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Friday, May 11, 2001

New Blue Shift Trailer

A second trailer for Half-Life: Blue Shift is available on Gamespot. It shows about 40 seconds of gameplay from Gearbox's new advancement of the Half-Life storyline. Thanks Blue's News.

Team Haus Scores

If you've looked at the Team Haus stats page lately, you've noticed that team scores still aren't right. Yesterday post was made on the United Devices forums indicating that the situation is still being worked on. So, Team Haus members, keep plugging away at those packets. The goal is really to find a cure for cancer anyway, not merely racking up team points. For more information on Team Haus' fight against cancer, check our Team Haus page.

It also appears that we shouldn't hold our collective breaths for a Mac or Linux client any time soon. Having said that, some people have reported running it successfully via WINE. I don't know if I have the stomach to try to get that to work.

Tribes 2 Unpatch

Tribal War reports that the Tribes 2 auto-update system has a "reverse" patch that takes the game back to version 22460 after a number of particularly nasty bugs were found in the latest patch. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Tribes 2 delayed a while so that precisely this sort of thing wouldn't happen?


Welp, look at that-I posted a news story this morning :-)

A.T. Hun comments: GASP!

I've been pretty quiet on here lately, mainly due to Real LifeTM, but I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things here. My post today is driven by a Yahoo! article, entitled Report: Bush Would Win Recount of Disputed Ballots. Now, I didn't vote for Mr. Bush, but, honestly, I'm not sure either man was right for the job. However, I think it might be time for the country to let this one go. I mean, really. I don't think there's ANY way ANYONE will ever find out who won in Florida-I wouldn't believe either side if they said they won. There. I've said my piece. I'm going to go write some code now.

Is Code Free Speech?

A panel of appeals court judges has submitted 11 questions to both sides of the current Hollywood vs. Eric Corley (2600). This could be good or bad news, depending on which side of the law these judges fall on. If they're upholders of the First Amendment, we might see the DMCA take a hit from the court.

Now, while we here at the Haus are not supporters of the whole "free to copy everything I want" movement, the DMCA is a bit too harsh for my tastes. We'll have to watch this one closely and see how it turns out.

Wednesday, May 9, 2001

RAMBUS Found Guilty of Fraud

A federal court jury found RAMBUS guilty of fraud for failing to disclose its patents to the JEDEC standards body. The implications of this ruling could be staggering.
Infineon attorneys told Federal Judge Robert Payne Wednesday that they will file a motion, based on the jury's verdict of fraud, to have the Rambus patents declared unenforceable against the German chip maker.

If the judge made such a ruling, it could be cited as a precedent in the two other pending Rambus synchronous patent cases involving Micron Technology and Hynix Semiconductor (formerly Hyundai Electronics).
Naturally, RAMBUS will appeal. However, rounds one and two clearly go to Infineon, et al. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: YES! They shoot! They SCORE!!! WhooooooHoooo!

Blue Shift Interview

GameSpy Daily conducted an interview with Gearbox's Randy Pitchford about their upcoming addition to the Half-Life francise entitled Blue Shift. The interview gives you an idea of the plot and what you hope to accomplish in the role of Barney the security guard. Thanks Stomped.

The CA Electricity Crisis

I know that this isn't the standard Haus fare, but I found it to be interesting. The Sacramento Bee has an article on how California got burned by electricity deregulation. Maybe deregulation wasn't actually the problem but the way they went about it. All the more reason for me to say that the government of California should fix the mess they created, not suck power from the rest of the U.S. Thanks Stomped.

Stock Up on CD-Rs!

According to this PC World report, prices of recordable CDs (CD-R) could jump as much as 350% this summer. Of course, even with the price increase the cost is still expected to be only 30-35 cents. That's still pretty cheap for 650-700M of storage, methinks. On a side note, I have to say that my CD-R/RW burner is one of the coolest toys I've ever purchased. I now even have bona fide off-site backups! Thanks Slashdot.

ASUS Cheats Back

Riva Station is reporting that for some heretofore unknown reason ASUS has decided to sneak its cheating features back into its NVIDIA-based cards, including transparent walls and wireframe modes. It may be time to complain to NVIDIA to put some pressure on the morons at ASUS. Thanks Blue.

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