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Diablo 3's real-money trading (RMT) removed for South Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 10:31 am

I started my news posting with some Diablo 3 news, and I'm near the end with some more Diablo 3 news. Let's face it, we are all going to love it. Well, it seems as though Diablo 3's auction house will allow real-money trading (RMT) for items found in the real world.

 

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The fact that this lets you trade in items and then "cash-out" to make some money, minus Blizzard's cut, caused Diablo 3 to clash with South Korea's anti-gambling laws. Blizzard sent Diablo 3 for approval, were rejected, re-submitted the game with this feature removed and it has been accepted.

 

But, we all know what that loot does to us, we want to find more... more, more, more. Just like Agent Smith said in the Matrix Reloaded, we all want more of it. But, will South Korean's still have that same lust for loot, if the monetary value is absolutely worthless? Where they can read on the Internet that other people have made X amount of money from Y item? Wouldn't it make them mad, bro?

SOPA has been stalled, Johnny Drama yells "Victory!"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 9:23 am

Entourage fan? If not, the title means nothing to you. YouTube it! Big news, SOPA has been stalled everyone, stalled! It was stalled due to a lack of 'consensus'. A lack of consensus with something so big going through Congress. Who would've thought!

 

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The backlash from the Internet community with sites like Reddit against it, and the boycotting of companies that supported it like GoDaddy, have helped to force the pathetic bill to be stalled. On Saturday, the House Oversight Chariman, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was promised by Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that the House won't vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is a consensus on the bill.

 

Issa said in a statement:

 

While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.

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The Pirate Bay steers away from torrents, sets sail for DHT

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 8:26 am

Ah, torrents. You used to be cool before everyone dived onto you, years ago, but as they have become mainstream, the target has been made. Torrents used to not be mainstream, and thus, the websites hosting them were pretty safe. Now I hear grandmas discussing how their son/daughter/friend/grandson "downloaded X or Y movie/TV show from 'the torrents'".

 

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The Pirate Bay is one of the largest torrent-hosting sites on the Internet, and in a month from now, thepiratebay.org will remove all torrent files from its site, in favor for magnet links. This new move is what The Pirate Bay calls a "new future" in file sharing, consisting of true peer-to-peer sharing without the use of trackers.

 

TPB has already switched over to the underlying technology that runs alongside magnet links, with Distributed Hash Table (DHT) and Peer Exchange (PEX). TPB have been using magnet links with torrent files for a while now, without letting any of its users know.

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ASUS VA278Q, 2560x1440, IPS-based panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 7:24 am

Last week at CES, ASUS showed off a new monitor designed for professional artists and photographers, the ASUS VA278Q. The VA278Q is a 27-inch, sporting an LED backlight, IPS-based panel, a native resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, and 178/178-degree viewing angles.

 

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ASUS' widescreen includes a "Smart Contrast Ratio" of 80,000,000:1, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, a stand enabling tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments. This is something most monitors don't have, which is something professional users crave for.

 

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Splendid Video Intelligence Technology also provides six pre-set modes which are Theater, Scenery, Gaming, Night View, sRGB, and Standard, these "optimize colors and image fidelity for onscreen content". No information on pricing or availability of the VA278Q.

The Simpsons make a joke about Steve Jobs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 6:29 am

I don't know how this can be found offensive, maybe it should be taken the other way: as a tribute. Steve Jobs was such a huge influence on society itself through the gadgets he saw released, that he makes it into one of the most iconic TV shows in history: The Simpsons.

 

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In this weeks episode, titled "Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson", Homer is being interviewed on TV, where along the bottom, the news ticker reads "Steve Jobs unveils iGhost".

 

In this episode, Homer becomes a Glenn Beck type, after Bart uploads a video of him having an Alec Baldwin-ish aeroplane meltdown moment. During an interview on Fox News, the news ticker flows and shows up some funny, but fake headlines: "Europe puts Greece on eBay", "Congress postpones end of world to 2013", "Satan tweets support for Santorum", and the big one, "Steve Jobs unveils iGHOST".

 

Do you think they took it too far? Or some people just can't take a joke?

Vodafone releases My Vodafone app for iOS, Android, lets you monitor your data usage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 6:08 am

Vodafone have started 2012 off with an app release of "My Vodafone" for iOS and Android-based devices. The app lets you monitor your monthly data usage, so you don't go over your data cap and get hit with excess usage charges.

 

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Post-paid (12-, 24-month, or month-to-month) Vodafone customers with a My Vodafone username and password get access to the full suite of functionality in the application. Pre-paid customers can download the app, but to access your account services on pre-paid, the app will link you directly to the mobile version of My Vodafone, where you can log-in.

 

The app features are:

 

• View your account usage

• View your recent bills & payments

• Check your account details

• Find your nearest store

• View network updates in your area

• Contact Vodafone

• Join the conversation in the Vodafone Community

RumorTT: Telstra say TPG might buy out iiNet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 5:26 am

Just after iiNet scooped up Internode, we now have a Telstra communication to their staff, where they seem to be informing their employees that TPG could buy iiNet, which would see TPG jump into second position among Australian ISP's.

 

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TPG already owns 7-percent of iiNet, so if TPG were to takeover iiNet, it shouldn't be a surprise. The exact words from Telstra, as provided from Delimiter:

 

"iiNet's $105 million acquisition of Internode, announced just prior to Christmas, will see it gain 190,000 subscribers, and spearhead TPG Telecom into third place among broadband providers behind Telstra and Optus," the company's update read. "In recent months, TPG Telecom has been building a stake in iiNet, which, according to market speculation, could be a precursor to a full takeover."

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North Korea's nuclear plans spotted, thanks satellite pictures

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 16, 2012 4:18 am

We still don't have pictures or video of Osama bin Laden, but hey, it's OK to dump pictures of another countries Nuclear facility, right? Well, its now known the length of North Korea's progress in building a [gasp] weapon of mass destruction. You know, the ones we still haven't found in the War on Terror after trillions of dollars spent and countless thousand killed and millions displaced.

 

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North Korea has actually done quite a bit of work, but not as much as NK's official claims state. There are various photos dated between June of 2009 and November of last year, which show North Korea's enrichment facility and light water reactors. You can see in these photos that the two aforementioned bits of the puzzle have almost reached completion. Once that's done, it's time to have its internals placed inside. The speed at which North Korea's reached this point, has analysts concerned. Below is a quote from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

 

Was the seismic analysis of the reactor site sufficiently rigorous? Did the regulatory authorities have the skills and independence required to license this reactor in such a short time period? And do Yongbyon [the construction site] specialists have sufficient experience with the very demanding materials requirements for the internal reactor components, including the pressure vessel, steam generator, piping and fuel-cladding materials?

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