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Rockstar Games: FUCK YOU

Today brought the long awaited release of Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC….

Along with it: a new version of SecuROM DRM.

I have made my verdict: I am NOT buying in to this…. but no doubt, I will be playing GTA IV, while I am $50 richer.

Tweak Guides devolves

Where as I would love to post that the Twek Guides community has evolved with new features, I must actually announce the opposite: Koroush Ghazi has announced that he will disable the forums once and for all tonight. He has also announced that he will denounce from future game guides, but will contenue to update the Tweaking Companion, and the existing guides as needed.

Economical Apocalypse

We are entering a scary era,on a wheeled mobile that keeps gaining speed without enough brake power to stop it.

The United States is trying to claw it’s way back to a stable stance, but is slowly falling apart more and more as time goes. Every week we are presented with a new crises, all of which have been brewing devlopments for some time. The truth is that the US is suffering from losses generated in the last year, which reminds me that a year from now will reflect what we are losing at the moment more clearly than our present time.

How much longer could the country possibly last in this shape?

Wall Street is a system that has no fault protection. But investors are too scared of the shape to worry about blame, especially on a day like today (the worst low since 2003). They fear that their bank accounts will be worthless when they leave the stock exchange, even though they may have 10 million dollars in cash under their bed.

“The Big Three” (Ford, GM) are cautiously panicking now, as they claim that they are on the verge of major collapse. Where as the big three used to dominate the nations financial system, investors could care less on what these automobile makers have to offer and how much strength their survival provides. The investors do not care that

  • U.S. auto companies employ nearly a quarter-million workers
  • more
    than 730,000 other people have jobs producing the materials and parts
    that go into cars
  • about 1 million on top of that work in dealerships
  • If just one of the auto giants were to go under, some
    estimates put U.S. job losses next year as high as 2.5 million.
  • and most American’s are not aware of these facts, nor that the automobile market does affect their lives.

Next week,  I am sure that the senate will be discussing a new bailout plan for a new disaster…. but how long will any of these bailout plans work before all financial resource is diminished or worthless?

*Sigh*  This brings me to technology. The world financial crises does affect the technology markets and developments. Intel has already reported major losses. Dell has reported quarter after quarter of losses. Game developers are closing offices to cut costs due to financial loss. EVERYTHING is falling apart, not just in the United States, but the world.

The reasons I write this is:

  • I am not sure that I will be able to afford internet next month.
  • I am not sure if my readers will be able to afford internet next month.
  • There is great technology to write about, but who can afford it?
  • There is great technology in development, but will the manufacturers be able to afford to put them in to the market in the coming months?

Ubuntu v8.10 Released

As I never was too found of Linux due to the long and technical methods to operate anything compared to the ease of Windows, I have come to deeply admire Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Ubuntu 8.10 is available for download today. Version 8.10 brings
  • Improved support for connecting to 3G wireless networks
  • A utility for loading a fully working Ubuntu installation on a USB disk
  • A new System Cleaner utility that will help identify abandoned software packages
  • The Nautilus file manager now supports tabs

In addition to Ubuntu 8.10, you can also download the latest version of Kubuntu today. Kubuntu is basically Ubuntu with the KDE desktop environment instead of GNOME. Xubuntu 8.10, which uses the Xfce desktop environment is also available today.

Hellgate London Retires January 31

This comes as no surprise to me, as bad reviews have piled since the release, and publisher conflicts have risen for months…..

GameSpot has revealed that the folks still maintaining Hellgate: London,
Namco Bandai, will be pulling the plug on the action-RPG on January 31.
Until then, a monthly subscription fee is no longer required to play.

October PC Releases

October is a big month for long awaited titles, then November promises as well.

October 10
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway

October 14
Saints Row 2

October 20
NHL 09
NBA 2k9
Dead Space
Bully: Scholarship Edition

October 21
Far Cry 2

October 27
Guitar Hero III/Aerosmith Bundle (Win and Mac)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Fallout 3

November 4
James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace
Still Life 2

November 11
Call of Duty 5: World at War

November 13
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack

November 17
Need for Speed Undercover
Left 4 Dead
Tomb Raider Underworld

November 18
Grand Theft Auto IV
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir

Later (Dates Can Change)
Prince of Persia (Dec 2)