Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blizzard restricts digital editions of Diablo 3 for up to 72 hours after purchase

Diablo III_beta_Wizard vs Skeleton King 2
A Customer support agent has posted on Diablo 3′s official forums confirming suspicions that there is a wait period on all digital purchases of the game.
Kaltonis says that anyone who purchase the digital edition of the game could be forced to wait up to three days for their game to unlock.
Specifically, players will be restricted to the free demo (a.k.a. Starter Edition) of the game. This imposes pretty hefty restrictions: characters are capped at level 13, cannot go past the Skeleton King boss in Act 1, cannot access the Auction House, and cannot join games with friends that own the full game.
Kaltonis does say in the post that the delay in receiving the full game “is often much quicker than [72 hours].” But the justification that he gives for the delay is extremely vague and unsatisfying: “it is a necessary step to combat fraud and other malicious activities that can weaken everyone’s play experience.”
Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of restrictions on trial accounts for online games to combat spammers and gold farmers abusing them to annoy players. Those are often necessary and benefit legitimate gamers, but I’ve never seen a restriction this heavy on people who’ve paid for the full game. As it stands, we’ve received no satisfying explanation for why this is required. Blizzard needs to give a more detailed explanation of why they’re taking this extreme measure of keeping players from the game they’ve paid for.
We’ve reached out to Blizzard for comment.

Download Getmail 4.29.0


Getmail, Mail retriever.

Getmail is a mail retriever designed to allow you to get your mail from one or more mail accounts on various mail servers to your local machine for reading with a minimum of fuss. getmail is designed to be secure, flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use. getmail is designed to replace other mail retrievers such as fetchmail.

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Red Hat Announces JBoss Data Grid 6

Red Hat announced on June 20th that JBoss Data Grid 6, an in-memory data grid solution, is now available.

According to Red Hat, JBoss Data Grid 6 provides several new features designed to help enterprises reduce the need for relational databases and scale application development for better big data management.

This mean that users will get a non-intrusive approach to NoSQL, support for high-volume workloads with low-latency, better application scaling with reduced cost, several new features designed to provide enterprises with a number of different access options, and the ability to operate across physical or virtual datacenters.

Based on the popular JBoss Community project Infinispan and including components from JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss Operations Network, Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 6 is an integrated product that enables enterprises to more easily implement large, transactionally aware data grids.

SuperX 1.1 Available for Download

SuperX, a computer operating system based on Ubuntu and Debian GNU/Linux, using KDE as its user interface, is now at version 1.1.

SuperX 1.1, codenamed Cassini, features a unique layout of the GUI, which makes using it as easy as a using mobile phone, but with the functionalities of a full-fledged operating system.

The distribution is modular, flexible and focused on the cloud, with a desktop user interface especially designed with Linux beginners in mind.

It is automaticaly configured for an out-of-the-box experience. Uses will just pick up the operating system and will be able to use it from the get-go.

SuperX 1.1 will try to stay always up to date, with the latest stable packages installed. It's developed in India and was first released in 2007.

Download SuperX 1.1

VirtualBox 4.1.18 Has Support for Linux Kernel 3.5 RC1

Oracle announced on June 20th that its VirtualBox virtualization product for enterprises and end users has just reached version 4.1.18. 

VirtualBox 4.1.18 comes with compilation fixes for Linux kernel 3.5 RC1. Another important fix, this time for the Solaris platforms, is an installer fix for XOrg Server 1.11 and 1.12.

Among other important fixes and improvements included in VirtualBox 4.1.18, we can mention a fix for host freezes with 64-bit guests on 32-bit Linux hosts, a workaround for rdesktop clients not properly updating the screen size when minimized, and a fix a for a rare bug that could have caused a guest memory corruption after the guest storage controler has been reset.

More details about the Oracle VirtualBox 4.1.18 release can be found in the official announcement.

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Resonance TiNYiSO

Resonance (c) Wadjet Eye Games

Release On: 21 June 2012 Disk Amount/Format: 1 CD ISO
Type of Game: Adventure Media Protection: Nothing

Release Information:

A particle physicist's mysterious and spectacular death sparks a race to
find his hidden vault and claim his terrifying new discovery. The player
will take control of four characters whose lives become entangled in the
search for the scientist s vault. They will have to learn to trust each
other and work together to overcome the obstacles in their way and to
keep this new and powerful technology out of the hands of a dangerous

Resonance is a joint effort between Wadjet Eye and xii games. It's been
five years in the making, and it's without-a-doubt their longest and
most ambitious game to date. This gem is made by gamers for gamers, and
you can clearly see that in almost every element of the game. From the
polished and intuitive interface, through well balanced puzzles, all
the way to the fun and gripping story, you can tell that xii games
knows how to get the job done right. So if you are an old-school
adventure game fan then this game should scratch all the old-skool
gaming itches you've been feeling while delighting you with its
innovations and story

Burn/mount, install, play!

How to: Disable or change login sound in Linux Mint 13

In my opinion, the login sound of Linux Mint is quite annoying so I believe many people would want to disable or change it. Although the method to disable login sound in Ubuntu 12.04 does not work in Linux Mint 13, there is another very easy way to do the task.

To disable the login sound in Linux Mint 13 (both MATE and Cinnamon), you just need to open the menu and go to the Control Center. In the Control Center window, select the Login Window option:

Disable or change login sound in Linux Mint 13

You then will be asked to enter the root password. After that the login window will appear and you will need to go to the Accessibility tab. On this tab, you just need to uncheck the two boxes of the Login Screen Ready sound and Login Successful sound. Reboot and you will not hear the login sound in Linux Mint 13 anymore:

Disable login sound in Linux Mint 13
Uncheck these 2 boxes to disable the login sound in Linux Mint 13
In case you want to change the login sound, it is even easier to do so in Linux Mint 13 than in Ubuntu 12.04. You dont need to edit any file at all, just click on the sound box on the Accessibility tab and you can select any new sound file for the login sound in Linux Mint 13:

 change login sound in Linux Mint 13

The only thing you need to remember is that the new sound files must be in .ogg extension. To convert an .mp3 file to .ogg, you can use ffmpeg. To install ffmpeg in Linux Mint 13, just run the following command:
 sudo apt-get install libav-tools  

After that, to convert an .mp3 file to .ogg, the command will be:
 ffmpeg -i input-file.mp3 output-file.ogg   

Mass Effect 3 Operation Savage incoming: kill seven million goons for boxes

Mass Effect 3 Operation Savage Somewhere deep in Alliance space, a team of high level strategists are sitting around a table coming up with names for new operations. There don’t seem to be many hard rules behind each title, but if it can easily double as a good name for a death metal band and/or a professional wrestler, it’s in. We’ve had Goliath, Raptor, Resurgence and Excorcist so far, and the trend is set to continue with the latest multiplayer weekend event, SAVAGE. We’ll just have to wait a little while longer for Operation Huggles, Operation Dreamboat and Operation Super Happy Drell Dance Funtime.

Savage invites us to collectively slay 7 MILLION enemies consisting of the lowest level enemies from each enemy army. Killing Cerberus Assault Troopers, Husks, Cannibals and Geth Troopers will contribute towards the grand 7 million goal. If that’s smashed by 4am PST on Monday / midday GMT, everybody gets a victory pack and the right to pat themselves on the back.
You can also earn a bonus Commendation Pack by forming a team of Mass Effect’s weirdest, punchiest aliens and surviving until extraction on any difficulty. The team must consist of Batarian, Vorcha and Krogan squad mates to count. These guys were added in Mass Effect 3′s free DLC packs, so you might need to open a few high level boxes before you can jump in. Mmmm, boxes.

Mozilla Firefox 13.0.1 Arrives on Ubuntu OSes

Canonical announced yesterday, June 20th, in a security notice, that an update for the default web browser in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is now available.

Mozilla Firefox 13.0.1 fixes seven vulnerabilities found in the previous release of the popular web browser. To see detailed descriptions of the vulnerabilities fixed in Mozilla Firefox 13.0 click here.

To updated your Firefox browser to version 13.0.1, use the "Software Updater" tool found under the Settings indicator. The following Ubuntu operating systems are supported: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).

Other Linux users can download Firefox 13.0.1 binary and source packages right now from Softpedia. Also, don't forget to visit our always up-to-date Firefox Extensions section for the latest add-ons!

Unity 4 Game Engine Will Support Ubuntu

Canonical, through John Pugh, proudly informed us on June 20th that the upcoming major release of the Unity game engine will support publishing to the Ubuntu platform.

Following the Humble Indie Bundle game package, which proved to be a huge success on the Ubuntu platform thanks to the collaboration with Canonical, the Unity 4 game engine promises to support Ubuntu for game deployment.

The upcoming Unity 4 game engine will feature a boost in game fidelity and the Mecanim animation technology.

"If you would like to get involved developing or porting games to Ubuntu with Unity during the beta you can pre-order Unity 4 Pro."

"In the meantime there are lots of resources available on The Ubuntu Developer site. This month we are running the Ubuntu App Showdown contest with fantastic prizes for the best apps developed,"  the blog announcement read.

Netrunner 4.2 Has Skype 4.0

Netrunner, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Kubuntu, featuring KDE as the default desktop environment, and integrating many GNOME/GTK+ programs to make it Ubuntu compatible, is now at version 4.2.

Netrunner 4.2 comes with mostly updates, but most of them are quite important, as we can see below.

Highlight Netrunner 4.2:

· KDE SC was updated to 4.8.3;
· Firefox-KDE integration was refined;
· GIMP was updated to version 2.8;
· Skype was updated to version 4.0;
· Samba Mounter for easy NAS setup was added;
· Webaccounts for integrating your social accounts were added;
· Runners-ID for free and libre cloud storage and music streaming are now available;
· Muon Discover is now available.

A complete changelog with all the updates can be found in the official announcement.

Download Netrunner 4.2 right now from Softpedia, either for 32-bit or 64-bit platforms.

Netrunner 4.2

Clemens Toennies has announced the release of Netrunner 4.2, a Kubuntu-based distribution providing the very latest KDE 4.8.3 desktop: "Netrunner 4.2 'Dryland' - second edition released. These are some of the new features: KDE 4.8.3; Firefox KDE integration, GIMP 2.8 and Skype 4.0; Samba Mounter for easy NAS setup; web accounts for integrating your social accounts; Runners ID for free and libre cloud storage and music streaming; Muon Discover. Since this is a hybrid ISO, you can for example use UNetbootin or imagewriter for putting Netrunner on a USB stick. For 64-bit machines with EFI you may experience a crash during installation when trying to install the bootloader, it is advised to use imagewriter, as it does use another bootloader, which makes the ISO install fine." See the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download (MD5): netrunner-4.2-i386.iso (1,608MB, torrent), netrunner-4.2-amd64.iso (1,342MB, torrent).

openSUSE 12.2 Beta 2

The delayed second beta of openSUSE 12.2 is finally ready for testing: "Stephan 'Coolo' Kulow has released beta 2 so it is time to start organizing these beta pizza parties. As you might know, openSUSE 12.2 is delayed while we search for ways to cope with the growth of our community so this makes our first second beta in a very long time. What's new? While the focus of the over 800 changes in Factory in June has been on stabilizing there are a few important updates we want to mention: Linux kernel 3.4.2, GCC 4.7.1 and the latest Google Go, Firefox and Thunderbird 13.0.1, KDE SC 4.8.4." Here is the release announcement with important notes about how to report bugs. Download links: openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0451-i686.iso (686MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0451-i686.iso (685MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0451-x86_64.iso (694MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0451-x86_64.iso (694MB, MD5, torrent).