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First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"
GNU is Not Unix

New LLVM Debugger Subproject Already Faster Than GDB 174

Posted by timothy
from the pop-will-eat-itself dept.
kthreadd writes "The LLVM project is now working on a debugger called LLDB that's already faster than GDB and could be a possible alternative in the future for C, C++, and Objective-C developers. With the ongoing success of Clang and other LLVM subprojects, are the days of GNU as the mainstream free and open development toolchain passé?" LLVM stands for Low Level Virtual Machine; Wikipedia as usual has a good explanation of the parent project.

+ - VHS to DVD Copy

Submitted by firesyde424
firesyde424 (1127527) writes "I've purchased a large number of VHS movies over the years and some of them are beginning to degrade and wear out. I'd like to copy them to DVD's but I am having a hard time figuring out if this can be legally done under the DMCA or not. I've read a lot that says I can because it is for personal use only and constitutes a personal copy. But I've also read that it is not legal because the VHS tapes contain encoding by Macrovision and copying the content of of those tapes constitutes circumvention of copyright protection. So I'd like to put it to the slashdot crowd. Can I legally copy these aging VHS tapes to DVD or is my only option to purchase the DVD's themselves at $10 to $15 each?"
Bug

+ - Windows 7 Team on Battery Notification Messages->

Submitted by VindictivePantz
VindictivePantz (911136) writes "The Windows 7 team has posted a new blog entry discussing the latest about the reported Windows 7 battery failures.
"...every single indication we have regarding the reports we’ve seen are simply Windows 7 reporting the state of the battery using this new feature and we’re simply seeing batteries that are not performing above the designated threshold...As we always say with regards to any reports on the quality of Windows 7, we are going to continue to be diligent and use all the tools at our disposal to get to the bottom of a report that has the potential to require a code change we would distribute to customers. We are as certain as we can be that we have addressed the root cause and concerns of this report, but we will continue to monitor the situation. In particular, we will continue to have focused communication with our OEM partners as they monitor their customers and PCs over time.""

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+ - Is Internet Explorer 6/7 support actually required-> 3

Submitted by k33l0r
k33l0r (808028) writes "Following Google's announcement ending support for Internet Explorer 6, has me wondering whether we (web developers) really need to continue providing support for IE6 and 7?

Especially when creating web sites intended for technical audiences, wouldn't it be best to end support for obsoleted browsers? Would this not provide additional incentives to upgrade?

Recently I (and my colleagues) had to decide whether it was worth our time to try and support anything before IE8, and in the end we decided to redirect any IE6/7 user-agent to a separately set up page explaining that the site is not accessible with Internet Explorer 6 or 7. For us this was easy once we saw from our analytics that under 5% of visitors to the site were using IE at all.

Have you had to make choices like this and, if so, what was your reasoning behind the decision?"

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Patents

+ - An end to frivolous patents may be in sight->

Submitted by fiannaFailMan
fiannaFailMan (702447) writes "The Economist has high hopes that frivolous patents may become a thing of the past.

America’s Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling which, by all accounts, will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get a patent for a business process. And because most business processes are, at bottom, computer algorithms, the Supreme Court’s judgment could also bar all sorts of software patents in the process. As a result, a lot of patents for online shopping, medical-diagnostic tests and procedures for executing trades on Wall Street could be invalidated.

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+ - Head-to-Head: Parallels Desktop for Mac vs. VMware->

Submitted by neilticktin
neilticktin (660748) writes "MacTech has released comprehensive virtualization benchmarks comparing VMware Fusion 3 to Parallels Desktop 5. Over 3500 tests performed to compare the two on MacBooks, MacBook Pros, iMacs, and Mac Pros. The surprising results included 3D graphics, gaming, suspend, resume, startup, CPU performance, footprint, battery life, and more. The purpose of the testing and the article are to answer the questions about performance for the different virtualization solutions available, as well as the differences between Windows XP and Windows 7 in virtual machines, as well as multiple processors and 64-bit vs. 32-bit. The resulting 7500 word article, with 23 figures, is the most comprehensive look at virtualization on the Mac with today's commercial Mac products."
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Intel

+ - Intel Launches New Itanium Processor->

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "It's been a big week for hardware companies. First the introduction of Nvidia's Optimus technology and then, two years after expected, Intel finally managed to launch the "Tukwila" version of its Itanium processor, now called the Itanium 9300 series. The new chips contain 2 billion transistors, which encompass double the number of cores compared to the current "Montecito" iteration, that can run eight threads each, and include an 800 percent improvement in interconnect bandwidth, 500 percent more memory bandwidth and up to 700 percent more memory capacity."
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Security

+ - Data Harvested From Facebook Used In Scams->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On Facebook, your name, address, relationship status are probably given. LinkedIn shows your place of employment and what is your position in the company, making it easy to gauge your income. Comparing the photos on both accounts and the place you live in, one can conclude with a high degree of certainty that the two accounts belong to the same person. Factoring in the statuses and tweets that you make public, it's easy to see how a person can find out many helpful details about the way you live your life. the Serious Fraud Office of London has recently been warning some 10,000 people that their names and additional information harvested from social networking accounts are to be found on a list used by "boiler rooms" — bogus stockbroking companies that cold-call people on the list and try to push them into buying worthless, overpriced, or non-existent shares through high pressure sales tactics."
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Robotics

+ - Neato's Awesome Robot Vacuum Is ROOMBA Killer->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "It’s been more than seven years since iRobot introduced the world to the Roomba robotic vacuum. Seven years without fundamental innovation, and its left the market ripe for competition. Enter Neato. This Silicon Valley startup is ready to take the robotic vacuum world by storm. The engineers over at Neato Robotics let us take a tour of their Mountain View home and get a first hand look at the XV-11 ($399), the vacuum robot that’s going to kill the Roomba."
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Image

Political Affiliation Can Be Differentiated By Appearance 262

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-it-looks-like-a-liberal-and-quacks-like-a-liberal dept.
quaith writes "It's not the way they dress, but the appearance of their face. A study published in PLoS One by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady of Tufts University used closely cropped greyscale photos of people's faces, standardized for size. Undergrads were asked to categorize each person as either a Democrat or Republican. In the first study, students were able to differentiate Republican from Democrat senate candidates. In the second, students were able to differentiate the political affiliation of other college students. Accuracy in both studies was about 60% — not perfect, but way better than chance."
Social Networks

Game Distribution Platforms Becoming Annoyingly Common 349

Posted by Soulskill
from the looking-at-you-games-for-windows-live dept.
The Escapist's Shamus Young recently posted an article complaining about the proliferation of distribution platforms and social networks for video games. None of the companies who make these are "quite sure how games will be sold and played ten years from now," he writes, "but they all know they want to be the ones running the community or selling the titles." Young continues, "Remember how these systems usually work: The program sets itself up to run when Windows starts, and it must be running if you want to play the game. If you follow this scheme to its logical conclusion, you'll see that the system tray of every gaming PC would eventually end up clogged with loaders, patchers, helpers, and monitors. Every publisher would have a program for serving up content, connecting players, managing digital licenses, performing patches, and (most importantly) selling stuff. Some people don't mind having 'just one more' program running in the background. But what happens when you have programs from Valve, Stardock, Activision, 2k Games, Take-Two, Codemasters, Microsoft, Eidos, and Ubisoft? Sure, you could disable them. But then when you fire the thing up to play a game, it will want to spend fifteen minutes patching itself and the game before it will let you in. And imagine how fun it would be juggling accounts for all of them."
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."
OS X

Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-wouldn't-be-polite-to-patch-windows dept.
Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

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