Soldier of Fortune: Payback Banned
Soldier of Fortune: Payback has been rejected
Office of Film and Literature Classification
, meaning it's been banned. An OFLC spokeswoman cited various examples of blood splattering gore that ultimately led to the ban. Soldier of Fortune joins a growing list of titles to receive OFLC's cold shoulder, including Blitz: The League, Reservoir Dogs, BMX XXX, Manhunt, GTA III, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, both Postal games, and more. Cheesy movies with questionable acting, like both Crocodile Dundee movies, are still okay...
Fighter Jet Makes a Good Listener
At least that's the hope, as the
F-35 Lightning II will feature voice recognition
capabilities. Developed by SRI International, the DynaSpeak speech recognition software is expected to carry an error rate of less than 2 percent. Pilots won't be able to tell the fighter jet to bank a hard right, but they will be able to concentrate more on flying and leaving mundane tasks to voice commands, like controlling radio volume and adjusting the climate controls. If the eventual evaluation proves successful, the
could be the next jet to be retrofitted.
Michigan's Bright Idea
DIY enthusiasts have been riding the LED revolution for years, and now these bright lights will shine on a new audience: Michigan drivers. Ann Arbor, located 30 miles west of Detroit, will become the first city to
implement LEDs into all downtown street lights
, potentially saving the community $100,000 a year. Instead of replacing street lamps every two years, the LEDs are expected to last five times as long. As an added bonus, the new lights will reduce carbon dioxide and other global warming gases equivalent to taking 400 cars off the road.
Quick PS3 Update
Early last week we reported
Sony would begin selling a 40GB Playstation 3 console in Europe at a discounted price, but no word was given on when, or if, the somewhat neutered model would be available in the US (the new version loses backwards compatibility with PS2 titles). Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, ended any doubts today,
saying the new model will go on sale November 2
and carry a $400 price tag.
Jon Stewart Fans Rejoice!
Fans of the Comedy Central's fake news show will be elated
to learn that as of noon today,
The Daily Show
has been granted
its own website
, complete with an archive of videos for the past nine years. Uninterrupted episodes will not be available, though visitors do get access to 16,000 videos in all, with an even bigger back catalogue expected by early 2008. One clip not making an appearance on the new site, but is a must watch nonetheless, is
Jon Stewart's verbal assault on his
Intel Bids Farewell to Single Core
Resistance is futile; you
be assimilated into the multi-core world. And just to make sure,
Intel plans to phase out single-core desktop chips
starting in first quarter 2008. Taking up the entry-level shelf space will be the dual-core Celeron E1000 series, with the 45nm E4000 series to follow shortly afterwards. Starting with the E1200, budget builders will be able to own a 1.6GHz dual-core processor for whatever the going markup rate is for $53 chips in thousand-unit quantities.