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Comment: ugh. horrible compreseion... (Score 1) 204

by alexander m (#32861268) Attached to: YouTube Adds 'Leanback,' Support For 4K Video
as one of the lucky ones with ultra-highspeed bandwidth (160Mbps -- thank you Tokyo) and a monster PC (and 2560x1600, so not quite there, but on the way), i was able to fire this up and stream it immediately with no frame loss -- and it STILL looks like complete and utter trash (except the violin one, which looked ok), since they compressed the sh*t out of it with a codec that was clearly not up to the job. looks like someone either upscaled a piss-poor original, or was trying to make a movie by stringing together low quality jpgs. not how i would have advertised this capability...
Australia

AU R18+ Rating Plans Put On Hold Due To "Interest Groups" 139

Posted by Soulskill
from the grasping-at-straws dept.
Dexter Herbivore writes "Australian gamers are yet again left disappointed by their government's response to a lack of an R18+ rating for games. Gamespot reports that Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor has blamed 'interest groups' for swamping the public consultation with pro-R18+ submissions. From the article: 'A strong response from gamer groups in the Australian Federal Government's R18+ public consultation has led Censorship Ministers to claim that more views from the community are needed before a decision into the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games can be reached.'" Reader UgLyPuNk adds that support for the new rating is coming from unexpected places.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Halo 2 Online Preservation Effort Ends 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-show dept.
A couple weeks ago, we discussed news that some dedicated Halo 2 fans were keeping the game's multiplayer alive after support for online play was dropped. Now, a few days shy of a month after support ended, the last users have been knocked off the server. "[A user named] Apache N4SIR outlasted everyone. 'May 11th @ 0158hrs I was FORCEFULLY REMOVED!!' he wrote on the forums at Bungie.net. 'I thought I'd be the one turning off the lights but that was done for me. Good night everyone, my Elite needs a rest.' His last comrade in arms, Agent Windex, was still signed on, as spotted by Kotaku at 4 p.m. US Pacific Time on May 10, but their adventure, which began on April 15, ended after Windex announced 21 minutes later that he had been removed from play and Apache N4SIR suffered a similar fate hours later, as he described in his post."
Education

3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession 804

Posted by samzenpus
from the step-away-from-the-candy dept.
theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."
Privacy

Lower Merion School's Report Says IT Dept. Did It, But Didn't Inhale 232

Posted by timothy
from the so-what's-a-few-snapshots-anyhow dept.
PSandusky writes "A report issued by the Lower Merion School District's chosen law firm blames the district's IT department for the laptop webcam spying scandal. In particular, the report mentions lax IT policies and record-keeping as major problems that enabled the spying. Despite thousands of e-mails and images to the contrary, the report also maintains that no proof exists that anyone in IT viewed images captured by the webcams."

Comment: Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (Score 2, Funny) 683

by alexander m (#31355748) Attached to: Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity
additional minus points for use of 'intrigued'. they're only a gooseberry away from sounding like jilly goolden...

Cabernet/Shiraz Ubuntu, non-vintage:: "It's intense, it's heady, it's like hot Bakewell tart. Like fairy cakes just taken out of the oven - that lovely, lovely, hauntingly sort of sweet fruity taste with a little lactic, pastry edge to it. And it's also got, of course, blackcurrant pastilles."
Image

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-you-never-wondered-why-I-drink-only-distilled-water-or-rain-water-and-only-pure-grain-alcohol dept.
Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-careful-they-cheat dept.
Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

Comment: Re:What the? (Score 1) 653

by alexander m (#29386041) Attached to: Alan Turing Apology Campaign Grows
"Name me one famous sports figure from the time of Aristotle"

Plato. By all accounts he was a skilled wrestler (competed in the Isthmian games) and very strong -- Plato isn't even his true name, which was Aristocles. Apparently the wrestler he trained under (Ariston of Argos) gave it to him on account of the breadth of his chest! (Breadth = 'platutês' in ancient greek).

But, you know -- feel free to congratulate yourself on being so clever that you never have to do physical exercise like those other weak-minded fools. At least your mind is strong, though your body may be pasty and weak...

Comment: Re:hey adobe... (Score 1) 354

by alexander m (#26705847) Attached to: Apps That Officially Support Wine
i do. 64bit ubuntu 8.10, 64bit windows 7 and everything works. all the 32bit stuff on windows just keeps on rolling without giving a damn, and all the 64bit stuff breathes a huge sigh of relief and relaxes into a 6GB memory space. performance is up across the board. drivers were available for everything. (and the adobe 64bit flash plugin worked seamlessly on ubuntu) the real question is why are people NOT running 64bit systems? i don't get it...

Comment: what on earth is the point of this? (Score 2, Insightful) 354

by alexander m (#26705819) Attached to: Apps That Officially Support Wine
what am i missing here -- isn't the ENTIRE POINT of wine supposed to be that apps can run on it without having to specially support it? bizarre. an emulator that needs developers to target it for it to work isn't doing its job... (sure, i know most apps DON'T have to target it, but then that renders the whole concept of this list completely redundant!)

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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