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2K addresses BioShock widescreen issue {Joystiq}

Aug 23rd 2007 3:46AM No, the benefit of widescreen is not “seeing more”; the benefit is seeing things in the correct aspect ratio. For open-matte movies (The Princess Bride, The Abyss, any number of others), you are seeing more in the 4x3 version. So why is that not the preferred version? Because that’s not what was seen in the theaters, and it’s not what the director intended. As Irrational said, they tested and optimized the game for a widescreen aspect ratio; the fact that the 4x3 version shows more at the top and bottom should not matter. “More” does not equal “better.”

Jobs pulls an Oprah -- $12M in iPhones for all Apple employees {Engadget}

Jun 29th 2007 4:50PM 1. In the past, Apple has paid the taxes outright on gifts that they give employees.

2. No, no one had their iPod taken away when they left Apple.

Good news: Verizon stores open today! {Engadget}

Jun 29th 2007 4:29PM Sure, everybody has a cell phone, but most people hate theirs. Believe it or not, some people will actually pay more for something that works WELL. Have we learned nothing from the iPod?

Engadget Black Friday giveaways (part 1): Xbox 360 Premium pack! {Engadget}

Nov 25th 2006 2:00AM I really need this premium system!

Dude, where's my cursor (Wii annoyance #1) {Joystiq}

Nov 15th 2006 2:51PM Yes, the analogy to a mouse pointer is completely incorrect. With a mouse, you need to know where the mouse pointer left, or which edge of the screen it stopped at, so you know which direction to move the mouse to get it back. That’s because a mouse pointer is based on relative position, not absolute position. When you move the mouse, the new position of the cursor is relative to the current position.

However, the Wii pointer is based on absolute position. It doesn’t matter which edge the cursor left the screen from; just point the remote at the screen, and voila! The cursor is back. You never need to “find” the cursor it order to figure out where to move, because it always moves to where you’re pointing.

In short, this is a ludicrous, foolish complaint that reveals a deep lack of understanding of how pointing systems work. Oh, and before you ask, yes, I’ve used the Wii.