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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

YourExperiment Re:a ebook reader is not a book (641 comments)

I have about 4600 science-fiction books in my ereader (the worst and cheapest of the market)

The worst and cheapest? What are you reading, L. Ron Hubbard?

more than 3 years ago

Wii 2 Unlikely For 2011, Maybe In 2012

YourExperiment Re:Limited markets... (303 comments)

Personally, I think that Wii-style motion control combined with 360 / PS3 graphical detail is a big win. Perhaps I'm alone on this, but sales figures so far seem to be bearing it out.

I'm not slating the Wii; Nintendo managed to launch a console that was incredibly cheap to make yet hugely innovative, and they made a massive amount of money by doing so. Now the other console makers are cynically cashing in on the market that Nintendo has created. C'est la vie - they're in this for the money after all.

But the visuals on the Wii really are pretty bad, even to someone like me who favours innovation over glitz. If I can get motion control and nice visuals in my games, I think that's worth paying a bit of a premium.

more than 3 years ago

New Tool Suite Helps Track Privacy Policies

YourExperiment Re:A great idea that doesn't tend to work in pract (25 comments)

It becomes almost as much of a burden to check TOSBack as it does to just scan the TOS every once in a while.

Yes, it seems to me that we've reached a bit of an IMPAS.

more than 3 years ago

The Encryption Pioneer Who Was Written Out of History

YourExperiment Re:Well... (238 comments)

In other words, Brits are great at creating innovative technology, while Americans are good at exploiting it to make as much money as possible?

more than 3 years ago

British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

YourExperiment Re:The Joe Arpaio Cure For Short-Term Memory Loss (1155 comments)

six months in pink undies, tenting out in the desert sun with a bunk mate named Big Mike --- with no end in sight

Except Big Mike's.

more than 3 years ago

Many More Android Apps Leaking User Data

YourExperiment Re:And In Other News... (299 comments)

How is a widget to modify my system settings supposed to run if it's not possible to get the "modify global system settings" permission? The point is to never install an app that asks for this permission, unless you know if genuinely requires it to carry out its stated task.

more than 3 years ago

Terry Pratchett's Self-Made Meteorite Sword

YourExperiment Re:Alzheimer (188 comments)

Actually, I've noticed a similar kind of degradation over the careers of many authors, without (as far as I am aware) any degenerative mental disease. Which is not to say that you're wrong about Pratchett's work; I'm not familiar enough with it to say, having only read a handful of his books.

I certainly don't disagree that this would be an interesting area to study, I'm just not convinced that you can necessarily attribute such changes in his work to the disease.

more than 3 years ago

The PlayStation Move Arrives — a Hands-On Report

YourExperiment Re:Who is this for, really? (185 comments)

I'll be very interested to see if that does come about. It's something Nintendo have repeatedly denied, but that doesn't mean it isn't going to happen, of course.

Whether Sony (or Microsoft - hahahaha!) can make any inroads into the casual/party game market in the mean time remains to be seen.

I think there's probably some crossover point between casual and hardcore gaming, combining motion control with state of the art graphics, which could work really well. I don't know if the market agrees, however.

more than 3 years ago

The PlayStation Move Arrives — a Hands-On Report

YourExperiment Re:Who is this for, really? (185 comments)

Good graphics != Fun

I bought a Wii because the games are fun. Graphics are not the be-all and end-all of gaming, they're just the icing on the cake.

If I can have an equal amount of fun but with great graphics too, all the better. I think there's a market for such a thing. If you don't, that's fine - neither of us own Sony shares (I assume), so it's not going to affect our lives too greatly.

more than 3 years ago

The PlayStation Move Arrives — a Hands-On Report

YourExperiment Re:Who is this for, really? (185 comments)

you are simply not the target market for the Wii or its games

Then why do I own a Wii, and a small collection of the better games for it? Why would I describe the Wii as fun, if I didn't even own one?

I don't own a PS3 either. Personally, I prefer to do my hardcore gaming on PC. But anyone who thinks there isn't a market for Wii-style party games with better graphics is deluding themselves. If you seriously think the only difference between Wii and PS3/Xbox/PC graphics is the resolution, I find it hard to believe you've spent any time gaming at all.

more than 3 years ago

The PlayStation Move Arrives — a Hands-On Report

YourExperiment Re:Who is this for, really? (185 comments)

What if the question is: -

"Wii games can be pretty fun sometimes, especially with a few mates around having a laugh, but why can't we have something similar where the control scheme is a bit less dodgy, and the graphics don't suck ass?"

I'm pretty sure there's a fair few people asking that question.

more than 3 years ago

Teaching Game Development To Fine Arts Students?

YourExperiment Inform 7 (172 comments)

Inform 7 might be of interest. It's a tool for creating interactive fiction (otherwise known as text adventures). It uses a natural language syntax, and it's dead easy to learn the basics, making it ideal for non-techy types.

Text games might not be the kind of thing you initially had in mind, but this could be a useful way to teach topics like storytelling, characterisation, dialogue trees and so on. As an added bonus, your students can have a prototype game up and running in no time, with the accompanying sense of satisfaction, rather than having to spend weeks learning complex tools first.

more than 3 years ago

Some Netflix Users Have Rated 50,000 Shows

YourExperiment Re:Nothing new here, move along... (134 comments)

So some small proportion of people have 50,000 favourite and/or hated films or shows?

more than 3 years ago

Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

YourExperiment Re:pfft (405 comments)

good screen, good keypad, good camera, etc

Hardware isn't the issue here, software is. Each manufacturer adds their own skin over the top of the stock Android interface. But even this is not, in itself, a bad thing.

The inconvenience starts when Google releases Android 2.2, and your phone is still stuck on Android 1.6, because the manufacturer hasn't got around to applying all their custom skinning to the new version. They might get around to it six months or a year later, if you're lucky and you've bought a popular model of phone. They might never get around to it either.

more than 3 years ago

PA's Dept. of Homeland Security Shared Oil-Shale Protester Info With Companies

YourExperiment Re:Full Circle (293 comments)


more than 3 years ago

HDR Video a Reality

YourExperiment Re:a text C&P from the article (287 comments)

The everything-is-exposed-properly, compressed-dynamic-range look just appears fake to me, even though my eyes could probably perceive that range at the actual scene. I'm not sure why.

This is just a guess, but I expect such images look fake simply because we're so used to the look of standard photography. Our brain expects a certain look, and regards that as "realistic". Anything deviating from that looks odd.

Perhaps this is a similar phenomenon to video footage from camcorders looking fake, while film looks real. Even though camcorders have a higher frame rate (so they should by rights look more real) our brain is more used to seeing the frame rate of film, and anything deviating from it looks fake.

more than 3 years ago


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