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Comment Re:SWOTL (Score 1) 582

>Hmm, does SWOTL run OK and find the joystick in DOSbox or some other VM?

DOSBOX does a bang-up job of running SWOTL with sound and music, and it lets me use my old CH flight yoke and stick with a 15-pin to USB adapter (every USB game controller works, no configuration necessary).

For the record, I never cheated in SWOTL, I didn't even back up my pilot losing a pilot who'd been promoted to Oberst was a heart-stopping event.

Comment Re:SWOTL (Score 1) 582

SWOTL was top shelf, the last and best 2.5D flight simulator by Totally Games/Lucasfilm Games. The manual alone was worth the price of the box.

It's true, you only had 60 rounds of 30mm ammo, but with the Mk.103 cannon and careful aim you could easily knock every opponent out of the sky before running out. The P-51s usually only took two or three rounds to destroy utterly. Always fun to fly a tour of duty in the 229, although to tell the truth, the Do.335 from an expansion pack was my most favourite. It was a little slower and less maneuverable, but still faster than any Allied fighter (well, except the P-80, another expansion pack fighter) and probably the most durable plane in the entire game.

Comment Re:Like the phonograph.... The what? (Score 1) 743

You're breaking my heart here, and although I'm sure you mean well and it's nice that you are a fan of music from earlier periods, you're way off-base.

I've performed many of the works of Bach, Mozart, and their contemporaries and successors and hardly anything tops Bach in any of those categories. High harmonic tempo, rhythmic complexity in and between parts (Classical-era music is largely homophonic), extended chords via appoggiatura and other passing tones, four, five, and eight-part fugues with multiple subjects and counter-subjects.

Off the top of my head, here are a few Bach works that I think best exemplify his genius:

Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 582)
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (BWV 225)
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (BWV 903)

Mozart, however, is elegant but very straightforward, even simple. Perhaps it's a personal experience bias as I've mostly only performed his liturgical works (Masses etc.) and arias from his operas, but there is hardly a comparison to be made between the two.

United States

Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College 1088

Zebano writes "Since changing the US constitution is too much work, the Iowa senate is considering a bill that would send all 7 of Iowa's electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election. This would only go into affect after enough states totaling 270 electoral votes (enough to elect a president) adopted similar resolutions."

Roland Piquepaille Dies 288

overheardinpdx writes "I'm sad to report that longtime HPC technology pundit Roland Piquepaille (rpiquepa) died this past Tuesday. Many of you may know of him through his blog, his submissions to Slashdot, and his many years of software visualization work at SGI and Cray Research. I worked with Roland 20 years ago at Cray, where we both wrote tech stories for the company newsletter. With his focus on how new technologies modify our way of life, Roland was really doing Slashdot-type reporting before there was a World Wide Web. Rest in peace, Roland. You will be missed." The notice of Roland's passing was posted on the Cray Research alumni group on Linked-In by Matthias Fouquet-Lapar. There will be a ceremony on Monday Jan. 12, at 10:30 am Paris time, at Père Lachaise.

Australia Developing Massive Electric Vehicle Grid 260

blairerickson writes "A US firm Thursday unveiled plans to build a massive one-billion-dollar charging network to power electric cars in Australia as it seeks cleaner and cheaper options to petrol. Better Place, which has built plug-in stations for electric vehicles in Israel and Denmark, has joined forces with Australian power company AGL and finance group Macquarie Capital to create an Australian network. Under the plan, the three cities will each have a network of between 200,000 and 250,000 charge stations by 2012 where drivers can plug in and power up their electric cars. The points would probably be at homes and businesses, car parks and shopping centres. In addition, 150 switch stations will be built in each city and on major freeways, where electric batteries can be automatically replaced in drive-in stations similar to a car wash." I hope they're talking to the car companies about the necessary standardization it would take to make this work, too.
PC Games (Games)

Bioshock 2 Trailer Released, Platform Information Revealed 85

arcticstoat writes "If you've played Bioshock, you'll know it can be a tough choice deciding whether you're going to kill the cute (yet evil looking) Little Sisters and extract their ADAM, or let them live. Your choice even affects whether you're given one of three possible endings of the game, and their story will now continue to be told in the sequel. 2K Games has just released a trailer for the new game, showing what appears to be a grown up Little Sister, still clutching a toy, while the city structure of Rapture springs up around her. No gameplay is shown, but it does give a hint as to what the game will be about, and it looks as though the game may take you onto dry land." Gamespot initially confirmed the trailer's authenticity after it was leaked last week. A representative from 2K Games also mentioned Bioshock 2 was "destined for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms."

Study Debunks Gamer Stereotypes 117

Ars Technica reports on a recent study by Ipsos MediaCT which evaluated gamers with respect to a large variety of social parameters. Among their findings: "55 percent of gamers polled were married, 48 percent have kids, and new gamers — those who have started playing videogames in the past two years — are 32 years old on average." Also, "In terms of hard dollars, the average gaming household income ($79,000) is notably higher than that of nongaming households ($54,000), but the value of the gamer as a marketing target can be seen in a variety of ways. 39 percent of gamers said that friends and family rely upon them to stay up-to-date about the latest technology." The press release for the study is available at IGN.

Australian Government Censorship 'Worse Than Iran' 516

An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government's plan to Censor the Internet is producing problems for ISPs, with filters causing speeds to drop by up to 86% and falsely blocking 10% of safe sites. The Government Minister in charge of the censorship plan, Conservative Stephen Conroy, has been accused of bullying ISP employees critical of his plan: 'If people equate freedom of speech with watching child pornography, then the Rudd Labor Government is going to disagree.'" Read on for more, including an interesting approach to demonstrating the inevitable collision of automated censorship with common sense.

Exchanging Pictures To Generate Passwords 123

Roland Piquepaille writes "Today, Ileana Buhan, a Romanian computer scientist, is presenting her PhD Thesis at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She is using biometrics to protect confidential information when it is exchanged between two mobile devices. This is a very innovative approach to security. Buhan's biometric application will generate almost unbreakable passwords from photos taken by the connected users. Here is how it works. 'To do this, two users need to save their own photos on their PDAs. They then take photos of each other. The PDA compares the two photos and generates a security code for making a safe connection.'"

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