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Microsoft

Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate' 740

Posted by timothy
from the not-keeping-it-all-bottled-up-inside dept.
zacharye writes "Microsoft is no stranger to criticism these days, and the company's new Windows 8 platform is once again the target of a scathing review from a high-profile user. Well-known Internet entrepreneur and MIT professor Philip Greenspun handed Windows 8 one of its most damning reviews yet earlier this week, calling the new operating system a 'Christmas gift for someone you hate.' Greenspun panned almost every aspect of Microsoft's new software, noting that Microsoft had four years to study Android and more than five to examine iOS, but still couldn't build a usable tablet experience..."
Japan

JAXA Creates Camera That Can See Radiation 49

Posted by timothy
from the predator-mecha-are-next dept.
New submitter Ben_R_R writes "The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has created a camera that can 'see' radioactive contamination by detecting gamma rays emitted by radioactive cesium and other substances. The camera has been tested in the disaster evacuation zone around Fukushima. The image captures levels of radiation in six different colors and overlays the result over an image captured with a wide angle lens."
The Media

The Oslo Massacre and Violent Video Games: the Facts 343

Posted by Soulskill
from the broken-record dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Media hysteria is once again blaming a real life massacre on violent video games. But looking at every single gaming reference in the Oslo killer's manifesto shows that such accusations are ridiculous. He played games to unwind from plotting and used them to mask his activities."

Comment: Re:butbutbutbutbut (Score 2) 320

by Daz3d (#34469918) Attached to: Vuvuzelas Blare On Pirated Copies of Music Game

Years ago I bought an Amiga 500+ with loads of games, one of which was Sim City. I thought it was tough going with my buildings being destroyed all the time by natural disasters. It soon improved when I found the code booklet, which was printed in dark red with maroon letters to stop it being photocopied. Other games like Microprose F1 GP would ask for a word to be typed from a random part of the manual.

Monkey Island 2 and F/A-18 Interceptor had a code wheel, and annoyingly trying to play Another World on my GP2X handheld emulator soon had it asking for codes. It's not so handy having to print 20 pages of gibberish symbols out.

http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/08/26/wacky-copy-protection-methods-from-the-good-old-days/
http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/30/Another+World.html
http://www.abandonia.com/files/extras/Code%20Wheel.zip

Comment: Re:CBSMS? (Score 1) 256

by Daz3d (#34263896) Attached to: Emergency Broadcast System Coming To Cell Phones

I've tried it in the past on Vodafone in the UK. If subscribed to message service # 50 (cell info) it would display the local landline area code (e.g: 0161) on the screen in standby. Fairly useless and the phone manual said it would use more battery life.

Perhaps the network operators could send out an SMS that auto configures your phone to subscribe to emergency alerts, like they do for enabling WAP browsing etc.

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