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+ - GTAV makes $800 million in 24 hours->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "“The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V was released at midnight yesterday, and to no surprise has managed to break the record for highest sales in 24 hours. Distributors Take-Two Interactive have announced that the game has managed to achieve a staggering $800m (£490m) worth of sales within the first day, and is certainly going to break the forecasted $1 billion within the week.
The record was previous held by Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops which made $500m within 24 hours in 2009. The game also holds the title for the quickest entertainment product to achieve $1 billion in sales as they hit the mark by day 15.”"

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+ - AltaVista to shut down->

Submitted by no bloody nickname
no bloody nickname (2429300) writes "AltaVista, which was the once most visited search engine in the world, is to be shut down for good.
The search engine was launched in 1995 and quickly became the worlds largest search engine with more than 80 million recorded hits per day in 1997.
The success did not last, however. Attempts to compete with Yahoo! made AltaVista change into more of a web portal — a move which did not prove popular.
The popularity of the search engine rapidly declined and the more streamlined Google quickly overtook the spotlight as the premier search engine.
AltaVista was taken over by Yahoo! in 2003 and has most recently simply acted as a front for Yahoo! search. A complete turnabout from the late 90s when
AltaVista used to be the sole provider to power Yahoo! search."

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+ - Science fiction and fantasy author Richard Matheson dead at 87->

Submitted by no bloody nickname
no bloody nickname (2429300) writes "The BBC reports that well known US author Richard Matheson has passed away. He was 87 years old.
Mathesons prolific career lasted for more than 60 years and his works include the novels Hell House, The Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes and I am legend.
Matheson also wrote for television and cinema. Among the screenplays he wrote were the Spielberg movie Duel as well as multiple episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Several of his novels have also been adapted into movies. In the case of I Am Legend this was done not just once but three times.
Matheson continued to write books until recently and his most recently published book Generations was released in 2012."

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Comment: Re:the (re)definition of troll (Score 1) 406

If you see a troll post, treat it like an Xbox 360. Just do a 360 and walk away.

If you do a 360 you would end up facing the same way you came making it quite impossible to walk away unless you walk backwards.
Unless, of course, that by 'do' you instead suggest we have sexual relations with a games machine.

Comment: Re:Microsoft removed the biggest anti-Linux argume (Score 1) 1010

by no bloody nickname (#43431137) Attached to: Windows 8 Killing PC Sales
I have seen these types of messages on both Fusion (Fedora based), Mint and plain old Ubuntu. All supposedly noob friendly distros
The main issue is when you upgrade to a completely new version (like Ubuntu 10.10 to 12) which rarely works flawlessly.

If you want more factual info just look at bug pages like:
And reports like:

Comment: Re:Microsoft removed the biggest anti-Linux argume (Score 2) 1010

by no bloody nickname (#43420967) Attached to: Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

I find that most people I switch to Linux love it...

it doesn't require a re-install every couple of months.

Hmm I'd say this issue can actually sometimes be even worse on Linux.
While you may not need to be reinstall it, it will usually request to be updated quite frequently and this is often a hairy process for the non technical.

I have lost count of the number of times where I was asked what was meant when the updater threw up some odd message. Examples include:
"Unable to find expected entry [some component] in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)"
"ERROR:root:Dist-upgrade failed: 'E:Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks.....'"
"subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 101"
"Could not calculate the upgrade"
or simply a basic can't find that message like: "failed to fetch [some component] 404 error"

Sure, people who post here are often quite able to deal with these kind of messages but my mom certainly can't.

When I wasn't able to get there physically it was often easier to simply ask people to install the latest version from
scratch rather than to update.

Comment: Re:And a turbo button! (Score 1) 1010

by no bloody nickname (#43420349) Attached to: Windows 8 Killing PC Sales
Oddly enough I had an early Pentium (75 Mhz) which came with a turbo button.
The button was not just cosmetic either but fully functional; if you unpressed it the computers speed would decrease drastically.
I cannot fathom why a turbo function on a Pentium would be considered useful but there it was nevertheless.

Comment: Re:Not sure... (Score 1) 511

The original COD and UT99 games worked wonderfully right out of the box

Not quite.
The original COD, while a great game, had a great big bug that occasionally made players essentially invulnerable during multiplayer deathmatch.
As I recall it was a case of the hitbox calculations getting haywire.

I had an awesome video where I showed off my 'übergamer skills' by wiping out the entire opposing team on my own - multiple times.
Not a great feat when it turns out they cannot hit you with neither guns nor grenades.

Comment: Re:Too bad. (Score 3, Informative) 798

To be fair, it takes far fewer towers to cover all of Finland compared to the United states

Yes, but the US also has vastly more population. And, more importantly more population per square meter.
Finland comes in at the 201st place with regards to pop density at 16 ppl per square km. The US has 34!
What the hell does it matter that the US is big? The cost is amortized over the number of end users you have.
It's not like rail or power lines where you need right of way; all you need one single location in each area for a
cell tower.

You guys have on average twice as many people in a given area who need access to cell phones and yet you
still manage to get your ass severely beat by the Finns with regards to coverage. Just accept it: Your phone
providers suck - hard.

+ - Cell phone distracted woman fails to notice that she has walked into a firefight

Submitted by no bloody nickname
no bloody nickname (2429300) writes "A robbery and subsequent police shootout occurred in the Swedish town of Södertälje earlier today. The police exchanged fire with 4 robbers armed with AK 47s.
A female witness was later interviewed by the press as she had seen the events up close. The reason why she had been in such close proximity to the events: she had failed to notice that there was a firefight going on.
She had walked right up next to the Robbers getaway car before discovering that something was afoot.

Explaining how she had not heard anything since she had loud music playing in her ears, she did not become aware that anything was strange until she happened to notice several people who had thrown themselves flat on the ground.
At this point she became aware of an police officer who was screaming at her to: "get her head down, get away from there and take cover."
The woman explained that she was shocked and only backed away a few meters as the Robbers fled in the car parked just in front of her.

Neither the woman nor any bystander ended up with any discernible injuries. One robber was shot though.

Original article (in swedish):
Video of the shootout:
Article about the shootout in English:"

+ - Details Break On Intel's Bay Trail Next Gen Atom Platform->

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MojoKid writes "New leaked slides from Intel have shed additional light on how the company's 2014 platforms will challenge ARM products in the ultra light, low power market. At present, the company's efforts in the segment are anchored by Cedar Trail, the 32nm dual-core platform that launched a year ago. To date, all of Intel's platform updates for Atom have focused on lowering power consumption and ramping SoC integration rather than focusing on performance — but Bay Trail will change that. Bay Trail moves Atom to a quad-core, 22nm, out-of-order design. It significantly accelerates the CPU core with burst modes of up to 2.7GHz, and it'll be the first Atom to feature Intel's own graphics processor instead of a licensed core from Imagination Technologies."
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+ - New Sony Patent Blocks Second Hand Games->

Submitted by silentbrad
silentbrad (1488951) writes "From IGN: "... the patent application was filed on 9 December 2012 by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, and will work by linking individual game discs to a user's account without requiring a network connection meaning any future attempt to use this disc on another user's console won't work. The patent explains that games will come with contactless tags that will be read by your console in much the same way as modern bank cards. When a disc is first used, the disc ID and player ID will be stored on the tag. Every time the disc is used in future, the tag will check if the two ID’s match up and, if not, then the disc won’t work. The document goes on to explain that such a device is part of Sony's ongoing efforts to deter second-hand games sales, and is a far simpler solution than always-on DRM or passwords. It's worth noting that Sony has not confirmed the existence of the device, and the patent doesn't state what machine it will be used in, with later paragraphs also mentioning accessories and peripherals. ... There's also the issue of what happens should your console break and need replacing, or if you have more than one console. Will the games be linked to your PSN account, meaning they can still be used, or the console, meaning an entire new library of titles would need to be purchased?"
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... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"