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How a German datacenter blowing up led to a surprise graphics update for 13-year-old MMO Guild Wars

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Guild Wars - the first Guild Wars, which came out in 2005 - is all of a sudden back in business - and it's down to the after hours work of just a couple of developers.

This week an update was pushed out to the 13-year-old massively multiplayer online role-playing game that added an impressive suite of new graphics options - much to the surprise and delight of the game's small but loyal community.

Graphics improvements included windowed fullscreen support, a new 8X MSAA anti-aliasing option, 16x Anisotropic filtering support for the existing "use best texture filtering" option, and, most impressive of all, a new "advanced" option checkbox, which was added to the graphics options panel.

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Seattle’s JuneBaby Named Best New Restaurant at Beard Awards

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Its chef, the first African-American to win that prize, and Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune lead a list that is long on women and minorities.

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"Don’t talk to yourself in such a way that if you did so to a friend, it would end your..."

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“Don’t talk to yourself in such a way that if you did so to a friend, it would end your friendship.

If you had a friend dealing with the same things, you wouldn’t berate that person, say, ‘You’re not working hard enough,’ ‘You suck,’ or ‘You’re not as good as [whomever].’ You’d offer your friend encouragement, you’d try to point out all the things your friend did right, and how much progress your friend had made.

You should do no less for yourself.

Be very careful how you talk to yourself. Because you are listening.

- Pat Cadigan, author  (via doctor-lewis)
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1470 days ago
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skittone
1472 days ago
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Huh.
jhamill
1472 days ago
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I need to work on this.
California
Technicalleigh
1472 days ago
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(struggles with this constantly)
SF Bay area, CA (formerly ATL)

Heartbleed Explanation

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Are you still there, server? It's me, Margaret.
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grammargirl
1534 days ago
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Clearest explanation I've seen by FAR.
Brooklyn, NY
smadin
1534 days ago
yeah, I think this does a very good job of making clear JUST HOW BAD this is.
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1530 days ago
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Jerom
1526 days ago
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Я больше шар не видел. Супер пост.
Moscow, Russia
tomazed
1529 days ago
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crystal clear
josephwebster
1531 days ago
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This is actually a very good explanation.
Denver, CO, USA
Tobiah
1532 days ago
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XKCD explains heartbleed
San Jose, California
Lacrymosa
1532 days ago
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good simple explanation of heartbleed
Boston, MA
jchristopherslice
1532 days ago
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Computer Science 101
Clemson, SC
expatpaul
1533 days ago
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The best explanation of Heartbleed I've seen.
Belgium
chrisminett
1533 days ago
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xkcd does it again!
Milton Keynes, UK
katster
1534 days ago
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Simple is good.
Sactown, CA
mitthrawnuruodo
1534 days ago
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Best explanation, yet.
Wherever
mrnevets
1534 days ago
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Heartbleed: a simple explanation. It affected a huge number of websites. Be safe and change your passwords!
macjustice
1534 days ago
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Best explanation yet.
Seattle
jkevmoses
1534 days ago
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Great explanation of Heartbleed that is causing internet security issues all over the place.
McKinney, Texas
srsly
1534 days ago
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You know I'm only sharing this because I've never seen a story this shared before. 56 people! 57 now.

I should get back to work.
Atlanta, Georgia
glindsey1979
1534 days ago
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If you aren't a techie, this will explain the Heartbleed bug to you super-simply.
Aurora, IL
chrispt
1534 days ago
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Perfect explanation of how Heartbleed works.
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aaronwe
1534 days ago
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Perfect.
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sfringer
1534 days ago
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In a nutshell!
North Carolina USA
JayM
1534 days ago
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.
Atlanta, GA
adamgurri
1534 days ago
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nice
New York, NY
bgschaid
1535 days ago
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You can’t explain it simpler and more to the point
bogorad
1535 days ago
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Умеет!
Moscow, Russia
gradualepiphany
1535 days ago
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Such a good explanation.
Los Angeles, California, USA
Covarr
1535 days ago
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Ah, now I understand.
Moses Lake, WA
rohitt
1533 days ago
Yes. Clear as a day
revme
1535 days ago
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This actually makes it really clear.
Seattle, WA
teh_g
1535 days ago
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Alt text: Are you still there, server? It's me Margaret.
Roseville, CA

Polygon's best games of 2013

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Bioshock Infinite? The Last of Us? Super Mario 3D World?

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Good list.
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What It’s Like To Be The Only Asian-American Woman in the U.S. Senate

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Senator Mazie Hirono has “first” all over her resume.

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This is really important. It sounds obvious, but we need better representation in government to push social change.
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