Ant writes: "Yahoo! News reports that Microsoft is warning users not to trust its calendar and appointment software. For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft warns that users of its calendar programs "should view any appointments... as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees."
It's a potential problem in any software that was programmed before a 2005 law decreed that daylight-saving time (DST) would start three weeks earlier and end one week later, beginning this year. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings.
Software created earlier is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March (that's March 11 this year ).
The result is a glitch reminiscent of the Y2K bug, when cataclysmic crashes were feared if computers interpreted the year 2000 as 1900 and couldn't reconcile time appearing to move backward. This bug is much less threatening, but it could cause head-scratching episodes when some computers are an hour off.
The problem won't show up only in computers, of course. It will affect plenty of non-networked devices that store the time and automatically adjust for daylight saving, like some digital watches and clocks. But in those instances the result will be a nuisance (adjust the time manually or wait three weeks) rather than something that might throw a wrench in the works.
njkid1 writes: "Ubisoft may not rival the scale of an Electronic Arts or Activision, but the French company has amassed a number of top brands in recent years and is arguably one of the premier publishers in today's video game market. In this exclusive, Ubisoft North America President Laurent Detoc explains the company's journey and where it's headed.
dropgoal writes: Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas (and GOP presidential candidate) has reintroduced the Truth in Ratings Act. Like the previous version that failed to pass last year, Sen. Brownback's bill would make the FTC responsible for overseeing the video game ratings system and possibly result in a unified ratings system for games, movies, and TV. The ESRB would also have to review all game footage before issuing a rating: 'Currently, the ESRB hands out ratings after viewing a reel with representative content prepared by the developers. Sen. Brownback thinks that's not enough: "Video game reviewers should be required to review the entire content of a game to ensure the accuracy of the rating," he said. "The current video game ratings system is not as accurate as it could be because reviewers do not see the full content of games and do not even play the games they rate."'
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched a significantly lower cost version of their
powerful new GeForce 8800 series graphics cards, dubbed the GeForce 8800 GTS
320MB. As the branding suggests,
these cards come equipped with only 320MB of on-board frame buffer memory.
They're also clocked at 500MHz for the GPU core and 1600MHz DDR on their GDDR3
memory interface, versus the top-of-the-line GeForce 8800 GTX with its 575MHz
core and 1800MHz memory respectively. All told, for a $299- $329 price
these new cards offer up excellent performance in current games, at high
resolutions, with all eye candy turned on and at a more attractive cost with
future DX10 capabilities to boot.