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Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Lucas Makes More Changes to the Trilogy

Stenchwarrior writes: Many would argue that the original "Star Wars" films were masterpieces when they were first released (the prequels not so much). However George Lucas just can't stop futzing around with his creations.

The billionaire filmmaker's latest change can be seen in the upcoming Blu-ray release of the original trilogy. In the battle between Luke Skywalker and the Emperor in "Return of the Jedi," Lucas has given Darth Vader a new bit of dialogue.

Submission + - Settling Court Case with Quake3

Stenchwarrior writes: Bethesda is suing Mojang over the title of their new game "Scrolls", which closely resembles "Elder Scrolls"...a title in which Bethesda owns the copyright. Markus Persson of Mojang came up with the following solution:

Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie? Well, let's do that instead!

I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.

If we win, you drop the lawsuit.

If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you're fine with.


Now wouldn't that be fun?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Relativity 3

Stenchwarrior writes: Maybe this one's been done to death, but I knew the way-smarter-than-me people here at Slashdot would have a nice way to explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity to my 68 year old father. Don't get me wrong, he's an intelligent man. He's a design engineer and vice president of his company, but a little "set in his ways" if you will.

I've read Brian Greene's Elegant Universe and I especially love the cars-racing-down-the-track analogy to explain why time apparently slows the faster we travel, but that didn't sink in with the guy. I also tried to explain (in an effort to show real-world application) that even the GPS satellites had to be re-calibrated to account for the speed difference they travel relative to us on the ground to make the results accurate, but my father the skeptic simply replied "I don't believe you".

I know, I know, just because someone doesn't believe in gravity doesn't mean it doesn't exist. But I'd really like to find a way to get this through to my dad; it's a notion that I believe as verifiable and a fact and I want him to understand the same things I made myself learn all those years ago. Have any good references or analogies?

Submission + - 10 Most Violent Video Games

Stenchwarrior writes: PCMag lists the 10 most violent video games of all time here. They also mention that the Supreme Court will decide in June if it should be illegal to sell violent games to minors.

Submission + - March Madness Server

Stenchwarrior writes: I'm an admin at a fairly small organization, 25 or so employees, and we're getting into the busy season of live-streaming NCAA games and even half of those people could cripple the 6Mbps/1Mbps cable connection. Now, I know I could easily block streaming or even implement QoS to prioritize traffic, but these guys here would be pissed if they couldn't watch the games. We're a laid-back company and there's no policy against it, so I'm wondering if there's not a way to just setup a server application that would allow the local clients to connect and watch the games from their desks without eating bandwidth. Basically, I want to have one computer streaming while serving out the feeds to everyone on the network. So, I ask the good people of Slashdot: How would you do it?

I'm running gigabit switches and there are no remote offices; this is a very "vanilla" setup with nothing special or out of the ordinary. I do have dual internet, one is the aforementioned cable used for workstation browsing and the other is a T1 for the servers.

Submission + - Fukushima - A Simple Explanation 1

Stenchwarrior writes: Along with reliable sources such as the IAEA and WNN updates, there is an incredible amount of misinformation and hyperbole flying around the internet and media right now about the Fukushima nuclear reactor situation. In the BNC post Discussion Thread – Japanese nuclear reactors and the 11 March 2011 earthquake (and in the many comments that attend the top post), a lot of technical detail is provided, as well as regular updates. But what about a layman’s summary? How do most people get a grasp on what is happening, why, and what the consequences will be?
HP

Submission + - HP to put WebOS on PCs in 2012

Stenchwarrior writes: Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer Leo Apotheker announced that WebOS will be on every PC that HP ships in 2012. A move to attract more developers and push the operating system from mobile devices onto desktops. Apotheker made the announcement during a presentation to HP’s staff in India, according to a report by Bloomberg.

It’s not likely that WebOS will supplant existing operating systems on PCs, but rather would run on top of Windows to be able to launch WebOS apps. HP had previously announced its plans to push WebOS on to PC’s last month, but, at the time, the company didn’t reveal the scope of its commitment to the operating system. We now know that HP means each and every PC it sells starting in 2012 will have WebOS installed.
Technology

Submission + - Not sleeping enough? Turn off the tech. (reuters.com)

Stenchwarrior writes: The national penchant for watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late into the night or checking emails and text messages before turning off the lights could be interfering with the nation's sleep habits.

"Unfortunately, cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day," Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the Washington DC-based National Sleep Foundation NSF.L, said in a statement.

Nearly 95 percent of people questioned in an NSF study said they used some type of electronics in the hour before going to bed, and about two-thirds admitted they do not get enough sleep during the week.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving

Stenchwarrior writes: I was in the car with my wife and 15 year old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked "Well, what's going to happen to all of my pictures?"...it never occurred to her to that Facebook might not be around someday and all of those thousands of photos that she's uploaded might someday be gone. So this is what I ask the good people at Slashdot: What's a good way to preserve all of those memories? Many devices nowadays have direct access to the Internet and even to Facebook and once the images are uploaded they are eventually deleted to make room for more. How do we make sure we can access or backup those files in case Zuckerberg decides to sell out to Google or Microsoft and they do away with everyone's profiles?

Submission + - Pwn2Own Spurs Browser Updates (computerworld.com)

Stenchwarrior writes:

Mozilla on Tuesday fixed 11 security flaws in Firefox, following in rival Google's footsteps in patching its browser before a hacking contest kicks off next week. Nine of the 11 flaws were rated "critical," a threat rating that implies hackers could use the vulnerabilities to compromise a computer or infect it with malware. Of the two remaining bugs, one was labeled "high" and the second was tagged as "moderate."

I wonder if browser companies would have released these patches so quickly (or at all) were it not for Pwn2Own?

Apple

Submission + - iPhone 5 - Larger Display? (macobserver.com)

Stenchwarrior writes: A glass front that allegedly comes from the next generation iPhone appeared on a Chinese Web site over the weekend, leading to speculation that the new model will sport a larger display. If the photo is legit, it could add support to the rumor that the iPhone 5 will include a 4-inch display instead of the 3.5-inch display found on the iPhone 4.
NASA

Submission + - Robot Butler Hitches Ride to ISS (foxnews.com)

Stenchwarrior writes: The space shuttle Discovery, slated to launch Thursday afternoon, is carrying a humanoid robot named Robonaut 2 up to the orbiting lab. Robonaut 2 — also known as R2 -" is a prototype robotic assistant designed to help human crews with chores and repairs. Researchers will use the bot as a test bed to help develop more advanced robotic helpers in the future.
Apple

Submission + - Apple finds child workers in suppliers

Stenchwarrior writes: Apple found more than 91 children working at its suppliers last year, nine times as many as the previous year, according to its annual report on its manufacturers.

The US company has also acknowledged for the first time that 137 workers were poisoned at a Chinese firm making its products and said less than a third of the facilities it audited were complying with its code on working hours.
Games

Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever: Hands-On (usatoday.com) 1

Stenchwarrior writes: Yes, it's quite obvious the developers working to bring back Duke Nukem are well aware the long-overdue follow-up to 1996's Duke Nukem 3D has become a running joke in the gaming biz. From game engine changes to staff downsizing to a studio closure, it appeared one of the most beloved video game characters from the '90s was never to return.

Not so. to celebrate the upcoming launch of Duke Nukem Forever — at a Las Vegas gentlemen's club, no less — to offer journalists hands-on time with the first 90-odd minutes of the single-player campaign.

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