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Comment: It's all about the Money (Score 1) 179

by Jawdy (#36398078) Attached to: A Plea For Game Devs To Aim Higher

When it comes down to it, it's the money. That's it.
And I don't necessarily mean it's about the big companies wanting to turn over a $billion on their latest iteration of some regurgitated franchise with non-inventive gameplay or anything like that.
But even us Indie devs... we WANT to make innovative, new, fantastic games that push the very boundaries of what one perceives as a "video game", but we're bogged down by the one thing - money.

We have the technical skill, many have the experiential drive and knowledge and oft put together teams to satisfy every criteria except one - money. Someone has to pay for it, and unless you're an ace at marketing or speaking "bank manager-ish" you don't stand a chance. Government funding, grants and even venture capital is drying up. No-one wants to take a risk.
And if they're not risking their money, then (many) video games developers aren't risking their companies, teams and time to develop these games.

Shame, really.

The Internet

+ - UK Officially Proposes to Cut-Off Internet Pirates->

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MJackson
MJackson writes "The UK government has officially proposed an amendment to its Digital Britain report, which would include the controversial measure of suspending illegal file sharers from their ISP. The disconnection proposal was originally ruled out in favour of letter warnings and technical measures (service speed reductions, website blocks etc.). That followed several years of largely unproductive wrangling between consumer groups, ISPs and Rights Holders. Law firms currently track suspected illegal P2P activity by monitoring IP addresses, which are assigned to every computer when you go online, yet IP's can easily be spoofed, redirected, shared over big networks or even hijacked (open Wi-Fi etc.). The download itself could also be encrypted, making it nearly impossible for the ISP to verify; but of course the UK has ignored all that."
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The Internet

+ - The future of illicit P2P looks dire for the UK

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports on Lord Mandelson trying to push through tougher anti p2p legislation... The UK government has published new measures that could see people who illegally download films and music cut off from the net. The document will shape digital policy in the UK The UK government has published new measures that could see people who illegally download films and music cut off from the net. The amendment to the Digital Britain report would see regulator Ofcom given greater powers to tackle pirates. The technical measures are likely to include suspending the net accounts of "hardcore copyright pirates"."
Enlightenment

+ - Study finds people who multitask often bad at it->

Submitted by iandoh
iandoh (1151627) writes "According to a group of Stanford researchers, people who frequently multitask don't pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time. In other words, multitaskers are bad at multitasking. The research team is also studying how to design computer voices for cars that result in safer driving."
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Comment: Already Exists/Existed - Play The News (Score 1) 91

by Jawdy (#27643177) Attached to: Making a Game of the News
Back in January of this year, a cool little game closed it's doors at http://www.playthenewsgame.com/ The idea was pretty simple - they present you with breaking news, or specific news stories that could have heavy bias etc, and then you guess what you think the outcome would be.

It was a cool idea, and I believe was done as a demo for the whole news-as-a-game idea, but it was really fun!

Comment: Free Vs Copyright/DRM... (Score 1) 73

by Jawdy (#27354979) Attached to: Euro Parliament Warns Against Overzealous IP Enforcement
All those corporate types who think that Piracy is the "bane of society" or similar unsupported claims need to only look at these people, and how by changing the way they release their products they've done incredibly well (some even better than when they were with the large organisations):

Trent Reznor/NIN - he releases all his albums for free with a "pay what you think it's worth" mentality.
Radiohead - they released an album under the same idea as NIN, and they profited wildly from it
Cory Doctorow - releases all his books for free, and seems to sell more because he reaches a greater audience.
Sins of a Solar Empire - they released their game completely DRM free, which definately made it easier to pirate... but at the same time reached a greater number of gamers and probably increased their sales accordingly.

I know the list keeps going, but the thing is that those who recognise the Internet as a valid medium and adapt their sales tactics to suit it achieve more. As opposed to those who want to change the Internet to suit their old and outdated business models.
Biotech

+ - i-LIMB Revolutionizes the Commercial Prosthetic->

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Singularity Hub
Singularity Hub writes "Think you can spot an amputee? Think again. Meet the i-LIMB, the first commercially available prosthetic hand with five individually powered fingers. Combining a revolutionary functionality with amazingly natural cosmetics, the i-LIMB is changing the lives of amputees across the globe — and blending right in.

The i-LIMB uses electrodes placed on the skin of the remaining portion of the patient's limb, usually on the top and bottom of the forearm. When the patient moves the muscles that would normally have extended into their hand, the electrodes pick up on electrical signals generated by the muscle movement. These signals become the basis for individual finger movement within the i-LIMB."

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Intel

+ - Want a PC with 192 GB of RAM? Dell makes it so->

Submitted by ericatcw
ericatcw (1194651) writes "Do you love the smooth, silky performance of a multi-core PC loaded to the gills with the fastest RAM? Take a look at Dell's new Precision T7500 desktop. According to Computerworld, the T7500 will come with 12 memory slots that can accommodate 16 GB of PC-106000 (1333 MHz) DDR3 RAM for a total of 192 GB. Dell's not the only one — Lenovo, Cisco (with blade servers reportedly up to 384 GB in memory) and Apple are all bringing out computers that leverage Intel's new Nehalem architecture to enable unprecedented amounts of RAM. But beware! Despite the depressed DRAM market, loading up on memory could see the cost of RAM eclipse the cost of the rest of your PC by 20-fold or more."
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Operating Systems

+ - Qimo - Linux For Kids Needs Developers Help->

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volume4
volume4 writes "Linux has surely grown immensely in popularity in last year or so but, this has mainly been in the realm of developers and in the server room. There however is a new Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that is going to introduce Linux to a whole new, and extremely important audience, kids. To learn more about this distribution, what their needs are and how developers and users can get involved I talked to Michelle Hall co-founder of Qimo."
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Operating Systems

+ - Gone but not forgotten:10 OS the world left behind->

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Ant
Ant writes "Computerworld (one print page) that "honors a handful of the most memorable operating systems (OS') and interfaces that have graced our desktops over the years. Some of them lasted for years. Some of them had remarkably short lives but inspired trends that we are benefiting from to this day. And a few of them ... well, they were just cool for school. The world may have left these operating systems behind, but some of us didn't. A few die-hards are hanging onto ancient hardware just to keep those beloved operating systems running. Others have reverse-engineered the OS code in open-source projects. And some of us still have those old Install disks, waiting for the right computer to come along so we can relive those days of yore..." Seen on Blue's News"
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Comment: Re:Code-Signing (Score 1) 216

by Jawdy (#26527857) Attached to: Beginning iPhone Development
I used the keychain in Mac OS X to create a code-signing certificate. That lets me finish and compile to the ASM version (rather than the x86 version for the simulator).
From the instructions that I followed (can't find the link right now, sorry :( ) you can get the certificate authorised on the device and then get the apps on the iPhone through XCode.
All that said though, I don't have an iPhone and simply mail the .app builds to my tester who has a device - jailbroken, I think.

All this because I've not been contacted yet about my actual development program application!

Comment: Re:Favourite ScummVM game (Score 1) 93

by Jawdy (#26198381) Attached to: The Return of (Old) PC Graphic Adventures
I guess I must be the only one who likes the more "mainstream" of these kinds of games in:
Sam and Max: Hit the Road
Full Throttle
Day of the Tentacle (Maniac Mansion 2)
and I only mean "mainstream" as TellTale games has done the latest Sam and Max's, and Lucas _were_ doing a Full Throttle sequel but canned it years ago :(

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