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Friday Links – January 06, 2012

The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online

WOULD IT FIX THE PROBLEM? Probably not, and even if it made some progress toward reining in rogue sites, the collateral damage would be significant. Under the terms of each proposed bill, the federal Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, could seek a court order against a Web site that illegally hosts copyrighted content and then wall off the site permanently.

No better way to start the year then with discussion about the most reviled peice of legislature around.

The Hideous Marketing of ‘Modern Warfare 3′

Here’s how the Modern Warfare 3 commercial ends. Two smug, A-list clowns strut toward the camera, rifles hanging over their shoulders, explosions consuming the city of New York, and then the words: “THERE’S A SOLDIER IN ALL OF US.”

No, there’s not.

Written by former paratrooper with U.S. Army and he nails it. I despise these commericals and practically most of EA’s and Activision’s marketing. Sadly they continue catering to the lowest demoniator with no signs of it ever stopping. Don’t forget: some game advertising can be fantastic

Are we on information overload?

It’s more connected to other pieces of information and more open to debate. Organizations — and even governmental projects like Data.gov — are putting more previously inaccessible data on the Web than people in the pre-Internet age could possibly have imagined. But this change raises another, more ominous question: Is this deluge overwhelming our brains?

Overwhelming I think is a great way of putting it. It feels there’s infinte subjects I want to learn about, read/write about, or dedicate time to and it never feels the resources are there. The Internet is just another beast…

Why Best Buy is Going out of Business…Gradually

The numbers only scratch the surface. To discover the real reasons behind the company’s decline, just take this simple test. Walk into one of the company’s retail locations or shop online.  And try, really try, not to lose your temper.

Over the last year I’ve ended up shopping at BB increasingly due to enjoying their store pickup option but for browsing I’ve learned what sections to avoid. The article details the worst example of staff soliciting cable service and it’s really gross. The only reason I don’t think BB is going anywhere is that they sell the stuff everybody wants.

21st century manners — or the lack thereof

Dear Mr. Dad: We’ve always taught our kids to say “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” and the other basics. But where are the rules about texting and using cell phones and all those other things that didn’t even exist when our parents were teaching us how to be polite?

A: Great question.

Phone etiquette is something I’ve practically given up giving a crap about. It will always bother me, there’s nothing I can do about it, and it’s a lost cause. Personally I  just try to lead by example but the article has some good rules of thumb but everybody lives by their own rules right?

Skyrim – Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) FULL SONG

The song is sung by 30 people 3 times, so that 90 voices are heard on the final track.

Honestly one of the best main themes I’ve ever heard  When the Morrowind Main Theme kicks in I cannot put into words…it’s so cool. The song is about how amazing your player character is in Skyrim. Couldn’t resist anymore picked up a 360 copy and this beautiful guide. That reminds me still need to make that best main themes post.

→ Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA)

Anti-aliasing has an intimidating name, but what it does for our computer displays is rather fundamental. Think of it this way — a line has infinite resolution, but our digital displays do not. So when we “snap” a line to the pixel grid on our display, we can compensate by imagineering partial pixels along the line, pretending we have a much higher resolution display than we actually do.

Nice write up on the second worst plauge making your games look like shit. Particularly for 360 people low internal memory (RAM/eDRAM) resulting in texture issues (popin/low quality) are plauge number one. Graphics technology has always been interesting to me.

→ Still on the fence? Just google “Santorum”.

2. Senator Rick Santorum.

Clearly definition 1 is not ‘sfw’ but comes to show the power of the Internet is awesome. Has anybody at all heard anything positive (sane?) coming out of the republican party? No way in hell any of these buffoon candidates are going to take down Obama. Note: Screw Santorum what a dick he’s gross. Note 2: Don’t vote for Rick Santorum he’s clueless.

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