1 in 8 Take Fake Phone Calls to Avoid Talking to Others
In my opinion this clearly shows that...
Oh, sorry: Got to take this call.
Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever
The UK, for one.
Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever
I played the demo the other day, and if people buy this and then complaint it's their own mistake. The demo already clearly showed in which areas it was lacking (bad animations, bad scripting,really lame humor/voice acting). Even though I've been a big fan of Duke3D, I just couldn't see this being worth my money. But all props to them that they actually released a demo; Most of the times the crappy games won't have a demo, because of aforementioned reasons.
AI Takes On Pac-Man
Or the YouTube link.
New Tool Shows Would-Be Emailers If You're Swamped
I don't think this algoritm would give a good insight in how I use email myself.
I subscribe to quite a few newsletters, and as such, my email inbox is almost always filled. Most of them I directly archive (they get auto-tagged when appearing in my inbox; so they're easier to file), and some I leave in my inbox for later browsing/reference. Also other important emails I leave in my inbox (yes, I should be filing those too) when I read them, and mark them unread so I know I still have to do something with it.
This behaviour would lead the sender to believe I'm always swamped.
And to be honest: I think this is a solution trying to be found for a problem that doesn't really exist.
If you want someone to read your email, make sure to have a proper subject-title, or use the in-office urgency-tags.
Patch For The Witcher 2 Removes DRM Shortly After Release
Wow, I'm really liking this move, and I think it makes sense. Still, quite admirable that they don't leave the DRM on there for longer.
The first few weeks is when a game is most at risk of being pirated. Nonetheless, this game is already on several torrent sites, so it's not as if the DRM worked in the first place.
Anyhows, this is sortof obligatory: Penny Arcade's view on The Witcher :-D
Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required
Bullshit, you don't.
I'm a very wary computer user, with decent security (firewall with a whitelist, and behind a router).
I've had two times in the last half a year that this one crept up; The last one only a few days ago.
The first time it took me a few hours to get properly rid of it, but a few days ago I immedeately recognised the 'fake scan' window, and as a quick resort, resetted my computer.
I started up in safe mode, and used MalwareByte's AntiMalwareto get rid of it (one of the few antispy that actually removes this one correctly; very much recommended once you get infected).
But to stress: There's NO user interaction necessary for this one to work and install itself. I'm up to date on everything (Windows, firewall, anti-virus, browser, java), and this one still slipped through.
My only resort was to have a rough look through the last 10 sites I've visited, and whereas I haven't noticed anything dodgy in particular, I'll refrain from using these sites for some time.
AF 447 Flight Recorder Found In the Atlantic
Does somebody know why it's so hard for them to find it? I would assume that it's properly secured against crashes, and has a GPS/transmitter on board? What causes this to be so hard?
Hmm, how about from now on they'll just box an iPhone; then at least you know for sure that the location is known ;-)
CryTek For Free: CryEngine 3 SDK and Editor
I've seen this described as Crytek taking on the likes of the UT3-engine, though I find there's one very important difference:
The UT3 engine can currently also be used to sell commercial games: Up to the first 50k of sales, it's completely free for developers. After that, Epic will take 25% of the earnings.
The cool things is that this 50k only works for the share that people get -after- the app stores get their cut. Have a look at their site to see their licensing agreement.
Not related to Epic in any way; Just a happy 'customer', and hopefully a published indie developer in the near future.
ESRB To Automate Game Rating
Way to show you just don't care.. "hey, fill out this survey so a computer can determine how to rate your game. No, we aren't going to play it."
Erm, they already don't play the games. Instead, they have the same list of questions that have to be filled in by the developers, on which they base their judgement. Developers also supply videos of gameplay, to clarify some of the answers/explanations.
I really don't see too much wrong with this: I think it makes it much clearer for developers how to target the rating they have in mind: If, for instance, they try to shoot for a PG13, they can fill in the survey/test beforehand, and clearly see if it's on the mark.
Overall, I think it's good for them to have a clear rating system, to remove any of the bias that some of the reviewers might have.
Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?
This makes sense: All the leveldesigners, modelers, texture- and concept artists; They all work on Steam...
I assume that the sarcasm is noticed.
There's no need for Valve to work on Episode 3 in a hurry; Whenever it will be released, it will be sold by the millions.
And to be honest; I rather wait some more (actually, I'm not missing it), and get yet another awesome game, whereas I don't get the feeling that something is incomplete because of rushing it out for a certain date.
Other than that, I also have a theory in which I think that right now, they might be working on HL3, and just skip the whole Episode 3.
Then again, pure speculation of course.
Garry's Mod Catches Pirates the Fun Way
I'm not too sure if I condone this behaviour, nor do I think this is a 'fun' way to catch pirates: A fun way was how the Nintendo DS version of Michael Jackson: The Experience made copied versions of the game unplayable and taunts gamers with the blaring sound of vuvuzelas: See here
The problem I have with these kinds of protections is that they also might affect paid customers; Same as with strict DRM.
I already bought Garry's Mod after having played it for free (as the HL2 mod).
It was less than 10 dollars, so a real bargain. But I would have reconsidered it if I heard of this beforehand.
Nonetheless, all power to the developer to protect their property.
Sony's Case Against Geohot Has Been Settled
I can sort of understand why he settled: Hell, I'd settle if I realised it would likely take years of my life, if not thousands of dollars to fight.
But still, the rant, as seen on Geohot's site, still gives me a bit of a feeling of dealing with a hypocrite.
Then again, I'm a big hypocrite for wanting someone else to pursue something, which I would probably also settle as soon as possible.
High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform
It also has the advantage of being pretty cheap, which is handy since the wheel tends to gum up after 18 months or so in a way that I've never been able to fix, requiring periodic replacements.
I don't own a Razer-mouse, but I do recognise your problem here. Have you ever tried opening the mouse, and cleaning the interior?
I've been doing this myself for about five years now, and I'm still on the same mouse after all those years.
Since I'm on a Logitech mouse, I don't know if it's the same as a Razer mouse, but you can open the mouse by unscrewing the screws on the bottom of the mouse. The tricky bit here is (at least for my mouse) that those screws are hidden under the little tevlon-stickers.
So what I did was remove those stickers, unscrew it, and then give it a thorough clean. I could re-attach the stickers the first few times I did this, but after some time they just don't hold anymore. To counter that I bought a roll of tevlon tape a few years ago, and just use a tiny strip of this on the bottom of the mouse.
As said, this might be a Logitech-only thing, but I would assume that at least every mouse can be opened, and cleaned, like the steps written before.
Hope it helps.
AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering
I'm on a T-Mobile contract for Â£20.00/mo with a N900; the software that comes with that phone (Nokia PC Suite) allows very easy tethering. My datalimit is capped at 2GB/mo though.
iPhone Alarms Hit By New Year's Bug
I'm not too sure about other phones, but my N900 will power itself off once the battery is empty; yet still leaves enough power for it to trigger the alarm in the morning.
The only time this 'feature' annoyed me when I once was unable to turn the alarm off once my battery was empty (and I didn't have my charger with me); Then again, it also saved me a few times, because I forgot to charge it.
Unreal Tournament 3 For Linux Is Officially Dead
Well, that's a coincidence: It's officially dead for Windows too. And has been since almost three months after launch.
I really liked the Unreal Tournament games (even though I'm an id Software fanboy), and definitely the first part was a lot better than its counterpart at the time; Quake 3. Whereas Quake 3 had obvious masterlike AI-bots, the AI in Unreal Tournament always seemed to resemble a bit more humanlike play-style.
UT2004 was great too, and had some awesome new gametypes, which really worked well. They were planning on releasing a new update for it every year (hence the 2004 addition to the title), but failed at doing that (probably because they discovered their new cash cow; Gears of War).
Unreal Tournament 3's figures were very bad: Already after a month of release, the servers got less and less. As of today there's only a handfull of servers left (for the UK at least), with even less players.
I must admit myself that I also didn't play UT3 as much as I played the previous titles.
So to be honest, I can't really see too much of a loss in this (except that it would have been easier for other Unreal engined games to be ported over to Linux).
BP Ignored Safety Modeling Software To Save Time
2011, Year of the Tablet?
Including Apple with a smaller version of the popular product.
And let me guess; You can also call with this one?
GoDaddy Up For Auction
They should have been smart enough to realize that anyone who needs their services already knows who they are.
So, you're saying that pretty much any big brand might as well stop advertising?
Everyone knows Coca Cola by now... They might as well stop advertising, because anyone feels like cola, they just buy Coca Cola!
And most commercials don't work directly: It's just for those moments when the consumer actually wants to buy a domain, the name will ring a bell. At such time, GoDaddy is more likely to be chosen by someone with not enough knowledge of what is important in a webhost; but they'll be remembered by those 'funny' commercials at the Superbowl.
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