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Comment: Re:The cheese has moved (Score 1) 403

by akarnid (#43008765) Attached to: Is the Wii U Already Dead?
The 'kids' that Nintendo are targeting are plenty sufficed with the 'deep' experience Temple Run gives them on their touchscreen, anywhere and everywhere. Nintendo have to realize that their target demographic are adults who grew up with Nintendo and want their children to dicover the joys too. This is what they are facing, the 'customers' they want have moved on. Also, the Wii is cannibalizing those WiiU sales. They are in the same place Sony were in in 2005. Coming off the previous gen with a wildy successful console that's still on the market and still selling like hotcakes.

Comment: Re:The cheese has moved (Score 1) 403

by akarnid (#43006987) Attached to: Is the Wii U Already Dead?

Every kid I know want's either a smartphone or tablet. From my observation the only people playing consoles anymore are teenagers and adults that grew up with consoles many of which are increasingly shifting their attention to mobile. The younger kids have ditched their DSi for iTouches over the last two years and are playing casual and social games.

^^ this. So absolutely true. Kids under the age of 10 have almost no interest in consoles at all. The iPad with its plethora of freemium games gives them more to play with than a console. The goalposts have indeed moves and the console makers ad game makers targeting kids have to realize that. This is a fickle market.

Comment: Not news here (Score 4, Interesting) 117

by akarnid (#30814414) Attached to: Iceland's Data Center Push Finally Gets Traction
This has been on the cards for about two years now. Construction at the site stopped last month because politicians wouldn't dare go on with the project because of public opposition. One of the top stakeholders in Verne Global is one Bjorgolfur Thor Bjorgolfsson, former owner of failed bank Landsbanki, whose high-interest Icesave savings accounts failed spectacularly and have kicked off the biggest firestorm in the republics' short history. Also, the bandwidth is not a problem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland_Connect (goes to US/CANADA) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DANICE (goes to EU) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FARICE-1 (goes to EU) These are the fiber cables we have. As you can read, we have lots of unlit fiber there.

Comment: Re:Improved distance from the DSLAM? (Score 1) 110

by akarnid (#27245547) Attached to: World-First VDSL2 Demo Gets 500Mbps Data Transfers
Perhaps the answer lies in DSL repeaters. We are starting to use them here in Iceland to serve rural homes that are between 5-10 km from the DSLAM. The plan is that these homes will be able to get 2 Mbps down/512 up which is way better than crappy old ISDN. I've seen DSL, throttled back to 512 kbps down on lines that were over 15 km long so it's not unheard of to see DSL on such long lines.

Comment: Re:Google Docs really isn't ready. (Score 1) 207

by akarnid (#25773809) Attached to: OpenOffice Five Times As Popular As Google Docs
The big problem with Docs is that it isn't really secure. If it's gonna be cloud computing all the way, then I as a user have to be sure that my docs aren't gonna be intercepted by a MITM or a cross-site scripting flaw. I use the Writely part of it at work as a quick repository for info I need quickly, but the company firewall recently blocked it and I when I asked why I was given links to posts from security researchers exposing big time cross site scripting flaws with it that made me rethink how I use it. Other than that, OO all the way for me!
Wii

The Wii - Is the Magic Gone? 492

Posted by Zonk
from the do-the-clowns-always-cry-when-you-pack-up-the-paper-sky dept.
Computer And Video Games asks the tough question: is the Wii's magic gone? After the flurry of excitement around the launch, lackluster ports and a persistent inability for Nintendo to keep units on the shelves has made it hard for gamers to sustain their enthusiasm for the system. It doesn't help that most of the good games slated for this year won't be out for months. In some cases, there's doubt they'll even make it out this year: Reggie Fils-Aime appears to be backpedaling on Metroid Prime 3 by Christmas, which would be a shame. GigaGamez has additional commentary. Are you still as excited about the Wii as you were when it launched?
XBox (Games)

Halo 3 Confirmed for Fall 2007 42

Posted by Zonk
from the not-surprising-but-still-shiny dept.
The folks at Bungie share the news, via their weekly update, that Halo 3 will be coming out this fall. Not surprising, but still good to hear. The game's marketing campaign will soon be kicking into gear, and the site offers the first 'iconic' image they'll be using on billboards and bus stops. The update also includes a few words on the Crackdown/Beta offering (sometimes later this spring), and an update on where they are with Halo itself.
Google

+ - Google developing AI

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chonny69 writes "Developers at search engine giant Google "are really trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale," Google co-founder Larry Page said at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference Saturday. "It's not as far off as people think," he said. Page also said that in the programming language of humans the brain's algorithms weren't all that complicated and could be approximated, eventually, with a lot of computational power."
Portables

OLPC Has Kill-Switch Theft Deterrent 138

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the paperweight-maker dept.
Sid writes "Ars Technica reports that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO has an anti-theft daemon in the OS that can be used to remotely disable machines, much like WGA. The Project added the kill switch at the behest of a few countries concerned about laptop theft. From the report, 'OLPC has responded to such concerns by developing an anti-theft daemon that the project claims cannot be disabled, even by a user with root access. Participating countries can then provide identifying information such as a serial number to a given country's OLPC program oversight entity, which can then disable the devices in certain scenarios.'"
Space

Fermi Paradox Predicting Humankind's Future? 854

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the magic-eight-ball dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Fermi paradox says that if extraterrestrial civilizations exist, at least one of them should have colonized the entire galaxy by now. But since there is no evidence of this, humankind must be the only intelligent life in the galaxy. The Space Review has an article on how the Fermi paradox can be applied to human civilization. It says that, like the extraterrestrials, humans have three choices: colonize the galaxy, remain on Earth, or become extinct."
Biotech

How A "Superbaby" Is Helping To Find Muscular Dystrophy Treatments 93

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the hercules-hercules dept.
An anonymous reader writes to tell us that a baby boy with unusually big muscles — caused by a gene mutation — is helping scientists to discover new muscular dystrophy drugs. "Myostatin was discovered in mice in 1992 in Lee's Johns Hopkins lab. In 1996 he proved its importance by showing that mice without the myostatin-producing gene got twice as big. The next year he discovered that the bulging Belgian Blue cow was a myostatin mutant, the first of eight prized cattle breeds later found to have the mutation. The company he had co-founded, MetaMorphix, is working on manipulating myostatin to beef up livestock. Wyeth picked up the rights to develop a drug for humans. Its experimental antibody drug produced bulked-up mice in 2002, and results of a trial in adults with muscular dystrophy are expected as early as March."

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