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Comment Re:Drank one before I proposed to my wife (Score 1) 500

much like the "I, Robot" adaption with Will Smith

Funny, I never knew there was an "I, Robot" adaption. I mean, I saw a film with Will Smith in it which had the same name as I Robot, but that film was nothing like Asimov's collection of short stories. In fact, if I remember correctly, Asimov voiced his distaste for hollywood-style movies where robots kill people in the preface to his book.

Comment Re:Legal troubles? (Score 5, Informative) 121

https://code.google.com/speed/page-speed/docs/rules_intro.html

I think this link answers all your questions.
After a quick first glance, it seems like it isn't doing anything that a good web designer shouldn't have already have done. Then again, the percentage of well-designed pages out there mean this could still provide a speedup...

Comment Re:Nintendo is destroying Sony? (Score 5, Interesting) 273

I did read through Malstrom's explanation of Nintendo's "Disruption" strategy, and found it quite eye-opening.
However, I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with you on the hardcore's reaction to NSMBW. Although you may have described the reaction of a portion of the hardcore, all the "hardcore" gamers who I know actually enjoyed NSMBW a lot, praising the way Nintendo wasn't afraid to put in difficult levels, and the way that the multiplayer "co-op" could be easily played competitively, with all the players trying to throw each other off ledges/push them into lava/jump off each others heads. The hardcore is not opposed to 2D gameplay - see the success of Street Fighter IV compared to other 3D fighting games.
This is part of Nintendo's genius -- NSMBW caters to a wide slice of the market.

Comment Who is this for? (Score 0, Troll) 288

Although I concede that this is a good thing, I can't help but question who this feature is for. Surely all the privacy-concious people who want SSL search have already moved to other search engines (given google's questionable record on privacy issues)? SSL will only protect against man-in-the-middle attacks; if anything, it's meaningless privacy theatre.

Transportation

Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission 609

ElectricSteve writes with this excerpt from Gizmag: "Ready for a bit of a mental mechanical challenge? Try your hand at understanding how the D-Drive works. Steve Durnin's ingenious new gearbox design is infinitely variable — that is, with your motor running at a constant speed, the D-Drive transmission can smoothly transition from top gear all the way through neutral and into reverse. It doesn't need a clutch, it doesn't use any friction drive components, and the power is always transmitted through strong, reliable gear teeth. In fact, it's a potential revolution in transmission technology."
Hardware

Submission + - The Holy Grail Of Infinitely Variable Transmission (gizmag.com)

ElectricSteve writes: Ready for a bit of a mental mechanical challenge? Try your hand at understanding how the D-Drive works. Steve Durnin's ingenious new gearbox design is infinitely variable — that is, with your motor running at a constant speed, the D-Drive transmission can smoothly transition from top gear all the way through neutral and into reverse. It doesn't need a clutch, it doesn't use any friction drive components, and the power is always transmitted through strong, reliable gear teeth. In fact, it's a potential revolution in transmission technology — it could be pretty much the holy grail of gearboxes... if only it wasn't so diabolically hard to explain.
Idle

The Neo-Geo Song 70

At least 50% of my paychecks would be converted into tokens and put into one of many Neo-Geo machines at the arcade when I was in high school. It's good that my favorite old games finally have an anthem.

Comment Re:Unsurprising (Score 1) 403

There are plenty of real credit card processors that don't act like thugs.

Please, please tell me who these are. If there are any UK alternatives which charge less than/similar rates to PayPal, I'll be able to switch to them and won't have to implement PayPal's badly documented API.
The reason for PayPal's dominance is that everybody's heard of them; if you're a small organisation wanted to easily accept credit cards, you pick PayPal without even considering the alternatives.

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