||[Sep. 11th, 2008|01:37 pm]
The long-awaited game Spore finally came out and, as expected, I don't have a computer beefy enough to run it.
What's interesting, though, is that there's been considerable backlash against the DRM they put in the game. (As DRM goes, this one is particularly unpalatable.)
One way they've gone for visibility is to get everyone to post negative reviews on Amazon. I started watching the product page (scroll down to Customer Reviews) when the first 200 single-star reviews were up. Now it's almost 2,000 people who gave it a black mark because of the DRM.
Wonder what the fallout will be, if any?
The Large Hadron Collider was turned on and it hasn't killed us yet. You can keep updated on this by checking http://www.hasthelhcdestroyedtheearth.com/ for the latest status. (By combining this with Is Abe Vigoda Alive?, you can infer whether or not the LHC has killed Abe Vigoda.)
If you need a refresher, I recommend the informative video they produced.
Google Controls Wall Street
Rather (darkly) amusingly, Google's news robot picked up an old story from a newspaper archive. Because of a bunch of circumstances, the undated story ended up in Google's news aggregator. The result was chaos.
The story was about United Airlines filing for bankruptcy (6 years ago). United's stock cratered, wiping away $1.14 BILLION dollars of market cap.
The stock recovered after trading curbs were removed and the misunderstanding was cleared up.