2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion
This is the recording of our weekly news show. In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.
We opened with two from Ceil Moss
- As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
- Lies a Lurrighan
You can find this band at:
Through Gamer Goggles News – 5-21-2013
The music for this show is by The Mercury Project.
Stompy Bot Productions launched their Kickstarter campaign today. Dream
Pod 9 is excited to see the world of Heavy Gear brought to life with
incredible Unreal Engine 4 graphics. The team assembled for making this
come true includes former key members of the Heavy Gear II team and Mektek
Studios. The team is committed to bringing out the best game out in the
genre, and they need your help! Join us in making this project a reality,
and be a part of bringing Heavy Gear back into video games!
Check out the Kickstarter
PATHFINDER GOBLINS TAKE OVER WITH THEIR OWN COMIC BOOKS
Mischievous Maniacs to Star in New 5-Issue Series from Dynamite Entertainment
REDMOND, WA (May 20, 2013): Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (RPG), and Dynamite Entertainment, announce today the much-adored and feared goblins of Pathfinder will get their own comic book series.
Each book of the 5-issue monthly series, Pathfinder: Goblins!, will feature two goblin-themed short stories by different creative teams. Issue #1 includes “The One-Eyed Goblin is King,” written by Adam Warren with art by Carlos Gomez, and “Prize Pupil,” written by Paizo Publisher Erik Mona an illustrated by Shane White.
“A goblin horde stormed the offices of Paizo, demanding we chronicle their adventures from a goblin point of view,” says Paizo Publisher Erik Mona, as he tends to a small nick from a dull dog-slicer. “With the threats of what they would do to our pets hanging over us, we had no choice but to transcribe the tales of the goblins.”
The goblins from Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG are pint-sized psychopaths, wreaking havoc across the land. Infamous for unpredictable attacks, catchy raiding songs, hatred of dogs, and fear of horses, goblins blend mischief and murderousness like no other monsters. Since they first appeared, Pathfinder goblins have starred in numerous adventures and game supplements, as well as miniatures, plush toys, and other merchandise.
Dynamite Entertainment also publishes the Pathfinder comic series featuring the iconic characters of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The graphic novel, Dark Waters Rising, collects the first 6 issues in a hardbound book and was released last week. Issue #7 also hit stands last week.
Subscribers to Pathfinder comics through paizo.com receive a 20% discount off the cover price, 15% off back and special issues, a special subscriber tag for the paizo.com messageboards, and a limited-edition collectible paizo.com exclusive cover for each issue. Pathfinder comics are also available in local comic shops, and digital versions are available at comixology.com.
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game builds on more than 10 years of system development and the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming to create an unparalleled fantasy roleplaying experience. Players need only the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Publishing produces a wide range of books and accessories to enhance your Pathfinder experience, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful full-color maps. For more information, visit paizo.com.
About Dynamite Entertainment
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more! In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles—including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS—have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.
About Paizo Publishing
Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo’s Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in hobby stores. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. Paizo.com is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the ten years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.
Apple and Warhammer
Check it out .
13th age – Forbes
Review of 13th age at Forbes.
Hasbro VS WB
Hasbro sues Warner Brothers over a new Dungeons and Dragons movie
The Xbox one revealed.
Today’s show features the music of The Griswolds. We opened with Mississippi and Heart of a Lion. We liked their down under sound so much we decided to also end the show with Red Tuxedo. Links for the band are at the end of the show notes.
Remember the days of youth when you wished you could fly a Veritech fighter? I do. Thanks to Ninja Division we have a Robotech Kickstarter. It only took them about six hours to meet the goal of 70,000
Quinton Hoover has passed away at 49.
The Examiner was the first to bring this to our attention.
Direct link to Quinton Hoover’s art on the Gatherer
Fantasy Flight Games releases another Battlestar Galactica expansion for the hit board game. Forbes has all the details on the expansion.
Pizza hut enlists professional video gamers. This article also comes to us from Forbes. David “Walshy” Walsh teams with Pizza Hut to promote a new Xbox Kinect app.
You can find out more about The Griswolds at:
- Tggn 4-16-2013 (indienation.fm)
- No need to get off the couch. Gamers can order Pizza Hut using Xbox Live (venturebeat.com)
- First Online Purchase Ever Was A Pizza Hut Pizza, In 1994 (huffingtonpost.com)
The acquisition of technology from another company is typical for Microsoft. Yes Skype for $8.5 billion USD, has become a Microsoft product. There have been rumors for months that Skype was up for sale, or being ‘acquired’ by the likes of Google or Facebook. Yet this ‘land snatch’ was on Microsoft’s side.
Does this mean Skype will be seen on Xbox live, replace MSN Messenger, will IT be a .net product, because that could only mane skype.net or sky.net, after the self aware computer network talked up in the Terminator movies. If you remember these computers became aware that humans were a threat to its ‘network’ and we became the hunted. Hope this isn’t the case with Skype. I surly hope that this product becomes better, but at the same time is NOT tightly integrated into the Microsoft products like Windows, and Xbox live.
This could be both good and bad for users of skype like me. One of the benefits of Skype is it is free for computer to computer, and very cost effective for calls to regular phone (under $3 US) a month. However I still worry that it could grow beyond the capabilities of the Skype network.
Thank heavens we are beyond August 29, 1997 and Sky.net isn’t aware, or is it?
- Why Microsoft bought Skype (technovia.co.uk)
- Beyond Skype: VoIP Alternatives (zdnet.com)
- Microsoft + Skype = SkyNet? (adland.tv)
- Everything you could possibly want to know about Skype [Infographic] (thenextweb.com)
- Microsoft purchased Skype to keep it out of Google’s hands (edibleapple.com)
Sony PSN (PlayStation network) and media network known as Qriocity is down, hacked, broken none the less the PSN fanboys don’t seem to be bitching much.
However the fanboys of the biggest competitor to PSN are laughing all the way to their XBL gold card. Yes PSN is free if you own a PS3 and have multi player games, however without the PSN you are forced to be in single player mode. LMAO! Mr Rodgers Land of Make Believe or PSN?
If Sony charged for PSN I think they would have fixed the issue by now, but as of April 25th they have been down hard for five days. *snicker. I’m not trying to sound fanboyish, but I have to snicker that this makes world wide news considering its is a free service. Yes you can get game add-on, music downloads and other bits from the PSN Qriocity side but its not required to play a game, again unless you want to play online.
No hacker group has come forward with bragging about the hack
To quote Sony:
Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer: We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user accountinformation was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:
- Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
- Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
- Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.
Wait Sony!, you were hacked, and you know it then you should be able to provide the data that traces where it came from. Any guesses that this is from RIPE.net IP addresses. Even worse, personal information, email address, username, passwords, credit card info may have been compromised! Holy Epic Fail!
I am a tech enthusiast, a geek, a network admin and much more. I enjoy computer games and grew up (or did I) living in Arcades. This isn’t the first time a game network went down, but sure as shit is pretty bad when the billing information should be on a separate system that is linked to a user account. No duh Sony if you store information in the datawarehouse that is in the same database tables as the customer’s login instead of pointed to the data outside the PSN system you would have less of a risk of confidential user-data from being stolen.
Sorry sony, you do make great products for the consumer but with PSN you fail big time.
- PSN Down Due To “External Intrusion” Says Sony (g4tv.com)
- Sony: PSN Users’ Personal Information Obtained By “Unauthorized Person” (g4tv.com)
- Sony: Personal info compromised on PSN (news.cnet.com)
- Sony Admits Private PSN Info Has Been Stolen – All Of It (escapistmagazine.com)
- Sony says PSN ‘intrusion’ compromised personal info; hopes to have ‘some services’ back ‘within a week’ (joystiq.com)