Lashat writes: News is trickling out of vairous sources. The Forbes link above seems to have the most up to date info. Basically, all employees received their walking papers today. Then rumors of a shutdown, buyout, or re-formation as a new company have abounded.
From the first reports... InXile CEO Brain Fargo also Tweeted that an employee from within OnLive had emailed him that the company was close to going out of business. Here’s the email:
“ I wanted to send a note that by the end of the day today, OnLive as an entity will no longer exist. Unfortunately, my job and everyone else’s was included. A new company will be formed and the management of the company will be in contact with you about the current initiatives in place, including the titles that will remain on the service.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and I’m sure our path with cross again.
When asked for comment, OnLive’s Director of Corporate Communications told Forbes’ Jason Evangelho: “No, let me be clear. We are not going out of business.”
Lashat writes: San Francisco MUNI bus system has outfitted 30 so far and "Within the next 15 months, every one of Muni’s 819 buses will be outfitted with cameras capable of snapping photos of vehicles illegally travelling or parking in The City’s transit-only lanes. Any car caught on tape will be subject to fines of up to $115."
“The cameras have been instrumental in changing driver behavior. When cars see a bus coming, they get the hell out of the way now.” said John Haley, transit director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni.
Now for the scary part: “We’re starting to get a lot of experience with cameras,” said Haley. “With all the footage, I’m starting to feel a bit like Cecil B. Demille.”
WHAT?? Mr. Haley is cutting and splicing footage for his upcoming film project. There is no reason for this office to have access to the footage from the buses. I guess I could get over that since they are techincally making the films themselves so they own the footage.
What I can't believe is that MUNI is being co-opted into being a law/traffic enforcement arm of the City of San Francisco. That is not what the MUNI funds are supposed to be directed towards.
Lashat writes: While seemingly masochistic on the surface, I have to admit that I am intrigued by the "1999 Mode" difficulty level being developed for BioShock Infinite.
Instead of being able to reload at your last save players running 1999 Mode "will have to meet exacting demands on health, weapons, and power reserves, using systems absent from the standard gameplay mode. In addition, if the player is killed and lacks sufficient resources for a respawn, BioShock Infinite will show--le gasp!--a Game Over screen."
Definitely Cool. I haven't felt that "Game Over" sense of loss since the last a friend and I were highjacked coming out of Dungeon Destard in Britannia while playing Ultima Online. (I also know you EVE players are more familiar with loss than most gamers today.)
Lashat writes: Cloud Foundry is VMware's attempt to knock the lights out of Amazon and Microsoft. Thanks to a contribution to Cloud Foundry by a company called Tier 3, Cloud Foundry can now run.NET applications, says says GigaOM.
I for one am a big fan of interoperability. Disclosure: I am a user of both VMware and Microsoft products for business.
Lashat writes: It seems not too long ago that we wished upon a star for that elusive Sub$1000 notebook. Will we soon find a Sub$100 Tablet available?
According to Information Week: "HP Blows Through Final TouchPad Stock On eBay
HP sold the last of its TouchPad tablet stock through a firesale that nearly broke eBay. Was demand sparked by HP's open sourcing of webOS?"
Does this mean that it may soon be possible for a company to build a $100.
Lashat writes: According to Ars Technica "A new survey seems to show that VMware's iron grip on the enterprise virtualization market is loosening, with 38 percent of businesses planning to switch vendors within the next year due to licensing models and the robustness of competing hypervisors."
What do/.ers say about moving away from what is IMHO the most stable and feature rich vm architecture available? Full disclosure:I am not clear on how the licensing has changed since that is not my department.
Lashat writes: Looking to get into geocaching with my daughter next spring/summer. I am interested in getting a good device this Christmas season. REI Blog weighs in on the side of dedicated GPS units. This seems somewhat bias as REI sells GPS units but not smartphones. What do slashdot readers think?
Lashat writes: Here is the full list of VGA awards given out Saturday. Should be no surprise to any gamers out there that Red Dead Redemption takes Game of the Year honors. It's nearly impossible to dispute the award going to RDR. Some of the other awards, maybe not so much. (Halo-Reach=Best Multi-Player I'm looking at you.)