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Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Episode II in Digital

ExtremeTech's Loyd Case saw Star Wars: Episode II in a digital theater and gives his opinion. While he states some positives, he was troubled by aliasing ("jaggies"). My cousin saw in a digital theater too and complained of the same thing. Problems are to be expected with any new use of technology. Hopefully things can be ironed out in the future.

No United Linux for Mandrake

Mandrake, a popular Linux, has issued its opinion of the United Linux movement and why they won't be a part of it. Basically they view it as a merging of several distributions, which in and of itself is not a bad thing. They do have other significant problems with it though. Check the link for all the details. Thanks Slashdot.

Monday, July 1, 2002

GPUs and UT2003

AnandTech posted another round of benchmarks with Unreal Tournament 2003 using the most recent (and not so recent) video cards. While the results are interesting, I still feel they aren't of a whole lot of use until the UT2K3 demo is out and they can be verified. It's not that I distrust Anand's site, it's just that these things should be repeatable. Nevertheless, it does give you an idea of how your card will perform and whether or not an upgrade is worthwhile. Looks like my GeForce3 Ti200 should be able to do just fine. I was rather impressed at how well the GeForce2 Ultra did on some of the benchmarks.

Censorware Blocks SourceForge

SmartFilter, a content censoring/blocking system, blocks access to all pages. Slashdot is running the story. The reason given is that is an "MP3" site. Ummm, yeah. For those of you not in the know, Sourceforge offers hosting for open-source projects. This is precisely why I am against these kinds of "filters." They just don't work. "Smart"Filter indeed.

J.t.Qbe comments: If it's truly a smart filter, it'll be updateable so that sites like this can be allowed once the company is notified. The Slashdot writeup has conspiracy overtones (the filter allows Microsoft sites, but not Sourceforge), but the truth is that Slashdot has an axe to grind on filtering. Yes, this is a misstep--but does that mean that all filtering should be thrown out? Definitely not: I don't want the local libraries providing access to internet filth to anyone who wants it. Period.

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