I never got a chance to say this and many of you have probably noticed this but this is to announce the unfortunate official end of Imusion Studio.
It was great while it lasted. I appreciate and thank every single one of you who have helped make Imusion Studio what it was. Those who poured their time and skills to make the community so great. All of you are awesome and I thank each and every one of you for that. I also want to take the time to specifically thank the staff and administration at Imusion Studio. I'm sorry for the lack of direction and guidance near the end of Imusion. But I thank all of you for your continual persistance in helping make Imusion the great community that it was. I want to thank the members who visited us and contributed to Imusion. Thank you.
Personally, I have learned so much from my experience in building Imusion Studio from the beginning. I have learned about so many things on my journey to create Imusion Studio. I hope at the same time through the Imusion, we have been able to help others as well with the resources that we've created or helped inspire others.
It's sad to see all this come to an end because when I look back at all of this, I had an amazing time with Imusion Studio. I look back at how much time I poured into building Imusion Studio and how much I enjoyed it, how much I enjoyed the community.
The website will remain online for as long as the server can be maintained online. So all resources will still remain up, the site will be accessible but the forums will be put to an official end in a few months to prevent spam etc from overrunning the database.
Once again I thank you all for making everything that Imusion Studio was and is.
PM Spam - Fix will be issued asap
We are aware of the PM spamming problem. Invision Power Board has issued a fix for this as well. The patch will be applied as soon as it is verified as working, otherwise we may temporarily disable PM to ensure the integrity of our forum system for all of our members.
And I'm sincerly sorry for those who have already been spammed from this bot.
Rest assured, we will take immediate action to stop this current wave of spam.
I know it's been a prevalent problem on our main website commenting system for the past couple of years. We always try to actively fight the spam and prevent it as best we can but the sheer popularity of Imusion Studio and our resources makes us a prime target from spammers.
We always believe in an openness and hassle free experience for our users that is why we have time and time again refused to force user registration to view, rate, or even comment on all the freely available resource we have on our website.
I know the spam gets annoying sometimes. I have performed a cleanup of the comments which removed about 3000+ spam comments in our system, so things should be better now. Also I have implemented some new techniques to see if they will ward off the spam.
I hope these measures and tweaks I've done will be sufficient in fighting the spam problem on our main website and I'm very sorry about how annoying the spam can be at times and the response time we have in cleaning them up. We hope that your browsing experience at Imusion Studio will continue to be as enjoyable as possible.
Johnathan | IS Team
Planned Downtime - Completed
A planned downtime is scheduled for Thursday March 13th, 2008 at 12am EST with a 2 hour window for this planned downtime to occur. During this time, the forum will be temporarily closed and should be back online in the morning.
During this planned downtime, we are moving the site onto a faster sever which should improve performance of the site for everyone at all times of the day as we have been experiencing problems at certain times of the day where the site has been inaccessible for our users.
Everything should go as planned. I'll update everyone on the details once this move has been completed.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
John | IS Team
Update: This move has been completed. There were some issues which caused the move to take much longer than expected. Sorry for the inconvenience of this. Hopefully the new server will give our site much better performance.
This is a notice about an incident earlier on today.
Our data centre which houses our server suffered a power outage for a brief moment earlier in the day. The backup generators were fired up while the power being fed into the data centre was being monitored. I was told that some complications occurred and UPS, generators, switches were failing everywhere. As the techs worked to restore all the servers in the data centre and restart the routers, the entire data centre experienced a high load and traffic coming into the network.
This high load of all the servers being restored and routers being started up might affect the speed of the network as whole and as a result affect the loading speed of our site as well.
I apologize for the inconvenience, especially those who are using our remotely hosted skins. The problem should defuse slowly and speed/loading time should go back to regular acceptable levels. Thanks for continually choosing our Imusion Studio resources!
John | IS Team
Happy New Year
Happy New Year!
Bill Gates Steps Down
The end of an era; a fresh beginning; good riddance -- whatever you think of Bill's final day at Microsoft, it's impossible to deny that his tenure there helped forever re-shape not just technology, but the world as we know it. So we're declaring June 27th Bill Gates Day here at Engadget and hopefully you'll forgive us for, like, totally tearing up now that he's finally stepping out of his role as nerd-baron and into the shoes of full-blown immortal philanthropist. Hey, it's Sir William Henry Gates III's world, we just live in it -- that means you, too, Steve.
Commentary: Despite all the Microsoft hate. It's hard to deny the impact Gates has had on the world and to see one of the world's richest man give away his time and fortune now to drive his foundation, is simply amazing. He's got some character.
The Science of Sarcasm
The Science of Sarcasm (Not That You Care)
By DAN HURLEY There was nothing very interesting in Katherine P. Rankin’s study of sarcasm — at least, nothing worth your important time. All she did was use an M.R.I. to find the place in the brain where the ability to detect sarcasm resides. But then, you probably already knew it was in the right parahippocampal gyrus.
What you may not have realized is that perceiving sarcasm, the smirking put-down that buries its barb by stating the opposite, requires a nifty mental trick that lies at the heart of social relations: figuring out what others are thinking. Those who lose the ability, whether through a head injury or the frontotemporal dementias afflicting the patients in Dr. Rankin’s study, just do not get it when someone says during a hurricane, “Nice weather we’re having.”
I just found that interesting, since sarcasm is so prevalent around these parts. It also means I may have bumped my head a bit too much whenever my sarcasm detector stops working.
Osama tries to visit Bush
[size="2"]Members of an Australian television comedy show have been arrested and charged after breaching the tightest security the city has ever seen. The team from the satirical show The Chaser's War on Everything were stopped within yards of the hotel where US President George W Bush was staying.
The stunt was reportedly only revealed when one of the team, dressed as Osama Bin Laden, got out of the car.
Police handling security for the Apec summit called it a "dangerous stunt".
"We have snipers deployed around the city. They weren't there for show, they mean business, that's what they are there for," Commissioner Andrew Scipione of New South Wales police said.
and just a funny quote...
The Chaser convoy had been dressed up to look like an official Canadian motorcade, with Canadian flags attached to the cars and "Canada'' signs visible in the front windscreen.
"No particular reason we chose Canada," said Taylor.
"We just thought they'd be a country who the cops wouldn't scrutinise too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade - as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him."
The "Stupid Factor makes WoW get reset
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plague carried around the world by travelers, pets and curious teen-agers may show that experts have not taken everything into account when planning for an outbreak of disease, researchers said on Monday.
Luckily, the world involved is an Internet game.
The outbreak of "Corrupted Blood" indicates that specialists trying to predict what the next pandemic will look like might make use of a real-world laboratory -- the culture of online gamers.
"It really looked quite a bit like a real disease," Nina Fefferman of Princeton University, who worked on the report with her then-student Eric Lofgren, said in a telephone interview.
This includes stupid behavior, near-instant international travel and infection by pets.
The outbreak was an accidental consequence of a software challenge added to the "World of Warcraft" game in 2005, Fefferman and Lofgren report in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
The virulent, contagious disease was introduced by maker Blizzard Entertainment Inc. of Irvine, California, as an extra challenge to high-level players. But, just as a real virus might spread, it was accidentally carried out of its virtual containment area.
"Soon, the disease had spread to the densely populated capital cities of the fantasy world, causing high rates of mortality and, much more importantly, the social chaos that comes from a large-scale outbreak of deadly disease," Fefferman and Lofgren wrote.
Fathers 4 Justice in the US of A
Two British Fathers 4 Justice activists were arrested at gunpoint by a Swat team at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, said the campaign founder.
A support crew of four were also held as the memorial was evacuated by US authorities.
British activists Jolly Stanesby and Mike Downes organised and performed the protest, with support by US colleagues on the ground, a Fathers 4 Justice spokesman said.
Stanesby and Downes scaled the Lincoln Memorial at about 1.30pm (6.30pm BST) dressed as tourists on Friday. The spokesman said the men were being held in US custody in Washington and could be deported or placed on trial.
Matt O'Connor, founder of Fathers 4 Justice, said: "Yet again Fathers 4 Justice in the UK has led the way with an audacious protest to raise the global profile of fatherlessness and the social catastrophe it is causing in first world countries.
"This is our response to the inaction of the US authorities. There will be many, many more to follow. None of this, however, would have been possible without the outstanding support of our colleagues in the US."
The protest marks the start of the Fathers 4 Justice campaign in the US, a group spokesman said. It plans to run its first national awareness campaign in the US during the presidential elections.
Stanesby and Downes unveiled Captain America and Batman costumes after scaling the memorial and unfurled a white banner.
Stanesby, was from Ivybridge, Devon, and Downes, was from the Manchester area, Mr O'Connor said. Both have been involved in previous protests in Britain.
In November 2004 both men, dressed as Father Christmas, caused the closure of the Severn Bridge as they spent more than five hours on the gantry over the bridge that links England to Wales.
Looks like Fathers 4 Justice are coming your way...
You can keep them.
Robbery And Wine
Washington, D.C., police are baffled by an attempted robbery in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that began with a handgun put to the head of a teenager and ended in a group hug.
It started about midnight on June 16 when a group of friends was finishing a dinner of marinated steaks and jumbo shrimp on the back patio of a District of Columbia home. That's when a hooded man slid through an open gate and pointed a handgun at the head of a 14-year-old girl.
"Give me your money, or I'll start shooting," he said, according to D.C. police and witnesses.
• Click here to read the story in The Washington Post.
Everyone froze, including the girl's parents. Then one guest spoke.
"We were just finishing dinner," Cristina "Cha Cha" Rowan, 43, told the man. "Why don't you have a glass of wine with us?"
The intruder had a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupery and said, "Damn, that's good wine."
The girl's father, Michael Rabdau, 51, told the intruder to take the whole glass, and Rowan offered him the whole bottle.
The robber, with his hood down, took another sip and a bite of Camembert cheese. He put the gun in his sweatpants.
The story then turns even more bizarre.
"I think I may have come to the wrong house," he said before apologizing. "Can I get a hug?"
Rowan, who works at her children's school and lives in Falls Church, Va., stood up and wrapped her arms around the armed man. The four other guests followed.
"Can we have a group hug?" the man asked. The five adults complied.
The man walked away a few moments later with the crystal wine glass in hand. Nothing was stolen, and no one was hurt.
Once he was gone, the group walked into the house, locked the door and stared at each other — speechless. Rabdau called 911, and police came to take a report and dust for fingerprints.
Police classified the case as strange but true. Investigators have not located a suspect. The witnesses thought he might have been high on drugs.
"We've had robbers that apologize and stuff but nothing where they sit down and drink wine. It definitely is strange," said Cmdr. Diane Groomes, adding that the hugs were especially unusual. "The only good thing is they would be able to identify him because they hugged them."
Source : Fox News