Amazon To Lose $10 Per Kindle Fire
I don't see this as being any different as Sony or MS trying to push out their gaming consoles at a loss - just business as usual. Amazon's true advantage over direct hardware manufacturers is that they can afford to risk gambling with loss leaders while direct manufacturers like ASUS and Archos cannot. Sure, they may probably make less profit, but the opportunity to gain marketshare is too great to ignore - which is the point: to get _everybody_ to use amazon's services.
Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 10
What game may I ask? I fire up all Chrome all the time on my second monitor when I'm playing some WoW to look up misc wow-related things (wow gem finder, wowhead, ej, etc). Never had it crash.
Google Unveils Beta Chrome OS Notebook
Does this mean the laptop will be pulling in updates more than twice a day in order to squash bugs/improve performance?
At least the OS will be up-to-date...
Apple's Game Center Shares Your Real Name
I figured Apple's intention is to thwart spammers; if you were able to recognize the real name of your buddy you were more likely accept the invitation rather than someone with a username like "THISISNOTVIAGRASPAM." Playing the whole social angle.
What Blizzard was intending was different. They wanted to put paper trail on all users on a publicly viewable form, in the interest of minimizing trolls and thus improving the quality of posts on their forums - to 'shame' the trolls from posting mindless drivel. Yeah, that didn't work out too well.
First Human-Powered Ornithopter
Also because it's a 0/2 flying artifact for 0 colorless mana.
Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?
They're just desperate to find SOMETHING it'd good for.
Up untill you read a future article about the millionaire developer that made his riches making the first Whoopee Cushion iPad app.
Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?
Heh, the first thing I was thinking of was "$750" and not "$7.50"
Guess I know a lot of boardgamers
Man, I should have read the article.
Note that the implementation for Internet Explorer 8 does not use the HTML5 canvas element, because this isn't supported. Freeciv.net implements a canvas-replacement using DHTML and divs with clipped background-images. Therefore the test results are not directly comparable with the other web browsers.
That's what I get for not reading the article :-(
IE should not have even been tested - it does not support HTML5 canvas elements!
Indeed it doesn't. A lot of the hacks involved to get IE to support canvas is merely an emulation of canvas using VML.
I've experimented with a bunch of sprite based animation stuff on canvas, and have seen similarly terribly poor results on a bunch of versions of IE using the code google wrote. (I'm assuming their benchmark is regarding the rendering sequence) Might as well create <image> tags, and animate the image tags with some style manipulation using js, because functionally what the hacks are doing to make canvas work on IE. (This is not regarding tricks to speed up the rendering, such as recycling DOM elements, which is cheaper than creating new DOM elements *shrug*)
The Real-World State of Windows Use
It is impossible to do the most basic operations like:
- Move a file over from one folder to another
- Copy a file from one computer to another over the network
- Cancel a file operation
I had an install of World of Warcraft on my desktop computer. I pick up a new laptop, I figure it would be faster to copy the WoW install I have on my desktop to over to the laptop over the network. After about an hour of "calculating time" - I tried to cancel the operation. Frustrated at the length of time it took to simply cancel a file, I literally pulled the plug on both machines and powered them back up.
After that I went to the Blizzard website on my laptop to download the client from there. And as for the add-ons, I zipped them up and mailed them to myself as an attachment, in order to save time.
Both the laptop and desktop have Vista on it (came with the computer).
Considering that companies usually have a central file server somewhere, imagine business workers trying to do basic file IO stuff, like copy word docs, spreadsheet files, or large .psd files from the Design Department.
As long as you never have to manage files on your computer, and you have gobs of ram, Vista is a nice OS. If not, it's better to wait for an alternative. I've preordered my copies of 7 a few months back, and I can't wait for the goddamn day I get rid of this POS operation system.
Then I can start streaming my music over the network to any machine in the house, once again.
Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net
It's a rare drop, sure. The catch is that you have to have your profession skill up a certain level before it's even visible. My engineering is at 450 and I saw it drop once, but I lost the roll to my guildmate, who chose Herbalism and has skill level of 450 for picking flowers. :-(
BlizzCon Keynote — New WoW Expansion, Diablo 3 Details
it's a reference to the Draenai - an alliance race that was introduced in the first expansion.
WebGL Standard To Bring 3D Acceleration To Browsers?
Yeah... it would be real nice if the general public had access to the source code in some kind of Open fashion regards to browsers such as Firefox or Webkit/Safari/Chrome so that stuff like exploits can be patched, making it would be possible to have tons of eyeballs pore over the code and be able to submit fixes on behalf of the community, or point out bad stuff that perhaps some other developers may have missed.
That would be cool.
New Chrome Beta Adds Themes, Speed, & HTML 5 Video
the ff addons that I find to be the biggest culprit for memory leaks are Webdeveloper and Firebug.
StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010
The christmas rush is a profit gimmick - the games with the most (advertising) visibility generally would get the most cash - this is regardless of the quality of the game.
Blizzard doesn't really play by the marketing rules. Warcraft 3 was released in June '02. Diablo 2 also in June 2000. The first Starcraft was released at the end of March '98.
I would say that those properties have done pretty well on their own without the help of any holiday season shopping boost.
Google Open Sources Wave Protocol Implementation
Why is Google spoiling good concepts by tying them to the browser exclusively? They just need to develop for the three major platforms, Windows, Linux and OS X.
Perhaps the team doesn't want to have to constantly maintain 3 seperate codebases for the same app whenever an OS goes thru a major revision.
Or perhaps because they want users to use it "right now" instead of having them go thru the install process considering almost every machine has a browser on it.
China Bans Gold Farming
Rebel Farmer: The more you tighten your' grip, the more Star Systems will slip through your' fingers
Chinese Govt: Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that will be destroyed first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power on the World of Warcraft.
Rebel Farmer: No! Warcraft is peaceful, we have no weapons you can't possibly-
Chinese Govt: You will provide another target - a military target? The name the system! I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time. Where is the rebel base?
Rebel Farmer: ...Runescape. They're on Runescape.
Chinese Govt: There! You see Lord British she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation, you may fire when ready.
Rebel Farmer: WHAT?!
Chinese Govt: You're far too trusting. Runescape is too remote to make an effective demonstration but don't worry - we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.
Rebel Farmer: noo..
Doctors Baffled, Intrigued By Girl Who Doesn't Age
of course there's an explanation - she's 1/2 cylon.
Reading the New York Times On a Kindle 2
the kindle supports .txt files.
When you plug it in via USB, the computer detects it like a harddrive. Just drag the files in and you're done.
You can even view images on it, just create a folder and place your images in there, the kindle lists the folder amongst the list of books, like an album. Hit the next/prev to go thru the images as you please. I've been using this to read some manga on the bus.
Norwegian Websites Declare War On IE 6
I have a copy of IE6 and I'll never give it up. I need it for testing IE6 bugs.
Ditto for me. I fire up Virtual PC with an instance of XP with IE 6 (and an older version of FF for the hell of it). That way it can do it's worst and I'll just shut it down. Saves me a lot of grief.
As an aside, IE6 needs to die in a fire. Especially concerning the png alpha-transparency issue.
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