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Comment: Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (Score 1) 674

by sandmaninator (#45661063) Attached to: New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason
I haven't read Dawkins but I read a book by Susan Blackmore years ago that sticks in my brain still - "The Meme-Machine" : Ahh the forward is by Dawkins :-) Anyway, the idea is that the evolution of humanity is now primarily driven by survival of the fittest memes. I think the collection of Science memes would be gaining on the Religion memes if it weren't for the fact that humans who have been infected with the Religion meme seem more likely to reproduce.

Comment: Sony is making the right move - towards Steam (Score 2) 371

I love Steam because I don't have to hassle with selling my used games. It does not bother me in the least because I never pay over $15 for a game. They frequently have great sales and you can build an awesome library with very little money.

A console that would work the same way would be a great thing. Of course, Sony needs to work on their security... and their game prices!

Comment: Re:But a plecebo is the most effective drug of all (Score 1) 566

by sandmaninator (#39255487) Attached to: Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities
But a patient's belief that the placebo works is required for it to work! You want Aussies to get their placebos from unaccredited hacks? The "drugs" will likely work better if they come from graduates!

Healing is a great deal more about psychology than most slashdotters would like to admit. It's a messy business, studying the human mind. The hard sciences have difficulty dealing with something so complex.

Comment: Re:Remember when you're reading this... (Score 2) 214

by sandmaninator (#34840922) Attached to: Aussie City Braces For Worst Flood In 118 Years
Minnesota is one of the places on earth that suffer the widest temperature variation:
71 deg F change in one day
Highest temp = 114 deg F on July 6th 1936
Lowest = -60 deg F on Feb 6th, 1996 - I was in Duluth for that one. Exposed skin got damaged quickly.
Variety is the spice of life :-)

Comment: Re:The U.S. Depends on it (Score 1) 394

by sandmaninator (#31860450) Attached to: Entertainment Industry's Dystopia of the Future

I quite like a lot of the shows, movies, video games and such that the US produces. I hope these businesses can work out a method to get recompensed for their considerable effort and investment so they can continue generating more.
I find older Xbox 360 games quite reasonably priced but since PC games have no secondary value, due to DRM, they should cost even less. Instead, they somehow cost more. So, I play less and less PC games despite the existence of non-evil DRM schemes like Steam. Netflix is quite a reasonable cost for entertainment.
Music is currently way overpriced for the investment required but piracy is helping publishers understand the true value of downloaded music.. Hint: it's close to free.

Data Storage

The 1 Terabyte SSD Arrives 237

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that-should-be-enough dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Over recent years Solid State Drives (SSDs) have moved from luxury to affordable additions to one's PC, but mechanical hard drives are still king when it comes to capacity. That was until the revamped Colossus LT series Solid State Drive came along this week. With up to 1TB, the drive offers offers massive storage capacities of the level normally not seen in SSDs. While 1TB of SSD space hits right at the heart of the traditional hard disk market, it comes at a high price — at around $4,000 for the 1TB model, these drives are in the realm of aspirational rather than practical."

Comment: Re:They don't like supporting it (Score 1) 619

by sandmaninator (#30813872) Attached to: HandBrake Abandons DivX As an Output Format

I use handbrake to create videos for PSP. The PSP presets were broken in Handbrake 9.3 and they completely removed them in 9.4. I can't find any online posting indicating that anyone can create PSP-compatible vids using 9.4 so, on my new Windows 7 system, I need to run handbrake 9.3 in XP compatibility mode in order to create PSP-ready vids.
Handbrake devs cited the fact that none of the devs owned a PSP and that it was just too much work to ship presets for it in version 9.4.
You get what you pay for...

PlayStation (Games)

PlayStation Network Expanding To Involve Other Devices 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-toasters-smarter dept.
At CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai confirmed that the company will build out its PlayStation Network for use with other devices, such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and PCs. Quoting: "... the expansion starts next month with the availability of the PSN video store on these other devices, and Hirai explained they are constructing a mechanism to create a single user ID across the entire network (if you have a PSN account, it's good to go on any other applicable Sony device, and if you create one on another device, it'll work on PSN). And finally, Hirai also announced the formation of a new Sony division — called Sony Network Entertainment, Inc. — to drive this expansion of the PSN service into a Sony-wide network."
PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the sixty-dollar-yearly-fee dept.
Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

We gave you an atomic bomb, what do you want, mermaids? -- I. I. Rabi to the Atomic Energy Commission