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Tech News [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.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-11 10:00 pm (UTC)
Or if an unscrupulous trader could cause this effect by injecting a story into the news cycle and then selling short... Or if they just did.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2008-09-11 09:24 pm (UTC)
wow...that's sort of EA's "let them eat cake," right there.
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2008-09-11 10:18 pm (UTC)
the spoof of Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead was worth it, for sheer amusement factor alone.
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[User Picture]From: octavius_rodens
2008-09-12 02:58 am (UTC)
Game companies have been using draconian copy protection for quite some time now, especially EA. The things said about Bioshock's CP... *whew* While I understand the need to protect their investment, treating their customers like thieves straight off the bat is probably not the wisest course of action.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-09-12 03:13 am (UTC)
I was interested in spore when I first read an article on it over a year ago. As you know, I'm really not a gamer though.

I haven't played it (or even seen it), but I'm dissapointed to hear that you get past the 'evolution' stage so quickly. Several of my friends have written on thier journals that within less than 24 hours, they're already doing space travel. The appeal to the game for me was the idea that you would guide a species through evolution. Not nessecarily that they'd end up intelligent and develop technology. *shrug* I guess that's why I'm not a gamer though :-p
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-12 06:59 am (UTC)
From what I've seen in reviews, it sounds like the five stages of the game get progressively longer. So the first evolution stage is basically a mini-game and the final space stage is very open-ended.
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2008-09-12 05:48 pm (UTC)
Damnit they did a good job on that rap video. I cant make fun of it now. X3
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
I know. It gets stuck in my head and I feel like a complete dork for wanting to listen to it (to try to dislodge it). :P
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