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Out of the Blue

Frans continues his stellar work on the techie stuff here. Today we unveil a separate mobile version of the site in response to requests from PDA users, which can be accessed via pda.bluesnews.com. This presents the news in a flat format similar to the HTML version of the site, for phones that can handle more than the card-based WAP standard. Whether you are a road warrior or a palm pilot (stop that or you'll go blind!), hopefully one or both of these will work for you.

PDA Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Mirror's Edge 2D Beta.
Retardo and the Iron Golem. Thanks Jay is Games.
Links: The Essential 007- A Recap of all 22 Bond Movies. A lot to disagree with.
007 James Bond techno gadgets- Which are real today?
Stories: Dead Parrot sketch ancestor found.
Science: First Pictures Taken of Extrasolar Planets. Thanks Jim, and Neutronbeam.
Pentagon Clears Flying-Car Project for Takeoff.
Images: First Image of Another Multi-Planet Solar System. Thanks j.c.f. See Science story above.
Alien LEGO.
Media: Half Life- Full-Life Consequences 2- What has Tobe done.
The Evolution of the Final Fantasy Victory Fanfares.
Mac's New laptop is so small

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14. Re: PDA Mode Nov 14, 2008, 17:10  Xymph 
 
Looking cool. Any chance we can get less of the HTML stripped? Article links, blockquotes, etc, appeared to from my quick scroll through it. Understand if you had to cripple it due to UGO restrictions and so forth.
UGO wasn't involved in the design choices. It's in Blue's own interest not to make the PDA site a complete but ad-free alternative to the regular site, as his income depends on the latter.

So the goal for the mobile sites to offer a quick way to check the latest gaming news while on the road, as an additional service, and not to reproduce the full website functionality on a handheld device. To that end, blockquotes and the OotB links table have been stripped in order to reduce overal page size (since more data traffic often costs users more money). Links are stripped for the same reason, and to give people an incentive to (re)visit the full site as yet to check the stories they're interested in. Lastly, many of the pages and sites linked to are not mobile-friendly, so the links are of limited use anyway.

(I also got an XML parsing error when I viewed it through FFox on the desktop, which is strange because typically it doesn't do that to XHTML pages. Pocket IE and Opera Mobile rendered it without problems, the two primary Windows Mobile based browsers.)
Yeah, I saw that too, it happens with 8-bit characters translated into named (rather than numeric) & entities, but since the PDA site isn't meant for normal desktop browsers anyway, I see no reason to address that.

Having the BN colours would be cool, too, but that's just me being picky.
The logo uses the appropriate background. Not sure what other BN colors you're referring to.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 17:03 PHJF
 
We have driving licenses, there is no reason we wouldn't have flying licenses. Wait, we *already* have flying licenses. As flying is a lot harder than driving, it would be proportionally more difficult to acquire the license.

No, I wouldn't be afraid.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 16:42 xXBatmanXx
 
Awesome, let's stop scientific progress because of stupid people. I guess we never should have invented computers either because I know plenty of people incapable of using them.

Are you saying you wouldn't be afraid? Rolleyes2
 
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11. Re: No subject Nov 14, 2008, 13:10 Shole
 
should be mentioned;
the parrot sketch is a rewrite of an earlier, pre-python, car shop sketch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9igQ18GIqvc
 
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10. Re: planets Nov 14, 2008, 13:04 Enahs
 
One of these new findings however, orbits the bright star Fomalhaut, which is due south from northern latitudes this time of year.
Formalhaut!
Yeay!
One of the more important systems in the Elite series!!!
That was my first thought, anyway.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 12:12 PHJF
 
Awesome, let's stop scientific progress because of stupid people. I guess we never should have invented computers either because I know plenty of people incapable of using them.  
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 11:52 xXBatmanXx
 
Pentagon Clears Flying-Car Project for Takeoff.

The reason flying cars will never....uh....take off, sorry, is look at the difficulty morons have with 4 wheels on dry pavement in a straight line - now add 2+ more axis and countless directions of travel....no thanks.

Not to mention what it would run on - more fuels....

Not trying to be a downer, but I have had discussions ad nausea with people about this, it wouldn't be a good thing.

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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 11:50 Hyatus
 
Wow, right off the bat this "Essential James Bond" thing got it wrong. Six actors have played JB? They seemed to forget Barry Nelson from the original made-for-a-tv-show Casino Royale and David Niven from the spoof Casino Royale.

*takes off his movie-geek glasses and puts his gaming-geek glasses back on*
 
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6. Re: planets Nov 14, 2008, 11:44 Joss
 
There's dinosaurs on that planet... I can feel it.  
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5. planets Nov 14, 2008, 08:42 Jim
 
Usually when these new planets are found (we're not up to 326 known: http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/), a few of them may be orbiting stars that may be bright enough to be seen naked eye, but you'll need to cross reference its catalog number or coordinates with a good star atlas to find it.

One of these new findings however, orbits the bright star Fomalhaut, which is due south from northern latitudes this time of year.
http://www.skymaps.com/skymaps/tesmn0811.pdf
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 08:08 Starsky
 
Frans, yer beautiful.

Blackberry smoking through the Big B mobile site......
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2008, 07:51 strich
 
No comments about Quantum? C'mon Blue, I know you're a Bond fan. Any plans to see it? it appears to be getting decent reveiews despite Moore's verbal dislikes for it.  
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2. PDA Mode Nov 14, 2008, 06:19 sponge
 
Looking cool. Any chance we can get less of the HTML stripped? Article links, blockquotes, etc, appeared to from my quick scroll through it. Understand if you had to cripple it due to UGO restrictions and so forth.

(I also got an XML parsing error when I viewed it through FFox on the desktop, which is strange because typically it doesn't do that to XHTML pages. Pocket IE and Opera Mobile rendered it without problems, the two primary Windows Mobile based browsers.)

Having the BN colours would be cool, too, but that's just me being picky.
 
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1. Wereblues of London Nov 14, 2008, 03:09 Cutter
 
Hey Blue...

I was curious if there were any unexplained deaths in your neck of the woods last night. People or animals mysteriously ravaged? That sort of thing? Maybe this is why you always have problems with your teeth. All that transmogrifying into a werewolf and back, ripping people and animals to shreds, gnawing on bones and stuff leaves you feeling sore the next day.

Warren Zevon said it best....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6hQUFGsVf4
 
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