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+ - Tablet Games for Babies: What are your thoughts?->

Submitted by kilroy_hau
kilroy_hau (187226) writes "I'm a long time reader and now an indie game developer. I'm releasing my first game and I'd like to know your thoughts as gamers, nerds and parents. You see, this is a game I made for my daughter (she is 2 years old) and I believe that she will have an advantage if she can learn to use a computer early: I also believe that the best way to learn is by playing games.

You can find out more about my game here
What are your thoughts?"

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Comment: Re:feels hollow (Score 1) 164

by (H)elix1 (#35425808) Attached to: AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested

This is a handy chart for figuring out the number of pixels. When you start getting into the larger 16:10 monitors, you really need a lot of horsepower. Add in three large monitors...

2400 x 600 . = 1,440,000 pixels | Triple 4:3
1680 x 1050 = 1,764,000 pixels | Single 16:10
1600 x 1200 = 1,920,000 pixels | Single 4:3
1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600 pixels | Single 16:9
1920 x 1200 = 2,304,000 pixels | Single 16:10
3072 x 768 . = 2,359,296 pixels | Triple 4:3
3840 x 720 . = 2,764,800 pixels | Triple 16:9
3840 x 800 . = 3,072,000 pixels | Triple 16:10
4080 x 768 . = 3,133,440 pixels | Triple 16:9
3840 x 960 . = 3,686,400 pixels | Triple 4:3
4320 x 900 . = 3,888,000 pixels | Triple 16:10
3840 x 1024 = 3,932,160 pixels | Triple 5:4
2560 x 1600 = 4,096,000 pixels | Single 16:10
4200 x 1050 = 4,410,000 pixels | Triple 4:3
5040 x 1050 = 5,292,000 pixels | Triple 16:10
4800 x 1200 = 5,760,000 pixels | Triple 4:3
5760 x 1080 = 6,220,800 pixels | Triple 16:9
5760 x 1200 = 6,912,000 pixels | Triple 16:10

Comment: Re:1920x1080 is considered common these days? (Score 1) 158

by (H)elix1 (#35002590) Attached to: Nvidia Unveils New Mid-Range GeForce Graphics Card

I'm a big fan of vertical pixels too. One of the things I did with my old Dell 2407 was turn it 90 degrees. The rotated 1980x1200 screen is perfect for web browsing, gmail, and other 'tall' layout apps.

The 'cheap' panels are 16:9 form factor - you see the 1080p stuff everywhere because it costs nothing. Think I paid around $130 for a 22" 1080p monitor that *just* fits inside a carry on suitcase. Those can be rotated as well. (Tis a crime you can hardly find a laptop not using a 16:9 aspect - I really liked my 4:3 t60p and would settle for 16:10 at this point)

I really, really enjoy the 2560x1600 with my primary monitor. Best 1k I ever spent, and comperable to the monies put out for the Hitachi 20" CRT in the day.

Comment: They ask in the RFP/RFI time, but don't install it (Score 1) 406

by (H)elix1 (#34624462) Attached to: Military Pressuring Vendors On IPv6

In practice when I've worked with these guys (as a vendor) and been game on, lets install this in your IPv6 environment - things get quiet real fast. This is only about them trying to squeeze more from their budget dollars. They *have* software today that works in that environment. Guess what? They won't install it in anything but IPv4 networks.

That $400 hammer looks like a bargain when you deal with these folks. Sure, the engineering for the actual hammer costs $40, but all the other crap they 'want' the vendor to do does get added to the cost of the product.

Full of dumb...

Comment: Re:Antivirus? (Score 2) 318

by (H)elix1 (#34424314) Attached to: AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

I'll second this. I'm reasonably careful - browse only with Firefox and a handful of extensions, don't use bootleg software, careful about executing anything (unsigned or unknown), and typically stay out of the darker areas of the net. I'd even go as far as to say I think I know what I'm doing.

I still got hit.

Back before Steam switched to webkit, I joined in a random game of counterstrike. The embedded MOTD screen used some flaw in the embedded IE engine that was able to infect my system. Fortunately some of the follow on setups had issues on XP64 and some of the locked down settings, so I discovered what was going on right away.... but I did nothing but view a HTML page from inside a video game to get infected.

PDF, flash, JRE - all sorts of bits on a machine that might just expose you where one might think they are practicing safe hex. It is not just the browser, but all the net enabled applications installed (possibly by default) that should make a person worry.

Comment: Why does it need to be on the grid? (Score 1) 450

by (H)elix1 (#34375980) Attached to: First Electric Cars Have Power Industry Worried

When the time comes where I move to an electric car, I'll be looking to also put up my own solar/wind generators. It does not strike me as rocket surgery to have a short term battery pool charging all day long, and then plug in the car when I'm home. Probably need some power from the grid, as a car really uses a lot of amps - but I also have a fair bit of roof. The technology for charging and storing electricity keeps getting better. Generating power for home use, then reselling the excess power back seems to be structured financially to make sure it is a no-op. Having a single item for energy transfer... that seems like an area one could start introducing personal power generation on.

A Tesla Roadster seems to burn ~21.7 kWh/100 mi - seems like a a reasonable target to even try to supplement with 2-5kWh panels. (without doing the serious maths on it)

Comment: Re:RHEL comes with free CALs (Score 1) 228

by (H)elix1 (#34193156) Attached to: Red Hat Releases RHEL 6

This. Centos is the same codebase as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL)- sans support and artwork. The Centos folks take the source code and create a set of binaries, install media, and yum repositories. The commercial software installs very nicely on the free (as in beer too) version, since it is all the same under the covers. Personally, I find it easier to use Centos than the commercial variants, just because I don't have any issues giving out a VM with a set of applications installed/configured. If you want to kick the tires without shelling out money, but not be on the cutting edge where some commercial stuff might not work (yet), Centos is your distribution.

Comment: Re:Larry Ellison's character (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by (H)elix1 (#34182706) Attached to: What's the Oracle Trial Against SAP Really About?

I've actually talked to the man on a few occasions - right time and right place for a 5'th level peasant in my case. The bit that most of this thread seems to miss is this guy *really* understands the technical details as well as the business end. If you ask why, he can and does answer. He will also make a decision - unlike many management of (former, now acquired) companies and even change course when something does not pan out. His play style, in the business world, reminds me of the Adaptive AI in SupCom:FA.

Honestly, he seemed human.


Real Reason Why the White iPhone 4 Is Delayed 182

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-phone-for-you dept.
tekgoblin writes "There have been numerous reasons why the White iPhone 4 may be delayed with one reason being the color mismatch between the home button and the body. Well this time there is another reason. A source has told CultofMac that the reason for the delay is a light leakage issue caused by the case being clear. Light from the case leaks into pictures taken by the back and front camera on the white iPhone 4, causing distorted pictures. This problem is non-existent on the black iPhone 4, because of its already black case, so Apple has been looking for a solution to this problem, thus the delay of the White iPhone 4 till spring of next year."

Comment: W00t! Glad I did not toss out the broken Wii (Score 1) 188

by (H)elix1 (#33942812) Attached to: Disc-Free Netflix Streaming Arrives For the PS3 and Wii

I was hoping something like this would happen. The CD drive (can I call it a CD-ROM?) failed and was replaced with a new unit. I have not yet had a chance to try replacing the drive... but this means I can add streaming to the TV in the bedroom. While it seems the Wii only plays games when my little one has friends over, it gets used for Netflix on a regular basis.

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