To quote: A bill modeled after the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the U.S. was introduced in Canada last year but died before it could be passed when the government called an election.
Grassroots resistance to the bill was strong, with critics claiming it was overly restrictive and would leave individual citizens exposed to huge fines. Nonetheless, Parr called for similar legislation to be introduced "as soon as possible."
Among the changes called for by the ESAC is the right for the Canada Border Services Agency - what used to be called Customs - to seize goods they know to be pirated, something they cannot currently do without a court order, as well as stronger penalties, including jail time, for intellectual property crime and the outlawing of mod chips. "In Canada,...
243w ago - Every time we see the title "L.A. Noire" in the news, we always tense up in anticipation of bad news. After all, this is a project that seems to have struggled through a lengthy development process, and there was even talk of a cancellation at some point.
But as Joystiq pointed out, the latest update should be considered encouraging. Team Bondi (also responsible for The Getaway) is looking for plenty of talented individuals to join the team, perhaps in an attempt to push through the final stages.
They're looking for everything from animators to artists to coders to designers, so if you think you've got the skills, perhaps you'd like to apply. If not, and you're merely looking for good news concerning L.A. Noire, then you should be somewhat satisfied. Although we'd like to assume that development has reached a critical stage, we still have no official update on the team's progress.
Our last update said the game would be about a year away, and that was last fall; September, to be exact. Therefore, E3 may be the time when Rockstar announces a concrete release date for this long-awaited crime thriller, and if that happens, it'll be big news indeed.
Anyway, we'll let you know if there's any movement on the L.A. Noire front; at this point,...
251w ago - A job listing has appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment Web site, looking for individuals to test "new model game hardware."
The Sony job listing says, "Experience an in-development game console (hardware) early!"
To quote: Job duties include checking on, reporting on and giving input for a in-development game hardware. The listing's Q&A reads: "This is specifically for a new model and unannounced game hardware for PS3, PS2, PSP and its peripherals."
Note: In the original Japanese text, Sony separates those hardware platforms with commas only (there's not an "and), making it somewhat vague whether this is new hardware for each or all three.
This is a full time position. It starts this March and looks to run a year. There's a one month trail period, after which those awarded the position can look to make over ¥1,000 (US $10.70) per hour. Travel expenses are covered, and there's the possibility for a raise. This position is in Tokyo and is not open to students.
This very public job listing might get more fuel to those very persistent PSP2 rumors. Though, it also might simply be more a continuation of the current PSP and PS3 hardware iterations: slimmer with more memory.
262w ago - TechOn reports that Nintendo has been evaluating three-axis acceleration sensor samples from new suppliers that will be used in Wii controllers.
Sources say that Nintendo have been particularly interested in an acceleration sensor from Kionix as it makes it easier to enhance sensitivity.
To quote: Nintendo has been evaluating samples obtained from a number of acceleration sensor manufacturers other than ST and ADI, according to sources. Kionix Inc, a US-based venture firm, once attracted attention as a strong candidate.
Kionix was regarded as such because of the high reliability based on its past records of supplying sensors for hard disk devices, according to a source involved in the case. Also, Kionix's device has a structure different from its competitors: Its MEMS sensor is several times thicker than ADI's device, making it "easier to enhance sensitivity," according to engineers in the MEMS industry.
Nevertheless, Nintendo has not yet decided to change suppliers. Acceleration sensor manufacturers have to satisfy strict specification requirements in order to obtain a contract.
Pictured below is the layout of the acceleration sensor manufactured by Kionix.