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Comment Re:US Hysterical (Score 1) 330

Maybe now that he's in office he knows something you aren't privy to? I notice Gitmo is still there, a lot of things he said while running seem to fallen by the wayside. He also has a lot more white hair now. Seems to me being the president is a tough job no matter who it is, because there is a lot of things they just can't tell the general public. Go to Walmart sometime, you think that 90% of those people know anything about the world outside of "made in China" on all the labels and stuff they buy. Most people are dumb and no amount of preaching or standing on soap boxes or posts on slashdot will change that. I'm will to bet that most people out there who think they are smart enough to handle the truth are the same ones who bitch and moan but don't vote, or participate in government to make changes. All the changes in our government are brought about manipulation of the retarded masses. Its very rare that someone with good intentions gets out there and manipulates them for the greater good. SO if you think you know better get out there and get some stupid people to vote for you.

Star Wars Prequels

Big Changes Planned For The Force Unleashed 2 100

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed debuted in 2008 to less than stellar reviews, but sales of the game were strong. A sequel for the game is due out in October, and the developers spoke at length with the Guardian's Games blog about the improvements they've been working on. One of their priorities was adding depth to the combat system to make it less of a button-mash. "The team has completely redesigned all the familiar Force powers from the first title including Force Push and Force Grip, and has added a few newcomers including the potentially amusing Force Mind Trick that'll allow you to trick Storm Troopers into leaping from high ledges." Enemy AI is another area that's getting some love, and they're trying to make level design more open and less linear. The team's confidence in the changes they're making stems in part from much greater familiarity with their game-building tools. "Like its predecessor, Force Unleashed 2 will combine three third-party physics engines, Havok, Euphoria and Digital Molecular Matter, to provide cutting edge human animation, materials effects and authentic physical forces. ... 'Whenever you're building the first iteration [of a game series] and a brand new game engine at the same time, everything comes in hot and fast – we were literally figuring out how to get the most out of those three technologies all the way up to shipping. The DLC then helped us to learn more, and that knowledge has given us the biggest leap forward.'" A trailer for the game was released at E3.

Comment Re:I smell a re-hash. (Score 1) 82

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I had fun with the game playing it as just an out there FPS. I wasn't looking for an in-depth rpg.

What I didn't like about it was the subscribe to play content instead of pay X for the content to play whenever you like (see guild wars model). Also the no LAN play. If they had charged per expansion I am quite sure they would still be running today. The whole free players vs subscribers thing was a huge fiasco.

Most people were not willing to pay the monthly fee because no matter how they strutted it, HG:L was not an MMO. It did not have the depth/story/character growth that people expect in RPGs.

What it did have was more than a little bit of twitch action that people like myself find fun in FPS games. Quake - Unreal...

So now that the servers are shit-canned I've got a shiny box game that is worthless.

The business model was flawed and was IMO the primary reason it failed. Bill Roper's plan. Not every game is an MMO but he told investors that it was going to be a steady revenue stream and forced the game to a model it was unsuited for.

I think he might be doing the same thing here, using buzzwords to hype a game to investors not really thinking about the dynamics of the game and its audience.

Of course I could be wrong, perhaps from the ground up this is designed to be an MMO and the payment model may very well work, but I won't be buying it, due to the earlier "Bill Roper Burn".

Comment I smell a re-hash. (Score 1) 82

Anyone looked up the term "Flagshipped"?

There was nothing wrong with the game Hellgate London but they screwed the pooch with a bad payment model by trying to sell a game as an MMO that was definitely not an MMO.

I smell a another debacle in the making. Bill Roper at the helm is apparently not a good idea.


Submission + - Where in the US can you get JUST a Cell Phone? 6

arakon writes: I am looking around for a cell phone for my technically challenged mother and all she wants is just a phone, and yet there seem to be no carriers in the US that carry a plain cell phone with good reception and battery life. All of them bundle camera's, pda's, mp3 players and a kitchen sink with a battery life of 2 hours, all for the low price of $350 or more...

Having looked around, the Motorola F3 is exactly what she wants but it doesn't seem to be available in the US. If we order it online will it work on US carriers? Are there any comparable products out there with a similar feature set and price range available for US networks? I appreciate the help.

Submission + - Stratagey for dealing with multithreading?

Watson Ladd writes: With all major microprocessor manufactures choosing to go multicore rather then cranking up clock speeds getting performance gains will be a software problem. If applications aren't using multiple threads, they don't get a performance boost. But multithreading is a pain to deal with. So what is your strategy for writing multithreaded code? Is it join calculus, software transactional memory,non-interacting threads,rendezvouses,actors, or the Real Programmers choice of mutex and condition variables? Which do think will be the dominant technique over the next 30+ years?

Submission + - Trojan pre-installed on Point&Shoot Video Camc

Bill Wood writes: We got the new Pure Digital product ' Point&Shoot Video Camcorder PSV-351' from Amazon around December 14th for Christmas. When we loaded it up to our PC to download the videos via USB, AntiVir Personal detected one of the files as a trojan. Symantec AV detected it as well on my laptop. Symantec identifies it as W32.Looked.P. I tried to email the infected file as RAR archive to puredigital support, and Google Mail prevented it from going out as it was detected as a virus laden file. The offending file is called 'View Your Files.exe' on the root directory of the device. AntiVir calls it TR/Philis.A
User Journal

Journal Journal: USA: Military Draft System To Be Tested 6

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2006(CBS/AP) The Selective Service System is making plans to test its draft machinery in case Congress and President Bush need it, even though the White House says it doesn't want to bring back the draft.

The agency is planning a comprehensive test -- not run since 1998 -- of its military draft systems, a Selective Service official said. The test itself would not likely occur until 2009.

Portables (Games)

Submission + - 3.02 OE-B will run your own Playstation games!

jamie writes: "How do you sum up something like this little bit of news? By putting it as plainly as possible. Dark_Alex is working on 3.02 OE-B, the successor to OE-A, and by all accounts, 3.02 OE-B will be able to play PlayStation 1 games. Not just any old games though, but pretty much any PS1 game you already have."

Submission + - Dell 3007WFP 30" 92% Color Gamut Widescreen L

MojoKid writes: "Dell's UltraSharp 3007WFP has historically earned high marks as a high-end 30" panel but recently Dell has made some upgrades to the big, beautiful beast. If you're in the market for something huge, Dell's new UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC might be of interest. Not only does this monitor feature a gigantic 30" panel with a native resolution of 2560x1600, but it also features ultra high 92% color gamut capability based on new backlighting technology that is currently one of the industry's best. Most other desktop LCD monitors feature a 72% to 76% color gamut. The UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC is going to be somewhat expensive, and at first will only be available with the purchase of an XPS system. Word is general availability will come in February."

Submission + - Patent reform may limit world generic drug supply

2think writes: Agence-France Presse is reporting Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) is urging Novartis to drop appeal in India's High Court. According to a MSF executive, over 80 percent of generic AIDS drugs come from India and the Novartis position can endanger not only the generic AIDS supply but generic manufacture overall. Here's a link to the story: harmacompany
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - Alcohol craving blocker developed

An anonymous reader writes: A team from Melbourne's Howard Florey Institute discovered blocking the action of the brain's orexin system can also prevent someone relapsing of alcohol cravings. This chemical is involved in the "high" felt after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs. Orexin-producing cells are also thought to play a part in regulating feeding, so the researchers believe they could also help treat eating disorders. Alcohol-related deaths rose to 8,386 in 2005 compared to 4,144 in 2001 in the UK, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease have more than doubled in a decade, reaching 35,400 in 2004/5. In rat studies, a team led by Dr Andrew Lawrence created a compound which was seen to block the "euphoric" effects of orexin. In one experiment, rats that had alcohol freely available to them stopped drinking it after receiving the orexin blocker.
The Internet

Submission + - PC World: The 13 Most Embarrassing Web Moments

Bad_Feeling writes: The Internet is the most efficient information distribution system ever known. But if you're not careful, it's also the perfect way to embarras yourself in front of the entire world. Highlights include Cat Schwartz unwittingly posting topless pics of herself, a DEA officer shooting himself in the foot during a gun safety seminar, Steve Ballmer's Monkey Dance, and a CNN reporter's bathroom chat accidently aired over the president's speech.

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