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The Next Decade In Storage

newsdee Re: Technologically maybe... (93 comments)

I was the first kid in school to get a CD drive... mono speed... which I brought from a trip to the US. Six months later everybody had 2X because importers skipped directly to the faster version :-D

about three weeks ago

Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

newsdee Re:Emulator or Reimplementation? (110 comments)

Nowadays people are trying to reimplement the ZX Spectrum on FPGA, which gives you a hardware clone of the original and (in theory) could be made compatible with legacy hardware. It's still not perfect, but somehow feels closer to the real thing than emulators (and they use less power than a PC).

about 2 months ago

Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

newsdee Re:Is there a point? (110 comments)

Thanks for pointing it out, I was wondering the same thing. Probably too expensive for them to use/design a custom SoC (given how the DTV story turned out).

about 2 months ago

Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

newsdee Re:Emulator or Reimplementation? (110 comments)

Correction: it's an emulator, as somebody else pointed out in a comment. Meaning that it won't "feel" as close to the original, but might be good enough for those who can't be bothered to hunt for games online or to attach a keyboard to a phone and use one of the existing Android/iOS Spectrum emulators.

about 2 months ago

Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

newsdee Re:Games were the death of programming (110 comments)

You can get stickers for a USB keyboard... it's not the same as the real rubber keys, but at least the solution is future-proof in that it is inexpensive to re-print.
Combine this with a system re-implementation (FPGA or dedicated SoC) and the experience should be very close to the original compared to emulators (instant on, no lag, etc.).

about 2 months ago

Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

newsdee Emulator or Reimplementation? (110 comments)

The article is light on technical details, so I wonder if it's an emulator like the NeogeoX, or a reimplementation like the C64 DTV. The price also seems a bit steep since it is now possible to re-implement a full ZX Spectrum on a user-friendly FPGA board which loads games from sound files dumped from tapes. Compatibility is still worked on but you get many other systems as an added bonus, and the HDL code for all of it is open source and available online.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

newsdee Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I don't think "Windows Phone 8.1" and "Windows 8.1" are really the same though? If they truly released the full OS on a phone it would be fantastic, but in my old experience from the Windows CE days, you get a watered down version of an OS which does not truly compare. So it feels misleading that they call it the same. Now I could be wrong and maybe they've managed to bring some compatibility, which would definitely be interesting.

about 5 months ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

newsdee Re:My old PSP fat is awesome. (85 comments)

(reposting as I accidentally sent AC)

There are several Linux/Android based handhelds which are exactly this. It started with the GP32 and GP2X (later Wiz / Canoo) and they gained quite a following. Today the alternatives are the NVidia Shield (bulky, but has Android on a powerful GPU) , and the planned successor of the OpenPandora (this one didn't do well due to production issues).

Problem with the above was snobs saying their PSP/NDS could do all that. Kind of true, but the difference is these are completely open platforms. No dedicated (good) first-party games though.

about 8 months ago

E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

newsdee Emulation to the rescue (179 comments)

This story reminds me of this guy who has fixed the game by ROM hacking: http://www.neocomputer.org/pro...
Quite an interesting read if you're familiar with (or wondered about) Atari or assembly programming.

about 9 months ago

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 2 years ago

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.

more than 2 years ago

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).

more than 2 years ago

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 3 years ago

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

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

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

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 :-)

about 5 years ago


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The ENIAC Demo Competition

newsdee newsdee writes  |  more than 7 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.


Video Games Movie List

newsdee newsdee writes  |  more than 11 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.


. 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

Parasite Eve (not really, book and movie released first)


. 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

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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