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Classic Games (Games)

Crazy Taxi Arrives For PSN, XBLA Version Coming Soon 56

Today a remake of the Dreamcast classic Crazy Taxi launched on the PlayStation Network, with the Xbox Live Arcade release coming November 24th. The graphics have been updated to 720p, but licensing issues for the soundtrack and some in-game locations resulted in noticeable changes. Quoting the Opposable Thumbs blog: "The Offspring, along with Bad Religion, provided the game's soundtrack in the original release. These songs, along with the sound of that announcer, went a long way toward creating the game's mood. In the new version, they have been replaced by completely forgettable pop-punk tracks, and it's a downgrade. ... That's not the only thing that's missing. The game originally featured licensed locations. Customers would need to be dropped off at the Pizza Hut, for instance. These companies didn't spring for the advertising in the game's rerelease, but the buildings weren't updated to look like anything else; the result is a game that looks like its filled with closed-down fast food restaurants. ... this is an interesting look at what went on to become a cult classic. Still, this is no replacement for my original copy."
Handhelds

When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook 104

Benz145 writes "The famous Sony VAIO UX UMPC may have been cancelled a few years back by Sony, but the community at Micro PC Talk won't let it die. Modder Anh has carefully removed the relatively slow 1.33Ghz Core Solo CPU and installed a much faster Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 (a process which involves reballing the entire CPU). On top of this, he managed to install an incredibly small 4-port USB hub into the unit which allowed for the further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G data/voice/SMS, a GPS receiver, and a Pinnacle HD TV receiver. All of this was done without modifying the device's tiny external case. Great high-res pictures of the motherboard with the modded hardware can be seen through the link."

Comment Re:There is no mistake in stealing the work of oth (Score 1) 438

Yes, the courts apply copyright law, but that's not the point. Here, don't copy this string:

lksndf098sdfjn23409fgjnvdclkr098245n

I sell that string for 20 English pence, and if you ctrl+c and ctrl+v and don't pay me, thats piracy. And you don't even get a tasty chicken dinner or a box of cakes for your trip to court.

Comment Re:PC Gamers deserve their MMO future (Score 1) 438

Yuo just made the common mistake of comparing copying software to actually stealing property.

The PC gaming market remains huge despite "piracy", and many people, myself included, are more than happy to pay for a well made and enjoyable software product.

Due to the unfinished and broken nature of a lot of games, and no demos or shareware to allow people to try before they buy, makes software piracy a tool for many, not just a source of getting free stuff.

I don't consider it sad in the slightest. Buying a little pet lizard in an MMO for £5... now that perhaps is a little sad.

Classic Games (Games)

New Oddworld Games In Development 36

Game developer Just Add Water announced today that the Oddworld series, dormant since 2005, will be getting multiple new titles in the near future. Quoting: "... for the past 12 months we have been working extremely closely with the fantastic people at Oddworld Inhabitants, from what started off as brief discussions in June 2009, to now working on multiple projects, across multiple platforms. Whilst we cannot go into specifics right now, we can tell you that over the coming weeks and months we will be announcing these exciting projects starring all of your favorite Oddworld characters."

Comment The savvy prefer physical media because... (Score 1) 232

.. it's quite often cheaper that the download equivalent. Even Valve releases are generally cheaper retail than they are on Steam (in the UK at least).

Also in other cases (eg Mount and Blade Warband) localised tax, for example VAT here in the UK), adds too much to make it viable to make an online direct download purchase. For me it would have been circa £26 download, whereas online hard copy on play.com (other websites are available) it cost £18.

Security

Adobe May Change To Monthly Patch Cycle 76

Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe, which has been under fire for the security of its flagship products, Flash and Reader, for some time now, may be on the verge of changing its patching process to push fixes out on a monthly schedule, which would coincide with Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday releases. The change would be the second major adjustment to Adobe's patching process in the last year or so. In 2009 the company moved to a scheduled quarterly patch release process in an effort to give its customers a better chance to plan for testing and deployment. That change was generally well-received. Now Adobe may change the schedule again in order to get patches out more quickly. The company is considering releasing its security fixes for Reader on a monthly schedule, the same day that Microsoft releases its patches."

Comment Re:what law was broken? (Score 1) 1204

I'm unsure of the US laws, but I understand the law here in the UK protects the loss of property for a certain amount of time, or at least until the owner considers it abandoned.

I quote from John Spencer, professor of law at Cambridge University, "If you find something in the street, the law says you have more right to it than everyone else - except the owner. If the true owner doesn't turn up, you can take ownership." from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8129534.stm

Had this occured in the UK, if there was proof that someone left the phone there on purpose to be found, then there is no case against. On the other hand if it was genuinely lost, then the finder had no right to sell it.

Comment Is there anything I'm not allowed to draw? (Score 1, Insightful) 1224

Out of curiosity, is there anything I'm not legally allowed to draw?

I'm not a muslim and therefore consider myself to be allowed to draw Mohammed, infact I just did in GIMP (not MSpaint as I didnt want to offend Linux fundamentalists)
Do not click if offended by shocking religious imagery http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1287/mohow.jpg

So is there anything I can't draw on a piece of paper (without any words in any language) ?

Comment Re:FULLY destructible? (Score 0) 238

Exactly. The article even states that "In effect, you're probably not going to get buildings collapsing, a la Bad Company, because the engine relies on the structural integrity of larger objects.".

So not only not as much destrction as Crysis, but "structural integrity of larger objects" means indestructable, so really nothing new here.

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