Marvel Universe Online Canceled

Marvel

Some folks were no doubt excited at the possibility of Spiderman and X-men rocking on the screen, cracking skulls and taking names. But it appears those fantasies will have to remain just that for now since Shane Kim from Microsoft Game Studios tells MTV:

I’ll confirm. Marvel and we have agreed to end development on the MMO. It was an amicable decision…. It’s just something that we felt that, for us and for them, it would be better if we ended development. Which is disappointing, because that had a lot of promise. But sometimes you have to make these decisions.

When asked what went wrong:

It’s a tough space. It’s a very competitive space. And it’s a space that’s changing quite a bit. …When we first entered into the development and agreement of the development of ‘Marvel Universe Online,’ we thought we would create another subscription-based MMO.

Kim goes on to beat around the bush on difficulties in trying to find the right model to generate revenue and be competitive in a World of Warcraft universe.

That article linked above also has inside info on Gears of War2, Mass Effect, Halo Wars RTS and Fable 2.

Games

Windows Mobile Wins Over Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson

In a coup for Microsoft, Sony Ericsson for the first time will offer a smartphone that runs on the Windows Mobile operating system.

This is boding well for the Windows Mobile team whose worldwide market share has risen from 9 to 13% in just one year and 4 out of 5 of the world’s top handset makers are also on board with Windows. Though with Symbian dominating with a 48% share of every phone on the planet there’s a lot of room to grow for competitors in the mobile phone OS biz.

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Gadgets / Devices

‘Green’ Robot Hits The Waves, Runs On Ocean Heat

Ocean Glider 

A new underwater robot has been test-gliding continuously beneath the 4,000-meter-deep Virgin Islands Basin since December, powered by an unlimited supply of ocean heat.

The seagoing glider, which uses thermal energy from the ocean to propel itself, is the first “green” robot to explore underseas. It draws energy from the differences in temperature between warm surface waters and the colder, deeper layers.

In the photo above, the glider is resting on at the surface in the Caribbean before it once again dives into the Virgin Islands Basin between St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The idea for the thermal glider was first conceived in the 1980s by Doug Webb.

Read more about it at the Washington Post or TG Daily.

Green / Eco Friendly, Science

Learning From Podcasts: Foreign Policy After 9/11

podcasts and podiobooks

Want to learn and not have to attend school or sit in front of the PC and study or open a book and have to dredge through hundreds of pages of text?

Then I have an answer for you! Let the universities and learned experts in your field of interest come to you for free, via podcasts. Learn while you drive to work or while you’re working out.

One example is the UC Berkeley series they’ve made available for regular Joes like you and me to learn about Foreign Policy post-911. This series has 11 podcasts from the professor of the course as well as his guest speaker.

Topics range from “What terrorists want” to “War clouds over the Persian gulf”. But the most interesting download is #10 near the end of the course called “Day of Empire” by guest speaker Amy Chua discussing one of topics of her book of the same name (link to her book on Amazon).

Day of Empire is in-depth analysis of how hyperpowers rise to global dominance and how they fall, from the Mongols to the British Empire to the United States. I’ve been interested in the military and political powers throughout history since I was in high school and thought I had a good handle on the similarities between the previous powers and the USA today, But after listening to the sample link to this particular discussion posted below I came aware with new insight, some of which scares me even more about our future than I was before.

Name: UC Berkeley Course: Foreign Policy After 9/11
RSS: Podcast subscription Link
Web: Home Website
Speaking ability: Varies, depends on the speaker of the day.
Length: Long, roughly 50-60 minutes per session
Sample desc/link: Day of Empire by guest speaker Amy Chua (mp3)
Bonus: Download in either MP3 or RM format

Just geeky

Booting Linux In Under 40 Seconds

Linux

Power users of an OS will periodically obsess over optimizing aspects of their OS environment. Creating shortcuts to save 3 clicks, Turning off unneeded or unwanted services, tweaking the HOSTS file to reduce name resolution times, improving their graphics processing.

And then there’s the desire to reduce the time to get from an Off state to the point where you can interact with the shell. In other words, reduce the boot time. This is desirable no matter what the OS, but yesterday I came across an article that walks you through reducing the boot times for Linux.

In a nutshell, the author explains how to enable Hibernate on your Linux box, including rebuilding your kernel to add the Hibernate power management functions.

He also includes a youtube demo of his laptop’s 32 Sec boot cycle.

Software