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Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim 119

Posted by Soulskill
from the entitled-wheel-gets-the-grease dept.
westlake writes: Valve has abandoned its attempt to introduce paid mods to Skyrim on Steamworks, following furious and unrelenting complaints by the gaming community that did not spare Gabe Newell. Valve said, "[O]ur main goals were to allow mod makers the opportunity to work on their mods full time if they wanted to, and to encourage developers to provide better support to their mod communities. We thought this would result in better mods for everyone, both free & paid." Bethesda had similar goals, saying, "There are certainly other ways of supporting modders, through donations and other options. We are in favor of all of them. One doesn't replace another, and we want the choice to be the community’s. Yet, in just one day, a popular mod developer made more on the Skyrim paid workshop than he made in all the years he asked for donations."

Comment: Confused (Score 1) 44

by msobkow (#49564571) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

...cannot build it into silicon.

Isn't the whole point of an FPGA being able to "burn" a design into a chip rather than "building" it? Are they saying you can only run your modifications through a simulator instead of burning an FPGA to test it?

If so, what's the point of the exercise? Wouldn't it make more sense to have students play with an open sourced or freeware design that they can actually implement and test?

Comment: I can't believe how many sports channels I blocked (Score 1) 289

by msobkow (#49564531) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

I'm stunned at how many sports channels I had to block even with basic IPTV from SaskTel here in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have ZERO interest in sports, and I'm kind of pissed off that some of the money I pay is going to support that crap, which I do not and will never watch.

I'd much rather have something like BBC News or BBC1 than a bazillion sports channels.

Comment: More is better (Score 1) 94

Given a choice, more is always better.

Even though my Lenovo Z580 has four USB ports, I often find myself wishing I had a couple more so I wouldn't have to swap devices. In particular, I'd appreciate another USB 3.0 port for an SSD (seeing as the "second" hard drive tray slot is occupied by the DVD drive, which I *do* use.) Sure USB 3.0 isn't as fast as I'd get with SATA, but it'd be a darned sight faster than the 5400RPM drive that's built in to the unit.

Normally I have the printer, mouse, and external HDD plugged in. That leaves one slot for a keyboard (I have no room for another one on my desk, though, so I rely on the built-in keyboard), camera, MP3 player, and charging the ole' eCig.

Comment: Re:Let's Have This Argument Again (Score 2, Insightful) 118

by msobkow (#49557961) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

You are incorrect. At the time of the Amiga, the Apple II, the Commodore 64, and other such machines, only the IBM PC was a "Personal Computer." It was a brand, not a generic term. The "generic" term was "micro computer".

PC only became a generic term when there was a flood of PC-compatible machines from other vendors on the market. And in response to the genericization of that brand, IBM tried to rebrand their next iteration of machines "Personal System/2", or PS/2, and this time lock things down to prevent competition.

You kids really need to read some old Byte magazines from the period before you go opening your bullshit-spewing mouths.

Comment: Re:That's too bad (Score 1) 164

Some people see everything in life as being politics, and Slashdot has enough of a population that there will always be a few such people showing up to post on every article/topic, so, yes, every story has to be a political trollfest.

Myself, I find it sad that this one person is being singled out for discussion while 1799 equally worthy human beings are being ignored and forgotten because they weren't "in tech."


Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead 474

Posted by samzenpus
from the trying-to-silence-the-future dept.
An anonymous reader sends word that Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been shot dead. The progressive activist and organizer who ran Pakistan's first-ever hackathon and led a human rights and a peace-focused nonprofit known as The Second Floor (T2F) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Karachi. Sabeen Mahmud was leaving the T2F offices with her mother some time after 9pm on Friday evening, reports the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. She was on her way home when she was shot, the paper reports. Her mother also sustained bullet wounds and is currently being treated at a hospital; she is said to be in critical condition.

"Dump the condiments. If we are to be eaten, we don't need to taste good." -- "Visionaries" cartoon