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UK Researchers Build Micron LED Light Based Wireless Network

BrokenCube Re:Epilepsy (70 comments)

photosensitive epilepsy?

We're talking millions or billions of flashes per second here - far far beyond the flicker fusion threshold. We won't be able to perceive it as anything less than a solid light source.

about 2 years ago

Javascript Game of Tron In 226 Bytes

BrokenCube Re:Even Shorter (115 comments)

your are right, thanks! I'll update the code & give you credits.

i meant to write you are right. Thanks!

Seems someone else got there first, as it's been attributed to "skrounge" - oh well :(

more than 2 years ago

Javascript Game of Tron In 226 Bytes

BrokenCube Even Shorter (115 comments)

The current version of the code (on the linked site) is only 221 bytes long - and I've had a quick play with it and it can be reduced further to 219 bytes by swapping out the boolean ANDs "&&" for bitwise ANDs "&" twice.

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

BrokenCube Re:Why bother with manuals? (400 comments)

True, but nowadays the tie-in websites have really taken over this kind of content. Good examples include Command and Conquer 4 which had backstory videos, and the Diablo 3 website which has Cain's Journal, a fairly nice rebrief of the story so far... Of course, there's the whole offline argument - though I'm not sure if that applies to games you can't play offline (for whatever reason). And there are quite a lot of games out there that don't have good online resources. But still - not the worst idea I've even heard.

more than 4 years ago

Largest Sodium Sulfur Battery Powers a Texas Town

BrokenCube Re:Leaky battery (301 comments)

So, should have been: "The house-size battery can supply four megawatts of power for up to eight hours."

Also, where did the 8 hour charge figure come from?

more than 4 years ago

The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

BrokenCube Re:Bigger scam for 1-eyed viewers (532 comments)

Whilst movies for cinemas use Real D, I believe there have been a number of '3D' DVD/Blurays that still use red/green so that they can be shown on standard TVs. Do an amazon dvd search for '3d' - there are quite a few.

more than 4 years ago

The Problems With Video Game Voice Acting

BrokenCube Re:Like the games themselves (251 comments)

I agree - but more that that, I find it's generally better to watch anything in the language it was originally filmed/rendered/drawn for. Not only does this avoid the issue of awkwardly translated phrases to match lip-sync and sentence length, as pointed out in the parent, but also quite often translations will have trouble matching visual and emotional cues; this is even more noticeable between languages which have different word order. Subtitles, of course, do not have this problem.

more than 4 years ago

Full Body Scanners Violate Child Porn Laws

BrokenCube Re:It's the only logical solution. (751 comments)

I've been advocating this for years - glad to see that other people are starting to agree!

about 5 years ago

DX11 Tested Against DX9 With Dirt 2 Demo

BrokenCube Re:wrong (201 comments)

Actually, all of you are right. Behold the oracle that is wiki

more than 5 years ago

The Business of Anime

BrokenCube Re:99% never makes it across the ocean? Good! (523 comments)

Those are children's shows
And this is where the main problem stems from. Most westerners honestly believe this. Yes there are a hell of a lot of animes aimed at the children market, but there is an equal number aimed at the teenage, adult and (heaven forbit) yes the x-rated market too. Have a look at animes like Elfen Lied and Serial Experiments Lain. Elfen Lied contains Very graphic violence and nudity wrapped in a very adult story. Serial Experiments Lain contains moderate amounts of violence but can be psychologically raw at times, and certainly would not be understood by most people not in their late teens (or even then - a bit of the 2001:A space Odyssey syndrome...). Even fairly safe options like Chrno Crusade has dark overtones that adult audiences would enjoy.
Besides.... how many adults watch The Simpsons...?

They are paying considerable licensing fees up front for niche products
Unfortunately I have to agree with you here... but the market (especially here in the UK) has been growing at a tremendous rate - I have seen local superstores like HMV double their selection of anime every six months or so, with selections of anime that I actually consider good... yet the prices keep rising. Maybe the (japanese) anime companies will cotton on to the idea that lower licencing prices equal more overseas sales...here's hoping...

Personally, I remember a time when the only way to see anything but a select few titles was to find a 57th generation VHS copy or pay outrageous prices to import one directly.
Oh the wonders of new technologies....

I was overjoyed when Manga and the like started releasing more titles stateside with quality dubs/subs.
If the selection of titles by 'Manga' in the UK is anything to go by, by and large they did not release 'quality' anime... and IIRC the subs left much to be desired...

Rampant bootlegging of licensed works which serve a relatively tiny market could mean losing all that and I don't want to go back there.
And if the prices stay as they are, it's going to stay a relatively tiny market... I know a lot of people who watch anime, and all of us would probably buy anime DVD's if it was even conceptually affordable. I would love to own the official disks for the anime's I own, but with the market the way it is, it's just not possible - therefore I have two options: download it, or not watch it - both of which don't help the market...

more than 9 years ago


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