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Comment: Re:Let gay men donate (Score 1) 172

by xemit (#47223187) Attached to: Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall
Same boat, I actually enjoyed giving blood, didn't hurt and I was like this is something I could do regularly and it's going to help someone. That letter was real fun to get "Thanks for the donating at such and such jail (I donated at a University), you have tested positive for Hepatitis C and can no longer donate blood. That is a terrible feeling to have! Called the lab up got a person who really couldn't give a rat's butt to tell me "oh it's just a false positive, we tested again to be sure", you're blacklisted from ever donating again as we place you on our super secret secure list and we'll send you proof (never received it), have a nice day! "

+ - myOpenID to shut down in February-> 1

Submitted by kriston
kriston (7886) writes "This is an email sent to myOpenID.com users this afternoon.


I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, I’m confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise – that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.


Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc.

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+ - Gamers pushing Blizzard for Wow past level 100!

Submitted by hesaigo999ca
hesaigo999ca (786966) writes "The long reigning champion of the gaming industry Blizzard has been bombarded and flooded by worried WoW adepts about their planned level 100 cap for new content. The insider information from source working on the game has mentioned that the planned level 100 cap would signal the end of development for any new content, giving room for the next gen titles on Blizzard's drawing boards.

In response to the said leak of information, gamer's have been sending massive amounts of mail and tickets concerned that their favorite game would no longer have any real continuity past level 100. Rob Pardo was heard saying that there was a special project under wraps that would bring about a revolution to the WoW world and allow for autonomy of content based on the pvp aspect of the game.

It was heard that the project takes into consideration a level 100 cap would signal a start of a new game but with the same character, allowing for the addition of a class, such as a fighter rogue, or a mage priest. The experience would be cut in half for that new class, with each class cutting further (half of a half)!

With this new character model for ongoing limitless potential for character development, we could see a level 100 fighter level 100 druid level 45 priest take on a level 100 mage level 100 death knight level 45 rogue. The pvp would be off the scale and the ongoing challenge to grab first place at having 2 3 or even 5 classes would be something that would take much longer then hitting level 100 for the first time.

The potential for amazing pvp is limitless with this new business model and would keep fans playing for the next 5 years easily at peak use of the game. What is unclear is how the classes would mingle when it comes to gear, would there be limitations for a mage wearing armor other then robes?"

+ - New Smartphone Tech to Alert Pedestrians: 'You Are About to be Hit by a Car'->

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Usually, smartphones are a problem for humans transporting themselves — a massive distraction. But Honda is working on a way to use smartphones to protect pedestrians from bad drivers. The 'V2P' (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian) tech uses a smartphone’s GPS and dedicated short range communications (DSRC) to warn drivers when a pedestrian say, steps out from behind a parked car. So the driver sees a dashboard message warning of an approaching pedestrian (which also notes whether said walker is using phone, texting or listening to music — which sort of shouldn't matter as you, uhm, *brake.*) The lucky pedestrian gets an alert on their phone telling them there's a DSRC-equipped car coming – that's if, say, actually looking at the road isn't telling you that already."
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+ - Have MMOs Become Too Easy?

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner (1037894) writes "A couple of weeks ago, former World of Warcraft developer Mark Kern asked the question most old-school MMO gamers have been thinking for a while: have MMOs become too easy? He makes a couple of great points, ultimately stating that progression is far too quick, and reaching the max level is the "only sense of accomplishment" nowadays. As Mark is no longer with Blizzard, he isn't afraid to speak up about his concerns, and even goes on to state that with WoW, Blizzard "killed a genre". Techgage expands heavily on Mark's comments and gives specific examples of how MMOs have become easier than ever, and asks whether or not the MMO of old is bound to make a return."

Comment: Re:It seems most have missed the other part of thi (Score 1) 376

by xemit (#41668537) Attached to: FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels
The only problem with that is that on the Internet side, the ISPs are trying to make customers pay if they are "power users". It's not much of a problem right now, but when more and more people start streaming video, sooner or later more people will fall into this category, which ends up in overrage like fees.

Comment: Re:Long time WoW player here (Score 1) 247

by xemit (#40766401) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria</em> Launches On September 25
Long time player as well. To me without a thriving community no matter what new shinies that get thrown about, you'll eventually hit level cap and be bored. What made WOW fun was interacting with different people not just the guys that stay up for days to get to level cap, but also people like the single mother that works as a bartender, the retired vietnam vet, the guy that's just starting his career in IT, or people that are just graduating from high school trying to figure out what they were going to do in life. The beginning of Cataclysm ran off a lot of people; because, although they were fun to be around, some of the mechanics were brutal which led to people getting left out of dungeon/raid runs. It would be nice if there was something to do at the "end" of the expansions. The last time I logged on a couple of weeks ago, it was mostly people leveling alts and running content from the expansion before. There's nothing else really to do. Doing the same dailies that you did months ago is not fun and doing Looking for Raid is kind of boring as there's little effort that you need to put into it.

Comment: Re:London (Score 1) 297

by xemit (#33869170) Attached to: French City To Use CCTV For Parking Fines
We are about to vote on implementing red light cameras in Houston, Texas in the upcoming election. There is a radio ad with a police chief and a pastor telling everyone to vote for it in order to save lives lost by red light runners. Sad thing is when the police officer was explaining his stance on this issue one of his points was if we had a one hundred cameras in the area that could cut town on child sex abuse, why wouldn't we want them. This is despite other callers calling in saying they were getting ticketed for making a legal turn at a red light or from personal experience having my stepfather receive a ticket from an area 300 miles away because they said they had irrefutable proof it was him. In the end it wasn't even the same car he drives.

+ - An end to frivolous patents may be in sight->

Submitted by fiannaFailMan
fiannaFailMan (702447) writes "The Economist has high hopes that frivolous patents may become a thing of the past.

America’s Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling which, by all accounts, will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get a patent for a business process. And because most business processes are, at bottom, computer algorithms, the Supreme Court’s judgment could also bar all sorts of software patents in the process. As a result, a lot of patents for online shopping, medical-diagnostic tests and procedures for executing trades on Wall Street could be invalidated.


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