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Comment Makes so much sense now... (Score 1) 495

This must have been placed on a bunch of websites recently. I'm a habitual "highlight as I read" person. I noticed a couple months back that quite a few websites started the FireFox activity indicator spinning when I highlighted (New York Times included).

I wonder how much useful information this "service" is actually providing to content hosters. I must send dozens of small chuncks of text every time I read an article.

Can I disable this through AdBlock?

Comment Why not create our own ET life? (Score 1, Interesting) 107

We know what these planets consist of. We know of some pretty crazy bacteria here on earth. Why not shoot a rocket full of random bacteria that can survive our most extreme conditions to places like these?

If I recall correctly NASA has always been super careful about bacteria on space vehicles. Why don't we just infect everything and kick start this whole ET thing ourselves.


Valve Provides Details On Left 4 Dead Survival Pack DLC 62

A post on the Left 4 Dead blog shares details of the Survival Pack downloadable content due out next week. It will be free, and available for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game. "Our goals for Survival Mode are to deliver a mode of play distinct from Campaign or Versus, have games that regularly last under ten minutes, and emphasize competition with team play through leaderboards. Survival Mode draws on the planning and communication aspects of a successful Finale or Crescendo event, while taking it to another level. It rapidly hits a fever pitch that only a well coordinated team will be able to successfully survive. ... Given the extreme pace of Survival Mode, the number of zombies killed in a single round often outnumbers an entire campaign."
Role Playing (Games)

Managing Player-Created Content In City of Heroes 43

Superhero MMO City of Heroes recently went live with its 14th expansion (release notes), one of the main features of which is the Mission Architect, a system to allow players to create their own quest content and then submit it to be implemented into the game. Now, Joe Morrissey of the City of Heroes team has written an article about how they plan to manage the content that players create. "You have to decide how draconian you want to be. The more hardcore you are, the fewer people who will see inappropriate content, but you expose yourself to potential grief voting. Grief voting is when a player flags perfectly acceptable content as inappropriate just because it's fun. If it only takes a single vote to eliminate content from the game, clicking that button is going to be the game for a lot of players. You don't want perfectly good content getting pulled because someone's a jerk."

Comment No improvement of the 4870?? (Score 5, Informative) 84

Yet HotHarware tests their 4890 and shows that it outperforms the 4870 in every category...

and I quote:

"In every test, the Radeon HD 4890 (Asus EAH4890) was faster than the 1GB Radeon HD 4870, and the overclocked 4890 (Asus EAH4890 TOP) simply increased the card's overall lead. In comparison to competing offerings from NVIDIA, the Radeon HD 4890 is faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall, but it didn't quite keep pace with the just announced GeForce GTX 275."

The Internet

Submission + - Australian ACMA blacklist on Wikileaks

An anonymous reader writes: As reported in the Australian Press, the blacklist compiled by the ACMA seems to have been posted on Wikileaks.

Many Australians have been fiercely opposing the imposition of mandatory ISP level censorship for some time. Please note that many of the sites are not safe to access depending on your location. The list includes Christian sites, a dentist, a tour operator, wikileaks pages, gambling and euthenasia related sites. This follows the leaking of the blacklists from several other countries. There is no confirmation that this is the current blacklist and there is some mention that censorware vendor filter lists may have been included. The list contains 2395 sites. ACMA said its blacklist, as at November 2008 that the list included only 1370 sites.

Comment Future of News, Today! (Score 1) 425

The future of news is here today. In a day and age when everyone and their dog has a blog we end up with blog aggregates. The Consumerist, Engadget, Jalopnik and many others, whose sole purpose is to take in stories from all over the net, and produce a focused coherent stream of stories. Then, on top of this layer, we get sites like Slashdot and Digg who primarily take stories from these mid-level focused aggregates and produce an interesting stream of news covering all sorts of topics.

I have a newspaper, but my front page is Slashdot, my sports section is DeadSpin, my auto section is AutoBlog, my tech section is Gizmodo and none of my content (in general) comes from any wire service.

Comment Re:The confusion is part of the Stimulus (Score 1) 434

I purchased a bunch of Linksys wireless N equipment. The goal was to have my PopcornHour box stream 1080p movies wirelessly. It didn't work at all. Playback would start then skip out. After reading a bit more, the Linksys stuff only supports wireless N in the 2.4GHz range. I went ahead and made the plunge and purchased an Apple Airport Extreme and one Apple Airport Express. I set up a wireless N network in the 5GHz range only. Now I can stream 1080p movies without issues.

I don't think many people realize how big of a difference getting out of the overcrowded 2.4GHz range can make.


Submission + - Radiohead offers "pay what you want" digit

SilentChris writes: Radiohead has announced that in 9 days they will be releasing their latest album through their website. The interesting part: you'll pay what you want. A physical version will be released in December for $82. No word yet on DRM, but given Radiohead's recent penchant for selling on MP3 sites, there's a good chance there won't be any. The best part: the record labels are completely uninvolved with this new venture.

Submission + - Radiohead to offer free downloads of new album (

Adam9 writes: Radiohead, the internationally renowned band, has taken the unusual step of telling fans that they can pay as much or as little as they like for the band's new album In Rainbows. In a break from industry tradition the UK band famous for hits including Creep, Paranoid Android and Karma Police, has told fans "it's up to you" what they pay to digitally download the album. Radiohead is free to sell its album directly from its official website because it is no longer tied to a record label. So far the album is only available to pre-order from the website, where it can be downloaded on release on October 10.

Submission + - Broadcasters launch ads opposing wireless internet

kaufmanmoore writes: According to an AP report, The National Association of Broadcasters is launching ads to target lawmakers over a push by a consortium of technology giants including Google, Intel, HP and MSFT who want to use unused and unlicensed TV spectrum for wireless broadband. Broadcasters are airing concerns about the devices creating interference with broadcast television and in a statement NAB chairman Alan Frank takes a swipe at technology companies saying, "While our friends at Intel, Google and Microsoft may find system errors, computer glitches and dropped calls tolerable, broadcasters do not."

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