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Comment: Re:Hardly a fair comparison (Score 1) 135

by Robmonster (#38384476) Attached to: The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List

One issue here in the UK is that ebooks attract a VAT charge of 20% whereas printed books do not, so even if the publisher does set the ebook price lower the compulsory VAT charge pushes it back up again.

When the prices are very close it's a toss-up as to which format to buy. With a physical book you get all the experience that goes with it plus you are able to easily lend/give or even resell the book once done. With the ebook you get to keep that book forever and it takes up absolutely no space in my already crowded room.


8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

Posted by Soulskill
from the of-doors-and-ways-out dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."

Comment: Re:so why can't i buy a !@##$% low powered compute (Score 1) 195

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#31283706) Attached to: ARM Designer Steve Furber On Energy-Efficient Computing
Well, that depends. If you handed Win95 a standard Atom based modern PC(assuming you could even boot it) you would get terrible results, as you note. No ACPI, no serious power management.

If, by some strange miracle, Intel decided that there was a market for modern-day PCs equivalent in performance to ~33MHz Pentiums with 16 megs of RAM, they could definitely fab something that fulfilled that performance objective while using next to no power, even if the OS did no power management at all.

Comment: Re:Neat UI after Battle.Net changes (Score 1) 244

by ADT7 (#31270720) Attached to: Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit

Assuming you're close enough to the exchange for ADSL to not suck, switch to O2. They've been the best ADSL provider I've had here in the UK.

No caps, no "peak-time" and the speeds are close to as advertised (I pay for a 20Mb line and get 18Mb, with BT it was down at 12Mb, on the same telephone line as well, so figure that one out)

Comment: Play IF games in your browser with Parchment (Score 5, Interesting) 130

by Robmonster (#28727313) Attached to: A History of Early Text Adventure Games

I'd urge everyone to give Parchment a try :-

Parchment is a project dedicated to running IF games in your browser, and it does so wonderfully. You can even SAVE your progress, and it gives you a bookmarkable URL you can use to resume your game at a later date. That page tells you how to get any Zcode game playable on Parchment, and the page below has links to loads of IF games that have already been made available.

I'd recommend giving Curses a go, although maybe not if you are completely new to IF.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.