Archive | March, 2010


Ubisoft's New Draconian DRM Kills Gaming all Weekend

Previously we’ve written about the new DRM that Ubisoft has developed in-house that requires a 24/7, uninterrupted internet connection (not even for a modem reboot or lost sync) to the master Ubisoft DRM servers. At the time there was a lot of speculation about “What if your modem reboots?” or “What if Ubisoft’s DRM server […]

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Black Box Car Data Belongs to Insurance Co. in "Total Loss" Settlement

This is one of those posts that touches on 1 topic, but is really about another. The data-processing super-computer that is Marc Chung recently sent along an email thread to me that contained a link about how Toyota is stone-walling investigators questioning about the black-box data retrieved from cars involved in recent “unintended acceleration” crashes. […]

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Use IHeaderResponse.renderJavaScript(CharSequence,String) to Avoid Duplicates

Apace Wicket Quick Tip If you are working with multiple AjaxEventBehavior‘s (like AjaxFormSubmitBehavior and AjaxFormValidatingBehavior) on similar components in a Page and you are using IHeaderResponse.renderJavaScript(CharSequence) it’s possible you are contributing duplicate JavaScript over and over again to the header section of your Page unecessarily. As it turns out, by simply changing to use the IHeaderResponse.renderJavaScript(CharSequence,String) […]

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Project E:st MMO Uses CryENGINE2 and Looks Awesome

After seeing CryENGINE at work with games like Crysis, Crysis: Warhead and Crysis 2, I’ve always wondered “Why don’t more MMOs use this engine to create incredible realistic worlds that I can adventure around in?” I mean, jesus, just look at this completely dialed out screenshot from Crysis 2 on max quality setting: (more…)

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Crysis 2 Screenshots – No More Jungles

VE got a dump of “in-game” Crysis 2 screenshots from the Crysis 2 team that are looking bee-a-u-tiful. As amazed as I was at the Jungle scenes in Crysis, Warhead, Far Cry and Far Cry 2 (different Engine) I was always wondering “what would happen if you took this insane graphic prowess and rendered urban […]

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Digg is Gamed by Retardation

Digg is an entertaining site, much like reading The Superficial is. I don’t turn to Digg for real news or hot topics unless I feel in the mood to pour through a 10:1 ratio of stupid shit to real honest to god interesting content. Today I saw the “Top in All” list above and thought […]

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Health Care Costs from Around the World

Big thanks to Marc Chung for forwarding this along. Visual Economics has put together a huge visual comparison of the cost of health care from around the world. What you see above is a snippet of just the top of the comparison, the full page graphic (mirror link) is packed full of more details. Some […]

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Dante's Inferno: Animated Movie Review

Summary [6.5 out of 10] Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic is an excellent adaptation of the story behind the video game of the same name, but in the grand scheme of anime, feels like an average attempt. For a new IP from EA, putting all the money behind the game and the animated movie is […]

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