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Submission + - Mozilla releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest (

rasmuswikman writes: BrowserQuest is a tribute to classic video-games with a multiplayer twist. You play as a young warrior driven by the thrill of adventure. No princess to save here, just a dangerous world filled with treasures to discover. And it’s all done in glorious HTML5 and JavaScript.

Even better, it’s open-source so be sure to check out the source code on GitHub!


Submission + - Eve developer's convention panel encourages suicidal player to commit suicide (

An anonymous reader writes: Eve-Online is known to be a harsh game, but the harshness took a new level this past week. A panel attended by several developers and staff of Eve-Online/DUST514, and staffed by approved 'council' members shared a severely depressed player's contact info, and then encouraged other players to harass him until he killed himself. So far, CCP Games, the makers of Eve-Online/DUST514 have launched an investigation, and there has been an apology from one of the main participants, Alex Gianturco, blaming his behavior on 'alcohol'. However, with forum threads surpassing hundreds of pages and the apology doing little to quell the anger, can game companies like CCP afford to allow such behavior at conventions by their developers and player base? In an era where cyber bullying is taking on increasing significance with sometimes draconian laws, does CCP set a bad example for other game developers?

Submission + - A quick look: The Angry Birds phenomenon (

coondoggie writes: "For many, they cannot remember a time without Angry Birds, the phenomenally successful online game. But really, the Finnish company Rovia only released the game for Apple's iOS in December 2009 and since then it has been downloaded some 700 million times and is available on multiple mobile operating systems and social media sites such as Facebook and Google+. There are multiple versions of the game, the latest being Angry Birds Space, which joins Seasons and Rio. Here we take a brief look at all things Angry Birds."

Submission + - Malicious Chrome Extensions Hijack Facebook Accounts

An anonymous reader writes: Cybercriminals are pushing malicious Google Chrome extensions that hijack Facebook accounts. To make matters worse, the extensions are being hosted on Google’s official Chrome Web Store. Once you install one of the rogue Chrome extensions, it gives attackers complete control over your Facebook account. The scammers then use your account to spam your friends with a tempting message suggesting they also download the malware. Furthermore, the malware also automatically Likes certain Facebook Pages as part of a pay-per-Like scheme.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - The Man Who Quit Money

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "John Coyne writes about Daniel Suelo, a man who learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn’t pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare. He no longer carries an I.D. "When he dropped out, Daniel Suelo was thirty-nine years old, came from a good family, and had attended college. He was not mentally ill, nor was he an addict.," writes Coyne. "His decision appears to have been an act of free will by a competent adult. In the twelve years since, as the Dow Jones skyrocketed to its all-time high, Daniel Suelo has not earned, received, or spent a single dollar." Suelo wasn't always this way. Suelo graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in anthropology, he thought about becoming a doctor, he held jobs, he had cash and a bank account. In 1987, Suelo joined the Peace Corps and was posted to an Ecuadoran village high in the Andes where he watched as the villagers began to adopt the economics of modernity. They bought soda and white flour and refined sugar and noodles and big bags of MSG to flavor the starchy meals. They bought TVs. The more they spent, says Suelo, the more their health declined. He could measure the deterioration on his charts. By 1999, Suelo was living in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand. From there, he made his way to India, where he found himself in good company among the sadhus, the revered ascetics who go penniless for their gods. "Life has flourished for billions of years like this. I never knew such security before I gave up money," says Suelo on the website he maintains from the public library in Moab. "Wealth is what we are dependent on for security. My wealth never leaves me. Do you think Bill Gates is more secure than I?”""

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