greater security, while improving and adding features to make having one a more user friendly experience. If you don’t already have a Battle.net Authenticator attached to your account, don’t wait until it’s too late -


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Java

Submission + - Java SE 7 Finally Approved by JCP 13 to 1->

medv4380 writes: Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edition), by a vote of 13 in favor and 1 — Google — against. Oracle, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and Fujitsu are among the affirmative votes, and two committee members — Credit Suisse and Java architect Werner Keil — did not vote. Specifically, committee members voted on Java Specification Request 336, which pertains to the Java upgrade. Voting on the public review ballot for Java SE 7 finished up earlier this week after beginning on May 31. Java SE 7 still faces another vote on a final approval ballot.
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Games

Submission + - Worlds.com gets 4th Virtual Worlds Patent->

medv4380 writes: Worlds.com has received another Virtual Worlds patent.

The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of users interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual word. In order that the view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars, motion information is transmitted to a central server process which provides positions updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also uses an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the movement of the user's avatar.


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Submission + - FCC Moves to Convert Phone Fund to Broadband Fund->

medv4380 writes: The Federal Communications Commission is expected to change the Universal Service Fund and instead of having the funds go towards Rural Phone Infrastructure it would not go towards Broadband Infrastructure. You can see a transcript of what was presented to the FCC here.
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Patents

Submission + - Worlds.com Settles Lawsuit Against NCSoft->

medv4380 writes: Worlds.com is implied as about to go under financially but with the number of times zombie SCO has appeared World.com maybe no different in the long run. If true NCSoft probably could have fought off the case by waiting for World.com to die but then the patents would be sold off and we'd be back at the same place.
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