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NY Times: Google and Verizon Near Deal on Pay Tiers for Web

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:49 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.nytime...)

Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the contents creators are willing to pay for the privilege.

The charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, to Verizon, one of the nations leading Internet service providers, to ensure that its content received priority as it made its way to consumers. The agreement could eventually lead to higher charges for Internet users.

Such an agreement could overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another. In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service.

Any agreement between Verizon and Google could also upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service, which was severely restricted by a federal appeals court decision in April.

TorchLight 2

Submitted by: escapedturkey @ 03:39 AM | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.torchl...)

Torchlight II ignites the franchise created and developed by Runic Games in this exciting sequel to the award-winning Action RPG Torchlight. Runic Games, located in Seattle, is a veteran team composed of the designers and leads of projects like Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, Fate, and Torchlight, which won the Game Developers Choice Award for Best Debut of 2009.

Torchlight II is richly textured with our unique art style, drawing from traditional animation influences and expanding on the whimsical and quirky world captured in the original Torchlight. We aim for that broad appeal thats appropriate for older kids, but is really intended for the kid in every adult.


The most exciting new feature of Torchlight II is the multiplayer element. Play with your friends, and use the free peer-to-peer matchmaking service to meet new players of a similar level and interest. Together players will discover expansive randomized outdoor areas and deep ominous caverns; random instanced and persistent dungeons, a huge variety of all new monsters and villains, endless variations of loot to find, and quests to complete. Players journey through the perilous Overworld, enjoying all new weather features, time of day events, and a rich and cunning story to drive gameplay.

See link for more information.

Category: PC Gaming | 34 Comments
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Dutch Courts Order Pirate Bay Blocked

Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 01:15 AM | Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | (url: http://www.dmwmed...)

Amsterdam - A Dutch court last week upheld copyright infringement-related convictions of the operators of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, who had claimed they no longer had ties to the operation, having sold the site to a Seychelles-based company called Reservella, TorrentFreak reported.

The court had ruled that the three previously found guilty must pay penalties of 50,000 per day if they don't block the site for Dutch users.

Meanwhile, another Dutch court has ruled that several of the country's largest ISPs need not block The Pirate Bay from their customers.

According to TorrentFreak, the court ruled that there is no evidence the majority of Pirate Bay users are infringing copyrights, and anti-piracy firm BRIEN must target individual users.

Category: Politics | 18 Comments
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Old buddies reunite with Tribes

Submitted by: Eisenhower16 @ 01:13 AM | Friday, July 9, 2010 | (url: http://www.tribes...)

Not too long ago Sierra shocked fans of the futuristic shooter when they turned the master server off, for good. Die hard fans have made it possible to still play Tribes and Tribes 2 online. Now the time has come for the ps2 port of T2, Aerial Assault. TAA was ran off of the T2 master server, so they were terminated at the same time. But thanks to OnlineConsoles, the game has a new master server in which they created and host on their own. If you were ever affiliated with TAA communities, you may have received a mass email which was sent to a couple hundred register users. The email contained the date and time of a Tribes Aerial Assault reunion game. This match will be held on Tuesday July 13th at 8pm EST. If you need more information regarding the match, head on over to and if you're having trouble connecting to the new master server you can try

Halo Elite Costume: Just Wow.

Submitted by: DyTeX @ 01:05 PM | Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | (url: http://www.geekos...)

Special effects artist Pete Mander has put his talent to good use in devising this life-sized, scarily realistic costume modeled after the Sangheili, a.k.a. Elite, that you know and love so well from the Halo series. Cosplay seems like rather a cheap word to describe what Mander hath wrought; youll see what we mean when you check out the pictures and making-of video below.

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

Submitted by: SINep @ 03:48 PM | Saturday, June 26, 2010 | (url:

The US senators pushing a controversial new bill that some fear would give President Barack Obama the powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet have rejected claims it would give Obama a net "kill switch".

The bill, titled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, has been unanimously approved by the US Homeland Security committee and will be put to a vote on the Senate floor shortly.

Lobby groups and academics quickly rounded on the bill, which seeks to grant the President broad emergency powers over the internet in times of national emergency.


Trapped Man Thought of MacGyver Before Amputating His Own Arm

Submitted by: Odio @ 08:25 PM | Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | (url: http://www.people...)

For six hours, he contemplated what he was about to do, wondering if "maybe there's something else. What would MacGyver do if he were here?"

MacGyver: The TV Movies now available

Submitted by: MacGyver @ 04:02 PM | Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | (url:

MacGyver: Lost Treasure Of Atlantis - MacGyver's old archaeology professor asks him to aid in vindicating the lost city of Atlantis and to salvage its treasure.

MacGyver: Trail To Doomsday - MacGyver stumbles upon a terrorist plot to hold the world hostage while looking into his best friend's death.

You can buy it now at

Category: Entertainment | 9 Comments
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The Humble Indie Bundle

Submitted by: NeutralX2 @ 07:31 PM | Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.wolfir...)

Wolfire is running a charity-driven pay-what-you-want deal for a bundle of Indie Games. The games, which support PC, Mac, & Linux are: World of Goo, Aquaria, Lugaru HD, & Penumbra: Overture. Act soon though, it ends on May 11th.


The Humble Indie Bundle is a unique kind of bundle that we are trying out.

Pay what you want. If you bought these five games separately, it would cost around $80 but were letting you set the price!

All of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux. We didnt want to leave anyone out.

There is no middle-man. You can rest assured that 100% of your purchase goes directly to the developers and non-profits as you specify (minus credit card fees).

We dont use DRM. When you buy these games, they are yours. Feel free to play them without an internet connection, back them up, and install them on all of your Macs and PCs freely.

Your contribution supports the amazing Childs Play charity and Electronic Frontier Foundation. By default, the amount is split equally between the seven participants (including Childs Play and EFF), but you can tweak the split any way youd like.

Dood wins $1,000,000.00 for throwing a virtual perfect game.

Submitted by: Ezlpo @ 07:09 PM | Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.joysti...)

When 24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Alabama was less than 24 years old, his friends and loved ones probably gave him a hard time about his penchant for virtual baseball. "Wade," they would say, "why don't you go play real baseball? Heck, with a name like 'Wade McGilberry,' you're already well on your way to the MLB Hall of Fame." Little do they know, Wade wasn't just wasting his time. He was training.

On the very first day of the MLB 2K10 Perfect Game Competition, McGilberry managed to take down 27 in-game hitters without letting one of them place their cleated toe upon first base. For this accomplishment, McGilberry won the competition and its $1,000,000 prize, reaffirming his decision to skip all of his high school formal dances to put a few more hours into Ken Griffey, Jr.'s Slugfest. A wise decision indeed, sir.

Starcraft 2 in Stores July 27th, Diablo III Coming in 2011

Submitted by: Icey @ 09:48 AM | Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | (url: http://videogames...)

A dozen years after changing the face of strategy gaming, the much-anticipated sequel to StarCraft has finally been dated.

Blizzard announced Monday that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty would be hitting stores worldwide on July 27 of this year.

"We've been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we're excited that the time for that is almost here," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and cofounder.

"Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new in just a few months."

It's big news for gamers, who have made no secret of their desire to get their hands on it. Keys granting access to the sequel's beta-test phase were such a hot ticket, they eventually hit auction sites like eBay for a good $300 a pop.

But it's also big news for Activision-Blizzard. Most expected the game to ship closer to the lucrative holiday period rather than the typically slow summer months. By releasing the game at the end of July, the company has ensured very little competition from similar brands. And that could mean some seriously monster sales.

The game's standard edition will retail for $59.99, though die-hard fans can plunk down $99 for a Collector's Edition that includes an artbook, soundtrack, behind-the-scene DVD and a flash drive containing the entire original StarCraft along with its expansion, Brood War.

Big numbers are certainly nothing new to StarCraft: according to Blizzard, the original has sold over 11 million units worldwide. The game has become a national pastime in Korea, proving popular enough to have spawned two television stations dedicated to showing competitive play.

Blizzard is also working on Diablo III, the third game in their hit role-playing series. It's currently planned for release in 2011.

Confessions of a Wall St. Nihilist

Submitted by: RunningWolf @ 06:08 PM | Thursday, April 29, 2010 | (url: http://exiledonli...)

There was a strange moment last week during President Obamas speech at Cooper Union. There he was, groveling before a cast of Wall Street villains including Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein, begging them to Look into your heart! like John Turturros character in Millers Crossingwhen out of the blue, the POTUS dropped this bombshell: "The only people who ought to fear the kind of oversight and transparency that were proposing are those whose conduct will fail this scrutiny.

The Big Secret, of course, is that every living creature within a 100-mile radius of Cooper Union would fail this scrutinyor that scrutiny, or any scrutiny, period. Not just in a 100-mile radius, but wherever there are still signs of economic life beating in these 50 United States, the mere whiff of scrutiny would work like nerve gas on whats left of the economy. Because in the 21st century, fraud is as American as baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet Voltsfrauds all we got left, Doc. Scare off the fraud with Obamas scrutiny, and the entire pyramid scheme collapses in a heap of smoldering savings accounts.

IT the clown hirable for children's birthdays

Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:48 AM | Thursday, April 22, 2010 | (url: http://www.metro....)


Dominic Deville stalks young victims for a week, sending chilling texts, making prank phone calls and setting traps in letterboxes.

He posts notes warning children they are being watched, telling them they will be attacked.

But Deville is not an escaped lunatic or some demonic monster.

He is a birthday treat, hired by mum and dad, and the attack involves being splatted in the face with a cake.

The child feels more and more that it is being pursued, said Deville.

The clowns one and only aim is to smash a cake into the face of his victim, when they least expect it, during the course of seven days.

If the boy or girl manages to avoid the hit, they are given the cake as a birthday present. Well, thats alright then.

what a fantastic idea
i might do this for one of my grown friend's birthdays

if they did this in america :(

US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus

Submitted by: SINep @ 02:27 AM | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

We've all seen the studies trumpeting massive losses to the US economy from piracy. One famous figure, used literally for decades by rightsholders and the government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year could be lost in the US economy thanks to IP infringement. A couple years ago, we thoroughly debunked that figure. For years, Business Software Alliance reports on software piracy assumed that each illicit copy was a lost sale. And the MPAA's own commissioned study on movie piracy turned out to overstate collegiate downloading by a factor of three.

Can we trust any of these claims about piracy?

The US doesn't think so. In a new report out yesterday, the government's own internal watchdog took a close look at "efforts to quantify the economic effects of counterfeit and pirated goods." After examining all the data and consulting with numerous experts inside and outside of government, the Government Accountability Office concluded (PDF) that it is "difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the economy-wide impacts."

More specific studies that focus only on single industries don't fare much better because "the illicit nature of counterfeiting and piracy makes estimating the economic impact of IP infringements extremely difficult." And when it comes time to choose a substitution rate (how much of the infringing activity should be counted as a lost sale), we're left only with "assumptions... which can have enormous impacts on the resulting estimates."

The GAO then went on to slam three particular reports often linked to the government. They're all commonly cited, they're all bogus, and at least one is still being used officially.

Category: Software | 31 Comments
Tags: piracy

RIAA, MPAA would like to scan your hard drive for infringing content

Submitted by: Ezlpo @ 02:01 AM | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | (url: http://www.crunch...)

I dont get it either, mister, but privacy be damned.

Malware supported by the RIAA and MPAA. They will do ANYTHING other than change their antiquated business model or reduce the inflated price of their product.

via Toms Guide