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Thursday, 28 May 2009

The gamer's Bill of rights.

Original link, please post responses here:

1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund.
2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game's release.
4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.
6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won't install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.
7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Hermaphrodites and Hermaphroditism

Hermaphroditism is a very interesting phenomenon. Hermaphrodites have both male and female reproductive organs. Some hermaphrodites are able to switch between being male or female while others are born with both reproductive organs and are given the option to choose a gender later in their life.

Hermaphroditism occurs in harsh ocean conditions because of sexual selection. Sexual selection is the competition over a mate and ultimately helps to advance the species. Sexual selection leads to hermaphroditism in some marine animals because many species have a difficult time finding mates in the harsh ocean conditions.

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Thursday, 21 May 2009

Evis T reviews Star Trek!

I will start by saying this: If you are a hardcore trekkie, the kind of person who screams abuse when the phasers are the wrong colour, the warp core is three shades of blue too dark, or the sensors pick up something they can’t, then don’t watch the new star trek movie.

You don’t f###ing deserve it.

Read the review here.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Atomic Bomb: Development and Deployment

The atomic bomb is the world’s most deadly and destructive weapon of all time. First developed by the United States of America, the technology quickly spread throughout the world’s most powerful countries. The atomic bomb was developed as the ultimate war weapon with the hopes that such a destructive weapon would discourage any country without the bomb from waging war.

The bomb was originally developed for use in World War II by America for fear that the German Nazis would acquire it first. The Germans did have plans to build an atomic bomb, however, due to poor organization, their bomb never made it past the planning stages.

Read the full article here!
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

This shit can't be real... can it?

I would not like to but heads with her! Get it? Oh never mind...
Sourced from: I don't know if that's the original source.

OCD: What is It and Whom Does It Affect?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affects many people. What is OCD? How can OCD be treated? What is being done today to help those suffering from OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder which affects one’s day to day life. Those who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder may have obsessions with cleanliness, security, or anything else. These obsessions will then lead to illogical compulsions which do not make sense within the context of the obsession.

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Friday, 15 May 2009

Major Victory For Anti piracy Organizations

It seems that for every step forwards we take, we end up taking at least two back.

The music industry today scored big points in France as a new law was passed which will have a dramatic impact on France’s online population. The new legislation will lead to the formation of a new government body which will operate a three strike rule, allowing the banning of users from the internet for a year if they repeatedly use file sharing services.

Previously, the bill had been voted down by the French government, but with the backing of Sarkozy (a pathetic wretch of a man), France’s president, the bill has now gone through.

Read the whole story here.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Google Maps Sparks Japanese Race Row.

Back in the feudal days, Japan was divided by caste. The lowest of these castes where the Burakumin, those whose jobs involved death. They where butchers, tanners and grave diggers, and in the highly ordered society of Japan with it's own unique cultures and laws, those who worked these jobs where considered tainted.

Even today, the descendants of these people, or those who live on the sites of old Burakumin villages face prejudice. Some companies refuse to hire the Burakumin, and the sites of the old villages are often targeted by graffiti and hate crimes.

Now, using old Japanese maps, google has added a new layer to its records of the region to show how Japan has changed throughout history. These maps also include details of the sites of old Burakumin villages, so now these places can be identified far more easily, and the Japanese government is concerned about the potential backlash against these communities.

Read the whole story here.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Evis T reviews Broken Steel

Broken steel is the latest expansion for the critically acclaimed videogame fallout 3. Downloadable content has a chequered past, especially that for fallout 3. Can Broken steel turn this around? Who knows, but one thing's for sure- people will keep buying this junk no matter what I say.

Read the review here.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

A serious announcment regarding ID cards.

Here at the blog of many things, we like a good laugh. But sometimes things need to get serious. This is one of those situations.

Despite continued opposition, labour has decided to go ahead with it's controversial idea to launch ID cards. The scheme begins today in the city of Manchester. at first the ID cards are going to be voluntary, but soon they will be compulsory for airport staff. The government aims to have everyone with an ID card by 2017.

I am begging the people of Manchester not to join this scheme. These ID cards are totally unnecessary, and are just another way for the government to keep tabs on the populace and invade out privacy.

Allow me to spell this out for everyone: WE ARE BECOMMING NAZI GERMANY.

Your grandparents and your parents fought and died for NOTHING. Fascism is coming, but the administration is playing the long game. People are being barred from entering Britain just for their political views. Many of these people are pricks, but it's their right to be a prick if they want.

The government continues to tighten its grip on telecommunications, logging all your contacts and accessing personal information on social networking sites. How long before they not only monitor who you are contacting via e-mail, but also what you are saying? How long before they listen to phone calls rather than just checking the log?

September 11th was a tragedy. July 7th was too, but for the love of the land people, we are not under threat. Terrorism is no bigger threat now than it was before.

Our government are the biggest terrorists, using fear to control the masses, and take away all the rights and liberties they claim to be protecting.

Sod it, the only people who ever take notice of these things are conspiracy nuts and acne ridden teenagers.

I'll just end by saying please, please say no to the ID card scheme. At the very least, it will save you some money. And it might save much more.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

3 Bizzare Books

Every so often when browsing a book shelf, your eyes will glance over a title and you’ll double take. Or you read a blurb and suddenly your eyes are out on stalks wondering what the hell the author was taking when writing this book. This article is dedicated to three such titles, the odd, bizarre and the downright insane.

Read it here.

Top three Alternatives to the iPhone 3G

Wellversed continues to produce high quality articles on the latest technology! His latest piece is one for all you mac haters out there, 3 Alternatives to the iphone 3g:

Whatever your reason for not getting the new Apple iPhone 3G, there are plenty of alternatives to it. Most of the major cellular providers have touchscreen phones, but many are not up to par with the standard set by the iPhone and its successor. I hope to help you in your decision for the best iPhone alternative!

Read the whole piece here.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Top Five YouTube Channels You'll Want to Check Out

There are literally thousands of people posting to youtube constantly, which ones are worth your time? I have compiled a list fo 5 you MUST watch at least once.

1. Philip DeFranco a.k.a. sxephil, This youtube star became famous by posting short comedic strips about things in life, he also has a highlight described as the "Douche Bag of the Day." This entails one or two people who failed miserably at being a bad person, ie. robbing a bank and renting a hotel room next door. The Philly D show is well worth the watch!
View the other 4 Here!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

5 Common Falacies and Urban Myths Revelaed!

Christopher Columbus thought the world was round.

Islam discovered that the world was round long before even the birth of Jesus. The ancient Greeks calculated the weight and circumference of the planet, as well as the distance to the sun and moon.

Why would a culture going through a renaissance, much less one with a huge navy, suddenly forget these important lessons? You can see the world is round just by watching a ship coming over the horizon. The top of the mast appear first, then the rest of it, then the bulk of the ship.

He actually thought it was pear shaped.

read the whole list here

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Evis T Reviews Tom Clancy's HAWX for the xbox 360.

Many games try to push the envelope when it comes to development. They push graphics, they push game play, and they experiment with new ideas.

Most of them suck.

However, I am always very grateful to those developers who are not afraid to experiment with new ideas, to explore new shores and bring us to new areas of game play. For every 10 screw ups we get, we get an idea that works. And that my friends, is evolution. Survival of the species most responsive to change (Incidentally, this is why the Point and click adventure went the way of the dodo).

But sometimes I don’t want to be part of a bold new experiment. Sometimes I just want to play something that I know will not surprise me, that I know has been approved by the masses for years. Something I know is not going to enthral me, but certainly won’t disappoint me. Enter the game of the hour, Tom Clancy’s HAWX.

Advice for writers looking to make a profit.

In this article I will look at how you can publicize your articles, what makes a well written article, and some of the dangers of writing for profit. This is worth a read for anyone who is considering writing online for profit.

Read it here.

The Story We Should Never Forget

This article is not meant to generate large amounts of views, it is just about a personally uplifting moment which I had. The story starts when my summer job ended and I decided to be a waiter etc. Yesterday as I was waiting on people in my small hometown, one man and his wife come in. I greet them and he asks me, Son, I have a question for you. What is the lightest thing you can carry and costs the most? Well I was perplexed by this and was trying to decide wether he meant the most expensive yet light meal, or if he was truely joking and meant something like a peanut butter packet for 25cents (being the lightest thing we sold it would be the most expensive thing that is the lightest.) So I wonderd about this and didn't return to his table until I was sure I had a suitable answer. I discussed it with my fellow employees and we came to a conclusion, he was NUTS!
Read the full story Here.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Duplicate Content and Penalties

There's been much discussion about Google's Duplicate Content Rule and how it impacts web publishers.

In some cases, pages have been filtered out and removed from the indexes; in other scenarios, publishers have been actually banned from Google and have lost future AdSense revenue and revenue that was due them.

I've heard from a number of publishers who have experienced duplicate content penalties. They are upset and angry, frustrated that they have been penalized because of either duplicate content or malicious activity carried out by

I've prepared Google's Duplicate Content Rule: Information That Sheds Light on Google's Policies for those who find wading through the FAQs at Google's site too laborious.

Article resources shed light on Google's indexing practices, steps that are designed to provide the most relevant results for searchers.

I hope this article helps to clarify issues that concern webmasters, publishers, and others who produce online content.

5 Myths and half truths about computers and the internet

When you install something to your hard drive it’s there permanently. –PARTIALLY TRUE.

The Myth:
We’ve all heard the horror story. You’re mate’s dad’s nephew threw away his old computer, and three days later his credit card information had been stolen! There was this company right, and they threw away old PC’s and hackers nicked the computers and got loads of personal information they sold to spammers!

Cases like this DO happen, but this doesn’t mean they’re common. With a little effort, you can ensure no data at all survives on your old hard drive. In order to understand this half truth, and how you can make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we need to look at how a hard drive works.
The Facts:

Imagine your hard drive is a giant library. Every library has a reception desk, in the case of the hard drive, we call this the index file. Now when you run a program, your computer needs to get the program from your hard drive. So it goes to the index file and asks where all the information on the hard drive is.

Just like when you go to the library and ask where a book is.

When you delete something from your hard drive, it isn’t actually removing the data, it’s only removing it’s entry from the index file. So as far as your computer is concerned, that data no longer exists, even though it is physically still there. That’s where the myth comes from!

But, when you put information on your hard drive (Say installing a new game), the index file looks for gaps in the bookshelf to put the new program. Remember, as far as the computer is concerned, a file that isn’t listed in the index does not exist, so if it finds that the spot on the hard drive previously occupied by the removed file is big enough for the new program, it will write over the old file with the new one.

Hard drives store data using magnetism, so the new magnetic pattern destroys the old one. Without getting too technical, bits of the old program may survive, and can be rebuilt by specialist programs.

There are many programs that will fill up your hard drive with ‘junk data’ overriding everything on the drive, then they’ll do it again and again and again until all that’s present on the drive is a junk string of 0’s and 1’s. Many of these are available free online.

There’s also a low tech solution too. It’s called a hammer.

Read the article in it's entirety here.