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Comment I hate 3D. Its just a Buzz costing me more money (Score 1) 255

Nothing about 3D has improved my movie going experience. And how in the hell am I suppose to make out with that hot chick watching a 3D movie without taking the glasses off and missing the movie entirely. I used to enjoy the other factors in play of going out to the movies like oh I don't know.... social contact! These damn 3D movies are physically and socially awkward and since more movies have been coming out in 3D I have been going to the movies less often. I strongly believe that this 3D initiative is somehow related to the MPAA in an attempt to curb piracy or some other lame crap.
Games

Submission + - Microsoft Clears Mechwarrior4 Free Launch (mektek.net) 1

Vamman writes: If you've been following the drama surrounding the free release of Mechwarrior4, than you would be aware that the initial announcement, made last summer, was a bit premature. After nearly a year since the announcement came, MekTek Studios has announced, that Microsoft Legal has given clearance for the free release of Mechwarrior4. This interesting move by Microsoft Games couldn't come at a better time for this community, as the owners of Mechwarrior are attempting a reboot of Mechwarrior. A few weeks ago this studio stuck their necks out there and announced that they were struggling to see this release through to the end. Looks like some interesting pressure was applied from a variety of sources.

Comment Re:Mechwarrior Living Legends beat them to the pun (Score 1) 90

I'll wager that MWLL is as vulnerable in this situation as MekTek is whether they like it or not. Their agreement with Microsoft Canada was a game usage rights agreement which from what they posted long ago appeared to be a rather similar type of agreement to what MekTek has. These are vulnerable agreements for modders. If Microsoft can shut down the free release then Microsoft can shut down MWLL/Crytek pretty easily as well. Crytek took advantage and publicity and likely made some sales off it.

Comment Re:This makes no sense (Score 2, Insightful) 90

Allow me to make some sense for you. In order to release the said software Microsoft requires all companies to have insurance coverage ($5000/year) incase everyone ends up in court so you can cover yourself with a couple of million in coverage - its a safety net for a bunch of lawyers. Anyone doing software distribution should have coverage especially if they are profiting - which MekTek isn't. MekTek has paid for the insurance under the agreement but assumed the release was forth coming much faster. That was months and months ago. This has been a growing case for most larger corps requiring smaller groups to have intense commercial liability insurance. A big strain.
Microsoft

Submission + - MechWarrior 4 free release 'held up' by Microsoft (joystiq.com)

Vamman writes: Way back in July 2009, Smith & Tinker announced that it was going to authorize MekTek to release MechWarrior 4 and all its expansions for free "soon" — likely to drum up interest for the upcoming MechWarrior reboot. After nearly a year, the game remains unreleased. The reason for the delay, according to MekTek, lies with Microsoft. The group claims that the project is "held up at Microsoft" and it's currently "unknown" when the release will receive its "final go ahead."

The studio adds the unfortunate revelation that it's now in dire financial straights thanks to the delay. "Due to the demands placed upon us by industry lawyers to release the Mechwarrior 4 Free release we were forced to insure our Studio at a premium rate to meet the Microsoft standard," reads the announcement, adding that group's server fund has "run dry" and is currently being paid directly by staff. MekTek is asking for donations from players that download its MekPak 3.1 expansion. According to the announcement, MekTek would be able to keep the servers running for an entire year if all those who downloaded the expansion were to donate $5. MekTek is saying thank you for support from another company caught up in this mess Virtual World Entertainment, the company which owns and operates the Tesla Cockpits simulators also running Mechwarrior.

MekTek has released to their community a major update for their existing community expansion MekPak 3.1. Check em' out! They are also promising their new expansion — MekPak 4 in a few weeks as open beta!

Comment The sheer nature of HTML/JavaScript (Score 1) 223

Putting all the server/database exploits aside. The whole client process of pushing a value in and seeing if it breaks will never go away. Web browsers are one of the worst possible tools to secure. The nature of their job seems to predict failure. As soon as some creative web monkey pushes the envelope another exploit is found. The Gecko and Trident engines can be pushed to break over and over. Chrome and Safari are not any different. You can follow the standards as much as you like. At the end of day these tools are reading XML and Script and rendering/compiling. If you consider a browser for what it is, most of them have come a long way. I remember when a harsh sneeze would cause catastrophic failure and crashing =)

Comment 4GB of RAM Quad Core Running Win7 (Score 1) 613

So this article bugs me. The memory usage on my Win7 dev box has been very stable. Win7 uses about 50% of my ram all of the time. This hardware is not exactly new. It was bleeding edge when I had Windows Vista and I admit the memory requirements was a bit higher. Given I've been running Windows 64bit versions since I've started using Quads so I can not report on the 32bit experiences. Time for some upgrades Mr. Chief?

Comment Blackberry in NYC (Score 1) 144

My BlackBerry is on the Teleus carrier here in Canada. When I went down to NYC last summer my BlackBerry was a worthless POS. Just bringing up my email and replying was a challenge. Everywhere we went the signal was great but the service was horrid. The two places I noticed the biggest drops was at the MET on a Saturday afternoon and at a Yankee's game in the evening on the weekend. There was literally no service and I felt like when I used to try and dial into a busy ISP in the 90s. Even when you connect to a busy ISP you might not have any service. I paid alot of money to MY carrier so I could have bandwidth access in NYC and it was a waste of money. I wanted my money back but they refused. What a waste.

Comment Hurray great article! (Score 2, Funny) 113

Awesome article. Our team has embraced the use of the R Stats package in our environmental assessment tool. We were sick of the COM object library to connect modern .NET tools to our tool so I decided to build a .NET wrapper for R. Still in early development but it works for us. We decided to release it under GPL for everyone to use. I think the title of article could read something like "Biologists take programming into their own hands" which is what I was forced to do during my MSc. and now once again in my position at U of S I find myself hanging out with the computer scientists a little bit too often.

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