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Nintendo Reveals New Wii Controller 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-so-different-after-all dept.
IGN reports that Nintendo has unveiled the Classic Controller Pro, a new input device for the Wii of a more typical design than the Wii Remote. "From the info we've already got on the PRO, we know it's a larger controller, not only in thickness, height, and width, but it also makes use of one of the more well-received concepts out there, which is the extension grips, which gives it a GameCube, Xbox Controller S/360 look. As you can see, the Z buttons (Z/L and Z/R) are larger now, and placed like the R1/R2, L1/L2 setup found with Sony controllers. The PRO even borrows from the Nyko Classic Controller and Click Grip."

Comment: Re:The cameras do nothing (Score 1) 311

by lpangelrob (#26941565) Attached to: A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

Exhibit A; this happened yesterday:
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/02/1-dead-2-wounded-in-southeast-side-shooting.html

I suppose if anything, the *two* cameras installed at that corner might make it easier to catch the guy who decided to gun down a 13, 15 and 17 year old with an assault rifle. But I would surprised if any public official still makes the claim of deterrence.

Comment: Re:Oh the irony (Score 4, Interesting) 158

by lpangelrob (#26738083) Attached to: First-Person Shooter Modified For Fire Drill Simulation

"25 States allow anyone to buy a gun, strap it on, and walk down the street with no permit of any kind: some say it's crazy. However, 4 out of 5 U.S. murders are committed in the other half of the country: so who is crazy?" - Andrew Ford

Is this because 4 out of 5 people live in the 25 states where you do need a permit?

Comment: Where's "all of the above"? (Score 1, Interesting) 1026

by lpangelrob (#26525273) Attached to: What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

Seriously, he's on the record for changing all of the above. Obviously he can't turn around the health care system with the same speed as you can reallocate TARP funds, but given the competent people at important positions in the government, I can safely say he's going full speed ahead in all above areas.

Comment: Re:Wii got it right (Score 1) 583

by lpangelrob (#26134211) Attached to: Microsoft Knew About Xbox 360 Damaging Discs

I'm not about to re-test the concept, but my Wii once tipped over when it was playing a game, and the disc inside survived. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a little scratch on the disc as a result of that, because it made a nasty high-pitched plastic-on-plastic noise when it did that.

Ditto when I accidentally tip the Macbook when I'm getting up and there's a disc spinning inside of it.

That said, none of the discs in the above two devices were rendered "permanently unplayable" or otherwise unreadable, so the question is, does that make this lawsuit legit?

Comment: Time Machine + Mozy (Score 1) 393

by lpangelrob (#26039631) Attached to: I Backup My Personal Data..

Mozy.com does continuous uploads of your stuff to their server - all you need to do is remember to keep the laptop open so that it has a chance to do the upload.

In case I lose data and there is not a fire at my home, I also have a hard drive for Time Machine. However, I don't keep the hard drive in the living room, so I actually back up with Time Machine less often than with Mozy.

Wii

Wii Can't Replace Actual Exercise 148

Posted by Zonk
from the deeply-shocking dept.
Next Generation notes the results of a study into the health benefits of playing the Nintendo Wii. According to the University of Liverpool research, Wii Tennis can't compare with the real thing. "The result showed that the youths burned 60 calories (in nutrition terms) more an hour playing Wii, a 2% increase in the amount of energy burned versus the Xbox 360 players. The study is quoted as saying that 'these increases were of insufficient intensity to contribute towards recommendations for children's daily exercise,' and that active gaming using the Wii is no replacement for actual sports."

Real computer scientists don't comment their code. The identifiers are so long they can't afford the disk space.

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