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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

PHPNerd Don't put PhD in the resume (479 comments)

I know it's sad, but hide your PhD. Most employers are scared of PhD's for multiple reasons: (1) they don't want to pay them what their credentials demand , (2) many hiring bosses are intimidated or feel threatened to have an underling with more education than they do, and (3) they are probably hesitant to invest in someone who is so highly credentialed for fear of losing them when a sweet offer comes around. Sad, I know. But I'd go ahead and hide the PhD. (Disclaimer: I'm working on mine now)

about 2 months ago
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Book Review: Designing With the Mind In Mind

PHPNerd Re:Me too! (52 comments)

I'd be happy to work with you on this. Send me an email: jrp09a AT acu DOT edu

about 7 months ago
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Book Review: Designing With the Mind In Mind

PHPNerd Re:Great Book (52 comments)

I teach HCI at a college in Texas. I have used this book to provide background information for my lectures, but I've never had them read it. Frankly, we just don't have time in an undergrad class to read Design of Everyday Things (Norman) and Don't Make Me Think (Krug) and discuss and apply in a single undergrad semester. However, next year I'm going to teach a second semester of the course for the first time, and I think I'll finally get to dig into DWMIM (especially now that there's a second edition).

about 7 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

PHPNerd Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

No one said anything about proof of "god." Obviously, you have never encountered the academic study of religion. I shall educate you.

We don't deal in unreliable facts. We don't attempt to figure out "god's wants, plans, etc." Rather, we use history (as in real, verifiable evidence from outside of the sacred texts), archaeology, paleography, sociology, and textual criticism (the same that medieval scholars use when looking at manuscripts of Chaucer) in order to get at a best guess for the author's original intent. Perhaps it may surprise you, but we can actually arrive at some meaningful and verifiable conclusions with regard to how people perceived their world, their neighbors, their gods, and the rituals they performed. It's an invaluable window into the past. However, this does not in any way require proof of "god." It only requires people who believed in that particular deity and their texts (or artifacts) about him/her.

about 8 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

PHPNerd Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Hi there. I happen to have multiple graduate degrees in the field of Hebrew Bible. I'm an academic. Hopefully I can shed some light on this.

At first glance, it does indeed seem like the God in the text is a giant a-hole. Why put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden in the first place? To answer that, we need to lay some ground work to properly interpret the story:

1) Remember that the ancients did not have a scientific worldview. Today we understand that things I drop to the ground fall because of gravity. Gravity works because the Earth is a huge sphere with an enormous amount of mass. The sun sets and rises because the Earth rotates. Seasons progress at the rate they do because the Earth rotates around the Sun. In other words, life is orderly and predictable because the laws of Physics, Chemistry, etc, are orderly and predictable. But the ancients had no knowledge of this. Instead, they explained the world through mythology. So, in the Ancient Near East, the reason the world is orderly is because a long time ago, the "good gods" came in and beat up/killed/banished the "bad gods" and then set up order in the universe (e.g. the Marduk/Tiamat myth of Babylon, or the Baal/Mot myth of Caanan).

2) Genesis is written in the form of Ancient Near Eastern creation myths. Those ancient creation myths wanted to explain this fundamental question: "Why does the world work the way it does?" Genesis answers that question: A long time ago, God (YHWH) came upon pure chaos (the Hebrew of the passage makes that very clear. Google: "Genesis tohu vevohu"). He then systematically pushes it back to create perfect order. This is why the world works the way it does...because God set it up in order.

3) The Bible never claims that God is omniscient. In fact, good Jewish/Christian theology claims that he's not. Does God have all power? If he does, then (low hanging fruit) he could make a rock so big that he couldn't lift it. But then that's a logical impossibility. Here's a better question: could the God of the Bible create a being with free will and force that being to love God? The answer is no. So by definition, there is at least one thing (maybe two, if you count the rock example) that God cannot do. So, a better formulation of God's state is that (according to the Hebrew Bible) "God has all the power that can be had, but some things cannot be accomplished by power."

So now we're ready to talk about the garden (which is, remember, more like a story or a parable). God creates these two beings and puts them into paradise. Imagine a world where there is nothing bad and you KNOW that God exists (because you talk to him frequently). So now how exactly does God let them choose to love God or not? (Because remember: there must be a choice) The answer (at least, the ancient Hebrews) was to place a clear choice before Adam and Eve. The Tree represents free will. And the Tree represents the choice that everyone makes in whether or not they will love God or turn their backs. To the ancient Hebrews who wrote this story (probably finalized from earlier oral tradition around 500 BCE), the clear choice between following God or not had been made when the people of Judah chose to follow other gods. Thus, God kicked them out of the garden (the "promised land") and sent them into exile into a hurting world. The garden story is not just one which orients the reader to the world, but specifically to the present world (the one they lived in at the time).

Let me know if you have any questions. This isn't a sacred cow to me. Cheers.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

PHPNerd Does anyone edit these posts? (245 comments)

What does "As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP" mean?? Who's editing these stories?

about 8 months ago
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Facebook To Begin Deploying Btrfs

PHPNerd Btrfs definition (115 comments)

From wikipedia: Btrfs (B-tree file system) is a GPL-licensed experimental copy-on-write file system for Linux. (I'm sure a lot of people were wondering what it is, since TFA doesn't say)

about 8 months ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

PHPNerd Then we'd be Tolkien elves (334 comments)

We'd be immortal, sure, but we'd be sad all the time, have incredibly low birthrates, watch some lesser race take over the world, and then sail into the west. What kind of life is that?

about 8 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

PHPNerd Money (225 comments)

Why would they cure cancer when they can join a start-up and possibly get bought out by the titans? The draw of the Valley is that you can be a millionaire by the time you're 24. This isn't "rocket surgery."

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

PHPNerd Yes, but only on older devices (488 comments)

I had an iPhone 4S and I upgraded to iOS7. I noticed the slower animations and choppier UI right away. It was one of the things that made me very happy that I was ready for an upgrade. My new iPhone 5S performs perfectly, with the smooth UI and animations that I have come to expect from Apple. It seems like the older hardware just can't support it.

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control

PHPNerd Oblig Zombo (175 comments)

Welcome to Zombocom! www.zombo.com

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

PHPNerd This is a terrible idea (625 comments)

Everyone wants to live forever, but death is the natural way of selection within the species. If death was "cured" then the species would stagnate. Leadership would not change. Younger generations would continuously be stuck at the bottom of the heap (or, at least, in their place within the heap). Imagine working at the same job forever, never getting promoted or increased in pay. Now that wouldn't be eternal life. It'd be Hell.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

PHPNerd Re: Bad place to ask (307 comments)

Me too! Every blasted time.

about 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

PHPNerd This article commits the same error (1128 comments)

This study laments that conservatives reject liberal culture and turn it into an "us" vs "them" mentality. However, this is exactly what this study is saying on the liberal side, e.g. Those conservatives don't believe in science. This conveniently lumps them all into a science-hating group and furthers the "us" vs "them" rhetoric. The comments so far on this page show a circle-jerk consisting of "Only stupid people don't believe in science!" in which they lap this study up as further proof that all conservatives are religiously extreme and don't believe in science. It's sad that the very article which points out the vitriolic conservative rhetoric against science (a truly lamentable thing) only furthers the rhetoric from the other side.

more than 2 years ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

PHPNerd Climate Change Argument Template UPDATED EDITION! (776 comments)

A quick template for replying to anyone who disagrees with you in a climate change discussion:

Paragraph one, "You are a moron!": Slander the person you are replying to (e.g. "wing-nut", "idiot", "retard", "moron", etc. Get creative!). Then call them a "denier" so that it seems like they're opposing something like evolution and gravity, which conveniently lumps them into the same category as people who question that too.

Paragraph two, "How dare you question climate change???": Call their argument a "straw-man" and proceed to attack their audacity to question "hard scientific facts" (which you personally haven't seen). Feel free to ignore their argument altogether by calling it "half-truths". Make some sort of reference to this person's education level, mainly that they are not a climate scientist (even though you're not one either!) and as such they have no idea what they're talking about - so they should trust the true experts.

Paragraph three, "Skeptics are coming over.": This is the meat of your argument! Although Richard Muller has actually been FOR climate change, this article claims that he was a skeptic but has now seen the light. If this skeptic has examined the evidence and come on over, why can't you? In fact, it's pretty obvious he was the last major credible holdout (even though if he was really a skeptic, we'd have said he was not credible in any way). We need to make it seem like there is a complete and united scientific consensus about climate change.

Paragraph four, "Case closed.": End on a high note! Make sure to say that case is closed, and has been closed for a long time. The debate is over. Everyone but the person you are replying to believes in global warming. This will make them feel like they are just pushing against a closed door.

Congratulations, you have won! If they are stupid enough to come back with real data, repeat this process until they feel so ashamed that they just shut up.

about 3 years ago
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Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod

PHPNerd Where is this guy's website? (129 comments)

Anyone have the website for this mod developer? I've tried looking, but all the search engines are chocked full of the news stories and none seem to link to his mod development site.

more than 3 years ago
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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

PHPNerd Re:The true believer (1328 comments)

I'll play your game. :) The real world has always existed with religion, whether formal or informal. The oldest piece of human creation that we have is a clay household god. We as humans (or at least as "human society") have never known a world without religion in some fashion. So this hypothetical world would have to have existed without religion from its start. But in a hypothetical world without religion, if you came up to me and told me this apparent nonsense, I would probably like to know more about this "man who lives in the sky", for it would truly be a novel idea, maybe even having some merit to help explain why bad things happen to good people, what happens when you die, and other existential problems that this hypothetical world without religion had so far left unanswered because it can't be empirically tested.

more than 4 years ago
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ATM Hack Gives Cash On Demand

PHPNerd Redundancy (193 comments)

Exploiting bugs in two different ATM machines at Black Hat...

Really? Automated Teller Machine machines?

more than 4 years ago
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Cool, Science-y Masters Programs For Software Devs?

PHPNerd I just did this (150 comments)

I was a CS undergraduate major and I also was looking for new areas of research. I recently completed a Masters of Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. I took a mixture of classes in neuroscience, computer science, and AI. The AI classes were focused on approaching the subject from the perspective of the human brain. It was very fascinating and I could have gone on for a PhD (which was my original plan) but then I discovered that I did not like the heavy research end of that subject. However, you might like it. They were doing some very interesting studies in bionics. Hope you find what you're looking for. Cheers.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Warns of Windows 7 Graphics Flaw

PHPNerd This has been happening to me for months (262 comments)

My box will randomly crash. The screen wigs out and then the box reboots. It's not even a BSoD, the whole screen goes completely crazy for about 5 seconds before it reboots, and it occurs at totally random times. I have triple (probably quadruple at this point) checked that all hardware is compatible, all software is completely up-to-date, all drivers are up-to-date, and I have paid top-of-the-line antivirus software. I finally gave up and chalked it up to Win7 64-bit....looks like I was right.

more than 4 years ago

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College Textbook Recommendation for Web Dev Class?

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  about 2 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "I'm a college computer science professor. Next semester I'll be teaching Web Development 2. Due to how quickly the web is changing, every year I have to find a new book (though some years I don't even use one). Last year I used HTML5 For Web Designers by the good people at A List Apart. I used it because it's short, easy to understand, and covers essential pieces of HTML5. Any suggestions on good textbooks or web resources focusing on bleeding-edge HTML5 and CSS3?"
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US Schools Using Saudi-funded Textbooks

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "Tired of fundamental Christians revising the textbooks your children use? Well how about Arab Muslims funding textbooks used in American schools? These textbooks purport Muslims discovered America and that there was no ancient state of Israel, something that flies in the face of modern history and archaeology. The textbooks go farther, however, portraying America negatively and making it empirical fact that the Koran was revealed to Muhammad. How could this happen? Apparently Saudi Arabia has been giving millions in grants to some of America's top universities (Harvard, George Washington, etc) to push the textbooks that back their warped view of history."
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American Grant Writing: Race Matters

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "You might expect that science, particularly American science, would be colour-blind. Though fewer people from some of the country’s ethnic minorities are scientists than the proportions of those minorities in the population suggest should be the case, once someone has got bench space in a laboratory, he might reasonably expect to be treated on merit and nothing else. Unfortunately, a study just published in Science suggests that is not true. The study looked at the pattern of research grants awarded by the NIH and found that race matters a lot. Moreover, Asian and Hispanic scientists do just as well as white ones. Black scientists, however, do badly."
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iPod Touch to be rebranded iPhone Wi-Fi?

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "Most people refer to the iPod Touch as an "iPhone without the phone." With FaceTime and iMessages, to be released with iOS 5 in the fall, the iPod Touch essentially becomes a phone. The only difference is that it can only connect to a Wi-Fi network, not a 3G network. Since the iPad line is currently split into Wi-Fi and 3G, it makes sense to do the same with the iPhone. Is it possible the iPod Touch will be going away, and that it will be replaced by the iPhone Wi-Fi?"
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StarCraft 2 Beta Announced

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "It's official, at the Activision Blizzard earnings call the company announced the start of the beta of the much-anticipated game, StarCraft 2. From the article:

It took a while to get there, but we were provided a solid answer. The beta will begin before the end of the month, with the game itself set for release in the middle of 2010.

StarCraft fans rejoice! Make sure to opt into the beta over at battle.net."
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Epic Climate Research Scandal

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  about 5 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "While it is clear now that humans are the cause of global warming, a very disturbing scandal has recently been uncovered that threatens to destabilize and discredit the work that has already been done, now being referred to by many as "Climategate". One of the world's leading climate change research centers, the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit, has been accused of manipulating data on global warming after thousands of private emails and documents were leaked via hackers. The CRU plays a leading role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term changes in temperature and the documents leaked contain verified proof of falsified data and e-mails from leading scientists the world over. Even more disturbing, it appears that Obama's Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in the CRU's unfolding scandal, and according to files leaked, willingly engaged in ridiculing and bullying people who legitimately and scientifically disagreed. While the complete ramifications of this scandal are yet unknown, it is clear that many well-respected scientists will have their reputations destroyed for engaging in such behavior."
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"Noob" to become 1 millionth official Engl

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PHPNerd writes "According to experts, the English language has entered a state of evolution that is progressing so rapidly that we are adding a new word to it every 98 minutes. This kind of language development hasn't been seen since the days of William Shakespeare. One of the biggest words in nerd culture today is "noob" which could end up being the 1,000,000th word added to the English language by the Global Language Monitor. From the article:

The word "noob" has its heavy roots in gamer culture, which should be obvious since we're talking about it. It's also seen a lot of use among online communities to "welcome" fresh faces, and has become an accepted term of abuse for anybody who looks like they don't know what they're doing. The Global Language Monitor accepts words once they have been used 25,000 times by media outlets.

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The Thin Line Between Science and Ethics

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PHPNerd writes "With the recent lifting of the ban on stem cell research funding by President Obama, many are hailing the freeing of science from backwards ethical shackles, calling the Bush ban "anti-science." But was it really an anti-science policy or just a true moral objection? Wired has up a provocative piece looking at the thin line between science and it's guide, ethics. Clearly ethics are necessary for science (see: Nuremberg Code), but where do you draw the line? From the article: "In the wake of Obama's decision to lift Bush's funding ban, many scientists are celebrating the freedom of science from ideology. Their relief is understandable, but the rhetoric is disturbing. The Bush administration didn't skew stem cell research like it did environmental science: It simply said it wasn't right. Bush's limitations on embryonic research were ethical and legitimate — but not, as many observers have noted, anti-science. "Some scientists may take home the wrong message: that moral concerns should not restrict what scientists can do. But that's clearly false," said Tom Murray, director of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics think tank. There are good reasons why society puts ethical boundaries on science...Most Americans now support research that Bush stifled and Obama will fund. But there will be plenty of cases in the future when the aims of science — or, to be more precise, certain scientists — conflict with widely held values.""
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Google rushes out Chrome 2

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "The incredible pace of development of Chrome has not slowed down at all. Chrome, which was only released last September and recently brought out of beta is now onto Chrome 2. The latest version includes features that have long been standard in rivals, such as form autocomplete and full-page zoom. One innovation is browser profiles, where different users can choose different homepages, bookmarks and browsing history. The feature could also be used to create different profiles for work and home. Chrome user can get their hands on version 2 by downloading the Chrome Channel Changer and selecting Developer Preview Channel."
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Huffington Post Slams Global Warming as Lie

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "In a shocking about-face the Huffington-Post, one of the biggest supporters of global warming, has published an article outlining new non-politically correct data which has been steadily building in opposition to the positions on Global Warming/Climate Change by Al Gore and others. From the article:

Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that "the science is in." Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind...Mr. Gore has gone so far to discourage debate on climate as to refer to those who question his simplistic view of the atmosphere as "flat-Earthers." This, too, is right on target, except for one tiny detail. It is exactly the opposite of the truth.

The article goes on to detail new evidence as well as rebut previously excepted "truths." Perhaps finally we are at an end of the browbeating/blackballing of scholarly voices which question orthodoxy on Global Warming/Climate Change."
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CDs to be Replaced by "slotMusic" on Micro

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "The amount of hard-copy sales of music still beats out digital downloads by almost a margin of 9 to 1. However, the amount of hard-copy music sold last year dropped by a steep 19%. Now major music labels are trying to find a way to get customers to purchase more music in-store. Cue the new "slotMusic". From the article "SanDisk Corp., four major record labels and retailers Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are hoping that albums sold on microSD memory cards will at least provide an additional stream of sales. Unlike when the CD was introduced and people had to buy new players, many people already have the ability to play slotMusic albums, since many cell phones and multimedia players support microSD cards. These new albums will come with a small USB dongle that lets buyers use them with computers, too." The best part about it? It's completely free of copy protections."
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New Reality: Google Follows Links in JavaScript

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "For a long time many coders on the web have used JavaScript to insert content dynamically to avoid being crawled and data-mined by spambots. The technique is now obsolete. There is a new reality: Google Follows Links in JavaScript. From the article:

"I must have missed something. I always thought Google doesn't see links inside JavaScript code. As Rand writes in the Beginner's Guide, JavaScript passes no ranking or spidering value and pages behind JavaScript navigation may never be found by search engines if they are not reachable via direct hyperlinks... Having analyzed my web application code and Google's cached results, I'm pretty sure Google parses my JavaScript, executes it and follows the links it finds there. Here is the proof."

If Google can do it, how long before the spammers catch up?"
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How Do You Find Venture Capital?

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "Recently some friends and I decided to begin an online start-up. We have a product, we have a business plan, we even have our legal i's dotted and t's crossed. Now there's only one problem: we're young, broke, and in graduate school, and don't know anyone who could fund us. I've read many good articles about starting a start-up, and they all say to seek venture capital, but not one actually mentions how to go about doing it. We also don't have the faintest idea about where to find such people or how to contact them. I'm sure there are many people at Slashdot who have started an online start-up before, so how did you find the money? How can I get in touch with the right people?"
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Where to find VC?

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "Some friends and I have been working on an online video game for the last few years in our spare time and have now decided to take it up to the next level. We have a game currently released that is our "demo" and we have been hard at work on the next (and "real") version of the game. In our small amount of publicity, we've managed to get something around 20,000 user accounts and a small but active community. The only problem is that it's all done in our spare time and that makes development slow. There's clear market potential for this game and money to be made, but I fear that without serious venture we won't ever get there in a reasonable amount of time. Furthermore, when you're in grad school, young and broke, you don't know anyone with money, or how to get in touch with anyone with money. There was an Ask Slashdot recently that asked about how to pitch a game idea, and the most common response was to do it yourself and seek VC, but no one mentioned where or how. Can anyone at Slashdot please point me in the right direction for finding venture capital?"
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New Study Finds Nobody Wants Blu-ray

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "A new consumer survey recently released chronicles the woes of the winner of the hi-definition format war: nobody wants it. While consumers were very happy to embrace the DVD standard when it came about because it brought a huge jump in quality over VHS, the pros of switching to Blu-ray are not as obvious. From the article:

In contrast, while half of the respondents to our survey rated Blu-ray's quality as 'much better' than standard DVD, another 40% termed it only 'somewhat better,' and most are very satisfied with the performance of their current DVD players." Another reason cited was that a Blu-ray investment also dictates an HDTV purchase, something consumers are reluctant to do.

Now that Blu-ray has won the hi-def format war, can it convince consumers to actually purchase it?"
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House of Lords Launches YouTube Videos, Blogs

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "In a bold move to connect with the next generation of young British voters, the House of Lords has launched a YouTube video series that will detail what it does and try to connect it to the younger generation. Accompanying it is a blog titled Lords of the Blog where various Lords blog about political issues and can receive feedback from anyone around the world. From the article: "We're trying to engage with younger people and people who may not be interested in politics," said spokesman Owen Williams. "We looked at YouTube because it appeals to people outside the political elite."

What do you think, Slashdot? Is this doomed to failure, or should more governments be doing something similar?"

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First "Open Source" Roleplaying Journal

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd (1039992) writes "A revolutionary new concept — an online peer reviewed and community driven roleplaying journal — that takes Web 2.0 by the horns, has opened its doors to submissions. The site is called All The Roleplaying You'll Ever Need, or "ATRYEN" for short. How does it work? As opposed to the decades-old system of submitting an article or short story to an unknown group of people and then receiving a pre-written rejection letter, those who wish to be published submit their works on the site's message board where the community reviews them, gives detailed criticism, and rates each piece. Submissions with high enough ratings get added into the next issue. The thing that supposedly sets this apart from others is that writers have the chance to get real feedback, revise, and then request readers to re-evaluate their submission, having the chance to perfect it and eventually become published. Those who do not wish to partake in the community efforts can still read the monthly publication.

Do you think this "open source" approach to publishing can work? Can it change the mega-business publishing system? Or is it doomed to failure?"

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First Space Lawyer Graduates

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "Over at space.com is an interesting article about the first space lawyer to graduate, and the field to which he enters, Space Law. He graduates from the University of Mississippi. From the article:

Any future space lawyer might have to deal with issues ranging from the fallout over satellite shoot-downs to legal disputes between astronauts onboard the International Space Station. The expanding privatization of the space sector may also pose new legal challenges... "We are particularly proud to be offering these space law certificates for the first time, since ours is the only program of its kind in the U.S. and only one of two in North America," said Samuel Davis, law dean at the University of Mississippi.
What do you think about a degree in Space Law? Is it actually necessary, or is it about time we started training people in this field?"

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Yahoo not Opposed to Microsoft Deal at Right Price

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "Today in a letter to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, the Yahoo board stated that they are clearly for a deal with Microsoft so long as it is a the right price. The board cited concerns that the previous bid undervalued Yahoo considerably, further saying "We have continued to make clear that we are not opposed to a transaction with Microsoft if it is in the best interests of our stockholders," the letter said. "Our position is simply that any transaction must be at a value that fully reflects the value of Yahoo, including any strategic benefits to Microsoft, and on terms that provide certainty to our stockholders." This letter comes in response to a threat from Ballmer to lower the bid if Yahoo did not accept the $31/share price.

Will Microsoft up the bid or continue to play hardball, or is Yahoo not cashing in their chips while they still can?"

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Microsoft Launches IE8 Prviate Beta

PHPNerd PHPNerd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PHPNerd writes "Wired has news that Microsoft has announced the start of a private beta test for IE8 with the text of the announcement also promising an open beta coming soon. So far, details on IE8 are hard to come by, but there are several things known, all of which have sparked heated debate. This includes IE8's controversial "version tag" which allows programmers to have the web page render in IE6, IE7, or IE8 modes. Supposedly, IE8 will be able to render the ACID2 test properly, but even that is being doubted, as we have previously discussed, since IE8 defaults to rendering in "traditional" mode which is that of IE6. The most interesting part of this is how quickly they are going to beta with IE8 after the release of IE7 compared to the release of IE6 and the release of IE7, most likely a direct result of the amazing success of Firefox. The real question now becomes: will anyone upgrade to IE8 since it won't be able to piggyback on an operating system like IE7 with Vista?"
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