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Comment Re:Split screen? (Score 1) 362

Full agreed. My favourite examples of fairly recent games with decent multiplayer coop: Trine (3 players, jump'n' run) Lara Croft and the guardian of light (2 players, isometric view) The Undergarden (2 players, trippy, relaxing)

Comment Re:Does not disappoint? (Score 1) 143

IIRC the technique described by the GP is being used by Dolby3D and has been developed a while ago in some Daimler research lab. Apparently it is very competitive to the RealD stuff. The filters for the glasses may be a bit more expensive to produce as they'd have to be very accurate.


Submission + - Moonlight Implemented in Just in 21 Days

An anonymous reader writes: According to Miguel's blog, it seems that he and a crack team of his developers have managed to implement a Free Software version of Microsoft's new Silverlight browser extension for Mozilla under Linux in just 21 days.

Submission + - Number 10 responds to Software Patents Petition

jdh41 writes: The Prime Minister's Office has responded to the 2,215 signature petition to make software patents clearly unenforceable. It seems to be a positive response, hiding a do nothing action plan.

Submission + - British government confirms software unpatentable

oneandoneis2 writes: "In response to a request on the British government's e-petition website, which asked for the government to make it clear that software patents were not enforceable in this country, a statement has now been issued that does just that:

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software."

Submission + - New FreeBSD ULE 2.0 Scheduler for the win...

Sean writes: Now that the goals of the SMPng project are considered complete, FreeBSD has some glory to share for the work that's been done over the last 7 years (ie: post-FreeBSD 4.X): MySQL runs 4x faster on FreeBSD 7 than on Linux 2.6 with 20 or more threads. The FreeBSD performance list archives have the details and graphs for those with inquiring minds. Additional details and patches can be found here.

Submission + - Citibank: training users to be less secure

Llamedos writes: Citibank has redesigned their credit card website ( so that the login page is not an SSL encrypted page. Instead, they expect users to simply accept a little lock GIF file they put up themselves, and their assurance that the form is submitted via SSL. According to Citibank, "Your security is important to us. While the new has an "http" address and no lock icon displays in your browser, your personal information is still protected." Citibank's security page While other sites are moving to more security and more ways for the user to protect himself (e.g., Bank of America's SiteKey program), Citibank is tearing away at protections and trying to train users not to care about security.

Submission + - Is there value in the SMART monitoring technology?

Khuffie writes: "Ars Technicha has a very interesting writeup regarding a study made by Google about hard-drive failures and SMART technology. Their findings? SMART wasn't a very effective way of predicting hard-drive failure, and that contrary to popular belief, "drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization"."

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