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Winklevoss Twins To Continue Fighting Facebook

GFLPraxis Re:Dear Winklevii (90 comments)

Do you know what a settlement is?

more than 3 years ago
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More Users Are Shunning Facebook

GFLPraxis Facebook access tools (411 comments)

There's a bunch of useful account security tools that can be used for this. I put people in to groups on Facebook that I can then limit from being able to see posts I make. So I can provide them with the placebo of having added them, but they won't see 90% of the posts I make, so I have no interaction.

more than 3 years ago
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Italy Votes To Abandon Nuclear Power

GFLPraxis Re:Alas, Rev. Bayes (848 comments)

Nice statistics. So you deliberately exclude Chernobyl and assess Fukushima knowingly way before any long-term effects could have set in.

Chernobyl cannot happen again; it was the result of an ancient design not built to any safety specifications. Further, it's forty years old. A series of stupid decisions lead to that disaster. It's like using Titanic as a reason we shouldn't build boats.

more than 3 years ago
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Gran Turismo Gamer Takes Second In Class In World-Renowned Race

GFLPraxis Re:Works for all games? (105 comments)

There's a very big difference between a simulator (Gran Turismo) and arcade-style games. Madden is about halfway in between, but not exactly known for quality.

more than 3 years ago
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Fable III Dev: Used Game Sales More Costly Than Piracy

GFLPraxis How is this exclusive to gaming? (342 comments)

Isn't this true of any industry? If I buy a used couch instead of buying it from the manufacturer, don't they take the same "loss"? It's amazing that now used games sales are being considered "loss" in the same manner as piracy.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Support Forums Suggest Malware Explosion

GFLPraxis Not A Virus (455 comments)

The thing to keep in mind is that this malware going around is a trojan. The user has to enter a username and password to install the malware. It can't propagate itself nor install itself automatically from a web site. People are just blindly typing their password to anything asking. Interestingly, it claims to be an antivirus suite and uses SEO to show up on searches for Mac antiviruses per Arstechnica (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/05/fake-mac-defender-antivirus-app-scams-users-for-money-cc-numbers.ars), so ironically, the people getting infected are people who think they need virus protection on a Mac. Expect to hear people continuing to proclaim this as the beginning of Mac viruses, however.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

GFLPraxis BitTorrent (575 comments)

If Anonymous had stolen the data, it would be on TPB/Bittorrent right now. Remember HBGary?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Spends $1 Million For Throttling Detection

GFLPraxis Good - more transparency (99 comments)

The easier to detect, the harder it is for ISP's to keep such practices out of the spotlight.

more than 3 years ago
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System Measures Stress In Emergency Callers' Voice

GFLPraxis Never let a doctor make the call, then? (238 comments)

Stupid. I've been in this situation; one of the people with me was a doctor, and another person with me was having some kind of seizure or attack. The doctor made the 9/11 phone call and stated all the details very calmly and distinctly while everyone else was trying not to flip out. Under this kind of system, he'd have received a low priority.

more than 3 years ago
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How the iPhone Led To the Sale of T-Mobile

GFLPraxis Re:How can this happen? (276 comments)

Oh, those guys? AT&T bought them too.

more than 3 years ago
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How the iPhone Led To the Sale of T-Mobile

GFLPraxis I was one of them :( (276 comments)

T-Mobile customer who switched to AT&T when I got my iPhone 4 here...I used the original EDGE iPhone for three years on T-Mobile, never had a dropped call. T-Mobile had much, much better pricing and very good support. This makes me sad. :(

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen

GFLPraxis Extremely deceptive article! The cause... (298 comments)

The cause of this has been discovered already; it's a software bug. iOS 4.3 has a new JavaScript engine. Websites launched from the home screen seem to be reverting to and using the old JavaScript engine from iOS 4.2. The article makes it sound like a conspiracy. I'm sure it'll be patched soon; I can think of no obvious reason to do this but give the same apps full speed if bookmarked within the web browser.

more than 3 years ago
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Acer May Be Bugging Computers

GFLPraxis Re:Phew! (396 comments)

It's a good thing...Other companies like HP and Sony no longer include restore disks, so when a Windows user gets a virus that messes some system files up, they have to pay ridiculous amounts to order restore disks if they didn't remember to do it themselves.

more than 7 years ago

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GFLPraxis GFLPraxis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GFLPraxis writes "Microsoft revealed at GDC their plans for Live for Vista during a press event. Live for Windows Vista will be exactly like XBox Live, and XBox Live subscribers will already have access. There will be both the free Silver (offering access to trailers, demos, updates, and the Arcade), and the paid Gold ($50 a year, lets you play online). This means, of course, that Vista-exclusive games will now require Live subscriptions to play online."

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Where to look for volunteers for a web project?

GFLPraxis GFLPraxis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, I was curious if anyone here on /. might have some suggestions to my dilemma.

There's a bit of story behind this, but I'll try to make it brief. I'm part of a small group of individuals, mostly students, running a web site, http://www.nintendoplayers.com/. The site is entirely custom-coded in PHP. We had decent viewership, established press contact with a lot of the major gaming companies, get free games from companies like Capcom and Hudson Entertainment, go to press events like E3, etc. It's essentially a Nintendo gaming/news/rumors/community site.

We wrote the site in PHP, with the original intention of expanding it heavily with community features later on, but just creating it a news site initially and plugging in a PHPBB forum in the back. We created user accounts for the main site, so users can create accounts and comment on articles, with the intention of eventually building our own forum using the same accounts and letting users have their own blogs and profiles, etc.

We also built up a games database. Over 5000 games manually entered, along with their developer, publisher, release date, supported peripherals, number of players, etc. Some games have box arts, and we intend to eventually have box arts on almost everything. Every game released on the NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy, and Virtual Boy is in that database, along with most DS, Wii, and GameBoy Advance games. However, outside of a search and reviews system, we don't have anything actually using this database.

However, the guy who was coding the site is moving on with graduation and marriage. We've been reassessing our mistakes with the site and we realized we weren't really offering much that other generic sites weren't, and we want to capitalize on our strengths.

What we're looking for is someone who would be interested in partnering on this. We're handling all of the press side of things but none of the remaining staff members has enough coding experience. We want to build the site into a large community site, with user profiles and blogs (think Facebook for Nintendo), perhaps web apps using the games database, and innovative new features that other sites don't have yet. I don't care whether we stick with more custom-coded stuff or switch to a CMS and start coding custom addons to it, as long as we keep our games database as there's a lot of work put into that.

We're all students and we realize there's a lot of work involved in this. Sadly, we can't really offer payment, but the intention is for the site to become profitable (right now it's only paying for itself), and the promise would be that if the site can be built into a profitable web site any coder we find would be considered a partner and get a sizable split with the rest of us.

Problem is that I have no idea where to even start looking. I mean, I'm looking for some very specific things- I need a PHP coder who is has enough free time to try something like this out for experience or fun (since profit isn't guaranteed, I can't see professionals bothering to 'waste' their time on it), and is enough of a Nintendo fan to want to do something like this. I suspect most Nintendo boards won't have anyone with enough experience, and most programming boards won't have a lot of people willing to jump on board.

Does anyone out here on /. have suggestions on where I can look for a coder who might be interested in a project like this?

Also, any suggestions for web apps or ideas to make the site unique would be definitely helpful.

Thanks for any help!

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