top California Man Sues Sony Because
Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p
Killzone's multiplayer mode actually outputs natively in 960x1080 resolution, half of the 1920x1080 standard for "1080p." To output full 1080p graphics, this source image is fixed with a "temporal upscale" that fills in gaps with a horizontal interlace made up of pixels from the previous frame. The result is graphical performance that the lawsuit (and many reviews) call "blurry to the point of distraction."
Last time I checked that's called interlaced video, not progressive. Just because source video is 1080i, but goes out the HDMI video transmitter chip as 1080p it does not make it OK to call it 1080p since the source video is not progressive.
about a month and a half ago
top Firefox 20 Arrives With Per-Window Private Browsing, New Download Manager
I've found that by going into
about:config and changing browser.download.useToolkitUI to true will restore the original download manager. There is one bug I've noticed by using the old download manager is that the title of its window will clear out leaving it a titleless window after all downloads are completed. Closing and reopening the downloads window will cause the title to be restored. A warning though that this key might fail to work in the next release or so. Just like the status bar fiasco.
You'll also need to customize the toolbar in order to remove the new downloads icon though. Also the "new" download manager is still accessible via History menu &> Show All History after making the above configuration change.
about a year and a half ago
top Oracle Makes Red Hat Kernel Changes Available As Broken-Out Patches
Well, the GPL gives you the right to modify anything as long as you license it under the GPL and include the license, and that would
include the copyright notices.
The GPL gives nobody such rights to remove/move copyright notices. You only have the right to append your name and year to such a notice when you contribute changes to the work. Original copyright notices must be left alone as Kjella mentioned for United States in USC 17506(d), and it is required in the GPL as mentioned on the FAQ:
I want to get credit for my work. I want people to know what I wrote. Can I still get credit if I use the GPL?.
Otherwise we'd have a problem with something like the
BSD advertising clause.
classic BSD license is incompatible with the GPL as only the so called revised or new BSD licenses that removed the advertising clause are compatible with the GPL as stated in the FAQ: Why is the original BSD license incompatible with the GPL?.
So now would you please stop making assumptions and actually read the license you so carelessly claim it allows people to do things it clearly does not.
top Tracking Censorship Through Copyright Proposals Worldwide
I'm not sure what
Digital Music Copyright Act is under United States of America country section, but I've heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If they can't even get that part right then why should I bother with the website at all?
top Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'
Funny how I see all the rage about Bank of America charging $5/month to use debit cards, but what about raging against banks such as SunTrust who wants to charge both $5/month for debit card usage and $7/month on banking accounts that have less than a required minimum that were forcefully converted from Free Checking to Standard Checking for a total of a $12/month fee charges and that would be $144 taken each year out of the poor's checking accounts. SunTrust also decided to cancel the monthly debit card usage fee for now, but they're still going to charge us poor folks who can't manage to keep at least $500 in the account a $7 fee each month.
Yeah, that seems so fair to charge the poor to have a checking account...
top Sixteen Years Later: GNU Still Needs An Extension Language
Python being the poorer choice because it is not designed to be an extension (scripting) language.
Well somebody needs to tell CCP of Eve-Online they're doing it wrong, same goes for Stackless Python project, and the authors who wrote the official Python documentation that they were wrong to document
Embedding Python in Another Application. Because batrick on Slashdot said it wasn't designed for that...
Space Invaders: The Movie
Surely it will be a big hit like
Minesweeper: The Movie! Hopefully the question of "Why are the mines even here!?" is answered in Minesweeper 2: Flag Down.
top Real-Time Text Over Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk
You're thinking of the Psychic Mode plugin that comes with
Pidgin of which is also used by the Bot Sentry plugin to filter out spam messages. I remember the first time I got Bot Sentry working and noticed that it pretty much eliminated the spam problem coming from both ICQ and MSN networks, but the first time I saw "You feel a disturbance in the force" a week later kind of freaked me out as I didn't realize that was Psychic Mode's default behavior.
top Source Engine SDK To Be Free
do you remember a company that ported some Windows games into Linux in late '90? Many nerds bought that games (I was one of them)
Loki Games, indeed I do remember them, and they ported one of my favorite games of all time Tribes 2 to Linux. Back in 2003 when I was using Redhat 9 majority of the time instead of Windows 2000 I wanted to play that game natively in Linux (
WINE wasn't that great back then for games) and couldn't find anybody who sold it, until Tux Games made an announcement they received a limited resupply from a warehouse that wanted to get rid of the existing stock of them.
I think I spent $74 USD total on the game and ~$16 of it was for shipping for a game that was going for just $20 at the local CompUSA (
remember them?) that was only the Windows version in a jewel disc. Tribes 2 updater for Linux seemed to work much better than the Windows variant except for the very last update that was done by GarageGames, that required a reinstall and manually applying the final update directly for whatever reason. Ah, those were the good old days. Sadly the Linux port of Tribes 2 of course no longer works since the master servers were shutdown in Nov, 2008 and the game is hard coded to only work with the old WON master servers for authentication purposes, and TribesNext is currently Windows only.
top Zeus Crimeware Kit Source Code Leaked
Yep, clamwin reported this:
F:\zeus\ZeuS 188.8.131.52\output\builder\zsb.exe: Trojan.Spy.Zbot-142 FOUND
F:\zeus\ZeuS 184.108.40.206\output\client32.bin: Trojan.Spy.Zbot-142 FOUND
----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------
Known viruses: 950447
Engine version: 0.97
Scanned directories: 49
Scanned files: 436
Infected files: 2
Data scanned: 36.92 MB
Data read: 34.83 MB (ratio 1.06:1)
Time: 15.219 sec (0 m 15 s)
So, basically the zeus.rar archive contains a few precompiled executables that I assume were created with the provided source code and antivirus vendors already have the signatures for it.
top Working Model Factory Made With Lego Robots
The block sorting lego robot arms are pretty cool and all, but this lego monster machine is by far a lot more entertaining and worth every minute of it:
Well, at least to me cause I'm a nerd. =p
top 'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web
He used a pseudonym on the message boards, but his PatientsLikeMe profile linked to his blog, which contains his
I don't think we need to dig any deeper to come to the conclusion that this guy is an idiot.
Indeed, Joseph Swanson.
top Slashdot Launches Re-Design
Whatever happened to HTML degrading gracefully for older browsers?
Cause the new in town moron web designer of this new slashdot design gutted out all the nice XHTML slashdot transitioned to a few years ago and have gone with apparently the
omg-its-new-therefore-good&cool versionless HTML tag:
So now older web browsers have no idea what version you're trying to work with. It also explains why some others are complaining that this new slashdot looks like crap due to lack of a valid DOC tag and browsers are going into quirks mode instead. Also, has anybody noticed that the italics <i> no longer works anymore?
top Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality
I normally don't reply to trolls, but in case anybody takes your comment seriously, consider this.
How about this, I'm trying to have a skype video call with aunt Betty, but keep getting video and audio packet loss cause people like you keep hogging up all the neighborhood bandwidth by watching your netflix, youtube, and other media streaming services when you all could just go out and get DirecTV or something. And little Johnny down the street says you're killing him in online gaming cause his ping is so high he's unable to snipe the enemy sniper in the battles on 2fort in Team Fortress 2. That's not all. Dave next door says you're causing him to get up very early in the morning, say 3 AM-ish so he can get decent VPN connection speeds to the work VPN server in order to get work files uploaded and synced on time.
It's so easy to blame everybody else for your connection issues, when in fact what you and countless others have been doing is causing grief with everybody else. And who's at fault? Not you, Betty, me, Dave, or little Johnny. The people at fault are the ones managing our connections, the ISP. They're the ones that are suppose to be managing this shit correctly by keeping their networks maintained, upgraded when necessary, using something like a round-ribbon load balancer to keep neighborhood bandwidth usage per peer fair (basically evenly distributed), and not deliberately cripple services in order to justify their yearly price increases.
And look at it this way. The ISP sold me a up to 1.5mbps / 256kps DSL connection. So, who are you to say what I can and cannot use it for, and when and when not I can use it? I paid $53/month for this connection and I'm going to use it how I please. Just as you want to use it how you please. You want to watch your netflix and I want to watch a web cam of a christmas light setup from somebody in Boulder, Colorado.
Net Neutrality is an idea to prevent ISPs from deciding that netflix and youtube traffic to their customers isn't cost effective, so they either throttle it way down, basically giving them the lowest QoS priority, unless they get paid extra by charging you additional fees to be able to use said services, and also billing netflix and youtube for the traffic going to their customers. Doesn't make sense since we the ISP customers pay the ISP already for said internet service, and netflix and youtube, etc... pay their ISPs for internet service. So, everything is already paid for. But its the greed of the ISPs that want to change the rules.
top I drink too much...
top String Quartets On the Web?
Either we slashdotted the stream server or this is typical error message for those outside of Canada:
Title: Please Stand By
32 kbps 16 KHz
Automated message that keeps looping every 30 seconds:
Oops, looks like this live stream is experiencing some technical difficulties. Our apologies for the delay. We are working on a solution, so please stay tuned.
While some ethnic or dream music is playing in the background, almost sounds like Enya.
I'm located in Tennessee, US.
top NASA Launches
I find it funny that it says the game is "Valve Anti-Cheat enabled" on the Steam product page. So, what exactly are people doing to cheat in this moon base simulator game?
Cause I just hate it when I'm bunny hopping along on the moon's surface and suddenly get head-shotted by some kid using an aimbot. ;)
top Website Sells Pubic Lice
So, you're saying that site is ran by a slashdot editor?
top HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market
... Fourth, fuck you both Firefox and Opera. You both should do a better job of separating the CONTENT (read.. the fucking text) from the rest of the bullshit on the webpage. Let me, the viewer, decide what color I want for the background and text.. and figure out how to make it look halfway decent!
That's funny I can right now go to View -> Page Style -> No Style, and Firefox will display slashdot as linear context using my font and color settings in Tools -> Options -> Content tab. Of course this only works if the site only decorates the page using CSS. I think there's a Firefox add-on that allows you to override the site's CSS and replace it with your own in a user friendly manner.
top More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux
Unreal tech has been running natively on Mac and Linux as this was done years ago. You don't remember or haven't played Unreal Tournament 2004? Although that was the last Epic games title to run on Linux. UT3 was promised and still hasn't been ported to Linux and released publicly.
Even the original Unreal Tournament was ported to Linux, but by Loki Games and not Epic:
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