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Data Roaming between carriers

Submitted by: Fox k @ 08:34 AM | Friday, April 8, 2011 | (url: http://www.itworl...)

April 07, 2011, 2:35 PM The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to require mobile carriers to enter into data-roaming agreements with competitors, despite objections that the agency doesn't have the authority to enforce the pacts.

The commission voted 3-2 Thursday to require mobile-broadband roaming agreements between carriers in a move largely targeting AT&T and Verizon, the two largest mobile carriers in the U.S. The commission's two Republicans voted against the order, arguing that the FCC has no congressional authority to enforce common-carrier rules on mobile broadband service.

Several small mobile carriers have called for FCC action on data-roaming agreements, saying the two large carriers often refuse to even negotiate.

Mobile customers expect that their Internet and e-mail services will work nationwide, said Commissioner Michael Copps, a Democrat. "What good is that smartphone if it can't be used when a subscriber is roaming across the country or even across the county?" he said. "Our regulations must reflect today's reality and not make artificial distinctions between voice and data telecommunications."

The new rules don't set prices for the roaming agreements, allowing carriers to negotiate commercially reasonable rates. But the rules set up an arbitration process at the FCC if two carriers can't come to an agreement.

The requirement amounts to old-style common-carrier regulations historically applied to voice services with little competition, argued the commission's two Republicans. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits the FCC from applying common-carrier regulations to information services, including mobile broadband, said Commissioner Robert McDowell.
How is a Verizon Phone going to use the AT&T network?

Tsunami warning after 7.4 magnitude Japan quake%u20AC%u017D

Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 10:21 AM | Thursday, April 7, 2011 | (url: http://www.msnbc....)



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Tribes Ascend Debut Trailer

Submitted by: Jookbox @ 01:34 AM | Saturday, March 12, 2011 | (url: http://tribesasce...)

THE online, multiplayer FPS franchise Tribes returns. Hi-Rez Studios announces Tribes: Ascend, built using Unreal Engine 3 and featuring jetpacks, skiing, and vehicles. This is the definitive, fast-paced, athletic shooter. Available for digital download in 2011.

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Crysis 2 leaked 49 days early.

Submitted by: LordMelkor @ 05:41 AM | Saturday, February 12, 2011 | (url:

According to a thread of the Facepunch forums (which may or may not be deleted any second depending how the Facepunch server holds up), a developer build of Crysis 2 containing the full game, multiplayer and the master key for the online authentication has been leaked, and is currently freely available from various file sharing hubs. Crysis 2 was scheduled for release on the 22nd of March.

[Paraphrased from Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

Category: PC Gaming | 15 Comments
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Messier, Bronfman Fined by Court in Vivendi Criminal Case

Submitted by: Hologram @ 04:54 PM | Saturday, January 22, 2011 | (url: http://www.busine...)

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Jean-Marie Messier and Edgar Bronfman Jr. must pay fines instead of going to jail for criminal charges related to Vivendi SAs near-bankruptcy after a $77 billion acquisition spree while they led the company.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Announced

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 10:55 PM | Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | (url: http://www.bluesn...)

Coming in March, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is set during the Battle of Britain. A collector's edition will be available on Ubi's online store with a cloth map, replica spitfire pilot's notes, and 150-page ring binder pilot's manual.


New aircraft: incredibly detailed true-to-life modeling of aircraft systems based on thousands of hours of dedicated research. Every single aircraft component can be damaged for realistic and immensely satisfying results.

- Flyable aircraft Over a dozen famous and highly detailed English, German and Italian aircraft available, with all crew positions open to players. Includes Spitfire, Hurricane, Messerschmitt and the Stuka.
- Non-flyable aircraft 13 AI controlled aircraft

Immersive game modes:
- Single-Player Campaign The player will join the British Air Force to fight the German forces and renegade pilots on his own side.
- Massive multiplayer Customizable modes range from simple deathmatch-style free-for-alls to epic, ongoing 128 player battles that can last hours, days, weeks, or even longer.
- Interactive training Comprehensive interactive training for new players fly a real WWII trainer plane with a computer controlled instructor through a series of training missions.

Brand new setting: The battle will take place on a large area spanning London and southern England in the north, to Northern France and Belgium in the south. The huge map will contain thousands of historical cities, towns, roads, airfields, radar stations, ports, and industrial areas all located exactly where they were in 1940.

New 3D engine: Latest-gen graphics engine with DX10 and DX11 API support. Huge variety of photorealistic ground vehicles, buildings and other environmental elements recreate minute details of 1940s Europe.

Duke Nukem Forever to be released May 31st. Preorder available on Amazon.

Submitted by: Dumpy Dooby @ 09:37 AM | Friday, January 7, 2011 | (url:

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over? Duke Nukem Has A Release Date?

The video game Duke Nukem Forever has been a perpetual joke in video game circles. A decade ago it was already being mocked as Vaporware. At some point, Wired had to "retire" it from its annual vaporware list, giving it a "lifetime achievement award." But that was back in 2003, and after strong demand, it was added back to the list later. Finally, in 2009, we thought it had gone into permanent vaporware mode, after the developer, 3D Realms, shut down. There was a fascinating post mortem of the effort, which talked about the rather perfectionist views of 3D Realms boss, George Broussard, who kept having the team effectively start over to avoid being "behind" the state of the art.

However, Take Two got into a bit of a legal fight with what was left of 3D Realms, and finally cleared the way for Take Two to release a game called Duke Nukem Forever, though I imagine many won't feel it's the "real" Duke Nukem Forever (because that game is a myth). Either way, Peter Suderman noticed that Duke Nukem Forever actually appears to have a release date on Amazon of May 31st of this year. I'm not sure I really believe it, but considering it's not the old team involved any more, perhaps it can actually happen. Either way, in my head, Duke Nukem Forever will always be vaporware.


Use the link if you're going to order. It should give TW referral credit. :)

Legions: Overdrive RELEASED

Submitted by: Trashman @ 04:04 PM | Monday, December 20, 2010 | (url: http://www.legion...)

Legions: Overdrive has officially been released.


Assange walks free from high court

Submitted by: Dumpy Dooby @ 12:03 PM | Thursday, December 16, 2010 | (url: http://www.guardi...)

'It's great to smell fresh air again,' says WikiLeaks founder after judge's decision to dismiss appeal against bail.

Comcast Internet Outage in 4 States

Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 08:55 AM | Monday, December 6, 2010 | (url: http://www.suntim...)

Subscribers in a four state area including; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota lost Internet connection last night at about 7:30 p.m.

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Microsofts new studio working on halo 1 remake

Submitted by: Cik @ 02:22 PM | Saturday, December 4, 2010 | (url: http://gamer.blor...)

f you have been wondering what in the world 343 Industries have been working on, you may be in for a surprise. According to reports, the newly formed Microsoft studio has been remaking the very first Halo game.

The first Halo game titled Combat Evolved, came out on the original Xbox in all its polygon glory. Nearly a decade later it seems that Microsoft will be remaking the classic game that started it all.

This was first posted by CVG, which was reported by Games Master magazine. According to the report, the new remake could run on the Halo: Reach engine and arrive late 2012.

Previously, Microsoft indicated desires to crank out a Halo game every year similarly to the Call of Duty franchise. 343 Industries have been aggressively hiring people with recent reports of picking up 20 ex-Pandemic employees.

Category: Console Gaming | 37 Comments
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InstantAction winding down operations...

Submitted by: SINep @ 11:40 PM | Friday, November 12, 2010 | (url: http://www.torque...)

November Update

by Eric Preisz 11/11/2010 (1:00 pm)
Today, InstantAction informed employees that it will be winding down operations. While we are shutting down the website and Instant Jam game, will continue to operate while InstantAction explores opportunities with potential buyers for Torque. We thank all of our past and current customers for their support.

- Torque Management

From Dust Tech Demo

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:48 PM | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | (url:

First Official interview with HiRez about Tribes Universe

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 11:53 AM | Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | (url: http://www.massiv...)

Erez Goren of HiRez Studios gives the first details about Tribes Universe to Massively. Topics include monthly subscriptions, skiing, which Tribes game this is being modeled after, and more.

tribes mmo announced

Submitted by: WildKnight @ 08:16 PM | Saturday, October 23, 2010 | (url: http://www.massiv...)

The developers of Global Agenda have been taking a long look at player feedback over the past months, particularly that regarding Warzones in the game, and they've come to a decision. It's certainly not one that players were expecting, though.

Hi-Rez Studios CEO Erez Goren announced today that the company is the "proud new owner of the Tribes franchise." The company now has two teams in the studio, one devoted to Tribes Universe, which is expected to enter alpha testing at the beginning of 2011.