What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About
My Powerbook G4 running linux can detect more than one finger. I use a 2 finger tap for right click, three for middle click and use "gestures" for scrolling in which I press with one finger and slide the second to simulate a scroll wheel. The G4 I'm using was released 6 years ago.
DHS Ponders "Improving" Terrorism Alert System
I think you need to read a bit more closely. A quote from the Article:
"He described how the critical thermal maximum for many frog species has been determined by contemporary research experiments: as the water is heated by about 2F per minute, the frog becomes increasingly active as it tries to escape, and eventually jumps out if the container allows it."
Seems to indicate that they tried it.
Music Game Genre On the Decline
And that's why Rock Band is so awesome and Guitar Hero is anti-consumer.
Even Faster Web Sites
I'm in this boat too, except my machine is an old G4 laptop. I don't visit VGChartz anymore and I've cut way back on my slashdot reading because the site locks up Firefox (3.5.1 on PowerPC) for long enough that I get those "Script is taking too long to complete" errors. Noscript helps and is probably the only reason why I still come to slashdot. :(
Nintendo and the Decline of Hardcore Gaming
You mean Mario Galaxy, Wii Play (Duck Hunt+) and Metroid Prime 3? To be honest, I think Nintendo is the only one who has stuck to what they're good at: Making good games.
Disassembling the US Nintendo DSi
I'm pretty sure this isn't true, simply because the output from the cameras is displayed on the screen when you raise or lower the Wii Remote sensitivity.
Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XP
Actually, 10.5 is pretty usable on an 800MHz PPC, but only if it has enough RAM.
Open Source Victories of 2008
I can't believe nobody mentioned AMD open sourcing all of the Radeon documentation. That's some of the biggest open source news this year imho.
NASA Mars Rovers Hit 5-Year Anniversary
I'd probably argue that the Pioneer craft edge out the rovers, but the rovers are an easy third. :)
Guitar Hero World Tour Equipment Problems, Subscription Possibilities?
It's the same situation on the Wii. Guitar Hero: WT is incompatible with the Rock Band Wii drum kit. It's absolutely ridiculous for both platforms to not support these controllers, and reeks of a money grab by Activision.
For what it's worth, I've had less fun with Guitar Hero: WT than Rock Band Wii, gimped as it is. Hopefully Rock Band 2 Wii is at least as good as the previous installment, and DLC works as promised.