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Comment: Interesting article..... (Score 0) 663

by Squatting_Dog (#43599385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

Glad I had my online dictionary handy! This article may have replaced my first cup of coffee.......

Why the hate? Can't people just point out inaccuracies and have reasonable debates without resorting to name calling and finger pointing?
Too abrasive for my tastes regardless of the content.....

Meh...I'm going back into my shell.....


+ - Blizzard set to debut "Something New" at PAX East->

Submitted by skade88
skade88 (1750548) writes "Ars is reporting that Blizzard will announce a new game on March 22, 2013 at PAX East. They say the new game is not a sequel or expansion. Blizzard is also saying the new game is not the long rumored MMO named Titan. Considering that every game Blizzard released since 1998 has had the name Starcraft, Warcraft or Diablo in it, this is big news. Ars speculates in the article that the new game could be Blizzard's version of a DOTA game. They showed off Blizzard All-Stars at BlizCon 2010 as a SC2 custom map. It could be ready for launch as its own stand alone game. I guess we will have to wait and see!"
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Comment: About time!!! (Score 0) 330

by Squatting_Dog (#41067575) Attached to: Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

I'm glad to see this option finally come around. You shouldn't have to buy a new copy of Windows just because you upgrade your hardware! I've run into this problem many times upgrading systems for friends and family (I cannot confirm or deny that I may have found a previously existing license to work around the issue)! I'm just curious why it took Microsoft so long to do this, they've never cared before. Why now I wonder?

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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming 375

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-ubisoft-all-the-time dept.
Shacknews wraps up a developer panel at PAX East discussing the future of gaming on the PC. They cover topics including DRM, digital download platforms and cloud-based gaming services. "Joe Kreiner of Terminal Reality: 'If you look at it from a giant publisher perspective, then the numbers on the PC just really don't make financial sense for you to bother with it. But if you start out with the mindset — you know, you're targeting that group, you make a niched product that's going [to] do well, if you look at a lot of the titles on Steam, Torchlight's a really good example — as long as you know that's your audience to begin with, and you make something inside of a budget that you know you're going to be selling those kinds of numbers, you can be very successful. I think it just takes a targeted developer. ... There is no [PC] platform, really. It's just a mish-mosh of hardware, an operating system that kind of supports games. The problem with that platform is, there's no standards and piracy is rampant, so why would we want to make a video game for that platform unless you had some sort of draconian DRM thing to keep it from being stolen?"

Comment: New use for an old algorithm? (Score 0) 186

by Squatting_Dog (#31645554) Attached to: Open Source Deduplication For Linux With Opendedup

Isn't this just an application of 'tokenizing' as it is used in compression of data streams? Build an index of unique(read non-repetitive) data segments and store the (smaller)index and resulting data?

This has been around for some time....hard to believe that this use has just come to light.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"