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Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story 235

sinij writes "An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: 'We shouldn't have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn't done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It's 'stable' now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project." The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company's excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.

MacPaint Source Code Released to Museum 175

gbooch writes "The Computer History Museum, located in Mountain View, California, is not only a museum of hardware but also a museum of software. Today, with the permission of Apple, the Museum has made available the original source code of MacPaint. MacPaint was written by Bill Atkinson, a member of the original Macintosh development team. Originally called MacSketch, he based it on his earlier LisaSketch (also called SketchPad) for the Apple Lisa computer. Bill started work on the Macintosh version in early 1983. "
PC Games (Games)

Valve Releases Updated Alien Swarm For Free With Code Base 164

baronvoncarson tips news that today Valve released an updated version of Alien Swarm, a popular Unreal Tournament 2004 total conversion mod. The creators of the mod were hired by Valve, and they've helped turn it into a stand-alone game running on the Source engine. Valve is also releasing the code base for Alien Swarm and an SDK. The game is available for free on Steam.

Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs" 571

formfeed writes "Police were called to a house in Omaha where a 14-year-old made some 'dry ice bombs' (dry ice in soda bottles). Since his mom knew about it, she is now facing felony charges for child endangment and possession of a destructive device. From the article: 'Assistant Douglas County Attorney Eric Wells said the boy admitted to making the bomb and that his mother knew he was doing so. The boy was set to appear Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court, accused of possessing a destructive device.'" She's lucky they didn't find the baking soda volcano in the basement.

Submission + - Google, GE Consortium Releases Spime Standard (

marshallkirkpatrick writes: A consortium of companies including Google and GE has released the USNAP 2.0 spec for standardized wireless communication between sensors plugged into electrical devices and home smart grid meters. The possibilities are very big, but who owns the data?

Submission + - New Zealand police bullying people to giving DNA (

An anonymous reader writes: New Zealand police have adopted a policy of bullying people into providing DNA samples when they hadn't committed any crime.
"Police can collect voluntary DNA samples only from people over 14 under strict guidelines when investigating a crime scene, but those guidelines will be relaxed from next month, meaning people aged 14 to 17 can be required to give samples..."
My question is this. If you can force a minority group into giving DNA samples (in this case maori), would that not make it a 'virtual tattoo on the inner arm'?

Submission + - Opscode Launches Hosted Platform Based on Chef (

1sockchuck writes: Ospcode Inc. has launched a hosted service based on Chef, its popular open source tool for automating configuration and management of virtual servers. The company, founded by key players in's infrastructure, also announced $11 million in funding to support the growth of the Opscode Platform. Chef is being used by companies including 37Signals, Etsy, Scribd, and Wikia. CEO Jesse Robbins says the company hopes to see its platform become "a core configuration utility for Internet scale."

Submission + - Welcome to the iCampaign (

crimeandpunishment writes: This election year is becoming the year of the app. Candidates are using and creating phone applications to do everything from get the word out to their supporters to raise money. But not every iPhone app gets Apple's vote....the company has rejected some for a variety of reasons. And Apple isn't alone....apps must be approved before they appear in Blackberry's App World as well.

Submission + - 40 and 100G Ethernet networking standards finished (

superapecommando writes:

The 40G/100G Ethernet standard has been ratified, the first specification to simultaneously specify two new Ethernet speeds. The IEEE 802.3ba standard was ratified last Thursday, according to the IEEE. Ratification paves the way for a new wave of higher speed Ethernet server connectivity and core switching products, the standards organization says.

The 802.3ba standard addresses bandwidth needs required by the growing number of applications in data centres, service provider networks and other traffic-intensive high performance computing environments. Then proliferation of virtualisation and virtual machines within data centres, as well as converged network services, video-on-demand, and social networking, were driving forces behind the definition of the standard.

The standard is also expected to accelerate the adoption of 10G Ethernet now that higher-speed 40G/100G pipes are available to aggregate scores of 10G links. The IEEE also says it complements the Federal Communication Commission's "Connecting America" National Broadband Plan, which calls for delivering greater broadband access nationwide, 100Mbps for a minimum of 100 million homes.


Submission + - SPAM: Test reveals security tools often miss new malware

alphadogg writes: New research has further confirmed the difficulties security software companies are having keeping up with an explosion in malicious software programs on the Internet. Security software from major vendors can take an average of two days to block a Web site designed to attack a computer visiting it, according to the latest report from NSS Labs, which tested security software suites against fresh malware released on the Internet.

"The magnitude of these findings should be nothing short of an alarming wake-up call for the security industry," according to the report, which rated products from AVG, McAfee, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, Symantec and others.

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Submission + - SPAM: Irish music firm bullies ISP into four strikes pol

Gemmad writes: Leading wholesale communications provider, Entanet discusses the recent news that Eircom, Irelands largest ISP, has introduced a four strikes disconnection policy to tackle illegal file sharing following court action by IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association)
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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Tesla CEO Musk is Car-Rich, Cash-Poor

theodp writes: He's got 99 Problems, and a soon-to-be ex-wife is one. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk seems to have it all. The electric-car entrepreneur is the toast of Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and Tokyo after unveiling a plan to revive Toyota’s shuttered NUMMI plant. Deal-hungry Wall Street bankers are angling to take his company public. He’s even got a cameo in Iron Man 2. The one thing he doesn’t have, by his own admission, is money. 'About four months ago, I ran out of cash,' he wrote in a Feb. 23rd court filing reviewed by VentureBeat. According to the filing, Musk has been living off personal loans from friends since Oct. 2009 and spending $200K a month while making far less. Tesla Motors, likewise, is dealing with its cash flow problems by borrowing money from a friendly source — the U.S. government, which made $465MM available to the cleantech startup.

New Hitchhiker's Guide Book "Not Very Funny" 410

daria42 writes "An early review of part of the Eoin Colfer-penned sequel to Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy series has panned the book as not being very funny. If you read Hitchhiker to have a good laugh, maybe you're going to be disappointed," wrote Nicolas Botti, on his Douglas Adams fan site earlier this month."

Noctilucent Clouds Likely Caused By Shuttle Launches 132

icebike writes "In our recent discussion of the phenomenon of noctilucent clouds, there was some suggestions that these might be the product of global warming due to moisture being lofted high into the atmosphere. It now appears that these clouds are simply the product of Shuttle launches. In a story about the Tunguska blast, Science News says: 'Each launch of a space shuttle, which burns a combination of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as fuel, pumps about 300 metric tons of water vapor into the atmosphere at altitudes between 100 and 115 kilometers. Soon after the January 16, 2003, launch of the shuttle Columbia, a liftoff that took place just after the height of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, noctilucent clouds appeared over Antarctica. Similarly, a widespread display of the night-shining clouds showed up over Alaska two days after the shuttle Endeavour blasted off on August 8, 2007. Previous studies show that in both instances those clouds included material from the shuttle plumes.' So, man-made after all?"

Jeff Bezos Offers Apology For Erasing 1984 437

levicivita writes "From the down-but-not-out NYT comes an article (warning: login may be required) about user backlash against Kindle's embedded DRM: 'Last week, Jeffrey P. Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, offered an apparently heartfelt and anguished mea culpa to customers whose digital editions of George Orwell's "1984" were remotely deleted from their Kindle reading devices. Though copies of the books were sold by a bookseller that did not have legal rights to the novel, Mr. Bezos wrote on a company forum that Amazon's "'solution' to the problem was stupid, thoughtless and painfully out of line with our principles."' Bezos's post is here."

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