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Comment Re:I sure hope this means... (Score 1) 150

more likely to launch SteamBox; a launch title that's exclusive to steam, not cross platform. to be be put on the shelve next to XBOX360+GTAV and PS4+GT7. SteamBox+HL3. would make console gamers post pictures of HL3 with subtext "most expensive game I've bought"; in reference to PC Gamers posting pictures of PS3/XBOX360 and GTA-V and stating the same :) getting people to buy a "console" for a game. The hook is in, the reel them in with steam on PC, play it on steamBOX and your laptop; cross platform (Mac, Linux, Windows), take it where-ever you go.

Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope 115

First time accepted submitter szotz writes "The National Ignition Facility has one foot in national defense and another in the future of commercial energy generation. That makes understanding the basic justification for the facility, which boasts the world's most powerful laser system, more than a little tricky. This article in IEEE Spectrum looks at NIF's recent missed deadline, what scientists think it will take for the facility to live up to its middle name, and all of the controversy and uncertainty that comes from a project that aspires to jumpstart commercial fusion energy but that also does a lot of classified work. NIF's national defense work is often glossed over in the press. This article pulls in some more detail and, in some cases, some very serious criticism. Physicist Richard Garwin, one of the designers of the hydrogen bomb, doesn't mince words. When it comes to nuclear weapons, he says in the article, '[NIF] has no relevance at all to primaries. It doesn't do a good job of mimicking validates the codes in regions that are not relevant to nuclear weapons.'"

Comment Re:Steve Jobs has clout (Score 1) 681

I won't ever go back to Windows

that's your right.

don't ever accuse me of a lack of experience

I don't accuse you of anything. From your comment about Mac OS X having timemachine and "let's see you do that on windows system", it just shows you don't have experience with the 2 latest Microsoft OSes, which have timemachine functionality build-in.

so again. Don't make incorrect statements about Windows just because you didn't take the time to research if the latest versions have something similar to Timemachine.

but than again, timemachine is a copy of Vista's backup and previous version functionality. Vista release: Jan 2007, MAC OS X 10.5: Oct 2007.

now you can go on about programming for the last 100 years, doesn't change the fact you can get timemachine-like functionality in the latest "windoze" out of the box, without hassle.

Comment Re:Steve Jobs has clout (Score 0) 681

Try that with Windoze.

build in Vista/7, takes 5 minutes to set up, you can easily do incremental backup of OS/APPS and DOCS to any destination device of your choice. don't randomly post anti-"windoze" crap; research before you start posting inaccurate statements.


What a Hacked PC Can Be Used For 364

An anonymous reader points out that the Security Fix blog is running a feature looking at the different ways hacked/cracked computers can be abused by cyber scammers. "Computer users often dismiss Internet security best practices because they find them inconvenient, or because they think the rules don't apply to them. Many cling to the misguided belief that because they don't bank or shop online, that bad guys won't target them. The next time you hear this claim, please refer the misguided person to this blog post, which attempts to examine some of the more common — yet often overlooked — ways that cyber crooks can put your PC to criminal use."

18 Android Phones, In 3 Flavors, By Year's End 152

Hugh Pickens writes "Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms for Google, has announced that by the end of the year there will be 18 to 20 phones using the Android OS made by 8 or 9 different manufacturers. Google will offer three different versions of Android OS: a completely free and generic flavor with no pre-loaded Google applications; a slightly customized version that comes pre-loaded with Google apps like Gmail and Google Calendar; and a completely 'Google-fied' Android OS bearing all sorts of Google branding and integration with Google's services. Will Park reports that the expectation is that 12 to 14 of the upcoming Android phones will use the slightly-customized version of Google's Android OS requiring the manufacturer to agree to a distribution deal with Google that would allow the handsets to come pre-installed with Google-ware. The remaining 5 or 6 Android phones will come to market completely decked out with 'The Google Experience' and a Google logo on the phone. This third option provides risk and reward opportunities because the openness of the store could be a hit with consumers, but could also lead to poorly constructed or offensive applications that could give Google a taint. When it comes to apps, Rubin says: 'We want to abide by the law, but not rule with an open fist.'" Yes, it seems he really said "open fist," though he probably meant "iron fist."

Comment Re:Team Fortress Classic (Score 3, Informative) 156

what are you on about? Rocket Jumping was known since the launch of Quake 1 in 1995, TFC came much later and they designers of it very well knew what the rocket launcher was capable of.

The only game devs which did not know about the RJ were... ID Software when the released Quake 1 :)

scar3crow: Quake has always had wonderful deathmatch, and it certainly popularized something many take for granted these days - rocketjumping. Aside from your lateral use of it in Mt Erebus in Doom, did you foresee it in the way it came about in deathmatch? John Romero: We had no idea until after the game was released and I started hearing the word being used... Even then I thought it meant jumping over someone's rocket! When I saw it in action i was amazed and immediately starting doing it all the time.

scar3crow: It certainly makes for a different dynamic in the flow of maps, in some cases completely circumventing the pace the mapper may have intended (such as in DM4 where it makes the map even tighter).
John Romero: Yeah, most of the single-player maps break with rocket-jumping. E2M1 in 11 seconds. Heh


Comment Re:Wiiiii! needs more casual games. (Score 1) 284

It's Ironic that Nintendo captured the casual market and yet there are very few games for them
exactly! Well said, the Wii is a "casual gaming" multiplayer console, that's how they marketed it, in every PR stunt you see the multiplayer hotseat action, but after 1 year we only have VERY FEW games worth their money if you bought the Wii for casual gaming crowd. Rayman Raving Rabbits is a good success, Wii Sports a little less but still okay. Haven't found any other game to add to the list, single player games ala Mario and Metriod are not interesting at all for multiplay, and even for Single play, there are much better games out on other platforms that you shouldn't waste money for the Wii. Ordered Guitar Hero III now for the Wii, hope this will be multiplayable and enjoyable (even with Mono sound :/) but it's a multiplatform game and not really unique for the Wii. So far i'm pretty disappoint by the lack of party games released since last year; and even after 1 year, the current party games are becoming quickly too repetitive and boring, even for the none gaming crowd. Wario Smooth Moves was quite a mistake to buy, it lasted 10min before it was removed and never look at again, ugly graphics, lame games, dumb multiplayer, a disappointment...

Submission + - Windows XP Service Pack 3

epsi writes: "Windows XP SP 3 probably in 2008 — MS had a Roadmap in his recent Partner-Mag — and there was mentioned that a Service Pack 3 for Windows XP will be available in 2008..propably not the end of XP now? ;)"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Passive VGA coolers beat reference heatsink (

jmke writes: If you bought a mid-range video card recently and you're stuck with reference stock cooling making noise, there is hope, for less than $30 you can upgrade the cooling to completely passive solution and have the video card running cooler than it did before; this article compares 8 different 3rd party video card heatsinks and comes to the conclusion that the cheapest and passively cooled unit is the best on to get.

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