Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Microsoft signs movie deal for 'Halo' | CNET News.com

Cool! Those who know me know I am a Halo fanatic, great to see this happening, though Microsoft has managed to mess things up royally, I hope this makes it through unscathed... Read about it here: Microsoft signs movie deal for 'Halo' | CNET News.com

PSP 2.0

Sony release the PSP 2.00 update today that includes a web browser. I have to say it, this update rocks, to be able to surf the net on the psp has made a big difference in my opinion on the PSP.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Unlevel playing field for video games? | Newsmakers | CNET News.com

CNET News.com spoke with ESRB President Patricia Vance about the "GTA" scandal, the fallout, the board's ratings process and more. Read the interview here: Unlevel playing field for video games? | Newsmakers | CNET News.com

Thursday, August 18, 2005

TCPA: The Mother(board) of all Big Brothers

TCPA: The Mother(board) of all Big Brothers by Lucky Green of cypherpunks.to Read It and this: Against-TCPA

Game Boy Micro due in September | CNET News.com

Game Boy Micro (GBM).... Well it is smaller than all their other units, but I think The big N is shooting themselves in the foot here. They should get better support for the Nintendo DS and keep support of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) instead of releasing yet another handheld console. I know the GBM plays GBA games as does the DS but the selection of games for the DS sux and The big N needs to fix that problem before moving onward to new consols. Read the article here: Game Boy Micro due in September | CNET News.com

SPACE.com -- Intelligent Design and Evolution at the White House

Quote from Edna devour Director of Education and Public Outreach, SETI Institute "Teaching creationism is in violation of the separation of church and state, and has been ruled illegal by the US Supreme Court in several cases. It's unfortunate that the President apparently does not understand that science is not equivalent to a belief system but is description of how the natural world works. Creationism, including intelligent design, is a religious point of view, not science.
At a time when industrial, academic, and business leaders are calling for more American students to train in engineering, mathematics, science and technology, we need to teach science in science classrooms. Let's teach the scientific ideas that are supported by overwhelming evidence such as gravitation, relativity, quantum mechanics, and evolution. Creationist ideas/beliefs, such as intelligent design, don't belong in science classrooms. In our haste to leave no child behind, let's not leave science behind either.">SPACE.com -- Intelligent Design and Evolution at the White House: "Teaching creationism is in violation of the separation of church and state, and has been ruled illegal by the US Supreme Court in several cases. It's unfortunate that the President apparently does not understand that science is not equivalent to a belief system but is description of how the natural world works. Creationism, including intelligent design, is a religious point of view, not science.
At a time when industrial, academic, and business leaders are calling for more American students to train in engineering, mathematics, science and technology, we need to teach science in science classrooms. Let's teach the scientific ideas that are supported by overwhelming evidence such as gravitation, relativity, quantum mechanics, and evolution. Creationist ideas/beliefs, such as intelligent design, don't belong in science classrooms. In our haste to leave no child behind, let's not leave science behind either." What utter crap!!!!! I hate to say this, I am sure if anyone really does read this I will get burned for it, but here it is, my opinion on all of this. The President is the only one who has it right. The ideas of Intelligent Design (ID) should be taught in schools, maybe not in science class but the theory of ID is a valid concept that everyone, not just schools should think on. As for teaching it being a violation of the separation of church and state, I say so long as it is kept open, meaning no church, denomination, nor the doctrine of a specific religion is taught, the idea that their is a creator to all of this, should be taught to our children. That is my personal opinion. After all, I believe ID is the truth of our past, not some muddy soup mix we all crawled out of. Anyhow, read the article here: SPACE.com -- Intelligent Design and Evolution at the White House

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Are 'splogs' ruining the blogs? | News.blog | CNET News.com

Funny, 'splogs' are a serious waste of time. No one reads them, they are more worthless than spam email yet they are created in huge quantaties daily. It is a real problem and something should be done about it. Charging money has been mentioned something like a blog creation fee or monthly fees. Personally I think when you go to making money for something the commercialism of it hurts the product, especially if the product is information. Anyhow, read the article here: Are 'splogs' ruining the blogs? | News.blog

Wired News: Counterfeiters Love Electronics

Online sales and Auction sales are the new street corners for conterfiteiters. Now with electronics being counterfeited, it is more important than ever to check out goods for purchase online before you buy. read the article here: Wired News: Counterfeiters Love Electronics

Xbox-Scene News: Xbox 360 Price, SKUs Revealed: 300USD 300EUR 210GBP

Well, it is official. The Xbox 360 prices have been released. $299 for the base unit, $399 for the unit with a HD. Read the article here: Xbox-Scene News: Xbox 360 Price, SKUs Revealed: 300USD 300EUR 210GBP

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Nintendo cuts price of DS video game device | CNET News.com

As always, Tech things drop in price... the Nintendo DS is dropping to $130. Read the article here: Nintendo cuts price of DS video game device | CNET News.com

Montana Supreme Court justice warns Orwell's 1984 has arrived | News.blog

Justice James C. Nelson of the Montana Supreme Court wrote: " Justice James C. Nelson concurs.

I have signed our Opinion because we have correctly applied existing legal theory and constitutional jurisprudence to resolve this case on its facts.

I feel the pain of conflict, however. I fear that, eventually, we are all going to become collateral damage in the war on drugs, or terrorism, or whatever war is in vogue at the moment. I retain an abiding concern that our Declaration of Rights not be killed by friendly fire. And, in this day and age, the courts are the last, if not only, bulwark to prevent that from happening.

In truth, though, we area throw-away society. My garbage can contains the remains of what I eat and drink. It may contain discarded credit card receipts along with yesterday's newspaper and junk mail. It might hold some personal letters, bills, receipts, vouchers, medical records, photographs and stuff that is imprinted with the multitude of assigned numbers that allow me access to the global economy and vice versa.

My garbage can contains my DNA.

As our Opinion states, what we voluntarily throw away, what we discard--i.e., what we abandon--is fair game for roving animals, scavengers, busybodies, crooks and for those seeking evidence of criminal enterprise.

Yet, as I expect with most people, when I take the day's trash (neatly packaged in opaque plastic bags) to the garbage can each night, I give little consideration to what I am throwing away and less thought, still, to what might become of my refuse. I don't necessarily envision that someone or something is going to paw through it looking for a morsel of food, a discarded treasure, a stealable part of my identity or a piece of evidence. But, I've seen that happen enough times to understand--though not graciously accept--that there is nothing sacred in whatever privacy interest I think I have retained in my trash once it leaves my control--the Fourth Amendment and Article II, Sections 10 and 11, notwithstanding.

Like it or not, I live in a society that accepts virtual strip searches at airports; surveillance cameras; "discount" cards that record my buying habits; bar codes; "cookies" and spywear on my computer; on-line access to satellite technology that can image my back yard; and microchip radio frequency identification devices already implanted in the family dog and soon to be integrated into my groceries, my credit cards, my cash and my new underwear.

I know that the notes from the visit to my doctor's office may be transcribed in some overseas country under an out-sourcing contract by a person who couldn't care less about my privacy. I know that there are all sorts of businesses that have records of what medications I take and why. I know that information taken from my blood sample may wind up in databases and be put to uses that the boilerplate on the sheaf of papers I sign to get medical treatment doesn't even begin to disclose. I know that my insurance companies and employer know more about me than does my mother. I know that many aspects of my life are available on the Internet. Even a black box in my car--or event data recorder as they are called--is ready and willing to spill the beans on my driving habits, if I have an event--and I really trusted that car, too.

And, I also know that my most unwelcome and paternalistic relative, Uncle Sam, is with me from womb to tomb. Fueled by the paranoia of "ists" and "isms," Sam has the capability of spying on everything and everybody--and no doubt is. But, as Sam says: "It's for my own good."

In short, I know that my personal information is recorded in databases, servers, hard drives and file cabinets all over the world. I know that these portals to the most intimate details of my life are restricted only by the degree of sophistication and goodwill or malevolence of the person, institution, corporation or government that wants access to my data.

I also know that much of my life can be reconstructed from the contents of my garbage can.

I don't like living in Orwell's 1984; but I do. And, absent the next extinction event or civil libertarians taking charge of the government (the former being more likely than the latter), the best we can do is try to keep Sam and the sub-Sams on a short leash.

As our Opinion states, search and seizure jurisprudence is centered around privacy expectations and reasonableness considerations. That is true even under the extended protections afforded by Montana's Constitution, Article II, Sections 10. and 11. We have ruled within those parameters. And, as is often the case, we have had to draw a fine line in a gray area. Justice Cotter and those who have signed the Opinion worked hard at defining that line; and I am satisfied we've drawn it correctly on the facts of this case and under the conventional law of abandonment.

That said, if this Opinion is used to justify a sweep of the trash cans of a neighborhood or community; or if a trash dive for Sudafed boxes and matchbooks results in DNA or fingerprints being added to a forensic database or results in personal or business records, credit card receipts, personal correspondence or other property being archived for some future use unrelated to the case at hand, then, absent a search warrant, I may well reconsider my legal position and approach to these sorts of cases--even if I have to think outside the garbage can to get there.

I concur.

/S/ JAMES C. NELSON

Wow, that says it all. We should stand up and take back our right to privacy.... read the article here: Montana Supreme Court justice warns Orwell's 1984 has arrived | News.blog | CNET News.com

KLTV 7 Tyler, TX: Relief For Soaring Gas Prices?

So where's the relief? District 1 Congressman Louie Gohmert says it's on the way in the Energy Bill just signed into law. Problem is, it could be next year before we start seeing any benefits. Read the article here: KLTV 7 Tyler, TX: Relief For Soaring Gas Prices?

Wired News: Lego Lovers Unite in Arlington

A Lego convention for adults, entrants proudly displayed their lego sculptures tp the public. Great pictures here from the convention, even a lego sculpture of Minas Tirith castle of Lord of the Rings fame. Read the article here: Wired News: Lego Lovers Unite in Arlington

Oi, how time flies...

Been a couple of days since my last post. I just forget about this blog and time moves on. So, my apologies for skipping a couple of days and here comes new blogs. Enjoy.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Gates-zilla Attacks from 1UP.COM

Top 20 reasons Xbox 360 will succeed or fail in Japan. Read it here: Gates-zilla Attacks from 1UP.COM

Game players say Blizzard invades privacy | CNET News.com

Blizzard has a scanning program that scans your computer checking for hacks, some players are offended and complaining about the violation of privacy this can lead to. Blizzard says it is in their EULA (End-User License agreement) that you agree to when you install the software. Blizzard has said they have updated the software several times and each time they update the EULA must be read and agreed to. Each and every update has included the part about Blizzard scanning the computer for hacks. I think if players are outraged about this they should stop playing. I mean, you know before you play they are going to do it, it is in the EULA you agree to before you can install the program. If you didn't read it before agreeing, your stupid, that is like siging a contract without reading it. Anyhow, read the article here: Game players say Blizzard invades privacy | CNET News.com

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Ready for Some Real 360 Details? News Story From 1UP.COM

A new rumor (surprise surprise) says M$ will announce on Aug 17, 205 what the release date a price of the Xbox 360 will be. Predictions indicate 2 systems, one without the HD for around $299 and one with the HD around $349-$399. read the article here: Ready for Some Real 360 Details? News Story From 1UP.COM

Computer games enroll in school | CNET News.com

Teaching with Games, a research project begining in September for UK secondary schools. Read the article here: Computer games enroll in school | CNET News.com

Holy Bust Batman!

Big Bo Pilgrim! (picture of the 40 foot bust of Bo Pilgrim outside the Pilgram's Pride Plant in Pitsburg Texas)

Pilgrim's Retreat

Big Bo's Place

Digging profits out of Xbox | CNET News.com

"Microsoft is looking to squeeze a profit out of the gaming market with a new royalty program tied to the release of its next Xbox console." What that means is, M$ is trying different things to garner monet to make a profit from the Xbox 360, in this case a royalty program aimed at accesories makers such as Madcatz and Logitech. Read the article here: Digging profits out of Xbox | CNET News.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

GamesIndustry.biz - Rockstar cools Hot Coffee with new GTA patch

A patch to remove the Hot Coffee patch or keep Hot Coffee from working. I have seen video footage of the sex scene in GTA and i gotta say, it is pretty racey, although the guy is fully clothed, the woman is nude and the scene itself is pretty graphic. Anyhow, check out the read at: GamesIndustry.biz - Rockstar cools Hot Coffee with new GTA patch

Peter Moore - The Exclusive Essential SPOnG interview: pt.1 - Interview at SPOnG.com

Great read. Gives alot of info on the rise of the Xbox and the plans for the Xbox 360. Second part to be posted Monday. Check it here: Peter Moore - The Exclusive Essential SPOnG interview: pt.1 - Interview at SPOnG.com

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Death by gaming??

Wow, this guys heart gave out a few minutes after finishing a 50 hour marathon... read it here: Xbox-Scene News: Man dies after online game marathon

Making paper waterproof--and writable | CNET News.com

Nono technology does not only mean microscopic robots. It also refers to chemical processes with nanoparticles. This one was a happy accident. The field of nanotech is a fastly growing field and the technology garnered in this field will end up having a huge impact on our world, lives, and us. Read the article here: Making paper waterproof--and writable | CNET News.com

Monday, August 08, 2005

I want my NerdTV | News.blog | CNET News.com

Wow, PBS is broadcasting a web-exclusive downloadable series dubbed NerdTV. They are taking big steps into trying to go interactive it looks like. Read the article at: I want my NerdTV | News.blog | CNET News.com

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Xbox Auteurs - New York Times

A great article on using video game consoles as amateur movie making machines. Check it out at: The Xbox Auteurs - New York Times

Saturday, August 06, 2005

HD For Indies

There is an article here discussing the Folly of Hollywood and HD DVD vs. Blueray and why we as the consumer are gonna be screwed, specially those of us who have already invested in HD and bought HD big screens. Read the article titled: Mike's latest thoughts: Hollywood's Folly & Why High Def DVDs=Laserdisc 2.0 at HD For Indies

Xbox-Scene News: Next-Gen Broadband Requirements

With the new game boxes coming out, this article says we will need at least double our current bandwidth, maybe even more to play lag free. I certainly hope it does not take a whole lot more, my cables is around 4 meg download, my cable company is now selling our division, which means until they have a buyer and the buyer takes over and starts their own updates, I will probably not get faster broadband...check the article at Xbox-Scene News: Next-Gen Broadband Requirements

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Wired News: Game Over for Modders?

What to say, the mod opens another part of the game, you still have to play through the new part of the game. The game was a M rating meaning 17+, the new rating will be AO which means no onr under 18. We are talking a year here. So because of all this a whole community will end up suffering, gee how shocking.
Read the article.Wired News: Game Over for Modders?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Xbox: it's everywhere you want to be

It seems Microsoft is offering a prepaid credit card in other countries so customers can get on Xbox Live! read more about it, check out Xbox: it's everywhere you want to be - Joystiq - www.joystiq.com. Simular cards are offered in Switzerland, Spain, and Italy. Nifty.

Rangers Loose

I am not an avid baseball fan but my wife gets free tickets every few months from work so we go to the game when she gets them. Tonight the rangers played the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and lost 10-8. We arrived a bit late to the game, it is a 2 hour drive from tyler to the Ball Park in arlington, we left at top of the ninth inning. The picture posted earlier (here) in the blog was a homer by H. Blalock, the Rangers second homer of the game. All in all a pretty good game. Glad to be home ;)

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Wow

Home run by H. Blalock!

Rangers game

PSP 2.0 Firmware

I read an article recently that stated the PSP game Wipe Out Pure had a bug you could exploit to surf the internet. I read another article that stated the Korean version of the PSP came with an internet utilities UMD. Now reports are saying the new update coming out August 12th includes a web browser to surf the internet through a wireless gateway, although in the report on the Korean version UMD, they had an actual wireless account through a cell phone company to sign up for wireless internet without using a home gateway, I do not know why Sony does not make a deal with the wireless companies and get something like this for the US. Just goes to show, Sony keeps undercutting itself and does not fully market everything I think it should in the US, I mean if they did, they would be even more popular in my opinion. Anyhow, here is the link to the review of the 2.0 update. Gamers Reports

Xbox-Scene News: More Xbox 360 Info and Images

I am an avid Xbox follower. After Sony dropped the ball on the PS2 hard drive and let it quietly die, I have no respect for for any information put out by them, including all the recent PS3 info. I will believe all their hype when they have released the PS3, even then I will be skeptical. Miscrosoft, however, has been very forthcoming about the 360 but most of what I read is speculation and I know that, until it is actually released, nothing it concreate. The following link has some info on rumors of the Xbox 360, including a $299 release price and release date of Nov. 4th!. Xbox-Scene News: More Xbox 360 Info and Images: Prices, Half-Life 3 and HW details

Welcome to grand gravey...

I am guessing this blog will be something I do not use much, though I think I shall give it a run. I plan to post things as they happen so this blog shall include alot of random information as I run across it on the 'net. So, if you are some random user reading this, welcome to my unordered thoughts. I apologize in advance for the random and drifting thoughts you will be reading.