Cringely's Lost Jobs Interview: Coming To a Theater Near You
So, are we all just meant to believe that this guy lost it back in 1995 and took almost 16 years to find it? (Amazingly just after Job's death?)
Not only that, but is also ready for commercial use? (I doubt they are going to play the RAW interview..)
World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers
As a player that as been there since the days of Vanilla and playing almost non-stop in a semi-casual guild (and now as Guild Leader) I feel blizzard have been testing the waters for quite a while and have finally got it right.
They have been experimenting with different ways of balancing PvP and PvE, as well as the difficulties of Raids and at which level they should be aimed at.
In WotLK Naxx and TotC were complete and utter failures while Ulduar and ICC is rated as some of the best content to brace WoW since Vanilla.
Come Cataclym, expectations where high, and though the first 3 Raid Dungeons were okay, they weren't great (besides Nef)..
Because of peoples experience of WotlK (which I think was blizzards worst so far) people had already stopped playing and then when Firelands came out they didn't even bother levelling up to 85 ( http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2413-Character-Activity-Stats-Poll-Trip-to-Blizzcon-Contest-MMO-Report )
But for those of us who have stuck it out, have finally been rewarded with Firelands... In my humble opinion, Blizzard has gotten Firelands 100% correct.
It is hard, fun and epic.
Firelands is about bringing the player, not the class
It is about movement and tactics, not just standing still and smashing buttons..
Yes.. this has made organising raid nights harder as you can no longer carry players, but once you have weeded out those who are just not up to it.. It is definitely worth it..
The problem Blizzard are facing now is that because Firelands is so awesome, and hard casual players just aren't buying into it anymore, and so they are starting to pull the plug on subscriptions which looks bad, but it is probably the best thing that can happen.. This way blizzard won't have to cater for the n00bs who can't even play arcane mage :(
I for once is finally enjoying WoW again (as I did back in Vanilla and TBC) and I can definitely recommend Firelands to any WoW player who has ended their subscription and has been thinking of trying it out again.
Mug-Shot Industry Digs Up Your Past, Charges You To Bury It
Have the owners of these websites realised that people with mugshot are generally not people you are wanting to screw over?
Infertility Could Impede Human Space Colonization
I'm surprised no one has noted the obvious point that at current it might take a 1000years to send said Astronauts to a distant galaxies.
But in say 200years from now it might only take 50years? or even less.
So while impregnating might but a bit of problem right now.. The case of "I got here first" vs "I was sent first" might be a bigger problem!
Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack
So if I press this here "Quote Parent" button, I'm going to get sued?
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Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation
Could someone please supply this "growing" evidence..
From my understanding and following of this specific discussion there seems to be less and less evidence that Violent Games are in any way linked to aggressive behavior.
Except that aggressive people play video games.. But then again, so do normal placid people..
This is like saying Murders driver cars, thus we need to put a warning labels on all cars informing people that driving a car might cause you to become a murdered..
The pre-disposition was already there, it had nothing to do with the car or the game. The problem is the person >
Two-Thirds of US Internet Users Lack Fast Broadband
In America you say that anything below 5 Mbps is considered slow..
In South Africa we consider anything above 512Kbs to be fast.
Guessing two-thirds of America aren't as backwards as you might think..
US Army Develops Tooth Cleaning Gum
But does it floss??
That is the question!
Mozilla Unleashes the Kraken
IE 8 Results : "This script it causing your browser to slow down. Do you wish to continue?"
You then have to press "Yes" continually till you give up. :(
Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access
Ubisoft can kiss any ideas about tapping into the african market goodbye..
South Africa, which has one of the more "advanced" telecommunication networks in Africa has less than 10% of its population on Internet, and most of those are dial-ups.
The rest of Africa is so far in the dark that the countries finally embracing the world of Internet are bypassing fixed lines and going straight for cellphones..
I can hardly see them jumping on this idea soon..
Long story short :
Permanent internet requirement == no 3rd World users
Game Endings Going Out of Style?
You can compare gaming to the movie and TV industry.
Games designed with no end in sight are like TV shows whose life is controlled by the interest of the public, where other games with definite endings could be compared to movies.
Sure TV shows do give you that feeling of really getting to grips with the characters and the story, and lore..
But who turns down a great Movie for that dose of fast paced intense action?
If gaming with set endings ever came to an end, it would truly be a horrible state of affairs for the gaming world.
IMHO that feeling of "clocking" a game should never vanish.
The Struggle For Private Game Servers
Blizzard did in fact try to take some measures a couple of years ago regarding South Africa and our fleet of Private Servers.
Because of the high volume of "private servers" in SA (hosting all of Blizzards games [starcraft, d1,d2,War3, and WoW]) Blizzard threatened not to ship WoW - The Burning Crusade to South Africa.
This fell through as the game was oddly enough available in Zimbabwe, and so suppliers were just importing the game.
This being said, one of the main reasons PS exist in SA is because our pings to Blizzard servers(and everywhere else in the world) usually vary between 600-1200ms. It can be lowered to 350, but this requires a purchase of an unshaped account (which sells for over R125 per gig).
So instead, SA gamers choose to rather enjoy a lag free game, rather than a full feature game.
And with local bandwidth costing almost 10% of our "blended" bandwidth some players are almost forced into using PS.
I'm not saying that this is a valid excuse to host PS, but sometimes when you are forced into a corner, you just have to make do with what you have.
DX11 Tested Against DX9 With Dirt 2 Demo
The big advantage of DX 11 is Tesselation / Displacement, Realtime Meshdisplacement and making Normal maps into geometric detail.
Here is dx 10 vs dx 11 :
Dx 10 :
Even with the screenshots of the car in the link mentioned in the article you can see how the water is more interactive to the forces applied to it.
But yes, just like the early days of anti-aliasing, this is going to complete rape PC's for a while.
Augmented Reality and Privacy
Strangely enough I've heard and experience the complete opposite.
I've been burglarized twice in my life, and both were done by highly organised crime gangs.
Sure your small time druggies are just looking for something to grab so that they can get another hit, but organised gangs will thrive on information like this, to see who is afk and who isn't.
And in the end, it will be these guys who will drive away with your flat screen's and suitcases full of everything else thanks to AR.
Or maybe the burglar's in South Africa are just smarter than those in Holldand
Copyright Time Bomb Set To Go Off
In the future bands will refer to this as the "old musicians retirement fund"
Scientists Decry "Horrifying" UK Border Test Plan
If they are going to go down that root surely the Pencil Test is faster and cheaper?
Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?
I can't agree more this post, even if I tried.
Sure, cursive is no longer the most common form of writing, and it definitely should not be forced upon 10 year kids who probably struggle just to write their own name in print, and can't seem to understand why they can't just type it out on PC and print it.
But their is something magical and personal about cursive, and with it reaching extinction ( as far as the general population goes ) it will definitely live on as an art form, which will continue to be used.
If I was given the option of receiving a letter from a loved one either by Email or by letter written in cursive, I'd choose cursive every time (of course in a world where everything is instant, waiting 1day for the postal service to deliver the letter is just too damn much to ask). It boils down to culture, taste and appreciate for art.
If you don't give two shites about art, culture or history you probably don't care about handwritings or anything vaguely outside of your own interest field, then this discussion is futile (unfortunately it seems the Arts and Culture movement is just not happening at /. ) because we working form two completely separate frameworks.
We have those who believe that if it isn't modern, instant and easy it is pointless, useless and completely backwards and has no place in a society trying to "advance" (what ever the that means) who will work with a frameword formed by speed and efficiency, while others (like myself) who might take the stand of personalization, enjoyment of culture and that which is not necessarily advancing society but definitely adding riches to it will take it from a more personal view. One of personal enrichment, and the pleasures and luxuries of life that have no price value, but build up character, and stirs up the emotions.
all in all, cursive will die out (but only to the general public) their will always be a remnant who hold on to a form of writing that definitely is more personalized than any email will ever be.
Can Bill Gates Prevent the Next Katrina?
Just kill all the butterflies?
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