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Comment Re:Largest Nuclear Disaster? (Score 3, Interesting) 413

Think you've got this wrong. The Soviet Union didn't invade Japan from the North, they declared war, and invaded Japanese held China (in particular, Manchuria). Though it did affect the Japanese decision to surrender.

The japanese did surrender conditionally, but it wasn't like it was them that were offering conditions to the US for months. The conditions argument was in the main between the US and the UK (US wanted Hirohito tried as war criminal, UK wanted to keep him as head of state). UK, US and China agreed conditions which they would accept a Japanese surrender, a week or 2 before the first bomb.

The decision was taken on the 9th of August - the day in which they got news of Manchuria and Nagasaki. So I don't know where you get that they "didn't surrender after the second one". They did. It might not have been the only factor, the USSR invasion helped, but it's unlikely a USSR invasion on it's own would have triggered the surrender.

Also, there was going to be a 3rd bomb available a week after the 2nd one was dropped. But it was likely if Japan hadn't surrendered by then, the US would have "saved up" a lot of bombs for a nuclear blitz, and force the end of the war that way.


Italy Floats Official Permission Requirement for Web Video Uploads 131

An anonymous reader writes with some bad news from Italy, noting that new rules proposed there would "require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web." Understandably, some say such controls represent a conflict of interest for Silvio Berlusconi, "who exercises political control over the state broadcaster RAI in his role as prime minister and is also the owner of Italy's largest private broadcaster, Mediaset."

Comment Re:No more working for the man (Score 1) 453

There is some money to be made, but there are still big barriers to making any money, IMHO.

My brother and I wrote a graphical adventure in our spare time, thought we'd like to do something in a Monkey Island style, as we hadn't really seen any fresh games in that style for some time.

The feedback we've had from people who have played the game has been excellent, so we have good reason to believe it's a pretty original, funny game we've created.

However, it's virtually impossible to get noticed - partly because of Tetris/iFart clones, partly because of Mafia Wars points apps.
(which fill up the game lists, rather than being in game purchases the way they should be).

So if you've got no money to get your game noticed, then your app/game being original/useful is meaningless - it will disappear regardless.

And seeing as I've given my game a plug, here is the iTunes link for a humorous, original graphical adventure if anyone is interested ( http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/all-fridges-are-psychotic/id344310546?mt=8 )

Submission + - Best way to avoid drowning in the App Store?

stevencbrown writes: I just submitted a game to the App Store, and have been disappointed by the pretty slow sales. The only market that we've had any (small) success in is the UK, as that's where we are based, and our initial email round our acquaintances did enough to push us onto one of the Top 100 category lists, but outside the UK we're getting no traction at all.

The disappointing part is that any of the dedicated forums we've posted it to (like toucharcade) have resulted in glowing reviews, and people who have really enjoyed what we've done. That and the fact that when we look at the lists of the more popular games, they are full of "iMob — 50 points" and variations that take up loads of slots, and make it very difficult to get on the all important Top 20/100 lists.

So, we're not really sure what to do to try and push it. A Lite version is in the approval process, but other than that, what can we do to spread the word, and give it a kick?
Has anyone had any success with advertising anywhere?

And just to get a plug in, our game is a Monkey Island style "point and touch" adventure about a time travelling fridge (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/all-fridges-are-psychotic/id344310546?mt=8) so it is probably pretty niche — but think this probably does apply to any small, indie developers trying to get a game recognised.
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Journal Journal: My new iPhone game

Have just got approval and released a game for the iPhone. A point and touch adventure, it's in the same vein (hopefully) as Monkey Island et al. Julius Brown want to be in movies, and has written a script to enter in a local competition. When it all goes wrong, only a time travelling fridges can save the day!

iTunes link - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/all-fridges-are-psychotic/id344310546?mt=8

Website - http://flaghippo.com

Christmas Cheer

What To Do With 78 USB Drives Next Christmas? 381

ArfBrookwood writes "Every year, I write a Christmas Letter and send it to about 50 people, and every year, it's different. One year it was just the word blah blah blah over and over with keywords, one year I made papercraft wallets with full color cards and money in them, another year I created a Christmas Letter writing contest that instructed the recipients to create our Christmas Letter for us and we awarded prizes to winners, last year, I took a fake retro photo of my family, Inkscaped/GIMPed in a chemistry set and some wall art, printed it onto CD covers, and burned retro Christmas songs onto digital vinyl and sent everyone in the family what looked like a miniature Christmas album. Last week, I came into the possession of 78 2GB USB drives. I have already taken the time to wipe them clean and reflash the memory so they are blank slates." Now, Arf's looking for suggestions for how to best use all these drives; read on for more.

Comment Re:Obligatory English lesson. (Score 1) 320

You loosen something that is too tight. You let loose the hounds. You never "loose" anything.

Oxford English Dictionary

loose, v.

1. a. trans. To let loose, set free;

  1697 DRYDEN Virg. Past. VI. 38 Loose me, he cry'd, 'twas Impudence to find A sleeping God, 'tis Sacrilege to bind. 1821 SHELLEY Prometh. Unb. II. ii. 94 How he [the chained Titan] shall be loosed. 1840 BROWNING Sordello II. 211 Like Perseus when he loosed his naked love. 1865 TROLLOPE Belton Est. xx. 232 Belton had gone into the stable, and had himself loosed the animal.

    b. In immaterial sense: To set free, release, emancipate

1570-6 LAMBARDE Peramb. Kent (1826) 149 Loosing them from al duty of allegiance to their Prince. 1611 BIBLE Luke xiii. 12 Woman, thou art loosed from thy infirmitie. 1637-50 ROW Hist. Kirk (1842) 130 It was concluded,..that he shall be lowsed fra the said sentence. 1784 COWPER Task II. 39 They [sc. slaves] themselves once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. 1842 TENNYSON Godiva 37 She sent a herald forth, And bad him cry,..that she would loose The people. 1902 A. M. FAIRBAIRN Philos. Chr. Relig. III. II. ii. 542 God as interpreted through Him [Christ] was loosed from the qualities that bound Him to a peculiar people.

  d. To free (the lips, tongue, etc.) from constraint.

  1902 Expositor May 383 The wine loosed the tongues of the guests.

.... and pages and pages more, but I think the point is made.

what point? That this particular use of that verb has been outdated and unused for about a century?

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