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Comment: Re:Nice video. Silent, but (mostly) clear and shar (Score 1) 154

by BRock97 (#34456048) Attached to: Playstation Phone "Zeus" Revealed

Except that it showed nothing. All I saw was a slider running Android with a d-pad and buttons where the keyboard should be. There wasn't even an analog pad.

Listen, I don't want to be a pessimist but until video footage surfaces that had some form of gaming content, I wouldn't get too excited yet. The really pessimistic side of me wonders if someone didn't dummy up an Android app and called it "Playstation". I'll ignore that little voice for the time being though.

The nerd in me would like you to keep that plate of crow warm. The concept looks cool (except they better have some form of analog control) so now show me the substance to seal the deal.

Comment: Earthquake In Nebraska Last Week (Score 1) 96

by BRock97 (#34307524) Attached to: Midwest Earthquake Hazard Downplayed

It strikes me as one hell of a coincidence that this article comes up shortly after Nebraska experienced a 3.3 magnitude earthquake last week (11/18/10). More information can be found here. The cows were producing curdled milk for days...

As an aside, why was this article tagged with "globalwarming"?

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter. 3D in the browser is stupid. (Score 4, Interesting) 198

by BRock97 (#31358180) Attached to: 3D Graphics For Firefox, Webkit

We realized that 3D graphics in the browser were stupid and useless back in 1995...

...and slow! I was there when VRML was landing (just finished high school) and all I saw it used for were virtual rooms were avatars would talk in a 3D IRC like environment. Only big problem back then was we didn't have 3D acceleration and the interface was clunky and painfully slideshow like in speed.

As for uses, I could think of a few and have already started coding them. Instead of loading a PNG or GIF, it is pretty nice to be able to download a float array, be able to display it, and allow a user to interrogate it. Giving a user that kind of capability in the browser while not requiring them to download an application or a browser plugin is pretty darn nice. And while not mainstream, scientific fields could greatly benefit from something like that.

Comment: You Were Starting The Game Wrong (Score 2, Interesting) 398

by BRock97 (#31283632) Attached to: When PC Ports of Console Games Go Wrong

The new Prince of Persia reboot ensured that I won't buy a PC game from Ubisoft ever again. It suffered from the same "Let's fill the UI with references to console-controller buttons" issue.

I had the same problem if I started the game from a shortcut I created to the executable. If I used the launcher from the game disk, all the UI references to the console controls went away.

With respect to the port, I played it on both the PC and the PS3 and enjoyed the PC version since the graphics were very crisp compared to the console and I like the mouse/keyboard combo.

Comment: Re:Word Of Mouth Kept People Away (Score 1) 640

by BRock97 (#27341117) Attached to: Why Fear the End of the R-Rated Superhero Movie?

Ironic, since the blue willie is about as non-sexual as you can get without explicitly stating "this penis is not meant to be taken sexually". I'd even say it's pointedly non-sexual: he's transcended the human state, his body is really just a convenient shell, and he has pretty much started to lose sight of what the whole point of sex is (as the plot shows you).

I agree and thought it was pretty obvious as to why he didn't wear clothes. By the time I had to explain it to the third person, though, I began to understand the argument that the comic would not translate well into a movie.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson