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Comment: Re:Oh look, we killed it, let's try *squeezing* (Score 2, Insightful) 83

by Thirdsin (#33038050) Attached to: Electronic Arts, THQ Look To Microtransactions
"Yup. They killed a thriving industry..." They killed a thriving industry for US. By US i mean the over 25 group that grew up with the classics and grew up with the system we knew and loved. What is happening now is a slow change, an evolution if you will. In 5 more years the largest part of the player base will not know the system we grew with and loved so much. They will only have been exposed to the industry in front of them, microtransactions and DLC. Gaming is no longer in the domain of the 'geek', it is mainstream. The entire connotation of gaming has changed. We don't like it because the change hasn't been advantageous for US.
Announcements

+ - Staples announces new relationship with Dell

Submitted by Thirdsin
Thirdsin (1046626) writes "Beginning November 11, Staples will begin to carry an assortment of Dell products in their 1,400 stores and via Staples.com. Initial products offered include: Inspiron 1721 and 1521 notebooks, Inspiron 530 desktops, Dell 948 and 926 all-in-one printers, Dell 1320c laser printers, and 19" to 22" widescreen LCD monitors. With the addition of Dell printers, Staples will offer ink and toner for "most" Dell printers. This story is already on Ars http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071022-dell-reaches-deal-to-sell-computers-at-staples.html"
Slashdot.org

Introducing the Slashdot Firehose 320

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the who-wants-to-drink-from-the-firehose dept.
Logged in users have noticed for some time the request to drink from the Slashdot Firehose. Well now we're ready to start having everybody test it out. It's partially a collaborative news system, partially a redesigned & dynamic next-generation Slashdot index. It's got a lot of really cool features, and a lot of equally annoying new problems for us to find and fix for the next few weeks. I've attached a rough draft of the FAQ to the end of this article. A quick read of it will probably answer most questions from how it works, what all the color codes mean, to what we intend to do with it.
Networking

Proposed IPv6 Cutover By 2011-01-01 398

Posted by kdawson
from the swatting-a-nat dept.
IO ERROR writes "An internet-draft published this month calls for an IPv6 transition plan which would require all Internet-facing servers to have IPv6 connectivity on or before January 1, 2011. 'Engineer and author John Curran proposes that migration to IPv6 happen in three stages. The first stage, which would happen between now and the end of 2008, would be a preparatory stage in which organizations would start to run IPv6 servers, though these servers would not be considered by outside parties as production servers. The second stage, which would take place in 2009 and 2010, would require organizations to offer IPv6 for Internet-facing servers, which could be used as production servers by outside parties. Finally, in the third stage, starting in 2011, IPv6 must be in use by public-facing servers.' Then IPv4 can go away."
United States

+ - Video games and parental bonding?

Submitted by Thirdsin
Thirdsin (1046626) writes "A recent story on CNN is showing a growing trend on how parents bond with their children, video games.

A national survey released last year by the Entertainment Software Association, a video game industry group, found that 35 percent of parents play video games, of which 80 percent play with their children. Mothers, too, were part of the study
As any means to strengthen a parent child relationship are good, will this method ever substitute going outside to play catch?"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft OneCare Last in Antivirus Tests

Submitted by
Juha-Matti Laurio
Juha-Matti Laurio writes "PC World has a story reporting that Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare came in dead last out of a group of 17 antivirus programs tested against hundreds of thousands malware. The report of Austrian antivirus researcher was released at AV Comparatives Web site this week. Several free AV products was included to the test as well."
Microsoft

+ - Bill Gates on 640k (1989)

Submitted by
billgatesforpresiden
billgatesforpresiden writes "There's an article at NewsForge about a recently recovered talk that Bill Gates gave back in 1989. He covers many other topics, including OS/2, software piracy, the history of the software industry, and his role at Microsoft. In particular, Gates talks about how in 1981, he thought that 640k would be good enough for at least 10 years. Do we finally have proof of Gates' "640k ought to be enough for anybody" quote?"
Wii

The Wii's MEMS Inventor on Future Technology 118

Posted by Zonk
from the wii-wii-wii-all-the-way-to-the-bank dept.
eldavojohn writes "IEEE Spectrum is running an article on the inventor of the motion sensor that the Wii uses. The microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gives Wii its core ability to sense motion in the controller. What's really interesting is where Benedetto Vigna wants to take this technology. He has plans to make the sensor smaller and tougher, and hope to place it inside of things like shoes, textiles, and medical devices to aid in data collection. He continues, 'Then I want to make a three-dimensional gyroscope, to measure rotation around three different axes. Today, such products are quite big, a cube 10 centimeters on a side. We want to do this in less than a 30-millimeter cube, to serve as an image stabilizer in cameras and to track a person's position in the intervals when he can't get a GPS signal.'"
Science

Reflectivity Reaches a New Low 166

Posted by Zonk
from the engaging-cloaking-device dept.
sporkme writes "A new nanocoating material developed by a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has the lowest level of reflectivity ever seen ... or not seen in this case. The amount of light reflected by the composite of silica nanorods and aluminum nitride is almost the same amount reflected by air. From the article: 'Schubert and his coworkers have created a material with a refractive index of 1.05, which is extremely close to the refractive index of air and the lowest ever reported. Window glass, for comparison, has a refractive index of about 1.45. Using a technique called oblique angle deposition, the researchers deposited silica nanorods at an angle of precisely 45 degrees on top of a thin film of aluminum nitride, which is a semiconducting material used in advanced light-emitting diodes (LEDs). From the side, the films look much like the cross section of a piece of lawn turf with the blades slightly flattened.' Suggested applications include increased efficiency in solar cells, more energy-efficient lighting and advances in quantum mechanics."

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