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[#] Thu Dec 02 2010 07:57:31 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, Portal is an amazing game.



[#] Thu Dec 02 2010 09:56:41 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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I just wish I could get that darned song out of my head now.

Thu Dec 02 2010 07:57:31 AM EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

Yeah, Portal is an amazing game.



 



[#] Thu Dec 02 2010 14:32:57 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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This was a triumph... I making a note of your success.

[#] Thu Dec 09 2010 15:28:31 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Has anyone tried putting custom firmware on a PSP yet?

I bought a pandora battery (because I didn't want to hard-mod/Brick my own battery) so I could do the cracking myself...

I just wanted to see if anyone has had first-hand experience with cracking one of these.

Also debating what custom firmware I want to put on it... I want to be able to play my .cso backups from memory stick but I guess that's a standard in most CFW's now...



[#] Thu Dec 09 2010 16:50:56 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I didn't even know custom firmware existed for the PSP, so, unfortunately, no, I don't know anything about it. I've got a first-gen PSP, though, so I may have to take a look.

[#] Thu Dec 09 2010 16:58:51 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Yep... you can hack your PSP to use custom firmware to make it do all kinds of useful (and some illegal) stuff.

Unfortunately, if you have updated your firmware beyond 1.51 (current is 6.51) you'll need a pandora battery (one you've hard-modded yourself) to put it into service mode and roll it back to a previous firmware before installing the custom firmware. Also, it's different on all types of psp's (1000, 1001, 2000, 2001, 3000, phat, slim, etc...)

Mine is the oldest and truest PSP (1000 - "Phat") which, with a pandora battery or "tool" battery, is easily hacked. The newer ones with newer motherboards and display drivers are much, much more complicated in the hacking aspect, some of the newest ones are nearly unhackable since they took the service controller out of the battery and placed it directly on the motherboard.


There are several sites dedicated to hacking PSP's and softwares for several, useful purposes beyond the normal scope of a PSP... but my hacking will be for backup and play purposes... nothing terribly illegal.



[#] Fri Dec 17 2010 23:37:01 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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I want to implement the original Metroid as a text adventure.  I think it would actually translate pretty well, and save you the tedious jumping and falling bits.



[#] Sun Dec 19 2010 13:18:10 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Tomorrow, Minecraft goes beta.

Which means, if you do not buy the alpha version today, it's gonna cost you more money to get the game.



[#] Mon Dec 20 2010 09:25:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Minecraft ... the people who "proved" that Windows NT 4.0 was faster than Linux? Can't be the same...

<grin>

[#] Mon Dec 20 2010 10:06:38 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh, decidedly not.

http://minecraft.net

Too late now, though.



[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 07:55:17 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew. didn't track these developments on top of the kinnect:

http://www.freenect.com/

http://openkinect.org/wiki/Main_Page

there are some real cool things starting to happen around it... and it seems as if microsoft managed to put itself out of the way and into direction spearhead pretty fast for what we all know from its recent history.



[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 09:29:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And of course you've got all of the wackos who post a bunch of nonsense anywhere they can about how the Kinect will finally enable someone to write a "Minority Report" style user interface for their computer.

I'll bet that the novelty of that would wear off after about ten minutes, and after that, tired arms would reach for the mouse.



[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 10:59:49 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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The issue I see with an interface based on "Minority Report" is that the only use of it we saw in the movie was for browsing image libraries and performing simple manipulations on images. That interface style may be great for that task, but what about other tasks? How well would it work for information tasks like word processing or spreadsheets?

Having used my wife's iPhone for a bit, which has a somewhat similar multi-touch interface, I'd say it will only go so far. Typing on the iPhone is a little cumbersome. I would imagine it would be more so with and finger recognition.

I will give credit to Microsoft for their stance on developing for the Kinect.
I'm glad to see them allow access to the device, and it's reasonable that they want to keep the body, hand, and finger recognition software under wraps.
Hand Binder

[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 12:31:16 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I can say something similar about multi-touch displays.
so far all anybody's shown that it's useful for is zooming in and out.
I have yet to see any other practical use for multi touch.

And in trade we have a screen that you can't use with a stylus or fingernail so you have to make big hamfingered pushes on the screen so much that you can't see what you're pushing because you're finger is in the way.
And you can't use it with gloves on.
all in all, I think multi touch displays are definetly a sign of progress.

Ford (another example of things that the palm does so much better than the newer phones that replaced it) ][

[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 13:22:12 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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i've owned a fingerworks keyboard (which is broken meanwhile :-( ) which is what apple bought for the iphone touch technology.

if you have a descent way of typing ten fingers on it its cool.

I also think the swype soft-keyboard interface offered by android better fits the detection technology used on those screens; tapping on it simply isn't as accurate as moving.



[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 14:22:59 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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but even the moving is a problem because your finger gets in the way of you seeing what you're touching.

[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 15:21:51 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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From what I've read, you can now buy gloves that have special patches on the fingertips designed to work with multi-touch screens such as found on the iPhone, iPad, etc.

I could see where a multi-touch display could be used for gaming. You could use one finger to move your character around in the game world, while another finger could be used to aim or select objects on the screen. No need for analog sticks or directional pads.

As far as interfaces go, though, having just watched the new "Tron: Legacy" movie last week, I'm again jonesing for that glass-desktop interface with the soft keyboard and multiple displays built-in.
Multi-touch Binder

[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 18:47:28 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Some sorts of music instruments work well with the multi-touch interface, I think.



[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 21:07:17 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I could see where a multi-touch display could be used for gaming. You

could use one finger to move your character around in the game world,

while another finger could be used to aim or select objects on the
screen. No need for analog sticks or directional pads.

and I could see my arms getting in the way of most of the screen while I do that.


[#] Tue Jan 04 2011 21:09:12 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Some sorts of music instruments work well with the multi-touch
interface, I think.

yes, but they also have physical feedback, that these screen don't have.

I thought of a long time ago, the idea that a screen could have little nubs that could be pushed up 1 or 2mm or so so that the screen could physically render surface thus making a real touchable keyboard with keys.
would be awesome for brail. would be kickass for touch feedback for these screens where you can never tell if you touched what you think you touched.
Only a matter of time I'm sure. You heard it here first.

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