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Comment Re:Learned our lesson from the Wii (Score 1) 281

I still love my Wii. It has my favourite games of this generation of consoles such as Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Zelda TP & SS, Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, Pandoras Tower, Metroid Prime Trilogy (amazing FPS experience on a console IMHO), Okami (PS2 port I know but it is so much better on the Wii), Super Paper Mario... I could go on and go.

Yes I enjoy other games not on the Wii such as CoD:BO2, Uncharted, God of War, etc. but over all if I had to pick one console I would pick the Wii without question. I bought it for entertainment and fun not to just have 1080p@60fps graphics. If I was a graphics addict I wouldn't bother with a console anyway as a PC easily offers far greater graphical performance. I never really understood when people say attack the Wii (and the Wii U now) for not being the most powerful console possible. I will take amazing gameplay over HD graphics any day. Super Mario Galaxy is a great example of this. It didn't have amazing graphics (although they were still pretty damn beautiful) but god damn that game was a superb platform game. Absolutely amazing gameplay.

Comment Re:Smart boxes not TVs (Score 1) 183

I have a brand new Galaxy Nexus which I switched too just over a month ago from an iPhone 3GS. My biggest diappointment with Android is that the BBC iPlayer app is not available for the GN still! :( It doesn't even appear in the Android market as it is "incompatible". I can watch it view the iPlayer website (if I request the "full" site not the mobile version) but performance is not great and it eats thru the battery. It sucks as the GN has such a beautiful big screen. Yes the iPhone has newer apps (mostly games from my experience) that required an iPhone 4 or 4S due to graphical performance but I am yet to find a "general app" that does not work on my 3GS. The fragmentation on iOS is there but very minor however on Android it is pretty awful. Not to mention stock Android not coming with what I would consider to be "standard" features (such as a timer or notebook app, I was shocked to find I had to get third party apps for such things, especially when the phone comes with things like Google+, you would think Google would have been able to write a couple of simple apps that iOS had at v1).

Comment C Primer Plus (Score 1) 799

Buy him a copy of C Primer Plus (5th Ed) by Stephen Prata and work through it with him. In my opinion it is one of the best introduction to C books available, if not the best and very friendly to first time programmers. Another option is Java: A Beginner's Guide (4th Ed) by Herbert Schildt.

I too believe that learning the lower level things such as memory allocation is the best way to make yourself a better life long programmer so I would advise C over Java however I know a lot of people who only know Java (or C#) and do just fine however they knew next to nothing about what I consider to be "real" programming. Everything they do is drag and drop then writing some logic to handle an event and letting the runtime deal with the "nitty gritty" stuff.

Comment Re:This is why they were prosecuted (Score 4, Insightful) 574

I saw some movies worse than that! This dude keeps kidnapping people and hooking them up to machines that they can't escape from. The only way to survive is to admit something about yourself and sacrifice part of yourself or do some kind of other horrible act like cut the key out of somebody elses stomach. The worst one for me was a reverse bear trap on somebodies head which ripped their head in half when the timer went off. Needless to say I don't think anybody actually ever survived any of it.

Oh yeah these movies were called Saw. And I saw it in the cinema. The realism and gore was extreme. If these people were put away for making similar movies and selling them on the net then how can Amazon and Play.com sell the Saw movies? Surely every horror movie should be illegal and the directors and distributors arrested?

Comment Re:Google hates ? (Score 1) 640

While I understand Google's problems with Theora quality it is surprising for them to be against it (which is what I assume is their official position for Theora support in the video tag?). By the time HTML5 is all finished I am sure Theora will be good enough and if they are unsure that it will be why can't they help it along with a few $$ or directly helping with development for it?

Comment Re:Why do the vendors have a say? (Score 3, Interesting) 640

I agree. Mozilla have supported Ogg Vorbis and Theora as of 3.5 and it works pretty good from the demos I have used. The W3C needs to ignore everyone and push forward with Ogg support in the spec. If hardware acceleration is a problem then work with companies to get it supported in hardware. I know it won't be easy but saying "ugh that is gonna be too hard, lets just drop it from the spec" is stupid, work with Nvidia and ATI and Intel, etc. to get h/w support for Ogg. I am not a specialist so I have no idea how hard it would be to get h/w support for Ogg up and running but I know that my iRiver H10 mp3 player had Ogg support back in 2003 or so, so I am sure it is possible without _too_ much work.

Comment Why do the vendors have a say? (Score 5, Insightful) 640

Perhaps it is a stupid question but why do the vendors have a say what goes into the spec and what doesn't? Isn't it up to them to choose to implement the spec fully or not? FFS just make it Ogg Vorbis/Theora and if Apple doesn't want to support it then Safari can just not support that part of the spec. It isn't like any of the browser are 100% complient anyway.

Comment Re:Oh for crying out loud (Score 1) 352


I am getting fed up with all the BS about Windows 7 being posted on /. A few years ago the MS bashing was valid due to what they were actually doing however now people just posted a load of crap that they half read on some blog 6 weeks ago and can't remember 90% of it anyway so just make it up.

So thank you for posting that :)

Microsoft are trying to "do the right thing" by listening to customers but when they do everybody changes the topic from the good (the removal of the crappy 3 app limit) to limitations which are there because it is designed for a netbook (i.e why have DVD playback on a netbook when not one netbook has a DVD drive?!, also DVD playback isn't free, if you want DVD playback get VLC not that hard). Windows 7 is looking to be a pretty decent upgrade. I am still not that crazy about the taskbar in 7 but Homegroups are really nice and the other UI changes like desktop peek are great.

Anyway I just wanted to say thanks :) have a good weekend!


Is Flash Really On 99% of Net Devices? 383

Barence writes "Adobe claims that its Flash platform reaches '99% of internet viewers,' but a closer look at those statistics suggests it's not exactly all-encompassing. Adobe puts Flash player penetration at 947 million users out of a total 956 million internet-connected devices, but the total number of PCs is based on a forecast made two years ago. What's more, the number of Flash users is based on a questionable internet survey of just 4,600 people — around 0.0005% of the suggested 956,000,000 total. Is it really possible that 99% penetration could have been reached? Including Linux users? Including users at work? Including brand-new systems?"

$2 Billion For Broadband Cut From Stimulus Bill 658

pdabbadabba points out a CNN report on changes to the planned economic stimulus bill (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [PDF]) that will remove the $2 billion allocated to broadband development. The changes also eliminated smaller amounts allocated to NASA, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation. $16 billion in school construction funding was removed, as well as another $3.5 billion for higher education construction. A variety of environmental projects were also cut or reduced (half of the $7 billion set aside for energy-efficient federal buildings, half of the $600 million for hybrid federal vehicles), and over $8 billion in health-related provisions are gone. The bill will likely go to vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

Beginning iPhone Development 216

Cory Foy writes "When my wife got a Touch several months back, the first thing I wanted to do was build some applications for it. Who wouldn't want to play with a device that has accelerometers, position sensors and multi-touch gestures? But being new to the Mac world, I needed something to help guide me along. Beginning iPhone Development aims to be that guide. But does it live up to the challenge of teaching a newbie Mac and iPhone developer?" Read below for the rest of Cory's review.
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Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate 239

Benjamin Duranske writes "Jonathan Lee Riches, an inmate in South Carolina famous for filing long, handwritten, rambling screeds against celebrities, politicians, and even buildings, has filed a third-party motion in Federal Court in Arizona in the MDY v. Blizzard botting case claiming that Blizzard's World of Warcraft 'caused Riches mind to live in a virtual universe, where Riches explored the landscape committing identity theft and fighting cybermonster rival hacker gangs. Riches was addicted to video games and lost touch with reality because of defendants. This caused Riches to commit fraud to buy defendants video games. Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job, Riches mind became a living video game.'"

Microsoft Joins the OpenID Foundation 142

wertigon writes "Windows Live ID just became yet another OpenID-provider. While the cynical me wonders how long it'll be before Microsoft transforms OpenID to something proprietary, they have undoubtedly put even more weight behind the OpenID initiative. So, how long before I can use my OpenID to post on Slashdot?" Patches are always welcome, wertigon ;)

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