DragonTHC writes "We all remember Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. Now is your chance to own it.
Bid on Ecto-1
The seller notes: In August of 2006 I purchased the original Universal Studios Ecto-1. The car was stripped of all the Ghost busting equipment and sold as an ambulance and with a little negotiation I was able to get all of the roof rack parts and the original light bars. This car was used at the park for over fifteen years for the Ghostbusters Experience, parades and display inside the Florida park. This car is one of three Sony/MGM authorized Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ecto-1. There are the two original cars used in the films and this one built exclusively for the Universal Studios Theme parks. This car has a rich history and thousands of fans have been photographed with this car. The only major change made to this car was the roof rack. We modified the roof rack to resemble the screen used Sony Ecto-1 original car. Other upgrades are cosmetic and mechanically it's very sound." top
DragonTHC writes "While reading the article posted about the GTA4 games for windows exlusive, I came across this thistle hidden among the brush: "we'll introduce our first ever Games for Windows — LIVE Marketplace." Does this mean we can expect to see microtransactions coming soon to a PC near you? Can we soon expect our games to be shipped incomplete and be forced to pay for the rest?" Link to Original Source top
DragonTHC writes "I just bought Crysis: Warhead and Crysis Wars on Steam. Much to my surprise, EA included the SecuROM DRM rootkit in Crysis: Warhead and Crysis Wars, despite there being no physical media. This DRM rootkit is in place to use EA's draconian Activation service. If I bought the game on Steam, why do I need to use EA's activation service? Isn't steam a DRM platform already? Isn't that enough?" Link to Original Source top
DragonTHC writes "I'm thinking about hosting a lan party open to the public. I'm aiming for approximately 60 people to attend. I can handle all the logistics of operation. The only thing I can't wrap my head around is, how to I prevent theft at the lan party? Do I hire security guards? Do I need security cameras? I don't know the people who will attend, I don't know if they're trustworthy enough to not steal other people's equipment. What do I do?" top
what to do when a recruiter advocates for himself?
DragonTHC writes "I recently applied to a position for a government run organization. I was perfectly qualified for the position. The pay wasn't great but the benefits were stellar. I interviewed with their hired recruiter and got an interview which went well. A few days later, the recruiter called and asked me if I would consider working as a contractor since they were leaning towards someone else. He kept insisting that I forget about working with benefits despite interviewing for a permanent position with benefits. I suspected the recruiter was trying to advocate for himself since he would benefit more from a long term contractor than a simple permanent placement. What do you do in a situation like that? Do you call the company directly to advocate for yourself? Do you respect the company's wishes to use a recruiter?" top
DragonTHC writes "In a recent interview with videogames.com, The Force Unleashed lead developer Cameron Suey remarked that a low-end PC user would have a "watered down experience". Yet the PS2 and psp experience will be rich and full?
From the interview:And that's something that every time I read that, we do hear that complaint, it hurts. Our goal was we wanted to get this game to as many people as possible. I definitely wish it had been possible. However the PC being the gaming platform that it is, someone with a $4,000 high-end system would definitely be able to play the Euphoria, the DMM and really technical elements of the game. But someone with a low-end PC would have a watered down experience, they would have to turn all the settings down and it wouldn't be the same game. On the other hand if we made that game for as many people as possible, because we are trying to make mass market games, something that everybody can enjoy, well then it's not taking advantage of what those $4,000 systems can do. So one way or the other depending on how you build that lead PC SKU, it's not going to be for the same amount of people, it's going to be not as good or only for a select few people." Link to Original Source top
DragonTHC writes "I just had a baby. I have a lot of baby toys that run on D cell batteries and C cell batteries. These toys are demanding. They require enough juice to run 5 hours a day at least for several weeks. While normal alkaline D cell batteries meet the challenge head on, I would rather use rechargeable batteries. I have several sanyo eneloop kits and they come with D and C adapters. They just don't last more than a few days because they are really AA size. Are there any decent D cell or C cell rechargeables that have a lifespan comparable to alkaline?" top
DragonTHC writes "There are those of you who download PC games from bit torrent. Some of you also buy PC games. For those who find bit torrent very convenient, when will the publishers start selling CD keys to legitimize the games that some people download? This just seems to make sense. Publishers could sell CD keys (perhaps for a slight discount) and completely eliminate the supply chain and retail costs. If every online game were to ditch the DRM and require a validated CD key, this could increase their profits. So why haven't publishers caught on?" top
DragonTHC writes "I am faced with sitting for long periods of time to do the majority of my work as a consultant. It seems that truly ergonomic chairs cost more than $700 these days. What kind of office chair should I get that will save my back and keep me from getting the DVTs in my legs? What chairs are out there that I can afford on my small budget up to $300? What do other coders spend their lives sitting in?" top
DragonTHC writes "In the news lately, there's been this story floating around about hidden music in Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper".
I also remember hearing other musical phrases by Da Vinci in the past. I figured I would do a mashup. What you will hear with the mashup is the Last supper music in pipe organ with the other Da Vinci music, for which I could not find a name, in what sounds like an electric piano. The last supper music is once through, and the other music repeats once. I have tuned the established music about -150cents." Link to Original Source top
DragonTHC writes "Slyck news is reporting that MediaDefender has been cracked again and this time, their source code for anti-freedom efforts against p2p and bit torrent. The fifty megabyte download is by the same group that brought you the MediaDefender emails, MediaDefender-Defender." top
DragonTHC writes "Russian Internet enthusiasts are locked in a tussle with an international body over a relic of the Soviet past — the.su domain name assigned to the country just before the Soviet Union collapsed. The U.S.-based body that oversees the World Wide Web's structure, ICANN, says the name is out of date and wants to kill it off. But thousands of Internet users still use the suffix — in part for its nostalgia value — and are fighting to save it." Link to Original Source top
DragonTHC writes "Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), 83, is being investigated in a federal corruption probe that has implicated his son Ben. Part of the case involves a fishing co-op whose members allegedly paid Ben Stevens $500,000 to get a federal bailout from his father." Link to Original Source top
DragonTHC writes "I'm a certified Linux admin (LPIC2). I have some small business clients that I've been servicing as the IT administrator. I've successfully completed two Linux migrations at two different clients. Both are smashing successes. Now that I'm expanding my business, how much should I charge per hour for my services? What are others charging? What is considered fair? I think I might be charging way too little." top
DragonTHC writes "I've been a gamer since 1985. I'm also a huge fan of Shadowrun as a pencil and paper RPG. Following the news that Shadowrun is going to be Vista only, and Pay for play, what can a gamer do to resist Vista? With the new "Games for Windows" program, which is just a way to force users to pay a subscription fee to play online, and since the game isn't even DX10, why should I upgrade to Vista so I can play it? Why should I pay for alky so I can play it on XP?" top
DragonTHC writes "according to USA Today, The U.S. and China want to ignore global warming. From the article: The USA and China want to water down a proposed plan for fighting climate change, arguing that action to reduce greenhouse gases will be more costly and time-consuming than scientists claim.
They also play down the benefits of reducing emissions, disputing recommendations by European governments that greenhouse gases be capped at around 445 parts per million in the air. The current level of greenhouse gases is about 430 ppm." top
DragonTHC writes "CNN is reporting that Jack Valenti, the longtime head of the Motion Picture Association of America, died Thursday of complications from a stroke he suffered in March, his family announced. He was 85."
I've been living in South West Miami for 3 years now. I've had Comcast cable the whole time. I'm now looking to ditch comcast and go with another provider. I have fibre services to the curb from both AT&T and Comcast. My home phone is over fibre, my cable tv is over fibre. Why can't I find an ISP offering speeds faster than my cable service for a comparable price? My cable service gets 12/2Mbit bandwidth. It's burstable to 100Mbits. However, it's Comcast. I was looking at fibre services and one company wants to charge $1200 a month for a 10Mbit line. I might wait until AT&T starts offering 50/50Mbit lines. That could be a while though.
Why, with fibre to the curb, can't I find fast cheap broadband?