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Dumpster Pools Invading New York

posted Saturday Jul 17, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Dumpster Pools Invading New York

If you have traveled to the New York area in the past month or so, you might want to buy a time machine and change your plans because everyone will want to see this. The first 3 Saturdays of August, the Bloomberg administration will be placing 3 dumpster-pools on Park Avenue between 40th and 41st. Yes, you read that right, dumpster pools.

The pools are designed by Macro-Sea, a company based in Brooklyn. They will be fully-lined, Department of Health certified clean and bigger than any dumpster you've ever swam in before. Measuring out at 8 feet wide, 22 feet long and upwards of 5 1/2 feet deep. this is the tourist destination of the summer.

Hit the break to find out more about the dumpster pools!

AMD Posts Record Quarter, Still Loses Money

posted Saturday Jul 17, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

AMD Posts Record Quarter, Still Loses Money

AMD posted its earnings this week to the anticipating masses of investors and the rest of the tech industry. AMD has made great strides in the past twelve months to really make an impact in the market and everyone was hoping that the numbers would show that AMD's effort really were holding water.

Dirk Meyer, AMD President and CEO, attested their success in the second quarter to those efforts:

Robust demand for our latest mobile platforms and solid execution drove record second quarter revenue and a healthy gross margin. Our unmatched combination of microprocessor and graphics capabilities resulted in customers launching a record number of new mobile and desktop platforms. We added Sony as a microprocessor customer and continue to see our existing customers expand their AMD-based platform offerings.

Hit the break to see what the numbers were and how much they lost as a company.

iPhone Isn't the Problem, Everyone Else Is!

posted Saturday Jul 17, 2010 by Scott Ertz

iPhone Isn't the Problem, Everyone Else Is!

Apple has been under the technological and consumer microscope since the release of their iPhone 4. There was the issue where a user had the screen break within the first few hours of owning it, calling the quality of Apple's glass into question. Of course, everyone knows about the overall shortage of handsets across the country. People who had pre-orders at Best Buy, RadioShack, AT&T and Apple still haven't received their phones a full 3 weeks after the launch and are still not being told when they might receive them. Their biggest public issue, however, has been reception.

Now, before we get started here, I want to clear the air. Yes, we are sponsored by Microsoft at this time. Yes, most of the company is run on Palm phones. We do, however, have an iPhone 4, an iPhone 3Gs and a Blackberry running around the offices and studio as well. That being said, Apple is getting a lot of crap about the reception of the iPhone 4. Some of it deserved, some of it normal usage issues. All smartphones, and in reality, all phones have reception issues. If the antenna is inside, the phone has a place you can hold that will cut off reception. It is the nature of the technology. The sign of a good or bad phone design is where that is placed.

Hit the break for more of "antennagate" and a video from the presentation.

Music of The Old Republic

posted Saturday Jul 17, 2010 by Josh Henry

Music of The Old Republic

One of the elements of the Star Wars movies that truly impacted me and made the franchise truly memorable is the music created by John Williams. Williams has been known for creating the score for various hit movies, like the Indiana Jones movies to more recent films like The Terminal or Harry Potter. He truly shows great aptitude for being able to capture a moment on the screen with nothing but a few subtle notes, to having you go on a thrill ride as Luke destroys the first death star.

By the looks of it, BioWare plans to carry on the traditions John Williams and continue to let music guide us on our journey through The Old Republic. According to their most recent Developer's Dispatch TOR will have 5 hours of original score, the score from both Knight of the Old Republic 1 and 2 AND the original score from the Star Wars movies. So when BioWare says that this is their biggest project to date, they aren't just blowing hot air.

Hit the break for details and a video of the music in the game.

RIAA Takes Another Loss, This Time in Tenenbaum Case

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

RIAA Takes Another Loss, This Time in Tenenbaum Case

This week, more evidence came to light that RIAA is crazy as another judge, this time in the Joel Tenenbaum case, found that the ordered $675,000 fine for copyright infringement was just a little too much for an individual to pay. The fine has since been reduced to a tenth of that, or $67,500. U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner has decided the original amount was "unconstitutionally excessive", furthering showing that judges aren't happy with the damage amounts that juries are allowed to set under the current federal law.

Check after the break for more on the case.

Blizzard Gets The Cold Shoulder

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Josh Henry

Blizzard Gets The Cold Shoulder

One of my favorite aspects of posting on forums is the anonymity behind it all. So if I have something to say about a particular thread i can use my alternate account or something to put in my honest two cents in. Blizzard however doesn't or rather didn't think that I should have that privilege. For those of you that have been on a public forum before I am sure you are familiar with terms like flame wars, or trolls ect, and keeping those terms in mind, is how Blizzard came up with the Real ID system.

The Real ID system essentially requires you to give your real life name, and have your name show up on every official forum post you make. Can you say privacy concerns? After the announcement on their brilliant idea...lets just say that the Blizz Boys had a ton of complaints to deal with. So much in fact that they ended up deciding that it was in their best interest to not go ahead with the plan.

Blizzard stated Tuesday:

Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven't been connected before

So you can kind of see where they are coming from but forum users didn't see it the way that Blizzard did. After all of the forum posts made by users the following quote basically sums up the communities thoughts in saying:

I know a lot of people are going to just simply STOP using the forums when you do this, you're not bringing us together, you're making us all too afraid to interact with each other out of fear of identity theft

Blizzard also made it clear that the Real ID system they were going to implement in the forums was not the same as the optional feature to link the real life names of players on your friends list. In its effort to improve forums, Blizzard said Friday, it will still move ahead with new features such as the ability to rate posts up or down and highlight posts based on rating, as well as improved search functionality, and more.

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