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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

GameCube and Wii discs don't use UDF or this "outside-in" recording method. The physical format is identical to DVD; what's changed is the logical sector format. http://debugmo.de/2008/11/anat... has an analysis of the GameCube format; Wii is similar.

The filesystem is also completely proprietary. http://hitmen.c02.at/files/yag... has a description of GameCube discs; http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Wii_Di... has Wii discs. (Wii discs are similar to GameCube, but it supports multiple partitions and offsets are multiples of 4 in order to address a full 8 GB dual-layer DVD using 32-bit values.)

The reason why most people think GameCube and Wii discs are written "backwards" is because the disc mastering tools deliberately pad the beginning of the disc with filler data in order to push the actual data towards the outer edge of the disc. This is because the CAV drives used in GameCube and Wii are able to read data faster if they're closer to the outer edge.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

Clarification: The fact that PS4 only has HDMI doesn't mean it's not possible to get HD using other video interfaces on *other* devices, e.g. the PS3.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

I was actually referring to component video (YPbPr) and VGA, the former of which was supported by all 7th generation consoles, and the latter supported by Xbox 360, some older consoles (Dreamcast), and pretty much all PCs manufactured since the late 1980s. Believe it or not, it *is* possible to get HD using analog video connections.

The fact that PS4 only has HDMI doesn't mean it's not possible to get HD using other video interfaces.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

This is more a criticism of the terrible article, not Sony themselves. There's all sorts of other errors in the article, e.g. assertions that HDMI is required for HD (it isn't) and that Bluray holds 33 GB (dual-layer discs hold 50), plus mentioning that PS3 online play is free while conveniently leaving out the fact that PS4 online play isn't.

...and now I look at who wrote the article: Red Bull. Definitely a reliable go-to source for video game news.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

The PocketStation doesn't even function as a second screen, since you can't make use of it while playing a game on the PlayStation. (In contrast, the Sega VMU is in the controller, so you can actually see it while playing.)

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

Added bonus from the actual article:

18) Introduced touch controls on a console controller Mobile gaming has clearly had some form of influence over the latest generation of consoles, and it’s most evident with the PS4’s DualShock 4, which includes a touchpad on the face for swiping and pointing with your fingers, and who knows what else in the future.

Yes, PS4 was the first console with touch controls on the controller. There definitely wasn't a system released a year before with a controller based around a 6" touchscreen. Definitely not.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

GerbilSoft "second screen" innovation (101 comments)

innovations like the second screen PocketStation

Not only was PocketStation released after Sega's VMU, it doesn't even function as a second screen. Both devices plug into the memory card slot, but while the Dreamcast's memory card slot is in the controller (which makes the screen usable while playing games), the PlayStation's memory card slot is in the console.

Nice try attempting to rewrite history in Sony's favor.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Rumored To Integrate Android Apps

GerbilSoft Re:Reverse Wine (189 comments)

Not saying Android and iOS stores aren't full of crapp either, but MS is the only store "owner" to actively push worthless frontends as far as I know.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Rumored To Integrate Android Apps

GerbilSoft Reverse Wine (189 comments)

I find it rather amusing that Microsoft has to resort to implementing what's basically a reverse Wine because no one cares enough about their platform to write "native" (read: HTML5) crapps for it.

about 10 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

GerbilSoft Use an antenna. (578 comments)

Pretty much all HDTVs support receiving over-the-air TV stations using an antenna, and considering NBC is one of the largest broadcast networks in the US, it shouldn't be that hard to get NBC if you don't have cable.

about 10 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

GerbilSoft Input lag! (271 comments)

Based on the amount of input lag present in "1080p" TVs, I can only imagine how bad the input lag is on "4K" TVs. (2 seconds or higher?)

Of course, this isn't an inherent property of high-resolution panels. It's caused by idiots in management that "insist" that these TVs have worthless image filtering algorithms that distort the picture and lag the image.

1 year,22 days
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Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

GerbilSoft PR spin (57 comments)

HP Chromebook 11 is selling like hotcakes!

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

GerbilSoft Re:Are there any new HDTVs with minimal input lag? (418 comments)

It shouldn't be a special "gaming mode" to begin with; it should be an intrinsic feature of the display.

That, and I've also tested several TVs with "gaming mode" where it doesn't help input lag at all.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

GerbilSoft Are there any new HDTVs with minimal input lag? (418 comments)

It seems that at least with HDMI, most TV manufacturers have finally figured out what 1:1 mode is (though it's not enabled by default, which is still stupid). However, most HDTVs I've seen still have at least 40ms input lag, which is pathetic. (For comparison, I've used a Dell 1701FP LCD from 2001 that had virtually no input lag, on VGA.)

about a year ago
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PayPal Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion

GerbilSoft Signed integer overflow (151 comments)

2^63 - 1 == 9,223,372,036,854,775,807

Assuming PayPal's currency values are stored in cents, dividing that by 100 results in $92,233,720,368,547,758.07. Looks like a 64-bit signed integer overflowed (or in this case, underflowed), resulting in integer wraparound.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

GerbilSoft Re:The question is... (193 comments)

iOS has the same problem, as does Windows Phone and Windows 8. (It's actually much worse on Windows 8; pretty much every app there is a worthless website frontend.)

about 2 years ago
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

GerbilSoft Re:The question is... (193 comments)

Anything that advertises itself as an "app" is usually worthless compared to a real program. RIM deserves the bashing for simply going along with the "trend" rather than trying to differentiate themselves.

about 2 years ago
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

GerbilSoft The question is... (193 comments)

How many of those 15,000 "apps" are actually useful, and how many are just worthless single-site frontends?

about 2 years ago
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LG's 84-inch 3840 x 2160 Television Doesn't Come Cheap: $17,000

GerbilSoft From the spec sheet: (152 comments)

http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-84LM9600-led-tv

Just Scan (1:1 Pixel Matching): HDMI: 1080p/1080i/720p, Component: 1080p/1080i/720p, RF: 1080i/720

If I'm reading this correctly, the TV doesn't actually support anything higher than a 1920x1080 ("1080p") signal input. So while it might in fact have a 3840x2160 panel, that panel is absolutely worthless, since it has to upscale everything that's being displayed.

more than 2 years ago

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Enthusiast Releases Hundreds of Sega Prototypes

GerbilSoft GerbilSoft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GerbilSoft (761537) writes "drx, the guy who became famous for dumping several high-profile prototypes, has beat his own record. Today, he has released a set of over 1,000 Sega prototypes, making it the biggest prototype release in history.

Usually, few prototypes see the light of the day, due to scarcity, unwillingness of owners to release them, and prices, which can sometimes reach 5-figures. This deprives the majority of gamers of the ability to see games' features that had to be cut from the games due to the lack of time or resources. To see just how generous the release is, multiply 1,000 by $100, which is the average price of prototypes on eBay. Crazy."
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Samsung Linux Drivers Have Major Security Hole

GerbilSoft GerbilSoft writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GerbilSoft (761537) writes "It seems as though Samsung's proprietary Linux printer drivers have a major security hole. From the Ubuntu Forums:

Just to inform you about a recent post on the french Ubuntu forum about Samsung drivers (sorry, in french). It appears that Samsung unified drivers change rights on some parts of the system: After installing the drivers, applications may launch using root rights, without asking any password.

What is more, you may be able to kill your system, by deleting system components, generally modifiable only by using sudo.
Among the programs that it sets as setuid-root are OpenOffice, xsane, and xscanimage."

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