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Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch

Bull_UK Microsoft !=evil? (131 comments)

So is Microsoft no longer evil? I'm sure some slashdotters will find a way of turning this nice move by Microsoft into something sinister.

more than 4 years ago

Why the UK Needs the Pirate Party

Bull_UK Re:Sounds promising, but... (363 comments)

Well you'll get my vote, I won't vote Labour after the mess they've made, Conservatives lost my vote with the idea of using Google to store our personal data, Lib Dems have been useless running my council, BNP will never get my vote, I usually end up voting Green, so having another choice is great.

more than 5 years ago

Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

Bull_UK Dr.Howser (860 comments)

No Doogie? Come on we all grew up with him, and now he's a chick magnet in how I met your mother, a real geek hero. Yup I voted for the Doctor, and it didn't even cross my mind that it could have meant the EMH, although he was the only good character in Voyager.

more than 5 years ago

Monkey Island To Return

Bull_UK Re:Hoping for... (153 comments)

I was thinking the exact same thing, they would need the original voice cast though, and then they could TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

more than 5 years ago

What Can I Do About Book Pirates?

Bull_UK Sell cheaper ebook versions? (987 comments)

This may not be applicable to you but recently I was looking for several e-books and found the price stupidly high, I can buy a paperback for £3.99 but an e-book costs $16.00,to me this makes no sense, producing a paper based book and distributing it is surely more expensive than producing an electronic version, don't the publishers get the book in electronic form from the authors anyway? Where are the costs? Off topic, I also find extremely frustrating that most books I want are not available in electronic form, and some that are are restricted to the U.S. and Canada, I could understand this for new books but not ones published in 2004. I have resorted at times to downloading torrents of books I own already as paperbacks, this probably isn't legal either but it satisfies my moral code

more than 5 years ago

Collateral Damage as UK Censors Internet Archive

Bull_UK not blocked here (272 comments)

Well I'm on Virgin Media in the UK and neither IA or the WayBack Machine work, maybe some pages have been censored I don't know.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Giving Away Vista Ultimate, With a Catch

Bull_UK Free to US residents only, whats new (495 comments)

It seems that nearly every 'free' deal these days is only for US residents, maybe I should move, then again I'm sure it wont be long before the UK becomes US state anyway.

more than 6 years ago



OS software claims NASA Software of the Year award

Bull_UK Bull_UK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bull_UK (944763) writes "You may remember NASA World Wind from previous Slashdot stories, for those who haven't heard of it before World Wind is an open source 3D interactive world viewer, it was created by NASA Learning Technologies, and released in mid-2004. It is now developed by NASA staff and open source community developers.

The original version was built using .NET, but was switched to Java to promote cross platform development, this current incarnation has been recognised by NASA who have awarded it the NASA Software of the Year award.

As a community member who has worked on this project for several years I feel this shows how the public and Government agencies can work together to produce great software, which is beneficial to the Government, Private sector and the public in general."

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Are Streetview privacy concerns taken seriously?

Bull_UK Bull_UK writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bull_UK writes "After hearing about a rude word written on a school's roof visible in Google Maps I decided to check it out, it wasn't that impressive a typical prank, what was more interesting was when I zoomed in further and explored the area using Streetview. In under three minutes I noticed an unblurred car license plate and two unblurred faces, now I understand the technological problems involved in detecting faces and number plates but I genuinely expected Google to do a better job than this. They have got the publics acceptance by promising the blurring features, but in my opinion the promises should be kept, and if they can't be kept Google should at the very least stop adding new Streetview imagery until their software is improved. I will probably lose lots of Karma for this post and get flamed by the Google fanboys, to preempt some of the inevitable comments, yes you can contact Google and ask them to remove any photos, but why is this our job? Don't they have a QA department with paid staff? Yes I can walk down the street and see people with unblurred faces, but they can also see me, plus I'm one person not several million. Another thing worth considering is what would happen if you walked around a town taking photos of everyone and everything? I'm pretty sure you would end up being interviewed by the police, and I doubt promising to blur the images of faces, especially childrens faces, would get you very far."
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Google have finally eased their imagery policy

Bull_UK Bull_UK writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bull_UK (944763) writes "Google have finally eased their imagery policy, allowing public domain imagery from Google Earth/Maps to be used by others, it also seems the contacts they have with their imagery suppliers isn't as restrictive as they lead us to believe. From a press release on their official forums -

"Mountain View, Calif. — March 31, 2008 — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that they were wrong in regards to how the imagery in Google Earth is used. Larry Brin, Janitor in Sector Three is quoted as saying; "There has long been confusion about the imagery in Google Earth. It seems that a lot of this imagery is public domain. But yet we keep telling people only Google Maps and Google Earth can view this imagery, so it seems we have been wrong for the last three years."

        Google, after seeing the success of Microsoft Virtual Earth and the Yahoo Maps sharing their imagery to the public outside of their applications, is getting on the band wagon and hoping to get people to think Google thought of this first and stop using Virtual Earth and Yahoo! Maps. "Once we figure out how to make money on this, we will open the imagery up for all to use" Says Google door man Joe Blismo.""

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Bethesda release free Oblivion Add-on

Bull_UK Bull_UK writes  |  about 7 years ago

Bull_UK writes "Bethesda have released their final add-on for Oblivion as a free download, Fighter's Stronghold features — A fully detailed castle for you to explore, Knights of the True Horn patrol the castle and do your bidding, Secret treasure vault, Upgrade the furnishings in every area of the castle, Hire a vintner to create special wines to enhance your fighting abilities, Hire a combat trainer to spar with, Hire a taxidermist to craft lifelike trophies for your great hall, Purchase an ancient Dwemer Forge that buffs your Armorer skill. They also mention in their blog that an Xbox live version may follow, I wish all software developers were this generous, now I'm off to attacking marauders in the Colovian Highlands."
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Bull_UK Bull_UK writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bull_UK writes "As many of you probably already know NASA had to shift it's priorities to the upcoming Java version of World Wind, leaving 1.4 effectively orphaned, but the Open Source community came together and with a lot of hard work we were able to finish what Chris Maxwell started. So what is new about 1.4? First of all it is written using .NET 2.0 which allows for some cool new features but more importantly, thanks to Microsoft allowing developers to use visual C# express for free, we were able to easily increase the development team, who simply could not afford to purchase visual studio. Some of the new things which differentiate the new World Wind from the competition are the amazing new visual effects, including HDR, check out this video for some examples. Remember this virtual globe has never had the same goals as Google Earth, if you just want to see your house stick with GE, although many areas have high resolution as good and sometimes better than GE. World Wind is aimed at education and science, all the default imagery is copyright free, you don't need to purchase a license to redistribute the imagery and there are no pro or expert versions to buy, you can happily use World Wind at work or school without fear of any lawyers confiscating your research. You can find more information at WorldWind Central or my blog."


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