spyrochaete writes: "Peter Sunde, formerly "brokep" of The Pirate Bay, recently launched a beta version of Flattr — a micropayment service enabling internet users to tender cash payments to any participating content publisher. Its model enables users to divvy monthly subscription fees as donations awarded to the musicians, bloggers, photographers, or other publisher of their choice.
Sunde tells the BBC, "We want to encourage people to share money as well as content," and asserts, "people love things and they want to pay."
It is said that everything is worth whatever the market is willing to pay for it. Will this freeform ideal of arbitrary compensation catch on?"
spyrochaete writes: "Responding to overwhelming finger-wagging from the online community, InformAction, makers of the NoScript extension for Firefox, have removed the recently introduced AdBlock exceptions which unblocked the revenue-producing ads on the NoScript homepage with little or no warning to the user. According to the changelog InformAction pushed out an update specifically addressing this controversial decision "permanently and with no questions asked.""
Brian Damage writes: "I had a great time playing with my newly-installed copy of the Windows 7 beta this evening. Unfortunately, upon dual-booting back into my primary Vista partition I was greeted with an unpleasant surprise — my less-than-legit copy of Vista suddenly reported as "not genuine" for the first time since installing it 8 months ago. It would seem the Windows 7 beta updates Vista's WGA product key blacklist clandestinely.
If the legitimacy of your Vista install is suspect then I recommend you reconsider volunteering your bug reports and feature requests for Windows 7. Either Microsoft chose to punish (let's face it) a considerable percentage of their unpaid beta testers, or this is a shrewd encouragement to make a permanent switch to its new OS."
Brian Damage writes: "After barely a year of operation the scantly populated post-apocalyptic MMORPG Auto Assault is slated for termination this coming August 31. Despite NCsoft's failure to make back the game's initial development investment this news comes as a surprise as it is contrary to developer Net Devil's recent announcement declaring a new retooled version to be in the works. Auto Assault's monthly subscribers will not be billed beyond the cutoff date, and for those who have purchased time cards "NCsoft will reconcile these accounts appropriately."
From the article:
"In August of last year, NCsoft said it saw quarterly losses of 200 million won ($207,000), which it explained was due to a write-off of some 12.6 billion won ($13.1m) in costs related to the flagging title.""
spyrochaete writes: "Developer Running With Scissors has just announced that development of the third game in the contraversial Postal series is now in progress. The game is being designed in Valve Software's Source engine which has recently been announced as a middleware dev platform for the Xbox 360.
Despite the current vogue of blackballing the industry's most egregiously violent titles, CEO Vince Desi unflinchingly qualifies the infamous series' integrity: "We've always maintained since publishing the original Postal that the game is only as violent as the player wants it to be and we're committed to expanding this unique form of gameplay in this next addition to the ongoing storyline.""
spyrochaete writes: Gamasutra has posted parts 1 and 2 of its Customer Support Confidential series on life as a customer care techie at a small casual games firm. The articles discuss the colourful variety of email comminiques handled by tech support, and the classifications of average callers, and is written frankly in the "he's saying what we're all thinking" fashion. Which class of support nightmare are you?
Old:... Sometimes, they will want you on the phone as they follow the instructions. In this case, please, maximize that web browser, and enjoy the wacky antics of Gabe and Tycho while you wait for them to finish.