Boeing Hummingbird Drone Crashes In Belize
Almost all of the summary story above is content straight from the A160 Wikipedia article, including a glaring reference number.
Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Pricing
That list actually highlights the issue with MMOs on the Xbox 360:
- Age of Conan: "development hell", though still possible
- All Points Bulletin: not confirmed for any consoles yet (check this at gamescom last week)
- Champions Online: may actually come to 360
- CrimeCraft: not confirmed for any consoles yet
- Huxley: "development hell", looking less and less likely
- Kingdom Under Fire II: may come out, and will be on 360, but we've not seen the MMO part yet, and it's still got a vague 2010 release date
- Marvel MMOG & Marvel Universe Online (same thing: cancelled by Microsoft, parts became Champions Online
- Stargate Worlds: not confirmed for any consoles
- The Secret World: as Age of Conan (same developer, except even PC version is still rather vague).
That's not really a great list in the end. There are likely various reasons behind these issues, including development costs, but I'm sure Microsoft's tight grip on Xbox Live is part of the problem. Of course, console MMOs in general are an issue, as we have yet to see one on the PS3 either, though DC Universe is getting there, and SOE have a couple more on the way, along with Square Enix's FFXIV, of course (which itself may end up on 360, once they are able to negotiate the Live issues).
Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging
I'm not convinced that the touch screens can replace a keyboard and mouse on a desktop, or even a laptop, for some time. Text is the big issue, and I can't see myself being able to achieve the same typing speed on a touch screen until there's some really good haptic feedback in place. While handwriting technology could come on leaps and bounds (and has done so), I already type faster than I can write, so this wouldn't be helpful to me. For the mouse there is definitely places where touch would work better, particularly for new users, but the precision of a mouse is better for certain applications (notably gaming) compared to stubby fingers and having them block your view of the screen.
Even if Microsoft can get touch working nicely in Windows 7, it's still going to be quite some time until I'll be getting rid of my keyboard and mouse.
History To Repeat Itself With PS3?
Well, it would seem the editors have awoken, because the article now says "This one cost $300".
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A-Level Results (Year 1 of 2)
That Time of Year Again
First Post with 5 points :)
Yay for me... finally got a post modded up above 2, and landed myself a +5, with a whole conversation following on from it...
OK, it might not seem much, but a few of my previous posts have been modded up, before someone points out something I missed, which gets my post modded down :P Never had a negative score, but the 5 will give my Karma a good boost at least.
Having spent quite a bit of time here over the last few months, I finally decided to subscribe to /. - $5 was only £2.77 due to the dodgy US-UK exchange rate at the moment :)
Anyway, now enjoying benefits such as early stories and ad-free pages...
I got my results yesterday, and for anyone interested, they are as follows:
English Language - AA (includes a grade for listening and speaking)
English Literature - A*
Maths - A*
Physics - A
Chemistry - A*
Biology - A
Geography - A*
History - A
German - B
Religious Studies - B
Statistics - A
All in all, I think I did well: 4 A*s, 5 As and 2 Bs (11 GCSEs).
I was surprised by English Literature (I got a B in the Yr10 exam and in the mock) and Geography (I didn't even finish the paper on this one!). I brought my Chemistry up from a mock B to A*, which is what I was aiming for, and I got my Maths A* as expected (its my specialist subject).
More Mod points?!
Moderating.... and moderating again
Well it seems I've gone from moderation newbie to a more experienced 'spent mod 6 points'. I got my first Slashdot mod point last Tuesday, and used them up by Friday. "Great" I thought, I'm now truely part of Slashdot. I wasn't expecting to get any more for a month or two, but two my surprised I logged in yesterday (Monday) morning to discover 5 more points sitting there, staring at me, saying "Use them or love them". So, 1 of them gone, I'm currently looking at whether I will get any next week. According to the conditions I must be browsing Slashdot enough not to be a passer-by, but going lightly enough not to be an obsessive troller... Its a hard balance to keep, but so far it has worked. :)
End of GCSEs.... What now?
I finished my last GCSE on Friday; Statistics. The exam was alright, because, after all, it was only my specialist subject, Maths. Anyway, the exam itself is not important, its what it sybolises; the end to my GCSEs, and the end of my compulsary eduction. I plan to stay on to take A-Levels, but there will be a different feeling know I don't HAVE to go to school, and that I won't have some council/government officer turning up at my door if I miss a session without a good excuse.
However, now the exams are over, the question is what do I do now? I have about ten and a half weeks before Sixth Form begins, so it looks like I have two options: a) Do nothing or b) Get a job. Not that I need a job, of course, but then I wouldn't mind a laptop with wireless capabilities and a WiFi jacket for my iPAQ 3870. Still, two things that need to be done first; 1) finish off at school and do the Sixth Form induction course, 2) Finish my CCNA; I'm currently qualified in CCNA1 and CCNA2, but its probably best to do 3 and 4, and get the full qualification.
Finally got round to sorting out my slashdot preferences today. Despite being registered on the site for quite a few weeks (few people know this since I'm a reader, rather than a poster), I've only just sorted out my homepage news lists, etc.
GCSEs, of couse.
Indeed, these have taken up a lot of my time, especially with revision in the last few weeks. Hopefully, it should pay off with good grades in August. But for now, I'm just taking the exams, and after two more completed today, I now have 14 down, and just 4 to go...
Oh, and welcome to my first journal entry!