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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 35 declined, 9 accepted (44 total, 20.45% accepted)

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - EA says no Madden 09 on PC (fishdan.com)

fishdan writes: "Wired is reporting that EA will not release Madden '09 to PC. EA has an exclusive license with the NFL to be the sole producer of video games through 2009. Although there are other "football" games out there such as Midway's Blitz: The League, Madden is still VERY popular. As a current online PC player, at any give time there are 60 people online looking to play PC games, and at peak times well over 300.

You have to wonder what the NFL thinks about this. Will they open up bidding in 2010? And what about the gamers? What is the real future of games on the PC? Is this going to motivate anyone to buy a console? Or will MSFT start selling a XBox360 emulator, and make this all moot."

Enlightenment

Submission + - Have You Heard The Good News

fishdan writes: "This Sunday, many Christians of varying denominations will be doing something that will surprise many /. readers. They will hold special services celebrating Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Their purpose? Refuting creationism, which claims the biblical account of creation is literally true, and which is increasingly being promoted under the guise of "intelligent design".

"For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science," says Michael Zimmerman, founder of Evolution Sunday and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis. In the Clergy Letters, Zimmerman goes on to state: "Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts."

I'm not Christian, but I think I might attend one of the services (listed on the first link) near my house to show my support for rational religion."
Slashdot.org

Submission + - Caching?

fishdan writes: I've seen (as has everyone else) about a million sites go down under the weight of the slashdot effect. Is there some reason why we don't post the links for the stories as coral cached links? I know the sites might want the traffic, but most of them can't handle it, and the good ones will retain their customers anyway. Isn't it time to stop destroying the web one site at a time?
Announcements

Submission + - ESPN Mobile Reaches The End Of The Road

fishdan writes: "Sportsdot is reporting on the fact that people are apparently not interested in watching baseball (or any other sport) on a cell phone screen. ESPN Mobile is (ahem) pulling the plug after less than one year of service. Current subscribers will get content till the end of the year, and their handset purchase refunded. You have to wonder what other mobile content is going to have to be rethoughtn"
User Journal

Submission + - Online Gambling Not Banned Yet!

fishdan writes: For the moment, the rush to legislate the ban on online gambling has been slowed. Senator John Warner, (R) from Virginia, has refused to allow the banning of online gambling to be tacked on to an upcoming defense bill. Opponents of online gambling were hoping to tack their measure on to a bill that "must pass" but will apprently be forced to delay. Congress recesses in one week, giving only a few days left if this measure is to be passed before the November 7th elections.
Media

Submission + - Coming to your monitor: College Football!

fishdan writes: In a move that would seem to make complete sense, College Football conferences that have no pre-existing television contracts with a major network, are now looking to broadcast their own games over the internet. The Big Sky Conference signed a three-year contract with Sportscast Network (SCN) of Salt Lake City to video stream league football, volleyball and men's and women's basketball games on the Internet.

Last year, CBSSportsline showed every game in the first 3 rounds of March Madness online for free (as in beer). Response was overwhelming, and yet the internet did not buckle

``This is the future,'' Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton said. ``The fan will decide what they are going to watch and when they are going to watch it.''

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