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Analyst Says Blu-ray DRM Safe For 10 Years 493

Posted by kdawson
from the words-ripe-for-the-eating dept.
Mike writes to let us know that a poster on the AVS forum says that the latest issue of HMM magazine (no link given) contains a quote from Richard Doherty, a media analyst with Envisioneering Group, extolling the strength of the DRM in Blu-ray discs, called BD+. Doherty reportedly said, "BD+, unlike AACS, which suffered a partial hack last year, won't likely be breached for 10 years." He added that if it were broken, "the damage would affect one film and one player." As one comment on AVS noted, I'll wait for the Doom9 guys to weigh in.
Censorship

+ - Is the Global Warming Debate Buggy?

Submitted by
DanielMarkham
DanielMarkham writes "Is there something basically wrong with the way we're discussing Global Warming? I've been a reader and sometime contributor on Slashdot for many years, and I'm really amazed at the level of discussion that's going on regarding androcentric climate change.

Aside from the question of the status of the issue, what's the status of the discourse? Are we talking about the role that skepticism plays in science? The basic premise of falsifiability? The relationships between theory and observation? The triad of induction, abduction, and deduction that Pierce wrote about? Has slashdot taken a look at the mathematical and computer models involved with various predictions? Or are we throwing rhetorical rocks at one another and angling for the cheap shot?

To address this, and to stir the pot some, I've written a blog article critiquing the current level of debate. I believe the level of debate sucks — it's more like a drunken european crowd at a soccer game than a bunch of science-minded analytical geeks. We can do better than that."
Emulation (Games)

+ - Would you trust your life to a simulator(game)?

Submitted by CyberLord Seven
CyberLord Seven (525173) writes "The Washington Post has an article on a proposed new standard that would allow co-pilots, and co-pilots only, to gain most of their flight experience through flight simulators rather than through actual flight on smaller planes.

If this passes will we one day be able to train as co-pilots on the living room couch in our underwear on our brand new Nintendo Ding-A-Ling?

On a more serious note, will this be safe? As the article states, co-pilots perform many of the same tasks as pilots. One of my friends is a commercial pilot. Back when he was a co-pilot, flying from California to Hawaii, he used to tell me that he and the Captain would switch off on flying the plane. One would fly to Hawaii, and the other would fly back to California. Now before the flamers get started, please recognize that this is anecdotal and that I doubt that it was as simple as I just stated. Still it makes me wonder."
Wii

+ - Do all next-gen games HAVE to be 3D?

Submitted by sudnshok
sudnshok (136477) writes "Last week, an article was posted where an EA executive discussed the high cost involved with next-gen game development. While I agree that sports games do benefit from a high-resolution 3D environment, do all games have to be developed that way? Why can't game companies develop 2D games for these systems? I would assume the development cost would be much lower. As a gamer who grew up on the NES, I'd love to see a new 2D side-scrolling installment of Castlevania or Zelda. I'm curious if other gamers would buy 2D games for next-gen systems."

'Final Edition' of Blade Runner to be Released 425

Posted by Zonk
from the he-was-a-replicant dept.
gevmage writes "CNN reports that a new version of Blade Runner will be released by Warner Home Video in a few months, for the 25th anniversary of the original film's release." From the article: "After a limited theatrical release, the newly spruced-up "Runner" will be released in a multidisc special edition DVD that also will include the original theatrical cut, the expanded international theatrical cut and the 1992 director's cut. Warner said specifics about the two DVD editions will be announced later."

Elder Scrolls Oblivion Gold 179

Posted by Zonk
from the squeee dept.
Gamespot has word that Bethesda's upcoming release Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has gone gold. It is due out on the 20th. They also have a rundown on some gameplay. From the article: "In true Elder Scrolls fashion, you start Oblivion rotting in a jail cell. Don't worry--Oblivion plunges you into the action and story faster than any Elder Scrolls game to date. We'll get into some minor spoilers here, though many of the following facts have already been revealed publicly. Once again you'll play as a character burdened by destiny to save the world, this time from a demonic invasion from the hellish plane known as Oblivion. Before you know it, you'll go from the dungeon cell to exploring a dank underground, killing rats and assassins while also getting some welcome introductory exposition from Emperor Uriel Septim VII, voiced by Patrick Stewart himself." I know I don't normally mention gold releases, but I'm really looking forward to this one. You know a guy is committed when he buys new RAM for a game.

More Classic Games To Hit Xbox Live 89

Posted by Zonk
from the dang-dogs-always-follow-me dept.
Several classic Midway games are slated to arrive on the Xbox Live arcade service sometime this year. The Gamespot article mentions Defender and Paperboy among the titles on the block. From the article: "'We've been generally surprised by the response rate...the paid downloads are more than we expected,' Midway CEO David Zucker told GameSpot. 'It's not going to change our economic success overnight, but it's a nice little business on the side, and we're glad that people are happy with the product.' Midway's chief executive also expressed interest in doing similar projects with the PlayStation 3 and Revolution, should they provide that functionality."

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