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Comment Re:Great... Game to Movie (Score 2, Interesting) 142

Mass Effect: First Contact

That would be awesome. Its even already got a cool story line: Humans encounter Turians. Turians blow up Humans. Humans send a small fleet that blows up the Turians, Turians send a bigger fleet to capture Shanxi, thinking it is the Human homeworld. Humans send a bigger fleet, kick the Turians in the teeth, and take back Shanxi. Council realizes that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding and brokers a peace treaty.

I would pay to see that. It sounds pretty awesome to me. Cue the sequels.

Comment Re:Of course they did... (Score 1) 214

Don't agree. After this whole thing blew up I watched the Verizon ads. They make clear they are discussing 3G coverage, not generalized coverage (which would be available almost everywhere).

Aside -

Have you ever been to a place without cellphone coverage (and I don't mean because the building's walls are blocking). My digital phone doesn't work in mountainous areas, but my old analog phone seemed to work everywhere. It makes me wish analog was still alive, if only for backup.

I agree, but I have to say I'm glad I don't have to buy and deploy all that cable every time I take a road trip anymore.

Comment Re:Where does this leave GIMP? (Score 1) 900

Don't forget Picasa, now also available for the Mac (to save us from iPhoto's insistence of managing the files). I haven't used PSP since the early 90s.

Most of the time for holiday shots and what not, something like Picasa is good enough, and the work-flow is much easier and faster (important to people like me who take 100+ photos a day). I drop back to Photoshop for piecing together panoramas and HDRs, and when it's better quality output is required on the few occasions, but by then, I'm down to an album of 60 or less (I don't want to completely bore other people).

I tried GIMP a few years ago, and won't go back to it. And for those promoting GTK - yuck! They couldn't even get the basics right, like the common file open/close dialog (and why they didn't delegate to the native versions on OSes like Windows is beyond me). Maybe it's improved since then, but I have no desire to change my current work-flow. It's courses for horses though: a lot of people around here like and support it, and good for them.

Comment Re:Just release TV shows for free (Score 1) 675

Cable companies do not see any revenue directly from advertisements.

Oh rly? Time Warner would seem to disagree. I mean, clearly you know more than I do, but doesn't that look at awful lot like a cable company selling commercial time? Look at the side bar, they even advertise what popular shows they still have spots for!

Comment Re:Missing option (Score 1) 1104

Well, clearly its a humanitarian effort. After all, much of the violence in Iraq would most likely not be there if America had not invaded. It is, therefore, America's responsibility to help end the violence and rebuild as much infrastructure as possible to return the country to as much of a normal state as can be had.

Or maybe its just a face-saving exercise. Take your pick.

Submission + - Canadian Song Writers push for legal P2P ( 1

spiri writes: The songwriters association of Canada is proposing a new law that will compensate artists when their songs are downloaded on p2p networks.

"The plan we propose would not change or interfere with the way Canadians receive their music. No one would be sued for the online sharing of songs. On the contrary, the sharing of music on Peer-to-Peer networks and similar technologies would become perfectly legal. In addition, Music Publishers and Record Labels would be fairly compensated for the crucial role they play in supporting Canadian music creators."

Will Canada be one of the first to think of its citizens before the recording industry? You can view the proposal here.


Submission + - IBM virtual world defies laws of physics (

jbrodkin writes: "IBM has a unique take on virtual worlds for business use. Rather than strictly adhering to the laws of physics, IBM is letting its employees hold virtual meetings up in the air and under water, and giving them wacky chores such as kicking a giant boulder 1,400 feet. "Why do we need walls and ceilings to do a meeting?" asks Michael Ackerbauer of IBM, who is building the company's virtual world, called the Metaverse. "We've had meetings under water and up in the air. Meetings are where you want them to be." There have been some mixed reactions to the unconventional model, Ackerbauer admits. "Some are saying 'wow, this is great, I'm ready to go.' Others are scratching their heads," he says."
The Courts

Submission + - No Right to Privacy When Your Computer Is Repaired ( 3

Billosaur writes: "ZDNet's Police Blotter bring us the interesting story of a Pennsylvania man who brought his computer into Circuit City to have a DVD burner installed on his computer and wound up being arrested for having child pornography on his hard drive. Circuit City employees discovered the child pornography while perusing Kenneth Sodomsky's hard drive for files to test the burner, then proceeded to call the police, who arrested Sodomsky and confiscated the computer. Sodomsky's lawyer argued in court that the Circuit City techs had no right to go rifling through the hard drive, and the trial court agreed, but prosecutors appealed and the appeals court overturned the lower court's decision, based on the fact that Sodomsky had consented to the installation of the DVD drive and the techs "weren't randomly perusing the drive for contraband, but instead were testing its functioning in a 'commercially accepted manner.'""

Submission + - Diebold Source Code Reviewed, Found Vunerable (

Shteven writes: The state of California has managed to independently review Diebold's source code for vulnerabilities. From the article:

"The software contains serious design flaws that have led directly to specific vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to affect election outcomes," read the University of California at Berkeley report, commissioned by the California Secretary of State as part of a two-month "top-to-bottom" review of electronic voting systems certified for use in California. The assessment of Diebold's source code revealed an attacker needs only limited access to compromise an election.


Submission + - Google license plates (

An anonymous reader writes: The Swede Joakim Jardenberg applied for new license plates for his car with a pretty unsual text: 'GOOGLE' — and strangely enough he got them approved. (he has no connection to Google whatsoever). He said he did it just to see if it was possible to get them and it sure was. He bought them for 10 years and paid $850 — I wonder for how long he can keep them?


Submission + - World's Highest Resolution HDTV Surgial Camera (

docinthemachine writes: "The world's highest resolution HDTV surgical video camera system has been developed and used for laparoscopic surgery. This system is unique in having a native chip resolution of 1920 x 1080p and the first ever (for surgery) 16:9 aspect ratio. The enhanced resolution allows the surgeron to see finer details and pathology. Surgical skills are aided by the resolution and wider field of view as well. The enhanced shadows and tonal range also provides enhanced visual clues for depth perception while working in a 2D environment. This system will be featured in the world's first ever broadcast of surgery in high definition in an upcoming national Geographic HD special. Details of the system are at with details of a new medical HD XDCAm blu-ray disk based recording system used to capture the footage at"

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