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Emulation (Games)

A JavaScript Gameboy Emulator, Detailed In 8 Parts 62

Two9A writes "JavaScript has shed its image of being a limited language, tied to DOM manipulation in a browser; in recent years, new engines and frameworks have given JS a reputation as a language capable of bigger things. Mix this in with the new elements of HTML5, and you have the capacity to emulate a game console or other system, with full graphical output. This series of articles looks in detail at how an emulator is written in JavaScript, using the example of the Gameboy handheld: starting at the CPU, and (as of part 8) running a copy of Tetris."

Many Top iPhone Apps Collect Unique Device ID 194

An anonymous reader writes "It looks like iPhone users are not immune to the types of data leaks recently discovered on the Android platform. Researchers looked at the top free applications available from the App Store and discovered that '68% of these applications were transmitting UDIDs to servers under the application vendor's control each time the application is launched.' The iPhone's Unique Device ID, or UDID, cannot be changed, nor can its transmission be disabled by the user. The full paper is available in PDF form."

Comment DD-WRT and OpenDNS (Score 1) 618

Well, this all sounds a bit overkill for childrearing, but as a 26 year old university student who knows exactly nothing about raising children as a single parent, I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt.

At any rate, all of the internet scheduling/cutting off can quite happily be done by any router running DD-WRT. Pick up an old Linksys WRT54G somewhere and you'll be fine. Set it up to use OpenDNS to filter any bad sites.

Scheduling of Virus Scanning is obviously a no-brainer as any virus scanner worth its salt will quite happily do that automatically. It's probably blaspheme around here, but for those friends with windows machines that I've had to help fix, I've actually had good luck with Microsoft's own free scanner.

As far as the hardware monitoring/log emailing, maybe just drink a beer on the porch and relax instead. Too much worry is bad for your health.

Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta 366

ActionDesignStudios writes "The upcoming release of Ubuntu, titled 'Lucid Lynx,' has just entered the beta cycle. Alongside the usual desktop and server versions, a special version has been released that is designed to run on Amazon's EC2 cloud service. This release of Ubuntu does away with the brown 'Human' Gnome theme we've all become accustomed to, replaced by a new version Canonical says is inspired by light. The new release also includes much better integration with social networking services such as Twitter, identi.ca and Facebook, among others."

Comment Re:Strange pulse stories (Score 1) 329

FWIW I have this same phenomenon, where my heart will seem to skip a beat and then beat hard for a few seconds. It is disconcerting as hell, but according to the doctors I've talked to about it, its not a big deal. For me, it does seem to be loosely related to my stress level.

I'm 26 and I run 40km a week or so, so I'm in pretty good cardiovascular shape.

Comment Re:"But if you don't want our money, fine" (Score 1) 256

It has nothing to do with Hulu not wanting to figure out an advertising strategy for countries outside of the United States. Hulu is a business, and if there is money to be made then they will do their best to make it.

The issue is that the networks who produce these shows enter into contracts with the networks who air those shows in foreign countries. So for example, here in Canada, CTV airs a lot of american network television shows, and in buying those shows they stipulate that they have the exclusive rights to make money off of those shows in Canada. So unless CTV and Global and the other Canadian stations enter into a partnership with Hulu, or come up with something similar themselves, then we Canadians are SOL.

Comment Re:Missing Data, Towers Probably Influence Cost (Score 1) 827

This argument gets used a lot, especially with regard to the discrepancy between the U.S. and Canada. I'm not saying its wrong, but I've also never seen convincing evidence that its as big an issue as people make it out to be.

The thing is, taken on the whole, Canada certainly does have a staggeringly small population density, but it's not like we're all evenly distributed up here. According to National Geographic, 75% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border, and in 2006, 80% of us lived in urban areas.

Having driven across most of Canada, including about as far north as one can drive, I can assure you that the telecom companies out here aren't spending a whole lot of money to provide service to the huge swaths of empty land. Driving from Ontario to Alberta results in nearly two full days without cell phone reception... at least the last time I did that drive (2007).

And believe me, in Canada we would kill for cell phone pricing on par with the U.S. Hell, even just two year contracts would be a treat....

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