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Submission + - Activision blocks Rock Band guitar patch

An anonymous reader writes: While Xbox 360 owners can use any Xbox 360 guitar to play Rock Band, PlayStation 3 owners only other option (the Guitar Hero 3 guitar) was not compatible when Rock Band launched. Harmonix created a patch to fix this, only to have Activision block the patch. According to a Harmonix employee on the official Rock Band forums:

"Two weeks ago, Harmonix created a software patch for the Sony PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band that allowed for guitar compatibility and support for third party peripherals, including enabling use of Activision's Guitar Hero III controller with Rock Band. The compatibility patch was submitted, approved and had been scheduled for release by Sony on Tuesday, December 4. Unfortunately, Activision objected to the compatibility patch's release. The patch remains with Sony, but we have been told that it will unfortunately not be released due to Activision's continued objection."
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Submission + - Rock Band / GH3 Controllers Incompatible (

Clark Gable writes: According to a story at Kotaku, those of you who thought you could use the Guitar Hero III controllers with Rock Band (and vice versa) will be sadly disappointed.

From the blog:
"Despite earlier reports indicating they would get along like a house on fire, it turns out the wireless Les Paul guitar from PS3 version of Guitar Hero III doesn't work with Rock Band. Anyone hoping to get some guitar and bass action in before the individual instruments are released next year, sorry. No. 'But they can fix it in a patch', I hear you whimper, 'right?'. Right? No."

The article mentions Ps3 controllers, but the same can easily be applied to the Xbox 360 game controllers (I found out the hard way).


Submission + - Researchers Mock Mac OS X Leopard Security (

old and rare writes: The first independent reviews of the security enhancements in Mac OS X Leopard are in — and they're not entirely pleasant for the folks in Cupertino. In addition to Heise Security's takedown of the new firewall (covered here by Slashdot), Matasano Security's Thomas Ptacek has a nice rundown of how Apple implemented security in Leopard and came away with more bad than good.

Submission + - Are CS students poor programmers? 2

DavidHumus writes: "Recently, at a computer conference, I heard two separate people say the same thing during the same day: computer science students are usually very poor programmers. Both these people were college professors in areas that do a lot of computing — mathematics and biology (population genetics) — and have dealt with a lot of students who have had to write programs for their courses.

The specific complaint of both professors was that CS students seem to have very superfical knowledge, that they don't understand things like the limitations of floating point arithmetic and verifying their output. One professor recounted the story of a student who wanted a good grade on a program because it ran to completion — never mind that the answers it gave were off by many orders of magnitude.

Do slashdotters agree or disagree with this? If it is true, why? Shouldn't computer science students be good programmers?"

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang