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Comment: Pretty nice for an overnight stay (Score 2, Interesting) 269

by JickL (#30661224) Attached to: Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels
I stayed in a couple of capsule hotels during my trip to Japan in 2006. The good ones, such as one I can't remember the name of in Hakata, were great spa-like experiences which were still rather cheap. The worst one was actually in Shinjuku in Tokyo, where the capsules were badly ventilated and the in-hotel restaurant gave me food poisoning (cow-stomach ramen did not go down well in my own stomach, apparently).
Privacy

UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV 693

Posted by timothy
from the words-fail-but-pictures-deliver dept.
metrix007 points out a story in the Sunday Express with more surveillance-camera madness from the UK, where the government now wants to place 20,000 CCTV cameras to monitor families ("the worst families in England") within their own homes, to make sure that "kids go to bed on time and eat healthy meals and the like. This is going too far, and hopefully will not pass. Where will it end?"
Games

Inside Video Game Localization 90

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-than-just-a-babelfish-script dept.
Atlus USA is a company known for their skill at localizing games — that is, adapting the text and speech in a game to a different language or culture. They've written a summary of their timeline for modifying a game, explaining that it's much more complicated than just running everything by a translator. They also have other articles looking at various parts of their work with more detail. When work begins, they take a few weeks to familiarize themselves with the game, giving them the proper context to understand character interactions and names. The actual translation then takes anywhere from a week to a few months, depending on how much material there is and whether they need to bring in new voice actors. Another month or so is allotted to actually implementing the changes and making technical modifications, after which another month or two is dedicated to bug testing. Then the game is submitted back to its original manufacturer for approval, a process that can take two months, and finally the new discs and game boxes are created, which adds another month. Thus, what many gamers see as a "simple" localization process can take six months or more to complete.
Software

+ - Serious flash bug in Linux and OSX now 1 year old

Submitted by
JickL
JickL writes "A crippling bug in Adobe Flash, rendering input of international characters in text input fields broken, has been left unsolved for over a year. Almost no response from Adobe so far, and the bug has been reported in OS X too. Users are reporting their companies giving up on the Flex development platform due to this issue, yet still no reply, A good example of the shortcomings of closed source bug hunting?"

Comment: Re:Linux, Macs, and Windows PCs (Score 1) 1147

by JickL (#27284249) Attached to: Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo
... and my 20 month old Macbook Pro was delivered with a faulty hinge (they replaced the whole screen with one that has a stuck pixel and very uneven backlighting), has a failing graphics card (though that's mostly Nvidia's fault I guess), beeping noises from the headphone port, and a lousy trackpad button. Oh and a month or so ago the keyboard and trackpad suddenly died on me, the "fix" was to wedge some folded up napkinds between the battery and some trackpad cables. AND ONE LAST THING, the used iBook G4 I bought just before the MBP developed a glitchy logic board, and is now resigned to server duty at home, as any flexing of the case will freeze it up. All this combined with the strides desktop Linux has been making since I bought this thing has made me decide to sell it and get a Lenovo or something instead. I never use iWork or iLife anyway, so good riddance...
Biotech

The 300 Million Year Old Brain 68

Posted by kdawson
from the neurons-must-be-slowing-down dept.
Pickens writes "Paleontologists recently discovered the world's oldest brain nestled within a 300-million-year-old fish fossil of one of the extinct relatives of modern ratfishes, also known as 'host sharks' or chimaeras. These chimaera relatives, called iniopterygians, represented bizarre beasts that sported massive skulls with huge eye sockets, shark-like teeth in rows, tails with clubs, huge pectoral fins that were placed almost on their backs, and bone-like spikes or hooks tipping the fins. The brain shows details such as a large vision lobe and optic nerve stretching to the proper place on the braincase, which fits with the fish's large eye sockets. The ear canals of the extinct fish only exist on a horizontal plane so the fish could only detect side-to-side movements, and not up or down. 'There is nothing like this known today; it is really bizarre,' said John Maisey, paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. 'But now that we know that brains might be preserved in such ancient fossils, we can start looking for others. We are limited in information about early vertebrate brains, and the evolution of the brain lies at the core of vertebrate history.'"

Comment: Re:So what (Score 1) 781

by JickL (#26744285) Attached to: Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 In Benchmarks

Boot up and Shutdown times are equally irrelevant. I shut the PCs down on weekends. Am I going to notice or care that it takes a few more seconds for a machine to boot up or shut down.

At times I am astounded how hard it seems to be to add a disclaimer such as "In my opinion" or "I think" to statements like these.

In my opinion, using Linux-based OS:es mainly on an EeePC, which drains the batteries pretty quickly in sleep and is used daily in school, where I might need to haul it out of the bag and use it quickly, OS boot time is very important. (I also happen to have a stationary computer with a glitchy powersupply that turns power right on again after a soft stop, such as after a hibernate. Quick bootups are nice there too).

Oh and thanks for helping out the environment by keeping your PC turned on all week.

Comment: Re:A bit too heavy IMHO... (Score 1) 318

by JickL (#26707355) Attached to: Second Netbook Wave Begins
Huh? To clarify; If they can put a huge battery like this in a "cheap" laptop where the primary concerns are (or at least should be) size and weight and where we already have pretty good battery life, why aren't there more cheap but heavy 15-inch notebooks with batteries like these as standard? Usually you won't get more than 2 hours of effective battery life from those, in my experience.

The extra weight of the battery wouldn't make as much difference on a larger machine.

Comment: Re:A bit too heavy IMHO... (Score 1) 318

by JickL (#26707293) Attached to: Second Netbook Wave Begins

I really don't give a shit about weight. All I want is a browser, a real, full-sized keyboard, (none of that function nonsense) and a reasonably sized display. Also a bash shell, but that goes without saying. I want this for around $200, and I want it to last me at least 3 years. I don't need power, I don't need it to be lightweight, I don't even need it to work for more than an hour without a cord. These things are nice, but I'm just looking for something that's reliable, ergonomic, and cheap.

Ok! Now I know what to get you for christmas.

Comment: A bit too heavy IMHO... (Score 5, Insightful) 318

by JickL (#26703029) Attached to: Second Netbook Wave Begins
1.45 kg is just slightly too much in my opinion. I love my 701 weighing in at just over 900 grams, I'd prefer a model weighing 1.3 kg or less. But that's just me! Also why aren't we seeing huge batteries like these in the cheap 15-inch laptops that would really need them? This pretty much proves that it can't be the cost that's prohibitive.

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