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Comment: Re:Won't it ... ? (Score 5, Interesting) 313

by scuba_steve_1 (#29814723) Attached to: No Dedicated Servers For <em>CoD: Modern Warfare 2</em>

Dead on. I am in a COD Clan, which I will not mention here. We were in existence as far back as MOH Spearhead...and later hosted servers for COD UO, COD2, COD4, and now, WaW. We typically support (modded) servers long after others have left the game...and are currently still running servers for COD2 and COD4 in addition to WaW.

We buy our games on release day. Actually, we pick them up on release day...we buy them well in advance. We have about 150 clan members and another 100 or so associated regular players...in addition to our guests. We don't pirate...and we run PB...so they are free to check what they want for our members, regulars, and guests.

We pay over $400 a month for a dedicated physical server (on which we host multiple game servers). We also pay for a separate host for forums, map redirects, and a Vent server.

In the past, we have also run BF2, BF2142, MOH Airborne and other titles, but CoD is our primary game...and we were really looking forward to MW2. No longer.

We run only games that allow us to host our own server. We finally were able to swing that with BF and that's why we ran it. For us, the community is *at least* as important as the game. We want a single place (or set of servers actually) where our members, regulars, and guests can join us. We also want control over the maps, mods, and admin. We run a mature server and do not tolerate immature players, cheaters, or folks who lack sportsmanship.

Frankly, I have limited expectations for this petition...or any type of boycott. That said, my clan is out. There is no way that we support a game that doesn't allows us to host it. i.e., a game that ignores the importance of our community. We have had a fairly sizable number of members cancel pre-orders...and now have switched our attention to BF3. It's a big leap for us (sad, but true), but as the dude says, this will not stand.

The clan abides,.

Comment: Wow...great stuff (Score 4, Insightful) 599

by scuba_steve_1 (#28482349) Attached to: Doctors Baffled, Intrigued By Girl Who Doesn't Age
Wow...that is absolutely amazing...and she is so fortunate to have a family that sees the situation so positively...and who supports related research by the scientific community to see if there is a potential broader benefit here. Frankly, it must be tough for them at times, but I am sure that my wife would *love* it if our little girl never grew up. Thank goodness her sisters are supportive, because they will most likely need to take care of her in the future after her parents advance in age. Great stuff.

Comment: Wait... (Score 1) 669

by scuba_steve_1 (#27968247) Attached to: Does Dell Know What Women Want In a Laptop?
...no offense implied to your post, with which I agree...but seriously mods, marking the fact that women don't like to be told that they are fat as "informative"? Are you serious? Let's mark posts that tell us that the sun is probably coming up tomorrow as informative as well.

...and no ladies, the jeans don't make your ass look fat...the dozen donuts that you ate this weekend make your ass look fat. ;)



BTW, I tried to comment here:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/what-do-women-want-in-a-laptop/

...but my thoughts are still awaiting moderation (facists)...so I will repeat myself:

In general, men and women *do* tend to look for diferent things in gadgets. Let's not pretend otherwise. That is not to say that all men are knowledgeable about such things or that all women are not, but seriously, when arguing a point about women not being technically clueless and Dell being insulting and/or condescending, perhaps they could get a better spokesperson. Seriously, did you folks read her comments?

If the netbook is great for using the Internet and has a long memory,

Long memory? Okay marketing "expert", perhaps you should step out of the spotlight now...since you have just reinforced the stereotypes that you are trying to dispel.

$0.02

- Scuba
Privacy

+ - implications of being an unintended recipient?

Submitted by zagnut
zagnut (22917) writes "I have an email address from a large provider (gmail) which is very short (a common first name followed by last initial). Because of this, I often receive emails which were not actually intended for me. It's shocking, actually, how many people there are that seem to think that my email address is theirs, or their uncle's, or whatever. My friends and I find it highly entertaining to read some of the emails I receive, but I started to wonder about legal considerations. I wonder if this area of law has even been tested at all. For example, do I own the content of the emails I receive, even if I'm not the intended recipient? Could I publish their contents? What about emails with the standard "intended recipient" message, am I really obligated to delete these messages and notify the sender? That seems ridiculous — after all, I'm not the genius who got the email address wrong. Finally, what about confidential information, like if I receive a loan application form with all of someone's financial information? Has anything similar been tested with snail mail, and would that be applicable?"

Comment: **** Alternative idea (Score 1) 1235

by scuba_steve_1 (#26613769) Attached to: New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"
Yes, we could legislate this issue...and add flashing strobes to also help the deaf...and task a government agency to manage this mandate...and add more burden to customs, law enforcement, and the courts...and then also potentially create additional legislation to also outlaw the crop of non-phone-based portable silent cameras that will surely come to market if this legislation passes...

...or women could start wearing underwear.



Seriously, what can these perverts photograph if you are a women and wearing underwear beneath your dress? Anything more than they see of you at the beach? If so, are you concerned that a nice breeze will also expose your thong to the world? Perhaps you should wear pants.
Space

Building the Interplanetary Internet 334

Posted by kdawson
from the ping-and-wait dept.
sighted writes "Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, now a Google VP, is leading a NASA effort to create a permanent network link to Mars within the next two years. As Cerf outlined in a recent talk, the 'InterPlaNet' protocol is designed to handle the delay caused by interplanetary distances. A signal traveling between the Earth and Mars can take up to 20 minutes."
Windows

+ - What's missing from Vista's "official apps"

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Microsoft has just released a list of 800 applications it says are "officially supported" on Windows Vista. What's special about this list, however, are the programs that are not included:

Popular Windows software that is conspicuously missing from Microsoft's list includes Adobe Systems Inc.'s entire line of graphics and multimedia software, Symantec Corp.'s security products, as well as the Mozilla Foundation's open-source Firefox Web browser, Skype Ltd.'s free voice-over-IP software and the OpenOffice.org alternative to Microsoft Office
Another area in which Vista has found to be lacking is gaming, as discussed earlier on Slashdot."
Security

+ - NY Times Trashes Open Source

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "From http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/20/business/smallbu siness/20hack.html?pagewanted=2&ref=smallbusiness
In a NY Times article about small businesses and network security : "Many use open-source software, which is free on the Internet...Some of that software, because it is written by relatively unskilled programmers, has a poor security record." It goes on to discuss the 'threat' of PHP and Ajax."
Announcements

+ - 67 Kilowatt Laser Unveiled

Submitted by
s31523
s31523 writes "We all remember the scene from the movie Real Genius where the nerdy guys get a laser to fire which burns a hole through everything for miles. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has announced they have a Solid State Heat Capacity Laser (SSHCL) that averages 67kW working in their lab. Developed for the military, Dr. Yamamoto claims this to be a record and is quoted as saying, "I know of no other solid state laser that has achieved 67kW of average output power". The potential uses for this bad boy go well beyond turning a professor's house into Jiffy Pop. Here is what a 40w laser can do, now imagine 67000 watts. Although many lasers have peaked at higher capacities, getting the average sustained power to remain high seems to be the tricky part."
Power

+ - Can wild grass produce clean fuel?

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "As many other countries, the U.S. want to reduce their dependency on oil by increasing the production of renewable and alternative fuels. Today, the main source of biofuel is ethanol distilled from kernels of corn, with a production of 5 billion gallons a year. As current targets for biofuels have been pushed to 7.5 billion gallons by 2012 and 35 in 2017, using corn ethanol alone would require to convert the combined size of Kansas and Iowa into farmland. But researchers have studied other solutions. And the best one could be to use cellulosic ethanol as the fuel of the future. The main advantage of using a wild grass named miscanthus is that you can produce ethanol from the whole plant body as opposed to corn where you can only use the grains. The other one is that you would need to grow this plant only on an area of the size of Massachusetts — an area 18 times smaller. But will farmers follow this advice? Time will tell. In the mean time, read more for additional details and a chart comparing the respective profits you could expect from the utilization of corn, switchgrass and miscanthus to produce ethanol."
Microsoft

Longhorn Server Will Stress Virtualization 101

Posted by kdawson
from the bet-it-won't-run-virtual-MacOS dept.
Rob writes in with an article from CBROnline based on an interview with Microsoft's UK server director. He says the timing of the release of the next version of Microsoft's server OS, dubbed Longhorn, depends on the company getting virtualization ready to go. Microsoft has apparently decided to embed its hypervisor technology into Windows, an OS-centric approach to virtualization shared by XenSource Inc., its open-source rival and partner. This contrasts with the model of virtualizing the hardware layer being pursued by VMWare. The Microsoft spokesman is coy about a release date for Longhorn, saying it could be earlier or it could be later (but it should be in 2007).
Google

+ - Google: "Screw PC's...Cell phones are the next

Submitted by
rnjonjo
rnjonjo writes "Bangalore, India — Google vice president and chief Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf predicted that cellphones, not PCs, will fuel growth of the Net as countries like India snap up millions of handsets monthly. From 50 million in 1997, the number of people who have logged onto the Internet has exploded to nearly 1.1 billion, Cerf, who is considered one of the founding fathers of the Internet, said. Yet, the Internet only reaches a sixth of the world's population, Cerf told reporters during a visit to this southern city, known as India's Silicon Valley, where Google has a research and development facility. "You will get those other 5.5 billion people only when affordability increases and the cost of communication goes down," said Cerf, 63, who joined Google in 2005. "The mobile phone has become an important factor in the Internet revolution." The silver-bearded scientist, dressed in a three-piece suit for a presentation on the Internet, is hearing-impaired and had to read the lips of reporters who asked him questions. Cerf, a winner of the Alexander Graham Bell award, said one of the reasons he started working on the Internet project was to give the hearing impaired an instant tool to communicate. Worldwide there are 2.5 billion cellphone users, whose numbers are growing rapidly in developing countries led by China and India, the world's most populous countries, Cerf said in his presentation. India, a country of 1.1 billion people, alone is adding seven million cellphone users a month, a powerful enough lure for British telecom giant Vodafone to pay $11.1 billion for a controlling stake in local mobile firm Hutch-Essar this month. Handset manufacturers and mobile-phone companies are offering an array of Internet-enabled features and services including payment and navigation systems while dropping charges under the pressure of growing competition that will bring many of the new subscribers to the Internet, Cerf said. "There are an enormous number of applications available on mobiles," said Cerf, who's responsible for identifying new technologies and applications on the Internet for Google. Google has rapidly expanded its research and service offices in the country at the cities of Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai besides Bangalore, but Cerf said he has been visiting India since the early 1990s to understand its tech scene. The company wants to tap the talent of Indian engineers to innovate technologies and widen its range of services, said Cerf. India is estimated to have 40 million people online, a meager 3.5 percent of its vast population, he said, adding Google will focus on local languages, culture, content and delivery of new business models to widen the reach of the Internet. Cerf was the co-designer with Robert Kahn of the basic architecture of the Internet. In 2005, they both received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which recognized that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them "at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication and entertainment." The Internet has brought access to the world's information to users, introduced new business models, education services, ushered in a new advertising medium and enabled consumers to become producers, Cerf said. It also has brought spam mail, computer viruses and worms, misinformation, fraud and social abuse, he conceded in his presentation. "This is a mirror to the population that uses it," the scientist said. But Cerf's interests aren't limited to the Internet. He enjoys fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction, said Prasad Ram, who heads Google's Indian research facility."

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