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Comment: Carl Sagan's Contact (Score 1) 203

by The Barking Dog (#43527143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

If you're allowing the sort of sci-fi you mentioned, then Contact would be an excellent place for middle schoolers to start.

Also, Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. It's a bit outdated considering it was written before we even visited the moon, but that's a point you ask them to write up in their report.

Comment: Re:Ready Player One (Score 2) 292

by The Barking Dog (#43514657) Attached to: Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

It's been a long time since I've seen it - came out in 1994, so I'm guessing about that long - but I'm pretty sure they used an omnidirectional treadmill in the movie Disclosure, not that most people remember the VR elements from the movie. Pretty sure Michael Crichton described them in the book, too.

Comment: I hope the WiiU is Nintendo's Dreamcast... (Score -1, Flamebait) 282

by The Barking Dog (#41324237) Attached to: Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

I don't wish ill on the company, but I hope that the WiiU is the end of Nintendo hardware, and that they'll start publishing games for other companies' hardware. Not unlike Sega. The Wii may have been an innovation with motion-controlled gaming, but it's a dubious innovation and was topped by Microsoft's Kinect (which is also dubious; I basically use mine to bark commands at my squadmates in single-player Mass Effect 3). The 3DS hasn't really been a success. Maybe it's time for them to realize that they could make serious money by putting their games on IOS, on XBLA, on PSN.

Comment: Re:Why always Ms. Pac Man, but hardly ever Pac Man (Score 1) 177

by The Barking Dog (#33173056) Attached to: 'Old School' Arcade Still Popular In NYC

I remember hearing that a lot of the original Pac Man cabinets were revamped for Ms. Pac Man when it was released - the boards replaced and the cabinet reskinned - which is why it's very difficult to find a vintage Pac Man cabinet. But like BigSes said, Ms is simply more fun, which would explain why it's the only one you see now. (Except for Pac Man Championship Edition, which is insanely cool. Hope the new edition adds an infinite play mode.)

Comment: Might explain my crashes (Score 5, Informative) 422

by The Barking Dog (#33109364) Attached to: Is <em>StarCraft II</em> Killing Graphics Cards?

I'm playing Starcraft II on the last-gen iMac (purchased about four months ago) on OS X 10.6.3. The game is stable during gameplay, but it's crashed on me several times in cutscenes, onboard the Hyperion, or even in the main menu (ironically, while I was bringing up the menu to quit the game).

Networking

Why Broadband In North America Is Not That Slow 376

Posted by Soulskill
from the aside-from-the-throttling dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Globe & Mail has an article written in response to a recent study done by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard about how far behind the rest of the world the US and Canada are with regard to broadband internet. The refutation basically tears apart Harvard's analysis and shows why the US and Canada are actually far ahead of most European countries. 'Canada has a true broadband penetration rate of close to 70 per cent of households. And North Americans use the Internet somewhat more intensively than do Europeans, according to Cisco Systems data on Internet traffic. Further, business Internet traffic in North America appears to be at levels substantially higher than elsewhere in the world. Sadly, there is little systematic effort by international agencies to measure the intensity of Internet usage. Instead, we see comparisons of advertised speeds and "price per advertised megabit," which are especially misleading. Advertised broadband speeds vary from actual speeds. In North America, this is largely a result of "network overhead," and is quite modest. In Europe, however, the variation is often dramatic.'"

Comment: Re:the problem with ads these days (Score 1) 1051

by The Barking Dog (#31389348) Attached to: Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

oh btw am i mistaken that ad block plus actually DOES NOT DOWNLOAD THE ADS IT BLOCKS

I wish ad blockers *would* download the ads, but not display them. It would never result in a click, but it would result in a view, so depending on the ad deal between publisher and advertiser, the site may still get credit.

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