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Xfire Purchased, Team Leaving 161

phorce phed and several other readers sent news that a system notification was sent out this evening through the Xfire IM client, to wit: "Xfire was bought by new owners today. Most of the team that has built Xfire over the last six years is leaving. We enjoyed working for you for the last 127 releases and wish we could stay to create the next 127. Good bye, good luck, and game on. — The Xfire Team." According to Wikipedia, the new owner is 3D Realms.

Submission + - Climate Change: Proven Theory or Mere Fraud? (

ejecta writes: "I've read a lot of information on both sides of the Global Warming/Climate Change Debate however recently on the radio here in Australia there has been back to back coverage for a week on the 'Global Warming Scam'. Most of the points are merely rehashed however, on their own, some are rather convincing, such as satellite readings show no increase in temperature for the last 20+ years and land based sensors are unreliable due to the heatsink effect of the concrete in the cities around them.

I would therefore like to ask the communal mind of Slashdot two things; What is your opinion on the issue? And, what rebuttal would you provide to the points raised by the 'fraud' side which are now being promoted as solid proof that no such thing exists by the media?"


Submission + - eBay Australia Director Flamed at ACCC Conference (

ejecta writes: "The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) conference convened to help the competition regulator decide whether to allow eBay to force all sellers to use only PayPal for accepting electronic payments has resulted in over one thousand complaints lodged labelling the auction site "monolithic and dictatorial". eBay Australia managing director Simon Smith, visibly frustrated read from a prepared statement and would not answer any further questions. It seems like their bait & switch campaign of waving claims of increased security around whilst increasing fees in the background is failing, and failing fast."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - eBay Australia Ignores Government Pushes Paypal (

ejecta writes: "Despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission signalling last week its intentions to reject the Paypal only policy, eBay is gearing up for a battle with the regulator with the latest push against users stating that the changes will go ahead regardless on July 15. A competition lawyer who did not want to be named stated that unless eBay produces evidence that the move will not lessen competition in the online payments market it is likely legal proceedings against eBay will follow."

Submission + - Microsoft fires CIO ( 5

An anonymous reader writes: SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft's chief information officer has been fired for violating company policies, the company said Tuesday.

Submission + - Navisite Massively Botches Datacenter Move (

9InchRails writes: "In a move to consolidate a newly acquired datacenter, web hosting provider Navisite shutdown, boxed and transported hundreds of servers, effectively stranding in excess of 200,000 web sites and authoritative name servers. This fiasco is in its fourth day as noted here and here. How could a company been so completely incompetent?"

Submission + - SAS CEO Blasts Old-School Schooling

theodp writes: "What does SAS CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight have in common with 47% of high school dropouts? A belief that school is boring. Marking the 50th anniversary of Sputnik with a call for renewed emphasis on science and technology in America's schools, Goodnight finds today's kids ill-served by old-school schooling: 'Today's generation of kids is the most technology savvy group that this country has ever produced. They are born with an iPod in one hand and a cell phone in another. They're text messaging, e-mailing, instant messaging. They're on MySpace, YouTube & Google. They've got Nintendo Wiis, Game Boys, PlayStations. Their world is one of total interactivity. They're in constant communication with each other, but when they go to school, they are told to leave those 'toys' at home. They're not to be used in school. Instead, the system continues teaching as if these kids belong to the last century, by standing in front of a blackboard.'"

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