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More Retro revival – Elite!!!

More Retro revival – Elite!!!

I just hope the graphics are better.

If you don’t know the game Elite then we can’t be friends. Sorry.

Classic video game Elite is getting a 21st Century makeover.

David Braben, one of the creators of the original, is seeking £1.25m ($2m) via Kickstarter to fund the updated version.

Called Elite: Dangerous it will involve the same mix of interstellar travel, trading, piracy and spaceships as the original 8-bit game.

Those who pledge cash to the project will also get a chance to shape the development of the updated version.

“Elite is a game that I’ve wanted to come back to for a very, very long time,” Mr Braben told the BBC. “It’s the sort of game that I would very much like to play today.”

This and Chris Roberts making a new game. Well it’s like all my dreams come true. Or a conspiracy to keep me indoors more.

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Valve & Nvidia double gaming performance on Linux

Valve & Nvidia double gaming performance on Linux

“Nvidia has announced a huge increase in Linux gaming performance for their GeForce R310 drivers after almost a year of development alongside Valve and other game developer partners. Nvidia’s announcement also indicated the Steam beta for Linux should be out today. Quoting: ‘Available for download at www.geforce.com, the new R310 drivers were also thoroughly tested with Steam for Linux, the extension of Valve’s phenomenally popular Steam gaming platform that officially opened to gamers starting today. … Comparing 304.51 driver performance of 142.7 fps versus 310.14 driver performance of 301.4 fps in beta build of Left for Dead 2. All tests run on the same system using Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8 GB memory, GeForce GTX 680 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit.’”

Woah woah woah. Does this mean all my steam games will run in Linux? Or just the Valve made ones?

If yes, I am dumping windows!

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Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk

Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk

A woman who drove on a footpath to avoid a school bus that was dropping off children has been ordered to wear a sign warning about idiots.

Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”

The judge ordered her to wear the sign from 7:45 am to 8:45 am both days.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

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Japanese potato party

Japanese potato party

McDonald’s began offering customers any size fries for Y150 ($A1.80), a sharp markdown from traditional Japanese prices at the famous chain.

The move sparked a frenzy, reported gaming blog Kotaku, with groups of friends ordering absurd amounts of fries and then photographing them for their social media mates.

The phenomenon, known as a “potato party”, sees dozens of orders placed followed by a round of pictures that are shared on Twitter, Facebook and blogs.

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PayPal Hacked (not really)

PayPal Hacked (not really)

Members of the loose hacking collective claimed credit for dumping 28,000 passwords online that they said belonged to PayPal customers. They said the  attack was part of a much larger hacking campaign, involving PayPal, Symantec, several Australian government sites and more, that was timed to Guy Fawkes Day, the British holiday commemorating a failed 17th-century plot to blow up British Parliament. Anonymous usurped Guy Fawkes as their brand and is often seen protesting in Guy Fawkes masks ever since the release of the 2006 film “V for Vendetta,” which featured a Guy Fawkes-inspired protagonist.

Although Anonymous’s claims went viral on Twitter and were picked up by several media outlets, it appears the attack on PayPal never happened. The 28,000 passwords actually belonged to ZPanel, a free open source hosting site. Anuj Nayar, a PayPal spokesman, said the payments company had been investigating the attack since Sunday night and concluded that there was no evidence any of its data had been breached.

Apparently not by Anonymous, this is a little bit scary BUT i spose as the saying goes, “locks only keep honest people out”.

 

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The very definition of nerd rage.

The very definition of nerd rage.

 

10 or 15 years ago, when the world of comic books and video games was relegated to a small fraction of the population, being labeled a “nerd” was a social stigma like no other. These days, though, it is almost regarded as a compliment. Nerds are now considered smart and destined for greatness in a job market that prizes technological prowess.

As a result, is an outdated definition of the word “nerd” (that’s “nörd” in Swedish) really appropriate these days? At least one group of Swedish nerds doesn’t think so. Thousands of Swedes have signed a petition to alter the definition of the word in the Svenska Akademiens Ordlista (SAOL), the official dictionary of the Swedish Academy.

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Kim Dot Com – FREE INTERNET FOR ALL NEW ZEALAND!

Kim Dot Com – FREE INTERNET FOR ALL NEW ZEALAND!

So it turns out that Me.ga is only part of Kim Dotcom’s resolution for 2013. Even though he’s still facing extradition to the US for alleged piracy, Dotcom has plans to resurrect Pacific Fibre’s failed project to construct a fiber optic cable across the Pacific to the US.

The new line will bring free high-speed broadband to New Zealanders and double the nation’s Internet bandwidth, setting Dotcom back about $400m.

That’s a pretty big chunk of cash, which raises the question of where he’ll be getting all of the funding.

Me.ga will take care of part of it, along with the help of a few investors, but Dotcom plans on getting the majority of his funds by suing Hollywood studios and the US government for their “unlawful and political destruction of [Megaupload]“.

Fuck I like this guy’s style.

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XBox to use Kinect to restrict viewers

XBox to use Kinect to restrict viewers

A newly surfaced patent filing from Microsoft’s Xbox Incubation team details one of the new innovations they’ve been thinking about. This one could be very popular among major movie and television studios. But it probably wouldn’t generate much excitement among Xbox users.

The patent application, filed under the heading “Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User,” proposes to use cameras and sensors like those in the Xbox 360 Kinect controller to monitor, count and in some cases identify the people in a room watching television, movies and other content. The filing refers to the technology as a “consumer detector.”
In one scenario, the system would then charge for the television show or movie based on the number of viewers in the room. Or, if the number of viewers exceeds the limits laid out by a particular content license, the system would halt playback unless additional viewing rights were purchased.

Why would you buy a machine that does this? PC gaming 4 EVAR!!!

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Bastards want to put tax on online purchases

Bastards want to put tax on online purchases

Online shoppers are angry they could be forced to pay tax on goods bought from overseas websites but retailers say it will help revive their struggling industry.
Under recommendations in the Federal Government’s goods and services tax review, the suggested changes could result in Australian online shoppers being hit with GST costs when buying goods from international websites.
Online shopper Patricia Tanks, 43, said she regularly shopped online for “convenience”.

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George Lucas making up for The Phantom Menace (kinda)

George Lucas making up for The Phantom Menace (kinda)

You know that Disney just bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and all the star wars that come with it.  George Lucas was the sole owner of Lucasfilm, and so all 4.05 billion dollars go to him.  Lucas has spent the last four decades minting money with the Star Wars franchise, and so thankfully can afford to be generous.  A Lucasfilm spokesperson tells THR that Lucas plans to “donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

It’s good to rich.

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Australian mobile carriers increase data costs

Australian mobile carriers increase data costs

Australia’s three biggest mobile contractors have slashed the amount of data offered in their plans, with some cutting their offerings by up to 40 per cent on what they provided last year.
“This is really a sleight-of-hand price increase,” said Elise Davidson, a spokeswoman for the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, the peak body that represents consumers on communications issues. “In most cases, plans are staying at the same price point but you get less included, especially in terms of data.”

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Penis issues & money to burn?

Penis issues & money to burn?

The automobile world is full of fancy acronyms, we have the MPV, the SUV and now STV is set to join the list. so what’s exactly is a STV? it simply means Super Terrain Vehicle but beyond its fancy namesake, is a vehicle that look more than like a pumped up Hummer complete with a full complement of armor plating and it is ready to tear up both on and off-road terrains at a moment notice. the folks behind this gorgeously menacing vehicle is Colorado-based Shadow Hawk, who promised to fill in the gap that the world been missing with its STV line of vehicles.

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Holy Water Fight?

Holy Water Fight?

A dispute with an Israeli water company over unpaid bills has led to a Greek Orthodox threat to close Christianity’s holiest site, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Maariv newspaper reported on Friday that the Hagihon water company said it was owed nine million shekels ($A2.03 million) in unpaid bills dating back decades.

In protest, the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, a joint custodian of the church, has threatened to close the Holy Sepulchre, said to be the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection.

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ACCC is fucking awesome

ACCC is fucking awesome

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has told a parliamentary inquiry that consumers’ use of illegal download sites to access content is a backlash against suppliers.

The ACCC said illegal downloading methods were well-known to many consumers in Australia and are having an impact on supplier strategies. According to the ACCC, this illegal downloading is putting “competitive tension in the market”.

“At the end of the day, some of these responses in the market may well end up being a reasonably powerful backlash by consumers against what might be perceived as unfair conduct by suppliers,” an ACCC spokesperson told the inquiry

 

The advice by Choice magazine covered earlier this week is pretty great also. Fuck you IT suppliers who have been gouging us on price for so long.

 

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One drove over the cuckoos nest

One drove over the cuckoos nest

Immigrants who tried to enter America by driving a car over the US-Mexico border fence on makeshift ramps failed when the vehicle got stuck on top.

Two people fled back into Mexico after US border guards spotted the bold attempt to scale the 4.3-metre-high fence in the early hours of Tuesday (local time).

“Agents patrolling in the Imperial Sand Dunes area encountered a silver Jeep Cherokee attempting to drive over the International Boundary fence using a makeshift ramp that was not quite up to the task,” the US Custom and Border Patrol agency said.

 

Why tunnel when you can drive :)  Had it been a Cruiser they would of made it.

 

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Who’re you gonna call?

Who’re you gonna call?

Halloween reveller dressed in a Ghostbusters jumpsuit climbs onto the roof of a police car before executing a perfect backflip off it.

The stunt took place during a raucous Saturday night in Moncton, Canada – right infront of two bemused Mounties, who were too slow to stop him showing off his moves on camera.

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Android h4x3d by Ethiopian children

Android h4x3d by Ethiopian children

With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.

The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preloaded alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs.

OMG U GUUYZ!! AFRICA NEEDZ FOODZ NOT COMPUTARS!@#!@~@!!$!111!!oneeleven!!@!!11

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Put On Your Alfoil Hats!

Put On Your Alfoil Hats!

As if the prospect of being watched by security cameras wasn’t unsettling enough, they may not only be watching you. Computerised surveillance software currently under development will also let them predict what you’re about to do.

The project, funded by the US government and being worked on by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, ultimately aims to make humans obsolete when it comes to parsing security camera footage.

Tom Cruise is a faggot.

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