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3D Blu-ray Spec Finalized, PS3 Supported 157

Lucas123 writes "The Blu-ray Disc Association announced today that it has finalized the specification for Blu-ray 3-D discs. The market for 3-D, which includes 3-D enabled televisions, is expected to be $15.8 billion by 2015. Blu-ray 3-D will create a full 1080p resolution image for both eyes using MPEG4-MVC format. Even though two hi-def images are produced, the overhead is typically only 50% compared to equivalent 2D content. The spec also allows PS3 game consoles to play Blu-ray 3-D content. 'The specification also incorporates enhanced graphic features for 3D. These features provide a new experience for users, enabling navigation using 3D graphic menus and displaying 3D subtitles positioned in 3D video.'"

Submission + - Protection against faulty speed cameras

An anonymous reader writes: With all the mass market GPS devices, especially those built into mobile phone devices, this would seem like an obvious way to beat bad speeding tickets, such as those given out in the UK and other countries due to faulty or inaccurate equipment operated by police. Automated tickets take months to arrive, this generally leaves you with no recourse to prove yourself innocent, but there is precedents in beating bad tickets with black-box style GPS devices to prove your speed was lower than what the police claimed. The problem I envisage is that any data recorded and stored could also be used by police or others against you.

Encryption seems like the obvious answer, but if encryption were to be used in any number of countries that have enacted decryption laws, some people would face the prospect of jail time until you hand over decryption keys or passwords.

Does anyone know, or can suggest something that would avoid jail, but also avoid self incrimination?

Comment Re:Not Exactly Original... (Score 1) 104

It does work to a limited extent. When Half-life 2 Episode one came out I was stuck with 56k at home; when the game was released I had already preloaded 98% of it. I tried to find out the time remaining on the download but much to my surprise the game started instead. The first map I played on the HUD didn't work, next map it was mostly there, and finally 4-5 maps later I had a cross hair.

That was the only time I was ever able to play a game that wasn't downloaded 100%.

Comment little dissapointing (Score 2, Informative) 59

The Japanese version of this has much more interesting rewards. I know the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack was offered. There were limited edition DS's (just a special skin) and I can't remember what else.

  Hopefully I'll be able to add the rest of my wii/ds games and the consoles. It's kinda weird how the eligible games are picked. I bought my Wii on launch day with Twilight Princess and Excite Truck but only TP was eligible.

Linux Business

Submission + - Platforms where Linux gained ground in 2007 (

christian.einfeldt writes: "Computer scientist and media maven Roy Schestowitz takes a look at platforms where GNU Linux gained the most ground in 2007. In a thorough review which is the first of a two-part series, Schestowitz looks at trends in supercomputers, mobile phones, desktops, low-end laptops and tablets, consoles, media players and set-top boxes. Schestowitz finds that GNU Linux solidified its dominant grip on supercomputers; made huge gains in low-end laptops and tablets; won major OEM and retail support on the desktop; gained new entries into game consoles; and also spawned new businesses in set-top boxes while holding its ground in pre-existing product lines. He sums it all up by saying that '2007 will be remembered as the year when GNU/Linux became not only available, but also properly preinstalled on desktops and laptops by the world's largest companies.'"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Free software FPS games compared (

An anonymous reader writes: has posted a well-encompassing, although harsh, comparison of free software shooters. While lengthy, it compares seven open source shooter games. Although the article can be a bit hard to follow at times, few have gone to compare and carefully examine the genre before. The author ranks the games in the following order (best to worst): Warsow, Tremulous, World of Padman, Nexuiz, Alien Arena, OpenArena, and Sauerbraten. In making these choices, it claims claims to use gameplay, design, innovation and presentation as criteria and includes a short history of free software shooters in the introduction.

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