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In an effort to protect it’s shoppers from being burned by scalpers who fail to deliver, eBay has launched a new policy regarding pre-release console sales of the PS3 and Wii. Specifically, the restrictions are as follows.

  • Only one of each console can be listed per eBay account prior to the launch of the console (PS3 is expected to be available on 11/17/06, Wii on 11/19/06).
  • The seller must only accept payment through PayPal, and have at least 50 feedback with a 98% or greater positive rating so that they qualify for PayPal Buyer Protection.
  • The pre-sale item must be listed in the 3, 5, 7 or 10-day formats, and cannot use Buy It Now.
  • The listing must include a photo of your pre-order receipt in the description.

Personally, I think this is a great idea. Especially with the sudden shortages the PS3 in is having, there’s no guarantee that the stores will be able to deliver on all their pre-orders, or even that manufacturers won’t be forced to lower the shipping numbers due to issues beyond the their control, so these restrictions are necessary to protect buyers. Not to mention the fact that scalping consoles on eBay is a dirty practice that deprives actual gamers of the consoles they want to play at launch, instead they are forced to pay high prices through the scalpers. This slap in the face to those who did pre-order the consoles for the purpose of selling them on eBay teaches them a much needed lesson.

Listing Policy Clarifications: PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Pre-Sales, and ‘Canned Hunts’ [eBay via Evil Avatar]

Wired buys Reddit

Reddit Wired Digital has just acquired social news aggregator Reddit for an undisclosed sum. Reddit focuses on technology and political stories and recieves about 1 million unique visitors a month, however Wired’s parent company, CondéNet has already leveraged the Reddit engine to build a social aggregator for celebrity Gossip stories, Lipstick.com. It seems likely that they will continue to build more sites based on the engine to break into different niches.

Wired Digital Acquires Reddit [Wired News]

Ohloh has a piece comparing PHP, Ruby, Python, and Perl. Of course, PHP ends up coming up on top in their assessment. However, upon closer inspection, I believe that their assessment is quite flawed.

Continue reading ‘PHP Eats Rails for Breakfast? I think it’s time for a second look at those stats’

Google Video tests revenue sharing

Google VideoIn a move to attract more amateur video publishers to it’s service, Google has taken a page out of Revver’s book. Google is now testing revenue sharing with Google Video members. The specific video being tested is the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. This is definitely a good move, not only because it allows independent videographers to get a piece of the advertising pie for their content, but it also provides an incentive for large media corporations to put their video on the service. It also gives Google an excuse to place commercials in the video and actually turn a profit as well, without annoying it’s userbase.

Google shares ad wealth with videographers [News.com via Slashdot]

It turns out that there really is a reason why Apple states on their site that the MacBook Pros can only handle up to 3 GB of RAM. The reason actually has to do with the chipset on which the MacBook Pro (and various other laptops for that matter) run.

The Intel 945PM chipset that the MacBook Pro can physically handle the 4GB of RAM that you’d expect, but there are problems with doing this. A certain amount of the memory address space is set aside for various system functions aside from memory access. Since the chipset only has 4GB of address space, and up to 1GB of it is used to access devices other than memory, it is possible to have a conflict that prevents you from accessing all of your available memory. While other manufacturers have kept quiet about this limitation and continued to sell up to 4 GB of RAM in their configurations (with no guarantee of all 4 GB actually being usable), Apple decided to be upfront about it and say that the laptop only supports 3 GB of RAM, because that’s all your guaranteed to have access to with the chipset.

More on why units are limited to 3 GB RAM [MacFixIt via ZDNet]

Japan to recieve fewer PS3s at launch

Due to shortages in required components, Sony will launch with only 80,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in Japan. That’s 20,000 fewer than the original anticipated 100,000, which was by no means a surplus to begin with. I won’t get into too many details right now about why this is bad for Sony (if you really do want details on that, Tom has a pretty good take on the issue), but suffice to say, less launch PS3s does not equate to more marketshare, at least not in the short term anyway.

Sony Misses PS3 Shipping Targets [IGN via Joystiq]

Xbox 360 Dashboard update

Tomorrow Xbox 360 users will be receiving a fairly large Dashboard update. Several features were added, including

  • 1080p support
  • Streaming WMV playback from Windows PCs (previously Media Center was required)
  • Zune support
  • Video playback from data CDs, DVDs, USB keys, and Xbox 360 memory units

November 2006 Update Features List [Xbox.com via Engadget]

New Wii Trailer

Nintendo just released another promotional Wii trailer today. Much like the others, this one focuses on the innovative control scheme that the Wii has. Well, while there might not be all that much variety in the trailers, at least they focus on the gameplay mechanics that the Wii will have, showing us that gaming will be fun for every demographic. This is a completely different strategy than the one Sony is taking, which focuses on the hardware capabilities of the console than the actual gameplay experience. Personally, I think the strategy Nintendo is taking is the better way to go. It just gets the message across that you’ll have fun with the console, no more and certainly no less.

[via Evil Avatar]

Bully didn’t end up being the extremely violent game Jack Thompson was making it out to be. Instead, the game turned out to be relatively benign and earned a Teen rating, and is now on shelves. However, this isn’t going to stop Jack Thompson and his anti-Bully agenda. Not content with the fact that there is not enough violence in there to get the game pulled, he’s looking for more excuses.

Continue reading ‘Jack Thompson still trying to get Bully pulled’

Newlaunches.com brings some further details on the PlayStation 3 hardware. The key point of note from their article is this:

The PS3 is a power hug and consumes around 380 watts of power more than double the Xbox 360’s 160 watts and eight times the PS2’s nimble 45 watts. So spending an average of 4 hours a day on the machine will add approx $ 80 to your yearly power bill.

So, the PlayStation 3 will use double the power that the Xbox 360 uses? Now, I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure that electrical energy ultimately gets converted to heat energy by the resistance electrical components generate. With this in mind, and what the Xbox 360 has been known to do at only half the power usage, one has to wonder whether or not buying a first generation PS3 is really a good idea, especially with the price it commands.

Sony Playstation 3 further details [Newlaunches.com via Gizmodo]