By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's on-the-third-day-god-created-sigsegv department
writes "With increasing pressure on RIM to catch up to the new phones, and the upcoming release of the iPhone 4S, could this three day outage of BlackBerry's service be a nail in the coffin? From the article 'The service disruptions are the worst since an outage swept north America two years ago, and come as Apple prepares to put on sale its already sold-out iPhone 4S on Friday.'"
This is the same outage as was reported Monday
. RIM has released a few details on what's happened: a failed software upgrade
brought the system down, and, after repairing the first issue, the backlog of traffic overwhelmed their network infrastructure
taking things down a second time.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's new-and-shiny department
writes "Today AMD lifted the embargo on their most recent desktop AMD FX architecture, code named Bulldozer, whose CPU frequency record Slashdot recently covered. The fruition of 6 years of AMD R&D, this new chip architecture is the most significant news out of AMD since the Phenom II made its debut. The chips are available now in all major retail outlets, and top tier hardware sites have published the first Bulldozer reviews already."
Here are reviews from a few different sites — pick your favorite: Tom's Hardware
, PC Perspective
, Hot Hardware
, or TechSpot
. They don't agree on everything, but the consensus seems to be that the new chips aren't blowing anyone's socks off, and that they struggle to compete with Intel's comparable offerings. The architecture shows promise, but performance gains will take time to materialize, making it difficult to leapfrog Intel to any significant degree.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's opening-a-can-of-worms department
For some time, players of Blizzard's World of Warcraft
have been able to purchase a small number of vanity in-game items for real money, but the items were restricted to the user's own account. Now, Blizzard has announced they will be adding another such item, with a twist — it doesn't become bound to a player's account until they use it, so it can be traded or sold on the game's auction house
. In their announcement, they said, "While our goal is to offer players alternative ways to add a Pet Store pet to their collection, we’re ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold
without turning to third-party gold-selling services. ... While some players might be able to acquire some extra gold by putting the Guardian Cub in the auction house, that’s preferable to players contributing to the gold-selling 'black market' and account theft."Read Replies (1)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's sheep-for-your-shepherd department
BioWare has announced that Mass Effect 3
, planned for March of next year, will be the first game in the series to include co-operative multiplayer
. In a post on their forums, they provided details about the new mode of play
:"Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory ... In multiplayer, players will create custom characters to fight on different and unique fronts in the war. This will include the ability to play as favorites like Turians, Krogans, Asari and more each with their own unique set of abilities."
They also took pains to point out that while the co-op missions could affect the outcome of the main story, multiplayer is entirely optional.Read Replies (0)