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KingSkippus (799657) writes "Last December 1, NCsoft shut down the long-running City of Heroes superhero MMORPG. Undaunted, a group of fans formed Missing Worlds Media, a new studio to develop City of Titans. The new game is a spiritual successor with original art, stories, and code. A Kickstarter project to raise funds for software and hardware for the mostly volunteer team of developers and artists reached its funding level less than six days later, and the total is currently approaching stretch goals. Missing Worlds Media is currently targeting a November 2015 release date for City of Titans." Link to Original Source top
KingSkippus (799657) writes "At midnight Pacific on Saturday, December 1, NCsoft shut down the City of Heroes servers for the final time. Since announcing the closure, a group of players has been working hard to revive the game by getting attention from the gaming press, recognition from celebrities such as Sean Astin, Neil Gaiman, and Felicia Day, and assistance from fantasy author Mercedes Lackey. Meanwhile, NCsoft has been drawing negative publicity, including a scathing article about the shutdown from local news site The Korea Times noting that the game was earning $2.76 million per quarter and that "it is hard to comprehend what NCsoft means when they say they closed it for strategic reasons." NCsoft's stock price has fallen over 43% since the announcement in August, almost 30% below it's previous 52-week low, right when investors were counting on the success of the recently launched Guild Wars 2 to help boost the company." top
KingSkippus (799657) writes "The superhero-themed MMORPG City of Heroes announced this morning that it is rebranding the game as City of Heroes Freedom ("freedom to pay and play as you choose"), and moving to a hybrid payment model including a free-to-play option. "VIP" players who still pay a monthly subscription will have most features of the game unlocked and will be given credit towards purchase towards others. City of Heroes Freedom is due to hit later this year with the next major game update." Link to Original Source top
KingSkippus (799657) writes "Hulu is sending beta members an e-mail today announcing the official launch of Hulu Plus. Among the announcements is a price drop in the service, from $9.99 per month to $7.99. Beta members are being retroactively refunded $2 for each moth they were subscribed. Also announced is a referral program, which will split a free month of service between an existing subscriber and a new referred subscriber. The service, however, still does not include the whole catalog of shows, does includes ads, and is only be available on computers and select devices." top
KingSkippus writes "Roy Scheider, who starred as Captain Nathan Bridger in SeaQuest DSV and Police Chief Martin "You're gonna need a bigger boat" Brody in the classic creature thriller Jaws, died at the age of 75 on Sunday. The official cause of death has not been released, but Scheider has been treated for multiple myeloma in Arkansas for the past two years and his wife stated that it was due to complications from a staph infection." top
KingSkippus writes "In response to a complaint to the FCC filed by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) to change copyright warnings before movies and sporting events, Executive Director Patrick Ross of the Copyright Alliance tells us in an editorial that "fair use is not a consumer right." The Copyright Alliance is backed by such heavy-hitters as the MPAA, RIAA, Disney, Business Software Alliance, and perhaps most interestingly, Microsoft, who is also backing the CCIA's complaint." Link to Original Source top
KingSkippus (799657) writes "The $100 bill is the most widely counterfeited denomination outside the U.S., and high-end equipment available to counterfeiters has made it easier than ever to do so. To buck this trend, the new $100 bill will be getting some high-end copy protection added, including 650,000 microlenses on each bill that cause an image to appear to move counter to the bill's rotation. The new presses will also be capable of printing currency in varying sizes, possibly in response to the ruling that indistinguishable denominations violates federal law, though there are no plans to do so yet." Link to Original Source top
KingSkippus (799657) writes "Dell is now selling PCs with Ubuntu 7.04 preinstalled. Dell is offering hardware sales and support only, with fee-based software support options available from Canonical. Three systems (two desktops and one laptop) will be initially available, and according to the post, 'Initially we will offer a subset of the component options we support on the three systems. We will continue to work with vendors to improve the stability of the associated Linux drivers moving forward.'" top
KingSkippus writes "BBC news is reporting that publisher Acclaim Games is working with developer Dave Perry to develop Top Secret, a new MMORPG using 'crowd sourcing.' It will be a commercial game with a paid professional core team that works with a larger volunteer community to develop the code, stories, art, and audio in the game. Perry says, 'With 20,000 people signed up we are already the biggest development team in history. We will end up with 100,000 people on this team. If 1% is any good, we are good to go.' Could this be a missing link that brings us commercial-quality community-developed gaming?" top
KingSkippus writes "Debbie Foster, who was accused by the RIAA of sharing music on a peer-to-peer network and fought for a year and a half to have her case dismissed, has won a countersuit seeking $55,000 for attorney's fees. Ars Technica reports, "The industry cartel will have to tread carefully with any secondary infringement claims now that there is case law that owning an Internet account used for infringement does not automatically make the owner liable for said infringement. Attorney Ray Beckerman told Ars that he believes there are huge implications from this opinion. 'It sends a message to the RIAA... that there are consequences to this 'driftnet' litigation strategy.'"" top
KingSkippus writes "The US Department of Transportation rejected Virgin America's application to operate an airline because of restrictions on foreign companies operating in the United States. In response, Virgin has launched a "Let VA Fly!" campaign with a petition web site and twovideos on YouTube. The latter video shows off the Linux-based computer system on every seat. Charles Ogilvie, Director of In-Flight Entertainment, says of the system:
Another cool thing, and for gamers out there, you're going to love this: We're a Linux platform... We're going to be having an invitation in the future for savvy Linux game developers to actually come to us with ideas and we're going to give them the opportunity to develop for us on our platform.
If Virgin America successfully petitions the DoT, this could give the term 'high score' a whole new meaning. Other features include airplane chat rooms, an 'integrated food application,' and on-demand television, movies, and music." top
KingSkippus writes "Stephen Colbert calls it "truth that comes from the gut, not books." Merriam-Webster calls it their 2006 Word of the Year. The word, first introduced [Windows media] on "The Word" segment of The Colbert Report, won by a five-to-one margin. In spite of Colbert's ironic dismissal of dictionaries and other reference books, will Colbert's coined word actually be added to those books? With media outlets like CNN and MSNBC covering it, the idea may very well have truthiness." top
KingSkippus writes "MSNBC is running a story about taking passwords to the grave. It's a problem that is becoming more and more common: people storing information online, and that information becoming inaccessible when they die. Google and MSN have policies about dealing with e-mail accounts of the deceased, and in April 2005, a court had to order Yahoo to release a deceased Marine's e-mail account to his father. Many people have blogs, online games, hosted sites, special-purpose e-mail accounts, and other online resources that these policies would not apply to. Have you prepared for the inevitable day when you expire, and if so, how? Do you have online information that you don't want to be passed down, and if so, what steps have you taken to ensure your posthumous privacy rights? And how do you balance the desire for your online information to survive you against possible risks to privacy and security while you're still alive?" top
KingSkippus writes "You've got mail!...and no job! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that RadioShack has notified 400 workers by e-mail that they are being laid off. The e-mails state, "The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated." Nothing says thank you for your years of service to our company quite like an e-boot out the door."
As you can probably tell by my semi-frequest comments in posts and such, I really like reading Slashdot. But I continually see a bunch of comments knocking Slashdot for various reasons, so I thought I would join the rest of the cattle and post a list of what I hate about Slashdot. Here goes, have fun!
Trolls. Why some people exist seemingly only to make other people's lives miserable is beyond me. I'll never forget the first time I saw an anonymous coward left-field post about Nazis and niggers and such. I was flabbergasted that some sorry-ass pathetic moron has so little time that they think it's cool to pee on everyone else's parade. Pardon the language, but these fuckers should be taken out back and beaten within a half inch of their lives. The term "Anonymous Coward" is sort of facetious and funny, but not in these posts; it's right on the mark. These people are true cowards, and I dare them to let me know who they are.
First post "look at me!" idiots. So you happened to log on and see an article before anyone else. Who the hell cares? Do you think that we're all impressed by your keen timing skill? Get a life.
"Dupe"-ers. Another worthless post. If an article is a dupe, why is simply ignoring it so out of the question? I'd rather see a handful of duplicate articles than a billion "this is a dupe!" posts.
"This is old"-ers. See above.
"Moderators suck"-ers. You know what? I see posts in which I disagree with the moderation as well. Hell, I GET moderated a lot of times in a fashion in which I disagree. But overall, it works pretty well. If you don't like it, then metamoderate and stick it to the mods you hate so much. If it's simply intolerable, then stick to your AOL portal for news.
"Editors suck"-ers. I find that only around 50% of the articles I see on Slashdot are personally interesting to me. But you know what? That's about 49% more than articles and segments I see in other news outlets. As a general rule, the editors do a pretty good job, I think. Again, if you don't like anything the editors put up there, then stop bitching about it and start getting your news somewhere else.
"+5 funny" moderations. I actually have a -1 modifier to funny posts, because most of them just plain aren't. Jerry Seinfeld is funny. Jerry Zucker is funny. StevenWright is funny. "In Russia the (whatever) (does whatever to) you!" is NOT funny. If you feel the need to incessantly spout clichés, please go to Fark instead, they've got plenty of them there. Please note that this complaint is posted in my journal, not in a zillion comments.
"Mod parent UP/DOWN"-ers. If I'm a moderator, I will make the decision whether or not to mod a comment up or down and your plea will make no difference whatsoever to me. If you've posted this comment as yourself and not an anonymous coward (which if you do, you are), you are likely to be modded -1 offtopic by me for posting such a stupid and irrelevant comment. If you actually have something to say, do it, but don't tell me what to do.
Well, that's it for now. There are other things that irritate me, such as journal entries that go on too long. I wish that people who do that would just shu--
Hey all, I just wanted to jot a short note for those of you who saw my recent rant in a story about feds shutting down a torrent site.
It was kind of odd seeing the mod on that post bouncing up and down like it did. I could tell some folks read it, thought, "Hell, yeah," and modded it up, then more would read it, think "Hell, no," and modded it back down. It ended up at +5 Insightful, so I guess it really did resonate with some folks.
I have to emphasize that I do try to avoid posting anything too politically provocative on Slashdot, as I don't think that "News for Nerds" is an appropriate forum for that kind of thing. The parent to my post really did just happen to catch me at a bad moment, which prompted the post.
After looking at some of the replies, I actually would have to say that my post probably was overrated a bit. I think that krysith's post in reply was a lot more insightful, and a good example of what I was talking about. Just because some stupid people make some stupid decisions and suffer doesn't mean that everyone who suffers does so because they're stupid or have made stupid decisions. Personally, I think that these days, more and more people are in bad circumstances through external forces beyond their control. That's what I meant in my rant when I said, "You think you've earned everything you have, and if someone else is poor, they're not unfortunate, they're just lazy because they didn't work as hard as you did." Maybe they were lazy and didn't work hard, but assuming that is a popular conservative idea that makes it really easy to morally justify not having compassion for people less fortuante than they are. (Disclaimer: Not all conservatives are like this, just like not all liberals are PeTA radicals...)
So if you're tagged me a friend because I'm a left-wing liberal, thanks, and I do what I can to change things for the better. Don't expect many all-out rant posts like that, though.
If you want to know more about what goes through my head, I invite you to visit my blog, in which I try to be a little more light-hearted and clever. In the near- to medium-term future, I also plan on creating another blog where I post longer discussions about my political beliefs. When I get a few more posts in it (I hate starting out a blank blog), I'll post more information here and at the blog listed above.
In the meantime, thanks for those who tagged me as a friend and modded me up. Since I live in an ultra-conservative red state (Georgia), it is refreshing every once in a while when some of the things I think and believe are validated as not being totally crazy.
I keep my journal at Google's BlogSpot. If you want the random thoughts of a tired mind, check mine out there. (My thoughts, not my mind--I keep my mind in my head, and that's just the zany kind of crap you'll read on that site.)
Oh well, I guess if I have something specifically Slashdot-related to say, I'll post it here. Otherwise, you should probably really be checking out someone's journal who is a lot more interesting than me, like I dunno, Wil Wheaton's, for example
Crap, you're still here? (sigh) I've got to go now, no kidding.
Okay, one little tidbit, and that's all. I learned tonight that to say hello in Tagalog (the Filipino language), it is "Kumusta". Now, that is all, for anything else you've got to go to my BlogSpot journal. Seriously. Get going now!