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Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch 131

Posted by Soulskill
from the done-and-done dept.
Vamman writes "If you've been following the drama surrounding the free release of MechWarrior4, then you're probably aware that the initial announcement, made last summer, was a bit premature. Now, nearly a year since that announcement was made, MekTek Studios has announced that Microsoft Legal has given clearance for the free release of Mechwarrior4. This move by Microsoft Games couldn't come at a better time for the community, as the owners of MechWarrior are attempting a reboot of the franchise."

Comment: Windows 7 does not use too much RAM. (Score 2, Informative) 451

by McHenry Boatride (#31227142) Attached to: Windows 7 Memory Usage Critic Outed As Fraud
Exactly. Far too many people seem to confuse "free memory" with "available memory". No problem with having little free memory - why pay for RAM that isn't being used; do what Windows 7 does and use it as temporary cache to speed things up.

"Available memory" can be utilized by the OS if the need arises, so the most accurate measure of "free" RAM is to add together "free memory" and "available memory".

Piracy

Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games 461

Posted by Soulskill
from the saddle-up dept.
BanjoTed writes "In a move to counter sales of pre-owned games, EA recently revealed DLC perks for those who buy new copies of Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Now, PlayStation platform holder Sony has jumped on the bandwagon with similar plans for the PSP's SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3. '[Players] will need to register their game online before they are able to access the multiplayer component of the title. UMD copies will use a redeemable code while the digital version will authenticate automatically in the background. Furthermore ... anyone buying a pre-owned copy of the game will be forced to cough up $20 to obtain a code to play online."

Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 5, Informative) 796

by McHenry Boatride (#30470428) Attached to: UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018
Cheques aren't just used in retail. Many small businesses - builders, central heating engineers, and others of that ilk - accept, and prefer, payment by cheque or by cash. They don't want the extra expense of accepting credit cards, and not all customers have access to electronic funds transfer.

Some acceptable alternative, that doesn't involve having a computer of a rather insecure mobile phone, will need to be devised before phasing out cheques completely.

Idle

Hand Written Clock 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Comment: Re:Can't see why this would matter. (Score 1) 736

by McHenry Boatride (#30260254) Attached to: Do You Hate Being Called an "IT Guy?"
I think it matters very much that the OP thinks:

"I'd like to tell the CEO before I take the job that we have to stop referring to all these people as 'IT people' or I'm not going to be able to attract and retain the top-tier talent that is required."

It strikes me that he is not the right person for this management job if he can't retain top-tier talent because of a job title. The good people don't care what their job-title is, just what the work involves. And good managers have better things to care about than job-titles.

Comment: Re:Steering Wheel Controls (Score 1) 584

by McHenry Boatride (#29895885) Attached to: No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars
Well, both the rotary control on the radio and the push buttons on the wheel do the same on my system. The volume increases and decreases in fixed increments. The resulting volume level (if I can't tell be ear when it's right!) and station tuned to are displayed on the information panel in the dashboard, which is almost in line of sight whilst driving. So to check the volume level is no more of a distraction than checking the speed. Mind, I only drive a cheap FIAT. Perhaps more expensive cars don't have such a good system.

I rarely swear at volume controls. I swear at the kids instead.

Comment: Steering Wheel Controls (Score 2, Informative) 584

by McHenry Boatride (#29894637) Attached to: No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars
My car has simple controls on the steering wheel to control the tuning and volume of the radio/CD player. I would have thought it possible to similarly mount simple A/C contols. Trying to retune the radio, or even just adjust the volume, can be an uneccessary distraction if you have to look away from the road at the controls.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos

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