tedgyz writes "All of our worst fears have been fulfilled. Read this cheery message from Blizzard. Thanks indeed!
Update 5:00 p.m. PDT: Maintenance has concluded and Diablo III is now available for play. Auction house maintenance has concluded, as well, but commodities are still disabled at this time.
We're continuing to investigate latency affecting successful sales and purchases on the gold auction house. Please note that while these issues may cause a temporary delay in having purchased items appear in your Completed tab, your items have not been lost. If you do not see your purchased items immediately, please check back later.
We're aware of issues affecting our authentication servers which may cause players to experience failed or slowed logins (e.g. getting stuck at "Retrieving Character List"). We're currently investigating the cause of these issues and have brought all Diablo III game servers offline for maintenance. We will provide updates as they become available.
tedgyz writes "The Washington Post reports that new research points to pesticides as one of the causes of the disappearing bees. Ironically, these pesticides are considered more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. The neonicotinoids do not kill the bees outright, but disorient them so they cannot find their back to the hive. The study also shows an 85% decline in production of queens." Link to Original Source top
From the article: Everybody likes trees, but (aesthetics aside) sending poop from the bathroom to the lobby may seem sort of icky. In environmental terms, though, it's a solid choice. Just as photovoltaics can help take a building off the power grid, living machines take strain off the pipes and municipal wastewater facilities on the "sewage grid." They also show that being green means thinking more creatively about our brown and yellow." top
tedgyz writes "With duke-nukem-forever style delays, it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Optimus Maximus keyboard. Engadget reports:
After some OLED display supply issues and a few setbacks, it looks like Lebedev and company have finally settled on a launch date and price for the king of keyboard, the Optimus Maximus. Hold your breath, it'll be due late November (the 30th, to be specific) for $1536 US ("Shakespeare's birthday"). Bad news, we know, but the worst news is still to come: only 200 keyboards per month for November and December, and 400 keyboards are scheduled to be made next January. (On second thought, at over $1500 apiece, maybe that's not so few keyboards.) Ok, exhale, it's going to be alright.
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