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Submission + - Madonna Signals Death of the Record Industry (timesonline.co.uk)

siriuskase writes: Madonna is poised to leave her record company of 25 years to sign a $120 million (£60 million) deal with Live Nation, a concert promotion firm, in a move that many may regard as further evidence that the music industry of the last century is officially dead. The expected deal comes as Madonna's record sales are falling — despite her concerts attracting huge audiences — and is the latest in a series of moves by big-selling acts to bypass traditional record companies.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - New Technologies Attack the One-World Problem 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "While some massive multiplayer online games (MMOs) already involve a lot of people — World of Warcraft recently passed the nine-million-player mark — players usually aren't truly together, inside one world. Instead, a game company makes many copies of the world, called shards, each of which holds several thousand players. Sharding is popular because it's easy to add more shards to accommodate new players as a game grows in popularity, and because it can prevent overcrowding in small virtual worlds. MIT Technology review reports that now technologies are being developed to keep lots of players within a single world and the technologies don't just apply to gaming. NASDAQ, for example, can be thought of as a very large MMO, supporting very large numbers of "players" performing billions of transactions daily in a graphically intense environment, all within a single shard. Technologies that solve this problem effectively, says George Dolbier, technical lead for games and interactive entertainment at IBM, will have applications in any industry that requires spotting and reacting to trends, or "anything where behavior is dynamic and you need to move resources around rapidly.""

Valve Looking to Port Games to Linux? 129

Martin Bozic writes "Valve is apparently looking for senior engineers to port games to Linux. They have an ad up on the official site looking for a Senior Software Engineer with experience in 'systems engineering designing and developing communications software and hardware solutions including resolving problems surrounding real-time and non real time PC- based systems using C++ and network programming algorithms and their interaction with physical devices.' One of the lines under the job description is the simple statement: 'Port Windows-based games to the Linux platform.'" No reason to get excited about this before they make an official announcement; while this may eventually mean Half-Life 2 running under Linux, they may just want penguin-based folks to play Peggle.

Journal Journal: Windows Genuine Advantage Lost. 1

Microsoft's WGA servers are down. All computers running Vista or XP which try to validate are being marked as counterfiet.

A user at one of Microsoft's tech forums posted this response from the company.

Thank you for your response. I'm sorry to inform you that the Windows Genuine server might be down for few days. I have escalate the issue to our Genuine team, kindly try to validate again on Tuesday 28 Aug 2007.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe