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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed 1352

Posted by samzenpus
from the fair-balanced-and-simple dept.
A survey of American voters by World Public Opinion shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. One of the most interesting questions was about President Obama's birthplace. 63 percent of Fox viewers believe Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear). In 2003 a similar study about the Iraq war showed that Fox viewers were once again less knowledgeable on the subject than average. Let the flame war begin!

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 336

by FloodSpectre (#33582838) Attached to: Why Broadband Prices Haven't Decreased

In your own words, "that's dead wrong." As of 9/01/10 we in Rochester NY pay $55 for 10/1 (standard) without bundled services (cable, phone). Additionally, we have no RR Extreme in Rochester. There is no "wideband" in Rochester, and I suspect there will be no plans to offer this service any time soon. You guys may falsely advertise it, but we sure as hell don't have it.

Piracy

Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

Posted by kdawson
from the single-point-of-well-you-know dept.
ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."
Games

Ubisoft's Constant Net Connection DRM Confirmed 631

Posted by Soulskill
from the enjoy-getting-flamed-by-the-entire-internet dept.
A few weeks ago we discussed news of Ubisoft's DRM plans for future games, which reportedly went so far as to require a constant net connection, terminating your game if you get disconnected for any reason. Well, it's here; upon playing review copies of the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2 and Settlers VII, PCGamer found the DRM just as annoying as you might expect. Quoting: "If you get disconnected while playing, you're booted out of the game. All your progress since the last checkpoint or savegame is lost, and your only options are to quit to Windows or wait until you're reconnected. The game first starts the Ubisoft Game Launcher, which checks for updates. If you try to launch the game when you're not online, you hit an error message right away. So I tried a different test: start the game while online, play a little, then unplug my net cable. This is the same as what happens if your net connection drops momentarily, your router is rebooted, or the game loses its connection to Ubisoft's 'Master servers.' The game stopped, and I was dumped back to a menu screen — all my progress since it last autosaved was lost."
Emulation (Games)

GBA Emulator Released For the DSi 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the what's-old-is-new dept.
Busshy writes "Darkchen has released a Gameboy Advance emulator for the Nintendo DS/DSi that plays full speed with frameskip. This can only be played with the homebrew dev cart, the DS iPlayer. The emulator adds save states, cheats and tools to GBA games, and for DSi Fans the ability to finally get over the loss of the GBA Slot on the DSi."

Comment: Re:Feeling a huge sense of meh towards starcraft 2 (Score 1) 737

by FloodSpectre (#28557073) Attached to: Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For <em>Starcraft 2</em>
I'll agree with your opinion on the AI, but unfortunately most games have pretty laughable AI. The best I've seen thus far are all custom AIs used in both Total Annihilation and the Spring engine. They can be downloaded just like new units, maps and mods. It's a pretty cool mod concept, really, and makes playing skirmishes against the computer much more enjoyable.

Comment: Re:Feeling a huge sense of meh towards starcraft 2 (Score 1) 737

by FloodSpectre (#28551525) Attached to: Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For <em>Starcraft 2</em>

"Supreme Commander has abysmal AI, and neither it nor the latest C&C features formations."

Wrong. In Supreme Commander, you hold the right mouse button and left click when units are selected. This cycles through the many available formations. Furthermore, in SupCom the units do not move in a straight line as the parent noted about SC1, instead they will by default spread out and move forward in a sort of wall formation with artillery and weaker but longer ranged units staying behind the front line.

Maybe you tried out Supreme Commander, but it seems you didn't check the manual at all, or perhaps just watched the intro and gave up on it.

You also forgot about Homeworld. There is no RTS that plays quite like it in full 3d space. With formations.

Comment: Re:Confusing Comparison: RTS vs RPG (Score 2, Interesting) 737

by FloodSpectre (#28551359) Attached to: Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For <em>Starcraft 2</em>
Now I need to buy one copy for myself and one copy for my wife if we want to play with/against each other. I don't have to buy two copies of a DVD for us to watch, or two boxes of Settlers of Catan to play. Unless they keep the whole Multiplayer Spawn idea alive of course.
Wii

Metroid Prime Trilogy Being Updated For the Wii, Due In August 50

Posted by Soulskill
from the three-for-one dept.
On Friday, Nintendo revealed that the three Metroid Prime games will be re-released on a single disc this August for the Wii. The first two, originally developed for the Gamecube, will be updated so players can "use their Wii Remote to aim with precision." 1Up had this to say of their hands-on preview: "... The heads-up display and on-screen interface elements have been completely overhauled to work more effectively with the standard Wii control setup of remote and nunchuck; swapping visors is a quick point-and-click command, and toggling weapons is similarly easy. Although the control interface isn't perfect — pressing down on the D-pad to fire missiles still grates — it makes the GameCube titles feel much faster and more fluid overall."

Comment: Re:What's The Catch (Score 1) 353

by FloodSpectre (#27591585) Attached to: Time Warner Broadband Cap Trial Rescheduled In Texas
They've already started doing that. Here in Rochester they had their first announcement of their tiers, then after the initial outrage announced some slightly better tiers. Very slightly. On top of it though, they decided to move us up in the schedule from November to August. Here I come Frontier DSL...
The Internet

Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150 479

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the super-size-me dept.
unr3a1 writes to tell us that Time Warner Cable has responded to the massive criticism of its new plan to cap user bandwidth with a new pricing model. Users will be given a grace period in which to assess their pricing tier. The "overages" will be noted on their bill, allowing them to change either their billing plan or their usage patterns. "On top of a 5, 10, 20, and 40-gigabyte (GB) caps, the company said this week that it would offer an additional 100GB tier for heavy users. Prices (so far) would range from $29.95 to $75.00 a month, with users charged an extra dollar for every GB more they download, although that charge is also capped at $75. An 'unlimited' bandwidth plan, therefore, tops out at $150."

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