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For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

newsdee Re:Licensing issues? (176 comments)

I googled around and could not find any ports of MacPaint (the earlier source code release).
Has anybody attempted it?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

newsdee Re:There is a site that might be helpfull (732 comments)

The Zenbook has one major flaw: the screen is TN instead of IPS (MacBook Air), and costs more.
For the price difference you can actually buy a Window7 to install on the MacBook, so in the end, you pay the same for a better screen.

I read somewhere Asus will release Zenbooks with IPS - those might change things.
In any case, always do a side-by-side comparison at a store before buying.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

newsdee Re:Buy a Macbook Pro, even for Windows/Linux (732 comments)

Some months ago I was on the brink of buying an Asus Zenbook, but ended up with a MBA because of the screen.

On paper the Zenbook looked great, but in the store I noticed the screen was TN and looked dismal compared to the IPS of the Apple.
I'm a Windows guy, but the Zenbook suddenly felt cheap, and I wanted to go back home with a light laptop.

So I bought the MBA, slapped WIn7 on it and been very happy with it since.
(kept OSX in a tiny partition for support/backup, and installed 3rd party drivers for functionality not available from vanilla Boot Camp).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Touchscreen Device For the Elderly?

newsdee Re:Touchscreen? (155 comments)

Seconded. The NDS XL would be easier to grab, see, and use (it comes with a bigger stylus).
And it's cheaper than an iPad...

more than 2 years ago
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What Has Your Phone Survived?

newsdee Re:how much damage can an iPhone take (422 comments)

A simple fall is not the same as a projectile from a kid's tantrum. To be fair though, it survived several other accidents like that before. This one must have been an unlucky landing right on the screen; the phone had a protective cover that would have cushioned any other angle of impact.

more than 4 years ago
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What Has Your Phone Survived?

newsdee how much damage can an iPhone take (422 comments)

The iPhone has a glass screen that is very prone to cracking. I imagine it's a case of form over function, since glass looks nicer than plastic. It's not so pretty if ever the phone falls on a hard surface flat on the screen. This means an iPhone won't survive the ninja powers of a 2-year old who managed to grab your phone when you least expected it, to use as a hand grenade...

Also, for some stupid reason the screen was designed in such a way that changing it means also replacing the digitizer (the touch pad - glued to it) so you end up paying quite a pretty penny for repairs (between 1/3 and 1/2 of the price of the phone!).

more than 4 years ago
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It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

newsdee comics reader (684 comments)

One feature that I don't see mentioned in this discussion is the ability to read graphics files out of .zip or .cbz archives. The standard e-reader screen (6-7 inches) is not very good for Letter or A4 sized color comics, but works very well for black & white manga. As far as I know, only the iRiver kindle can read .zip and .cbz for this purpose, but there are probably other readers out there with the same ability?

more than 4 years ago
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Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

newsdee Looking at the criteria he used... (538 comments)

I know the whole thing is probably not to be taken too seriously, but looking at the paper I would say there are at least a couple of shaky assumptions.

First he's defining a rate of people who live in London. That ignores people moving in or out, or even people willing to move closer. So the figure should be higher I think.

Then he mentions he will only find 5% of "physically attractive" candidates. In other words, he is limiting himself outside of 2 times the standard deviation of the population. That's a really sample of the population. In other words, guy's too picky :-)

more than 4 years ago
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Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

newsdee What are the odds? (538 comments)

He should try lottery or SETI@Home next. From TFA:

But in the end Backus defied the odds. Asylum reported that Backus has a girlfriend of about six months. "She's from London," he told the Web site. "And she meets all my criteria."

Good for him, but not very good for his theory...

more than 4 years ago
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Hot Or Not — 3D TV

newsdee Re:Active glasses? (419 comments)

Actually that's a great point. If pixel resolution can be made fine enough, why bother with one big LCD panel + active glasses, when you could just stream to a couple of small displays in front of your eyes?

Some of those already exist (they can also serve as portable DVD players), but they're quite pricey. I guess once there is a lot of 3D media available, those players they will become more common. They can't be too difficult to manufacture to existing small LCD resolutions (perhaps not full HD but good enough for SD).

more than 4 years ago
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Chessboxing Storming the Athletic World

newsdee "Serbian Comic" (36 comments)

The comic in question is "Cold Equator" (Froid Equateur) from Enki BIlal. He's French comic book artist and filmmaker of Serbian origins.

At least in the World Chess Boxing organization website, they give proper credit to the guy (with photos and all).

The comic is very good too, part of the Nikopol trilogy. Check it out.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI

newsdee Obligatory (246 comments)

I for one welcome our no evil doing overlords.

about 5 years ago
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Designing The Ultimate Netbook

newsdee Re:X86 under $100 (354 comments)

You'd want X86 for backwards compatibility, unless you can emulate (DosBox) or simulate (Wine), then I agree it's irrelevant. The former works great already, but the latter still has some time to go (but gets better every year).

Btw there are already a few interesting hardware products done in ARM, check the GP2X Wiz and the OpenPandora (although those are geared more towards gaming than general-purpose computing).

more than 5 years ago

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The ENIAC Demo Competition

newsdee newsdee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

!!! w3lCoM3 t0 dA ENiAC dEm0C0Mp0 !!!

We are happy to announce the opening of the first demoparty dedicated to the ENIAC.
If you wish to participate, please agree to observe the following party rules:

1) Bring your own ENIACs. We do not want to see viruses on our system.

2) If you plug your ENIAC to the wall power plug, the PC, Amiga and Atari ST demomakers will saw your head off. At your own risk.

3) To give electrical power to your machine, we provide a bicycle room with attached generators. Please let us know a week in advance of the size of your group, so that we can get enough bicycles for everyone.

4) You are responsible of finding your own spot in the party room. Our ENIAC is already taking half of the available space.

5) It is forbidden to step on the wires.

6) "Flame" demo effects are forbidden. When we tried to achieve one, the vacuum tubes caught fire and we had to call 911. They were not very happy about it.

7) It is forbidden to spray paint graffiti on our ENIAC.

8) Domestic animals are forbidden. We will not pay for any damage caused by the stench of burned fur coming out of relay boxes.

9) You are responsible looking after your ENIAC. Dishonest persons may want to steal it at night.

10) It is STRICTLY forbidden to sleep on top of the ENIAC units.

11) Bring your own spare vacuum tubes and resistors. If you forget them you can buy them at the party but we will set the price... don't say we didn't tell you...

12) Musical creations are forbidden. Our musician tried to compose something and provoked the death of five dogs while trying to complete "Woof Woof ZAPPP !!", played with his newly created Music Tracker "LiveWireDogeeh".

13) Graphical creations are forbidden. Our graphist found a horrible death after making a vacuum tube box explode in an attempt to automatically create a drawing of Pamela Anderson on the floor with the glass shards. The result was not so great anyways.

14) The Bicycle Room has an excellent drink vending machine [rubs hands].

15) The coders are not allowed to access the ENIAC switches while the demo is running.

16) Any vacuum tube that fries during the demo cannot be replaced.

17) The "Plasma", "Shadebobs" or "Lens" demo effects are forbidden. Our coder placed some pot in the relay box so that we were stoned by the smoke and saw all kind of weird stuff.

18) If somebody does not respect these rules, people may be pissed off and quit the ENIAC scene !

The competition prices are as follows:

1. A brand new ENIAC
2. A Z80 building kit for every member of the group.
3. A box of General Electric vacuum tubes.

Good luck !

- Newsdee.

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Video Games Movie List

newsdee newsdee writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This is a list of videogames movies. Feel free to add to it or comment if you think there is something worth changing.

"DIRECT CONVERSIONS":

. Super Mario Bros.
. Street Fighter
. Mortal Kombat
. Mortal Kombat Annihilation
. Dungeons & Dragons (ok, it's a table RPG, but still...)
. Wing Commander
. Resident Evil
. Tomb Raider
. Final Fantasy
. Double Dragon
. Clue (table game, see D&D)
. Last Bronx

(MISTAKENLY THOUGHT AS CONVERSIONS)
Parasite Eve (not really, book and movie released first)

"INSPIRED FROM VIDEOGAMES":

. Avalon
. Arcade
. Brainscan
. Brainstorm
. Cloak and Dagger
. eXistenZ
. Joysticks
. Jumanji
. The Last Starfighter
. Lawnmower Man
. Matrix
. Mazes and Monsters
. Nightmares - Bishop of Battle sequence
. Strange Days
. Tron
. Virtuosity
. War Games
. The Wizard

-BORDERLINE-
Video-game "feeling" but comes from other source.

. The 13th Floor [actually inspired from a book, Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye, 1964]

. Starship Troopers [looks like Starcraft but actually from Robert Heinlen's book of the same title, 1987]

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