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Microsoft buying Mojang AB, Minecraft devs, for $2 Billion

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 05:23 PM | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | (url: http://www.thever...)

Microsoft is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, makers of the Minecraft video game franchise, according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal would value Mojang at more than $2 billion and could be signed as soon as this week.

Microsoft and Mojang declined to comment to the Journal.

Developing ...

Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing

Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:45 PM | Monday, September 8, 2014 | (url: http://www.forbes...)

[quote]The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today issued Americas latest jobs report covering August. And its a disappointment. The economy created an additional 142,000 jobs last month. After six consecutive months over 200,000, most pundits expected the string to continue, including ADP which just yesterday said 204,000 jobs were created in August.

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BP found negligent by US courts, $18 billion fine

Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:20 PM | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (url: http://online.wsj...)

I can't believe this verdict in such a pro corporate environment. wow
so big
much scandal

PLC was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge ruled, handing down a decision that could cost the company as much as $18 billion in pollution fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Thursday's decision could leave BP on the hook for far more than the $3.5 billion it had set aside for civil penalties under the U.S. Clean Water Act and likely would easily exceed the biggest previous fine under the statute.

The $3.5 billion was based in part on BP's expectation that the court would rule the company liable for simple negligence. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's finding of gross negligence, or more reckless and extreme behavior, means BP faces a penalty of as much as $4,300 for each barrel of crude spilled in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. That is nearly quadruple the maximum civil fine had the finding been simple negligence, which means the failure to take reasonable care.

The judge could impose lower penalties but the fine is likely to surpass the previous record under the act: the $1 billion paid by Transocean Ltd. RIGN.VX +1.91% , the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, in a settlement last year.


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Unreal Engine 4 Goes Free for Academic Use

Submitted by: Amadeus @ 03:07 PM | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (url: http://www.unreal...)

Damn, it's good to be a student nowadays.

Since we launched back in March, many educators have been working with us to get Unreal Engine 4 into their classrooms. Additionally, over the last few months students in our community have been asking for a way to gain access to the tools without having to pay anything upfront. The steady increase in interest made us realize we need a much simpler way to partner with academia and so weve decided to go with the simplest solution of all Unreal Engine 4 is now free for academic use, including personal copies for students enrolled in accredited video game development, computer science, art, architecture, simulation, and visualization programs!

All educators can now have unrestricted access to the engine simply by contacting us at Schools can integrate the same fully featured version of Unreal Engine 4 previously available only to developers, along with all future updates. Students will retain indefinite access to any versions of the engine they used during their coursework so theyll always have the option to take their class projects and turn them into shipping projects any time in the future.


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Ukrainian forces capture 10 Russian soldiers

Submitted by: ZooL @ 06:21 PM | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)

Ukraine announced Tuesday that it had captured ten Russian soldiers in the eastern Donetsk region, while Russia reportedly claims that they crossed the border by accident.

Ukraine said it captured the soldiers in the area of Amvrosiivka, near the Russian border. The region has been torn apart by fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatists who declared independence in the region in April.

The announcement came as the presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko were joined by the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan and three senior officials from the European Union in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.....

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[Valve] Accepting Tshirt designs through Steam Workshop

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 07:38 AM | Monday, August 18, 2014 | (url: http://www.pcgame...)

Team Fortress 2 has shown that people will pay good money for virtual headclothes that sit upon the crown of the cartoon murderers they control in first person. Now Valve are trying something daring: seeing if people will pay for non-hatsnot in the game, but in real life. The TF2 Workshop is now accepting community designs for new lines of merchandise to be sold through the Valve Store.

As per the regular TF2 item popularity contest, users can upload their designs to the Workshop to be judged by the community. "Well curate the top-rated entries," write Valve, "and the best of the best designs will be made available as official merchandise at the Valve Store and various online retailers. You won't just be ensuring your place in history: You'll also get paid a handsome royalty for every unit sold."§ion=merchandise

Shadow Realms - 4v1 RPG from Bioware

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 08:28 AM | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | (url: https://www.shado...)

Shadow Realms has its genesis in old school Dungeons & Dragons. When I first started designing BioWare RPGs back in the 90s, what drove me creatively was the desire to give players the experience I had while playing pen and paper games as a youth. The great storytelling, the feeling that anything could happen - these were experiences that you couldnt find in any other game. And the great thing was that these adventures never had an end. A good Dungeon Master could keep a story going for months or even years.


It is a game that finally fulfills that fantasy of a never-ending RPG where the players meet up regularly to keep their epic adventures going for as long as they want. All the enemies, traps and challenges are squarely in the hands of another player, who controls them just like a Dungeon Master. The monsters and villains are smart and unpredictable, making every battle a test of strategy and power. Best of all, everyone gets to enjoy a story that plays out like their favorite TV series, but where they decide the fates of its world and characters.

Shadow Realms isnt just hearkening back to those early BioWare PC gamesits finally bringing the magic of tabletop RPGs to the digital realm.


sign up for alpha here:

Crytek CEO doesn't understand why employees were mad about not getting paid

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 12:21 PM | Friday, August 8, 2014 | (url: http://www.euroga...)

First off, why did staff go unpaid?

Cevat Yerli: You have two choices, right? Either you delay payments - again delay... it's not that they didn't get paid, they got delayed - delay payments and salvage the company. Or, you push your cash flow directly to the studios and you file for insolvency. Both options are really bad. So you have to make the better of the two bad decisions.

However, like we had promised to everybody - and we said the company is not at a big risk, not a danger, it just needs more time to salvage it and that's what we did. Now, everybody got paid plus inconvenience payments additionally to that, like we promised everybody.

Some people were very impatient and got angry at the smallest delay. Also, there was a critique of us not being proactive in communication, which we don't understand, because we had been frequently in the UK as well as every other studio, talking about potentially rough times. And we had even shared with people how they should maybe work with different banks at a personal level to prepare. Or, if not, they could make a choice to resign and look for other jobs.

rest of interview here:

shark fin sales decline thanks to jackie chan and chairman yao

Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:40 PM | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | (url:

Shark fin sales and prices have fallen sharply in China, the biggest market for the delicacy, in what appears to be a significant victory for wildlife conservation campaigners.
Retail prices in the southern city of Guangzhou, thought to have overtaken Hong Kong as the centre of the shark fin trade, have fallen by an average of nearly 50 per cent over the past two years, according to traders interviewed for a report by the WildAid wildlife group. Sales have fallen by more than 80 per cent.
Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball star, and Jackie Chan, the actor, are among the celebrities who have been enlisted to persuade their countrymen to lose their appetite for shark fin soup, in media interviews and advertisements.
This appears to have had an impact, according to the WildAid report, which said 19 out of 20 Beijing restaurant representatives interviewed had reported a significant decline in shark fin consumption. All agreed Yao Mings campaign had raised awareness among customers.
A Guangzhou retail seller told the WildAid report authors: I do not deal in fins any more because it is bad business. A wholesale trader in the same city said Yao Mings participation in the campaign had single-handedly smashed my business.
At least 25 states and countries have passed laws to ban the possession and sale of shark fins in the past 13 years, the report says, while about a third of 211 countries surveyed had shark finning regulations."

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Toxikk - frag like it's 1999. The Anti-COD game.

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 01:46 PM | Friday, August 1, 2014 | (url:


FRAG LIKE IT'S 1999: TOXIKK plays as if today's military shooters never existed. The game combines the simple and intuitive mechanics of old-school FPS giants with a fresh setting, slick graphics and our vision to carefully evolve the genre with some new ideas elaborated with Arena-FPS enthusiasts.

Designed as a spiritual successor to the fast paced arena shooters of the late 90s and early 2ks, there is no leveling, no skill-trees, no perks, no cover systems, no classes, no configurable weapons and no iron sight aiming.

Much more can be found here:


Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 12:27 PM | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | (url:

"Subscribing to EA Access will cost $4.99 a month (or $29.99 a year), and since the program is technically in beta, only four games will initially be available: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4, "with more titles being added soon.""


Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:25 PM | Monday, July 14, 2014 | (url: http://http://www...)

PC gaming has expanded its lead over consoles in the hardware market, and may safely be called "dominant" in the industry, according to a recent study by John Peddie Research.

The study found the PC gaming market is worth $21.5 billion USD - over twice the size of its competitors in the console industry. The report took into account market sales of personal computers, accessories, upgrades, and other such form of hardware used for gaming purposes. Senior Gaming Analyst Ted Pollak says it's being driven by both casual gamers moving to mobile platforms, and by more hardcore gamers who desire gaming experiences not available through console technology.

Hot English Teacher Victimizes Two 18-Year-Old Males By Banging Them, Giving Them Bee

Submitted by: Hazee Daze @ 02:21 AM | Monday, July 14, 2014 | (url:

Love this headline.

Al Franken, other Senate Dems rally against Net Neutrality

Submitted by: Goshin @ 12:10 PM | Friday, July 11, 2014 | (url: http://www.dailyk...)

First off, Al Franken is in an election year in Minnisota fighting against Citizens United and Net Neutrality, and basically being a level headed dude when it comes to government. I hope he gets re-elected, I'd vote for him if I lived there based on his voting history

Congressional Democrats aren't letting up on pressuring the FCC to preserve real net neutrality. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont Democrats, held a standing-room-only field hearing on the issue last week, in which everyone who spoke opposed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's two-tiered internet approach. That includes Leahy and Welch. And on Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) spoke at a Free Press event and made sure the audience understands what's at stake in his fight.

It is absolutely the First Amendment issue of our time, Franken said at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by the advocacy group Free Press.
Do we want deep-pocketed corporations controlling what information you get at what speed? he added. []

This has been the architecture of the Internet from the beginning, and everyone should understand that, he said.

Some of my colleagues in the Congress dont understand that. ... You just want to go Oh, come on, Franken said. 'Really, dont get up and talk unless you know something.'

(I suspect that's the reaction Franken has to his Republican colleagues, on every issue.) The FCC has now received more than 625,000 emails and comments about net neutrality. Public comment on the current proposal by Wheeler for a two-tiered, pay-for-play internet ends next week, but the commission will accept responses on comments already made through mid-September, and won't decide on the issue before the end of the year.
If you haven't already, send your comments supporting net neutrality. You can use the FCC comments page; the inbox they set up specifically for this issue,; and with Daily Kos's petition.

let the FCC know they suck

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SCOTUS rules unanimously that cellphone searches require warrants

Submitted by: Goshin @ 11:13 AM | Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | (url: http://www.busine...)

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search cellphones of arrested individuals without first obtaining a search warrant.
Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of the court. Roberts wrote that cellphones are powerful tools that are able to store a "digital record of nearly every aspect" of people's lives. Consequently, they are different from almost anything police find on a person upon arrest. A search of a person's cellphone is far more invasive to one's privacy, Roberts said, than a search of the person's wallet or purse.

"It is no exaggeration to say that many of the more than 90% of American adults who own a cellphone keep on their person a digital record of nearly every aspect of their lives from the mundane to the intimate," Roberts wrote.

The term "cellphone," Roberts said, is misleading. They could just as well be called cameras, video players, rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps, or newspapers.

The high court did leave the door open to searches in "exigent" circumstances Roberts cited examples of a suspect texting an accomplice who might be about to detonate a bomb or a suspected child abductor who may have information about the child's location on his or her cellphone.

Roberts concluded his opinion by offering police a simple solution to searching a cellphone after an arrest.

"Get a warrant," Roberts wrote.

The unanimous decision on an issue with such a large scope was astounding for a court that has been divided in many of its biggest decisions over the past few years.

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