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Comment Re:Is it just me or..... (Score 1) 154

The supreme court granted MLB an exemption from anti-trust laws. The court then said that only congress can undo the exemption. Therefore congress meddles in baseball to make sure that it's still for the public good (and therefore can keep its monopoly). That's why they have the power to ensure the integrity of MLB. Like many things congress engages in, it's not in the constitution explicitly, but rather an interpreted power. Don't get me wrong. I agree it's a waste of their time and they have better things to do. But, that's why they're involved.

Submission + - Database pioneer Jim Gray lost at sea

elmiller writes: Jim Gray, database pioneer, hasn't returned from a Sunday morning solo sailing trip to the Farallon Islands outside San Francisco's Golden Gate. The Coast Guard searched all night Sunday evening, with no success and no signals of any kind from Dr. Gray's sailboat. Updates at the SF Chronicle web site (current story is here).

Duke Nukem Forever Reviewed 80

Aranth writes "The staff at Ars Technica has gotten its hands on a demo of Duke Nukem Forever, and has written up a review. It seems the game is near ready for release! As the article explains, the reason it has taken so long to develop is because this is the first real Web 3.0 application- it has 'been rewritten as an Ajax application written using the Ruby on Rails framework' and runs in any web browser, although some seem to have difficulties." Sadly, the game looks to be deficient in the area of ponies. :(((( But, it's playable from my hiptop!! :))))

PlayStation 3 Delay Official 322

An anonymous reader writes "It's official! PS3 has been delayed until November in Japan. Apparently, it's because of copy protection technology issues associated with Blu-ray." From the article: "Today, Sony officially conceded defeat to the recent flurry of rumors and speculation, with Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun reporting the machine has been pushed back until November. There aren't many details out right now, but Sony says issues over the finalization of copy protection technology related to their Blu-ray disc drive is the cause of the delay. As the news is coming out of Japan, that creates a worrisome scenario for America and Europe."

When Work is a Game 45

Ever willing to explore the hidey-holes of thought, the Terra Nova blog has a discussion up this week talking about play as production. IE: What makes people willing to engage in 'productive play', like the crafting mini-games of Star Wars Galaxies or A Tale in the Desert? They also touch on the more pragmatic 'productive play', gold farming. From the article: "The outsourcing of labor is another interesting trajectory. We know that people outsource, for instance, 'Adena farmers' in Lineage, low-wage workers who farm for game currency to sell on the 'black market.' This creates interesting class and even race tensions, such as the Lineage 2 scenario described at State of Play 2004 by Constance Steinkhueler. Here, Adena farmers typically took the roles of female elf warriors (primarily for farming efficiency reasons); as a result, this race/class in the game began experiencing racial slurs and attacks by players who associated it with Adena farming."

Comment Conspiracy of the Language Translators' Cartel (Score 0) 287

"The US can't force the world to learn English, but we are doing a pretty good job at it."

Are you part of the sinister international translators' union-cartel, spreading your anti-lingua franca propaganda?

Seriously, though, why the comment about "forcing the world to learn English?" In your mind, is that such a terrible imperialistic imposition? It's actually not such a bad thing. There has to be some "lingua franca" for international correspondence. No matter how multi-lingual you are, you just just can't be expected to communicate with everyone in their native tongue. Someone's language has to be the international standard, it just happens not to be French anymore. Learning English worldwide is a convenience, not a hardship.

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