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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

QJimbo Re:Doubt It (674 comments)

Indeed. If people want quality they can pick up a couple of studio monitors. KRK are my personal choice right now.

more than 3 years ago

Google To Discontinue Google Labs

QJimbo Re:Google could use a little more professionalism (165 comments)

And for those complaining about innovation: G+ isn't innovative??

No, it isn't. It's Facebook with circles, and the same underlying privacy issues.

more than 2 years ago

Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U

QJimbo Re:The first 3G non-phone (330 comments)

Up here in Canada, Rogers and other providers offer Data Sharing plans and allow you to add a device to your plan for $10 a month and get a data-only SIM card for them. I'm sure the same thing is available down in the US.

And even if that doesn't work for you many modern smartphones can act as WiFi Hotspots, though this does considerably reduce the battery life of the phone.

more than 3 years ago

Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost

QJimbo Re:RiscOS features (662 comments)

Definitely! Drag and drop saving was fantastic. I brought it up over at the Haiku (BeOS Clone) forums suggestion box and there was some interesting discussion about it:

I also miss BBC Basic, great for children who want to start programming. With Windows there's nothing like that built in, asides from maybe Powershell but I've not tried it extensively.

more than 3 years ago

80% Improvement In Solar Cell Efficiency

QJimbo Read about this around 8 years ago... (204 comments)

I read about this in a New Scientist Magazine a looong time ago. They blasted silicon with a laser to produce small cones on the surface, which sounds exactly like the "3-D nanocone-based solar cell platform" described here.

Like someone else said, when it hits the market, then I'm interested about hearing about this.

more than 3 years ago

NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available

QJimbo Netbeans is a Superb PHP IDE (137 comments)

I use this on a daily basis for PHP projects. Haven't found anything that comes close to saving me time and guessing what I'm trying to do correctly as I'm typing. It's very smart when you mix HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript as well.

more than 2 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

QJimbo The end of accessible programming? (709 comments)

First programming language I ever learned was BBC Basic on an Acorn Archimedes computer. A fantastic language which was easy to pick up and start working with.

I feel very, very fortunate that I caught the tail end of the time where easy programming environments were bundled with computers, since learning those concepts at an early age is what has allowed me to learn the other languages I do now.

Surely it must be harder for this generation to really start programming, at least on the desktop, without such accessible environments?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Ready To Talk Windows On ARM

QJimbo Come on RISC OS! (342 comments)

Everyone is rushing to get on the platform you were running on twenty years ago!

Time for you to make a dramatic comeback and show how an ARM powered Operating System is done properly.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Entertainment System Turns 25

QJimbo Re:The mark of good games... (164 comments)

There are plenty of PS1 games that are still very fun to play now. Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Tomb Raider are just some examples.

more than 3 years ago

Malicious Hardware Hacking May Be the Next Frontier

QJimbo It's happened already with Chip and Pin (146 comments)

A couple of years ago there was a news story about how Chip and Pin devices had been hacked in the factory to send information overseas:

This definitely falls into Villasenor's "shipping data out" category.

There was also a story recently of someone convicted of modifying these devices.

more than 4 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

QJimbo ADFS Disk Images (375 comments)

I imaged a lot of my own Acorn Archimedies floppy disks from when I was younger. Still got some of the old stuff I made in !Paint in !Draw from 1993 and perhaps even older. :D

more than 4 years ago

Timberwolf (a.k.a. Firefox) Alpha 1 For AmigaOS

QJimbo Hopefully better than the RISC OS port (152 comments)

The RISC OS port of Firefox was overhyped and painfully slow even on the Iyonix last time I tried it. It wasn't a "true" port either, it didn't use the native GUI of the operating system. It would be a shame if this port has similar setbacks.

more than 4 years ago

H.264 and VP8 Compared

QJimbo Surely this is a moot point? (337 comments)

The analysis over at Dark Shikari's blog was conclusive in saying that VP8 is basically a poor mans H.264, borrowing bits of H.264s specifications and ultimately not quite as smart, so the comparison points in the article aren't that surprising. The quality point is moot however anyway, since it's pretty obvious that VP8 uses so much from H.264 that it's very likely of falling victim to the patent pool.

more than 4 years ago

No HTML5 Hulu Anytime Soon

QJimbo DRM strikes again (202 comments)

it must also secure the content

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason it won't happen. HTML5 is just too open for them. With Flash there are still various tricks to secure the stream (I believe the BBC iPlayer used to XOR it or something like that...)

more than 4 years ago

HTML Web App Development Still Has a Ways To Go

QJimbo Ask Slashdot: PHP/JS Dev environments (279 comments)

Are there actually ANY good development environment for working with PHP and Javascript simultaneously? I use NetBeans but it doesn't really keep track of say, when a javascript function loads data from a php with the xml loader and things like that. I always end up with a strange hybrid of serverside and clientside code that is impossible to sensibly keep track of. Any suggestions?

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Sell a Game Concept?

QJimbo Changes in technology = Changes in expectations (250 comments)

Professional quality productions are possible, and to a certain degree, easy, to make on a home computer now. This means people in whatever media industry expect that grade of quality when they review demo cds, independant films, etc.

I would imagine the same goes for games, but from my observations, it seems like most people start there own company and just get on with it and find a publisher, rather that being scooped up by a larger development house.

more than 4 years ago

IE8's XSS Filter Exposes Sites To XSS Attacks

QJimbo What if someone made a firefox addon? (84 comments)

What about if someone simply made a Firefox addon that emulated this broken IE behaviour?

Would that not simply mean the sites were simply insecure as opposed to Internet Explorer somehow being responsible?

more than 4 years ago



Hidden Palace releases hundreds of SEGA prototypes

QJimbo QJimbo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QJimbo writes "The man, simply known as drx, has released a huge archive of prototype games over BitTorrent, allowing us to have a facinating inside into the game development patterns of the 1990s.
'Quick numbers: 155 Sega 32x prototypes, 300 Game Gear prototypes, 464 Mega Drive prototypes, 94 Pico prototypes, 6 Gamecube prototypes — 1024 prototype overall (what a nice round number!), making this the biggest prototype release in history (and probably ever to come). Just multiply this by $100 (which is the average price of these things, and many of them are MUCH more valuable) and you'll see how lucky you are to get them free of charge. There is lots of stuff here — Sonic, Ristar, and many other high-profile, hard-to-find game prototypes which many of us played years back and miss. Many with different features, levels, hidden data.'"

Link to Original Source

QJimbo QJimbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QJimbo (779370) writes "Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair has savaged online media today in a speech in which he declared war on the free press by hinting at new restrictions on internet journalism and suggested that the media should be brought more into line with the government.
Blair complained that the media was too "feral" (i.e. not tamed by the government) and referring to online journalism stated:
"In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five.""

Link to Original Source

QJimbo QJimbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QJimbo (779370) writes "drx, owner of a site specializing in dumping lost prototype games has recently uncovered and dumped an early prototype of Sonic 2 for the Genesis/Megadrive. We've already had a Sonic 2 prototype for a while, but this one appears to be from even earlier in the games' development. The cartridge itself cost drx and other sonic fans $1,500 USD to buy from an anonymous collector, and seems to be the version of Sonic 2 shown in the TV show "Nick Arcade" (featured most notably the "Clarissa explains it all" cast episode)."


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