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Star Wars Prequels

BioWare Targeting Spring 2011 For Star Wars: The Old Republic Launch 82

MTV's Multiplayer blog reports on comments from BioWare employee Sean Dahlberg, which indicate that they are aiming to release the game in spring 2011. He said, "While we have not announced a specific date, we can confirm that we are targeting a spring 2011 release for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We've got a lot of exciting updates and reveals planned throughout 2010, including the first-ever hands-on testing for the game. ... We can't wait to share more about the game with you as we progress through the year, so make sure you stay tuned to the official website for details." Recent posts to the game's developer blog provide details on the Imperial Agent and the Jedi Knight. They also released a video which gives insight into their design process for the Dark Side.

Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory 248

An anonymous reader writes "WoW.com is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."

Comment Re:Global Warming isn't really a debate. (Score 1) 5

Or at least Global Warming shouldn't be a debate. It's extremely visible in tropical climates where already meager crops are failing and entire coastal regions are flooding,

Perhaps you should email CRU and point out all this warming that they seem to have missed. From one of the leaked emails :

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate

That from Kevin Trenberth to Michael Mann.

and it's visible further north where the ice cap is shrinking at an unprecedented rate.

You do realise that the summer minimum sea ice extent has been increasing for the past two years, don't you?

Maybe it's easier to ignore when you live in temperate regions with AC and central heating, but all of the data is still there for anyone that cares to look. I don't understand the accusations that it's faked at all - what does this supposed conspiracy inflating global warming stats hope to gain by inventing it?

Have you read the draft of the Copenhagen docs to be discussed? Industrial nations will be required to give 0.7% of their GDP to the UN to disperse (minus handling charges, naturally) to struggling countries like, say, China.

There are a vast number of reasons the data should be checked and audited before we commit economic suicide.


Submission + - Data leak from climate change research center (examiner.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A significant data leak, apparently from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, may have revealed emails between some of the most prominent researchers in climate change/global warming, as well as a large amount of code and documents. (The leak is reported by the SF examiner, and is currently being dissected on the skeptic blogs.) The authentiicity of the data is still very much in question, as it arrived in a zipbomb via a Russian ftp server. Some are claiming it's a mix of real emails/docs, together with the payload of fake ones. The latter category presumably includes one very senior researcher describing the death of a global warming skeptic as "cheering, in an odd sort of way".

Comment Re:hmmm (Score 1) 461


My biggest issue is that, to my knowledge, there has never been a documented observance of life coming from non-life.

So, your biggest issue with a concept that explains how orgnaisms adapt to their environment is that no one saw life start? Dude, abiogenesis has nothing to do with evolution.

Comment Re:Patent trolls (Score 1) 267

The location doesn't matter. If the taxpayer paid for it, I think the taxpayer should be able to use it.

Er, what?

Are you suggesting that, as a taxpayer in one country, I should have access to and use products and services paid for by another country?

What the fuck are you smoking, because it sure as hell needs to be made illegal.

Submission + - Nanoneedle probes magnetic field of light (amolf.nl)

An anonymous reader writes: A team of AMOLF scientists, together with LioniX BV, has developed a sensor that can make the magnetic field of light visible. The magnetic field itself is very difficult to detect because it has almost no interaction with matter. The sensor that has now been developed first converts the magnetic field into an electrical oscillation, which in turn generates light which can subsequently be measured with a photodiode. This breakthrough is of great importance for the research into new nanostructures with which so called invisibility cloaks can be made. Placing the cloak, that is invisible itself, over an object makes the object invisible as well. Research into this revolves around the manipulation of the optical magnetic field. Carefully mapping out these fields is therefore crucial. The research results will soon be published in the renowned journal Science and is available online from October 1st on 'ScienceExpress'.

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