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Piracy

Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246 246

Posted by Soulskill
from the give-it-a-rest dept.
YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."
Image

The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships 207 207

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-button-for-that dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The much-anticipated, much-mocked 18-button joystick mouse from WarMouse is now shipping. The press release features an impressive set of user quotes from game designer Chris Taylor, new SFWA president John Scalzi, and a doctor who runs a medical software company. Crazy or not, it's obviously more than just a gaming mouse."
United States

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574 574

Posted by samzenpus
from the let's-vote-on-this-instead dept.
Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

Comment: Re:"Required"? (Score 1) 129 129

by cube135 (#28109277) Attached to: Sony Rumored To Be Debuting Wiimote-Like Controller At E3
He mounted the "sensor bar"-it was really two infrared LED's on a pair of glasses-on his head. The reason, IIRC, was that the Wiimote was rather heavy, and mounting the controller would have been a pain, while the LEDs and batteries didn't weigh that much, and were easy to fit on.

Comment: Re:The Cell is just different (Score 1) 616 616

by cube135 (#27041295) Attached to: Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

Yes, the Cell is powerful, but you fail to consider that graphics are only one part of what goes into a game. AI, sound, user input, and network operations also need to be considered. Given that, in a normal system architecture, a general purpose CPU handles all of that, and sends off instructions to a specialized GPU, the Cell architecture is radically different from what people are used to. That's what makes it hard.

I sincerely doubt that there are many(if any!) developers programming directly to the Cell processor. They're probably programming to Sony's SDK, which is, reportedly, very difficult to work with.

Programming

(Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks? 516 516

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the hope-you-like-reading-lots-of-random-characters dept.
careysb writes to mention that in the same vein as '*nix tricks' and 'VIM tricks', it would be nice to see one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. What amazingly cool tricks have people discovered with respect to regular expressions in everyday life as a developer or power user?"
Games

Blizzcon 2008 Wrap-Up 173 173

Posted by Soulskill
from the tldr dept.

This year's Blizzcon saw 15,000 gamers descend from 27 different countries to take part in two days of discussions, tournaments, and sneak peaks at upcoming releases. Several big announcements were scattered among a raft of new details about Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and Wrath of the Lich King. The new information went a long way toward drumming up interest for what already appear to be worthy successors to old favorites. Read on for more.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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