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Comment Re:60fps on a phone? Why? (Score 1) 105

Sorry but that's absolutely wrong. The reason why movies and tv work at 24fps and games don't is simple: motion blurring. A camera captures all motion within a certain timeframe (equal to the shutter-time of the camera). A computer renders a single snapshot of this motion, which appears very sharp. For the first, your brain creates sharper images than there actually are, even at 24fps, and sees them as motion.
For the computer generated ultra-sharp snapshots however, you need a lot more images per second to convince your brain of it being a fluent motion. There is no way this is affected by screen size, focus or your eyes. It's your brain that has to be fooled, not the eye. And for sharp static images - you need at least 60fps to fool your brain in every situation, and Carmack knows this very well...

Comment Re:True, but.... (Score 1) 332

Well, then I'm sure you're free enough to be able to move to a more densely populated area in the USA where you can get a 100Mb down/5Mb connection... New York City has about 8 million people living on 468.9 sq miles, Belgium about 10 million on 11,787 sq miles (source: wikipedia)... Shouldn't be a problem there I think?

And maybe it's the silly US "2 big parties with 1 winner" democratic system that makes you distrust your government as much as you do. Democratic governments are there to take care of the population, not be against them. And I'm pretty happy with the fact that my crazy-ass neighbor can't just walk into a store and get a gun. I myself would not even want a gun in my house with little children running around, that is an accident waiting to happen - but that's a personal preference. Thing is - that's mostly the attitude here in Europe. Guns are dangerous, don't forget these laws were not just made "for fun", Europe has had more than it's share of violence in it's history. For being a developed country, the USA's homicide rate is scary high and gun accidents kill about 500 kids/year in the USA according to a 5 second google. That are things I expect my government to take care of, because clearly people are too stupid to do this them-self. Apparently, making it very hard to own a gun seems to work pretty well (note that it is perfectly possible for me to buy and own a gun, I would just have to get myself a permit).

Also, you may be able to deny the holocaust, I can say "fuck" on tv without being beeped out. If it offends someone - they have to deal with it. I was allowed to drink when I was 16, and actually had my first beer when I was 12, and nobody cared. Different freedoms? There's a huge difference in law-enforcement, which actually shocked me when I was in the USA for the first time. And freedom of speech? Well, some of my opinions and world views clearly shocked people, and they expected me to shut up about them, which didn't really feel like "freedom of speech" to me. Also, don't generalize, nazi symbols are not forbidden in all European countries.

We might have a few laws extra - but to me, that's not any different from the "you are not allowed to steal" law, which as far as I know, also exists in the USA. They protect me, and I'm pretty happy with that. I'm not saying I agree with all laws, but most of the time they do make sense, and in general, small offences are not enforced as violently and unforgiving as I have seen in the USA. When my cousin (who has lived his entire life in the USA) was here, he couldn't believe his eyes when we were walking through a park, and some dude lighted a joint in public. When 2 cops walked by and just asked the guy - in a very friendly manner - to put it away, he couldn't believe what he just saw. A lot of USA citizens have a very deformed image of what life in Europe is like, most of them have never left the USA in their entire life, and probably never will. In Europe, it's hard not to get out of your country at a certain point and be confronted with different cultures. I myself have seen quite a bit of the world, been in the USA, Africa, and most of the Western-European countries, and I can't say I feel less free than anyone I've ever met on my trips.

Don't get me wrong, I like the US, it's the country with the most open and friendly people I've ever been to, but moving there permanently? (which I am free to do if I wouldn't be happy here) I don't think I could do that. Silly speed limits would probably be nr 1 reason on a pretty lengthy list :D

Comment Re:True, but.... (Score 1) 332

I can assure you, none of my tax-money goes to subsidizing internet providers. Governments supporting private companies is extremely regulated in the EU, and mostly forbidden by anti-competitive laws. There was quite a bit of noise here in Europe when countries wanted to support the car-manufacturers financially for exactly this reason.

And I pay 55Eur/month for phone + cable-tv + 20mbit down/1mbit up cable internet. I do have a 50gb/month limit, but for 99eur, I can have 100mbit down / 5mbit up with no limits with the same company. Compared to what they offer in the surrounding countries here, that's both actually pretty expensive...

I hate it when uninformed Americans think "their system" is better when they have absolutely no clue about the "other systems". For me as a European citizen, it almost seems like "freedom" has become a marketing term for US companies as a scapegoat for higher prices. I don't think my freedom is in any way limited by our expensive taxation systems, and seeing what this system gives back to me, I pay them with a smile, knowing that I live in a relatively peaceful country which won't spend my tax-money on mind-bogglingly expensive wars abroad, and that our army will mostly be used for humanitarian and (mine) cleanup missions.

Comment Re:Calling it now (Score 1) 273

Apple only thinks of "User experience". They don't want to face the 'normal user' the choice of "do you want to install/enable flash - it could have a negative performance impact on your browsing experience". A normal user doesn't know or doesn't care about "flash". If they happen to play flash-games, that's because both Windows and OS-X have been shipping with it since ages. If you don't want Apple to make that choice for you as "the user" - don't buy Apple, because that's what they do, decide what's good for their user and what's not.

And to be honest, I don't get the fuzz about flash on mobile. They've been bitching about it for years - and only now they're ready for it? Good thing Apple added iAds to iOS4, so they'll be able to compete against the advertisement spam Adobe brings to Android under the false pretense of "choice".

What strikes me the most is that Adobe gets the geek audience behind them - just because they happen to support the "open" Android platform, while the "closed" Apple refused to add it. Flash is and remains proprietary technology - whatever Adobe's trying to tell you. It has deeply embedded DRM which they will never open up.

Comment Re:14k buys a lot of film. (Score 1) 347

These digital backs have been around for quite a while now (though at a higher price-tag), and they're rarely used for the 'final' shot. I know someone who has one, and he uses the digital back for his test-shoots and lighting setup. It saves him a HUGE amount of time since he doesn't have to use a substitute digital camera which might give other results, and then do test-shots with real film which he has to develop - and retake the shot until it's good... Once the scene and lighting is set correctly, the back is removed and a full 80mm-film used for the final shot (which btw costs a bit more than $4 these days)

It's not the cost of the film that's, it's the time spent on set... 14k is dirt-cheap if you can save a day or 2 on each shoot...

Comment Re:No Wonder GPL Software Is Such Garbage (Score 1) 205

"Ripping off" ??? If the BSD creators felt this way and would not approve such use, they would have used a different license... Apple does what it's allowed to do with the software. They don't want to reinvent the wheel, unlike some Redmond-based company, and are prepared to go for the best sollutions for their customers. They use/support webkit, they distribute Apache and countless other opensource applications with their OS. Want it or not - that's what they are allowed to do.

Most people here have to shut up about licenses - since 99% have never even written any code. It's the developer that decides what someone else would be able to do with his code, and that's nobody else's decision.

Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 369

Hmm - in what time-frame are you stuck? You already know how to make fire?

I mean - wake up. Your view of the world is so damn limited it irritates me, and I see this a lot on /. Your life is simply not the center of the universe. Yes - you don't use Youtube, have something against javascript, cookies and flash (can't disagree on the last-one actually)... without knowing what the hell you're actually talking about. HTML5 and Javascript are married, the videotag without javascript is pretty useless. Cookies are usefull things that can be used to track you, but a decent browser makes sure this is limited. Privacy issues? Simply don't browse the web then. You're not in 1995 anymore.

For the vast majority of the users, only one thing matters: it works. It doesn't even have to work well or be the best. Just look at IE6's marketshare to prove that point. 99,9% of all firefox users don't give a damn about those things and go with the defaults. If firefox doesn't work, and the Internet Explorer also installed on their system does, they'll drop FF in an eye-blink...


Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Warsow 0.5 Released. (

packman writes: "Warsow, one of the lesser known freely available first person shooters, based on the QFusion engine, which on it's own is based on the GPL'd good Quake 2 engine, has reached a major milestone by releasing it's brand-new 0.5 version. It brings many improvements, polishments and features, one of the most important being the ability to write custom gametypes in Angelscript. It's available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

From their press release:

What is Warsow?
Set in a futuristic cartoon-like world where rocketlauncher-wielding pigs and lasergun-carrying
cyberpunks roam the streets, Warsow is a completely free fast-paced first-person shooter
(FPS) for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Speed and movement, that's what Warsow is all about. Like a true cyberathlete you jump,
dash, dodge and walljump your way through the game. Grab those power-ups before your
enemy does, plant the bomb before anyone sees you, and steal the enemy's flag before anyone
knows what's going on!

A handful of popular gametypes come shipped with Warsow, like Capture the Flag, Team
Deathmatch, Clan Arena, Instagib and Duel. Warsow invites you to add to this list, by creating
your own custom gametypes with the brand new gametype scripting system!

What is new in 0.5?
After a long time of hard work, a few testbuilds and release candidates tested by the
community, Warsow 0.5 is here! Since the last release (0.42) major improvements, additions,
changes and tweaks have been made in the visuals, gameplay and engine features of Warsow.
Some of the changes:
  • Weapon settings, armor settings and movement system have been tweaked and revised
  • Weapons can stun players, making them unable to walljump for a short period of time after
    being hit
  • Warsow 0.5 introduces AngelScript gametype scripting, inviting everyone to create their own
    custom gametypes
  • Warsow 0.5 has new maps, textures, playermodels, engine features, visual effects... even a
    brand new weapon!
  • Warsow 0.5 comes with new gametypes: Team Domination, Headhunt, Bomb & Defuse

The Tricks of Warsow
Beside classic tricks from the Quake scene (strafe jumping, double jumping and bunny
hopping) Warsow features its own set of Special Moves:

  • Walljump: Use walls for powerfull rebounds (Special key next to a wall)
  • Dash: Allows quick accelerations on the ground (Special key on the floor)
  • Dodge: Allows quick and powerful sidesteps (Special key + strafe left/right)
  • Ramp Slide: Allows unlimited Dash on ramps (Special key on a ramp)
  • Double Dash Jump Combination of Dash and Doublejump (Special key on small ledge, followed by a jump)"

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