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PlayStation 3 Hack Released Online

wamerocity Re:Does this open the floodgates? (164 comments)

Isn't "overpriced" in the eye of the beholder? I'm glad I payed the 60$ for uncharted 2 and resistance 2. I got so many hours from those games.

more than 4 years ago
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SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

wamerocity Re:Oops (621 comments)

No, I did set the priorities low, but it still ran really slow.

more than 4 years ago
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SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

wamerocity Re:Oops (621 comments)

That's what I did, but the computers still ran at a crawl. The low priority didn't change that it ran REALLY slow.

more than 4 years ago
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SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

wamerocity Re:Oops (621 comments)

Correction: I did this with FOLDING@home, not SETI. I think SETI isn't as useful.

more than 4 years ago
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SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

wamerocity Oops (621 comments)

I did this at my brothers company too. I thought that the program "ran on minimal resources" while the computers were being used. But shortly after installing them on a dozen programs, everyone was complaining about how slow their computers were, so I had to covertly remove them to hide the true reason why they were slow. Lesson learned. At least it didn't cost me my job.

more than 4 years ago
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The Changing Face of the Console Wars

wamerocity Re:Naturally (223 comments)

Thank you! I was coming here to say pretty much the same thing. Why bother pushing for a new system at this point? So a next system has more processing power and ram, so what? Are games today more fun than they were 4 years ago because the graphics are better? Would the next call of duty REALLY be that much better if it was rendered in 1080p instead of 720p? Innovation and quality design makes good games.

about 5 years ago
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Utah Law Punishes Texters As Much As Drunks In Driving Fatalities

wamerocity Re:I never thought I would say this... (620 comments)

I lived in Utah for 27 years. Sometimes the prevailing "think of the children" attitude gets out of hand, but some politicians are actually quite thoughtful. Governor Jon Huntsman and DA Mark Shurtleff are two good examples of metered, thoughtful politicians. But yeah, a lot of them are douches, especially Orrin Hatch...

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat Releases Windows Virtualization Code

wamerocity Re:See! (183 comments)

Landmines explode in either direction. I think it's more like the metal spikes coming out of the ground when you try to drive out of a parking garage without paying.

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat Releases Windows Virtualization Code

wamerocity See! (183 comments)

Isn't it better when we all play nicely?

more than 5 years ago
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How To Stop Businesses Storing SSNs Indefinitely?

wamerocity Re:Broken by design. (505 comments)

What's even funnier is that the USPSTF has recommended AGAINST random PSA screening in individuals who are not already high risk (above 50, history of family prostate cancer) due to low positive predictive value and high false positive rates. The reasoning is that since you are more likely to get a false positive if you are not high risk, you will then spend unnecessary money on treatment, procedures (including biopsies which can put you at additional risk, AND if caught early they haven't been shown to increase your lifespan. I.E. Prostate cancer caught early is as treatable as prostate cancer caught later when true symptoms show up. Just an FYI if anyone cares.

more than 5 years ago
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Freshman Representative Opposes "TSA Porn"

wamerocity Re:Where's your savior now, leftists? (620 comments)

I appreciate the ad hominem, but as an LDS member who served my mission in Baltimore, I was surprised just HOW MANY LDS people work for the government. In fact, the CIA goes out of its way to recruit from BYU and Utah in general because many of them have clean background records and also speak another language (I can prove this quite easily, as I have about 4 friends who were recruited by the CIA right out of BYU). In Silver Springs, MD the congregation I worked in, about 50% of the people worked for the NSA.

So just an FYI, the whole "Mormons have a problems with the Feds" is bullcrap. They may have been true 100 years ago, not now.

more than 5 years ago
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College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

wamerocity Re:Rent-a-cops (1079 comments)

So I have a curious question, are there any circumstances where you can hit/kill a police officer in self-defense? For example, if a policeman was arresting you under false pretenses and using brutal force, could you strike back, or are you required to take it under any and all circumstances?

more than 5 years ago
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Utah Trying To Restrict Keyword Advertising ... Again

wamerocity Re:remove the Mormons tag (257 comments)

Actually it's about 2/3 Mormon, and about half of those don't go to church. So your "effective Mormon" rate is about 1/3. Just an FYI. (Former recent resident of Utah)

more than 5 years ago
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Sea Sponge Extract Conquers Resistant Bacteria

wamerocity Re:Respect (132 comments)

Well I propose that we do with it what we did with penicillin in the 50's, and infuse it into livestock feed, thereby ending the battle against bacteria forever. FOREVER!

more than 5 years ago
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Intel To Design PlayStation 4 GPU

wamerocity Re:im full of jokes today (288 comments)

What I really hope they do is what they should have done with the PS3 in the first place.

I think that they made a huge mistake by not keeping the same architecture with the PS3 as the PS2. If had kept the same architecture, while only increasing the processor speed and the graphics chip (while still adding new opengl lighting and shading effects, etc.), they could have easily made the PS3 FORWARD compatible, like many of the Xbox games are. Not only that, but every developer on earth knows how to program for the PS2. That would have made it so easy for studios to continue designing games in the PS2 fashion, while simply increase polygon count and textures. I think that the familiarity with the system would really have given Sony equality to designing for the 360, which almost all developers say is easier because of Visual Studios as well as the rest of the developers tools that MS provides. Never underestimate familiarity

Example. You can render PS1 games on an old PC (hell my old PocketPC Dell axim could render PS1 games near full speed) at higher resolutions (like 1280x960) while getting rid of the boxiness of the textures, and the games look much better. The PS2 emulator for the PC (which only has a handful of games that run at full speed) can make some PS2 games look better than they did on the PS2, because it's rendered at a higher resolution. The PS3, if they had kept the same architecture as the PS2, could have EASILY upscaled EVERY PS2 game made, breathing new life into people library of old games. Who wouldn't want to replay god of war if the resolution was sharpened at 720p? Seriously, the upscaling the the PS3, (simple image anti-aliasing) doesn't really increase the picture quality much, if at all (some games actually look worse).

Anyways, they didn't do that, and I believe it was a huge mistake. However, I hope they rectify that mistake with the next generation, and make the PS4 FORWARD compatible with my PS3 games. Let me play my PS3 games upscaled at 1080p!. That would be great. I realize that the textures don't get sharper, and that the effects don't increase, but I feel that it would be easier to attract new customer and keep existing customers if they knew all their old games would continue to work forever, and would even look better than they did before!

My 2 cents. If someone who really knows about programming could explain how this idea isn't feasible/cost effective/a good idea, please explain.

more than 5 years ago
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Blu-ray Update Sent To User Via Credit Card Records

wamerocity Re:Cash (526 comments)

That's funny, whenever I give people cash for presents, I refer to it as a "federal reserve gift card". The best part is, it never expires! Though I recommend spending it quick because it seems to lose its value over time....

more than 5 years ago
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Rock Band Creators Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

wamerocity Re:GH Lawsuit? Please (79 comments)

I got a free midi cable from them and I didn't even buy world tour. I just got it because it was free and they didn't ask any verifiable questions. (and I have a clavinova, and now I can hook it up to my computer.)

Also, I still have a sour taste in my mouth after Activision blocked the patches for the guitar hero 3 controller to work in RB1. Activision have surpassed EA as being the worst game company. EA is at least trying new IP, where Activision keeps recycling the same shit every year. John Ritticello himself said, (I'm paraphrasing) "if you can't take a game, and change it up and release the sequel to it again every year, then we're not interested in it." Man, I hate Activision.

more than 5 years ago
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Guitar Hero World Tour Equipment Problems, Subscription Possibilities?

wamerocity Re:WT drums on PS3 issue? (146 comments)

I won't buy any more Activion games unless I buy them used, cause I still have a bitter taste in my mouth after the we-deserve-compensation-for-our-guitars-to-work-in-rock-band for the PS3 debacle. Besides, I LOVE RB2. It's a nice improvement, they have way more downloadable songs to choose from, and since I import the songs from RB1 for only 5$ (55 songs) plug the 85 on the disc + the 20 free songs I just got last night + the 50 or so songs that I downloaded from my brothers PSN account, I have over 200 songs, which makes for a nice variety.

I'm pretty sure that Activision won't show such generosity.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Simple iPhone Ringtone workaround discovered

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity (1106155) writes "Engadget readers found a simple workaround to the iPhone ringtones in iTunes 7.4, where 30 second .AAC clips could be renamed as as .M4R and imported into iTunes, and subsequently synced to your iPhone.

Well, Apple didn't like this and quickly release iTunes 7.4.1 (the next day) fixing this little bug. Well, another workaround has been discovered where you can rename that .m4r, after importing it into iTunes, as an .m4a. This will allow you to put some much needed ringtones on Apple's favorite device, at least until they release iTunes 7.4.2 in the next day or so."
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New Cell Phone Bill to Cut ETF's, Help Consumers

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity (1106155) writes "The Consumerist informs us that Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) recently announced their plans to introduce a new bill in congress, called the Cell Phone Consumer Empowerment Act of 2007, which actually aims to help consumers, not giant Telco's. The bill, if passed, would require that Early Termination Fees (ETF's) be pro-rated, and reduced in price after certain percentages of the contract expire, as well as a complete fee disclosure statement, required maps of cell phone coverage/quality per provider by region (to help consumers make the best choice), make exemptions for military personnel to opt out of contracts if being deployed, and require the FTC to look into the legality and anti-competetive nature of locking down cellphones to certain networks, plus more.

This Bill looks to really help consumers, and Slashdotters should contact their Senator or Representative to tell them what they think about this."
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Universal PSP Unbricker Released

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity (1106155) writes ""One of the biggest if not THE BIGGEST development in the PSP hacking scene has just unfolded."

A new homebrew app, lovingly referred to as "Pandora's Battery" has surfaced as a joint effort between the most noted PSP Homebrew devs, team Noobz, C + D, and homebrew god Dark_Alex. This app, allows ANY homebrew enabled PSP to turn any regular PSP battery into the famed "jigkick" battery, (the method Sony uses to unbrick warrantied PSP) and in conjunction with a small program on the memory stick, it can restore it to the celestial homebrew-friendly 1.5 firmware.

As a sidenote, the newly-created jigkick battery can no longer be used as a normal battery, so a new one should be purchased first."
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PS3 Price cut raises Amazon sales 2800%

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity (1106155) writes "The recently announced PS3 price cut seems to have achieved one objective, if only temporarily. Reports are up that the price cut, effective July 10th, has raised the PS3's sales rank on Amazon up 2800% , even outranking the Nintendo Wii, the long-time #1 seller. This deal has combined with the recent Blu-ray Disc promotion of 5 free movies with any Blu-ray player as well as Amazon's deal to include a free bluetooth remote might just be the injection needed to gain developers confidence in the systems future, as well to raise its last-place standing among next-gen consoles."
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Lawsuit Fears Prompts Dark_Alex to Leave PSP Scene

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity (1106155) writes "Dark_Alex, the PSP Homebrew God who has been delivering his "Open-Edition" firmware upgrades to the PSP has decided to leave the homebrew scene for fear of retaliation from Sony, reminiscint of what happened the the PS3 Hackers who found a way to load games from ISO images.

Rumors are beginning to arise on forums whether he was paid to leave or has already been threatened by Sony. Regardless he will be sorely missed."

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PSP Homebrew Scene Marks Major Milestone

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity (1106155) writes "Despite Sony's efforts to lock down the PSP with each new firmware in lieu of adding desired functionality, it seems that PSP Homebrew god "Fanjita" has released a downgrader for firmware 3.50 (Yes, Sony's most current firmware for the PSP) that requires a new Illuminati exploit as well as a legitimate copy of the game Lumines. This means ANYONE can now put homebrew on their PSP despite their current firmware. This news recently sent the game Lumines to the top selling video game item on Amazon, second only to the Wii.

For those who wonder why they should care, the PSP has open firmware such as the DarkAlex 3.40 OE that allows you to play PS1 games (at full speed), SNES, NES, Sega, MAME, GB/GBC/GBA, N64 games, all while retaining the ability to use Sony's "intended features". The homebrew scene has other programs that allow you to watch any video type, use it as a remote control, get RSS feeds, listen to internet radio, use VNC service, use an IR keyboard, as well as a dozen other programs. There's even a new version of Vista some have released for it, as a proof of concept I'd hope, since Vista really blows."

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wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wamerocity writes "It's time for the next update to the PS3 firmware, and this time around it's performing magic on your old DVDs. Version 1.80 of the firmware adds upscaling to DVDs so that they can be viewed in 1080p HD, and even your old PS1 and PS2 games will look better. (You have to have an HDMI compatible TV, of course.)

The update has a few other features, too, including the ability to stream media from DLNA3 enabled devices (PCs and suchlike), and Remote Play via the 'net, which lets players connect their PSP to their PS3 from any broadband connection. Not sure why you'd want to do that, exactly, but I suppose it's pretty neat, just the same. You should be able to download the new update starting tomorrow.

Check it Here: http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/05/ps3_firmware_u p.html"

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Is music quality decreasing, or it is just perception?

wamerocity wamerocity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Slashdot is very adept at pointing out the antics of the MAFIAA (MPAA and RIAA), and their effort to sue people for downloading "undocumented" music and movies. There is always someone who makes a valid point that people are not paying for music simply because they are cheap and P2P is easier, but also because the quality of music has been degrading over time. So my question to slashdot, is this true?

I have been saying for years, that nothing would make me happier than to see some sort of cultural renaissance in America, where we would look at the current status of art/artists, and suddenly see that it is not satisfactory to bring about the introspection and thought provocation that past art done by the masters has. I would love to see people clamor for tickets to see Itzhak Perlman faster than they do for Greenday. Do our high school students really think that Ansel Adams or Thomas Kincaid are the Da Vinci's or our day? Can someone honestly compare the music of Metallica (despite it being very technical at times) with Chopin, Liszt, or Rachmaninoff?

So as I ponder and despair a little that many of the people I know do not carry an appreciate for the highly skilled and beautiful music of old, currently name "classical" music, I also have to wonder if the problem is that that music doesn't relate to today. Is it possible that the people in the 18th-19th centuries enjoyed that music only because it seemed popular at the time? Was it simply a product of its age? I mean, not all classical artists were famous. There were many classical artists that wrote songs that never got widespread publication. Was Salieri the Ashlee Simpson of our time, while the U2's, Eagles, and Rolling Stone's will wait to become the Bach, Brahms and Beethoven of our day? Also, Mozart wrote music for plays (some of which he wrote, but many he adapted to Shakespearean works), is Mozart simply the John Williams of his time?

In one Futurama episode, Leela once told Fry that he couldn't sit around all day and "listen to classical music". The song was "Baby Got Back." I hope and pray that someday people don't think of that as the highest musical achievement of our day, when looking back from the year 3000.

Will we have a cultural revolution and rerealize the value of quality art and music as it existed 200 years ago, or will music simply continue to be corporate written, focus grouped, machined churned monstrosity that it is today? Or is it that the music of old was that too, and it is simply that time adds value? I hope it's not the latter. Right now I'm listening to some of Bach's Masses. I've never heard them before, but they are stunningly beautiful. Bach's complete works are 160 CD's. Mozart's are 180. There are so many treasures in there that most people will never even hear. I guess I will just sit here and enjoy my music with my snobby elitist attitude that comes from the feeling of "there's something I know that you don't".

Sorry for assaulting your minds with my ramblings.

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