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Comment: More info (Score 1) 3

by 75th Trombone (#30123042) Attached to: Making old games look good on modern LCD displays?

More info on me, in case it helps:

I'm not a programmer, but I'm about as close as you can be to one without being one. I normally run Mac OS X, and Windows XP is handy. I'd rather not maintain a Linux install, but I'll do what I have to.

Discussion on this recent post inspired me to ask Slashdot. I've been trying to crack this nut off and on for months.

Thanks in advance to all non-snarky replies.

Graphics

+ - Making old games look good on modern LCD displays? 3

Submitted by 75th Trombone
75th Trombone (581309) writes "I'm a fan of several old PC games — the Myst series, Starcraft, Diablo, etc — with 2D graphics that run at a low, fixed resolution. These games all look horrible on modern LCDs. If you run them at their original resolution they're tiny, and if you upscale them they get all sorts of blurry, pixelly smoothing artifacts.

My ideal goal is to run these games at exactly double their original resolution — running 640 x 480 games at 1280 x 960, for example — so that each original pixel takes up exactly a 2 x 2 block of screen pixels, yielding graphics that are perfectly crisp and decently big.

I've tried arcane settings in graphics card drivers new and old, I've tried forcing the OS to run at a given resolution, I've tried PowerStrip, all to no avail.

Short of writing a new, modern engine for my favorite games, is there a reasonable solution to this problem?"

Comment: Mystery (Score 4, Interesting) 381

by 75th Trombone (#28154903) Attached to: What To Do With 78 USB Drives Next Christmas?

Create a puzzle that will require the cooperation of all the recipients to complete. The contents of each drive should be tailored to the individual. Computer-savvy people could have an encrypted document or image on their drive; computer dunces could have a simple text file that says "Call Joe at 870-555-1234 and tell him to give the password on his drive to Mark at 901-555-4567." Put hints on some drives, and images, and text files, and passwords, and instructions that, if all are followed, will result in the final unveiling of something cool.

The "something cool"? I don't know. If you have some money laying around, it could result in uncovering a bunch of $10 iTunes gift certificate codes on some web site somewhere. (But it'd have to be done in such a way that each person involved can claim exactly one certificate.)

Ideally, build some redundancy into the puzzle so that even if 10 or 20 people don't participate, the remainder can still get something cool in the end.

If you choose to do this (and I must say I think my idea is pretty awesome), keep me posted on what you do. My contact info is on my /. profile.

Comment: Re:For fuck's sake... (Score 4, Informative) 464

by 75th Trombone (#28152767) Attached to: EU Wants Multiple Browser Bundling On New PCs

The anti-competitive behavior is not the bundling of IE itself, but rather the conditions Microsoft imposed upon OEMs who wished to install/default to other browsers. It has at times entirely disallowed other browsers and at others given a substantial discount for making IE the only/default browser on new systems.

I don't know to what extent this crap is still the case today.

Software

Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released, Supports ODF Out of the Box 274

Posted by timothy
from the file-formats-rule-the-world dept.
shutdown -p now writes "On April 28, Microsoft released service pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007. Among other changes, it includes the earlier-promised support for ODF text documents and spreadsheets, featured prominently on the 'Save As' menu alongside Office Open XML and the legacy Office 97-2007 formats. It is also possible to configure Office applications to use ODF as the default format for new documents. In addition, the service pack also includes 'Save as PDF' out of the box, and better Firefox support by SharePoint."
Earth

Antarctic Ice Is Growing, Not Melting Away, At Davis Station 633

Posted by timothy
from the weather-is-what-you-get dept.
schwit1 writes "A report from The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research says that Antarctic ice is growing, not melting away. Ice core drilling in the fast ice off Australia's Davis Station in East Antarctica by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-Operative Research Centre shows that last year, the ice had a maximum thickness of 1.89m, its densest in 10 years. The average thickness of the ice at Davis since the 1950s is 1.67m. A paper to be published soon by the British Antarctic Survey in the journal Geophysical Research Letters is expected to confirm that over the past 30 years, the area of sea ice around the continent has expanded."
Social Networks

Academics To Predict Next Twitter and Its Pitfalls 150

Posted by samzenpus
from the peer-into-my-crystal-ball dept.
An anonymous reader writes "University researchers in the UK have put together a team tasked with predicting the next big thing in terms of communication technologies, in a bid to tackle ethical pitfalls before they become a problem. This is in the wake of the rise of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, which has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of personal information available online."

Comment: Re:They are NOT near a billion. (Score 1) 119

by 75th Trombone (#27543981) Attached to: Apple Promises Mother Lode to Billionth App Downloader

They sort of do get more chances to win; if the winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, they randomly draw a name from all entries. If the winner is an app downloader, who knows if they'll be paying enough attention to reply? They may even think it's SPAM and delete the "You won!" e-mail.

Comment: Early adopters. Duh. (Score 4, Insightful) 833

by 75th Trombone (#27538641) Attached to: Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated Story

Of course the actual reason Linux's share of netbooks has dropped is simply because netbooks have changed from a nerds' thing into a mainstream thing.

UNIX's marketshare of all computers did the exact same percentage decline over time as netbooks are having now. It's the early adopters, stupid!

Comment: "Click to Unpause"? WTF? (Score 1, Offtopic) 168

by 75th Trombone (#27538625) Attached to: Copyright Scholar Challenges RIAA/DOJ Position

Whenever I try to click the header to go back to the homepage, I get some AJAXy crossfadey filth and a big white box with a small black link that says "Click to Unpause."

What is this garbage? I've supported all the upgrades Slashdot has made since Discussion2 was first tested, but this is some horrific love child between 2009's web techniques and 1995's web incompetence.

Anyone else out there with me on this?

Comment: Re:If you didn't vote libertarian, you ASKED FOR T (Score 1) 785

by 75th Trombone (#27290011) Attached to: Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA

Your writing is actually pretty horrible if this post is any indication. Maybe English isn't your native language? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

But let's assume that a lot of people wanted to read books' worth of your writing, and let's further assume that most of them decided to download their copy instead of buying it. Did you provide an easy-to-use, well-designed downloadable version of your book?

If not, then you did not provide what there was obviously demand for, and therefore have few to blame but yourself for your books' failure.

People still buy books they want. People still buy things they want. You just have to make the things you sell worth it.

Comment: Re:The really funny thing about the voice (Score 1) 174

by 75th Trombone (#27288657) Attached to: Dell's Smartphone Rejected — Too Dull
I think what SuperKendall is trying to say is not that the words are pronounced phonetically differently, but rather that the word is emphasized the wrong way. It's sort of like the difference between "HE told you that?!" and "He told YOU that?!" Same words, same pronunciations, different meanings.

Comment: Re:Topical? (Score 1) 89

by 75th Trombone (#27027553) Attached to: Nintendo Reveals New Wii Controller

Topical? Super Mario Galaxy is a Nunchuk game, not a Classic Controller game.

GGP was not talking about games on a specific controller; he was just saying that the Wii needs more good games, period.

For shooters like Ikaruga

Non sequitur. Did you even read your parent post? He said he was talking about first-person shooters.

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