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Comment It broke Dragon Age II as well! (Score 2) 214

More than one month after release, many players still can't launch Dragon Age II because of a bug in the EA DRM software. Since the first few days, BioWare has ignored the problem entirely and provided us with no fixes or updates. More information:

Comment Re:Pardon my language and lack of depth, but.. (Score 1) 799

To be fair, we only have four types of coins in common circulation. Some areas of the country still use the 50-cent pieces and the $1 coins (very large cities such as NYC and Boston love the $1 coins as change for subway passes!), but the majority of places that I've visited in the States use only 1c, 5c, 10c, and 25c coins. The situation is worse in Canada, in the UK, and in countries that use the Euro. They've got 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2 coins (replace c with p and $ with Pound or Euro, as necessary). The situation with bank notes is also quite worse.

Comment Re:PDF in Office (Score 1) 520

Office 2007 has a free plugin available from Microsoft that exports to PDF just fine. If I recall, Adobe sued Microsoft to prevent them from bundling this functionality with Office because they didn't want the competition with Acrobat. I don't know if Office 2010 has a similar plugin, but I bet it does.

Comment Interesting Bug (Score 1) 356

I tried the linked demo in Firefox 3.5.3 on Windows 7 and it ran great. CPU usage capped at 13% and mostly stayed at about 2-4%. Fantastic! However, I noticed a strange bug. If I close the tab where the "video" is running, the audio continues to play until the end. That's incredibly obnoxious.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 348 The Express Edition lacks a 64-bit compiler, OpenMP, profiling, and remote debugging. It also lacks a bunch of other stuff that I've never needed to use, but which others probably use regularly. Compared to the tools available on Linux, BSD, and MacOS X, VS EE is quite lacking.

Comment Re:RedHat question? (Score 1) 343

Perhaps it does depend on the job. I was hired as an intern at Red Hat, working with the kernel development team. I received my first shirt in the welcome kit that was mailed to my home, the second when I went down to Raleigh for new intern training, a third during the "I am Red Hat" promotion before the summit in 2008, and a fourth during a viewing of The Show. Plus, my fedora. So that's four shirts and a fedora over three months. :)

Comment Re:Ubuntu d/l burn errors (Score 2, Interesting) 483

That might not be sufficient, though. I recall downloading the MSDN release of Windows 7 while I waited for my physical discs from school. The ISO passed the SHA1, MD5, and size checks, but the burned disc contained errors that made the installation fail. Putting the image on a bootable USB stick solved the problem. So, it might have been a problem with the burning software or the drive itself.

Submission + - IBM Trying to Patent Restaurant Waits

theodp writes: "If all goes IBM's way, it'll soon constitute patent infringement if Bennigan's gives you a free lunch for being inconvenienced by a long wait for your meal. Big Blue is seeking a patent for its Method and Structure for Automated Crediting to Customers for Waiting, the purported 'invention' of three IBM Researchers, which IBM notes 'could be implemented completely devoid of computerization or automation of any kind.' Can we count on IBM to withdraw this patent claim, Bob, or will Big Blue weasel out of its patent reform pledge again?"

Submission + - AMD Releases 3D Programming Documentation->

Michael Larabel writes: "With the Free Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) starting today, where John Bridgman of AMD will be addressing the X.Org developers, AMD has this morning released their 3D programming documentation. This information covers not only the recent R500 series, but goes back in detail to the R300/400 series. This is another one of AMD's open source documentation offerings, which they had started doing at the X Developer Summit 2007 with releasing 900 pages of basic documentation. Phoronix has a detailed analysis of what is being offered with today's information as well as information on sample code being released soon. This information will allow open source 3D/OpenGL work to get underway with ATI's newer graphics cards."
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Feed Engadget: Intelligent coasters create new wave of drinking games->

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Believe it or not, engineering minds have figured out a way to gadgetize even coasters, but Sentilla's Smart Drink Coasters hope to be the zaniest yet. Designed using vanilla glass coasters from Michael's (an arts and crafts store), one of Sentilla's diminutive pervasive computers, a handful of LEDs and a few other ingredients, these units can not only blink in different ways depending on how full / empty one's beverage is, but they can be used to create a whole new world of drinking games. Reportedly, the gizmos can be programmed to understand when a drink is on it and when a refill is needed, theoretically enabling a bartender or server to be alerted of one's drink status without even going over to check. Additionally, a set of coasters can be used to replicate a memory game much like "Simon," which could undoubtedly create a room full of laughs in the right circumstances. Granted, this all works under the assumption that you'll actually slam your container down on (i.e. not just nearby) the intelligent coaster, but if you think you're that coordinated, hit the read link for a full description and a video demonstration.

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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