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Comment Oh come in, it's right in the article! (Score 1) 389

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Comment Re:"Creative" (Score 1) 460

Sounds like you've got a great job... my company is also CMMI Level 3 and all of tehse boilerplate templates are a huge freakin waste of time - especially when half of it repeats itself over and over.

On top of that, we have developers filling out documents that a BA or PM are supposed to fill out - leaving even less time to site down and figure out the problem. Yes, PMs seem to love handing off the docs to the developers - claiming that since we are building the system, we are the ones that should be filling out project documentation as well! Might as well give me their salary too!

Comment Starcraft 2 was $60.... (Score 1) 343

and I'm be damned if I said that I don't feel it was worth every penny. And that's also 1/3rd of what most of us would consider the complete game!!!

I foresee myself buying the second and third one too!

Personally, I'm really sick (literally - I get of physically sick) of yet another FPS. The last one I played and enjoyed was unreal tournament. Come up with some other types of games and we'll talk!


Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games 461

BanjoTed writes "In a move to counter sales of pre-owned games, EA recently revealed DLC perks for those who buy new copies of Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Now, PlayStation platform holder Sony has jumped on the bandwagon with similar plans for the PSP's SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3. '[Players] will need to register their game online before they are able to access the multiplayer component of the title. UMD copies will use a redeemable code while the digital version will authenticate automatically in the background. Furthermore ... anyone buying a pre-owned copy of the game will be forced to cough up $20 to obtain a code to play online."

Sun's Project Darkstar Game Server Platform No More 82

sproketboy writes "Project Darkstar, an open source software platform from Sun labs that simplifies the development of horizontally scalable servers for online games, is being discontinued as of the Oracle acquisition. This project, mentioned a couple of years back on Slashdot, was a unique concept for building an application server specific to on-line gaming. Sadly they were so close at version 0.9.11 (which is still very stable). Hopefully the open source community can get involved and help continue work on this project."

Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams 114

An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

Submission + - Oregon mother sues the RIAA

newtley writes: "Tanya Andersen, the disabled Oregon mother who for three years has been living a nightmare, is suing RIAA and its so-called settlement center for malicious prosecution, says Recording Industry vs The People. "They made life horrible and did a lot of damage," she told p2pnet. "People need to fight back. It's really wrong they can abuse their power like this. It was three years — two years for the lawsuit and a year when they were harassing me. It's really important for me to tell people what they've done and I'm really thankful that I'm able to do that.""
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Submission + - New Duke Nukem Screen?

Conception writes: They really mean business this time. Yesterday a new and crappy scan of Duke Nukem Forever appeared on the 3D Realms forums. The image shows a dark room filled with stuff that can't be expressed properly by a non-hardcore fan like me. After various scan and photoshop jobs however, the first better quality images were uploaded and ... I still can't make out what the hell is going on. Maybe this is a Chinese myth dragon or something, I don't know. Hopefully a high resolution picture will be released soon.

Submission + - Legality of laptop border searches (

Bassman59 writes: "This is something I didn't know they could do ... Apparently, border agents can demand that a citizen returning home must allow searches of the contents of their laptop computers. The good news is that the courts are looking at this."

Submission + - New Hitman Scam Hits Internet (

Greyfox writes: "According to This CNN Story, a new "Hitman" scam is circulating around the Internet. In a nutshell the scammer says that the person being email has a contract on his life but offers to spare him if he pays the scammer a large sum of money. Investigations are difficult because most of the scammers are believed to be in a different country."

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