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Hands down the most interesting thing I’ve read today.

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by nrgent

I found this on my twitter feed from thePirateBay–it’s basically a study of how to upload copyrighted music to YouTube. Basically all you have to do is adjust the pitch up or down by at least 6% and the audio system fails to make the connection between your song and the original.

I’ll admit, the study is a bit long and technical but it’s still interesting to see how this was done and listed to the different tests and variations.

http://www.csh.rit.edu/~parallax/

Pirates killing the PSP–A Response

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on April 22, 2009 by nrgent

According to a Sony Computer Entertainment America vice president Peter Dille piracy is causing Sony to lose “tons” of money. Dille points to torrent websites as primary culprits for this piracy of PSP games.

http://www.p2p-blog.com/item-1020.html

Really Dille? You’ve sold 50 million PSPs worldwide–half of what the DS has sold and your PS3 sales are being trumped by the Xbox 360. So sure, go ahead and blame the people who hacked and PSP and pirated your games–even without the miniscule problem piracy poses to your equipment you are still falling behind in the the video game department. Sorry Sony but you need to up the ante in this market before you start blaming pirates for you falling behind in the console and handheld wars.

Does anybody make a working product anymore?

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on January 26, 2009 by nrgent

Maybe it’s just me but I’m sick of getting new electronics and software only to realize it sucks.  First editions of things are no longer the smart thing to buy.  Windows Vista was and still is hated because of it’s poor and rocky launch.  Vista had security problems, performance problems, not to mentioned a fucking obnoxious box that appeared every time you tried to launch a program.  The iPhone 3G with version 2.0 software was bugger.  VERSION 2.0 WAS BUGGY!  That’s a bad fucking sign when your second full version of software is buggy.  WTF Apple?  The BlackBerry Storm–buggy.  Computer games are routinely realeased with bugs and are patched at later dates.

RIM CEO (this part is from Engadget) recently stated that buggy launches are a “new reality” for smartphone launches.  What?!  A CEO of a company says releasing software that doesn’t really work is a “reality”?! When I buy a product I expect it to work.  Without problems.  If the brakes didn’t work on my car because the ECU was a bit buggy I’d be a bit fucking dead.  OK, I might have overreacted to that, cars and phones are two different things, I understand that, when I see a car and phone next to each other I can point out which is which almost immediately.  But still, it’s the principle of the matter.  I wish people could just make a product right the first time.

Alright.  I’m done, my soapbox broke.

Polaroid!

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on January 19, 2009 by nrgent

engadget recently posted a story about a company named IMPOSSIBLE attempting to bring back Polaroid film.  Impossible? I think not. (Bad pun, sorry)

RIP Circuit City

Posted in Tech News on January 17, 2009 by nrgent

Circuit City, after failing to be bought by another company, will begin liquidation on Saturday, Jan 17th.  Circuit City has been open for 60 years to date but could not compete in the failing United States economy.  Approximitaly 34,000 associates are going to be losing their job with the company closing.  So for anyone who wants to get some bargain prices on electronics–here’s your chance!

As a side note, Circuit Citys (Circuit Cities? Hmm) in Canada will remain open, so who knows, maybe when the economy improves we may see the company return.

PS3 Price Cut

Posted in Tech News on January 16, 2009 by nrgent

Rumor has it Sony is planning to cut the price of the PS3 by $100 sometime this spring to compete more with the Xbox 360.  This could be just what Sony needs to bring up Blu-Ray sales and bring HD into the average consumer’s home.  Now if only we built those PS3s here in the U.S. maybe we could stimulate the economy to.