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Conservatives to review CRTC’s usage-based billing decision

February 2, 2011 News No Comments

The Canadian meltdown over the CRTC’s ruling that network owners could punish smaller ISPs with usage-based billing has met with mild political progress.

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or as I like to call him “fuck you,” declared on Tuesday that there would be a review of the finding with a decision coming March 1.

My biased, angry, but no less accurate prediction? Since everyone has agreed an election is coming, the Conservatives will likely strike down the decision for political points. They will use the issue to further demonize and weaken the CRTC, thus removing the chances of Canada ever getting robust regulation of internet providers, and ultimately furthering the corporatist agenda. In the end, we’ll get slightly better service than the current rampage-of-greed, such that we can live with it, but not more.

Once again, Fight the power.

Shower us with your Mario, oh great Miyamoto

February 1, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Nintendo.

In a new installment of the ever-amusing “Iwata Asks” series that Nintendo runs on its official site, Lord Miyamoto declared:

Yes. So, in the interests of adopting new technology for the Super Mario Bros. tradition, I am now making a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS system.

Yes. (laughs) I want to show everyone as soon as possible what the new Super Mario Bros. will be like on the Nintendo 3DS.

I feel it necessary at this point to recycle my own material and state in the most dignified fashion possible: augh augh augh, give me Mario, augh augh augh. Let’s hope the laughing genius behind plumbing’s most famous practitioner is serious about this latest promise.

Don’t be too hasty in assuming Shigeru is planning a new installment in the “New” series of Mario games, either. Only a couple of months ago, he was talking about making games of both the 3D play-style and 2D play-style that have diverged for the 3DS.

Source: Gamespot

Augh augh augh, give me Zelda, augh augh augh

January 30, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Nintendo.

When in unholy fuck is the world getting its next Zelda game?

Back in December, Shigeru Miyamoto claimed that Skyward Sword was an ominous “over half complete,” but now Iwata is saying “[Miyamoto’s] team is now entering into the final completion stage of the game.” So that’s something. He also says:

Talking about The Legend of Zelda franchise, what people called a masterpiece in the days of Nintendo 64, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” has been in the process of being remade for Nintendo 3DS, and this Nintendo 3DS version is expected to hit the market earlier.

Seriously people, I need this shit to live. As crushingly painful as it may be that we have to wait until the end of March for the 3DS, and then somewhere between then and June for the Ocarina of Time remake, it is even harder to come to terms with the idea that we have to wait until after that for a truly new Zelda game.

It’s been five, FIVE, years since Twilight Princess came out. Two since Spirit Tracks, and that was boring and hardly lived up to what I need in a Zelda fix! Come on!

Back when Twilight Princess was announced, I made a decent effort to play through the previous games in the series in anticipation. Anyone doing anything similar for this?

Source: GoNintendo

Nintendo Power gets in on the Sonic bashing

January 30, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Nintendo Power.

February’s issue of Nintendo Power includes a listing of the three worst moments in sonic history. They are:

  • Kissing a human.
  • Turning into a Werehog.
  • Big the Cat.

There are just so many to choose from. What about “existence” or “slippery physics”?

Nintendo was never as invested in the 16-bit rivalry as SEGA was. Sad and Pathetic Blue needed so badly to best and out bad-ass the Big N in every way, so they repeatedly trashed their opposition in advertisements.

With Nintendo Power no longer being published by Nintendo, it would seem the magazine is a little freer to mix it up with the company’s old rival. Even though Nintendo won, it would seem there is lingering bitterness.

Source: Aeropause

BREAKING: The internet is real life

January 29, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Adapted from Anonymous: DC by lewisfrancis under a CC-BY license.

Members of Anonymous are quickly discovering that fucking with corporations online can get you in trouble with real world governments interested in keeping those companies happy.

You may remember that companies like Amazon, MasterCard, and VISA were severing their ties with profoundly awesome secret-spilling site WikiLeaks back in December. Members of Anonymous made an effort to have their voices heard by launching DDoS attacks against those sites.

Rather than accepting these efforts as a round of online protest, those companies, along with the FBI decided they were actually “cyber attacks.” Thursday saw the FBI “executed” over 40 search warrants in their investigation of these events. British police arrested five fellows the same day.

Reports of the crackdown include agents kicking in doors, pointing guns, and confiscating computer equipment.

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