So a dev that works on "this technology' says "that technology" he doesn't work on is dying. I'm shocked, shocked I tells ya. I imagine consoles are "dying" right now simply because the lifespan has been extended due to the costs associated with moving to HD assests and the economy being fudged up. People (speaking about friends both in rl and online) have either become bored and aren't wow'd anymore so they have gone primarily pc or have just found better things to spend time and money on. It will be interesting to see what happens when people get a look at the new offerings in the flesh and not just a bunch of numbers on paper and rumors.
DJRumpy writes "The Video Electronics Standard Association officially issued its Mini DisplayPort standard Tuesday, based on the technology licensed from Apple. VESA said that all devices using the Mini DisplayPort connector must meet the specifications required by the DisplayPort 1.1a standard, and cables that support the standard must also meet specific electrical specifications. It's a formal confirmation of the news from earlier this year, when VESA announced the Mini DisplayPort connector would be included in the forthcoming DisplayPort 1.2 specification."
SlappingOysters writes "IGN has taken a look at the most impressive middleware solutions for the next generation of gaming, giving a detailed analysis of which engines are performing the best and which have the most exciting futures. It runs through the technical strengths of each engine, as well as how that translates into actual gameplay. It also runs through which software has and will be using each engine."
One of the most promising MMORPGs in development these days is NCSoft's Aion, a fantasy-based offering built on CryEngine. It makes heavy use of flight as a gameplay mechanic, allowing aerial combat and easy travel around the visually stunning game world. There are four basic classes — Warrior, Priest, Mage, and Scout — each of which have two subclasses. For example, Warriors can be tank-like Templars, or berserker-like Gladiators, while Mages can turn into a scholarly Sorcerer or command the elements as a Spiritmaster. Early previews of Aion almost universally comment on how polished the game seems — this is partly due to the fact that it has been up and running since November in South Korea. "Being stable, scalable, reliable and fuss-free is far from a given in MMOs, but Aion is all those things, and can already stand alongside the genre's usability kings, EVE Online and World of Warcraft. Its expansive, zone-free open-world environments look terrific and run smoothly on a wide variety of systems. It just works." Since the game is already in a relatively complete state, NCSoft has been running closed beta "events," where a portion of the game is opened for testing. MMOGamer has a write-up from the latest such event. Aion is due out in September.
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Anonymous Coward writes: "That's it, you've had enough with your IT job. No more countless hours spent in front of a screen typing gibberish that makes no sense to ordinary people, now is the time to move on to something new. You now are an IT deserter, and you want total change. To those of you who have been there already, what non-IT related job did you choose as a career change? And to the others, what would you realistically see yourself doing?"
BoredStiff writes: NPR ran a story about Theo Jansen who is a Dutch physicist turned sculptor, and he has spent much of his career fascinated with the role of evolution in natural life. Powered by the wind, his sculptures resemble massive dinosaur skeletons (he calls them "Sand Beasts") that seem to move autonomously. The former physicist refines each generation, tossing away ideas that didn't work and concentrating on those that do. There is also a video — you really need to see them to appreciate how amazing they are.
Late-Eight writes: "From Science Daily: Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. "The process is simple," said lead researcher and author Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations.""
snobody writes: "In an article in Cnet News, Washington politicians are planning to break the moratorium on internet sales taxes amd internet access taxes, with one politician even proposing to tax email messages. The politicians make the usual complaints about lost tax revenue to state governments as a justification for repealing the ban. Small businesses with less than $5 million in out of state sales would be exempted. Not discussed is how such tax systems would be implemented. A tax on email would be a non-starter for obvious technical reasons, but that doesn't mean that the politicians would let reality get in the way of their plans."
ChelleChelle writes: SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is widely used today for a variety of purposes and is the most popular protocol for VoIP. It can be used for videoconferencing, collaborative video gaming, and a whole variety of other multimedia applications. The last few years have seen an increasing interest in decentralized, peer-to-peer SIP (P2PSIP) intended as an enhancement and companion, rather than a replacement, to SIP. This article explains what P2PSIP is before going into a discussion of the uses for this technology as well as its future.
GoIBMPS3 writes "Soon the powerful 'Cell' microprocessor that fuels Sony's PlayStation 3 console will be available in IBM mainframe computers. The intent is to allow high-performance machines to run complex online games and virtual worlds. 'The integration initially will be accomplished by networking the mainframe with IBM's Cell blades, but eventually the Cells will be plugged more directly into the mainframes via PCI adapter cards, IBM said. It's the latest twist in IBM's years-long effort to keep mainframes not only relevant but also cutting-edge. IBM is touting the partnership as an example of hybrid computing--a trend sweeping the high-performance computing industry as companies augment general-purpose servers with special-purpose chips that to accelerate particular tasks.'"
lisah writes: "Ready to kick Tivo to the curb now that they no longer have lifetime subscriptions? Nathan Willis has unearthed a little gem of an alternative from Silicondust called HDHomeRun, a Linux- and OS X-supported, dual-tuner HDTV receiver that will also stream video right over your network. For just $169, this standalone unit will tune over-the-air and cable HDTV signal, and additional downloads from the company website will turn HDHomeRun into a fully functional DVR complete with scheduled recording and time-shifting capabilities. Although the basic software included with the unit is not much more than a command-line tool, the Linux community is already developing third-party apps that make this a truly useful alternative to expensive monthly service subscription fees."
Axmt writes: Linus got into an argument with GNOME developers accusing them of having a "users are idiots" mentality and limiting the configuration options. He went on to submit patches in order to make it behave like he wants. What the Salshdot users think? Is GNOME too limiting compared to KDE?
QuietLagoon writes: Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention.