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Comment They should: (Score 1) 502 502

Stop using proprietary HDDs, controller protocols etc. This is one of the few things Sony got right this generation but I'm afraid MS don't feel enough pressure from them to do the same.

Stop charging for Xbox Live. But with Sony not being competent enough to provide a service that can compete with Xbox Live I doubt they'll have any reason to do so. I wish that Sony would launch ahead of MS (not gonna happen) and apply some pressure.

Provide a decent app store. Apple must be kept out of the gaming space at all costs. I want my developers to focus their efforts on $50 million projects, not on silly Angry Birds derivatives that would have been free Flash games on some obscure website 10 years ago.

But knowing MS, I doubt they will do any of those things.


Submission + - Xbox Live users suffering hacked accounts->

Killer Instinct writes: Microsoft responded to complaints that their XBOX Live network had been hacked ...oeWe do not have any evidence the Xbox LIVE service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats. However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorized access to their accounts by outside individuals. We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts.

So the only thing they have done is ...."Microsoft's response has been to lock down affected accounts for 25 days while the company investigates the charges."
Has your XBOX Live account been compromised?

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Submission + - Dennis Ritchie dies after unknown illness->

Lonely Walker writes: Haven't seen this posted on the site. There are multiple reports on the web about the death of Dennis Ritchie. Hopefully, Slashdot would be a place where people would appreciate his contributions.

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Submission + - Not Google+: The First Antisocial Network->

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Do you feel like there’s simply too many social networks you have to manage? You aren’t alone.

On the heels of Google opening Google+ to the public, the people over at College Humor decided to create their own social network: Not Google+.

Joining Not Google+ is simple: “Don’t join Google+.” The next step is simple as well. “Once you’ve done that, don’t invite your friends to join Google+.”

While College Humor picks on Google for the entire two minute video, it does make a good point: do we really need another social network?

Google seems to think so. College Humor thinks you should play tetherball with a small Portuguese child instead.

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Comment Re:Competitor to iTunes? Not with their catalog... (Score 1) 95 95

I would say it's pretty much the other way around. That iTunes would be a compliment to Spotify. I'm not sure how much the catalogues differ from country to country though. Not that I purchase tracks I can't find on Spotify from iTunes though, I simply pirate them. Spotify has a model I can live with. For a very small fee every month (49 SEK) I can listen to unlimited music. Of course, the catalogue could be a lot better but this is somewhat of a chicken and the egg situation. They need more subscribers in order to convince artists and labels to allow their music to be on Spotify. And in order for people to subscribe the catalogue has to be satisfactory. But I'm willing to bet my money on them.

Submission + - 24.6 Million users affected in latest Sony attack->

tekgoblin writes: "According to Sony now more than 24.6 million users have been affected by the latest breach of security on the Sony Online Entertainment network. This breach allowed for 20,000 bank accounts and credit cards to be exposed to the hackers too. The intrusion was detected early in the morning May 2nd on an outdated database from 2007. The database contained approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and about 10,700 debit cards for customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain. Sony will be contacting these customers affected directly and promptly."
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