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Comment Re:Suits are to blame! (Score 1) 186

Actually I know a great many devs that are still passionate about playing games. They are active reviewers, critics of games (both theirs and others), as well as rabid players for the sake of playing. I was not talking about the devs though. I was talking about upper management. The people who set the deadlines and make the broad overall decisions.

Comment Suits are to blame! (Score 1) 186

The sad reallity is that hardly any of the people that I read about who are leading the big game studios ever talk about what games they play. They don't mention their childhood favorites, and they don't say that they did [blank] in a game cause they used to love that. They really don't seem like gamers at all. They do however seem to realize that if one game does really good and they can copy it fast enough, their next title might stand a chance. It is truly sad...

Submission + - SPAM: 'Operation UnManifest' - Let Breivik become a joke

An anonymous reader writes: Following the horrendous terror attacks which struck Norway on Friday, the internet community has come out in support of the victims, and condemnation of the attacker – and this includes hacking group ‘Anonymous’. The group who have in the past hacked large companies such as Visa and Paypal have shown their better side by organising a campaign which they call ‘Operation UnManifest’ in their attempt to make the cowardly who committed the attacks – Anders Behring Breivik – ‘look a joke’.
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Submission + - Chinese forced labor in WoW (guardian.co.uk)

Adkins1984 writes: "As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.

Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money."

Submission + - Hackers replace bomb recipe with cupcake recipe (calgaryherald.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "The cyber-warfare operation was carried out by MI6 and the GCHQ signals intelligence agency to disrupt the terrorists' attempts to recruit "lone-wolf" agents using a new English-language web publication called Inspire..." About time hacking was carried out on the side of the tasty!

Submission + - Cell phone takes the witness stand (ieee.org)

Adkins1984 writes: The outcome of a dramatic murder trial underway in San Jose, Calif., may hinge on the prosecution’s cellphone evidence. And, while calling a “cellphone witness” may seem just so Silicon Valley, it’s likely to become commonplace, now that so many people take and use their cell phones everywhere, and police departments are learning how to properly handle cell phone evidence.

Submission + - Can You Really Get Free Web Hosting? (topgreenwebhostingonline.info)

An anonymous reader writes: Can you REALLY get free web hosting ? Yes, YOU CAN ! There are literally hundreds of web hosting websites that are totally free of charge and in my website I will reveal some of them.

Submission + - Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV-positive Man (huffingtonpost.com)

smi.james.th writes: There's an article on The Huffington Post that describes the treatment of a man named Timothy Ray Brown for leukemia using a transplant of stem cells back in 2007. From the article: 'His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved." ' The article unfortunately does not describe how the treatment affected Brown's leukemia, but if the findings turn out to be true, 'they can certainly provide hope for the more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide.' As far as I'm aware, this is the first time in history that an HIV-positive person has been cured of the virus, so hopefully soon enough, that cure can be available to more people around the globe.

Comment Re:publicity stunt, plain and simple (Score 1) 450

I think you completely misunderstand my point. I have nothing against MS or Mr. Gates. Actually I have the utmost respect for him and what he has made out of his dream for a company. I realize the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is run transparently as well. My problem is with this particular pledge is the fact that (as you mentioned) not all charitable programs are open source it is possible for people pledge whatever they want, and I am a pessimist when it comes to the generosity of the ultra rich. If I had $40bil and wanted to donate half or more, why would I wait for a website to come along and post my name before doing so? Also the pledge states that the people will do this pledge in their life time. That is a bit on the vague side as well.

Comment Re:publicity stunt, plain and simple (Score 1) 450

I might agree with this if it weren't for the fact that there is no way to keep track of whether or not these Billionaires are giving the money they promise. I can promise to donate $300bn, doesn't mean it is likely to happen. That also might be true about the administrative costs, if this Give Pledge was taking the donations themselves, but it is nothing more than a list of people. Not a lot of overhead there.

Comment publicity stunt, plain and simple (Score 1) 450

If they really cared about giving and helping people, and not just about patting themselves on the back for the world to see, they would make this a legal contract, monitor how much is given, and open it to anyone that wants to give. If some homeless guy wants to give 20 of his last $30 why should it matter that he isn't ultra-rich socialite? Nice sentiment, but (hopefully) anyone can see it for what it is...

Comment car companies don't pave roads (Score 1) 262

The cell phone market is essentially closed to anyone that is trying to break in in a huge way. Without something big, and I mean BIG, to offer Microsoft is just better off to rest on it's laurels and stick to what it does at the moment. I refrain from saying what it does best, cause I think it could do better with some effort, but I digress. You know what I mean. Just cause a company makes good cars, doesn't mean it should build roads.

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