Make up for it in volume!
According to this article on Slashdot, Gamespot claims that the Playstation 3 will cost $494 to make, but sell for $399. I'm curious. Does it really make sense to spand a billion dollars to try to win this race? Holy crap. That's not chump change.
Ultimately, Sony (and presumably Microsoft as well) is banking that decreases in manufacturing costs as well as licensing fees will make up for this initial investment. I'm left wondering: isn't it possible to make a game system which results in a more cash neutral position, and doesn't rely so heavily on licensing? Could we actually have a real user friendly machine that encouraged individual creativity and experimentation?
Nintendo? Are you listening?
In the previous post, a couple of people noted problems with the API. Just in case nobody realized this: the key that you use is tied to the website that the request comes from. You can't simply copy my key and make it work, you need to apply to get your own.
Addendum: Hmmm. It appears that a warning may be produced when the header is used in directories which are more than one level deep in the hierarchy from the registered URL. I'll have to check this out some more. I may have to disable this until I get it sorted out. Stay tuned.
Now, you can embed google maps into your own websites. Like, well, this:
Okay, it's not working right yet. I'm still trying to figure it out. Okay, got it working. Problem was that trying to insert script elements into a wordpress post was problematic because it insists on mangling quote characters. I'll post again when I have this all figured out.
I've disabled the above, since it doesn't work properly from comments and the archive.
Oh, forgot the link to the API description.
Addendum 2: Check this out. Heh.
Well, that didn't take very long. The first cool hack for Google Earth has already appeared. As is reported on lifehacker, there is a hack to download geotagged photos from Flickr that are close to the location you are looking at. That's pretty cool. Now all I need is one of those GPS enabled camera phones... and...
I know, everyone and their mother already knows about this, but....
My brother called me at 11:15 last night to tell me about Google Earth. I actually had downloaded it, but not installed it. I've installed it. I've run it. It's very cool. But it doesn't quite know where my house is. Check it out.
Everybody else seems to be yapping about it: got to apple.com and get your fresh tasty new iTunes, complete with support for podcast subscriptions. I didn't have a chance to install it yet, but will tonight.
Where your host sings Happy Birthday to his wife and then goes on to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Grokster, and his feelings on the cult of personality that seems to be forming around blogging, as is exemplified by Gnomedex.
Links from the show:
- The best blog on the doings of the Supreme Court would seem to be the SCOTUSblog.
Great minds think alike. Here's a nice quote from Wil Wheaton:
Here is the most important thing I can tell you: You do not need the so-called traditional channels of distribution to get your work to an audience, and you'll probably be happier and more successful by not going through those channels. I've done it both ways, and self-publishing and distributing was more fun, more creatively satisfying, and much more financially rewarding than the indescribably frustrating process of doing it the other way.
Rock on, Wil. And good luck in the WSOP.
I had to look up the word "boffin". Seemed timely given the release of Romero's Land of the Dead. News.com.au reports that scientists at Piottsburgh's Safar Center revived dogs that have had their blood replaced with very cold saline for three hours. This basically seems like a form of induced hypothermia. Their hope is that it might save humans with traumatic injuries.
Okay, but if I hear the words "T-virus" come up, I'm gonna go fetch my gun.
I do monitor various weblog indexers to see who is linking to this blog. Most of the time, they are really good at finding my own inter-site links, but occasionally I find out that I get links from unexpected sites. What was really cool was to discover that The MacAlba linked to me as one of the inspirations for his (successful) attempts at dropping some weight. Cool, and congratulations to Gordon.
I haven't given an update to my attempts at weight loss recently, largely because there has been so little motion in that regard. I'm currently in a plateau. In fact, it's more than a plateau, it is a plain, stretching as far as the eye can see. I had my weight down as low as 258 for a while, and am now (courtesy of some vacationing in Napa) bouncing around 264. To help snap the plateau, I'm beginning to augment my cardio workouts (which I do four times a week) with a short amount of strength training. I'm also trying to rededicate myself to journaling all the food I eat, and monitoring portion size.
Weight loss has never been harder or more discouraging than it is now. Still, I'm not gaining weight (at least, not much), I guess I'm not doing too badly.
I checked my BMI the other day, and found that I'm right on the borderline betweeen "overweight" and "obese". Yahoo.
Life is better at 264 than it was at 323. I have to remind myself of that.
Well, I haven't had a chance to read the ruling yet, but it appears that the SCOTUS has unanimously gutted the Sony decision and made software companies potentially liable for infringing uses of their software, regardless of whatever significant non-infringing uses their might be.
I'll post again when I have something in the way of analysis.
Addendum: I'm probably overreacting by claiming it gutted the Sony decision. My initial skim of the decision has only served to confuse me on what practical importance (if any) today's decision had. It definitely seems to make companies which promote copyright infringement to be dangerous to fund, but I'm not sure it goes beyond that, and it is far from clear that even a company like Grokster would qualify.
Addendum2: The best discussion I've found so far was here, on the SCOTUSblog.