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New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board 277 277

An anonymous reader writes "Australia refused to give Rebellion's new Aliens Vs. Predator game a rating, effectively banning it in the country. Rebellion says it won't be submitting an edited version for another round of classifications, however. (As Valve did with Left 4 Dead 2.) They said, 'We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.'"

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment Re:Stupid prices (Score 5, Insightful) 827 827

Did you happen to know that Pharma spends more for advertising in the US than R&D?

How about we get like almost every other country in the world, and ban prescription drug advertising, that would cut down on their costs dramatically, and make drugs cheaper for everyone.


Comment Re:Technology-determined guilt or innocence (Score 1) 323 323

Sorry, that's wrong, in most states, if you refuse to blow at the scene, you lose your license right then and there, and can be convicted of DUI for refusal to blow. It's a nasty thing that has come about since the Supreme Court decided there's a DUI exception to the Constitution.



Exploring the Current State of Beta Testing 82 82

Karen Hertzberg writes "Since the earliest days of MMO gaming, beta testing has played a pivotal role in the success or failure of our persistent worlds. We've come a long way since the initial tests of Ultima Online and The Realm, but what role do our current beta tests play in the potential outcomes of unreleased titles? To answer this question, Ten Ton Hammer turned to current and former beta decision makers at Cryptic Studios, NetDevil, Sony Online Entertainment, Funcom, and Mythic Entertainment. Some of their answers — and the information they reveal — may surprise you."

Comment Re:Multiple interpretations (Score 1) 542 542

You mean, $8-10 per month, not per disc you rent, for rentals from Netflix and BlockBuster, and with the way the queues work, if you find it sucks at the first disc, you can just remove the rest of the series from the queue right then, and move something else up in the queue to watch. Also with the watch it now for some of the stuff, you don't even need to wait for the discs to arrive in the mail.

If you were to spend the money you're wasting on bad DVD purchases on subscriptions to Netflix and BlockBuster, you'd end up saving money becuase you'd end up buying fewer bad shows.

Comment Re:Multiple interpretations (Score 5, Insightful) 542 542

As a result I feel it's necessary to "test drive" media before purchase. With CDs I can get legal samples online, but with TV shows on DVD there is no method except to download it and see if it's any good. It's illegal, but I do it because I don't want to get stuck wasting thousands of dollars on trash.

Other options.

  1. Netflix. They even happen to have Galactica 1980 on watch it now.
  2. Reading reviews online.
  3. Reading reviews in magazines.
  4. Netflix.
  5. Asking friends about shows.
  6. Hulu.
  7. Youtube (Ok, this one isn't fully legal)
  8. Blockbuster.
  9. All the other video rental stores.
  10. Did I mention Netflix?

I know not everything would be on all the options listed, so there's up to 8 other options, unless you don't have any friends, then there's only up to 7 options.

So don't say the only option you have is to download.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"