World of Warcraft Competitor Need $1 Billion in the Bank

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Think your MMO can take down World of Warcraft? Seriously?

Then you’re either Bill Gates or your bank just gave you the most generous loan in the history of banking.

Activision’s CEO admitted in an investor’s meeting that anyone who tried to compete should have a solid billion dollars laying around before trying anything. He cites examples of failed attempts (all of them in reality) to beat out the competition. It’s impossible to argue with the guy as this point. They seem to have a stronger hold on that section of the market than EA does with the NFL license, and EA owns the entire thing.

The question then becomes how long before someone tries a bogus lawsuit claiming Blizzard has a monopoly on their hands?

Baltimore Visitor Has SARS Symptoms; Hong Kong Woman Is Hospitalized

The Washington Post April 23, 2003 | Phuong Ly A Hong Kong woman developed some symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome while visiting Baltimore this week, prompting local health authorities to quarantine nine of her relatives in a one- bedroom apartment, officials said yesterday.

The 26-year-old woman, who arrived on a bus from New York on Sunday, was taken to Maryland General Hospital on Monday night by one of her relatives, who works as a doctor there, said Peter Beilenson, Baltimore’s health commissioner.

Beilenson described the woman as a “case of special interest,” saying she would be monitored in an isolation ward at the hospital for three days. He said that although the woman has had shortness of breath and a dry cough, her body temperature has not reached 100.4 degrees, a hallmark of the virus. here maryland general hospital

Another relative, a 17-year-old cousin, was hospitalized at the same time because he had a runny nose but was discharged yesterday afternoon because he did not have any other symptoms, a hospital spokesman said. The teenager and the other family members — who are from Hong Kong, New York and Belgium — are being asked to remain inside the apartment of their Baltimore relative, officials said.

If the woman’s body temperature does not spike, Beilenson said, she will be released and her relatives will be taken out of quarantine.

Health officials yesterday went door-to-door at the 300-unit Sutton Place apartment building in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood, giving residents brochures about SARS. An information session was held there last night.

Oscar Bullock, who just moved into the high-rise April 1, heard about the case from a friend who called him at work and told him to turn on the television.

He attended a closed-door meeting with Beilenson, who reassured residents that any spread of the disease was unlikely unless there was actual contact with someone infected.

“Don’t give me the odds thing,” Bullock said afterward. “I look at the news, and it’s my apartment building.” Beilenson said about 25 residents turned out for the meeting and asked about the ventilation system and whether they needed to wear masks. He said he told residents what floor the woman had visited but not which apartment. “No one was outraged. No one was panicking,” he said.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also are trying to contact passengers on the bus the woman took Sunday, Beilenson said.

“This is not right now even a suspected case,” he said. “We are simply being proactive. There is absolutely no danger to the general public. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to avoid certain places or to be wearing a mask.” If the woman’s case was upgraded to “suspected,” she would be the first such SARS case in Maryland. There have been six probable or suspected cases in Virginia — including three in Northern Virginia – – according to state health officials. The District has no suspected cases of the virus, which first surfaced in southern China in November and has sickened more than 4,000 people worldwide and caused 228 deaths. No deaths have been reported in the United States, where the CDC is monitoring more than 230 potential cases.

The CDC has issued advisories warning against nonessential travel to China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Hanoi. At U.S. airports receiving flights directly from East Asia, quarantine officials have been handing out SARS information cards warning that passengers should monitor their health and see a doctor if they have symptoms. Washington area airports do not receive direct flights from those countries. see here maryland general hospital

According to Beilenson, the Hong Kong woman had a stopover in San Francisco, where she was given an information card, but she did not feel sick at the time. She arrived in New York on April 15 for a family engagement party.

The woman began coughing April 16, Beilenson said. On Sunday, she and nine other relatives — including the doctor from Baltimore — took a bus from New York to Baltimore.

When her coughing persisted, the doctor called Maryland General Hospital and on Monday night took her there, where staff members were waiting in protective gear, said Lee Kennedy, a hospital spokesman. The doctor has not worked at the hospital since he saw his relatives in New York and would have to be cleared before coming back to work, Kennedy said.

“We’re taking universal precautions to prevent any transference and spread of the disease,” Kennedy said.

Phuong Ly