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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

pancakegeels I wonder... (114 comments)

If only we could vacation at these distances. Was there any science to wormholes? I mean, apart from the nematology.

more than 2 years ago

4 UK Urban Explorers Face Orders Not To Talk With Each Other For 10 Years

pancakegeels Re:ASBOS (387 comments)

I imagine breaking and entry is a crime. They are trying to make a ASBO serve as a deterrent to repeat behaviour, rather than give them the 5 hours community service or whatever minimal punishment they would have had.

more than 2 years ago

Sony's Solution To Split-Screen Multiplayer

pancakegeels Re:Also - CHEATING :D (157 comments)

3D sends a different image to the left eye to the right, and the glasses for these screens flicker appropriately to only show one image to each eye. From what I can gather, If the sync for the left eye is employed in both lenses, the screen will display Gamer 1's screen. If the sync for the Right eye is used, then similarly the right eye will show Gamer 2's image. If you have the usual sync on the glasses, you will see both images - one in each lens. If it is a sufficient advantage, you could play with your game screen, one eye shut, and peek at your opponent's screen by switching which eye you have open.

more than 3 years ago

Wolfenstein Gets Ray Traced

pancakegeels Two things struck me about this: (184 comments)

1. There is no reason why a game would need a raytraced chandelier. But how good is raytracing at deformation and breakage - what happens if I shoot that rendered glass plate? 2. The reflections make sense as a tactical advantage , but the screen recursion doesn't even fit with reality. Screens have a resolution, cameras taint an image, so zooming into a screen shouldn't lead to a Portal-like infinity. Is it possible to set restraints/limits and add effects to situations like this? Anyway, that was fun, if a little shiny. I love this kind of tech, but its just that little step short of being a game changer for me.

about 4 years ago

Pentagon Aims To Buy Up Book

pancakegeels If there was an eBook... (347 comments)

presumably you'd have to do a denial of service? This is an argument for eBooks that I hadn't considered before....

about 4 years ago

Google Remotely Nukes Apps From Android Phones

pancakegeels Big Apple vs Google distinction: (509 comments)

Google are not nuking Apps because the go against their ideology/ego/compulsiveness guidelines, but because they pose a risk.

more than 4 years ago

Touchpad Meets Morphing Keyboard

pancakegeels This would be ace (85 comments)

if Swype supported it.

more than 4 years ago

Framerates Matter

pancakegeels Mame and other emulators (521 comments)

Emulation is a fantastic field, and one thing they are great at is making old games look great, Scale2x and so on. The thing is, I am pretty sure I have seen it crank out some super-massive framerates. for some titles. The video for Starblazer gave no indication of how it was rendered. Which, in addition to the video being encoded for flv, softens the initial point in this article. Good links in it though - I like it when people give interesting references.

more than 4 years ago

Devices To Take Textbooks Beyond Text

pancakegeels Battery life? (115 comments)

I would like a *cheap* usb ebook screen so I can reduce the eye-strain when reading text at work/home etc. Why doesn't that exist?

more than 4 years ago

US Court Tells Microsoft To Stop Selling Word

pancakegeels The patent office will eat itself (403 comments)

If the patent office remains the shambles it is now, eventually there will be no such thing as an exercisable patent. Given that any patent will immediately be usurped by Chinese entrepreneurs, the patent office practically only penalises companies in the U.S. Add to that the business of patenting "scratching your ass", is worth shy of $300 million, I can't see any remedy.

more than 5 years ago

Is The Best Game One You Were Never Intended To Play?

pancakegeels possible spoiler if you still play gamecube: (156 comments)

Eternal Darkness for the Gamecube tried something akin to that - no, the plot wasn't trying to recover files from a corrupt hard disk - but it did use your knowledge of Gamecube related events outwith the game to piss the hell out of you. Genius. Maybe this is a spoiler...

more than 5 years ago

Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

pancakegeels Missed Opportunity (834 comments)

Exactly, the sequel should have been a robot going after the Great Great Great Grandad in the Wild West, or Industrial Revolution era Northern England.

more than 5 years ago

How Piracy Affected the Launch of Demigod

pancakegeels Another strategy 18000:100000 (613 comments)

Although these were exceptional circumstances, if we imagine that the ratios they experienced were true 18000/118000 is about 15% are payers... If they reduced the price to 15% of $40 = $6 ...Would that ratio change by much? Would more people buy the game overall?

more than 5 years ago

Viacom Vs. YouTube, Beyond Privacy

pancakegeels They know know everything you have seen (197 comments)

which for them is worth millions in marketing research. Even if you have never watched a single bit of their intellectual property - they still get to know. This is a gross infringement of everyones privacy. If anything they should be allowed to see who watched particular videos (that viacom can prove infringed) - not the whole damn lot.

more than 6 years ago


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