Amazon prepares for zombie plague

Source: WikiMedia. How to Survive a Zombie Attack, by Acey Duecy.

Source: WikiMedia. How to Survive a Zombie Attack, by Acey Duecy.

Somebody at Amazon has a sense of humor. I have proof: here is section 57.10 of the service terms for its beta release of Lumberyard, a free game engine and development tool:

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

You can see the whole document, here.

First seen at the Register.

How much is that iPad mini in your window?

Most technology commentators believe the newly launched iPad mini is a move against Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Judging by this extract from’s home page, Amazon are going to meet the challenge head on: advert

The leading quote is from the Gizmodo site (unavailable just now because of Hurricane Sandy…) and adds salt to the wound of the direct comparison.

As this is an Amazon advert, it’s not exactly balanced. However, it will be interesting to see if Apple fight back using the strengths of their product or the power of their brand. In other words, will Apple be saying “Buy this, it’s a better piece of kit” or “Buy this, it’s an Apple”? The competition should be good for us consumers.

[A tip of the hat to the Register.]