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Comment: Re:Silk Purse (Score 1) 582

by SPY_jmr1 (#28297411) Attached to: Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

While your point on developer effort is valid (I don't know the validity of your RE4 anecdote, but if true, shame on them), the whole tone of the post came off sounding to me like the guy in this comic. http://xkcd.com/359/

Basically, how does other people having fun in their own way diminish you having fun in your own way?

If nothing else, the intertubes should have taught us by now, that on almost any large scale, people are going to find entertaining things that others never even imagined.

Comment: Re:Possible reason? (Score 1) 74

by SPY_jmr1 (#27634211) Attached to: Ubisoft To Shut Down <em>Shadowbane</em>

I think the original post was trying to link letting a subscription lapse with having your assets deleted.

This is usually not the case, as the other poster pointed out.

I would think that neither microtransaction or subscription games would delete your characters, honestly. It would depend on the particular terms of the game, I suppose.

Comment: Re:I just find it amazing (Score 1) 208

by SPY_jmr1 (#27566815) Attached to: Project OXCART Declassified From Area 51

On the matter of speed:
If the top-speed of the F-15 of about 2.5 MACH. MACH 3 aint that much faster (relitively speaking) and you don't hear about special fuels and pilots waiting for the jet to cool off after a flight so they can get out. MACH 5 sounds about right...
 

From Wikipedia:

For high velocities, (snip) Assuming a more-or-less constant drag coefficient, drag will vary as the square of velocity. Thus, the resultant power needed to overcome this drag will vary as the cube of velocity.

So, no, not *that* much faster, but depending on the materials involved it might be the difference between "works fine" and "failed due to heat stress".

I'm sure someone with a background in fluid dynamics could explain it better then me. Anyone out there?

Comment: Re:Build yourself (Score 1) 655

by SPY_jmr1 (#27498111) Attached to: How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

Oh case fans. Yes, certainly.

The AT class machines, more specifically, power supplies (think the kind with the 'big red switch', which would still be awesome to have, but I digress) usually had a fairly hefty fan on them.
That combined with case design probably provided for a decent amount of cooling on its own.

Comment: Re:Build yourself (Score 1) 655

by SPY_jmr1 (#27473061) Attached to: How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

The 486 might be passive, but i've not seen a passive pentium before. Perhaps a later slot 1 type celeron or P2, maybe.

In fact, the original 5v pentium (think 60mhz) was one of the hottest running cpu's i've ever seen, before or since.

Thinking back on it, it probably seemed much hotter then it was on an absolute scale. The heatsyncs and fans used on those old things were tiny compared to ones on a modern cpu. But still, they ran quite hot in any case (the pentiums).

Google

+ - Google purges thousands of suspected malware sites-> 1

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Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson writes "In response to a concerted effort by cyber criminals to infect the computers of Google users with malware and make them unwitting partners in crime, Google has apparently purged tens of thousands of malicious Web pages from its index. Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software, noted that many search results on Google led to malicious Web pages that expose visitors to exploits that can compromise vulnerable systems. Sunbelt published a list of search terms that returned malicious pages, the result of search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns by cyber criminals to get their pages prominently ranked in Google — Sunbelt refers to this as "SEO poisoning."

Let's hope Google has done its research and hasn't purged legitimate sites."

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Programming

+ - Lack of input validation kills

Submitted by ushering05401
ushering05401 (1086795) writes "Multiple news sources are reporting at least eight deaths across North America due to failures in the calibration and use of pumps designed to deliver cancer medications. The medications being administered are so powerful that once an overdose has occured there is not a way to save the victims life. The case reviewed in this article http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.h tml?id=d296990e-fc05-4b5d-86b4-32d3c2e4be9b&k=6732 3
  describes a woman who recieved an overdose living for twenty two days after the overdose knowing she was going to die.

In addition to the human element, regulators reviewing the cases cite the lack of sanity checks embedded into the pump as an issue that needs to be addressed. Yet another example of technology designed without proper validation testing to account for human error.

The nurses involved in most of these cases are not being disciplined. Regulators cite systematic failures that should have been addressed when the procedures and technology were implemented."
Music

+ - Club Owner Has To Pay $40k For 10 Cover Songs

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The music industry continues to look to squeeze money out of every possible place. The latest is the story of a club owner in Colorado who was forced to pay $40,000 because a cover band performed at his club and played 10 whole songs. It's true that the club owner in question did not have an ASCAP license, but it's hard to imagine why the club owner should be paying those fees rather than the band, and how it could possibly be fair to pay $40,000 for 10 cover songs that, if anything, probably acted as advertising for the real bands' songs."

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