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Mega Man 10 Confirmed For WiiWare 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the with-new-bosses-chair-man-and-bread-man dept.
The upcoming issue of Nintendo Power revealed that Capcom is working on Mega Man 10 for a release via WiiWare sometime in the future. "Like Mega Man 9 (released for WiiWare in 2008), Mega Man 10 remains true to the series's roots with 8-bit-style graphics and sound, and tried-and-true Mega Man gameplay." According to the early look at Nintendo Power's article, the game may include an easier difficulty mode, likely inspired by complaints that the previous game was too hard. It also previews one of the new bosses, who is apparently called "Sheep Man." Make of that what you wool.

Comment: Re:History (Score 5, Informative) 251

by Azheim (#30181164) Attached to: New Microsoft Silverlight Features Have Windows Bias

Unfortunately, some of us have to.

I'm a med student, and many of my lectures are viewed and reviewed at home via MediaSite, a Silverlight-based lecture management system from Sonicfoundry. While our lectures do play in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome with the Silverlight plugin, advanced features (such as the ability to play the lecture at whatever speed you wish) are only available in Internet Explorer. The crippling of Silverlight in competing browsers has forced me to return to IE.

Comment: Re:It's the chemicals!? Bollox to that! (Score 1) 614

by Azheim (#30108368) Attached to: Environmental Chemicals Are Feminizing Boys

Not any plastics, but polycarbonate is a polymer of Bisphenol A -- and Bisphenol A was investigated as a synthetic estrogen before it was used in plastics. We've know that it had serious biological effects since the 1930s, but I suppose that was just another inconvenient, profit-reducing fact.

I agree with every other point you made but felt that this needed addressing.

E.C. Dodds and W. Lawson stumbled upon BPA’s estrogenic activity while conducting a study of estrogenic structures in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Dodds and Lawson compared estrogenic activity in rats of various organic compounds, by subcutaneous injection - a lot of subcutaneous injection. It's been a little while since I've read the article in question (Dodds, EC., & Lawson, W. (1936). Synthetic Å’strogenic agents without the phenanthrene nucleus. Nature, 137, 996-996.), and I'm at home at the moment so I don't have access to my University's database, but I believe that the amount they injected was half a liter of BPA solution.

Dodds and Lawson's account was the sole study on BPA's in vivo effects until the 1960s and 70s, when a few, mostly allergenic, studies were done on BPA in response to its expanded use. So for over 20 years, the only evidence that BPA had any ill effects at all was a study in which half a liter of the stuff was injected into a lab rat - it's hard to imagine a substance that wouldn't be harmful in such amounts. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until 1997 that low-dose effects of BPA were identified by the laboratory of FS vom Saal. All this to say that I don't think it's fair to attribute the widespread use of BPA to willful ignorance of "another inconvenient, profit-reducing fact", as you suggest.

That said, I'll reiterate that I do agree with the rest of what you wrote. Having worked with BPA for a year, I've seen its effects in lab animals first hand. I am encouraged by recent steps taken by the FDA (stated plans to reevaluate its toxicity in June 2009), EPA (announced ongoing evaluation for the development of "action steps" in Septemper 2009) and other organizations (Nalgene no longer uses BPA in its products) to evaluate, inform, and protect.

Comment: Re:Can you actually do anything useful? (Score 1) 146

by Azheim (#30103852) Attached to: Commodore 64 Runs Again On the iPhone

>>>LOAD "VIRUS",8,1

That thing still hanging around? Jeez. I wrote that when I was like, 10. Damn internet - nothing disappears. I shoulda known buying that 0.3 k modem was a bad idea.

I opened up this article just to see what witty comments you had written about your namesake.

One post. Barely two lines. That's it? C'mon, you're giving the German Killers more "love" than the C64!

Needless to say, I am disappointed.

Comment: Re:it's almost like... (Score 1) 560

by Azheim (#29956384) Attached to: Pirate Bay Closure Sparked P2P Explosion

Why do they need the author's permission to copy it in the first place?
If someone tells me a fart joke, why should I get their permission to tell that joke to someone else?

If you care about what the person who told the joke thinks about you, yes.

If someone tells me a joke, and I like it, I'll almost always ask "Do you mind if I use that?" before passing the joke along. Reason being that I don't want my friends thinking of me as a joke thief - the guy who always uses other people's jokes. Granted, that person may have gotten that joke from someplace else, and they'll usually tell me where it came from if they can remember. Then when I tell the joke to other people, I'll source my material, either before or after. This all sounds complicated, but it really only takes 10 or 15 seconds - well worth it for a good, honest laugh.

If you don't think that joke stealing is a big deal, just look up "carlos mencia steals" in Google, and check out the response that you get. His reputation has been ruined (in most, not all, circles) because of the material he's stolen.

Sharing may not be selfish, but taking sure is.

Comment: Re:And this is why medical pot has a hard time (Score 1) 171

by Azheim (#29831955) Attached to: Colorado Newspaper Looking for Marijuana Reviewer

All I'm looking for is one study showing that pot produces significantly more damage, either personal or social or both, than alcohol.

http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/Abstract/1990/04000/36__and_48_Month_Neurobehavioral_Follow_up_of.3.aspx

Took me 5 minutes on Google Scholar. Maybe not what you're looking for, but it meets the criteria you've outlined. If I wasn't supposed to be studying Biochem right now I'd try to find you a better one.

Comment: Re:More on the "iPod for books" (Score 1) 350

by Azheim (#29638321) Attached to: Will Books Be Napsterized?

The "40,000 stolen song" argument is weak. I have never seen an iPod filled to capacity, and those that are anywhere near close have always had a significant amount of video content on them. The maximum capacity of a device is a poor means of implying criminal activity. To put it another way: Just because your work computer has a 250gb hard drive, that doesn't mean that you must have 250,000 images of porn on it.

I don't own an iPod Classic, but if I did it would be 10% full with 100% legitimate music. The remaining 90% is why I would never buy/need an iPod Classic.

Software

+ - DMCA take down advice

Submitted by CBung
CBung (1572609) writes "Hello Slashdot readers, I am involved in an open source Java strategy game engine hosted on SourceForge. We have existed for many years and our development is volunteer based. We use the engine to play clones of a popular WWII board game as well as many community created mods and maps. The popularity of the board game is the driving force behind the successfulness of our application. Most users have "been playing that board game for 20yrs", and most of us own at least one of the board games. We love being able to play on line and develop our skills on the board game maps at an international level. Unfortunately, we've recently been hit by a DMCA take down notice from the rights holder the board game that we clone. The IP holder did create a PC version of the board game in 1998 which was poorly maintained and another reason our application was created. At this point, our initial reaction is to simply remove the specifically cloned maps, and maintain our application with many of our user mods. However, many of our mods use the same units and game mechanics/rules as the board game. Is there any way we can keep our application, including the clones of the board game maps, alive?

I will also note that the rights holder recently released an on line version of their board game thats playable on line. However it is very specific and limited in options. It seems more then coincidental that we've received this notice now that their own game lobby is on line. Can our application take refuge in another country? Is there a way to keep our application alive since it is significantly more feature full?"
Music

$90 Asus Sound Card Whips Creative's Best 387

Posted by kdawson
from the listen-up dept.
EconolineCrush writes "Sound card giant Creative caught plenty of flak for its recent driver debacle, and has long been criticized for bullying competitors and stifling innovation. But few have been willing to compete with Creative head-on, allowing the company to milk its X-Fi audio processor for more than two and a half years. Now the SoundBlaster has a new challenger in the form of Asus' $90 Xonar DX, which delivers much better sound quality than the X-Fi, PCI Express connectivity, and support for real-time Dolby Digital Live encoding. The Xonar can even emulate the latest EAX positional audio effects, providing the most complete competition to the X-Fi available on the market."

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