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1  General / Off Topic / MegaUpload Shut Down on: January 20, 2012, 08:16:32 pm

MegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia. The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand at the request of US authorities. MegaVideo, the streaming site belonging to same company, and a total of 18 domains connected to the Mega company were seized and datacenters in three countries raided.

next part...


The founder of MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom, has been denied bail in an extradition hearing in New Zealand this morning. Dotcom, who was raided by 76 armed police in helicopters yesterday, is wanted in the United States alongside other key MegaUpload employees on racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering charges.

next part... (again)


File-hosting services all around the world will have looked on in horror yesterday as MegaUpload, one of the world’s largest cyberlocker services, was taken apart by the FBI. Foreign citizens were arrested in foreign lands and at least $50 million in assets seized. So what exactly prompted this action? TorrentFreak read every word of the 72-page indictment so you don’t have to, and we were surprised by its contents.
2  PC Scene / PC Games / Consoles are holding PC games back, say DICE on: April 15, 2011, 09:57:30 pm
Battlefield developer DICE have said that they believe consoles are holding back the development of PC games. In an interview on GeForce.com, executive producer on Battlefield 3 Patrick Bach said: “Most games are actually still based on the same core idea that the consoles are your focus, the superior platform or something. I don’t know why. That was the truth 5 years ago, but the world has moved on.” Read on for more details.

Bach explained that: “Most games are actually still based on the same core idea that the consoles are your focus, the superior platform or something. I don’t know why. That was the truth 5 years ago, but the world has moved on.” He says that PCs are much more powerful, hardware wise, than consoles, and few PC games truly take advantage of all that hardware.

He goes on to say: “So for our target of what we want to hit, we are now using the more powerful platform to try and prove what we see gaming being in the future rather than using the lowest common denominator, instead of developing it for the consoles and then just adding higher resolution textures and anti-aliasing for the PC version. We’re do it the other way around, we start with the highest-end technology that we can come up with and then scale it back to the consoles.”

3  PC Scene / Hardware / Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw on: January 31, 2011, 05:51:10 pm

Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, shipments stopped and recalls beginning

A problem requiring a "silicon fix" is bad news in the chipset business, and sadly that's what Intel is announcing. Its new Intel 6 Series chipset, Cougar Point, has been found to have a flaw, something to do with the SATA controller. Intel is indicating that the ports can "degrade over time," leading to poor i/o performance down the road. All shipments have been stopped and a fix has been implemented for new deliveries, but it sounds like recalls will be starting soon for those with this ticking time bomb silicon within. It isn't a critical problem right now, though, so if you own a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 system keep computing with confidence while looking for a recall notice, but it is bad news for Intel's bottom line: the company is advising a $300 million hit to revenue.
4  PC Scene / PC Games / Activision lassoes EA and ex-Infinity Ward staff in $400 million lawsuit on: December 22, 2010, 03:22:37 pm
Earlier this year, founders of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision to form a rival studio with EA called Respawn Entertainment, taking 40 other Infinity Ward staffers with them. Activision are now seeking damages for breach of contract to the tune of 400 million bucks. Accusations against the Infinity Ward founders and EA include claims that the publisher flew West and Zampella to secret meetings, and that West and Zampella covertly copied documents and stole trade secrets from Activision.

Activision were already suing West and Zampella for leaving Infinity Ward with two years left on their contract, but have now added EA to the list, saying that “Electronic Arts conspired with two former senior Activision executives, West and Zampella (the “executives”) to derail Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio, and inflict serious harm on the company.”

Activision are alleging that EA head-hunted the Infinity Ward founders using unfair practice, saying that EA used talent agency Creative Artists to fly West and Zampella to secret meetings at the home of EA CEO John Riccitiello as early as 2009. Activision also say that EA “intentionally interfered with contracts, engaged in unfair competition and aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty by the executives”.

More remarkable claims suggest that West and Zampella went as far as to “covertly copy certain materials.” Activision are also suggesting that “West and Zampella continued to possess Activision confidential information long after they left which makes it likely that West and/or Zampella have misused and/or will continue to misuse valuable Activision intellectual property and trade secrets, including computer code, now that they have left Activision.”

The $400 million figure comes from Activision’s estimated losses based on the costs required to rebuild the Infinity Ward studio. Here’s a video we put together back when West and Zampella left, showing the state of the studio after many of the staff had jumped ship.


Activision's legal filing today sets this up:
Unable to compete with Activision and Infinity Ward, and, upon information and belief, enraged by the recent defection of two Electronic Arts executives to Activision (unlike West and Zampella, the executives who left Electronic Arts were not under employment contracts), Electronic Arts was determined to retaliate. Electronic Arts set out to destabilize, disrupt and to attempt to destroy Infinity Ward. Although the precise dates the scheme was conceived and initiated remain somewhat unknown to Activision it was clearly underway no later than July 30, 2009.

5  General / Off Topic / NASA Finds New Life on: December 02, 2010, 03:22:36 pm
Hours before their special news conference today, the cat is out of the bag: NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth. This changes everything.

At their conference today, NASA scientist Felisa Wolfe Simon will announce that they have found a bacteria whose DNA is completely alien to what we know today. Instead of using phosphorus, the bacteria uses arsenic. All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, share the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same.

But not this one. This one is completely different. Discovered in the poisonous Mono Lake, California, this bacteria is made of arsenic, something that was thought to be completely impossible. The implications of this discovery are enormous to our understanding of life itself and the possibility of finding beings in other planets that don't have to be like planet Earth.

We will know more today at 2pm EST but, while this life hasn't been found in another planet, this discovery does indeed change everything we know about biology. I don't know about you, but I've not been so excited about a bacteria since my STD tests came back clean.

6  PC Scene / PC Games / Crytek say “PC is easily a generation ahead”, being held back by consoles on: November 25, 2010, 08:11:12 pm

Crysis developers Crytek spoke out today saying that while PC’s are a generation ahead of the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but that future PC games will be limited by having to cater to less powerful consoles.

Speaking to Edge, Crytek’s CEO Cervat Yerli said “As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both,” adding that “PC is easily a generation ahead right now. With 360 and PS3, we believe the quality of the games beyond Crysis 2 and other CryEngine developments will be pretty much limited to what their creative expressions is, what the content is. You won’t be able to squeeze more juice from these rocks.”

Discussing the reasons for this, Yerli says “I generally think it’s still developers’ mentality. A lot nowadays don’t consider PC a big issue any more; their [sales] expectations are nowhere near what they are for the console versions. Until the PC market creates comparable revenues, companies are not going to spend enough on the PC SKU of a game.”

7  General / Off Topic / "Bubbling" Tricks Your Mind To See Anyone Naked on: September 02, 2010, 02:08:03 pm

A legend born: A young Mormon, forbidden from looking at porn, discovers a way to Photoshop safe-for-work bikini shots in such a way to let his mind fill in the blanks. It's not porn if it's in your brain. Another!

http://gizmodo.com/5627807/bubbling-tricks-your-mind-to-makes-anyone-naked  <-- news
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=127185813  <-- forum with other pics..
8  Console Scene / Sony - PS2, PS3, PSP / PS3 Jailbreak released to the public on: September 02, 2010, 03:52:50 am
I’m sure Sony isn’t too happy about this news. The PSJailbreak claimed to allow users to backup their games to a hard drive recently, and now a hack called PSGroove has surfaced, which claims to be an open source PSjailbreak.

This time the code has to be downloaded and installed on an AT90USBkey or Teensy++ USB development board, then you homebrew sorts will be able to execute unsigned third-party apps and games on the PS3. The ability to boot ISO files is disabled for now, but we are sure that a workaround will be available soon.

Sony is no doubt working fast to kill this.

9  PC Scene / Hardware / Mojowijo Lets Users Turn Their Wii Remotes Into Vibrators for Virtual Sex on: August 31, 2010, 02:02:48 pm
this stay on PC scene... it use wiimote but it's for pc.. on with the news..


They are, our more perverse readers will no doubt have already deduced, dildos. That you attach to a Wii Remote. They're a pair of products by Mojowijo, which are "able to transform the varying motions of the control into appropriate vibration signals".

While they're designed to work with the Wii Remote, they're not designed to work with the Wii; instead, Mojowijo have custom software that runs off a PC, through which you can not only use one Wii Remote, but transfer the movements and vibration from one Wii Remote to the other.

Making this a multiplayer experience, no friend code required.

The bottom one, I can see how it works, but that top one...it looks like something an evil bald man would take slowly out of a leather doctor's bag, grinning like a snake, while another evil man with a gun said "Oh, Dr. Heinemann has ways of making you talk".
10  General / Off Topic / Hong Kong filmmakers shoot 'first' 3D porn film on: August 09, 2010, 07:20:24 pm
HONG KONG — A group of Hong Kong filmmakers have started shooting what they claim will be the world's first 3D pornographic film, a report said Sunday.
The 3.2 million-US-dollar '3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy', set for release in May, has already generated interest in a host of Asian film markets, as well as Europe and the US, the Sunday Morning Post reported.
Loosely based on a piece of classical Chinese erotic literature, The Carnal Prayer Mat, the movie will star Japanese adult actresses Yukiko Suo and Saori Hara, the Post said.
The film chronicles the story of a young man who, after being introduced to the erotic world of a duke, realises his ex-wife is the love of his life and features "orgies, swinging and some very graphic sex scenes", the paper said.
Producer Stephen Shiu acknowledged that censors would likely block the movie's screening in mainland China, a key market for Hong Kong filmmakers.
"(But) we are almost closing deals with some markets including Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and some pay TV channels in Hong Kong," Shiu told the paper.
Italian director Tinto Brass has announced he would produce a 3D remake of his 1979 erotic film Caligula, while Hustler plans to release a pornographic spoof of 3D science fiction film Avatar, the top-grossing movie of all time which has earned some 2.7 billion US dollars worldwide since its release.

11  General / Off Topic / Bill Gates Convinces 40 Billionaires to Give Away Half Their Fortunes on: August 04, 2010, 10:46:45 pm
Our favorite charity-worker Bill Gates has successfully signed up 38 billionaires to give away half of their wealth to those less fortunate, in what could be the largest-scale philanthropic work ever.

Together with Warren Buffett, their "The Giving Pledge" project nabbed Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle), George Lucas, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Barry Diller from IAC (an internet media company that owns Ask.com, Bloglines, Vimeo, Match.com and others), along with many others.

While they're not legally bound to give away at least 50 per cent of their wealth to charity, it's more of a trust-promise—particularly now that it's been reported all over the media. They're not expected to give their notes to any one charity, but if every single person on the Forbes 400 richest American list signed up to The Giving Pledge, that would mean charities would be $600 billion better off. Presumably some of those charities will be green-focused, considering Gates' obvious passion in that field.

12  PC Scene / PC Games / Indie Dev Says Epic Can "F**k Off" on: July 16, 2010, 07:43:05 pm

If the Develop Conference in Britain earlier this week was good for one thing, it was a healthy dose of games industry shit-talking. Like this rant from Positech's Cliff Harris, in which he says "Mark Rein is a jerk".

Positech is the team behind Gratuitous Space Battles, and yesterday Harris gave a talk at the conference (held in Brighton) with guys from Hello Games (Joe Danger), Beatnik (Plain Sight) and Introversion (Darwinia, Defcon). In the front row of that talk was Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games (Gears of War, Unreal Tournament).

I'll let Harris explain in his own words:
    Basically I started making the point, and mark was also agreeing about how someone can email you as an indie dev, and you can reply personally back to that potential customer, and hopefully, that way you have converted that guy to buying the game.

    At this point, there was this derisive snort from this guy in the front row, who said something to the effect of ‘one guy? who cares, that's a waste of time'. He then started to lecture us on how that's a silly way to do it. I'm 95% sure that all four of us on the panel thought ‘what the fuck?' as well as ‘who is this guy'? compounded by Robin asking him if he worked in marketing.

    Anyway… it turned out this guy was Mark Rein from Epic, although he seemed to assume everyone within earshot knew exactly who he was, and why he must obviously be right. I got the impression he was there to laugh at the little guys, or to just inform us how we are all wrong. Interestingly, it seemed there was someone from sports interactive (one time indies, as I recall) there, who seemed more on the indie wavelength than Mark. It would have been cool to chat with him.

    So… I've given this a lot of thought, and weighed up the pros and cons of just putting this down to misinterpreting someone, and so on, and I have reached this conclusion.

    Mark Rein is a jerk.

That's about...half of it. The rest is more of the same, and ends with "Triple-A studio bosses trying to lecture me on how to communicate better with gamers? Fuck off".

I don't where all this venom is coming from at this conference, especially since Brigthon is such a lovely place, but as a member of the peanut gallery, I'm loving it. This kind of raw emotion that's a refreshing relief from the usual "polished to within an inch of its life by PR" discourse in this business.
13  Media Lounge / Music / The RIAA Spent $58 Million Suing File Sharers, Got 2% Back on: July 16, 2010, 07:38:26 pm

How much of a failure was the RIAAs campaign of ridiculous lawsuits of file sharers? How does a 98% loss of a $58 million investment sound? That's good business right there.

According to leaked tax forms from 2006-2008, the RIAA spent a whopping $58,258,394 on legal fees over the course of those three years, reaping $1,362,572 from accused pirates in return. Ouch.

But it was all totally worth it, luckily for them, as piracy is now dead and everyone is back to spending $18 for a CD that's half filler at their local Sam Goody. Oh, wait.
14  Media Lounge / Movies / Mass Effect The Movie! Coming To A Theater Near You on: May 25, 2010, 04:45:56 pm

Get ready to dive head first into the vast future-space-verse of role-playing video game Mass Effect - just be careful you don't get space herpes. Legendary pictures is readying a Mass Effect film, featuring Shepard and the SSV Normandy crew.

THR is reporting that Legendary Pictures has purchased the rights to Mass Effect, and the project is early in development. We can't wait to see some of the other-worldly concept designs. Plus Warner Brothers will also co-finance and distribute worldwide. Mark Protosevich, of Thor and I Am Legend, may be the screenwriter tasked with bringing this diverse future space world to live. The picture will be produced by Avi and Ari Arad, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.

ME first hit the streets in 2008, and the game takes place in the year 2183. The main character is the bad-ass Commander Shepard, who commands the SSV Normandy and his alien crew. Just about all of this film will take place in the big black, no doubt. But we're really curious as to how many of the different aliens Shepard encounters will be Avatar-ized?

I've played so much ME2, my dreams are filled with female computer voices whispering "probe launched." But more importantly we hope this ushers along Bioshock, Fallout and Halo big screen movies.
15  PC Scene / PC Games / PC Piracy Drove Gears of War Creators to Console Development on: May 18, 2010, 07:05:07 pm
It's no accident that Epic Games' products are showing up more and more on consoles and less on PC. Studio president Mike Capps recently sat down for an interview with Edge magazine, where he revealed the reasoning behind Epic's newfound preference towards console development: PC piracy.
"If you walked into this place six years ago, Epic was a PC company and always had been. We did one PS2 launch title, which was a port of Unreal Tournament, and everything else was PC," Capps told Edge (via CVG). "And now, if you read our forums, people are saying: 'Why do you hate the PC? You're a console-only company.' And guess what? It's because the money's on console."

He continued, "We still do PC, we love the PC, but we already saw the impact of piracy: It killed a lot of great independent developers and completely changed our business model."

Capps wasn't entirely down on PC gaming, however. In fact, he seems to think the PC market could be gearing up for a rebound any day now.

"There's certainly a light for PC gaming...," Capps added. "Most publishers I'm speaking to right now think their money's going to be shifting back to PC and away from traditional consoles, just because folks are in that mode of wanting to spend a little bit of time every now and then, and paying money to save time because there's so much media competing for it."

"...Maybe Facebook will save PC gaming," said the Epic Games president. "But it's not going to look like Gears Of War."

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