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Submission + - Don't Let Final Fantasy V Happen to You - Do HD Remakes the Right Way (

lars_doucet writes: Final Fantasy V just came out on Steam — a beloved classic game — only to showcase an art-style that fans and developers alike are criticizing for being rushed and sloppy.

It's not just a matter of questionable taste — the new game engine is a veritable laundry list of glaring technical flaws such as an awkward base resolution, tiling artifacts, and grossly mismatched art styles.

In response, game developer Lars Doucet lays out a lengthy and detailed list of best (and worst!) practices for "HD remakes":

Doing an HD Remake the Right Way

Submission + - Aussie eSports team banned from League of Legends (

dotarray writes: Team Immunity, one of Australia's longest-running eSports teams, has been banned from League of Legends tournaments for two years, after failing to pay the players. Riot reportedly handed down multiple warnings, but the team did not make minimum match payments to its League gamers, failing to meet the requirements of the Oceanic Pro League requirements.

Comment Re:Who the fuck can remember all those stupid name (Score 1) 262

Microsoft Windows successfully toppled OS/2 because the 'OS/2' name was too fucking awkward

Uh, say what? "O-ESS-TOO" was not that awkward to say, and that had absolutely nothing to do with OS/2's low adoption rate. OS/2 died because no one bought it for home use, and that was because no major games were being released for it. The reason no one could make games for it was because you had to reboot the OS to change the 256 indexed colour palette.

Submission + - Spy industry leaders befuddled over "deep cynicism" of American public (

autonomous_reader writes: ARS Technica has a story on this week's Intelligence & National Security Summit, where CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey had a lot to say about the resistance of the American public to government cyber spying and anti-encryption efforts. Blaming resistance on "people who are trying to undermine" the intelligence mission of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, John Brennan explained it was all a "misunderstanding." Comey explained that "venom and deep cynicism" prevented rational debate of his campaign for cryptographic backdoors.

Submission + - First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Stops After DHS Email (

An anonymous reader writes: First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort (Tor) Stops After DHS Email

"A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor. Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag."

Comment Re:The Right-Click menu? (Score 1) 354

OS/2 had one great fault, that killed it off immediately: a program couldn't change the colour palette without rebooting the OS. As a result, all of the major game companies decided not to bother making games for it (source: I was present at a strategy meeting of VP s of technology of all of the big game companies at the time where they decided "how to handle Microsoft and IBM" was a very entertaining meeting).

Comment Re:Really!? (Score 1) 588

Interesting theory. We see about one of these type of incidents (student has academic problems, complains loudly about some made-up bullshit issue and threatens lawsuit in order to get administration to cave) once every couple of years at my college, so it is not altogether unlikely. The really sad thing is that it works.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 528

The spread at 200 ft is not going to be 20 inches, or anywhere close. You don't get 20 inch spreads at 40 yards on the range when patterning a shotgun; you fire at a 30 inch target and expect to hit that circle which only some percentage of the shot.
Here is a video, showing that even a 12 gauge with buckshot doesn't have a 20 inch pattern at 210 feet, with a full-choke barrel. With buckshot only approximately 50% of his shot hit a shower curtain; think about how that affects birdshot at that range (which has a lot more spread).
From :
"How Choke Is Determined By Patterning:
  Choke is roughly determined for all shotguns by the amount or percentage of shot it delivers within a 30" circle at 40 yards.
Cylinder bore will deliver 40 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards.
Improved cylinder choke will deliver 50 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards.
Modified choke will deliver 60 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards.
Full choke will deliver 70 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards."

Comment Re: Really? (Score 1) 528

Your assertion has my physics senses tingling.
If you "sweep the barrel" by pointing at a fast-flying duck that is 15-20 metres away and fire while continuing the sweeping, the shot will pass behind the duck. The sweeping of the barrel does not toss the shot sideways by any significant (measurable) amount. Sweeping *is* a proper technique, but only because it helps prevent pausing during the shot (and thus losing your proper lead, and shooting behind the target).

Comment Re:Never heard of him (Score 2) 27

Moebius made lots of music, which folks who were into 70's electronica loved. Eno helped bring the German electronic music scene into focus for people outside of Germany, working with Moebius and Roedelius on two very important albums, "Cluster & Eno" and "After the Heat", and then hooking up with a fourth musician, Plank, to make some more albums together.

Anyone who was listening to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze was familiar with Moebius/Roedelius/Plank. "After the Heat" was in Sam the Record Man etc. in Canada, you could pick it up anywhere.

Comment Timothy can't write in English. (Score 1) 196

Some users have noticed that the Japanese character "no", which is extremely common in the Japanese language (forming parts of many words, or meaning something similar to the English word "of" on its own).

That isn't even a sentence in English. It is extremely grating to read crap like this, and it does not convey much about the story. .

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.