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Comment: Re:Text-to-speech will squash audio books (Score 1) 232

by Devir (#27066297) Attached to: Amazon Releases iPhone Kindle Software

What the writer's guild don't understand is that Audio books are just too damn expensive. The Twilight set is offered for as much as $200. Other set's are around $100. so after buying book and audio set, you're deep in the hole.

It is their pricing model that is pushing them out of the business, not the fact there is a text to speech feature on kindle, PDF blah blah. waah.

Comment: Re:I have a copy and it just rocks!!! (Score 1) 140

by Devir (#26900909) Attached to: Early <em>Killzone 2</em> Reviews Looking Good

At least someone has some enthusiasm albeit a little over the top.

I've been dying for a good FPS to come out for the PS3 for a while now. (haven't played any of the Resistance games). MSG4 is still my top PS3 game to date. Now i want more "game" less "movie".

I may be inclined to finally pay $60 for a new release in a very long while. It sucks, I was going to get another game the name of which I can't remember.

Comment: All work... (Score 1) 235

by Devir (#26723599) Attached to: Jack Thompson Attacks DoD, ESA, GTA With Utah Bill

...and no play make Jack a dull guy
All work and no play make Jack a dull guy
All work and no play make Jack a dull guy
All work and no play make Jack a dumb twit
All work and no play make Jack a dimwit
All work and no play make Jack a demented monkey
All work and no play make Jack a delusional conspirator

Comment: Re:Tackle? (Score 1) 799

by Devir (#26549745) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica's Last Days

You sound very bitter and full of hate and resentment towards yourself, family and wife.

I've harbored 30 years of resentment towards my mother, rarely called her and told her those things. Finally I put those petty feelings aside realizing that my mother did the best job she was capable of doing working as a single mom pulling herself up the ranks of a company to put a little exta food on the table and break away from our "white trash" upbringing to live a better life.

I feel better pushing aside bitter resentment feelings.

You can date the younger, more attractive girl, just don't let your wife know. Better yet convince her that polygamy is good for the man and helps him live longer as mentioned in an earlier slashdot article. "But honey, I don't want you to live longer"

Networking

+ - Will Network Neutrality kill Web 2.0? And how?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Looking at el reg, there's this hack piece from Andrew Orlowski with lots of words but no meat arguing that network neutrality is bad:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/16/packetexch ange_net_futures

OK, forgetting whether Web 2.0 should be killed off or not, there's still several questions begged. How will NN kill Web2 being the main one.

The accusation is made that upload speeds are what's killing Web2. But that is nothing to do with NN. Choke your download bandwidth to the same as your upload and the web goes suprisingly slowly under the "Web 1.0" method.

Time-sensitive data being delayed is a problem stated but this again isn't NN related. It may be badly-worded-NN-law related but this relates to traffic shaping, whereas AT&T want to traffic shape based on source or destination, not protocol. And anyway, the problem isn't QoS and provisioning, it's that contention ratios for advertised bandwidth is massive (included numbers as high as 50 to 1!).

Anyone else got ideas on what he may be on about?"
Windows

+ - Upgrading to Vista: Gotchas and Good News

Submitted by
jcatcw
jcatcw writes "Computerworld's Scot Finnie has some advice for those considering an upgrade to Vista. He praises the work Microsoft has done on the installation program, but thinks it still presents problems for those who wish to upgrade. He recommends the free Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. Then, be sure to pick the best edition for your use. From the article:

Don't bother wiping your hard disk. Just run the in-place upgrade from your previous installation. You'll be given the option to perform either an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) installation. Opt for the Custom install to clean-install Vista, and Windows Vista Setup does something smart: It creates a folder called Windows.old in your root directory that contains your old Documents and Settings, Program Files and Windows folders. (Note that on my test machine, this added step used an additional 7GB of disk storage.)
"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Engineer Creates Playstation 3 Computing Cluster

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Sony Playstation 3 (PS3), Xbox and Nintendo Wii have captivated a generation of computer gamers with bold graphics and rapid-fire animation. But these high-tech toys can do a lot more than just play games. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Frank Mueller imagined using the power of the new PS3 to create a high-powered computing environment for a fraction of the cost of the supercomputers on the market, Science Daily reports."
PlayStation (Games)

+ - PS3 Firmware v1.60 Detailed, with Folding@Home

Submitted by
drunk pandas
drunk pandas writes "Loot Ninja reports that Sony of Japan dropped a press release to date the upcoming PS3 Firmware Update v1.60. It'll be released March 22, and include Folding@Home access, background downloading, full size on-screen keyboard for text input, internet browser zoom and resolution settings, and Remote Play via any wireless access point.

The big news here is Folding@Home being included in the PS3. You'll be access it directly from the Cross Media Bar (XMB). This should finally put the PS3 to some good use."
Math

+ - 248 Dimensional Object Mapped

Submitted by xaositects
xaositects (786749) writes "Looks like a lot of researchers with a lot of single-minded focus have broken the E8 problem.
From the article: 'A total of 18 mathematicians and computer scientists from several countries worked for four years to successfully map the inner working of E8 — one of the most complicated structures in math, a 248-dimensional object. The findings were reported today by the American Institute of Mathematics.'

I don't know about you, but the thought of 248 dimensions makes my brain hurt. Apparently the solution to the problem 'would ink an area the size of Manhattan if written out in small print.'"
Programming

+ - Agents learning to talk to each other

Submitted by
bbc
bbc writes "When programs talk to each other, they need to share a common language before they can initiate the conversation. PhD student Jurriaan van Diggelen developed a system called Anemone that will let agents learn each other's languages during the conversation. The problems that he foresees for such a system are words that an agent doesn't understand, and concepts that an agent doesn't understand.

Van Diggelen will defend his thesis called Achieving Semantic Interoperability in Multi-Agent Systems on March 21 in Utrecht."

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