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New Assassin's Creed Next Year, Will Have Multiplayer 56

Ubisoft has announced that the next stand-alone Assassin's Creed title will come out next year, and it will be the first in the series to come with an online multiplayer mode. The company also said it will be "shoring up its focus on competitive AAA core titles on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3" in the coming year, making mention of upcoming releases for the Tom Clancy game series and a new Prince of Persia title.

Comment Re:At least they patched it (Score 1) 214

I imagine 90% of your updates come from noscript. The author essentially just releases updates every few days just so that he can drive up views to his site and try to make money from it.
I guess that's his right, but it's annoying as hell and it's basically just made me stop updating noscript.

about:config, then search for "noscript.firstRunRedirection" and set it to false.

Submission + - Modern Warfare 2 - Infinity Ward Hates You (arstechnica.com) 2

Zarrot writes: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most anticipated titles of the year. I, personally, have been anticipating this game for almost a year months. No longer... It is a slap in the face to PC Gamers what Infinity Ward has done with this title. No dedicated servers, no server admin, cannot kick hackers, no mods, no maps, no community, no customization, no respect... The author is right if we as a gaming community if we do not stand against this sort of behavior, this is the future of PC Gaming. I'm boycotting until they listen to their community of players and address this madness. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

Submission + - The legality of publishing email addresses.

oobayly writes: Like most people I receive a fair amount of chain emails, some humourous, most downright idiotic. No matter how I try educating colleagues, family & friends, I still receive them and am now resigned to the fact that you just can't help some people.
One of my explanations of why forwarding these emails is a bad idea was that they are a perfect harvesting ground for spammers: a very high percentage of the addresses will be live. This, it turned out fell upon deaf ears. If you're stupid enough to believe that Dell will give you a free laptop then you're probably the type of person that believes that a Nigerian general wants to give you $150,000,000 (ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS!!!!).

As a bit of an experiment, I used a few tools (grep, awk, etc) to parse my Maildir for any emails that appeared to have been forwarded and extracted anything that looked like an email address. As one would imagine there were a good few (thousand) email addresses. Most of these email addresses belong to innocent by-standers. The real culprits are the people who forward them, and it takes only a little more effort to extract only those.

Part of me has decided these people who waste bandwidth, time and have caused me to lose my hair deserve to pay. What better way to do it than to publish their email addresses for spammers to harvest?

Of course, this is unethical, but is it actually illegal? By sending an email urging others to forward the content, are they not actively pushing their details into the public domain?

Answers on postcards please.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 366

Not to argue with the point you are trying to make, but I have always wondered exactly just that. Is there any other use for a stereotypical ski mask other than armed robbery?

I know this is antecdotal and your question may have been rhetorical, but I live in Wisconsin and wear a ski mask when I am clearing my driveway and sidewalks with my snowblower. It is too damn cold to be outside (most likely with blowing wind) for 35-40 minutes without a mask.

Just my 2 cents.

Comment Re:Very tempted to get this (Score 1) 451

I got a Sony PRS-505 for Christmas, and it is perfect (IMHO). I use Calibre to manage it, instead of the Sony Software. I charged it when I got it, have used it at least 5 days a week since then, and haven't charged it again yet. Most of my books started out life as .TXT files, before I converted them to .LRF files. It fits in my coat pocket.

The only stickler for you would be the comic book format. It displays images in black/white only, and does not support the comic book format (.CBR/.CBZ) unless you extract them so you get the individual images.

It supports PDF, but I'm not sure how they look as I have never read one on the device.

Hope that helps.

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