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Comment: Hardrive size discrepencies (Score 1) 165

by slashmatteo (#41384047) Attached to: Sony Announces 'Superslim' PS3
Note that Sony US announced two models: one with a 250 GB hardrive and the other with a 500 GB one (link). Sony Europe announced a 12 GB model and an other one with a 500 GB HD (link). 12 GB seems quite suprising for modern games (GTA IV: 3.5 GB required... you won't install many games !) and sony pushing for the use of playstation network an the playstatin store...

+ - First full observable universe simulation

Submitted by slashmatteo
slashmatteo (1606315) writes "The goal of the DEUS project (Dark Energy Universe Simulation) is to investigate the imprints of dark energy on cosmic structure formation through high-performance numerical simulations. In order to do so, the project has conducted a simulation of the structuring of the entire observable universe, from the Big Bang to the present day. Thanks to the Curie super-computer, the simulation has made it possible to follow the evolution of 550 billion particles. Two other complementary runs are scheduled by the end of May. More details on the press release."
Chrome

+ - Chrome hits 20% share as Microsoft continues slide->

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jbrodkin
jbrodkin writes "Google Chrome's rise in popularity has been remarkably fast and it's just hit a new milestone: more than 20% of all browser usage, according to StatCounter. Chrome rose from only 2.8% in June 2009 to 20.7% worldwide in June 2011, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer fell from 59% to 44% in the same time frame. Firefox dropped only slightly in the past two years, from 30% to 28%. While other browser trackers show Chrome with a lower percentage, there's a reason: StatCounter tracks total surfing, not the number of users. It's the Web's power users who are pushing Chrome to new heights."
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Windows

Microsoft Kills Support For XP SP2 315

Posted by timothy
from the too-soon? dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Microsoft's announcement this week that it is preparing to end support for machines running Windows XP SP2 not only represents a challenge for the thousands of businesses still running SP2, but also is the end of an era for both Microsoft and its customers. It wasn't until 2004 that the final release of XP SP2 hit the streets, but when it did, it represented a huge step forward in security for Windows users. It wasn't necessarily the feature set that mattered as much as the fact that the protections were enabled by default and taken out of the users' hands."
Role Playing (Games)

Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover 248

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-gain-1912-experience dept.
Phaethon360 writes "From Bioshock and Modern Warfare 2 to even Team Fortress 2, RPG elements are creeping into game genres that we never imagined they would. This change for the most part has managed to subtly improve upon genres that needed new life, but there's a cost that hasn't been tallied by the majority of game developers. 'The simple act of removing mod tools, along with the much discussed dedicated server issue, has made [MW2] a bit of a joke among competitive players. Gone are the days of "promod," and the only option you have is to play it their way. If Infinity Ward are so insistent on improving the variety of our experiences, they don’t have to do it at the expense of the experience that many of us already love. It really is that simple. If they don’t want to provide a good "back to basics experience," they could at least continue to provide the tools that allow us to do that for ourselves.'"

Comment: Re:Metric: like the rest of the World! (Score 1) 1233

by slashmatteo (#29565051) Attached to: At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

Metric. by the way, is actually American. It was Ben Franklin who came up with the system

As with most of the things that are claimed without citing sources, this is dubious. Why would Benjamin Franklin name an International System "SI" as in the french: "Systeme International" ? Why not have a look in an encyclopedia and see what they say about that ?

+ - DragonFly 2.4 released

Submitted by
electrostaticcarrot
electrostaticcarrot writes "DragonFly — that fourth major BSD — has had its 2.4 release. The "most invasive change" is the addition and usage of a DevFS for /dev; building on this, drives are now also recognized by serial number (along with /etc/devtab for aliases) as listed in /dev/serno. This is also the first release with a x86-64 ISO, stable but with limited pkgsrc support.

Other larger changes include a ported and feature-extended (with full hotplug and port multiplier support) AHCI driver (and SILI driver based on it) originally taken from OpenBSD, major NFS changes, and HAMMER updates. A pkgsrc GIT mirror has also been set up and put in use to make future pkgsrc updates quicker and smoother.

Two of the mirrors:
http://chlamydia.fs.ei.tum.de/pub/DragonFly/iso-images/
http://avalon.dragonflybsd.org/iso-images/"
Movies

+ - Gladiator Ruined By Studio On Blu Ray Debut

Submitted by pimpforalivin
pimpforalivin (934434) writes "Ridley Scott's Gladiator will be released on Blu Ray on September 1st. Early reports are in that the studio behind this release has applied heavy processing resulting in arrows and spears disappearing from the image. Detail also suffers and edge enhancement which is a sharpening tool adds a halo like image around the borders of objects and people. Click here and here to see mouseover comparisons which show the extent of the damage done to the move, and note also the processed look of the image. Edge enhancement is an unnecessary evil on high definition content and is usually only applied if too much digital noise reduction or heavy processing has reduced image detail. The usual reason for doing this is because they are using a very old master and do not want to pay to strike a new one so instead apply additional processing."

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